June 29th 2017

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Staring at potential loss, Kiraitu warns Meru professionals to join Jubilee or perish

“Forget it, we are only going to get CVs from people who are dying with us, we will only consider those who are in the struggle with us. If you are fighting against us, please don’t even bother to apply for jobs in Meru County,” the senator said at a meeting with party supporters in Meru.

By Free Press Correspondentnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.comSunday, 26 Mar 2017 16:20 EAT

Mr Murungi (r) wave to party supporters during President Uhuru Kenyatta's tour of the Meru region early this year.

Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi, who is a tight election battle to depose governor Peter Munya from the gubernatorial position, has urged all professionals from the Meru community aspiring to work for the county government in future to join the Jubilee Party now and campaign for him.

The senator said that any professional who does not support his election campaign would not be considered for employment if he wins the race against Governor Munya. In a speech that has elicited rebuke on social media, the senator made it clear that employment in Meru County under his watch would be pegged on party loyalty rather than professional suitability.

Being a close ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta whom he also expects to win re-election, the senator said that Meru professionals who do not support the Jubilee Party would not be considered for employment in the national government too.

“Let me send a message to our intellectuals, those people who have PhDs, masters degrees and others who are hiding from Jubilee at this moment, saying they are going to bring their CVs when we win so that we can give them jobs in Meru County and jobs in the national government.

“Forget it, we are only going to get CVs from people who are dying with us, we will only consider those who are in the struggle with us. If you are fighting against us, please don’t even bother to apply for jobs in Meru County,” the senator said at a meeting with party supporters in Meru.

While Mr Murungi sought to project a tough posture in the election, the speech which has gone viral on social media left him and the Jubilee team looking beleaguered in the face of an aggressive campaign by his former ally Munya who took over the Party of National Unity last year.

The senator also urged Jubilee aspirants for other seats not to defect from the party, promising them employment in Meru County and nationally should they lose. “Whoever does not make it through the nomination, there are enough positions both in the county and national government, and other opportunities, that we are going to accommodate our members.”

"This new threat to lock out independent professionals from employment is a sign that Kiraitu has sensed defeat. Not every professional would like to be in politics", said a Meru political activist Joseph Mungathia, who is a supporter of Mr Munya.

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