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Sunday, 12 April 2015

Munya walks tight rope as he blames rivals over EACC list

Embattled Meru governor Peter Munya now claims that the corruption allegations against him are politically instigated by detractors eyeing the 2017 election.
Munya accuses his rivals of using abuse of office claims to fight him politically saying the corruption claims are unfounded.  The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission accuses him of spending public funds to fuel, service and repair his private vehicle contrary to the law. But Munya in a quick rejoinder has defended himself saying he used his private car for official duties before he got a county vehicle.
Munya further claims that he  used his private vehicle for three months before the government purchased an official car for him and that the public funds spent on servicing and fuelling his private car were fully accounted for.
Munya who is an Alliance Party of Kenya governor has been fighting political battles with former minister  Kilemi Mwiria whom he defeated in the 2013 gubernatorial race. Mwiria vied on TNA ticket and went to court but eventually lost the case. Although the Supreme Court upheld Munya’s election, TNA MPs have vowed to kick him out before the expiry of his term.
Uhuru Kenyatta later gave Mwiria a lifeline when he appointed him to position as president’s adviser on matters of education. His appointment is said to have tilted the political equation and power games in the larger Meru politics.
Munya who has on several occasions publicly declared that APK will not disband to join Jap has been declared by Jubilee as enemy within to be kicked out before 2017 elections.
According to Munya, the fear in Jubilee and within Uhuru inner circle is that the Meru region could be planning to break away from Jubilee. Kiraitu who is also the APK leader has also threatened to pull his party out of the Jubilee coalition.
Although at one time he said APK will join Jap, this has not been received well by MCAs and other politicians allied to Munya who has stood his ground and is fully supporting the Pesa Mashinani initiative spearhead by Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto.
Kiraitu’s only agreed to join Jap, according to sources after feeling the political cold out of the corridors of power as the Jubilee administration does not even recognise him as a party leader and as a senior politician from the region.
Trouble for Kiraitu began in the run-up to the 2013 elections when he refused to disband his APK party to join Uhuru’s TNA. Although the Meru people had a soft spot for Uhuru’s candidature, Kiraitu was sending mixed signals that he was more comfortable working with then Internal Security minister George Saitoti since deceased in a helicopter crash June 2011.
Munya is now said to have crafted plans to deal with his political opponents by playing populist politics to endear himself to his Meru tribesmen. Already, almost all MCAs are in strong support of his leadership and any impeachment motion through the county assembly cannot see the light of the day.