Njuri Ncheke elders urge Munya, Kiraitu to unite for Raila’s sake
Njuri Ncheke councils of Elders and a section of Meru leaders have called on politicians from the region to unite and shun supremacy battles in a bid to garner more votes for Azimio - One Kenya coalition flag bearer Raila Odinga.
Speaking in Buuri constituency on Saturday, May 28, Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi and Igembe North MP Maoka Maore criticized the disunity and division portrayed among leaders in the region ahead of the August polls.
Njuri Ncheke on Munya-Kiraitu Rivarily
The Council's Secretary-General Josphat Murangiri pointed out that there is a need for Kiraitu and Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, whom he referred to as the face of the region, to unite for the purpose of common political interest of the region.
" The face of Meru is Kiraitu and Munya and we are doing our best to ensure the duo have a handshake for the purpose of having a unified region now that we have all endorsed Raila as our preferred presidential candidate. If we are not careful we may even lose what we have been given and promised by the government because we are not ready to suffer if we join the opposition," Murangiri said.
In a quick rejoinder, Kiraitu said there is no bad blood between him and the CS. He said he is ready to support Munya in all ways to ensure he remains at the top position in the next formation.
" I don't have a fight with Munya. I even gave Ksh1 million to Njuri Ncheke to ensure they support and bless him to represent us at the national level so personally I have no bad blood with him and I am ready to work with him because we need to have a unified region that speaks in one voice and walk in the same political direction," stated Kiraitu.
In the meeting attended by Azimio la Umoja coalition affiliated politicians and aspirants, the Meru County boss at the same time drummed up support for Raila and his running mate Martha Karua saying they are the only credible and corrupt-free leaders who can steer steady economic growth of the country.
" Martha is such a clean, intelligent and hardworking lady with her and Raila the country is very safe. And that is why as the Meru region we have declared our president is Raila and we are not looking back," he added.
Maore, on his part, blamed Munya for excluding other leaders in the just concluded Azimio campaigns spearheaded by Karua in the county.
"If we really want to give Raila enough votes we need to focus on August 9 and not how powerful we are. This cannot be achieved if some of us are still playing games of supremacy and leaving other leaders out during Azimio campaigns. We all need to be included in coordination and planning so that we can marshal large numbers," Maore said.
Chairman for Persons living with Disability (PLWD ) Meru county, Mike Makarina, used the platform to urge Raila and Karua to intervene and unite Kiraitu and Munya ahead of the August polls.
" If the two senior politicians agree to unite and bury their political differences and their supremacy wars I am sure it will be very easy to command the Meru votes," he quipped.