Munya and Kiraitu spoiling for a fight over Meru governorship

Meru governor disputed Mr Murungi’s claims that there was looting of development funds.

Monday March 14 2016

Meru Governor Peter Munya (left) has promised

Meru Governor Peter Munya (left) has promised Senator Kiraitu Murungi (right) a contest of his lifetime if he vies for the county's governorship in 2017. Senator Murungi has expressed interest in the seat, saying he regretted supporting Munya in 2013. PHOTOS | PHOEBE OKALL | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

By DAVID MUCHUI
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Meru Governor Peter Munya has promised Senator Kiraitu Murungi a contest of his lifetime if he vies for the governorship in 2017.

Mr Munya was responding to a recent statement by Mr Murungi that he regrets having supported the governor in 2013 and apologised to residents for what he said was a big mistake.

In a press statement, the Meru governor said Mr Murungi’s apology and regrets were based on “distorted reasoning”.

He disputed Mr Murungi’s claims that there was looting of development funds in the county government and accused the senator of losing touch with reality.

“Being a lawyer, Mr Murungi knows there exists the Penal Code, the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Act and other laws that address the issues he is complaining about,” Mr Munya said.

He added: “So, if he is aware of such looting, he should have contacted the concerned authorities.”

He countered Mr Murungi’s claim that the Kinoru Stadium is in ruins by saying it is being constructed to international standards and that the construction is commensurate with the funds utilised.

Mr Munya accused the senator of neglecting his mandate, saying he “only comes to Meru to abuse the governor or fault the county government”.

Said Mr Munya: “I don’t think Senator Kiraitu Murungi was elected to the Senate by Meru residents to utilise his entire five years undermining the county government and the governor.

“Is it a mere coincidence that Mr Murungi’s eyes opened after three years to see that there is no development, just after he fell out with me over his unwarranted sale of APK party?”

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