Governor Joseph ole Lenku is now saying he has recognised one credible opponent who will face him in the 2022 Kajiado gubernatorial race.
Lenku, who spoke on K24 TV Weekend edition on Sunday night, however, dismissed Katoo ole Metito’s candidature claiming that his party, UDA, had run out of euphoria.
“Early in the year, UDA was seen in Kajiado as a hot cake, but that euphoria ran out of steam long ago. This is the reason I am not seeing Katoo as my competitive challenger,” said Lenku.
The governor said while Katoo has served the Kajiado South constituency with humility for 17 years, he does not fit his league in the governor race.
“The only person who can give me a run for my money is former governor David Nkedianye,” said Lenku.
He did not refer to other candidates such as MP Peris Tobiko and Francis Meja, who both beat the governor in the social media popularity test.
In the social media poll, that ran for 5 days on social media, Meja maintained the lead in the pack as Lenku came in third after Tobiko.
Tarayia ole Kores was last as Nkedianye was placed in the 5th position.
“We are the drivers of Kajiado county politics, we know when we will start going to the people for purposes of the 2022 governor race,” said Lenku.
When asked which party ticket he will use in next year’s race, the governor asserted he will be vying on a Jubilee party.
He, however, added that if the One Kenya Alliance will form a coalition ahead of the 2022 general election, he will switch to it.
The governor was asked how he became the Maa spokesman and why some leaders are not happy with him for imposing himself on positions.
“There is bound to be discerning voices among us. We are over 1 million Maasai people in Kenya and not all will agree with you,” said Lenku.
He went on: “As Maa people, we decided that will no longer remain a swing vote nation, we want to come out as movement which can negotiate with other blocs in general elections.
Governor Lenku said the Maa people decided to pick on him to lead them.
Narok senator Ladema ole Kina has officially come out to protest claims that Lenku imposed himself as Maa spokesman. The senator says the position of the Maa spokesman is not bought but is gained through wisdom.
Senator Ladema has gained the support of many other politicians in Kajiado and Narok counties, who believe Lenku went to a house near Naivasha and negotiated for the position.
Back to Kajiado politics – Lenku said he is confident he will win the coming election because he has stood for unity, and has ever remained a unifying figure in the region.
“Before my election, there was instability in Kitengela and Ngong. I have since ironed those issues out and the people of Kajiado are happy with my leadership,” he said.