Mt. Kenya governors concerned over the political crisis in Jubilee Party

Governors from the Mt Kenya region have called for a truce in the ruling Jubilee Party, saying the rising political temperatures in the country were not good for development.

Meeting under the aegis of their Central Kenya Economic Bloc in Nakuru, governors from six out of the 10 counties said the emerging camps within the party ahead of the 2022 General Election would adversely affect delivery of services to wananchi and undermine President Uhuru Kenyatta’s legacy.

The meeting was attended by governors Francis Kimemia (Nyandarua), Meru’s Kiraitu Murungi, Ferdinand Waititu of Kiambu, Ndiritu Mureithi (Laikipai) and Nyeri’s Mutahi Kahiga.

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They were hosted by Governor Lee Kinyanjui whose county is also a member of the bloc. Kimemia said the bloc is not a political body.

Referring to President Kenyatta’s outburst last weekend, Kimemia said there was nothing wrong in the President expressing himself and that there is need for leaders to work and avoid politics.

“We urge our leaders to bring down the political temperatures so that the country can focus on service delivery and development. This is what the people voted us to do,” he said. In a statement, the governors pledged their support to President Kenyatta and his Big Four agenda.

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Regional block

They said the regional bloc will develop interventions and initiatives to fast track critical investments of county and national interests.

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The called on the government to transform the Sh3 billion given out to coffee farmers in the 2019/20 budget estimates into a revolving fund to be used as a minimum guaranteed return for farmers.

They asked the Cabinet Secretaries for Agriculture and Finance to gazette the recently introduced Coffee Regulations without further delay.

The governors said they are committed to, jointly with other blocs, enforce the 50kg packaging resolution for crops such as potatoes, tomatoes and other farm products. The bloc also agreed to ensure speedy implementation of county projects. [Julius Chepkwony]

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