Linturi: Raila inspired me to join politics and public service

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Agriculture Cabinet Secretary nominee Mithika Linturi has listed Kenya’s first Vice President Jaramogi Oginga and his son, Raila Odinga among leaders who inspired him to join politics and public service.

Speaking on Friday during the CS nominees vetting in Parliament, Linturi noted when he first joined active politics, it was meeting these individuals that led to what he is today.

”Some of the people I met who inspired me to think about politics and Public Service were the likes of the late Kenneth Matiba, Paul Muite, Raila Odinga and the late Jaramogi Odinga,” he said.

The Agriculture docket nominee also dismissed the rape case against him saying it was a plot by his competitors to extort money from him after he was abducted in his hotel room.

”I have 35 civil cases in court. In the only criminal case I had (the attempted rape case), I was actually the complainant. I had been abducted and there were plans to extort me. The application to withdraw the matter from court was done by Beryl Akoth herself,” he said.

”I have fought so many cases, I don’t think I have the energy. I want to frame my mind given the opportunity to work for this country. I must let it go, I must forget the pain, the persecution that I have gone through,” the CS nominee added when asked whether the many suits against him will affect his performance in the Agriculture docket.

The former Meru Senator has also explained to the National Assembly’s Committee on Appointments how he acquired his 1.2B wealth through investment in commercial property, farming, and shares in SACCOs and publicly listed companies.

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