‘I am the People’s Senator’, says Tinaai 

Senate aspirant criticises the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), saying it will only benefit Raila Odinga and Uhuru Kenyatta 

By Beverline Timanoi 

Daniel Tinaai has declared himself the people’s senator, while saying he respects the current senator. 

Tinaai lost the senatorial battle to Jubilee’s Philip Mpaayei in the 2017 general election. He had vied on an ODM ticket. “When the elected senator is around I shall respect his authority, but when he is not present you can refer to me as the senator,” he said amid laughter. 

In a thinly veiled reference to Mpaayei’s performance, Tinaai urged Kajiado West voters to vote for leaders who have the interests of the people at heart… like [Kajiado West MP George] Sunkuyia,” he said. 

Tinaai, who was addressing mourners at a funeral in Keekonyokie, criticised the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), saying that the alleged addition of executive seats “will only benefit Raila (Odinga) and Uhuru (Kenyatta) and not the common wananchi.”  

Sunkuyia also came up for praise from Ewaso Kidong MCA Justus Ngussur, who praised the area MP for his humility and love for the peopleNgussur attributed the successful completion of the EwasoSuswa Road to Sunkuyia’s persistence, adding that the road would ease transport between Kajiado and Narok. 

“Even when you were accused of being illiterate and poor in English, in Parliament, you stuck with the people who believed in your strengths and ability to represent their needs at the national level,” saiNgusurr. 

“What we needed from you were results and we are seeing these through the construction of rural roads and upgrading of schools, like the bus you bought for Ewaso Girls,” he added. 

Keekonyokie Ward MCA Moses Saoyo promised to stop fighting the Kajiado county government leadership and swore to deliver on his manifesto.  

Starting this year, I only want to focus on delivering new projects and completing the pending projects in Keekonyokie Ward,” said Saoyo. 

When his turn came, Sunkuyia steered off politics, promising not to forget the people of Keekonyokie who picked him from nothing and trusting him to be their MCA and later their MP. 

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