Azimio leaders meet Meru delegates to stop defections

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On Sunday, September 4, Raila and Karua met a delegation of Meru leaders days after former governor Kiraitu Murungi joined Kenya Kwanza.

The former Prime Minister
met with a delegation of Azimio leaders from Meru County led by Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya, a political rival of Kiraitu, to stop defections from Azimio in what appeared to be a scheme to prevent further exit.

Kiraitu Murungi defects to Kenya Kwanza

Speaking after the meeting, Raila thanked the leaders present for having an ideological commitment and standing firm on their principles.

“We are happy that these members have stood the test of time, a time like this is when you know people who have clear ideological commitment, who stand on principle, and those hovering,” he stated.

In a camouflaged attack directed at Kiraitu, the Azimio flagbearer described the former county boss as an opportunist.

“We have seen opportunists trying to run away from their original position, this is not something new, it has always been there, it is the angels who said that the left radicals have the character of a pendulum they only go from one extreme to the other extreme, this is the character being exhibited by our friends,” Odinga noted.

On the other hand, Karua acknowledged the members and cleared the air that Azimio is whole in Meru and the entire country. She said they will continue to fight for the right and ideals of Kenyans.

“I want to acknowledge the members and clarify that Azimio is intact in Meru, I know it is intact in Mt. Kenya and the entire country, we will continue fighting for the ideals we so much believe in, and it’s better to have a few committed members than to have hangers whose mind and soul is elsewhere,” Karua remarked.

Further, CS Munya brushed off the disloyalty of the former Meru governor to the Kenya Kwanza coalition, terming his presence in Azimio as a saboteur within the team.

“We are stronger than ever before, and indeed the defection of former Governor of Meru is just a confirmation of what we have always known that sympathy is laid elsewhere,” Munya added.

However, Devolution Empowerment Party Chairman Lenny Kivuti defended Kiraitu’s move saying it was necessitated by the voting direction taken by the region.

“The decision was a collective agreement by the party members to move to Kenya Kwanza and it is a desire that Embu leadership unite for development,” Kivuti stated.

Odinga also expressed his satisfaction with the performance of Azimio in Meru County after its affiliate parties won 31 out of 45 MCAs in Meru.

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He said that the Azimio course is just and they won’t get threatened by setbacks because setbacks are part of the game.

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