Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on Sunday announced that the Kenya Kwanza leadership including President William Ruto and himself will not interfere in Meru wrangles that have threatened to bring the county to a standstill.
Speaking at a Church service at the Methodist Church of Kenya Kaelo, Meru County the Deputy President said the Kenya Kwanza leadership will let local politicians handle the matter themselves.
‘’We have talked with the Governor, Deputy Governor, and all leaders and we have all agreed that this is a Meru problem,’’ stated Gachagua.
The Deputy President revealed that even church leaders had requested him and the President to keep off the wrangles.
Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua at a Church Service at Methodist Church of Kenya, Kaelo, Meru County on October 1, 2023
At the same event, the Deputy President also threatened to expose Mt. Kenya political leaders being used to divide the region.
‘’I would like to request the Governor, Deputy Governor, Senator, Mithika Linturi, church leaders to sit and decide what is good for the region,’’ noted the Deputy President.
The event was attended by a host of Meru leaders including the area Governor Kawira Mwangaza, Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi, Meru Senator Murungi Kathuri as well as several MPs and MCAs.
“It is my desire that my dear brothers and sisters, you make peace for the development of this county. I request you with due respect. I ask the political, religious, and elders to sit down and bring peace,” the Deputy President said.
Meru County has witnessed political wrangles in the recent past which have been exercabated by a political tiff pitting Governor Mwangaza against her deputy Isaac Mutuma.
So protracted are the wrangles that a section of Meru County MCAs have threatened to table another impeachment motion against the county chief after lodging the first one in December 2022.
Notably, Interior CS Kithure Kindiki on September 22, banned Governor Mwangaza’s political meetings dubbed Okolea aimed at sponsoring needy students from the county.
The directive came after one of the meetings turned chaotic on September 17 where several people were injured, mattresses burnt, and a cow slaughtered leading to the arrest of ten suspects.
From left, President William Ruto, Agriculture CS Mithika Linturi, and Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza in Meru County on April 22, 2023