Swarup Mishra apologises to Kalenjin community for ‘defying Ruto’
Outgoing Kesses Member of Parliament Swarup Mishra has regretted going against the grain in the UDA party-dominated Rift Valley region in the August 9 general election.
Mishra, who ran on an independent ticket, was among veteran politicians swept away by the UDA wave in the stronghold of President-elect William Ruto.
Despite his philanthropic and development activities in Uasin Gishu county, Mishra lost his seat to Julius Ruto, the immediate former Uasin Gishu County Finance CEC.
The politician's downfall has been attributed to his fallout with Ruto and his dalliance with the President-elect's rival Raila Odinga of the Azimio la Umoja - One Kenya coalition.
Reacting to the Supreme Court's decision to uphold Ruto's win, Mishra sought forgiveness from the Kalenjin community over what he termed as wrong political decisions.
"I humbly request my community to forgive me for the wrong decision I took. Sometimes wrong decisions happen because of a lack of wisdom. It's good that when you realise, you reconcile and ensure that does not happen in the future," Mishra said.
Taking to social media, the legislator expressed confidence in the ability of Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua to steer the country to prosperity.
"His Excellency, I am fully aware of the immensity of the task that lies before you and I am confident that under your guidance and leadership, Kenya will pursue effective ways to address the challenges our country is facing. I am also confident that under your stewardship Kenya will defy all odds to become Africa’s bell-weather and an economic powerhouse," he said.
"As you assume office, please be assured of our prayers for your presidency, your family and the Kenya Kwanza government; And by the grace of God, we shall enjoy the fruits of an empowered and blessed.
With respect and good wishes."