Linet Chepkorir, popularly known as Toto, who became an internet sensation after declaring her candidacy for Bomet’s representative seat, revealed that she only spent Ksh 100,000 on campaigns.
Chepkorir, who competed on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket, garnered 242,775 votes to crush her competitor, Alice Migo, who won 42,171 votes.
Talk to BBC Africathe Bomet County representative-elect said she raised funds through donations and supporters who embraced her political ideologies.
The 24-year-old lawmaker further revealed that her friends have also supported her candidacy financially through fundraising and providing resources.
Linet Chepkorir, Female Elected Representative, Bomet County
Before the campaigns escalated, Chepkorir was promised a car by the governor-elect of Bomet, Hillary Barchock.
“Hers is a story of resilience and believing in your dreams. She is the true personification of Bottom-Up,” Barchok wrote.
Despite a financial boost, Toto is still struggling to beat competitors with deep pockets.
The biggest challenge she faced when she started her campaign was to convince her community and the voters as a whole.
“People raised a lot of questions about my candidacy. Others wondered if I could legislate well since I was not married while others were reluctant because I had no professional experience,” he said. she declared.
“I had no money to distribute. It kind of slowed down my campaigns and tried to reach all Bomet voters,” she added.
Before she received a UDA ticket, Chepkorir was accused of breaking into the residence of Vice President William Ruto.
Chepkorir had visited the Karen de Ruto residence in Nairobi, where Rift Valley wannabes gather in search of UDA tickets. She was, however, blocked at the entrance by guards who accused her of being an intruder.
She held her ground explaining that she was one of the seekers.
“Finally, after about an hour, I was allowed in after showing them my meeting access code; electronically generated for members who paid the UDA membership fee of Ksh 6,000” , she said in a previous interview with The nation.
She shot to fame after her photo donning a yellow hoodie, simple hairstyle and rubber shoes at a high-level meeting went viral.
File photo of Linet Chepkorir speaking after winning the UDA ticket for Bomet Woman’s representative position on Friday April 15, 2022.