Meru Women Rep and Gubernatorial Candidate Kawira Mwangaza has apparently termed up with South Imenti MP Kathuri Murungi in efforts to destabilize Kiraitu Murungi’s home turf.
Kawira has termed Gideon Kimathi, Kiraitu Murungi’s right hand man in South Imenti, a total failure who cannot be compared to Kathuri Murungi in terms of development.
Despite ongoing court cases between Mwangaza and Governor Kiraitu, the Baite TV owner has sustained indirect attacks aimed at portraying Mr. Kiraitu as a failure ahead of the August polls.
While Mr. Kimathi will be contesting on the newly refurbished Devolution Empowerment Party (DEP), Kathuri Murungi is expected to battle it out with popular comedian and TV host MC Jessy for the UDA party ticket.
In December last year, Governor Kiraitu obtained court orders barring Kawira Mwangaza from ‘defaming’ him pending the hearing and determination of a suit.
Justice P.J Otieno blocked the legislator from associating the county boss with theft, embezzlement or misappropriation of funds.
In an application certified as urgent, the governor through his lawyer Munga Kibanga, said that Mwangaza made defamatory remarks on October 31 and November 18 linking the former to graft.
“The utterances which were aired on Baite TV and published on their Facebook page painted the governor as a corrupt individual who had stolen funds meant for Covid-19 and people with disabilities,” said Kibanga.
“In the video clip, you have stated and implied that our client has stolen funds for corona, buy medicine, roads, and people with disability, youths and elderly. This was to taint and brand our client as a thief, corrupt, cunning, dishonest…and unworthy of his position in society,” he said.
Apart from growing rebellion from his backyard, Governor Murungi faces major hurdles in his efforts to rally vocal Meru leaders to support his Devolution Empowerment Party, popularly known as Mbus.
None of the sitting MPs in Meru has expressed any desire to join the new outfit, although the Governor insists it is the best platform to ensure the interests of the Meru people are a priority in the national political sphere.
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