Sacked Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has officially joined Deputy President DR William Ruto’s Tangatanga faction after his humiliating dismissal from the Cabinet.
Kiunjuri lashed at the Government for cracking down on Tangatanga leaders for opposing the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), urging for a free society.
“How can you tell us to build bridges when you want to demolish others,” posed Kiunjuri, “You are demolishing one bridge to build another one.”
Kiunjuri made clear his support for DP Ruto, stating that he would support the Deputy President all through even if he ends up in the Opposition.
President Uhuru Kenyatta fired Kiunjuri from the Cabinet and replaced him with CS Peter Munya in a move that was widely seen as cutting down the growing influence of DP Ruto in Mt Kenya.
Before his sacking, Kiunjuri had openly expressed his opposition to the BBI report fronted by President Kenyatta and ODM party leader Raila Odinga.
Kiunjuri had been on a collision path with President Kenyatta on several occasions where the President was captured on live TV scolding him in public.
He is is an influential politician in the greater Mt Kenya region with 25 years of public service experience in various capacities.