Tanga Tanga, Kieleweke take ego wars to church fundraiser
Drama unfolded at Gitui Catholic in Kiharu, Murang’a county, after area MP Ndindi Nyoro, a member of Tanga Tanga team allied to DP William Ruto, clashed with nominated MP Maina Kamanda.
Trouble started when Kamanda, who was presiding over a fundraiser at the church, invited Ndindi to address the congregation.
However, Ndindi refused to hand over the microphone after making his remarks, insisting that being the host MP, he should be the one to invite keynote speakers.
“As much as I respect you as my colleague, it would very inappropriate for you to invite the guests in my presence,” he said.
“This is my area and the people should know they have an MP, so kindly give me the list and I will invite the leaders.”
The MP said he does not get any help while running development programmes for his constituents and should not be assisted in roles such as inviting guests.
“I can’t allow people from Nairobi come and take over my constituency as if they know this area.”
Anxiety escalated when Kamanda stood up prompting County Police Commander Josephat Kinyua to move to the podium at which point Nyoro’s supporters, who thought he was being arrested, rushed to his side.
For 10 minutes, the church became a house of disorder as harsh words rent the air.
It took the intervention of the church priest Fr James Kibuuru to quell the chaos.
“I urge you in the name of God to be orderly. It has never reached this level and I plead with you to maintain calm.”
Ndindi, who left to address the media outside the church, accused Kamanda of intimidation and undermining him.
“Kamanda told me I will not get to Parliament again because I joined team Tanga Tanga but he should know that I was voted in by the people of Kiharu,” he said.
Kamanda, on the other hand, berated his colleague and accused him of planning to disrupt the service out of malice.
“The church is last place I would expect leaders to bring their hooliganism, they should take their sideshows elsewhere.”