Kabando Wa Kabando Makes A Bold Move!
In a shock move that sent ripples through the political arena, former Member of Parliament Kabando Wa Kabando announced on Tuesday, February 7, that he was formally applying to leave the Narc Kenya Party, headed by Azimio la Umoja movement leader, Martha Karua. This announcement came just hours after nine lawmakers, including the popular Jalang’o, had a meeting with President William Ruto, hinting at their changing political allegiance.
In a statement, the outspoken politician who represented Mukurweini Constituency from 2007 to 2017, noted that he no longer identified with the politics within the opposition coalition, including that of ODM leader Raila Odinga. Kabando Wa Kabando, who joined Narc Kenya in March 2022, had high hopes of becoming a Nyeri Senator, but unfortunately, he lost the seat in the August 2022 General Election to the incumbent, Ephraim Maina.
“I have instructed ORPP to deregister me from Narc Kenya. I believe in leadership, teamwork, and honesty, and I detest chicanery and corruption. I thank Martha Karua and wish her well in Azimio ventures,” Kabando explained in his statement. He also mentioned that he had backed the duo of Raila and Karua during the August 2022 General Election but felt that their priorities had changed after losing the elections.
Kabando’s departure from Narc Kenya was not a surprise, as the politician had noted that the party’s ideologies no longer resonated with his goals. He also regretted that neither ODM nor Narc Kenya was acting institutionally in their endeavor to keep President Ruto’s regime in check. Kabando promised to continue to play his patriotic part independently or in league with like-minded individuals.
ODM’s Loss is Kabando’s Gain!
In 2017, Kabando, who was then a member of the Safina Party, lost his Mukureini parliamentary seat to newcomer Anthony Gathiaka Kiai. However, the politician has not given up on his public works and has vowed to remain actively involved in matters of public interest.
Kabando’s departure from Narc Kenya came just hours after nine lawmakers had a meeting with President William Ruto, hinting at their changing political allegiance. Some of the lawmakers defend the visit, explaining that they had gone to defend funding for projects in their constituencies.
It remains to be seen what Kabando Wa Kabando’s next political move will be, but one thing is for sure – this political powerhouse is not one to be underestimated!