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Friday May 15, 2020 – After dumping Deputy President William Ruto at the hour of need and joining President Uhuru Kenyatta, ODM leader, Raila Odinga, and KANU’s Gideon Moi, nominated MP David Ole Sankok has sought to explain himself on why he ditched Tanga Tanga.
This is after Kipchumba Murkomen and Susan Kihika were axed as Senate Majority Leader and Chief Whip respectively.
Speaking yesterday, Sankok insisted that his decision did not mean that he had stopped supporting the Deputy President but, rather, he was acknowledging that the party presently had one leader, President Uhuru Kenyatta.
He argued that, by entering the coalition agreement, KANU was no longer a political competitor as their focus was now tied to the Jubilee Party manifesto.
Pressed on why he had taken a position different from that taken by Ruto’s allies in Parliament, Sankok sought to dismiss the ‘Tanga Tanga‘ and ‘Ruto allies’ tags insisting that the party was one.
He asserted that his support for Ruto’s 2022 Presidential bid had not changed, noting, however, that he was loyal to the party and will support whichever candidate it fielded in 2022.
“You know, we are okay with this (Jubilee-KANU merger) because we have only one head of state, one party, one party leader and one manifesto.”
“I have been supporting Ruto because he is the only person in Jubilee who has come out to declare his candidature, indeed I still support him.”
“But it doesn’t mean I don’t recognise that we have one party leader and one manifesto.”
“I have been consistent in this, I’ve said I’ll support the Jubilee candidate even if it is not Ruto.”
“I’m loyal to the party because I appreciated its manifesto.”
“If Gideon and Raila have seen the light then I can only welcome them to the fold,” he asserted.
Sankok had earlier sparked a debate online after changing his profile picture on Facebook to one that includes President Kenyatta, sparking speculation that he had chosen to pledge his loyalty.
The Kenyan DAILY POST