Kenya: We Have Paid the Price for Supporting Odinga – Kioni

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Nairobi — Jubilee Party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni now says they have paid the ultimate price for backing the Azimio La Umoja – One Kenya Presidential contender Raila Odinga in the just concluded general election.

Kioni who lost his Ndaragwa parliamentary seat to United Democratic Alliance (UDA) candidate George Gachagua told journalists on Friday that the Mt Kenya region was worst hit by the “yellow wave” after the Deputy President William Ruto-led party secured a majority of votes from the vote-rich region.

“Mt Kenya took the heaviest beating from UDA. It is not something that was occasioned on these leaders without knowing. It is a decision they made and took, there was a cost to it, and they have paid the cost by not succeeding to represent their people in parliament,” he said while briefing journalists at the Jubilee Party headquarters.

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He however said that together with his fellow election losers, they do not regret their ouster as they stood for the course they believed in.

The Jubilee Party Secretary General admitted that their defeat by the Kenya Kwanza flagbearer was a big blow to the region that has held the country’s seat of power since independence.

“For the first time since 1963 we have volunteered ourselves into the opposition. It is an embarrassment,” he stated.

Kioni went on further to state that despite the heavy beating, the 20 percent plus votes garnered by Odinga from the region was as a result of his effort and those of other leaders who supported the Azimio La Umoja – One Kenya presidential candidate’s quest to ascend into presidency.