Barely a week after his successful ouster by the Jubilee Party Parliamentary Group meeting Former Senate majority leader Irungu Kang’ata has broken his silence naming leaders he suspects leaked the Presidential letter.
Irungu caused a stir in the political arena, following his letter to the head of state detailing the outcome of his BBI popularity survey in the Mt. Kenya region late last year.
“Based on a survey I conducted during the December 2020 holidays, I have come to the conclusion that BBI is unpopular in Mt. Kenya. Out of every 10 persons I surveyed, six opposed it, two support it, and two others are indifferent,” his letter read in part.
Talking to the KTN in an interview earlier today, the Murang’a senator divulged that the letter might have been leaked by the Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio who had a copy of the letter, or Jubilee Party Secretary-General Raphael Tuju.
“I regret the leakage of the letter. It is not me; it was either leaked by Majority leader Poghisio because he had a copy or Raphael Tuju,” said Kang’ata.
Kang’ata added that he however did not regret having expressed his thoughts to the President, urging people to respect thoughts.
“I strongly believe what I wrote. First and foremost, it is an expression of my thoughts and this is a country that believes in democracy. We need to respect thoughts,” he added.
He stated that he did not abuse anyone in the letter, and was rather highlighting what obstacles the report was facing in the region.
Asked about his relationship with the head of state, senator Kang’ata describes Uhuru as positive.
“I am very happy with President Uhuru Kenyatta,” said Kang’ata.
He went ahead to cite the incident when President Uhuru Kenyatta attended his wedding which was a very important event in his life, and even his immense contribution in him becoming the Senate majority whip.
He has however constantly denied leaking the letter to the public.
“Kindly though, the letter dated December 30 (2020) is authentic. I didn’t give it to the media. Someone else who had been copied did. I apologize for that.”
“With the benefit of hindsight, I should have copied no one else. I trust substantive issues raised in the letter will be remedied,” he tweeted on Monday, January 4.