The Star (Kenya) - - Politics Presidency -

The tem­po­rary mi­raa ban by So­ma­lia fu­elled a vi­cious po­lit­i­cal duel be­tween Meru Sen­a­tor Ki­raitu Murungi and Gov­er­nor Peter Munya. Meru res­i­dents and politi­cians be­lieve mi­raa farm­ers’ tribu­la­tions have been ex­ploited by the two in­flu­en­tial politi­cians. Mi­raa traders said they made huge losses when flights to So­ma­lia were sus­pended. Mi­raa farmer Mick Mutem­bei ac­cused pow­er­ful Ju­bilee lead­ers of play­ing pol­i­tics with the lives of grow­ers and traders. “I am sure Uhuru will lose a lot of votes if the mar­kets re­main closed. It makes us suf­fer,” he said. Last month, Munya, who is also chair­man the Coun­cil of Gover­nors, urged the Kenyan gov­ern­ment to co­op­er­ate with the So­ma­liland gov­ern­ment so it low­ers taxes on mi­raa im­ports. He met So­ma­liland’s Deputy Pres­i­dent, For­eign Af­fairs and Fi­nance min­is­ters. Munya said the re­gion will be ac­corded “some sort of in­de­pen­dence” if it opens up mar­kets for mi­raa. Ki­raitu seeks to un­seat Munya and has been woo­ing res­i­dents.

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