Deputy President William Ruto has made over 70 trips to the counties of Meru and Tharaka Nithi and a common trend has emerged in all the visits. In his trips, Ruto is usually unveiling or commissioning supposed government projects, which as at now stand at 130 projects. Ironically, not even one out of the 130 projects Ruto has unveiled in the region has kicked off. The region’s leaders have come together to call out Jubilee regime for duping them, and specifically Deputy President William Ruto for playing politics with government projects which are supposed to change lives of Kenyans
In what appears to be the boldest defiance to the Jubilee regime, area leaders led by governors Kiraitu Murungi (Meru) and Muthomi Njuki (Tharaka Nith) read the riot act to the party leadership in a terse statement of displeasure.
This week, Embu Governor Martin Wambora, a liberal politician who makes calculated moves, hosted former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in what analysts say could be a pointer of the future.
On Tuesday, the straight-shooting Mr Murungi told Dr Ruto to his face that under the prevailing circumstances, he would rather go back to the ‘Bus’ than remain in the party he helped establish.
Speaking at Athi Primary School grounds during the requiem mass for Peter Gichunge Linturi, father of Meru Senator Mithika Linturi, Mr Murungi said the party is “in ICU” and needs urgent resuscitation.
Leaders in the region have been toying with the idea of rejuvenating the Mount Kenya East caucus to fight for their rights in government.
Imenti South MP Kathuri Muringi set the ball rolling when he challenged his predecessor, Mr Murungi, to take the mantle and reunite the region.
Politicians said they feel short-changed because despite voting overwhelmingly for the party in 2013 and 2017, they are yet to enjoy the national cake.
Mr Murungi accused Jubilee of sidelining Meru region.
He cited 130 projects, which Jubilee has unveiled since 2013, but none had been completed yet the region has faithfully stood with the ruling party.
Mr Murungi said as the architect of the merger of 13 political parties to form Jubilee ahead of the 2013 General Election, he is frustrated by the turn of events and is considering decamping.
“We are going to 2022 with the projects still incomplete; shall we start launching them again? It is embarrassing, even some Njuri Ncheke elders are disillusioned and are saying that Jubilee is a party of hunger,” he said.
Imenti North MP Rahim Dawood had earlier protested that most of the Jubilee flagship projects in his constituency, including by-passes and dual carriageway to ease congestion, had stalled.
Mr Dawood has already declared that he is a member of the “Wanjiku team”, which seeks a better deal in constitutional changes.
Mr Linturi said there is confusion and disunity among the Jubilee members and asked Mr Kenyatta and Dr Ruto to intervene.
“We should not watch the party that brought us this far collapse. The spirit behind the formation of Jubilee should not be abandoned. We must salvage our party from collapse,” he said.
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