In an interview with Citizen TV station on Wednesday, November 17, Kiraitu dismissed William Ruto’s claim that he owns the vote-rich Mt Kenya region.
“…but don’t come here to say Meru is mine, it is not. Since when did it become yours? Meru (county)is ours,” Murungi said.
The Jubilee Governor said he is among the real owners of Meru county and have a right to listen to all presidential candidates before deciding on the way forward.
This comes barely days after the deputy president castigated Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi for pledging support to ODM leader Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.
During his two-day visit to Meru to popularise his 2022 presidential ambition, the deputy president urged the governor to stop imposing ODM leader Raila Odinga on the electorate.
William Ruto’s attacks on Kirautu as well as other Mt Kenya leaders opposed to his presidential bid have since elicited sharp reactions from President Uhuru Kenyatta’s turf.
On Wednesday, November 17, Meru Young Professionals forum demanded an apology from the deputy president.
“We’ve noticed a trend where you roam Mt Kenya insulting leaders and elders, including President Uhuru Kenyatta,
“We as the Meru people are completely different from our Agikuyu brothers, we can’t tolerate a situation where our leaders are abused, let alone in front of women and children,” stated Francis Gitobu, the forum’s chairman.
On Tuesday, November 16, Mt Kenya Jubilee parliamentary caucus warned the Jubilee deputy party leader against insulting elected leaders from the region.
“As Mt Kenya Jubilee Caucus we are putting the deputy president on notice and issuing a stern warning,” they said in a statement.