Joyce Lay to quit ODM, run for Senate seat on Jubilee Party ticket

March 10, 2017 12:39 pm
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According to Lay, residents of Taita Taveta stand a better chance in the ruling party since it has shown that it is committed to developing the county despite residents largely voting for the Opposition during the 2013 General Election/COURTESY

, VOI, Kenya, Mar 10 – Taita Taveta Woman Representative Joyce Lay is set to quit the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) as she seeks to became the county’s next Senator.

Lay who was addressing residents in Voi town, urged locals to reconsider their political alignment in order to participate effectively in the nation’s development.

“I will not be afraid to tell you that I am running for the enate seat on the Jubilee Party. Politics is all about numbers and we have to sit where the cake is being shared,” she said.

According to Lay, residents of Taita Taveta stand a better chance in the ruling party since it has shown that it is committed to developing the county despite residents largely voting for the Opposition during the 2013 General Election.

She cited a number of development projects including the soon to be launched National Mining Institute which will serve as a research hub for mineral science as the reason why she had made a choice to switch to Jubilee.

“They (government) have done several projects. Talk of the mining institute, roads have been carpeted, funds for Mzima Spring II water project are already being sourced at the National Treasury,” she explained.

On February 6, Senator Dan Mwazo (Taita Taveta) made similar remarks during Deputy President William Ruto’s tour of the region revealing that he was going to run for the county’s top job – Governorship.

“I have accompanied the DP because he invited me and even offered me a chopper ride all the way from my home in Kasighau. Some leaders come here send greetings to me as if they don’t know where to get me,” Mwazo said during a rally in Voi town.

“I am not ready to support someone who is not ready to support me,” he added.

The President who is on a four-day tour of the Coast region together with his deputy, is expected to launch the National Mining Institute at the Taita Teveta University College on Saturday.

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