Six of Meru’s 11 MPs walked off Interior CS Fred Matiang’i’s consultative meeting with local leaders at the county commissioner’s residence over a protocol hitch.
The six included Senator Mithika Linturi and MPs Kathuri Murungi (South Imenti), Rahim Dawood (North Imenti), Maoka Maore (Igembe North), John Paul Mwirigi (Igembe South) and Josephat Gichunge (Tigania East).
The decided to walk out after the programme was changed to include presentation of Affirmative Action Fund cheques to women groups in Buuri constituency.
“We have been waiting here for three hours without any word on when the consultation is to start and decided to move on with our other programmes of the day,” said Senator Linturi.
The CS was flanked by Public Service CS Margaret Kobia and National Youth Service Director Matilda Waswa. He was meeting Eastern regional leaders in a bid to end insecurity along the Meru-Isiolo border.
However, Borana leaders accused the CS of taking sides with bias towards the Meru community.
“His visit was unannounced and suspect and….. (and issued) antagonistic directives for the immediate arrest of some unnamed individuals and Isiolo leaders. The overdrive exhibited by the CS is contrary to his handling of Isiolo-Garissa boundary conflict which he has snubbed to-date despite continuous build-up of tension, loss of lives and property,” said the Borana leaders in a statement.
“The CS directives are coming from fictitious accounts fed to him by the Regional Commissioner and the County Commissioner; who are holding brief for the immigrant Garreh Community,” they added.
Leaders who had attended the meeting include Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi, Eastern Regional Commissioner Isaaiah Nakoru, MPs Mugambi Rindikiri (Buuri) and Kirima Nguchine (Central Imenti) and several MCAs from the county.
“It is unfortunate that the local MPs have left because this was a golden opportunity to air their grievances,” Nakoru said as quoted by a local daily.