Blow to CS Munya as Kiraitu, Maore bury hatchet

From left: CS Peter Munya, MP Maoka Maore and Governor Kiraitu Murungi. 

Photo credit: File | Nation Media Group.

What you need to know:

  • The Igembe North MP and governor have not been seeing eye-to-eye for 20 years. 
  • Despite having contested the Igembe North parliamentary seat on the same party ticket as Mr Murungi in 2017, the MP supported Mr Munya – a Party of National Unity candidate – for the Meru county gubernatorial race.
  • So entrenched were their political and personal differences that Mr Maore and Mr Murungi have not shared a podium for years.

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya’s political camp has suffered a blow after Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi and Igembe North MP Maoka Maore reconciled.

Mr Maore, who is also the deputy majority whip at the National Assembly, and the governor have had a frosty relation for more than 20 years.

The lawmaker has been close to the Cabinet Secretary all that time.

Despite having contested the Igembe North parliamentary seat on the same party ticket as Mr Murungi in 2017, the MP supported Mr Munya – a Party of National Unity candidate – for the Meru county gubernatorial race.

So entrenched were their political and personal differences that Mr Maore and Mr Murungi have not shared a podium for years.

In a surprise move, the lawmaker hosted the governor last week to discuss security challenges facing herders in regions bordering Isiolo county.

This was a departure from what happened last year when Mr Maore accused Governor Murungi of using the launch of an earth dam in Ndumuru, Igembe North constituency, to scuttle plans for a mega water project by the government.

“The presence of Governor Kiraitu Murungi is mischief. It is absolutely unwelcome. He has nothing to do with the project. Let Kiraitu leave Igembe North affairs out of his aimless night running escapades,” Mr Maore raved on his Facebook page in January 2019.

During an interview with a local TV on Sunday, the MP termed his new relationship with the governor as a “handshake of sorts”, alluding to the March 9, 2018 handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and the then opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga.

To cement the handshake between Mr Maore and Mr Murungi, Igembe North constituency staff met the governor’s chief of staff Gideon Kimathi to map out a working relationship.

“There is time for everything. We have not been in good terms for more than 20 years but time has come to turn a new leaf,” Mr Maore said.

“We are together. I have given Mr Munya a lot of support and no one should complain now that I am working with the governor.”