There was untold drama as Tanga tanga, Kieleweke and the people squared it out in Public at an event in Kirinyaga during an annual bursary fund drive organised by Interior PS Karanja Kibicho.
Drama began when nominated MP Maina Kamanda, in his speech, failed to recognise Deputy President William Ruto as a key player in the BBI agreement.
Kamanda reportedly refused to recognise Ruto as President Uhuru Kenyatta’s “partner in Government”.
In his address, Kamanda repeatedly made references to President Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga as the political pillars, who “have led to uninterrupted peace and political stability in Kenya”
However, hundreds of residents, who had attended the event, began chanting “Ruto, Ruto”, forcing Kamanda to cut short his speech.
Kamanda’s attempts to continue speaking bore no fruit, as the chants got louder.
The pro-Ruto chants, the BBI exchanges led to a moment of disorder that forced the host, Karanja Kibicho, to grab the microphone and demand normalcy.
Kibicho asked those “who were not interested in what was being said”, to leave the venue, terming their actions as “primitive”.
Kibicho said it was unfortunate that he had invited leaders from across the political divide to help in a noble exercise, yet it turned out to be a political battlefront.
Rising to speak, Kibicho’s boss, Fred Matiang’i, asked those who accused Kibicho of being an anti-Ruto crusader to direct the blame on him and President Kenyatta.
“I take full responsibility for any action by the security team, never touch my PS, don’t blame him for any political problem within and without Government. Kenya has only one president – Uhuru Kenyatta – who we receive instructions from. Any action taken by the security personnel is as a result of a presidential directive,” said Matiang’i.
The minister further told off the leaders allied to DP Ruto, who are accusing Kibicho of using State resources to undermine Ruto.
“A house can never have two heads,” said Matiang’i.
Other leaders who spoke at the event, are MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) Kabinga Wathayu (Mwea), Munene Wambugu (Kirinyaga Central), Gichimu Githinji (Gichugu), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), Junet Mohamed (Suna East), among others.
In May this year (2019), Deputy President William Ruto confronted Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho for allegedly sabotaging his functions across the country.
The two bumped into each other at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, where they had gone to welcome President Uhuru Kenyatta, who was arriving from Rwanda after a one-day state visit.
According to reports, the DP demanded answers as to why Kibicho had ordered county commissioners to withdraw security at his functions. Sources familiar with the incident say the DP warned Kibicho to stop meddling with his countrywide tours.
At one point, during the about 15 minutes lecture, the DP told the PS to “keep to his lane.”
A source, who sought anonymity said that the DP cited the recent Turkana tour, where county commissioners failed to show up. He accused Kibicho of being behind the absence.
“Everyone present including the service commanders were taken by surprise. Nobody uttered a word as the lecture by the visibly angry Ruto continued,” said the source.
In April, top county security, snubbed the DP’s church function in Tetu, Nyeri County.
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