President Kenyatta has hit back at Jubilee Members of Parliament criticizing him for neglecting Central Kenya region as far as development projects are concerned.
Speaking in Mombasa on Monday, Kenyatta has described the MPs as "washenzi" (fools), saying his aim is to ensure that every part of the country benefits from government's development plan.
“I am not a person who is easily scared… Those going around playing petty politics I want to tell them this. We will not launch development projects based on which region a leader comes from. We want all 45 million Kenyans to benefit, we want all corners of this country to grow,” said Kenyatta during the commissioning of the Mama Ngina waterfront regeneration project.
“We want a country where every single citizen is entitled to development regardless of where the leader comes from. Kwa hivyo hao washenzi waachane na mimi…(Let those fools leave me alone). We want a country where every Kenyan feels they are part of this nation.”
MPs Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) and Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati) have accused Kenyatta of starving Mt. Kenya of development projects despite the region being his political bedrock and voting for him overwhelmingly.
Kuria accused Kenyatta of turning his people into voting machines saying that he only goes to Central Kenya to issue certificates to rehabilitated addicts instead of launching projects as he does in other areas.
“We have been rendered into voting machines but development is channeled elsewhere; we must shelve that nonsense."
“I want to tell the President to launch water, new roads, and electrification projects. We were with him in Kisumu where he launched new roads but coming to Kiambu, he only issued certificates to rehabilitated alcoholics,” said Kuria.
On the other hand, MP Ngunjiri said it is during Kenyatta's regime that Mt. Kenya residents have suffered most.
“If Uhuru is tired, let him call for elections for the presidential seat. Our people are crying all over, they have no lives. There is no government that has pushed the Kikuyu community to a tough corner, politically and economically, than this (Jubilee) government,” said Ngunjiri in a press briefing on Sunday.