Kiharu MP Irungu Kang’ata says Kiambu and Nyeri must pay the political debt they owe Murang’a, adding that Deputy President William Ruto’s running mate must come from Murang’a.
“We have sacrificed for a long time, despite us taking the biggest percentage in shaping Kenya’s political history,” said Kang’ata, the Murang’a Jubilee nominee for Senator.
The MP says Murang’a, which is the origin of the Agikuyu community and the epicenter of the Mau Mau war, has not gotten its fair share of political influence, compared to sister counties of Kiambu and Nyeri.
He said that Murang’a sacrificed by “handing” the presidency to founding President Jomo Kenyatta after his release from Kapenguria in 1961.
“Someone had to vacate his LEGCO seat to pave way for Kenyatta to participate in constitutional talks in London in 1962. LEGCO was the heart of African efforts to force changes at the Lancaster House Conferences in the lead-up to self-government and later independence,” the MP said.
He added, “The then Kigumo (in Murang’a) legislator and son of former colonial chief Njiri Kigo, Kariuki Njiri, gave his seat to Kenyatta. Didn’t Murang’a give the presidency to Jomo?’’
“When Uhuru finishes his second term, Kiambu and Nyeri should swallow humble pie because they have had their share during Jomo, Kibaki and Uhuru.”
“I request my counterparts in Murang’a to join me in pushing for this agenda in our Jubilee Party,” Kang’ata said.