Kikuyu member of parliament Kimani Ichungwa is a vocal and fierce critic of ODM, and has in the past even purposely misinterpreted statements made by ODM leaders, and gone on to call them cows. However, yesterday, in what caught most observers by shock, the Kikuyu legislator appeared to sympathise with ODM over what he considered as their unfair treatment during last week’s by-elections.
Speaking on Citizen TV’s JKL show hosted by seasoned journalist Jeff Koinange, Kimani Ichungwa said that the by-elections which happened last week had already been determined by the deep state.
“It was predetermined that Matungu was going to be taken by ANC. It had also been already decided that Kabuchai was to go to Ford Kenya. ODM never stood a chance in Matungu. UDA never stood a chance in Kabuchai”
This latest statement from Kimani Ichungwa bares a lot of similarity to what James Orengo and Otiende Amollo said over the weekend in Siaya County. Without mentioning the deep state, they insinuated that operations carried out in Western Kenya during the by-elections may have resulted in ODM’s losses last week.
Ichungwa, who was speaking alongside ODM’s Junet Mohammed, nevertheless went ahead to contradict himself moments later.
Seeming to dismiss ODM’s protests of frustrations from government operatives, he said that all these claims were simply just a smokescreen, and that the real issue at hand was that ODM had expected and planned to use the BBI as a cash cow, but Uhuru was refusing to loosen the purse strings and this is what was bringing forth all the contestation. Junet dismissed this assertion, saying that ODM was perfectly capable of funding any activity that may arise.
And in another development that is likely to leave Deputy President William Ruto with even fewer options in his already shrinking political sphere, Ichungwa made clear the kind of internal resistance that the DP risks facing in case he decides to work with Raila Odinga.
Asked by Jeff Koinange what his opinion was on a possible Raila-Ruto merge, the vocal tanga tanga MP was unequivocal, bluntly saying that he hoped this doesn’t happen.