Mu­turi’s clan, Kam­bas in Mbeere en­dorse Mbarire for gover­nor

The Ndamata say there was a pact that an Embu will run for gover­nor and a Mbeere for se­na­tor, that is why they are sup­port­ing the leg­is­la­tor for county boss

The Star (Kenya) - - Counties Eastern - REUBEN GITHINJI @TheS­tarKenya

Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Justin Mu­turi’s Ndamata Clan of the Mbeere com­mu­nity has joined Kam­bas in Embu in en­dors­ing Run­yen­jes leg­is­la­tor Si­cily Mbarire for Embu gover­nor.

Mu­turi, a bit­ter ri­val of Embu Se­na­tor Lenny Kivuti, chaired an in­door clan meet­ing in Embu on Satur­day, at which the press was locked out.

It was at­tended by more than 400 men. Women are tra­di­tion­ally not al­lowed to at­tend such meet­ings.

Mu­turi de­clined to speak to the press about the meet­ing. Mbeere North MP Charles Nja­gagua and Embu speaker Jus­tus Mate were at the meet­ing.

Sources said par­tic­i­pants cen­sured Kivuti, who is from the Mu­rure Clan of the Mbeere, for en­ter­ing the gover­nor race.

Kivuti and Mbarire had joined hands to face Embu Gover­nor Martin Wamb­ora for the seat next year, but they later split.

Wamb­ora has large sup­port from the Embu com­mu­nity, who voted for him in large num­bers in 2013, and also from large sec­tions of the Mbeere clans.

Sources from the meet­ing said Kivuti was blamed for per­pet­u­at­ing his­tor­i­cal in­jus­tices, where his clan has con­tin­u­ally side­lined the Ndamata Clan since the lead­er­ship of for­mer min­is­ter Jeremiah Nya­gah.

The mem­bers al­legedly said they were en­dors­ing Mbarire to com­ply with an MoU that Mbeere and Embu el­ders agreed on be­fore the last gen­eral elec­tion. It is al­leged the el­ders agreed that the gover­nor post should go to the Embu com­mu­nity, who are the ma­jor­ity and the se­na­tor to the Mbeere com­mu­nity.

Mate ac­cused Kivuti of cre­at­ing an­tag­o­nism be­tween the Mbeere and Embu com­mu­ni­ties by declar­ing his in­ter­est in the gover­nor post, de­spite the MoU which he is al­legedly aware of.

The clan will pre­vent an­i­mos­ity with the Embu by sup­port­ing Mbarire, an Embu, to face off with Wamb­ora.

It was agreed that a 10-mem­ber com­mit­tee will be formed to en­gage Mbarire in struc­tured pre-elec­tion ne­go­ti­a­tions for shar­ing of power and re­sources eq­ui­tably with the Mbeere and other com­mu­ni­ties in the county.

Par­tic­i­pants agreed that since the Ndamata Clan are the ma­jor­ity in the Mbeere sub­coun­ties and the Kam­bas are more than 57,000, if they are mo­bilised they will beat Kivuti, who al­legedly has the sup­port of the 33,000 Mu­rure Clan mem­bers, sources said.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, Mu­turi al­legedly ac­cepted to be the pa­tron of the Ndamata Clan af­ter pres­sure was ex­erted on him to pick up the man­tle.

This comes a week af­ter the Mbeere Coun­cil of El­ders con­firmed Kivuti’s en­dorse­ment to run for gover­nor by seek­ing the com­mu­nity’s 39 sub­clans’ con­sent at a holy shrine.

More than 3,000 rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the 39 Mbeere sub­clans le­git­imised the coun­cil’s de­ci­sion of en­dors­ing Kivuti at the Kwa Rumbia holy shrine in Mbeere North on Oc­to­ber 22.

Tra­di­tion­ally, all de­ci­sions of the com­mu­nity are made at the shrine.

/ REUBEN GITHINJI

Na­tional As­sem­bly Speaker Justin Mu­turi, Embu Se­na­tor Lenny Kivuti and Run­ye­jes MP Ce­cily Mbarire at Mbeere ACK Church on July 5

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