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Sunday, 22 March 2015

Uhuru’s Meru visit leaves Kindiki at mercy of fate

Senate majority leader Kindiki Kithure is a troubled man and  a wounded politician. After mounting coups and plots to prove his political prowess in the Mount Kenya East political arena, his goose now seems cooked.
The man can be equated to the famous Simon Makonde. The Makonde in Standard Three English Readers series was born on a Monday, raised through maturity, dying and buried by weekend. That was the end of his life. Full life! Kithiki rose to prominence after defending William Ruto at the International Criminal Court at The Hague in the Netherlands.  He was elected Tharaka Nithi senator, made the senate majority leader against the wishes of other seasoned leaders in the senate.
Uhuru Kenyatta had preferred Meru senator Kiraitu Murungi to take the senate majority leader’s role. However, after Mount Kenya East regional leaders ganged up in his support, his competitor, Kiraitu beat a hasty retreat and bowed out of the race. Kithiki went straight to political maturity. He became the seniormost of all the politicians in the region playing third after Uhuru and Ruto.
His only undoing was experience and political muscles to armtwist his opponents. He could, however, as alleged by many of those who have tasted his wrath jam political networks especially around  State House and offices of the cabinet secretaries. In the many functions attended by either the president or his deputy, Kindiki and his peers like Senator Kipchumba Murkomen are forever in their ears and shoulders. This has earned them more enemies than friends. They even assumed the term ‘sky team’, a group of young comrades that used helicopters to all functions near and far.
But it was Uhuru’s recent visit to Meru county that nearly pricked Kithiki’s highflying hot air balloon. This was precisely two years after his election into office. The visit came hot on the heels of a protracted battle for supremacy pitting different political camps in the region. Incidentally, the said political camps are all affiliated to the Jubilee coalition.
Less than a month ago, the Tharaka Nithi senator was installed as a Njuri-Ncheke elder, declared the official spokesman of the Meru community at a function held at a place called Coikariga in Tharaka Nithi county contrary to other Njuri Ncheke functions that are normally held at the council’s traditional shrine in Nchiru in Meru North. In attendance, during the inauguration were cabinet secretary Jacob Kaimenyi and former head of civil service-cabinet secretary Francis Muthaura. The installation was to immediately be declared unusual and a meeting held immediately thereafter to elect new council officials to replace those who had declared Kindiki as the spokesperson against the procedures of Ameru customs.
 As Uhuru visited Meru with baskets full of goodies, everyone was happy and received the man of the moment with both hands. Politics of development played central role. Unity seemed to have taken the big seat in all the areas the president went. A strong message was sent however! Who is senior than the other in Meru politics seemed to be confirmed. Whenever he was, at his side were Kiraitu, Peter Munya, Mithika Linturi and Florence Kajuju.
The visit left the voters happy. At last, the president had remembered the promises he had made during his campaign. However, confusion shrounded the entire visit. It portrayed two distinct political camps that are not ready to accept the another for now. A group of elected Meru leaders inclined towards Kindiki and the majority around Kiratiu. The Kiraitu Murungi group carried the day in the two day visit. The other group was filled with confusion as the president seemed to be getting along with the Kiraitu team for better. A case at hand was in Tigania West and East where the area MPs were almost embarrassed as a result of lack of information. When on his second day of the tour, Uhuru reached Tigania West in Kianjai, he landed at the market while the Kindiki team was some kilometres away at Uuru stadium. People who had gathered there blamed them for lack of information and confusion. After inspection of a road in Kianjai being done by the Meru county government through a grant from Malaysia, the president addressed the people in the market and as he was leaving, the confused group of leaders started streaming in. The other drama unfolded at Mikinduri in Tigania East. The president was to address the people at the roadside while the area MP pulled a crowd away to the primary school ground. He had to eat a humble pie as he came back in a confused state. Being another of the Kindiki team, the blow was lethal.
In Igembe North, the area MP received a pill of hate from his people. The man who carried the day was Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi. His function was broadcast live on KBC radio and TV. It was the presidential status and a show of might. Kathuri Murungi, the South Imenti MP received his share for associating with the Kindiki group. He was introduced as an opposition leader in Meru  leaders forum and even equated to the South Sudan rebel leader Riek Machar.
With the president gone, daggers are now out once more. A group that has been propelling Kindiki felt wounded by the visit and has now gone ballistic. They have decided to teach the Kiraitu-Munya-Linturi axis a lesson. With the help of Kaimenyi and Muthaura, they have decided to make sure that Kilemi Mwiria is taken as State House project to take on Munya and Linturi with full support. Their initial itinerary is to start with Uhuru’s visit to Japan where Kilemi is supposed to feature prominently as a scholar. After this, he is to be shown around power alleys and introduced as a favourable person against Munya and Mithika team who are arrogant and uses force almost everywhere when dealing with opposition. This group has decided to make sure that Ruto takes Kilemi and prevails upon Kiraitu to soften his stance and be ready to work with him. The various projects launched by the president recently in Meru county are also to be closely supervised by the Kilemi team to portray him as a connected man and State House favourite. The elite group also plans to use the Munya government-funded project to paint him as a failure who needs immediate replacement.