Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi will form part of the broad-based coalition being created by President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga, as the ODM leader makes his fifth stab at the presidency. This revelation is coming just a few days after the Meru county boss acquired the Restore and Build Party of Kenya from former 2013 presidential aspirant Dr. James Ole Kiyapi.
On Thursday last week, Dr. Murungi held a three-hour meeting with Mr. Odinga in Nairobi, where the two leaders discussed the possibility of joining hands in next year’s general election. Siaya Senator James Orengo, EALA MP Oburu Oginga , MPs Maoka Maore and Titus Imbuyi.
Speaking on August 3rd in South Imenti just after finalising the process of acquiring the Restore and Build Kenya Party, Dr. Murungi wondered he cannot have a party of his own, to champion for the interests of Mt. Kenya East people while his peers are all heading their own political parties.
“It is only Raila Odinga who has been to more parties than me. I have the experience as far as political parties are concerned. Kalonzo Musyoka was my classmate. He has a party. Musalia Mudavadi was Minister for Local Government, he has ANC party. William Ruto was minister for Higher Education when I was Minister for Energy. If they have their own parties, why not Kiraitu Murungi?” the Meru boss said, noting the Meru people will be respected this time by their colleagues from Mt. Kenya East, especially after the disintegration of the Jubilee Party.
“We are not saying we are superior to them but they should not say they are superior to us. We want to be independent; we are not talking about President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government,” he added.