To many Kenyans, Senator Paul Njoroge is the lawmaker who was brandishing a gun in Naivasha on Tuesday following a dispute over the running of a petrol station.
Now, Mr Njoroge says that he is a teetotaler, and an independent-minded Christian who speaks his mind without fear and favour. He spoke with Saturday Nation.
Who is this Senator Paul Njoroge?
Answer: I am a Kenyan, 56 years old, born in Naivasha. I suffered a physical disability when I was barely five years old. I am a graduate in human resource and currently pursuing a BCom degree at the University of Nairobi.
I love drinking milk and other soft drinks but not alcohol. I am a social person. I love meeting people. I also watch movies and like attending church.
Your critics are saying you can’t control your temper, yet you are a leader who should lead by example?
Answer: Why can’t I control my temper? I never fought with anyone. When the Shell/Vivo Managing Director came with his hired goons to forcefully evict me, I could not run because I have a disability. I had to fire in the air to scare the goons.
Do you think someone would be out to punish you over your alleged fall out with the government, especially following your controversial claims that Deputy President William Ruto is not guaranteed of Central Kenya votes in 2022?
Answer: I don’t think so. This has nothing to do with the President or his government. This is purely business rivalry and misuse of office. People who don’t believe in the rule of law.
You represent the disabled in the Senate. Has much been done to improve the lives of this vulnerable lot?
Answer: No. Legislations meant to serve the interests of the disabled are still being ignored, including simple ones like ensuring they access buildings and vehicles. I sponsored a Bill to cater for our interests but, it is still lying at the National Assembly.
So, what is the way forward?
Answer: We shall continue pushing for what the Constitution guarantees us. Majority of Kenyans never believed a person with disability can make any difference in leadership.
I have proved that people with disability can deliver equally or much better than the rest of Kenyans.
I am contesting to be Nakuru governor through a Kanu ticket, to create more impact. Billions are allocated to counties but, there is little to show for it, on the ground.
Why not vie on a Jubilee ticket, yet you were nominated by the ruling coalition?
Answer: Jubilee is no longer the Jubilee we used to have that constituted of URP and TNA. The new political outfit is the brainchild of the Deputy President.
I suspect the nominations will not be free and fair. This made me consider vying on a Kanu ticket. But, I believe in President Uhuru Kenyatta and will support his bid for a second term.
What are your future plans?
Answer: If elected, I will serve as governor for the five years to prove that it is possible to have a corrupt-free leader. Thereafter, I will be a running mate in 2022, for a presidential candidate whom I don’t know at the moment.