MP Jonh Paul Mwirigi for Igembe South has threatened to return a car gifted to him by President Uhuru Kenyatta after the 2017 elections.
Mwirigi claimed in a Facebook post on Sunday that he will not be bullied by President Uhuru’s allies just because the Head of State bought him a car.
His statement comes after an altercation with Cs Munya at Igembe Tea Factory in his constituency when the CS held a farmers’ meeting.
CS Munya told the MP that he was betraying President Kenyatta who gifted him a car by opting to support Ruto.
“You don’t insult an elder who addresses you as his son and bought your first car out of love. You should reciprocate by supporting him and telling the people the good things he has done for them,” Mr. Munya told the crowd amid chants of “Azimio”.
MP Jonh Paul Mwirigi had attempted to drum up support for William Ruto but the CS interrupted him.
Mwirigi accused Agriculture CS Peter Munya of blackmailing him into changing his stance in the upcoming presidential election with the president’s gift.
“Let me thank His Excellency the President for gifting me a car in the year 2017. I am much humbled now as I was then. Secondly, I wish to appreciate the President for gifting me wholeheartedly without expecting anything in return,” he said.
He further said a number of leaders have been castigating him claiming that by supporting DP William Ruto, he was disrespecting the president.
“If at all CS Munya is speaking for the president, (since he has done this repeatedly on different occasions), I may, for the sake of my peace of mind and independence, consider returning the gift,” he said.
Mwirigi said he will not bear the blackmail by the CS anymore, and if the attacks are an orchestrated plan to coerce him to change his decision, it will be an exercise in futility.
When Mwirigi was given a chance to address, he appeared to downplay Munya’s remarks on betrayal and went on to maintain that he is in the UDA party to stay.
He went on to explain that his decision to work with Ruto is because he came in handy when he and his people needed help.
Mwirigi said it is the DP who prompted Uhuru to give him a car and he, therefore, owes him no allegiance because of that.
“I am going to vie for a second term in office on a UDA party ticket. That is my party and my Presidential candidate is William Samoei Ruto who will be elected on August 9, polls,” he said.