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Meru community applauds endorsement of Kananu in Nairobi

Members of the Meru community residing in Isiolo have commended Nairobi County Assembly for endorsing Ann Kananu Mwenda as their deputy governor.

Led by the former Bulapesa Member of County Assembly Mr. Moses Kithinji, the Community said that the Nairobi MCAs and the County Government recognized the importance of gender balancing in decision making ranks as envisaged in the Constitution of Kenya.

They said picking Ms. Mwenda as the Nairobi county deputy governor was in spirit of the constitution’s requirement to have a two-thirds gender rule in appointments and elective positions across all sectors in the country.

Mr. Kithinji said the community appreciates and supports President Uhuru Kenyatta’s endeavour to see the success of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) because it would repair the differences among communities that had been struggling for supremacy.

He said that Kenya belongs to the poor and the rich as designed by God and therefore there was no need to politically classify citizens as for ‘dynasties or hustlers’ adding that such campaigns could plunge the country into chaos and cause bloodshed instead of building a lasting peace.

The former MCA who is also BBI campaigner urged Meru Community to support President Kenyatta in his bid to uplift women in the country, adding that one of his cabinet’s secretaries was a woman from Meru County.

He added that Kenya is not ready to witness tribal animosities as experienced in 1997 and 2007/8 after general elections where innocent Kenyans lost lives and property.

A Bulapesa businessman Mr. Kimathi Soldier said that Senator Irungu Kang’ata was not an ambassador for Mount Kenya region and saying that BBI lacked support in the region was misinformation because even all the Murang’a County constituencies were not entirely opposed to the peace initiative.

Mr. Soldier said that elders and political leaders from Mt. Kenya region had never sat down and given the direction to take over BBI and therefore Mr. Kangata’s letter to the President ought to have followed the path which the region will decide to take.

“We believe that Kang’ata gave his personal observation and not the region’s position as we expect to appoint a spokesperson if not, President Kenyatta will announce the direction to follow on BBI after we all agree on the way forward,” he said.

 “Kang’ata was just pleasing his masters behind the President’s back which holds no water according to the region,” he added.

By Abduba Mamo/David Nduro

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