MP Ngunjiri Mother's Dying Warning on Relationship With Ruto

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    Deputy President William Ruto prays at a past event at his Karen, Nairobi residence
  • Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri has revealed how his mother’s dying wish could bind him with Deputy President William Ruto forever. 

    Speaking during the funeral ceremony on Tuesday, December 1, Kimani stated that failure to honour the wish could subject him to a curse. 

    “Ruto is a good person and you should maintain that friendship,” The MP recalled Edith Ngunjiri’s words. 

    Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri speaking during his mother's funeral service in Nakuru on December 1, 2020
    Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri speaking during his mother's funeral service in Nakuru on December 1, 2020

    “If my mother left me instructions to maintain my friendship with Ruto, who am I to subject myself to a curse,” he affirmed.

    Kimani also explained that the two were allowed to have a difference of opinion but not forsake the friendship. 

    Recounting the morning she passed on, the Bahati MP disclosed that he was overwhelmed with a feeling of insecurity and vulnerability.

    He explained that that fateful morning his mother had just taken some uji for breakfast, albeit a small amount. 

    Later on, Ngunjir’s sister went to check up on her in the neighbouring house that she was living in.

    “As I left for a meeting close by, I told my wife to also check if my mother was okay. Even before I left the gate, my wife called asking me to go back. My instinct immediately told me my mother had left us. Instead of going to the house where I had left my wife, I went to my mother's house and found her lying peacefully on the bed,” the MP narrated. 

    “My father died a long time ago and I didn't feel what I felt that day. That was the first time I experienced that kind of fear. I knew my mother was not in a position to protect me but I felt insecure and vulnerable,” he added. 

    Edith died of old age at 103 and during the funeral arrangements, Kimani did not contribute money as his friends vowed to cater for all the expenses. 

    In an appeal to the DP Ruto, who was also present at the funeral service, the outspoken MP asked the government to help revive the pyrethrum industry which had helped his mother buy large farms in her productive years. 

    The appeal was echoed by Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui who underscored that the crop as important to Rift Valley residents as sugarcane, coffee and miraa is to western and central region respectively.