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

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties - KIRIMI MURITHI @Mu­rithik

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.

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