The sports category has moved to a new website.
ADVERTISEMENT

Jalang'o: Why I didn't brief Raila before meeting Ruto

Jalang’o was among nine opposition MPs who met President Ruto, sparking uproar from their fellow party members.

Former PM Raila Odinga and Jalang'o at Luo Festival. Jalang'o takes Luo Festival to America

Lang’ata Member of Parliament Jalang’o defended his meeting with President William Ruto on February 7, and explained why he did not brief opposition leader Raila Odinga ahead of the visit to State House.

Jalang’o was among nine opposition legislators who met President Ruto, sparking uproar from their fellow party members.

Speaking during an interview on Wednesday, he said that the ODM Party leader had granted permission for all ODM leaders to engage with President Ruto only on development matters that benefit Kenyans.

ADVERTISEMENT

He divulged that he had previously sought Odinga’s nod to accompany President Ruto for the launch of an affordable housing project in Lang'ata in October 2022, so on Tuesday, he did not need to seek permission from his party leader again.

I did not have a reason to call him (Raila) or ask because he had already given us a key to work,” Jalang’o said, adding that “the people of Lang’ata don’t care who is president and who is not. What they care about is the delivery of the mandate they gave me.

According to the MP, President Ruto had invited him to discuss development projects in Lang’ata and after arriving at State House, he found that other MPs had also been invited for a meeting with the head of state.

The ODM MP said that the meeting comprised MPs from Nyanza and that he was invited in to sit despite being elected in Nairobi.

ADVERTISEMENT

He explained that Ruto took the legislators through the pledges he had made during his recent tour of counties in Nyanza.

I was lucky to be part of the meeting as much as I am from Nairobi. They told me to sit in because I come from the regions where they represent being a leader it was only noble that I sit there.

They followed up on every single project that Ruto had promised when he was in Nyanza and the reason for this meeting was a follow-up,” Jalang’o said.

ADVERTISEMENT

The MP reiterated his loyalty to ODM and its party leader, confirming that he would attend the upcoming political rally in Machakos.

JOIN OUR PULSE COMMUNITY!

Unblock notifications in browser settings.
ADVERTISEMENT

Eyewitness? Submit your stories now via social or:

Email: news@pulselive.co.ke

Recommended articles

Education & career profile that makes Kimani Kuria the face of Finance Bill

Education & career profile that makes Kimani Kuria the face of Finance Bill

FBI boss leaves Kenya after quiet 4-day visit, here is who he met

FBI boss leaves Kenya after quiet 4-day visit, here is who he met

Murders & pilot errors: 6 African heads of state & gov't who died in plane crashes

Murders & pilot errors: 6 African heads of state & gov't who died in plane crashes

Gov't to increase Fuel Levy by 38%

Gov't to increase Fuel Levy by 38%

JKIA's only runway closed for hours after unexpected plane incident

JKIA's only runway closed for hours after unexpected plane incident

Details of Ruto's private conversation with Uhuru on retirement benefits

Details of Ruto's private conversation with Uhuru on retirement benefits

UDA MP shares how DP Gachagua kicked him out of his office

UDA MP shares how DP Gachagua kicked him out of his office

Gov't counters allegations by Uhuru on retirement perks, lists benefits granted

Gov't counters allegations by Uhuru on retirement perks, lists benefits granted

Plane carrying Malawi Vice President goes missing, here's everything we know

Plane carrying Malawi Vice President goes missing, here's everything we know

ADVERTISEMENT