Nyali MP Mohammed Ali Dismisses "DP Ruto's Spanner Boy" Tag

  • Nyali Member of Parliament Mohammed Ali on Sunday clarified an incident where he handled Deputy President William Ruto's money resulting in ridicule.

    The Nyali legislator strongly refuted snide comments that labelled him as the DP's "new second-hand spanner boy".

    Moha "Jicho Pevu" courted the aggressive social media shout down after he passed over a Ksh5 Million donation made by the DP to a church at the coastal region.

    "I was seated at the front row of the church and I was tapped on my shoulders by his handlers to pass it across to him. If this is a crime so be it," he explained during an interview with The Standard.

    When he was reminded that the law shuns the promotion of tokenism by public officers, the first time parliamentarian claimed that the question was unfair.

    "It is unfair to load that on me when you know I am not the police, a prosecutor or a judge. There are many arms of government to check on all these and unfortunately, all of them have a dent.

    "Should I tell people not to receive money? I am not a Christian… It’s up to them to set the standards," he defended himself.

    The legislator recounted details of the 2017 General Election that drove him to be friendly with the ruling party leaders despite having sworn allegiance to the Opposition's ODM party. 

    "I pleaded my case to party organs and to Baba to no avail. I went in as an independent, won and fought the election petitions alone. My constituency has since been starved of all its entitlements at the county government of Mombasa.

    "I was knocking on every door where I could find help for my people, the DP’s door was one of them. I have never been bought and I will never be bought. I will work with saints, criminals, prostitutes if that is what it will take to help my people," he declared.