Kang'ata Responds to 'Being Chased' From Ruto's Event

  • Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata runs to join other leaders among them DP William Ruto at Gatura AIPCA church on February 28, 2021
    Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata runs to join other leaders among them DP William Ruto at Gatura AIPCA church on February 28, 2021
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  • Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata has explained a viral video showing him running during one of Deputy President William Ruto’s stopovers in Murang’a on Sunday, February 28, 2021. 

    The video which has been shared by many social media users showed Senator Kang’ata in a light blue suit running from a crowd with a few people following him. 

    Many on social media interpreted that he was being chased by a charged crowd, an assertion that Kang'ata has rubbished. 

    Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata speaks at Gatura AIPCA church on February 28, 2021
    Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata speaks at Gatura AIPCA church on February 28, 2021
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    A local news publication reported that he was running to meet the deputy president. 

    However, the senator said that he had arrived late at the function and found that the road had been blocked by the convoy of vehicles. 

    “I alighted and ran past the blocking vehicles towards the church as the speeches were almost done,” Kang'ata said in a tweet. 

    The church service was being held at Gatura AIPCA church where the DP and other allies were already seated. 

    During his speech, Kang'ata said his decision to write to President Uhuru Kenyatta about the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) was informed by the realisation that other urgent priorities needed to be addressed.

    He cited the deteriorating state of agriculture in the region, a situation that has left many farmers poor.

    On his part, DP Ruto said the government would not be distracted by leaders out to derail its development agenda.

    Ruto regretted that the ongoing constitutional review had temporarily derailed the government's agenda but assured the country, "it will soon be over".

    He added that the Jubilee administration had laid a firm development foundation that he intends to advance upon the retirement of President Kenyatta in 2022.

    “We do not want to be distracted by diversionary forces. We want to focus on transforming our nation,” he said.