Politics

Plans at an advanced stage to form a party for Embu, Meru, Isiolo, and Tharaka-Nithi counties

National Assembly speaker Justin Muturi and Meru senator Kiraitu Murungi during the thanks giving ceremony. Images/courtesy

Meru County Governor Kiraitu Murungi and National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, On Friday, led a section of leaders from the region in calling for unity ahead of 2022 general elections while threatening to ‘walk alone if their central Kenya counterparts fail to politically reciprocate. The two leaders spoke when they met during the thanksgiving ceremony at the Governor’s Nkubu home. Together with the national assembly speaker, the two leaders called on the residents of the upper mount Kenya region to unite in order to have a higher bargaining power come the next general elections.

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“Right now, there is a lot of confusion in Mt Kenya politics and if we continue to get confused, we will lose in the national map as people from the East. The time has come for Meru, Tharaka Nithi, and Embu counties to be at the center of the transitional government. Our friends from the other side of GEMA need to back us now, And If they don’t, we will walk alone,” Kiraitu said.

While addressing the gathering, the Meru governor said that he had listened to the constant calls by the people from the region for a political party that would push the interests of the region and that plans were at an advanced stage to revive the Alliance party of Kenya (Mbus) party. The governor lamented that the region has been politically shortchanged by their Kikuyu cousins after escorting their leaders to clinch to power.

At the same time, the Meru governor expressed his support for the National Assembly speaker on his coronation to be the next Mount Kenya Spokesperson adding that “Politics is like a horse race. It depends on how fast one walks and now we have decided to settle on Muturi. I am comfortable with him being the kingpin”.

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On his part, the national assembly speaker said that there was a need for the people of the Upper Eastern region to unite and speak with one voice and expressed his willingness to consult with other leaders of the region in order to forge a united front for the region “There is need to speak in one voice and I’m ready to consult with my elder Kiraitu for the best direction the region wants,” he said.

Speaking during the event, Prof. Peter Kagwanja, who has been at the forefront pushing for the installation of Muturi as the region’s kingpin also expressed fears that the central Kenya leaders would not support their East counterparts.

“East supported Mwai Kibaki and Uhuru Kenyatta and we know that West owes East a debt. Even those leaders who are complaining know very well that this marriage is not guaranteed,” he added.

Others who spoke during the event including North Imenti MP Rahim Dawood called for the unity of the region and opined that the Mbus party would be revived sooner to offer the people of the region political direction.

The event was attended by leaders of the region including over 40 MCAs.