Ruto’s Planned Visit to Embu Causes a Stir Among Local Leaders

William Samoei Ruto, Deputy President of Kenya

Embu elders have criticized Runyenjes MP, Eric Muchangi, for sidelining other leaders in the invitation of Deputy President William Ruto at Karurumo area, scheduled for September 21, 2019.

Runyenjes Mp, Eric Muchangi

Led by their chairman, Andrew Ireri, Embu-Nyangi Ndiriri Cultural group said they received information of the DP’s visit to Embu in churches noting that local leaders were not involved in planning the visit.

“Such an event is not a one-man show but should involve all leaders in Embu and we are calling all leaders in Embu to unite and work as a team,” Ireri observed.

Embu council of elders chairman Andrew Ireri.

He further noted that because of being kept in the dark concerning the visit, the function had coincided with their meeting, which was scheduled for that day at the same venue. However, the group agreed to change the venue to Kairuri.

Ireri put leaders in Embu on notice to beware that the electorate who elected them were watching them and would act accordingly in 2022.

“There were politicians who were in leadership in 2017 and now are in the cold because of their conduct while in office,” he noted adding that those currently in leadership must respect the electorate by serving them.

He added that the elders were behind President Uhuru Kenyatta, who will direct them on who to take leadership after him.

“For now we are calling for our leaders to shun away from 2022 politics and engage in development as directed by our President,” noted Ireri.

He added that the purpose of calling for the group meeting, which draws members from Kirinyaga, Mbeere South and Runyenjes, was to organise for a come together of all Embu leaders and chat the way forward in leadership.

In a recent visit to Taita Taveta, Ruto exchanged war of words with Governor Granton Samboja, with the latter asking those visiting the county to respect the views of the majority of its residents.

Samboja further asked the deputy president to keep off the standoff between his administration and the county assembly.

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