Over 3,000 Jubilee followers in Kajiado South constituency rocked their party on Saturday when they defected to ODM and promised to shame the government for allegedly forcing a “project” candidate down their throats.
They claimed they made the decision to move out of Jubilee after an “operator” in the presidency allegedly decided to front former Interior CS, Joseph ole Lenku, as his jubilee front-runner in Kajiado governor race.
Most of those who defected were drawn from two major group ranches that are bedrock of jubilee votes in the constituency, who have been supportive of the area MP, Katoo ole Metito.
Those who defected said they will go against the wishes of those in State House and vote they way they wish “so that in future, they understand that Kajiado Maasai carry their own brains in their heads and cannot play a second fiddle to anybody”.
Kajiado politicians aligned to ODM, who attended a massive political rally at Marlal in Kajiado South constituency, declared they will “teach” Jubilee a lesson in the August polls for “disrespecting” the county.
During the political rally dubbed “Marlal Declaration”, the leaders claimed a state house ‘operative’ disrespected the Kajiado Maasai community by imposing Lenku, to take up gubernatorial position against their wishes.
“They cannot force Lenku down our throats. The Kajiado Maasai do have their brains and no amount of intimidation from the state will suppress our resolve to elect a person of integrity to lead us,” said Moita ole Lankas from Keek-Onyokie Ward in Kajiado West.
Lankas’ speech almost moved to tears the more than 8,000 Kajiado Maasais drawn from the two major clans (Orok-Kiteng’ and Odomong’i) who graced the Marlal political rally in Kuku ward.
He charged the crowd when he claimed President Uhuru Kenyatta had fired Lenku from his former powerful security docket because of failing to deliver, and wondered how the same man had reformed within the shortest time for them (presidency) to impose him on the people of Kajiado.
Governor David Nkedianye, who was guest of honour at the Marlal Declaration, was received at the venue by chairmen of group ranches in the expansive Kajiado South constituency led by Emmanuel Kanai and Meiseyieki Metui.
Kanai and Metui from Kuku ‘A’ and ‘B’ group ranches in Loitokitok have been avid supporters of Jubilee party, and on Saturday led more than 3, 000 JP supporters who defected to ODM.
Leader, after, leader accused the JP administration of “refusing” to read the signs of time by taking the people of Kajiado for granted as far as leadership in concerned.
However, some of the people who spoke during the rally claimed they will vote for President Kenyatta as president for a second term and Nkedianye for governor in the impending August general election.
They claimed the president has the love of people at heart but distanced themselves from his deputy, William Ruto, who they accused of allegedly fronting Lenku to take leadership as Kajiado governor.
“They want a governor who does not resonate well with the people so that they can come and grab our land in this county. We are saying no to this cheap and waste-of-time propaganda against our intelligence. No one, and not even President Kenyatta, can carry our brains because we are intelligent people capable of selecting upright leaders,” said Lankas amid deafening ululations from women participants.
Nkedianye received the defectors and thank the people of Kajiado South for standing with him when he was allegedly fighting land grabbers during his 100 days in office as Kajiado governor.
He said that in the last general election, the ruling coalition bagged 23 ward seats while ODM managed two.
This time round, Nkedianye said, he is optimistic he will take between 12 and 15 seats at the county assembly.
“I took over at the helm of this county in 2013 when land brokers had grabbed up all the available public land and I put up the fight to keep the cartels out of Kajiado lands registry against an opposition from known politicians, who were part of the land grabbing cartels,” said Nkedianye.
He said he is proud to be part of leadership that brought positive changes in the management of public resources in the county and promised to work closely with all the communities living in the county in his second term in office, if elected once again to office.
Before he drove to Marlal in Kuku Ward, Nkedianye and other leaders of ODM led by politicians; Daniel Tenaai, Thomas Lekanaiyia, Esther Somoire, Solomon Kutatoi and deputy governor Paul Ntiati, addressed thousands of voters in Loitokitok town.
The town was brought to a standstill for close to one hour when the leaders addressed a big crowd at the town’s open market near Equity Bank.