MPs allied to the Tanga Tanga group have told off the President regarding his Sunday’s remarks that MPs from his backyard should stop petty politics and instead focus on working for the voters.The MPs, largely drawn from the Mt Kenya region have shown the middle finger to Uhuru saying it is not their function as MPs to implement projects but that of the national government.
”We cannot be told to stop doing politics because the President will not be running come 2022.Let him deal with it.There is no cost of development brought about with us politics because an MP does not implement projects,” said Alice Wahome, Kandara MP.
The defiant MP said she was not a beneficiary to anyone and that it is them who actually looked for votes for the president, contrary to what Uhuru said on Sunday.
“It is unfortunate that the President can stand on a religious podium and speak such words to his people. I do not think I am a beneficiary of anyone and I think that goes for everyone else,” she said.
On the other hand, Kirinyaga Woman Representative Wangui Ngirici, a Ruto lieutenant, said she would not back down from the Tangatanga squad for “development missions.”The Woman MP said the President had turned against the very people he begged for support when the Supreme Court overturned his August 2017 victory.
“The President did not help us, instead we helped him. We respect him as the President but he should also listen to us. When his election was nullified, he was always calling us. Why did he not go campaigning alone?” Ngirici asked adding that she will keep on teaming up with like minded Kenyans.
“I was elected as a political leader and if my people are not complaining, why is the President complaining? We want to see him launching development projects in Mt Kenya. That is what we want,” she said.
Mukuruweini MP Anthony Kiai said the remarks by the President were in bad taste and likely to trigger widening fissures in Jubilee.
“The approach by the President, to me, was wrong. We recognise him as our President and our party leader and anytime he thinks we have gone astray, he should be able to call us for a meeting,” he said adding that the president is always angry at Mt Kenya region when addressing them.
Kiambu MP Jude Njomo said he was surprised at the President’s rant.
“The President perhaps may need to apologise sincerely to Kenyans over his anger. I personally don’t understand why he reacted that way,” he said.
However, Murang’a senator Irungu Kang’ata warned MPs defying Uhuru that were it not for the President they would have fallen by the wayside in 2017 polls.
“You know in our region when you win a ticket of the main party you are almost guaranteed election,”the Majority Whip stated.
Laikipia MP Cate Waruguru said Jubilee MPs appreciate the President as their party leader but wondered why the head of state spoke with such anger.
“He was really angry, but then there could have been a better way, even call us together and speak up his mind. We support development programmes under the government and that is why you see us accompanying the Deputy President to launch them,” she said.
Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi told off President Kenyatta in a Facebook post.
“I was shocked to hear our Jubilee member number one Uhuru claiming that nobody assisted him in hunting for votes and further insinuating that there are leaders who were elected courtesy of him. Personally, I was elected by the great people of Kapseret . I owe them a lot of respect especially to my campaigners and more so voters,” he said.