Respect DP Ruto, MP Dawood tells Munya
He says Somaliland only imports miraa worth Sh1 million daily from Meru, whereas Somalia buys Sh20 million miraa every day
Meru Governor Peter Munya has been asked to stop blaming Deputy President William Ruto for “his low political performance”.
North Imenti MP Rahim Dawood and church leader Edwin Bundi said Munya’s role is based at the county level, whereas Ruto’s is national. “Munya should respect the Deputy President. Their differences are like day and night. There is no way Ruto can come to Meru to fight Munya. We are the only ones who can fight the governor,” Bundi said. They spoke at Gachiege EAPC Church in North Imenti on Sunday.
Last week Munya, who is also the Council of Governors chairman, ac- cused the DP of working with his key opponent in the governor race, Kiraitu Murungi, to “blame me for being behind the suspension of miraa exports to Somalia”. Flights were suspended for eight days, from September 8-13.
Bundi said Munya violated diplomatic protocol when he visited breakaway Somaliland to seek new markets, instead of Somalia where the central government is. “Munya visited the leader of a government, which is similar to an opposition front, in Somaliland – instead of meeting the bona fide President of Somalia. This angered the central government leader, whom we respect because he heard President Uhuru Kenyatta and agreed to reopen the market,” he said.
Dawood said Somaliland only buys miraa worth Sh1 million daily from Kenya, whereas Somalia purchases miraa worth Sh20 million every day.
He said the governor should have considered that before visiting Somaliland. “Ruto loves Meru and he has visited us several times. I wonder what Munya wants from him. Let him fight his own battles without pulling the DP into his failures,” Rahim said.
But yesterday, an official from the county government who did not want to be named, said Kiraitu and Ruto are “playing politics to tarnish Munya’s name”. The official said they want residents to believe the governor was behind the suspension.
Last month, Munya urged the government to cooperate with Somaliland so it lowers taxes on miraa imports. During his tour, Munya met Somaliland’s Deputy President, Foreign Affairs and Finance ministers. He said the region would be accorded “some sort of independence” if it opens up markets for miraa.