Five Jubilee lawmakers from Narok have rejected an invitation to join the opposition, saying they are in the ruling coalition to stay.
The leaders, who are opposing the leadership of Narok Governor Samuel Tunai, denied claims they have defected to Cord.
They are Senator Stephen Ntutu and MPs Korei ole Lemein (Narok South), Patrick Ntutu (Narok West), Johana Ng’eno (Emurua Dikirr) and Moitalel Kenta (Narok North)
The legislators said their push for accountability, transparency and good governance by Tunai should not be mistaken as discontent with Jubilee.
“Let it be clear that we are not about to defect. We do not want to mix issues here. We are in URP and our supporters should not be alarmed at all,” MP Ntutu told the Star on the phone yesterday.
On Monday, Cord leader Raila Odinga urged the five to ditch Jubilee for “humiliating” them.
The former prime Minister spoke during the funeral of Sikona Muntet at Esupetai in Narok South subcounty.
Muntet was shot during a protest organised by the five lawmakers in Narok town on Monday last week.
Kenta said there are “some powerful forces” in government who want them out of the coalition “for not siding with Tunai”.
“We are still in the government, but if they start pushing us out for the sake of the governor, we have no otherwise but to rethink our position,” he said.
Ng’eno said they might be forced to reconsider their position in Jubilee if the state continues to harass them.
Narok Central Business Organisation chairperson David Sankok termed Cord “opportunists who are out to reap from the discontent in Narok”.
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