Former Mumias East MP Benjamin Washiali has blasted a section of elected leaders from Western Kenya for not picking up his calls.
Washiali who withdrew from defending his seat to drum up support for President William Ruto further wondered why the leaders were not responding to his text messages.
“What becomes of a leader who cannot pick up calls or respond to messages?” Washiali wondered.
While calling on the leaders to pick up his calls, the outspoken leader refuted claims that he was calling elected leaders for money or favours.
He said as a senior political leader, Washiali was making calls to give guidance on what the new crop of leaders expected of them based on his experience.
“We are not calling to ask for money or favours. At times we are just calling to guide some of you on what to do, based on our experience as leaders,” he said.
The former lawmaker said he was not the only one receiving such treatment, wondering why they would go silent on the electorate after winning.
“It is not just about me, several people across the board have similar complaints. One becomes a good leader when one listens to their electorates. I am also an electorate,” said Washiali.
In the lead to the hotly contested August 9, General Election, Washiali who represented Mumias East constituency for 15 years said he will not contest for any seat and that he will direct all his energy and resources in ensuring William Ruto wins the August 9, presidential election.
“It’s been an honour serving the People of Mumias East, with gratitude I appreciate that you placed your hope and aspirations in me for the last 15yrs, I have served diligently, and I’m grateful for the development strides we’ve made,” he said.
Despite his efforts, the seasoned politician is yet to land any state appointment from President William Ruto.