Kieni MP Kanini Kega became the subject of attack from leaders allied to Deputy President (DP) William Ruto after he told mourners at a burial ceremony that the President had sent him to deliver his message.
Speaking in Hiringa, Nyeri County, during the final send-off Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua’s mother, Kega said he had come to deliver his condolences and that of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In response to his pronouncement, Kandara MP Alice Wahome slammed the MP for disrespecting DP Ruto.
Wahome said the DP Ruto is President Uhuru’s principal assistant and his presence was a clear indicator that he was the one to deliver the President’s message.
“At Rubia’s funeral, the Deputy President had sent me but because of respect I said I would not deliver his message when the president is present at the burial mass,” said Wahome.
Besides, Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria slammed Kega for delaying development in the region.
However, according to Kega, President Uhuru informed him that he won’t be able to attend the funeral and handed him some cash to deliver at the funeral.
“I met President Uhuru at the Coast and he said he would not be able to attend the funeral and that I should convey his condolences. He sent me to deliver Ksh500,000 as his financial contribution and topped it that with Ksh100,00,” said Kega.
On his part, DP Ruto urged the leaders present to keep their lane adding that he was the only one who was constitutionally mandated to deputise the head of state.
“There is only one person in Kenya who was legally sworn in to deputise President Uhuru. I will do that very diligently.
Everybody should do their job. If you are working in a hospital, do that. If you are a watchman or MCA do your job. Let us respect each other,” said the DP.
The funeral also awakened calls to have DP Ruto fully supported for the presidency by the Mt Kenya region.
The leaders present said the region was fully behind Ruto and that President Uhuru will no doubt retire upon the expiry of his term.