Kenyan MP quits politics

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Kenyan lawmaker David Sankok on Monday, July 4, 2022, announced his retirement from politics to concentrate on business matters.

"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 during a local radio interview.

However, the nominated MP who represents Persons with Disabilities (PWDs) in the National Assembly stated that he will continue to fight for the group's rights.

"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 reiterated.

At the same time, the vocal legislator revealed how it is difficult to survive in Kenyan politics, noting that it caused him financial constraints.

"Politics in Kenya is very hard. It is a very tough game where everyone thinks you are their property. I'm not used to giving out free things. As a disabled person, I have struggled. I can't just give out money freely," he noted.

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