Nakuru County has 11 Members of Parliament but Onesmus Kimani Ngunjiri is, arguably, the most vocal away from the floor of the National Assembly.
The fire-spitting lawmaker is never shy from tackling thorny issues head-on both at the national or county government levels.He always speaks his mind and he is no stranger to controversy -having been caught up in several chaotic incidents, some which have ended up in court.
Mr. Ngunjiri, popularly referred to as OKN to his supporters, recently caused a political storm when he publicly challenged President Uhuru Kenyatta to resign from Jubilee Party and join Raila Odinga’s ODM Party following a disagreement in Jubilee Party over 2022 presidential succession.
Last Sunday, his remarks aimed at the former Jubilee Vice chairman David Murathe over remarks that he will stop Deputy President William Ruto from succeeding Uhuru in 2022 at the Supreme Court went viral.
The lawmaker launched a scathing attack at Uhuru asking him to take responsibility for the succession debate as he was the originator of the same during their campaigns in the run-up to the 2013 polls.
“When Uhuru and Ruto united to form the Jubilee Party during a rally in Nakuru, he (Uhuru) declared that he would leave the Presidency to Ruto after his two terms.
This is a fire he started, and he should put it off himself,” said Ngunjiri.
This was followed Monday by a demonstration he held along Kenyatta Avenue in Nakuru town to further criticize the president’s ‘washenzi’ slur.Ngunjiri took a walk of defiance in the streets of Nakuru Town clad in a white t-Shirt emblazoned ‘Mimi Ni Mshenzi’, accompanied by his supporters.
Uhuru irked Kenyans and Central politicians who criticise him on ignoring them after they turned up in large numbers to vote for him.