Kioni Warns Maina Njenga Against Invoking Uhuru’s Name in Rallies


Jubilee Secretary General, Jeremiah Kioni, on Thursday, issued a stern warning to politicians hosting events in the name of former President Uhuru Kenyatta. 

Kioni, in a presser held to discuss the National Dialogue Committee report, clarified that the party has 32 constitutionally registered executives who were in close contact with Uhuru and those parading the name of the former president in their meetings were not within his circle. 

“There are people here who are planning to hold meetings in Mt. Kenya. They should stop involving him. Continue with your plans, but do not carry his name in your meeting,” Kioni stated.

He, however, did not disclose whether he reached out to Njenga to warn him or if Jubilee would take decisive action against the controversial politician. 

A photo of Jubilee Secretary-General Jeremiah Kioni.

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On the bipartisan talks report released by the National Dialogue Committee, Kioni slammed the recommendations arguing that they failed to address Kenyans’ pressing needs. 

He was aggrieved by how the committee excluded the cost of living and focused on what he argued were paltry issues, such as the creation of the offices of the Prime Minister and Opposition leader.  

“it is very, very immoral for us to think that we can start creating offices for people, yet others died while rallying for the cost of living,” Kioni stated and concurred with Raila on the need to hold a referendum and let Kenyans seal the fate of the report. 

A week earlier, Pauline Njoroge, Jubilee’s Deputy Organising Secretary, also criticised Maina Njenga for alleging that President Uhuru Kenyatta planned to attend an upcoming Mt Kenya tour scheduled for December 31. 

“I have been trying to understand why Maina Njenga keeps lying that Uhuru Kenyatta will attend his event on December 31 to pass the Muthigi (Kikutu leadership mantle) to him,” Njoroge claimed.

She further clarified that Uhuru Kenyatta will not attend the event and neither is he in communication with the planners of the event.

“Despite numerous calls from various quarters to Maina to stop this narrative as it’s not true, he has persisted. This brings us to the question, what is his motive it’s clearly not a genuine one.” 

Just like his superior, Njoroge further advised Maina Njenga to hold his event without dragging Uhuru’s name.

In October this year, Maina Njenga claimed that Mt Kenya elders, the business community, members of the clergy, local politicians, and leaders from other regions would grace his event. 

Ex-Mungiki leader Maina Njenga at the Nakuru Law Courts on Wednesday, May 24, 2023.

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He added that retired President Uhuru Kenyatta would be part of the leaders who would chart the way forward for residents of the vote-rich region.

“We are talking to Uhuru as we speak. The date and time of the event will be announced soon. We have roughly one and half months, and by the end of the year, everything will be okay,” Maina Njenga claimed. 

On Tuesday, November 14, he also warned thieves who raided Uhuru’s Northlands Farm in Ruiru, Kiambu County, to return stolen sheep by December 31, 2023.

Uhuru, who resurfaced on Sunday, November 19, at a church fundraiser in Mwingi, Kitui, did not address the claims but rather focused on trolling President William Ruto’s government. The head of state, who was accompanied by Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, lamented that Ruto and his allies were using him as a scapegoat for their failures. 

“I am no longer scared. We have been threatened and told a lot of things. Each time someone fails in their mandate, they blame the previous government. I am used to the blame, and life continues,” Uhuru stated. 

“I am not a conman. I always tell people I am an Azimio member, and that is where I belong. My stand has not changed. You should be a politician with a stand who can always be trusted,” he added. 





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