Paul Koinange: Fallen MP's Mission to Tame Hustler Movement

  • The late Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange speaking during a past Kenya Police Service event
    The late Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange speaking during a past Kenya Police Service event
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  • The late Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange was known as a sharp critic of the so-called hustler vs dynasty movement and spent his last days developing laws that he hoped would tame the situation. 

    As Chair of the powerful National Assembly's Security Committee, the Kiambaa MP drafted bills that would have seen the use of the terms hustler and dynasty criminalised

    Last month, he led the committee in proposing amendments to the National Cohesion and Integration Act that would have seen those found guilty of using the censored words sentenced to five years in prison or required to pay a Ksh 5 million fine. 

    The proposal died down after ODM leader Raila Odinga implored Koinange's team to drop the criminalisation and allow Kenyans to reject the hustler narratives on their own volition. 

    The late Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange during a past media breifing
    The late Kiambaa MP Paul Koinange during a past media breifing
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    The fallen MP, who was a cousin of President Uhuru Kenyatta by way of marriage, was also a critic of Deputy President William Ruto whom he accused of bearing ulterior motives in his bid to clinch the presidency in 2022.

    Speaking during his last public appearance on Inooro TV, Koinange confessed his relationship with DP Ruto was severed.

    “We were with the DP in 2016 as President Uhuru Kenyatta was commissioning a road in Ruaka. I told the DP that Mt Kenya region had its owners and that will never change. He became very upset. 

    "During the rally after the event, Ruto introduced other MPs such as Kimani Ichung’wa and belittled me by forgetting my name,” the MP narrated.

    Koinange took offence with the gesture because according to him the DP did it on purpose despite the rally being held in his home turf of Kiambaa. 

    Koinange, who hails from one of Kenya's most connected families, made it a mission to fight the hustlers vs dynasty narrative which he said would throw the country on a dangerous path. 

    He cautioned that the narrative was likely to pit Kenyans against one another in terms of social stratification.

    The late MP used the example of the Rwanda genocide to explain the potential danger that lay ahead due to the rising political tension. 

    “What happens when lazy people become jealous of the hard work other Kenyans have put in to be able to afford a comfortable lifestyle?” he posed. 

    "Through the National Assembly Departmental Committee on Administration and National Security where he was the Chairperson, Hon Koinange advanced legislation and policy interventions that sought to create a peaceful, stable and tranquil nation," the President mourned.

    Despite the rocky relationship with the MP, DP Ruto praised the MP as a dependable, illustrious and visionary figure who worked for the people of Kiambaa Constituency with diligence. 

    "He was a progressive and selfless politician whose exceptional servant leadership will be missed. We pray to God that He grants strength to the family, their loved ones, the people of Kiambaa and our Parliament at this time of grief. Rest In Peace, Hon. Koinange,” Ruto’s statement read. 

    Deputy President William Ruto speaking at a rally in December 2020
    Deputy President William Ruto speaking at a rally in December 2020
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