Kajiado East parliamentary aspirant David Parseina is telling Kakuta Maimai to withdraw his candidacy in 2022 because he lost political influence ages back.
But Maimai in a quick rejoinder told Parseina “an attention seeker who is not even in my league.”
In a WhatsApp message to KNU, Parseina had claimed Maimai is a “political spent force” who lost touch with the ground after being beaten twice in 2013 and 2017 by MP Peris Tobiko, who has indicated she will oppose Governor Joseph ole Lenku in the next general election.
Maimai said in response: “This guy (Parseina) is an attention seeker, and he is not even in my league. In 2017 he had 1200 votes while I had 34,000 votes in that election.”
He said two horses are on the race in 2022 and Parseina is not near him. “It is only Mary Seneta and me who will be meeting in that duel.” He added.
Parseina claimed he has formed a vibrant network with the youth on the ground, and that those voters who stood with Maimai in 2017 have trooped to his side.
He claims Maimai shifted parties and is allegedly trying to appease his supporters by purporting to rejoin ODM which he had defected from. “The ground shifted long time ago, and he is now a lone ranger in the political wilderness”, he added.
Maimai, who has not indicated the political party that will sponsor him in the next election, is a close associate of governor Lenku and is most likely going to get his backing.
“Please note that I am in the handshake and I am a strong supporter of Building Bridges Initiative. Political season is yet to start. In the meantime, let me serve my constituents and ensure they get enough water. President Uhuru Kenyatta gave me an opportunity to help my people through the water sector, and I am committed to deliver tangible services to my people. Politics will come later,” said Maimai.
In the 2013 and 2017 general elections, Maimai vied on the Orange Democratic Movement Party ticket. In the two elections, he garnered most votes in Kitengela Mashuuru and Merrueshi, his backyard.
Now that Tobiko will be seeking a higher seat, Seneta, a strong contender in the coming race will be facing off with Maimai and Parseina.
Seneta comes from Kitengela town just like Parseina and all, including Maimai, will be eyeing votes from the town.
Kajiado East constituency is the hotbed of politics in the county. It is the only constituency that has accepted women leaders.
Already three women from this constituency are in parliament. ODM’s Judy Pareno, another outspoken was nominated to the senate by her party after the last general election.
Jubilee nominated Seneta after losing the Kajiado East Parliamentary election in 2013. She was elected woman MP in 2013 after a landslide win.
After Kajiado East was created, Tobiko in 2013 became the first Maasai woman to be elected as MP in the history of Kenya.