Revered council of elders endorses Kindiki as Meru spokesperson

Mr Ruteere said the elders preferred Mr Kindiki because he seems close to State House.

Monday February 29 2016

Meru's Njuri Ncheke council of elders during a meeting at Chuka University on February 27, 2016 when they endorsed, for the second time, Senate Majority Leader Kindiki Kithure as the community's spokesperson. PHOTO | ALEX NJERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Meru's Njuri Ncheke council of elders during a meeting at Chuka University on February 27, 2016 when they endorsed, for the second time, Senate Majority Leader Kindiki Kithure as the community's spokesperson. PHOTO | ALEX NJERU | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

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Njuri Ncheke elders have once again endorsed Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki as the Meru community spokesperson, barely a year after a previous endorsement almost split the revered council.

In a meeting held Saturday at Chuka University, the elders singled out Prof Kindiki as the only leader with their “blessings” to speak for the Meru community.

A powerful section of politicians from the region including Senator Kiraitu Murungi, Meru Governor Peter Munya and Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi are said to have strongly objected to Mr Kindiki’s previous endorsement.

POLITICAL BACKING

Speaking during the Saturday Njuri Ncheke meeting, the council’s chairman Paul M’Ethinkia and secretary general Phares Ruteere said members who are opposed to Mr Kindiki’s elevation will have to apologise before they are re-initiated into the group.

“Although Kiraitu was among the group that split Njuri Ncheke, he is a good leader and should be forgiven,” said Mr Ruteere

Mr Ruteere said the elders preferred Mr Kindiki “because he seems closer to State House than Kiraitu."

“We will bless politicians who respect Njuri Ncheke and we are asking the Meru community to favour them,” said Mr Ruteere.

The council of elders vowed it will not back politicians opposed to the Senate leader in the 2017 elections.

Njuri Ncheke patron Erastus Njoka, who is also the Chuka University vice-chancellor, said the only recognised Njuri Ncheke is the one that was started by one Kaura Wa Baicau in the early 17th century.

“This is the genuine Njuri Ncheke that is even recognised by the government of Kenya,” said Prof Njoka.

(Read: MERU: Elders blame Kiraitu group for isolating community)

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