With just two years remaining before the 2022 general elections, many pre-election political alignments have already taken shape with many more expected to take place.
Many of the once vocal leaders, who stood through thin and thick with their party leaders, have currently gone slow on their support, with others completely breaking ranks with parties that sponsored them to Parliament/Senate.
Among leaders who have gone slow on the support of their party leaders include Narok county Senator Ledama Ole Kina.
The tough-talking leader, who was once a vocal defender of ODM party leader Raila Odinga now seems to be slowly charting a different course if his recent utterances and tweets are anything to go by.
Taking to his twitter page on Thursday, Ledama, who recently joined hands with William Ruto’s right-hand man Kipchumba Murkomen and others to defeat President Uhuru Kenyatta/Raila Odinga’s fronted Revenue Allocation Formula, suggestively told off those who had indirectly curtailed Deputy President William Ruto’s freedom of speech and expression.
Ledama insisted he will tirelessly work hard to defend democracy which includes freedom of expression and expression which seems to be currently jeopardized by a section of State operatives.
“I shall jealously defend democracy in Kenya, freedom of speech and freedom of expression no matter what!,” stated Ledama.
I shall jealously defend democracy in Kenya, freedom of speech and freedom of expression no matter what!
— Sen. Ledama Olekina (@ledamalekina) October 8, 2020
His remarks come just some hours after Deputy President William Ruto was forced to postpone his Kisii, Nyamira visits after the police teargassed his supporters and chasing them away from the venue.
Ruto was scheduled to visit Kebirigo High School in Kisii and Miriri in Kitutu Masaba, Nyamira County where he was expected to meet Boda Boda Sacco members at the same time contribute to their welfares.
The disruption of Ruto’s meeting by the security officers followed an announcement by Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua on Wednesday directing that all public meetings be held in compliance with the Public Order Act, with penalties imposed on culprits.
Hate it or love it the underdog is on top
— Sen. Ledama Olekina (@ledamalekina) September 26, 2020
According to political analysts, the move was aimed at curtailing the DP, whose early campaigns have been considered a threat to public security ahead of 2022.
Many of Ruto’s allies have already come out to criticize the government for unfairly targeting their boss William Ruto.
Ledama’s tweet has, however, sparked mixed reactions among users online, with many claiming that it was only a matter of time before Ledama dumps Raila and join hands with William Ruto.
This is not the first time the Narok Senator is going soft on the DP. Recently after his ‘Team Kenya’ emerged victorious with a win-win revenue allocation formula, Ledama indirectly expressed his admiration for Deputy President William Ruto in coded Message using Koitalel Arap Samoei’s Image.
While indirectly referring to Ruto, who was against the ‘oppressive’ formula, Ledama stated that ‘Koitalel’ will always keep winning no matter what.
“No matter what we do with the formula this guy is always winning…. Koitalel Arap Samoei the true Wizard lives forever.”~Ledama tweeted in September.
We are set for BBI bring that baby we massage it! Let me tell you it’s gonna be interesting!!!
— Sen. Ledama Olekina (@ledamalekina) October 3, 2020
Recently, Ledama communicated that there will be new political formations in 2022 between those who supported the ‘oppressive’ formula and those who stood by the oppressed counties in their efforts to push for a win-win formula