Olekina’s promise to Raila after getting deputy minority whip seat in Senate

Olekina’s promise to Raila after getting deputy minority whip seat in Senate

By Joshua Cheloti

It looks like a recent rant from Narok Senator Ledama Olekina over the manner in which the ODM party was handling its issues has finally paid off.

Olekina had a few weeks ago, alongside Embakasi East Member of Parliament Babu Owino lamented how the young turks in the Orange party were being sidelined when it came to rewarding positions even though they are the ones that sacrifice a lot.

“It’s about time we demand what is ours. Enough of always being kept in arms way while others chill in their cribs and are rewarded with the lion share of party positions,” he said in a tweet dated September 22, 2022.

But weeks later, the vocal Senator landed an influential role in the Senate.

While communicating the house leadership lineup as submitted by relevant political parties, Senate Speaker Amason Kingi named Olekina as the deputy minority whip.

This is after Kingi confirmed the Azimio coalition as the minority in the Senate.

The seat had earlier been handed to ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna who is also the Nairobi Senator.

However, it looks like the names later changed and Sifuna was replaced by Olekina, serving his second term.

With his role now confirmed, the Senator took to his verified Twitter handle to thank the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga for the position. He pledged to effectively deliver on his mandate.

“Thank you @RailaOdinga I shall deliver. God willing,” Olekina said in the tweet.

He will now serve as the deputy to Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dullo who is the minority whip.

Other Azimio leaders in the Senate are Senators Steward Madzayo (Kilifi) and Enoch Wambua (Kitui) who were named minority and deputy minority leaders respectively.

For the ruling Kenya Kwanza coalition, Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot was named the leader of the majority with Nakuru Senator Tabitha Karanja his deputy.

Kakamega senator Dr Boni Khalwale and his Samburu counterpart Steve Lelegwe are the Majority and deputy majority Whips respectively.


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