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Meru MPs back Munya's rival in gubernatorial race

19 March 2014, 15:12 Samuel Kisika

Nairobi - A section of Meru MPs have defended Deputy President William Ruto over allegations by former Meru Governor, Peter Munya, that national government is trying to influence the outcome of the upcoming gubernatorial by-election.

Speaking at a press conference in Nairobi, the MPs said that Ruto's recent tour to Meru was meant to address the region's economic development issues contrary to Munya's accusations, stating that he has sensed defeat and is thus trying to save his face by accusing the Deputy President.

The legislators, led by Hon. Mithika Linturi for Igembe South, held that the Deputy President's tour to the region was scheduled over a month ago before Munya's election was nullified and thus his accusations are unfounded.

"We are shocked by sentiments that Ruto came to strategize ways for winning the gubernatorial by-election and the 2017 national elections. That was not the case since 2017 is far off,” said Linturi.

The MPs drew their weight behind Munya's rival, Kilemi Mwiria whom they consider as being capable of uniting diverse Meru sub-tribes.

Tigania East MP, Mpuri Aburi held that Munya's bid to appeal the court's ruling that nullified his win will be unfruitful noting that his March 4 election was marred with election malpractices.

“I have been Munya’s chief opponent in elections since 2002. In 2013 when he realised that he will meet me again, he went for governorship to practice his dirty tricks. His time is up. Jubilee scored by hand and their victory was upheld by Supreme Court, his appeal will therefore fail,” said Mpuri.

Other Meru legislators at the press conference included the Igembe North MP, Joseph M’ Eruaki and the Chuka Igambang’ombe MP, Njuki Muthomi.

Ruto had spent three days in Meru region from Friday last week to Sunday, when the Court nullified Munya's election and directed for a by-election.

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