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I am a family man. Married to one wife called Jemimah Muthama. I have three children, two sons and a daughter. I have five daughters from a marriage that failed. And then I have three more children, two girls and a boy, from a broken marriage. - Johnson Muthama in @NationAfrica
I am a self-made businessman. I am in the mining industry where I deal with gemstones. I am also in the real estate business. That is my source of income and that is what I have been doing all my life. - Muthama
I have never lost an election. I am the first MP in Kenya to pay taxes and I am also the first person to opt not to vie in an election due to lack of democracy, fairness and transparency. I stand by my views, that the process was messed up thus I opted not to vie. - Muthama
I am a trained gemstone cutter and experienced in selecting different qualities of gemstones. I have been trained at the Geological Institute of America in St Monica in California and I am also a holder of a social science degree with first class honours. - Muthama
I have served in different political parties starting with @KANUParty_ke where I was a life member. I still retain the certificate of Kanu. I was the vice-chairperson of Kanu Machakos branch then under Mulu Mutisya. - Muthama
I went to LDP where I played a role and I went to #DP where I supported Mwai Kibaki. I was with the #SDP of @mamangilu as the patron. - Muthama
I was a founder member of the National Rainbow Coalition NARC. I was in the politics of orange and banana and stood with @RailaOdinga and @skmusyoka. Then I became a member of @TheODMparty. From ODM Kenya I went to @TheWiperParty. - Muthama
I negotiated a coalition deal with @pnu_kenya for @skmusyoka to become the vice-president. I am now a member of #UDA where I serve as the chairman and I am campaigning to ensure that we form the next government. - Muthama
We supported Kibaki by adding numbers to stabilise his government. We agreed that we would get a certain percentage of government. There was also an agreement that in the 2013 General Election, there would be no Mt Kenya candidate who would vie as president.
What a stupid way of reaching an agreement. Imagine (David) Musila, myself, (Amos) Kimunya and John Michuki sitting together in Michuki’s office at @KeTreasury and agreeing that one community would be barred from having a presidential candidate.
We were the team that negotiated that agreement but the truth is that Kimunya and Michuki could not make such a decision for the Kikuyus. As a result, we ended up with a very stupid deal but the leaders, Kalonzo and Kibaki, approved it.
Sometimes the devil can get into your head. Can you imagine us sitting there, believing that there would not be any Kikuyu presidential candidate in 2013?
INTERVIEW ALERT: Muthama on his life, politics and the very stupid deal @skmusyoka signed with President Kibaki as his gvt teetered on the precipice thanks to the 2007/8 PEV via @NationAfrica

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