Sammy Leshore has replaced Isaac Mwaura as Jubilee’s nominated senator for persons with disability in the upper house.
The Chairperson of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) Wafula Chebukati gazetted Leshore’s name as Mwaura’s replacement just hours after the Mwaura’s seat was declared vacant in a gazette notice by Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka.
Joyce Amasong was tipped to be the possible replacement but now it is Sammy Leshore.
But who is this man Sammy Leshore? Here are a few facts you need to know about him:
- Sammy Prisa Leshore was born on 14th November 1954; he is 66 years of age.
- He served as a Member of Parliament for Samburu from 1992-1997 (KANU) before being replaced by ODM’s Raphael Letimalo.
- In his second term as MP, he served as the ruling party’s (KANU) chief whip.
- Leshore survived an assassination attempt on Sunday, February 21, 2000. He had just left the residence of then Vice President George Saititoti at 9PM, driving along Jogoo road in the company of his friend and fellow KANU legislator Mohammed Shidiye when a matatu hit his car from the rear. He was then hit by a bullet that meant to kill him but ended up destabilizing his spine.
- He spent a year in London undergoing treatment following the attack. It is estimated that he lost 300,000 nerves that left him paralyzed and confined in the wheelchair.
- Sammy Leshore is the first Senator for Samburu County. He served between 2013 and 2017. He was elected in 2013 on a URP ticket (Jubilee Coalition) and was replaced in 2017 by Steve Ltumbesi Lelegwe of Jubilee Party.
- He floored four other competitors in the 2013 Samburu senatorial race confined on a wheelchair. He says, he floored them, despite some moving around with choppers.
Here is a story that was done by Sylvia Chebet for Citizen TV in 2013 about Leshore and his friend Shidiye on their return to parliament.