MP Ng’ang’a pleads with Ruto to support Raila’s AU job bid

Thika MP Alice Ng’ang’a has pleaded with President William Ruto to support Azimio leader Raila Odinga’s African Union Commision chairmanship.

The lawmaker who joined the Head of State in Gatundu South during the official launch of Rwabura Irrigation project said that the opposition leader is the right man for the job.

Ng’ang’a said that if Raila clinches the seat, that is set to be vacant as the tenure of the incumbent Moussa Faki of Chad comes to an end, will quel the country’s political heat and give the Kenya Kwanza government an opportunity deliver its promises to Kenyans.

“You excellency please back Baba [Raila] to ho and work in Adis Ababa as the Chairman of Africa Union Commission. We want him to retire there as we continue to work for Kenyans here,” Ng’ang’a said.

President Ruto who was accompanied by his deputy Rigathi Gachagua, Public Service CS Moses Kuria, Majority Leader Kimani Ichung’wa, Gatundu South MP Gabriel Kagombe and a host of other lawmakers, revealed that he was heading to Nairobi for the AU meeting.

The President hinted at supporting Raila for the job saying that he has pitied opposition leaders in the country and he will support them.

“Hawa watu wa upinzani wamechanganyikiwa mbaya. Lakini nawaonea huruma nitawapanga. Naskia huko bunge wameanza kuunga mkono mpango wa affordable housing,” he poised.

Ruto reiterated that he won’t be swayed by his political detractors noting that he is focused on delivering on his key projects and especially the affordable housing, which he pointed out that it’s being implemented in all constituencies across the country.

Meanwhile, Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua scolded Kiambu leaders warning them of engaging in political spats infront of the President. He noted that the heckling match witnessed in Lari earlier in the week painted a bad picture of Kiambu politicians.

This is after leaders including Thika MP Alice Ng’ang’a, Senator Karungo Thang’wa, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa and Governor Kimani Wamatangi engaged in a verbal exchange.

“We have agreed that there won’t be shoutjng and heckling at the President’s meeting. We will be waiting for him to leave so that we can settle our differences. We shall not be disrespectful again,” he said.

Gachagua at the same time came to the defence of Ichung’wa who has been on the receiving end from a section of Kiambu MCAs saying that he holds a position that should be protected and respected. He told the MCAs to stop attacking the MP.

Ichung’wa while making his address said that he was happy that his political nemesis including Wamatangi have agreed to stop hiring cheer squads in political meetings attended by the Head of State and his deputy.

At the same time, MP Ng’ang’a reiterated that she will face off with Wamatangi for the Kiambu Governor seat come 2027.

A section of residents who spoke to journalists called on leaders in the county to tone down the 2027 political drum beats saying that it’s too early to engage in early politics. They rooted for unity of purpose so as to foster growth and developments in the region.