FEUD HEIGHTENS BETWEEN MUNYA AND MURUNGI
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.