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Njuri Ncheke disowns Ruto support

13 August 2012, 11:23 Tony Karomo

The respected Meru Council of elders has vehemently denied reports appearing in a section of the media recently claiming they are supporting the candidature of URP presidential aspirant William Ruto.

Led by Paul M'Ithinkia and Phares Rutere who are the council chairman and secretary general respectively they said Njuri Ncheke does not engage in politics and has not yet announced which candidate they will support.

They said their is absolutely no truth in the report noting even though Ruto toured Meru region at the same time they met elders from the Rift valley region,they never discussed the issue or meet Ruto at any particular time.

"We have said this all along and i repeat time will come when Njuri Ncheke will facilitate a meeting of all leaders from our two counties of Meru and Tharaka-Nithi to discuss  the best candidate who will address the needs of the Meru community," said Rutere.

Rutere said the leaders to be involved includes farmers, educationists, traders, Maendeleo Ya Wanawake and professionals among others.

The report briefly said the council is warming up to Ruto as their preferred presidential candidate following a meeting they held over the weekend with elders from Kikuyu, Masaai, Luo, Luhya, Kisii and Kalenjins communities.

"At no time did the elders discuss anything with Ruto and they even never saw him anywhere although he was traversing Meru County during the time the council had hosted the elders from the Nakuru County and the report is a mere publication with no oita in it," said Ruteere.

The council said the report is a great embarrassment to the council and vowed to take legal action against the publication noting all presidential candidates are welcome to solicit for votes to enable residents to analyze and decide on the best candidate.

They also dismissed claims that Jotham Micheni was the council secretary general noting he had only come to represent the council patron Ambassidor Francis Muthuara.

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