Sacked Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has officially joined Deputy President Dr William Ruto’s Tangatanga faction after his dismissal from the Cabinet.
Kiunjuri lashed out at the Government for cracking down on Tangatanga leaders for opposing the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), urging for a free society.
“How can you tell us to build bridges when you want to demolish others,” posed Kiunjuri, “You are demolishing one bridge to build another one.”
Kiunjuri made clear his support for DP Ruto, stating that he would support the Deputy President all through even if he ends up in the Opposition.
President Uhuru Kenyatta fired Kiunjuri from the Cabinet and replaced him with CS Peter Munya.
Before his sacking, Kiunjuri had openly expressed his opposition to the BBI report fronted by President Kenyatta and ODM party leader Raila Odinga.
Kiunjuri had been on a collision path with President Kenyatta on several occasions where the President was captured on live TV scolding him in public for poor performance in his ministry.
However, the DP kept off the debate about changing the structure of government. He said the BBI was aimed at bringing Kenyans together as a country and strengthening cohesion.
“We want the BBI to bring the people of this great country together but not to divide them,” he said. “We want people to give their views on what they want. These people include mama mboga, hustlers, casual labourers (and) our leaders. I mean, it is not for leaders alone, but everybody who is a Kenyan.”
Ruto was accompanied by MPs Kimani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Rugathi Gachagua (Mathira) and Jonah Mburu (Lari). Governors Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua) and Jackson Mandago (Uasin Gishu) were present.
MPs allied to Ruto had alleged an elaborate plan to lock them out of the Afraha Stadium for their BBI rally on February 8.
But Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui dismissed their claims saying that he was yet to receive any request for use of the venue.
He said the County government was ready to honor the request once it is made through the right channel.
“We shall facilitate necessary arrangements for the success of the meeting once we receive the request. A meeting of that magnitude requires adequate preparations, including security and other logistics,” Kunyanjui said.
He added: “We, therefore, expect the request will be made in good time to allow adequate preparations and any other logistical issue that may be required on our part.”
The Governor, however, warned that the Tangatanga team has a duty to preach harmony starting with their first rally.
“Insults, name calling and character assassination will undermine the progress made so far in uniting the country,” he said.