– Kiunjuri had gone to launch a water project in the area
– Youths allied to Kieleweke faction started heckling as soon as he stood to speak
– Area MP Wambugu Ngunjiri arrived moments later accompanied by supporters chanting pro-Kieleweke slogans
– The lawmaker took over the meeting and accused Kiunjuri of using government projects to advance his own political agenda
A group of unruly youths disrupted Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri’s meeting in Gatitu, Nyeri county after two camps clashed over 2022 politics.
Kiunjuri who had gone to launch a water project in the area faced resistance from a section of locals particularly youths who accused him of being used by Deputy President William Ruto to advance his presidential ambitions.
The clash that ensured on Saturday, June 29, was allegedly planned a day earlier by local political brokers allied to Kieleweke team.
Trouble began when Nyeri MP Ngunjiri Wambugu’s supporters and those of the area MCA Simon Muturi started chanting slogans pledging allegiance to their affiliations.
Kiunjuri was forced to cut short his speech after efforts to calm down the crowd proved futile.
“We are not here for political reasons, this is a national government project and every leader attending this meeting should be respected,” said Kiunjuri amidst jeers
Wambugu arrived moments later accompanied by a group of youths chanting pro-Kieleweke slogans and took over the meeting, prematurely ending Kiunjuri’s function.
The MP accused the CS of using the occasion to politic instead of genuinely advancing government development agenda.
” We will not allow government officials to use national government projects to politic and advance their own interests in our region,” said the MP in his Kikuyu dialect
He later shared a tweet accusing Kiunjuri of taking advantage of his position to seek popularity in preparation to becoming Ruto’s running mate in 2022.
“We will not allow anyone to play personal politics with national government projects. Tafuta running mate ya Ruto na njia ingine (seek to become Ruto’s running mate using other means ) he tweeted
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