Narok Senator-elect Ledama Ole Kina has vowed to seal all corruption loopholes that have in the past been used to oppress the residents by leaders with self-centered interest.
Speaking Monday during the swearing in ceremony of Governor Samuel Tunai at Narok Stadium, Ole Kina regretted that the Maasai community and Narok residents have been left poorer through corrupt cartels who siphoned county resources for their own selfish ends.
I have entered into leadership at this time as a voice to the voiceless. I will fight for the rights of my community and ensure they too see the value of the taxes they pay to the government, he said.
The Senator-elect on a Jubilee ticket added that he would ensure the many ghost projects launched in the county but left hanging would be completed in the next five years that he would be in leadership.
We have seen many projects started in the county but not finished. I promise you that this will not happen under my watch, said the Senator.
Ole Kina, who would take over from the outgoing Senator Stephen Ntutu who did not defend his seat, also pledged to protect the Mau forest from further destruction.
We have a great problem at Mau Forest because the forest boundaries are not clear. I will work closely with Governor Tunai to ensure we protect the great forest from further encroachment, he said.
The Senator-elect promised to fight for the county to get a bigger portion of the National allocation fund to implement more projects at the grassroots.
But Ole Kina’s sentiments did not seem to go down well with Tunai as he retorted by reiterating their hostile history, noting that the Senator was an obstacle in the development of the county for the last five years.
Your battle with me has not begun now. You took me to court over the disputed gubernatorial elections in 2013 but I won the case. You went ahead and took me to the Senate over allegations on misuse of funds and again I defeated you. I am not afraid of you because I know you, said Tunai.
Governor Tunai, who was elected on a Jubilee ticket, however, welcomed Ole Kina to work with him but added he ‘would never bow down to him’.
It will be remembered that in the year 2013 and 2014, Governor Tunai and the Senator elect spent some time in courts after Ole Kina who was then vying for gubernatorial position on an Independent ticket, contested the results. Nevertheless, the incumbent governor won the case.
In the just concluded elections, Governor Tunai garnered 146, 600 votes and Senator Ole Kina got 11, 002 votes.
Source: Kenya News Agency