Blow to Kiraitu’s New Mbus Party as MP, residents criticize its revival


Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi addresses journalists at his office in Meru town on Tuesday. Photo/Courtesy.
By Rugendo Antony araneeto@gmail.com

Worth Noting:

  • “Due to this conflict of interest, Ameru and the Mt. Kenya East populace will be left scattered in many political formations thus NOT able to achieve the main goal and the intended purpose,” Kathuri said.
  • Noel Mutuma, a Facebook user lambasted Kiraitu for reviving the party he had earlier resolved.
  • “We gave CS Peter Munya the mandate to create our own party the moment you decided to sell out the Mbus without even the knowledge of us the party grassroots leaders. It’s a great shame that you’re back with the same narrative. Once bitten twice shy. Meru is blue,” Mutuma said, replying to Mr Kiraitu’s Facebook post.
South Imenti MP Kathuri Murungi in a past event. The MP has criticized Kiraitu for reviving the MBUS party. Photo/Courtesy

Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi’s new party has received mixed reactions from residents and leaders with hundreds of residents questioning its relevance.

The surprise reactions were depicted on Facebook after the Meru Governor revealed the revival of his Alliance Party of Kenya (‘MBUS’) Party.

Meru Governor on Tuesday announced the resurrection of the MBUS party noting that it had been rebranded to Devolution Empowerment Party (DEP) with the initial symbol of MBUS that is, green, yellow and black being the dominant colors.

According to Kiraitu his decision to revive MBUS has been caused by experience and complexities involved in all previous attempts to build a national party.

Criticizing the new party South Imenti MP Kathuri Murungi said the revived party lacks ability to unify Mt Kenya leaders and residents.

“The new ‘Mbus’ party is with us but we have lacked the crucial bit of bringing all the players on board. It’s ok but many people will argue that the party has been born to fulfil interests of certain individuals and NOT the Ameru interests,” the South Imenti MP said in his Facebook page.

He added that despite formation of the party, Mt Kenya East residents will be left scattered in various political parties hence failing to achieve its main goal and purpose.

“Due to this conflict of interest, Ameru and the Mt. Kenya East populace will be left scattered in many political formations thus NOT able to achieve the main goal and the intended purpose,” Kathuri said.

Noel Mutuma, a Facebook user lambasted Kiraitu for reviving the party he had earlier resolved.

“We gave CS Peter Munya the mandate to create our own party the moment you decided to sell out the Mbus without even the knowledge of us the party grassroots leaders. It’s a great shame that you’re back with the same narrative. Once bitten twice shy. Meru is blue,” Mutuma said, replying to Mr Kiraitu’s Facebook post.

Lacton Tesh trolled the governor accusing him of detaching the resident from the rest of Mt Kenya residents.

“Stop using the Meru vote as a hook to advance your political greed, we cannot afford to detach ourselves from the rest of Mt Kenya and remain relevant,” Tesh said on the post.

Replying to the governor’s Facebook post Gikundi Mwambia accused Mr Kiraitu of misleading Meru residents on National politics.

“Forget it. You have often used Meru people as pawns in your political games. Gains, if any, have only been personal. We won’t follow you blindly this time. You are the reason why the Meru Region has no foothold in national politics,” Mwambia said.

Jared Rabuto accused Mr Kiraitu of Joining the Kenyan former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s camp.

“There’s nothing like a political vehicle. You joined RAILA recently to push his presidential agendas. The formation of regional parties to hide will not bring boreholes to the people of Meru,” Rabuto noted.

Kousei Kemei argued that formation of the party will not affect the voting pattern of the residents accusing the politicians of fighting for their survival in politics.

“With or without you your people will vote for either Raila or Ruto. Your leaders are fighting for your survival,” Kemei said on Facebook.

Musa Mutugi cautioned the governor against dividing Mt Kenya residents over claims that Mt Kenya East had been neglected in terms of development.

I support you on the formation of the party, but saying Mt Kenya east has been neglected in terms of development is not true, mentioning one project only is not fair, when Kinoru stadium was constructed people didn’t complain because I guess no other county in Mt Kenya has such a facility, at the same time if I ask you to mention the number of roads being constructed in Meru and Embu I know they are many even without counting them. Kindly stop dividing the people of Mt Kenya into East and West,” Mutugi, a Facebook user said.

“I support forming a new party but I don’t support the division of the mountain.

Division of the mountain is the greatest mistake leaders from the mountain will do,” Daniel Kiugo a Facebook user said

Nathan Aranju who lauded Kiraitu for the party called on the governor to be cautious against being tricked to dissolve the party again.

This is a great move, hope u will not be fooled again to fold the party! Use it to negotiate for a run in the next government,” Aranju said.

Kiraitu’s APK Party was among ten other parties that dissolved, joining jubilee party in 2016.

Speaking in 2016 Kiraitu had defended his party’s decision to dissolve, saying Jubilee Party was the best option.

“It is the happiest day of my life since I have been a good driver of the bus. No one was hurt,” Murungi said during a meeting in 2016 at the Bomas of Kenya.

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