Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi has severally defended his decision to join Raila Odinga’s Azimio la Umoja as having been informed by several opinion polls and surveys.
Speaking at Kaaga when he officially joined the Coalition, Kiraitu said he had taken time analyzing the winning possibilities of both DP Ruto and Raila Odinga.
“I can now confidently tell you that Raila Odinga is the 5th President of the Republic of Kenya. As the Meru people, we do not want to be in the opposition.” Kiraitu said.
In recent days, the Governor has emphasized the need to ensure the Meru people are actively involved in the Azimio la Umoja coalition, sounding several warnings to those in DP Ruto’s camp.
On Sunday, the Mbus Party leader was in Kibirichia for a memorial service of John M’Ringera and Julia Karamburi who were parents-in-law of DCI Boss George Kinoti.
Although he tactically avoided openly campaigning for Mr. Odinga, Kiraitu sent a word of caution to Meru residents.
“The biggest mistake the Meru people will make is to cheer each other and sing on their way to the opposition. The suffering we are going to experience for many years is unmentionable. I urge everyone in Meru to join and support the Mbus Party because it’s the voice of the voiceless.” Kiraitu said.
Kiraitu’s sentiments did not sit well with several Meru residents, who took to Social Media to vent their frustrations with his leadership and recent political moves.
“Which suffering are talking about apart from this one we are going through it now? Will the government start shooting at us or what? Stop sending fear and threats to great people of Meru.” says Symo Simeon.
“We are in a country governed by law. Our constitution is supreme. Not the Presidency. In any case, counties which were in opposition have benefited too from devolution. Hope Kiraitu is going home together with Uhuru and Raila.” Says Grace Kiama.
“For your information Mr. Governor, Joho insulted Uhuru more than any Governor in Kenya. Can you compare National Government investment in Mombasa to Meru? If having 102 stalled GOK projects is something to boast about in Meru, then the opposition is better.” Says Eric Mugambi Kiambi.
“In an era when we have devolution in place, a Harvard educated Governor should not threaten people with suffering. Coast and Nyanza didn’t vote for Jubilee and they are shining with development.” – Stycie Waweru.
“For now Mr. Governor, we don’t care. You want to remain close to where you have promises of tenders to your house. We know much about the COVID-19 tenders. They are in public domain.” – Murithi Muraamba.
“I thought our good Governor is wise than he looks. The constitution and devolution came to make sure that every county gets it’s share whether in government or opposition.” – Gathee Zammy.
“I have voted for you since 2002, am now tired of you. I have become more knowledgeable. Just leave Merians to decide for themselves. Siku hizi hakuna kubebewa akili.” – Kinoti Farmer.
“We have been in opposition for the last ten years. Since Kibaki left we have suffered a lot so nothing new.” – Kiambi Karee.
“Let no one intimidate you. Those many years Kisumu, Mombasa and Western have not been supporting the Jubilee government in 2013 and 2017 and they are the most developed.” – Muthuri M’Arithi.
“By what calculations can Raila win? The whole country is pro hustler nation. Let Mr. Kiraitu share with us what he got from the Mt. Kenya billionaires. For five years, he was Governor in Meru County but he as nothing to show.” – Bundi Franklin.
Still, there are a few who believe that Kiraitu’s counsel to the Meru people should be taken more seriously, citing his vast experience in politics.
“It is so very sad that the majority of Meru people have refused to listen and oblige the voice of reason. Some of our leaders have misled their flocks to protect their interests. Soon, very soon, they will wish they listened to reason. It will be too late.” Says Judith Njue.
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