Bahati Member of Parliament Kimani Ngunjiri has responded to President Uhuru Kenyatta just hours after he tore into him and accused him of being against the handshake and BBI.
Through a lengthy social media post, the lawmaker reiterated that he is not against uniting the country but has a problem with those who are taking advantage of the situation.
He also slammed the President for focusing on politics rather than addressing the issues facing the residents of Bahati during his visit, adding that he has every right to advocate for the rights of his people.
“We welcomed the President in a cordial manner, nonetheless, the conduct of our guest and his team left so much to be desired of their real intentions.
The President alluded that I have a problem with the handshake. As a Kenyan and a leader of goodwill for that matter, personally, I don’t have a problem with the initiative of uniting the nation.
My issue is that the unity being pushed by the President and the former Prime Minister is marred with a lot of insincerity. Instead of building bridges, it appears some sections are stonewalling and building dams.”
He further stated that the fact that the President is the Jubilee Party Leader does not mean he should agree with everything he says.
“The President said that I should be told to let him do his job while I concentrate on my duties as an MP. I would like to remind the President respectfully that as an MP I am mandated to represent the voice of the people and also oversight the executive.
“I have been faithfully executing my mandate and the President should accept the fact that, in spite of him being the Jubilee Party Leader, I don’t have to agree with his views all the time.”
Earlier, President Kenyatta had told Ngunjiri to let him focus on his work and concentrate on his duties as an MP and he (Ngunjiri) said he has been faithfully executing his mandate.
Uhuru criticised the MP for what he termed ‘selling fear to people of Rift Valley’ and working against his dream of uniting the country before he completes his term.