Former Laikipia North MP, Mathew Lempurkel, on Tuesday claimed Narok senator Ladema ole Kina is a mole in ODM working with Jubilee.
Lempurkel spoke in Kitengela town on Tuesday evening during a Maa Nation press briefing that united ODM leaders from Narok, Kajiado, Laikipia, Isiolo, and Marsabit.
“We are confused by Narok Senator Ladema ole Kina’s actions because during the day he is with ODM leader, and at night he is with Deputy President. Why is he not telling the leadership of our party the truth?” asked Lempurkel.
He told the senator that as a man, he should not have double standards. “He cannot be female and a male at the same time. Be a male, walk, assemble tour troupes, have a handshake with DP, and let us meet on the ground.”
The leaders supported the dropping of the Narok senator from a crucial senate committee.
The leaders led by former Laikipia North MP Lempurkel claimed Ladema had failed his duties as Narok Senator, and therefore, he is unqualified to chair any Senate Committee.
“We are grateful that Senator Ledama was kicked out of Senate Committee on County Public Accounts and Investment by ODM leadership because it would have been a disastrous affair,” claimed Lempurkel.
He claimed the Senator ‘went to bed’ with his governor immediately he was elected by the people of Narok and is now blindfolded by ‘goodies’ from the county.
In a quick rejoinder, Ladema told the Star he was aware of the Kitengela meeting and was not ready to waste his golden time responding to “naysayers”.
“The truth shall always set me free. My track record is very clear. Tell them to look for jobs instead of running all over the place maligning names of honourable leaders,” responded Lekina.
The Maa leaders, who included ODM youth league president, John Ketorah, Innocent Katoo (Kajiado), Stanley Lenguyia (Narok) and Vinton Kishoyian (Nairobi), had claimed the senator sits with ODM leader Raila Odinga during the day, and at night he wines with Deputy President William Ruto.
Go to the highest hills
Senator Ladema told them to go to the highest hills in the country and shout themselves hoarse by telling Kenyans what they think about “me”.
“Tell them to say whatever they wish and that will never stop me from championing the rights of our people,” said Ladema on the phone.
Ketorah, who read a joint statement from Maa Nation said all the six counties across the country were represented in Tuesday evening press conference.
“With us here are representatives from Narok, Kajiado, Samburu, Laikipia, Isiolo, and Laisamis in Marsabit County. So when we speak here today, we are true representatives of Maa Nation. Ladema cannot purport to speak on our behalf” said Ketorah.
Ketorah said the Maa Nation is happy with the government in the way it has handled the COVID-19 pandemic, and by educating “our versed semi-illiterate people on how to take care of themselves”.
“We recognise and appreciate the government’s efforts in saving the Maasai Mau forest. Without the government’s intervention, the entire Mara ecosystem would be suffering devastatingly,” said the leaders in their statement.
While reading the statement, Ketorah said; “We have resolved as a community to continue supporting any efforts by the government of President Uhuru Kenyatta in saving the Mau and all the water towers.”
“We have resolved, also, to back and support all the efforts being undertaken by the government through the handshake initiative between Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta,” they said.
On parliamentary changes, the leaders from ODM said they fully support the changes brought about by their party leadership regarding the dropping of Senator Ladema, as well as other changes that took place within the Jubilee Party at State House on Monday.
“We as the Maa Nation, wish to renounce any leader purportedly representing our interests in the Rift Valley, whose agenda is to derail the tranquility, harmony, and peace brought about the handshake,” said the statement in part.
The said President Kenyatta’s leadership “is the most favourable to the Maa Nation within the Rift Valley, and therefore, we stand together with the President unequivocally.”
“It is also good to tell Ladema to either stand on one line of gender and declare his interests or to keep quiet and see how respected Maa leaders can lead their own to prosperity,” said Lempurkel.