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Junet on the spot for jokingly saying ‘Baba akishinda, serikali ni ya watu wa Nyanza’

By , People Daily Digital
Saturday, October 23rd, 2021 12:24 | 2 mins read
Minority Whip, Junet Mohammed. PHOTO/COURTESY

Suna East MP Junet Mohammed has found himself at the centre of criticism after his remark during a fundraiser in Nyamira county, presided over by ODM leader Raila Odinga and Interior CS Fred Matiang'i, rubbed a section of Kenyans the wrong way.

The ODM lawmaker jokingly claimed that should former prime minister Raila Odinga bag the presidency, power will be centred in his Nyanza backyard.

The outspoken politician also jokingly told Health CS Mutahi Kagwe, who was also present at the event, that he will soon come to the region as a visitor once Raila rises to the helm of the country's leadership.

Junet added that Kagwe's people (Mt Kenya locals) have enjoyed the trappings of power for more than 20 years and it is now the turn of Nyanza residents to enjoy power should Raila assume office in 2022.

"Baba akishinda, serikali ni yetu watu wa Nyanza. Sitaki iyo watu wa gazeti waskie iyo, Mutahi Kagwe anaeza kasirika. Lakini ata nyinyi mlikuwa nayo miaka ishirini na kadhalika sasa safari hii ni ya wa watu wa Nyanza. Mutahi utakuja apa kama mgeni ( If Raila wins the government will be owned by the people of Nyanza. I don't want this to get to the media, Mutahi Kagwe will be upset. Though even you and your people have enjoyed power for more than 20 years. This round the government is for Nyanza locals. Mutahi you will soon come back here as a visitor)," he said.

The statement by the ODM legislator has however not augured well with a faction of politicians, mostly from Ruto's hustler nation camp.

In his reaction, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa claimed that the remark by Junet clearly indicated that Raila's quest for presidency is premised on the hunger for power and not to transform the economy as they allege.

"Good thing with my good friend ⁦Junet Mohamed⁩ is honesty while speaking. He says it as it is, It’s all about political POWER and NOTHING more for them. No plan No Vision No Agenda," he said.