Two Members of Parliament allied to the Jubilee party are now claiming their lives are in danger after publicly declaring support for Deputy President William Ruto.
The two, Laikipia Woman Representative Catherine Waruguru and Kimilili legislator Didmus Barasa attribute the recent threats to 2022 succession politics.
“The motive is because of my political stand. Those threatening me should know that I don’t fear dying as everyone will one day die,” Barasa said.
Addressing journalists on Thursday, the legislators said they had reported the threats to Parliament’s Director of Criminal Investigations.
On her part, Waruguru claimed besides receiving threats, she has been insulted for supporting the DP.
“There are those who opposed the Government and the handshake now calling me ‘tanga tanga’. My name is Catherine. I represent the Jubilee government. It’s not good when you discuss my dressing and body structure,” she said.
According to Mr Barasa, the threats won’t stop him from taking a political stand.
“I won’t be cowed to abandon my political stand and support for Deputy President William Ruto, We have been holding a small ‘PG’ to deliberate on the way forward,” he said.
They urged relevant government authorities to treat the threats as a matter of urgency and bring the culprits to book.
“We don’t take the accusations lightly, we want the DCI and other state agencies to probe the threats and bring the culprits to book,” Waruguru said.
Following the threat remarks, Nominated MP David Sankok expressed his dismay saying he was shocked some members were receiving threats for taking a political stand.
“It is shocking MPs are receiving threats. Being a member of the ‘tanga tanga’ group I am yet to personally be threatened,” he said.
The two are among the key leaders in the famed ‘Tanga Tanga’ movement which is said to be going around the country selling the DP’s 2022 ambitions.
Last week, Members of Parliament aligned to the Orange Democratic Movement said the Tanga Tanga Movement which they associate with Deputy President William Ruto is a doomed voyage.
The MPs led by Suna East legislator Junet Mohammed said the members associated with the movement are behind Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan’s woes.
According to the legislators, the movement has been frustrated by President Kenyatta’s executive order and has now resorted to pinning down those they feel are a threat to their ambitions.