Kenya: Kiraitu Seeks to Secure MCAs' Support After Failed Munya Meeting

Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi has moved to consolidate support among members of the county assembly after Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya attempted to wrestle the legislators from his grip.

The MCAs have formed an inter-parties political caucus that they said will foster unity among them, amid efforts by Mr Munya to gain control of the assembly.

This comes three weeks after a meeting called by Mr Munya with the legislators failed to take place following resistance by MCAs that saw them castigate the CS, accusing him of engaging in politics.

PNU MCAS

Three Party of National Unity (PNU) MCAs who participated in the verbal attack on the CS were subsequently expelled from assembly committees.

Mr Munya was the PNU party leader before he was appointed CS in 2018.

The meeting had been called ostensibly to deliberate on agricultural development projects in the county, but Mr Murungi's administration saw this as a tactic by the former governor to consolidate his political base.

Addressing journalists at Heritage Hotel last Friday, assembly Majority Leader Victor Kariithi said the Meru inter-parties political caucus bringing together over 50 members, had been formed following Mr Munya's attempts to "divide" the MCAs along political lines.

WORK TOGETHER

"We will not allow divisions based on political parties and we shall resist attempts by anybody trying to divide the assembly. MCAs have resolved to work together and ensure that the governor's and President Uhuru Kenyatta's development objectives are achieved," said Mr Kariithi.

Parties with representation in the 68-member assembly include Jubilee and PNU with the majority MCAs while the others are Democratic Party (DP), Narc Kenya, Maendeleo Chap Chap and Kenya Patriots Party.

Mr Murungi said after the Covid-19 pandemic is contained, they will visit all wards across the county to assess development projects, adding that his administration was working closely with President Kenyatta.

DEVELOP MERU

"We know there are some people with their agenda but we have ours which is to develop Meru County so we will not allow divisions that will divert us from this," the governor said.

"There is a new momentum across the country that is aimed at ensuring all projects are completed. We are cooperating with the national government and we have a similar agenda because we want our people to benefit," he added.

Deputy governor Titus Ntuchiu said some leaders were hell bent on early 2022 politics despite warning by the President, saying the two years remaining should be used to deliver development to the residents of the county.

"Some people want to drag us into early politics and we will not allow that. This is the time to work and I will support the governor in pushing for this agenda. Anybody coming to Meru County should come through the county executive and not anybody else," Mr Ntuchiu said.

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