Kakamega’s newly elected deputy governor Ayuba Savula has claimed that he was intimidated and persuaded to support Azimio One Kenya alliance leader Raila Odinga.
Speaking at a funeral, the former Lugaria Member Parliament who had been elected on an ODM ticket alongside the governor elect, Fernandes Barasa, spoke of this matter stating that had he been in Raila’s support faction due to being threatened to do so by the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI).
“I have not mentioned it to anyone but today I will go public about it. It is the coercion from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation (DCI) that forced me to support the Azimio coalition. They arrested me together with my two wives at night on fictitious charges,” he said.
Savula further asserted that he had been among the first politicians to drum up support for William Ruto after he declared interest in the presidential position after the 2017 elections.
“Immediately after elections, I joined a bandwagon that was drumming up support for Ruto’s presidential quest,” stated Savula.
“I have even talked to my party boss Raila who is out of the country on the same and asked him to retire after a lengthy struggle and pass the baton to young leaders,” he added.
Savula’ s change of opinion and allegiance comes barely a day before the swearing-in of the president-elect tomorrow.
He has officially joined the list of politicians seeking to amend their relationship with president elect William Ruto after the just concluded general election.
The oath of office to be taken by Savula and his boss Fernandes Barasa will take place on September 15 at the Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega Town.