For­mer Limuru MP de­nies plot to dis­rupt Thi­gio prayer ser­vice

He was roughed up and ejected from thanks­giv­ing prayers. Twelve MPs and res­i­dents had gath­ered to give thanks for com­mis­sion­ing of Mu­ratakwa-Thi­gio-Kikuyu road

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Central - GEOORGE MUGO @ge­o­mu­goh

For­mer Limuru MP Peter Mwathi has dis­missed claims he planned to dis­rupt last Sun­day prayers at Thi­gio Pri­mary School at­tended by 12 Cen­tral MPs.

He said he was in­vited by Ndeiya Pas­tors Fel­low­ship to the thanks­giv­ing ser­vice for the com­mis­sion­ing of the Mu­ratakwa-Thi­gio-Kikuyu road.

Mwathi was roughed up and ejected from the school by par­tic­i­pants, who ac­cused him of plot­ting to dis­rupt the ser­vice.

Speak­ing on the phone, he said he at­tended the prayers just like any other res­i­dent but his sup­port­ers fol­lowed him and they were at­tacked.

“I do not know why I was blocked and ejected from the school. I am a true be­liever of God and I didn’t want to dis­rupt the prayers,” Mwathi said.

Ndeiya Pas­tors Fel­low­ship chair­man David Ng’ang’a could not be reached for com­ment. A fel­low­ship mem­ber, pas­tor Ge­orge Mwaura, said Mwathi was in­vited as a spe­cial guest.

How­ever, re­ports al­leged that Mwathi’s sup­port­ers started shout­ing at the pro­ces­sion at Mu­tarakwa, where the con­struc­tion started.

“Traf­fic was caused by ve­hi­cles be­long­ing to pas­tors, MPs, MCAs, gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials and res­i­dents,” wit- ness Si­mon Kamau said.

“Mwathi’s ve­hi­cle hit the boot of Ndeiya MCA Nel­son Munga’s car and that’s when trou­ble started.”

An ex­change of words en­sued, with Limuru MP John Ki­ragu try­ing to in­ter­vene, but a fight broke out. When the prosses­sion ar­rived at the school, Mwathi was blocked from go­ing in.

Ki­ragu said he was un­aware that Mwathi was ejected as prayers went on. “If he had such an in­ten­tion, he would have painted a bad pic­ture,” he said.

Ki­ragu said the prayers were peace­ful and ev­ery­thing went on as planned. MPs present praised Ki­ragu for push­ing the gov­ern­ment to build the road, say­ing it has never been tar­ma­cked since In­de­pen­dence.

“Ki­ragu has never rested, he has knocked on all doors to en­sure the road is tar­ma­cked,” Starehe MP Maina Ka­manda said.

Ka­manda is the chair­man of the Par­lia­men­tary Roads Com­mit­tee. Roads and In­fra­struc­ture PS John Mosonik was present.

MPs who at­tended in­cluded were Fer­di­nard Waititu (Ka­bete), Jude Njomo (Ki­ambu), Kigo Njenga (Gatundu North), Ki­mani Ichung’wa (Kikuyu), Mburu Ka­hangara (Lari), Moses Kuria (Gaundu South) and Sa­muel Gichigi of Kip­ipiri. Also present were Alice Ng’ang’a (Ruiru Town), Paul Koinange (Ki­ambaa) and Stephen Kar­iuki (Mathare).

/ GE­ORGE MUGO

For­mer Limuru MP Peter Mwathi and his sup­port­ers out­side Thi­gio Pri­mary School on Sun­day af­ter they were roughed up and ejected from a prayer ser­vice

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