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Why ‘mimi ni mshenzi movement’ is a big joke

Kipchirchir Rop
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Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri in Nakuru. [Source/Tim Nyabande]

 Moses Kuria stirred the hornet’s nest when he claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta has abandoned his locality in favour of the opposition zones. 

In retaliation, President Kenyatta said that every Kenyan is entitled to development regardless of the region, race or political affiliations. 

The head of state also added an unsavoury comment ‘hao washenzi waachane na mimi'.

Just like the word tangantanga, the comment was quickly converted into a movement, and t-shirts even printed, lead by Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri who has since been arrested. 

Looking at the movement, it is a mere step by politicians in a bid to realign themselves, quite early, for 2022 politics. What these leaders understand is that the president may or may have no influence come 2022 when he retires, barring any constitutional changes. 

Without a defined kingpin, the Mt. Kenya region leaders are jostling for that position lead by Gatundu South MP, the controversial Moses Kuria. 

The modus operandi of the ‘mimi ni mshenzi movement’ is to awaken ordinary Kenyans into a revolt against the president by making a mockery of their efforts, some even waking up at three am to vote. 

It is quite baffling that these leaders did not see that development projects have not been initiated in their backyards before 2017 general elections. 

The ‘mimi ni mshenzi’ brigade is nothing more than leaders with selfish interests, leaders who are bothered by President Kenyatta’s dalliance with the opposition. 

And their followers are nothing more than disillusioned voters seeking someone to apportion blame.


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