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Thursday, 06 Apr 2017 17:58 EATlmakena@kenyafreepress.com
President Uhuru Kenyatta has moved in to calm the growing tension and rebellion against Jubilee Party in Meru County and directed the government to release Sh1.2 billion to implement recommendations of a task force to improve the profitability of the Miraa crop, whose production is restricted to the Meru region.
This adds to another Sh1 billion earlier released through budgetary allocation to promote miraa sector in the county seen as livelihood of a big number of the residents, but it comes just a week the president was forced to cancel a planned tour of Meru after learning that the residents were not happy with his administration and feared he could be heckled during the campaign tour.
"The Sh1.2 billion that was allocated will now be released and it will be used in accordance with the recommendations of the task force,” said the President when he spoke after the report was presented to him. “Some of the recommendations here are straightforward and can even be implemented immediately. That work should start today,” said the President.
“Of all the Presidents Kenya has had, you have elevated Miraa to its highest standard and we hope that under your leadership we will be able to witness the introduction of modern ways of processing the product,” said Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi.
The Miraa Task Force wants the government to provide seed capital for farmers to access affordable credit. It will also make miraa farms to break the cycle of poverty and expand the market at a high rate. The people of Meru County are happy with the president's decision, but some have interpreted the move, which was not initially budgeted, as a strategy to reach out to the community after recent grumbles from the region.