Former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri says he was not surprised by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s move to fire him from the Cabinet on Tuesday.
Addressing the press in Nairobi soon after his sacking, a seemingly unbowed Kiunjuri said it was a relief for him, noting that over the past one year prior to his dismissal, 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 noted that he had done his best during his tenure adding that he proudly leaves the government with his head high.
“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 y head high,” he said.
The former Agriculture CS, remained ambiguous on his next move, only stating that “I am not going anywhere.”
“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 said.
In his brief address that lasted about six minutes, Kiunjuri sought to calm down the anxiety elicited by his sacking, even as he downplayed speculation that his firing was politically instigated.
“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,” he said.