Kang’ata Desperately Begged Raila for Power - Kanini Kega

  • A collage of Muranga Senator Irungu Kang'ata (left) and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (right)
    A collage of Muranga Senator Irungu Kang'ata (left) and Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga (right)
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  • Kieni Member of Parliament, Kanini Kega, has revealed how Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata begged Former Raila Minister Raila Odinga to lobby for his candidature as the Senate majority whip.

    While addressing a political gathering during Raila’s tour to Nyeri County on Saturday, November 27, Kega disclosed that he was present at a meeting when the senator made his prayers known to the ODM party leader.

    The Kieni legislator went ahead to state that Raila helped the Murang'a senator get elected as the majority whip by successfully lobbying his party to endorse the leadership changes by the Jubilee party.

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    ODM leader Raila Odinga (right) with Murang'a Senator Irungu Kang'ata at the burial of the latter's father on February 24, 2020
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    Irungu Kang'ata

    Consequently, Kang'ata was named as the Senate Majority whip replacing Susan Kihika who was removed from the position because of her close ties with Deputy President Willian Ruto. 

    "This I have to confess, I was in a meeting where senator Kang'ata was looking for the seat as Majority whip in the senate. He came and pleaded with Raila. Raila is the one who helped him get that seat," Kanini revealed.

    Additionally, Kega castigated the Murang'a senator for being ungrateful to the former Prime Minister by defecting to DP Ruto's United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party.

    On February 9, Kang'ata was ejected as the Majority whip by the Jubilee Party after the senator wrote a hard-hitting letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta stating that the Building Bridges Initiative was unpopular in Mt Kenya region.

    "Raila helped him and that is true. However, when he was given the seat he ruined everything for himself. Surely, we have to be grateful when somebody does something good," Kega stated

    During the Azimio la Umoja rally,  Kega further lobbied for a Raila Presidency stating that it was evident that the ODM party leader had helped many community leaders in ascending to powerful governmental positions.

    "Senator Issac Mwaura was taken from where he was and he was given a nomination to Parliament by Raila. Racheal Shebeesh was also handed her first nomination to parliament by Raila," Kega added.

    The legislator also hit out at Ruto and the UDA party, alleging that the deputy president was a crafty businessman who would not put into consideration the needs of the vote-rich region.

    "In the next election, you will be able to elect a leader or a dealer. The leader is here and that is Raila Odinga," Kega affirmed.

    Kieni MP Kanini Kega speaks during a session in Parliament on July 25, 2018.
    Kieni MP Kanini Kega speaks during a session in Parliament on July 25, 2018.
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