Amid ongoing squabbles between Mt Kenya East and their Mt.Kenya west counterparts over speaker Muturi’s coronation to be the regions Kingpin, Tharaka Nithi governor Muthomi Njuki has come out publicly over their stand as Mt. Kenya east block.
Speaking in Kamaindi location in Chuka Igambang’ombe Sub County when he was overseeing the start of land demarcation process in three locations, Njuki said time has come for Mt. Kenya East to stand firm and resist being used by their West counterparts for their political benefits.
He said that since independence, current Embu, Tharaka Nithi and Meru counties have rallied behind the Kikuyu counties in every election in the name of Gema community and it is time now for the west part to support them.
“Since pre-independence when our founding fathers were fighting for independence, we joined our west counterparts and helped them fight out white man from their land, Same case with every general election that has ever been held in the country,’’
“But despite having helped them produce national leaders since then, we have continued to lag behind development wise and now when we say it is our time, they are looking down on us,’’ Njuki said.
Therefore Njuki said as Mt.Kenya East region, they will not be turning back on their decision and they are ready to move on their own without support of their colleagues.
Njuki’s terms comes a day after Meru county governor Kiraitu Murungi maintaining the same stand where he referred to leaders from Mt.Kenya west as selfish and who do not want to see Muturi take the region’s mantle.
“Our neighbours are very selfish and political betrayers. I cannot imagine some governors from West met in Nyeri to discuss how they can field a candidate when we agreed we will support speaker Muturi after president Uhuru Kenyatta retires,’’ Kiraitu said.
Kiraitu added that they are tired of cat and mouse games saying if the dog is important in hunting it should also be important when eating and thus they are not ready to feed on waste again and are ready to walk alone.
Their sentiments have also been echoed by Meru county senator Mithika Linturi who said they are not from a lesser God and it is their time to rule the mountain.
Speaking to The people daily, Mithika said this time round they are only going to work with who are ready to listen to them.
“If pot bursts, let it bust, we have stood with them for a long time. This is their time to reciprocate and if they do not want we are not begging them. Our eyes are open and we will work with those willing to work with us,’’ Mithika told People daily.
The larger Mt.Kenya has been divided since the national assembly speaker Justine Muturi was coronated at Mukurwe wa Nyagathanga shrines in Muranga County by kikuyu elders to become the region’s spokesperson, a move that has not been well received by Mt.Kenya west leaders.
The wrangles continues despite kikuyu elders calling for peace and urging Mt Kenya west leaders to support those from East block as a way of thanking them for their long time support they have been according the West part.
The same calling has been made by Ameru council of elders through the council’s secretary general Josphat Murangiri who have faulted Agriculture CS Peter Munya for what they said is being selfish and working against the unity of the region, by opposing Muturi’s coronation.
Thus governor Njuki said they will not be deterred by anything from rallying behind speaker Muturi and if their western counterparts wants to work with them, must tender their apologies for insults hurled at them before they negotiate anything.
Residents from the region and other communities are watching at the unfolding events to see who will blink first bearing in mind that the region is considered most powerful in determining the presidential hopeful candidates, and thus their fall out may be signaling turn of events.