Mutahi Ngunyi: Kisumu City will be my retirement home


Controversial political scientist Mutahi’s Ngunyi whose infamous ‘POVERTY STRICKEN LUOs’ ethnic slur sent Nyanza residents huffing with fury has found himself in unfamiliar territory again. This time the political advisor is airing the dirty linen of his former 'boss' after he publicly defected to President William Ruto’s camp.

Ngunyi, who was former president Uhuru Kenyatta’s ardent supporter and advisor, made the announcement on his Twitter page on Monday, August 7.

“Public notice: I have defected to William Ruto. I misjudged him using the dynasty lens. But if the facts change, you must change your mind. And only a fool does not change his mind. I started Project #HustlerNation. Now I must complete it. Iko Swali? #RutosMountainPlan,” said Ngunyi.

In a past interview, Ngunyi emphasized that he had nothing against the Luo nation but that his beef was with Raila. 

“In 2007, I stuck my neck out for him and said Kibaki should hand over power to Raila because he (Raila) had won the elections fair and square. Raila instead got into a power-sharing deal with Kibaki and turned his back on us. He further went and added my name to the list of Mungiki after post-election violence. I took that personally. That’s my problem with Raila,” explains Ngunyi.

He equates Raila to Moses in the bible, saying “Our Moses was Raila, and we sent him to negotiate with Pharoah, only for him to turn his back on us. He got invited into Pharaoh’s table and he forgot about his Israelites.”

That said, Ngunyi once alluded that at his retirement, he would rather settle in Luo Land for this simple reason:

“I want to spend my retirement years in Kisumu, having intellectual discourse with Luo professors, many, of who have been my mentors. If I retired and went to Nyeri, I won’t have any intellectual conversations because everybody will be discussing land and cattle,” he said.