Nominated Member of Parliament David Sankok has declared his resignation from politics.
In an interview with a local radio station today, Sankok stated that he will not be running for any elective office in the August elections in order to concentrate on his own enterprises.
He stated that he never had the chance to expand his businesses since he began advocating for the rights of persons with disabilities at a very young age.
“The issue of contesting is a personal decision. I decided this time round not to seek any elective position. I need to focus on my businesses because I started engaging in the advocacy of people with disabilities at a very early age, so I never had space to develop myself and that is what it is,” he said.
However, the candidate for the National Assembly seat for Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) made it clear that he would continue to fight for the group’s rights.
The lawmaker added that politics has cost him money and that he has experienced severe frustrations since entering active politics in 2017.”If you’ve followed debates in Parliament, you’ve probably noticed that I always arrive on time for debates and always leave after the Speaker. I am always on time because I don’t want anything to go by without me bringing up the issue of persons with disabilities. I was recognized as the best performing male MP for three years,” Sankok said.
Sankok, a supporter of the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), used the podium to urge Kenyans to exercise good judgment in the general elections on August 9 by supporting Deputy President William Ruto’s platform.
He claimed that the issue is made worse by social media, where people criticize and humiliate politicians who refuse to accept donations.
Following the alleged suicide of his 15-year-old son in May, Sankok is currently charged with improper storage of a handgun.
The Firearms Act mandates that all licensed gun owners keep their firearms and ammunition in a safe that is difficult to open for anybody without the required combination lock.