Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata entertained former Citizen TV presenter Jacque Maribe with a cheeky song during the recording of her new online show, The Hot Seat.
In the episode that that aired on Sunday, August 16, Kang'ata had been invited to the show as the first guest to discuss his life journey spanning four decades.
The politician,in a candid revelation, disclosed that he was a bully in secondary school and would from time to time make Form One students sing a cheeky Kikuyu song.
One line in the lyrics to the song that Kang'ata did not confirm whether he composed or not when translated went something like, "Form Ones are choking on Ugali because they are greedy," with more rhymes to underscore the pecking order in boarding schools. The Senate Majority Whip heartily sang the tune in nostalgia as he took Maribe through the journey of his eventful life.Senate Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kang'ata addresses journalist in 2019File
"I went to Thika High School and that is where I met several friends of mine. At times, I regret some of the things that I did in High school particularly bullying. It was part of the Thika High School culture.
"At times I remember the things we used to make Form Ones do, like asking them to sing," explained Kang'ata before breaking into the song.
He further recalled being suspended for anonymously writing protest letters to the principal.
After secondary school, Kang'ata would try his hand out in self-employment as a deejay as well as becoming a car wash attendant.
He explained that he started washing cars after he was expelled from the University of Nairobi and only resumed his studies after President Mwai Kibaki ordered expelled students to resume studies.
"My chairman (of the then-Student Organisation of Nairobi University (SONU)) was David ole Sankok (Nominated MP). My agenda was to address issues with the parallel programme [self sponsored] because the regular [government sponsored] students felt like the university was oppressing us," explained Kang'ata.
They sued the institution and demonstrations erupted on the day of the hearing that spilled over to Parliament.
"I recall the bodyguard to Sharrif Nassir [late Mvita MP, then Cabinet Minister] drew a gun and shot at some students, but they didn't die though they were injured," he added.
Kang'ata and his colleagues were suspended due to the fracas but their efforts to sue the institution to re-instate them were futile.
The politician then resorted to washing cars for a living. From then, the Senator disclosed that he became a music promoter and deejay due to his love for Reggae music with the stage name DJ Nyutu.
He recounted that he would get musicians from Nairobi, including international artists to Murang'a for performances.
His success as a musical promoter led to calls from the area residents that he vies for a councillor's seat (currently Members of the County Assembly (MCA)) which he won in 2002 at the age of 22.
The Senator later approached the area MP at the time and asked him to help him (Kang'ata) resume studies because he was interested in pursuing a career in government.
"After I became a councillor, we were re-admitted back to the university by [former President Mwai] Kibaki's government. Once I finished my university degree, I decided to exit politics for a while," he added.
His law career catapulted him to more limelight and he decided to try his luck in the MP arena which he won and has never looked back.gun
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