Kajiado ODM county acting chairman Innocent Katoo, today laughed off and termed as “non-issue” the defection of four party members to Jubilee.
Speaking for the first time, one day after governor Joseph Lenku on Wednesday received county ODM chairman, Daniel Osoi and politicians; Daniel Tenaai, Esther Somoire and Kakuta Maimai, Katoo said there is no vacuum in orange party.
“We it is their right to move to where they wish, but I content that ODM in Kajiado is intact like never before. Those are perennial election losers who did not add any value to the opposition in the region,” claimed Katoo.
Katoo, who is also an election loser in the just-concluded election, claimed those who left the party will not add any value to Jubilee and therefore “they are good riddance” in ODM.
He lost to Julius Moipai of Jubilee in the Imbirrikani/Eselenkei Ward election in Kajiado South Constituency where ruling coalition ruled supreme.
Asked why he had not raised those damning issues against those who defected before, Katoo claimed their days were numbered because their activities were known to party leadership.
“We knew Somoire was working for Jubilee until Osoi brought her on board to vie for the Kajiado Women Rep position. In fact she has gone back to where she belongs,” claimed Katoo.
When we asked him in what capacity he was addressing the defection issue, Katoo claimed he is the deputy county chairman and coordinator of ODM and that because Osoi had defected he rightfully stepped in acting capacity.
He further claimed Maimai is also an election loser, who he alleges has gone to ODM because he belongs to Lenku’s clan.
“All those who moved from ODM come from Orokiteng’ clan (black cow house) and we are not surprised that they went to where they belong,” claimed Katoo.
Meanwhile, former assistant minister David Sankori on Thursday thanked the Kajiado and Narok counties’ Maasai for accepting to work with the Jubilee administration.
Sankori, who called from his Mashuuru home, said that on August 4 Maasai leaders from Kajiado and Narok converged in Suswa and declared their support for President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.