‘We cannot allow Maina Njenga to join UDA, let him join ODM,’ Aden Duale says
Garissa Township Member of Parliament Aden Duale has chastised the former Mungiki Sect leader Maina Njenga over rounds of booing witnessed during DP Ruto's Tuesday tour of Laikipia.
Speaking during an interview with NTV on Tuesday night, Duale told off Maina Njenga saying that his United Democratic Alliance (UDA) Party would not want any association with a person such as Njenga who instigates violence.
“Maina Njenga and his militia Mungiki have no place in the legislature, they have no place in the politics and I want to see how the security agencies will deal with him after how he conducted himself today,” Duale said.
The legislator went further to declare Njenga’s actions as witnessed during Deputy President William Ruto’s UDA tour in Laikipia County unlawful and which should be addressed as a security concern.
“Today is a very sad day; the Ministry for Interior must deal with Mungiki. Mungiki cannot be a player in our political arena,” Duale said while urging security agencies to take action against Maina Njenga.
Citing circumstances in which Njenga was denied major parties candidature over security concerns, the lawmaker sternly deemed Njenga unfit for a political leader.
“I remember Maina Njenga was denied a ticket by President Kenyatta for in 2002 to run on KANU, he denied him a ticket of TNA on 2013, and even told us URP don’t give him a ticket. In 2017, he denied him a Jubilee ticket,” MP Duale stated.
The DP Ruto allied politician while staging an indirect attack to the their rival ODM Party suggested that Njenga should instead consider seeking an ODM Party ticket since ‘that is where he belongs.’
He unfavourably compared his acts of violence to the ones his party UDA faced last month during Kisumu visits which they pointed accusing fingers at the ODM.
“I saw when there was a problem in Kisumu, I could see Maina Njenga drinking lucozade.. the heat was too hot for him; but I am sure of the revival of the people of Mt. Kenya playing politics,” he said.
Duale added:“But Maina Njenga is joining ODM, ODM has got a certain DNA of violence, I think he is in the right place he can go to Kasarani onn Friday and join ODM but not UDA, we cannot allow him.”
During a Hustler campaign rally in Laikipia, DP Ruto clashed with Maina Njenga after the latter caused a ruckus that saw hecklers shout at the DP while he was addressing residents.
The DP infuriated lashed at Njenga stating that he should lead his own rally if he wished to address the congregants but not in his own rally.
“Hapana, apange mkutano yake. Hii mkutano ni yangu. Please tuelewani. Tafadhali, please, tuwe na nidhamu. Msikuje hapa kupiga kelele kwa mkutano yangu. Mpange mkutano yenu, wacheni upuzi! Siwezi kukubali,” angry Ruto said on Tuesday.
At the same time, DP Ruto hinted working with Maina Njenga after Laikipia residents called upon the DP to give Njenga a chance to address them.
Ruto said,” “Mtatupatia MCA wa UDA? Mtatupatia Mbunge wa UDA? Mtatupatia Senator na Gavana wa UDA na Mama county wa UDA mwenye anajua kupanga Bottom Up ama mnasemaje?” Ruto posed to the residents who replied on the affirmative.
“Mtatupatia Senator wa UDA? Kwa hivyo mnasema Maina Njenga akuje UDA ama afanye nini?” the DP added.