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Ex-Mungiki leader Maina Njenga save Kanini Kega from hostile crowd

Ex-Mungiki Maina Njenga intervenes as crowd turns hostile against EALA MP (East African Legislative Assembly) Kanini Kega.

Former Mungiki leader Maina Njenga was on Saturday forced to step in and defend Kanini Kega, a former Kieni member of parliament, from an angry mob. 

Kega was speaking to a political rally in Kiambu’s Ruiru Stadium when he was booed off the stage by the audience, who wanted him to leave.

The member of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) attempted to call for unity at Mount Kenya, but the crowd was unreceptive.

However, the calmed down on intervention of Maina Njenga.

“You heard President William Ruto and Raila Odinga were together in Mombasa. Do you know what they said?” Njenga asked the crowd.

In unison, they remarked that they did not know the details of the discussion between the Head of State and the Azimio leader. 

Njenga reasoned that if Ruto met the opposition leader, then the crowd should also give Kega airtime to hear what he had to state. 

“Listen to Kanini Kega by all means whether you like him or not,” Maina Njenga directed the crowd while giving Kega the microphone back. 

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The former Kieni MP was then able to continue with his speech on how Mt Kenya should have a unity of purpose. 

Kanini Kega further appreciated Maina Njenga for calming the crowd noting that the two had been friends for a long period of time. 

He added that Mt Kenya should unite in preparation for the 2027 and 2032 general elections. 

Kega had been a staunch supporter of Raila Odinga heading to the 2022 general election but jumped ship after Raila lost to Ruto. 

He is among the faction of the Jubilee Party splinter group leading the ouster of former President Uhuru Kenyatta as its party leader. 

The faction named nominated MP Sabina Chege as Kenyatta’s replacement, and Kanini Kega as Acting Secretary-General amid continued infighting within the party.

Kega claimed that Kenyatta ceased to hold office in March 2023.

According to Kega, the Constitution does not allow a retired president to hold office in any political party for more than six months.

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