DUPLICITY

Kiraitu denies endorsing Raila for president

He neither supports Muturi for president, only backed him as Mt Kenya spokesman

In Summary
  • "Let a hundred flowers blossom and we will pick the best one for us, Muturi and Raila Odinga are just flowers," Kiraitu said.
  • A fortnight ago Kiraitu switched his support from National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi to the former Prime Minister.
Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi in a past press interview
DUPLICITY: Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi in a past press interview
Image: DENNIS DIBONDO

Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi has denied endorsing former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for president in next year's general election.

A fortnight ago, Kiraitu switched his support from National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi to the former Prime Minister.

He described Raila as a focused, strategic, realistic leader and a man of sacrifice.

“The Raila I know is a strategist. The Raila I know is a man of ideas. He knows more history than historians although he is an engineer. The Raila I know is a man of energy, focus and determination,” Kiraitu said.

He said they tainted Raila's image so that they can defeat him in previous presidential campaigns.

However, speaking on Monday in an interview with a Meru vernacular TV station, Kiraitu said they have a plan of listening to all presidential candidates.

"We have planned to meet Musalia Mudavadi and also hear his side of what he will do for the people of Meru, if he wins the presidency," Kiraitu said.

He also said he was not supporting Muturi for president.

"We were only supporting him as Mt Kenya spokesman, not as a presidential candidate. We do not have a preferred presidential candidate," the governor said.

He added that Muturi was made Mt Kenya spokesman by Njuri Ncheke elders and not blessed as a presidential candidate.

"Let a hundred flowers blossom and we will pick the best one for us, Muturi and Raila Odinga are just flowers," Kiraitu said.

On the 2022 Meru gubernatorial race, Kiraitu said he is ready for his rivals.

"I have been waiting for Peter Munya for the last five years. I am ready for him," he said.

On the possibility of Agriculture CS Peter Munya and Meru Woman Representative Kawira Mwangaza teaming up to compete with him, Kiraitu said he will also team up with other like-minded leaders.

Kiraitu has poached many people who were in Munya's camp in 2017, including Munya's running mate Peter Kaberia and PNU senatorial candidate Mugambi Imanyara.

 

(Edited by Bilha Makokha)

Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi, his wife Prisila Murungi and Meru deputy governor Titus Ntuchiu at Kaguru South Imenti on August 3.
DUPLICITY: Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi, his wife Prisila Murungi and Meru deputy governor Titus Ntuchiu at Kaguru South Imenti on August 3.
Image: DENNIS DIBONDO