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It is about to get nasty, Ole Kina says as ODM rejects his election to PAC, again

Thursday, May 7th, 2020 12:39 | By
Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina. PHOTO: FILE

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) finally cracked the whip on rebel Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina who defied the party on sharing of top senate watchdog committee posts.

During Monday’s election to replace Homa Bay Senator Moses Kajwang whose term ended, Senator Ole Kina successfully won chairmanship of the powerful Senate committee on County Public Accounts and Investment Committee (CPAIC) after defeating the ODM leader Raila Odinga’s nominee, Kisii Senator Sam Ongeri.

The Narok senator garnered 5 votes against his Kisii counterpart who get 4 votes to win the coveted seat. He was to be deputized by Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi.

But Ole Kina has now been discharged from CPAIC and the influential House Business Committee (HSC) by Minority Leader in the Senate Senator James Orengo, effectively losing his membership.

“In accordance with the Senate Standing order 190, I hereby give notice of the discharge and removal of the Senator Ledama Ole Kina from (CPAIC) and the senate Business Committee,” Orengo said in a letter addressed to Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka.

But in a quick rejoinder, Ole Kina tweeted that he had on Thursday, May 7, chaired his second meeting as the duly elected chair of Senate Public Accounts Investment Committee.

He laughed off Orengo’s letter, saying it had no basis and must be treated with contempt.

“Because this committee is very powerful they want a push over not me,” he tweeted even as dared his party to bring the war to his door step.It is about to get nasty. I understand Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is coming to end of this month right? Bring it on.”

On Tuesday, Ole Kina’s win was short-lived as Orengo contested his victory, saying as ODM they were dissatisfied with the conduct and the outcome of the election the leadership of the committee.

“I express and register dissatisfaction with the conduct and the outcome of the election the leadership of the CPAIC which were purportedly done today,” Orengo wrote in a letter to Speaker Lusaka.

“We intend to withdraw our membership from the said committee until an appropriate resolution can be made,” he added.

But in a swift response, Ole Kina tweeted: “Raila Odinga is on the record stating that his election has been stolen and I supported him. I was nearly killed in the last Resist Movement! Now, what exactly does this letter mean?

“Are you they trying to steal my chair position! No way! I am a wrong number to mess with!” he told Senator Orengo.

On Wednesday, Ole Kina had a Saul to Paul moment when he took his tirades to Twitter saying he had wide consultation on the issue of his election as chair of CPAIC with Senator Orengo and the ODM party.

“I want to make the following issues clear. My support for Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta is solid and unshaken they have my unequivocal support,” he said.

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