October 23rd 2017

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Stop the smear campaign against governors, Munya urges EACC

"In 2022 I will be running to be president of this country and the belief that someone from the Ameru cannot lead this nation is misleading and I don’t believe in it. The Ameru people will no longer be cheerleaders for leaders from other regions.”

By Jackson Okataamboleokata@gmail.comWednesday, 01 Mar 2017 18:25 EAT

Meru Governor Peter Munya has reiterated that his name will be on the presidential ballot in the 2022 general elections. Addressing the 5th annual conference of school headteachers from Meru County being held at a Nakuru hotel, Mr Munya said "the notion that someone from the Meru community cannot lead the country is misleading".

Mr Munya said the Ameru will not continue being cheerleaders for other leaders from other regions but they will instead produce one of their own, adding that he is confident he will get support from other regions in the country. The governor, who also doubles up as the chairman to the Council of Governors, said he is strengthening the Party of National Unity (PNU) in readiness for the 2022 presidential race.

“There is work I have started as governor and that is why I want a second term to complete that work because after two terms I will go and someone else will take over,” he said, addin, "In 2022 I will be running to be president of this country and the belief that someone from the Ameru cannot lead this nation is misleading and I don’t believe in it. The Ameru people will no longer be cheerleaders for leaders from other regions.”

The combative governor said his party is opening offices countrywide and will field candidates for all potions countrywide except the presidency. At the same time, he said PNU will support the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta and clarified that his party did not have any political relationship with the opposition collation NASA.

“We don’t have any political relationship with NASA and PNU is not in any coalition neither is it planning to join any coalition,” said the governor, who is in Nakuru ahead of the opening of party offices in Nakuru on Thursday.

On the Anti-Corruption Commission's threat to bar some governors from contesting in the August general elections on alleged corruption grounds, Mr Munya called on the agency to stop the smear campaigns against the county bosses and instead take them to court if they have evidence against them.

He said that the law does not bar anybody from contesting any seat because of mere accusations, stating that it can only happen if someone has been found guilty by a court of law and imprisoned for six or more months. “The law is very clear that one is innocent until proven guilty and the EACC cannot bar governor from contesting because of mere accusations."

The writer is contributing reporter for the Kenya Free Press based in Nakuru County





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