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Lang’ata MP Jalang’o Defends Meeting with President Ruto

Lang’ata MP Felix Odiwuor aka Jalang’o has defended Tuesday’s meeting with President William Ruto.

The comedian-turned-politician told Spice FM on Wednesday that his constituents do not care about who is president but about development in the area.

The lawmaker who is popularly referred to as Jalas said it was time people differentiate between politics and development.

“Soon and very soon, the electorates will be smart enough or are already smart enough and they already know that there is politics and there is development,” he said.

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He opined that his visit to the State House was not political but rather focused on delivering development to his constituents.

The MP compared political alignment to his employment history, in which he held positions at various radio stations under various conditions.

“If you’re not giving me what I want, I move. Life is a movement, join the movement. Forget about all other things,” he added.

“They run concurrently, development and politics. It’s just for you to know which direction you are following and at what time.”

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Asked by the Situation Room hosts if his meeting with the head of state was a betrayal to his party leader, Raila Odinga, Jalang’o stated that the people only care about development projects.

“If today, for example, I was with Baba in a rally and there is no water in Lang’ata, the people of Lang’ata will not care what I said in that rally, they will care about water in Lang’ata. If today there is water in Lang’ata and I didn’t show up at Baba’s rally, my ardent supporters, ODM supporters, will not care that I was not there, but that there was water,” he said.

Others who met the president and his deputy, Rigathi Gachagua, included: Gideon Ochanda (Bondo), Elisha Odhiambo (Gem), Mark Nyamita (Uriri), Caroli Omondi (Suba South), Shakeel Shabir (Kisumu East, Independent), Paul Abuor (Rongo), John Owino (Awendo) and Kisumu Senator Tom Ojienda.

On Wednesday, the head of state also met with Jubilee MPs and Senators.

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