Former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri on Monday reacted to his sacking by President Kenyatta.
Speaking to the media at Serena Hotel in Nairobi hours after Kenyatta dismissed him from the Cabinet, a seemingly unbowed Kiunjuri indicated that the move did not come as a surprise because he expected it. He described his firing as a relief for him, adding that prior to his sacking, he had been subjected to “a lot of humiliation.”
“The President’s decision has taken me by no surprise. I thank God. I feel relieved. Having in the recent past gone through a most difficult year that on a number of occasions threatened my energy and resolve. Some of you know I have endured a lot of humiliation that only God and my family know how this made me feel,” said Kiunjuri.
He further stated that he proudly leaves the government with his head, having given his best at the helm of the Agriculture ministry.
“I thank my family, friends and work associates that have stood by me and given me strength during my highest and lowest moment. I have given my best to the assignments that I have been given and I’m proud of my achievements. I, therefore, leave with my head high,” he said.
“I now have free time to do other things, I am not going anywhere. The president appointed me without consulting anyone, he has relieved me of my duties, he does not need any consultation,” he added.
He concluded: “To my supporters, I urge you to remain calm. Be confident and do not cry for me. You all know that I am resilient, we shall overcome. I have faced many challenges in my life’s journey.”