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Monday, 27 Mar 2017 14:46 EAT
President Uhuru Kenyatta tours the Meru region for two days to defuse growing fears that his Jubilee Party was facing rebellion in the region, with more youths favouring the opposition NASA coalition four months to the August 8 General Election. State House Spokesman Manoah Esipisu said in a statement that the president will visit Tharaka Nithi County tomorrow before going to Meru the following day.
“He will visit Tharaka Nithi County on Tuesday and Meru County on Wednesday, commissioning and inspecting national government development projects, ranging from the provision of diagnostic medical equipment to hospitals, to construction of roads, and provision of electricity to residents and schools. He will also speak with local leaders and residents about development matters,” said Mr Esipisu when he briefed the press at Nakuru State House.
Jubilee leaders in Meru Country have expressed fears that opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) was making inroads in the area warning that unless President Kenyatta intervenes the party might face rebellion on the face of the opposition. Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi, who is on a tight election battle to depose Governor Peter Munya from the gubernatorial position, was quoted by this website yesterday warning professionals from the Meru community aspiring to work for the county government in future to join the Jubilee Party now or forget future appointments.
“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.
Tigania East MP Mpuru Aburi made a sensational statement early this month when he said opposition leader Raila Odinga "would kill him if he (Odinga) won the upcoming polls. This was interpreted to mean Mr Aburi feared opposition was threatening the President’s Jubilee Party on the ground.
The MP who was elected on an ODM ticket before ditching the party for Jubilee, claimed with a sense of hyperbole that he would be on standby on one of the country’s borders during the announcement of the election results.
Mr Murungi, who is on an offensive wooing people into Jubilee Party, has urged party 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.”
Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi who is in the group christened ‘Kikali’ composed of Senator Kiraitu, women rep Florence Kajuju and the MP, has also expressed concern that Jubilee was losing grip in Meru.
The latest communication from the President's spokesman this evening indicates that the trip has been cancelled.