Senator Kiraitu Murungi has said he regrets having supported Governor Peter Munya in 2013 and apologised to residents for what he said was a big mistake.
In a statement on his official Facebook page, Mr Murungi said he had marshalled support for Mr Munya “because I thought we shared the same dream of making Meru great”.
The apology comes after he publicly announced his interest in the Meru governor seat and after launching his campaign outfit dubbed “Kikali” that is backed by Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi and Woman Representative Florence Kajuju.
“The time has come for me to publicly apologise to you all for the mistake I made in 2013,” Mr Murungi said. “It has only been three years and the governor and his team are becoming good at looting development funds.”
He accused the county government of failing to develop the region despite huge allocations from The National Treasury.
“People are suffering because of poor services, poor facilities, lack of water and other vital necessities,” the veteran politician added.
“I am baffled to see Kinoru Stadium in ruins, to learn that hundreds of millions of development funds are unaccounted for, to learn of an ECD classroom constructed at a cost of Sh1.2 million, up from an initial Sh450,000.
“The fraud in the county government has reached unprecedented levels and cannot be condoned anymore.”
Mr Murungi also criticised a plan by the county government to build low-cost roads for Sh49 million per kilometre.
The senator said he had resolved to run for governor after consulting widely with Meru residents.
“It is for this reason that I declare that, for Meru to become great, Munya must go,” Mr Murungi stated.
Mr Murungi told a public rally in Igembe South he would support Mr Linturi to take over as senator in 2017.
Mr Munya, who parted ways with fellow lawyer Mr Murungi over the disbandment of the Alliance Party of Kenya (APK), accused the senator of selfish interests.
“He should tell Kenyans what transpired in the Anglo-Leasing and Triton scandals that threatened to paralyse the economy,” Mr Munya retorted. “What they are calling the great team is a greedy team.’’