55 Members of Meru County Assembly have read a riot act on Agriculture CS Peter Munya over his attempts to hold a political meeting in the County without seeking the authority and involvement of the County leadership under Governor Kiraitu Murungi and Assembly leaders.
Led by the County Assembly Majority Leader Hon. Mutuma Karithi, the MCAs said that it is disrespectful to the entire leadership of the County at both the assembly and the executive, for the CS to plan meetings without seeking engagement or courtesy of the Governor and the assembly leadership, something they said, even President Uhuru Kenyatta himself as the head of state and Mr. Munya’s employer, cannot do.
“I wish to ask the CS, Hon. Munya to stop living in denial. He is no longer the Governor of Meru. The County has a whole new leadership now under Governor Kiraitu Murungi, whom he, like any other official planning any activity in the County, must first consult,” said Hon. Kimathi Ithibua of Kiegui Ward.
Hon. Karithi noted that the CS, having been a Governor himself, aught to know better, that if he were holding any business in the County, he would have to follow all the right procedures of engaging the County existing leadership structures including the Governor, CEC member for Agriculture, the County Assembly leadership through the chair for the committee on Agriculture and the Assembly Speaker, in order to conduct any business regarding his ministry without raising concerns.
Kangeta MCA Hon. Romano Mwito challenged the CS to avoid using his position to play politics against a strict directive from his own boss and employer, President Uhuru Kenyatta to all his Ministers to keep off matters of politics and deliver on his development agenda. Hon. Mwito called on CS Munya to resign from his position and join politics if he so wished.
The Assembly Jubilee Majority Whip, Hon. Josphat Mugambi (Chairman), noted that CS Munya’s emissaries have been going round making threats to MCAs from Miraa growing areas of Igembe and Tigania, warning that they risk missing out in the Miraa Fund allocation if they fail to attend the organized private meetings at his Muthara home. Hon. Mugambi called on Munya to stop playing cheap politics using the fund, and come clear on how he intends to utilize his position to ensure the people benefit from the kitty while he is CS.
These sentiments were supported by Amwathi and Akirang’ondu MCAs, Hon.Johana Ntongai and Richard Gitare respectively, who both said the Miraa Fund was lobbied for by current leaders whom Munya is unwilling to work with including Governor Kiraitu Mungi and Senator Mithika Linturi among others and as such, the CS has an obligation to ensure the projects he found in place under the fund are completed without seeking to play cheap politics with the matter.
Nominated MCA Hon. Karimi Karimi noted that it is disrespectful to the leadership and the residents of Meru County, for CS Munya to skip involvement and engagement of Meru leaders while discharging his ministerial duties in the County.
“It is imperative that the minister realizes this County has no power vacuum and he must work through the existing leadership structure. If he wants to play politics, he should wait patiently until 2022 to throw himself to the ring then, since no one is afraid of playing politics but at the right time,” said Hon. Karimi.
The leaders noted that Meru County is under Jubilee leadership and loyal to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Governor Kiraitu who are both in a perfect working relationship and CS Munya should, therefore, not try playing his own game as a lone ranger.