Stop insulting me and do your work – Uhuru tells off Kimani Ngunjiri

Bahati MP Kimani Ngujiri has been making headlines for his unprecedented temerity to openly defy President Uhuru Kenyatta, a path that not many would dare follow. The president got enough of it and spoke his mind on a tour to the region.

President Uhuru Kenyatta
President Uhuru Kenyatta [Photo/ Courtesy]

In Brief

– President Kenyatta toured Bahati constituency on Tuesday to inspect government programs.

– The area MP was in the Presidential convoy when the President made a stopover at Maili Sita and delivered a public lecture targeting the MP

– Kimani, in his characteristic defiant tone, dismissed the President’s lecture in a statement to the media

President Uhuru Kenyatta has lashed out at Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri accusing him of being at the front row in hurling abuses to him at the expense of serving his constituents. President Kenyatta spoke on Tuesday when he toured the area to inspect government projects, urging residents to support him in his quest to unite the country.

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Kimani has in the recent past portrayed open defiance to the President, oftentimes issuing statements that completely contradict and challenge the commander-in-chief. The trend seemed to have irked the President who upon making a stopover at Maili Sita in Bahati, challenged the residents to explain whether their MP acts at their behest, to which the crowd answered in refutation.

“There is one man who has made it a habit to insult me every day. I decided to keep quiet and observe him until the day I would come to Bahati. I am here to find out whether it is you (residents) who send him to hurl insults at me,” charged Uhuru.

President Uhuru Kenyatta addresses residents of Maili Sita area in Bahati Constituency, Nakuru County. He scolded the area MP Kimani Ngunjiri, telling him to concentrate on his work [Photo/ The Standard]
The MP in question sat quietly three cars away from the Presidential limousine as Uhuru delivered his lecture, which was in form of a bitter outburst that exposed the lawmaker to public ridicule as it dug deep into the extremes of questioning Kimani’s ability to lead.

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In an audacious rebuttal, however, Kimani later in the day issued a statement to the press dismissing the President’s attack on him, adding that it was uncharacteristic for the president to stoop that low, seeing he had traveled all the way to Nakuru only to attack him.

“I heard everything he said about me and my concern is whether it was right for the president to come all the way from Nairobi to attack me. I was behind him all along and I think that the president stooped too low to come and attack me. The president is of the league of fellow presidents like Museveni and other international leaders and not me. I am not scared. I still have my support on the ground,” Kimani said in a phone interview with one of the local media outlets.

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Kimani Ngunjiri is a prime member of the Tangatanga wing of the Jubilee party that has expressed unyielding support to Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 Presidential bid.