A bitter war of words has erupted between Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa and his Gatundu South counterpart Moses Kuria over the planned visit by Deputy President William Ruto to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s home village of Ichaweri on March 18.
Ichungwa has revealed that the DP is set to visit Mutomo ward the home turf of President Kenyatta where the Head of State has been casting his vote since he joined national politics in 2002.
Kuria came out guns blazing where he claimed Ichungwa has been harbouring grudge against him for not joining the wheelbarrow party.
“I have read the unwarranted attacks on me by my colleague Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa appearing in the media with shock and dismay. Mr Ichungwa seems to have a lot of bile towards me for choosing to belong to the Chama Cha Kazi Party and not the UDA Party. This is my democratic right that will not be taken away by Ichungwa’s juvenile attacks,” an angry Kuria retorted.
Ichungwa warned Kuria not to meddle in the planned visit saying it’s a United Democratic Alliance ( UDA) affair with Kenya Kwanza leaders Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula the only invited guests.
Ichungwa went ahead to say that Kuria is unwanted in UDA having declared his interest to contest the Kiambu Governor’s seat on his Chama Cha Kazi (CCK) ticket.
“I am not aware of any such partnership between CCK and UDA. Our party (UDA) is a party that welcomes everyone and if he intends to join UDA he is welcome but not to creat confusion to vend tickets. Our people are in UDA as their party of choice,” Ichungwa said.
Kuria has been flip flopping on his stand on the two political formations of Kenya Kwanza and One Kenya Alliance ahead of August 8 polls.
He recently announced that he was teaming up with Kenya Kwanza but on condition that he is allowed to field candidates for governor, senator, MP, women rep and MCA seats in the vast Mt Kenya region.
The rift between the two has opened the lid of the undercurrents in Kenya Kwanza that are likely to affect its performance in the region.