Narok Senator Ledama Olekina has agreed to withdraw the case he filed against ODM over the Senate Public Accounts Committee chairmanship.
In a communication by ODM party leader Raila Odinga, Olekina has consequently surrendered the seat and apologised.
“In return I’ve instructed the party to reverse the decision to de-whip the Senator,” Raila said on his social media on Tuesday.
Olekina had moved to the High Court and obtained reprieve from being removed from two key Senate committees.
Justice Weldon Korir ruled that unless the legislator is granted with the reprieve, his case will be overtaken by events hence his move to stop Olekina’s removal from his coveted positions in two disputed committees.
“Upon perusal of the filed pleadings of the petitioner, I find that he has established an arguable case, and that he will be prejudiced if the sued parties are allowed to proceed with their proposed actions,” Justice Korir ruled.
The senator had sued the Senate, Speaker Kenneth Lusaka, Minority leader James Orengo and the Attorney General over the matter.
He contested and won the election on Monday against his party’s preferred candidate Kisii Senator Sam Ongeri.
“I am the duly elected Chair of the Senate Public Account’s and Investments committee! I thank God and my colleagues for believing in me,” he said.
Orengo, an ally of Raila, gave a notice indicating the party’s wish to de-whip him from the CPAIC and the Senate Business Committee over his supposed defiance. Olekina was accused of working with a section of Jubilee politicians to undercut his party, ODM, and secure the seat.
He, however, accused the Minority leader saying, “I don’t blame Raila Odinga o President Uhuru [Kenyatta] on this …the mess is Orengo!”
When the going got tough, he retreated to elders in his community, who accompanied him to the meeting with Raila.
“When shit hit the fan, I said I would take it back to my people to make a decision,” he tweeted on May 17.