Agriculture CS Peter Munya is a man under pressure to drop his bid to oust Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi in the 2022 general elections.
Just a few months after his once Igembe ally Maoka Maore joined Governor Murungi’s camp, former Tigania West MP Dr. Kilemi Mwiria has openly expressed his support for Kiraitu’s candidature in the 2022 polls.
Speaking to Media houses on Friday, Dr. Kilemi says he is ready to not only support Kiraitu Murungi but also contest for the Tigania West MP seat using the much anticipated Mt. Kenya East Party.
“Efforts to rally the region to build a strong political party are healthy and I am ready to rally our people to support the new party,” said Dr. Kilemi.
With more and more allies shifting allegiance in favor of Governor Murungi, Mr. Munya may be forced to shelve his ambitions of getting back to the 2022 gubernatorial contest.
In November last year, Igembe North MP Maoka Maore accused CS Munya of being a perpetual ungrateful political pest.
In an interview with Meru FM, the deputy majority whip at the National Assembly revealed details of his fallout with the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary and former Meru Governor.
“Munya became Meru Governor having used Kiraitu’s shoulders. He was assimilated into the cabinet because of my efforts,” said Maore.
About his renewed friendship with Governor Murungi, Mr. Maore revealed that his truce with the Meru Governor was purely political and had nothing of a personal nature.
“I was not pleased with Kiraitu’s involvement in giving my competitors in Igembe North an advantage during the polls. I was even denied access to Jubilee campaign materials such as T-Shirts and Caps,” Maore revealed.
Despite having contested the Igembe North parliamentary seat on the same party ticket as Mr. Murungi in 2017, the MP supported Mr. Munya for the Meru county gubernatorial race. Munya unsuccessfully made efforts to defend his seat on a PNU ticket.
‘When Munya lost to Kiraitu, he was desperate. He at one time joined the NASA brigade as an additional principal in the run-up to the repeat presidential polls. He even organized a NASA rally in Igembe North, something that prompted the President to call me,” Maore narrated.
According to Maore, the President agreed to give Munya an ambassadorial position after the polls. Maore was however not satisfied with the decision, and he eventually managed to convince the President to have Munya in the cabinet.
“I was ailing and hospitalized at the time, and Munya visited me at the hospital, not to empathize with me, but to seek my help in the negotiations,” Maore said.
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