Former Senate Majority whip Irungu Kang’ata has opened up on how he fell out of favour with the ruling Jubilee administration after decamping to Tangatanga faction.
Kang’ata expressed his sorrow in his response to one Betty Maina, a Twitter user who sought to understand just how the Murang’a senator joined the anti- handshake bandwagon, associated with Deputy Preseident William Ruto, despite being used by the administration to engineer ousters from leadership positions in Parliament.
“I lost many of my bodyguards and allowances totaling to 500k , I am yet to understand. I think Tanga Tanga has some magic,” Kang’ata said.
Dear sister Betty,
Yes you are right – I lost my many bodyguards, allowances totalling 500k per month,l and GK vehicle.
Even me I am yet to understand.I think Tanga Tanga has some magic . pic.twitter.com/xmMrkmXOyn
— Irungu Kang'ata (@HonKangata) May 5, 2021
Kang’ata took over the Majority whip seat following the removal of Susan Kihika after the Nakuru senator along with her Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen were considered to be undermining the agenda of Jubilee Party leader President Uhuru Kenyatta.
In his first days in office, Kang’ata reigned blows on the anti-BBI brigade, drumming support for a document that is strongly associated with ODM leader Raila Odinga, while securing a space in President Kenyatta’s good books.
Kang’ata however made an unexpected about-turn on February to join the Tangatanga movement, warning the President, through a leaked letter, that BBI was unpopular in Mount Kenya.
Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi too over the role, and Kang’ata now reveals, it must have been some sort of magic that made him switch sides.