Sankok Corrects Statement On Quitting Politics

He termed the statement on retiring from politics as false

Sankok Corrects Statement On Quitting Politics

Nominated MP David Sankok has now said that his statement on retiring from active politics was taken out of context.

During a Spice FM interview on Monday, July 4, the lawmaker had revealed that he will not run for any elective office or nomination in the upcoming August 9 General Election.

“The issue of contesting is a personal decision. I decided this time round not to seek any elective position.

Nominated MP David Ole Sankok. /DAILY NATION

"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.

He however noted that he wanted to continue fighting for the rights of people with disabilities even after his departure from politics.

"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," he added.

The following day, in an interview with TV47, he termed the statement on retiring from politics as false, noting that he was too young to quit the game.

"I did not say that I am retiring from politics, those are rumours. I said that I am not going for any elective seat just like my brother and friends Prof Kindiki, just like Sabina Chege. Just like John Mbadi the ODM chairman.

"Not going for an elective seat does not mean retiring from politics and if you see me very well, at the age of 43, yet we have people at the age of 80 still in politics, do I look like somebody who can exit politics?" he posed.

Sankok recently took the podium to rally support for Deputy President William Ruto’s manifesto, urging Kenyans to vote wisely during the August 9 general elections.

He has been known for showing up to the National Assembly in bright green attire with national flag stripes.

He is currently battling charges of improper storage of a firearm following the death of his 15-year-old son through alleged suicide earlier in May. 

Nominated MP David Ole Sankok, his wife Hellen and their children during a visiting day at the Maseno High School in 2019. /DAVID OLE SANKOK