Meru leaders back Ruto's call for end to regional politics

They differed with DP Rigathi Gachagua who recently asked MPs to stick to their constituencies.

In Summary
  • The leaders said they will equally not take a position on the one-man-one-shilling campaign fronted by leaders allied to the deputy president.
  • The leaders, however, denied the existence of a split between Ruto and Gachagua.
A section of Meru leaders led by Igembe South MP John Paul Mwirigi (folded arms) Tigania East MP Mpuri Apuri (2nd left) North Imenti MP Rahim Dawood (right) Dorothy Muthoni (left) address the media at Parliament buildings on June 4, 2024.
A section of Meru leaders led by Igembe South MP John Paul Mwirigi (folded arms) Tigania East MP Mpuri Apuri (2nd left) North Imenti MP Rahim Dawood (right) Dorothy Muthoni (left) address the media at Parliament buildings on June 4, 2024.
Image: EZEKIEL AMINGÁ

A section of Meru leaders have backed President William Ruto on the call for an end to regional and tribal politics.

The leaders told journalists at a presser in Parliament on Tuesday that they will focus beyond the Mt Kenya region.

They differed with DP Rigathi Gachagua who recently asked MPs to stick to their constituencies.

"If we say other areas should not get development, we will be wrong," Igembe South MP Paul Mwirigi, who led the team, said.

He was flanked by MPs Rahim Dawood, Dorothy Ikiara, Mpuru Aburi, Julius Taituma, Dan Kili and Moses Kirema.

"Merus are everywhere. We are national leaders. If we are needed anywhere, we will go," Mwirigi said.

The leaders said they will equally not take a position on the one-man-one-shilling campaign fronted by leaders allied to the deputy president.

The leaders, however, denied the existence of a split between Ruto and Gachagua.

"We support what the president said on the need for oneness as we operate in the country," Mwirigi said.

"We have not seen any split between the president and his deputy...in the DP seeing off the president to Korea, it means they are together," he explained.

"We thus came here to say that Kenya is one and we are ready to work as one," Mwirigi said.

On his part, Dawood steered clear of debate on the sharing of revenue saying there was yet to be tabled in Parliament a proposal on the issue.

"When there will be a proposal like that of BBI - which I supported, we will then give our position," he said.

The leaders also said they would give a position on the muguka ban after understanding what law the counties that have disallowed the product applied.

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