There is no bad blood ‘be­tween me and DP’

Kimaiyo says he was just ex­press­ing his po­lit­i­cal am­bi­tions. ‘I re­spect all lead­ers’

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Riftvalley - MATHEWS NDANYI @ndany­i_­math­ews

For­mer In­spec­tor Gen­eral of Po­lice David Kimaiyo yes­ter­day said there is no bad blood be­tween him­self, DP Wil­liam Ruto and Se­na­tor Kipchumba Murkomen.

This fol­lows claims the two may have con­trib­uted to his sack­ing from the gov­ern­ment. Kimaiyo said his re­cent an­nounce­ment that he may con­sider run­ning for Pres­i­dent in 2022, does not mean he has a prob­lem with Ruto. “I was just ex­press­ing my am­bi­tions. I re­spect all lead­ers, in­clud­ing the DP, Murkomen and Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta,” he told the Star in El­doret.

Kimaiyo said he will in two months an­nounce the party he will use to run for El­geyo Marak­wet se­na­tor. “I’m still con­sult­ing with my peo­ple be­fore we un­veil the party and launch our cam­paigns,” he said.

Kimaiyo said he will ex­plain how he left the po­si­tions of the IG and of chair­man of the Kenya Air­ports Au­thor­ity. “I served with ded­i­ca­tion and integrity. Some peo­ple may have fears, be­cause of my po­lit­i­cal plans, but that is their own prob­lem,” he said.

Kimaiyo is putting in a place a think-tank team to guide him dur­ing his cam­paigns. He said he will al­ways work with all lead­ers in El­geyo Marak­wet to re­solve the prob­lems that face res­i­dents, in­clud­ing ban­ditry at­tacks.

Kimaiyo’s an­nounce­ment two weeks ago that he will vie for the Se­nate sparked off an ex­change with Murkomen. The se­na­tor has been ac­cused of un­der­min­ing him when he was IG.

Murkomen has de­nied the al­le­ga­tions. “I was not Kimaiyo’s ap­point­ing au­thor­ity and could not thus de­cide any­thing to do with him,” he said.

‘I SERVED WITH DED­I­CA­TION AND INTEGRITY’

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