Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina has dismissed EALA MP Kanini Kega’s claims that he was betrayed by Azimio MPs whom he says did not vote for him for the EALA slot. In a Wednesday evening tweet, Ole Kina said he personally campaigned and voted for Kanini to ensure he won, and even the coalition picked him (the former Kieni MP) over Jubilee Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni.
Speaking to a local radio station on Wednesday morning, the former Kieni MP said a majority of Azimio MPs were against his bid for the EALA job and voted for other nominees during the vote conducted on November 17.
According to Kega, having aggressively campaigned for Azimio’s presidential candidate Raila Odinga in Mt Kenya region in the last election and losing his Kieni seat in the process, he expected the legislators to support his bid.
“I thought my people from Azimio would support me but I was shocked when the voting was done. Some of them voted for people I did not even recognise. I could not believe that would happen to me considering how I stuck out my neck for one of their own,” he said in an interview with Inooro FM.
He said he only got the job after support from Kenya Kwanza MPs following an intervention from Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua.
Gachagua is said to have rallied the Kenya Kwanza troops behind Kieni after concerns that the central region risked losing out on representation to the regional assembly.
“Rigathi did well in uniting us, this is the only senior leader we have in Mt Kenya. We need to rally behind him as a region. I want to thank the DP Rigathi Gachagua who saw that Mt Kenya region will have a problem if we are not represented in Arusha, ” he added.
The comments come days after Gachagua admitted to having helped Kega get the EALA seat.