Muranga Senator Irungu Kang’ata has said he is ready to face the consequences of his damning Building Bridges Initiative letter after President Uhuru bashed him.
Speaking publicly for the first time after the controversial letter that leaked on New Year’s Eve, Kang’ata that he wrote the letter to President Uhuru in good faith and not to disrespect him.
Kang’ata while on an interview with vernacular station Inooro on Sunday January 10, 2021, maintained that the contents of his letter on the status of BBI in Mount Kenya still stands and the initiative will face a spectacular defeat in the region.
“We must support the government and ensure that the good work the President is doing is completed but we must also report the truth. These issues were raised in good faith, there is no malice or disrespect but just to ensure that this government succeeds,” Kang’ata said on Monday.
Kang’ata said that if his declaration costs him his Chief Whip position, he will respect the President and the Party’s position.
He revealed that there was already a plot within the Jubilee Party to relieve him of his duties in the upper house.
“If the party decided to remove me from the position of whip because of my stand, then I will accept and thank them for giving me the chance to serve,” Kangata said early today.
He insisted that the proponents of BBI need to change tact if the proposals are to see the light of day.
“We need to accept good ideas irrespective of who theyare coming from, there are ideas that have been given by the so called Tangatanga wing that are very good” Kangata said.
Kang’ata also responded to claims he’s working with Deputy President William Ruto stating that he’s just supporting some of the proposals being pushed by Ruto’s wing.
He says the proposal to have multiple choices on the referendum is good and should be supported by all, as it will ensure at least some proposals if BBI goes through.
The legislator has however regretted the leaking of the letter, saying it was not his intention.
He said he copied the letter to Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju, and Senate majority leader Samuel Poghisio therefore he could not tell when it was leaked.
The Muranga senator said he later tried to seek audience with the president to explain himself after the letter leaked but failed.
Kang’ata’s letter warning that BBI will fail in Central Kenya has sparked debate nationwide, with some leaders accusing him of leaning towards Deputy President William Ruto’s camp which largely opposes it.
The President while speaking during the burial of ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi’s mother told Kangata off, insisting he is in control and does not need lecturing.
“We believe in democracy, let people keep making the noise they are making and write their letters,” he said on Saturday in Western Kenya during the burial of the mother of Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi.