Rift among Njuri Ncheke elders as faction ousts Muthaura

Chuka University VC Prof Erastus Njoka addresses a faction of Njuri Ncheke elders at Meru ASK showground on November 5, 2016. Njuri Ncheke elders have threatened to Prof Njoka for supporting a group led by ‘banished’ leaders. PHOTO | DAVID MUCHUI | NATION MEDIA GROUP

What you need to know:

  • Mr Muthaura has support from a group led by Mr Linus Kathera and Mr Josphat Murangiri, who have access the Nchiru shrine.
  • The group also refused to cede leadership to Mr Kathera leading to a legal suit and an out-of-court settlement.
  • About 500 elders from Meru and Tharaka-Nithi counties endorsed Prof Njoka accusing Muthaura of favouring their rivals.
  • Mr Murangiri scoffed at Prof Njoka’s appointment terming the elders who picked him as rebels.

The rift among the Njuri Ncheke Council of Elders widened over the weekend after a faction ousted Mr Francis as the patron and appointed Chuka University Vice Chancellor Erastus Njoka to replace him.

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