MP Kimani Ichung'wah distances himself from attack on Kenyatta farm
National Assembly Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wah has denied allegations that he fanned attacks on the Northlands farm that belongs to former President Uhuru Kenyatta’s family.
Ichung’wah said his now infamous remarks at the weekend prior to the invasion were just a warning to the fourth president against violence should he not cease funding opposition activities.
While calling for a probe, the Kikuyu lawmaker further accused Azimio la Umoja One Kenya leader Raila Odinga of seeking entry into government through a handshake, adding that the opposition has overlooked constitutional avenues in seeking solutions to pressing public problems.
“I cautioned him last Saturday, and if you listen to that clip, I was very particular. I addressed none other than Uhuru Kenyatta, and I said he is the sole and singular sponsor of these Azimio chaos, as the chairman of the Azimio council. And I told him, if you continue to orchestrate violence, violence has no end. It has no boundaries. You will find it at your doorstep,” he said.
The third term lawmaker made the remarks in Kianyaga, Kirinyaga County, during an event attended by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua at his former secondary school.
Ichung'wa warned that the former president's farm was at risk should his alleged sponsorship of opposition activities continue.
“Na mali ya MKenya ikivamiwa, hata hizo mashamba zenu tutazivamia na wenye hawana mashamba wapate mashamba Kenya hii...msifikiri ati ni Wakenya wa kawaida watapoteza mali, even you you will pay a price if you continue to instigate violence and bloodshed in this country...and that is my message to none other than Uhuru Kenyatta, the sponsor and sole sponsor singular financier of Azimio,” he said in the viral clip.
The legislator instead raised questions on the absence of police officers stationed at the Kenyatta-owned farm, accusing the former Head of State and Mr. Odinga of orchestrating the attack and laying the blame on the Kenya Kwanza administration.
“Kenyans need to ask themselves the curious question, how come the elite policemen who guard Northlands were nowhere to be seen? We have not heard any reports, not from the OCS and OCPD of the stations around Northlands, not from the Inspector General of Police...that is, a distress call to the police for backup,” he stated.
Ichung’wah, while calling on the opposition Azimio to end the protests, said challenges that affect Kenyans have set channels through which they can be addressed.
“Issues that are of concern to the Kenyan people like the cost of living, have got an avenue,” he stated, the remarks coming amid mounting calls for dialogue between President Ruto and Mr. Odinga.
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