Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata on Monday set tongues wagging after a video of him running towards a church service in which Deputy President William Ruto was in attendance surfaced online.
In the viral video, the youthful senator in a blue suit was spotted sprinting towards Gatura AIPCA church in Gatanga Constituency, Muranga County, that his security detail struggled to catch up with him.
MURANG’A FOLKS must learn to be tolerant to leaders; there’s no reason whatsoever to chase my Class-mate @HonKangata while on a normal meet-the-people tour. Tuvumiliane tafadhal! pic.twitter.com/aqtsXgKDp2
— Silas Chepkeres Jakakimba, PhDc, CPM. (@silasjakakimba) March 1, 2021
Several narratives emerged online with a section of netizens claiming that the former Senate Majority Whip was being chased by a hostile crowd.
Others claimed that the Senator was running to meet the DP.
But taking to Twitter, Kang’ata attempted to deconstruct some of the narratives he termed as “propaganda”.
In his explanation, Kang’ata said he arrived at the function very late and found the entrance blocked by vehicles.
“I alighted and run past the blocking vehicles towards the church as the speeches were almost done, ” he explained.
Ignore the propaganda.😂😂😂..
I came to DP's function very late .
Found the entrance blocked by vehicles.
I alighted and run past the blocking vehicles towards the church as the speeches were almost done. pic.twitter.com/4zUJIBsXn5
— Irungu Kang'ata (@HonKangata) March 1, 2021
The Senator joined DP Ruto’s Tangatanga camp recently after fallout with President Uhuru Kenyatta that saw him stripped of his Chief Whip role in the Senate.
Before his unceremonious removal on February 9, the Senator had written to the Head of State warning him that his Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) pet project is unpopular in the Mount Kenya region.
President Kenyatta’s Kieleweke camp labelled Kang’ata a Tangatanga mole further mounting pressure on the Jubilee party leader to kick him out.