Meru MPs support Senator Kiraitu Murungi's bid to unseat Governor Peter Munya

Monday January 25 2016

From left, Meru County Woman Rep Florence

From left, Meru County Woman Rep Florence Kajuju, Senator Kiraitu Murungi and Tigania East MP Mpuru Aburi at Mikinduri Primary School on January 23, 2016 during the declaration of the new Tigania Central Sub-County. Five MPs present at the function endorsed Mr Murungi’s bid to unseat Governor Peter Munya. PHOTO | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By DAVID MUCHUI
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Five MPs from Meru County have supported Senator Kiaraitu Murungi’s bid to unseat Governor Peter Munya during the 2017 General Elections, saying the governor had failed to meet the people’s expectations.

The five, Tigania East MP Mpuru Aburi, Rahim Dawood (Imenti North), Mwiti Irea (Imenti Central), Mithika Linturi (Igembe South), Joseph M’Eruaki (Igembe North) and Meru woman representative Florence Kajuju spoke at Mikinduri Primary School during the declaration of the newly established Tigania Central Sub-County.

They intensified their calls on Mr Murungi to contest against Mr Munya.

Senator Murungi has cut political ties with Governor Peter Munya, saying he would be seeking to unseat him if residents endorse his bid.

Mr Munya is currently the chairman of the Council of Governors and has been uneasy about supporting attempts to form the Jubilee Party.

OPPOSED APK DISSOLUTION

“Munya has opposed the dissolution of the Alliance Party of Kenya. Has the bus become a permanent residence?” Mr Murungi asked.

“Every member of the party should be ready to join the new Jubilee Party. We should not allow division,” he added.

Mr Murungi said he would work closely with the MPs if elected governor in next year’s elections.

“I have been told that if I attempt vying for governor, I would not get votes in Tigania and Igembe.

“But I am now assured that I have support here. I will visit Igembe to establish their views on my bid before I make the move,” he said.

The senator hit out at the county government over what he said was its failure to initiate development projects.

NO NEW DEVELOPMENT

“We have not seen any new development projects by the county government. The governor has only been commissioning old projects.

“Our calculations show that if resources are well allocated, each sub-county should be getting at least Sh400 million for development,” he said.

Mr Linturi sought to assure politicians in the county that the Jubilee Party would conduct free and fair nominations ahead of elections.

“Jubilee Party is democratic hence every aspiring candidate should come on board.

“We are not opposed to anyone forming their party. We ask Mr Munya to vie for [the] presidency in 2017 instead of 2022. We will support him fully,” Mr Linturi said.

The MPs also said they would endorse Mr Linturi for the Senate seat.

Mr Munya has announced that he will declare a new party soon following the dissolution of APK.