• Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata stood his ground about the controversial letter he wrote to President Uhuru Kenyatta over BBI’s bleak future in the Mt. Kenya region.

    According to insiders in the Jubilee Party, Kang’ata refused to issue an apology to President Kenyatta over the storm created by the letter. 

    The head of state reportedly mandated Interior PS Karanja Kibicho to convene a meeting with the party officials to iron out the issues raised on Tuesday, January 12.

    Senate Majority Chief Whip Irungu Kang’ata addresses journalist in 2019

    The four-hour meeting was held at an undisclosed hotel in Westlands, Nairobi and was attended by senior party officials including those in the Senate and National Assembly. 

    Despite the pressure to either step down from his position as the Senate Majority Whip or offer a public apology to the president, Kang’ata insisted he had not committed any crime.

    The apology was supposed to be communicated in a press conference organised by the party on Wednesday, January 13, but the senator was a no-show. 

    When contacted about the intrigues, Kang’ata expressed shock that his colleagues had disclosed the discussions of the secret meeting to the media. 

    “I’m surprised my colleagues have shared details of the meeting with you. My letter did not insult anyone, neither did it contain falsehoods,” he said before adding “I just reported the truth. What wrong did I commit?”

    Another source at the meeting intimated that Kang’ata did not regret penning the letter and appeared emboldened by what he believes is the situation in the region. 

    “Despite the president’s hard stance on the matter and the presence of the Interior PS, he appeared unmoved, even claiming at some point that he did not insult the head of state to warrant the party backlash,” the source offered. 

    During the burial of ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi’s mother Hannah Atsianzale in Mululu, Vihiga County on January 9, Uhuru stated that he did not need anyone telling him what to do and was in charge of the government. 

    “I am in charge of this government and I am in control of what we are doing. Don’t assume that a lion that has been rained on is a cat. Some people have written letters to me thinking that I don’t know what I am doing. I don’t want to be lectured. I am the President and I am in charge of this government. I know where I am and I know where I am going,” he said.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks at the funeral service of Mama Hannah Mudavadi at Mululu village in Vihiga County
    President Uhuru Kenyatta speaks at the funeral service of Mama Hannah Mudavadi at Mululu village in Vihiga County