Narok Governor Patrick Ole Ntutu and Senator Ledama Olekina were embroiled in a bitter exchange on Wednesday, January 25, over an upcoming President William Ruto's event in the county.
The exchange started when Ntutu announced that the Narok Senator was not invited to an event expected to be graced by President Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua.
President Ruto and Gachagua are expected to lead a host of government officials in attending a thanksgiving service in Narok county on Sunday, January 29.
“The senator is not welcome to the event that will be held at William Ole Ntimama stadium.
“He is a social media person and television celebrity. He will follow the event on social media and offer commentary on TV,” the first-term governor stated.
The Governor further added that he had no personal feud with Olekina even though the Senator was not welcome at the event.
“We do not have any problem with him, let him continue playing his oversight role at the Senate,” Ntutu remarked.
In his response, Olekina was adamant that no one could bar him from visiting Narok or any other place in Kenya regardless of the guest of honour.
“The Governor does not want me to expose the things he is doing and that is why he is labeling me as a social media and TV person.
“He cannot curtail my movement because I am everywhere and my influence is felt in the Narok County Government,” he responded.
The governor further threatened to expose the governor over abuse of office.
“He does not know that I have records of him issuing illegal tenders and his naivety over legal matters,” the senator alleged.
Ole Kina and Ntutu have been at loggerheads for quite some time with the former claiming that the governor bribes Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) through deceit.
This was after Ntutu promised MCAs Ksh100 million ward development fund.
"My job is to solicit funds to the county. However, how will I answer questions on something that is unconstitutional? I ask the governor to stop lying to the MCAs that he can give them any kit because it is illegal," Ledama accused Ntutu on December 25, 2022.
In response, Ntutu accused the Senator of sabotaging county development instead of being at the forefront of supporting it.
"We are discussing a very crucial topic which will guide our development agenda in the next five years.
"I have invited our senator to join us to listen to the challenges facing our people but he is busy speaking too much 'English' on television," the governor responded at the time.
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