President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday told Kiambu Senator Kimani Wamatangi to stop giving him ‘unwarranted titles’, the Star is reporting.
Gatundu South MP Jose Ngugi, was also instructed not to use ‘unworthy’ words when asking favours from the president. This was during the opening of new wards at the Gatundu General Hospital.
The two had referred to the president as ‘Mtukufu Rais’, a title that was popularized during Moi’s presidency. Apparently, it means someone who is glorious and great as God.
“Ningependa kumwambia rafiki yangu Seneta Wamatangi ingawa mnanishikilia sana wacha nikupatie mawaidha kidogo ya kwamba hiyo mambo ya mtukufu rais tuliacaha zamani sana. (I want to tell my friend Senator Wamatangi that even though he supports me so much it is good to give him advice. We stopped giving presidents that title a long time ago). “We address each other now as His Excellency the President.”
The MP was also briefly jeered by the public for telling the president that they need a mortuary.
“Mheshimiwas Ngugi, ukiwa na hawa watu wa Gatundu, ukianza kuongea mambo ya mortuary, ongea polepole. Ungesema kuna shinda ingine hapo.” the president told him.