ODM nominated Senator Judy Pareno has been endorsed by her Ilmamasita community to contest the Kajiado senate position in 2022.
This happened when more than 1000 members of her community met at her home on October 13 and gave her all their blessings.
“It is true my community has endorsed me to vie for the senate position in 2022. I accepted their calling and embraced it,” Pareno said today on the phone.
After the meeting at her home, Pareno later wrote on her Facebook page; “Thank you all for showing up for our unity of purpose, from the old to the young generations, It shall go down in history that we did our best.”
“I thank you my family members for your endorsement for the senate seat. For #TeamPareno – Ilmamasita committee and my friends; Christine Lemein, Amos Ntimama, Tim Ntimama, and Dan ole Tumaina, I will never let you down,” she said.
Tumaina, who attended the meeting said; “We look forward to a transformative leadership in this great county, a people-centered movement that will seek to liberate our people from the bondage of poverty, lack of education, unemployment as well as leading our people to God.”
He said that as an experienced politician having served at the East Africa Legislative Assembly for two terms, ODM elections board chair and now nominated Senator, the family urged her to go a notch higher and run for an elective post in the next general election.
The family’s decision to endorse Pareno for the senate seat could have arisen after her ambition to team up with Governor Joseph Lenku in the next general elections appeared bleak.
Earlier on, there were rumours governor Lenku was waiting for Kenyans to pass the Building Bridges Initiative in its entity so it could allow him to pick a female deputy.
The fate of BBI remains unknown, and for Pareno to hold on to imaginations of having another constitutional dispensation before the next elections appeared an uphill task.
Pareno will now face the incumbent, Philip Mpaayei, Daniel Tenaai, Peter Mositet, and scores of others who are yet to come on board ahead of the next election.
Mpaayei is most likely will be sponsored by the Hustler Movement in the 2022 senate race, and Pareno will hit the race on an ODM ticket.
It is not clear if the Jubilee Party will stand its internal wrangling until 2022, following what is going on now.
Deputy President William Ruto has already indicated he will not be supporting BBI and, therefore, Kenyans are now preparing for a cruising battle between those pro-BBI and opposers of a bloated government.