Ruto, Gachagua urge Meru leaders to work in unity for development

President William Ruto, his deputy Rigathi Gachagua and Meru Governor Kawira Mwangaza during an inter-denominational service in Laare, Igembe North. [PCS, Standard]

President William Ruto and his Deputy, Rigathi Gachagua, made an appeal to Meru county leaders yesterday, urging them to come together and put aside their differences.

Following their attendance at an inter-denominational service in Laare, Igembe North, Dr. Ruto emphasised the need for Governor Kawira Mwangaza and other leaders to collaborate.

He stated, "There is no place for disagreements, and with all due respect, let us all work together."

Governor Mwangaza has recently experienced discord with her deputy, Isaac Mutuma, and some MPs as well as MCAs. During the event, the head of state also unveiled plans to construct a 'mini statehouse' in Meru.

"Those who may not be pleased because I visit Meru more frequently should understand that I will continue to come and spend more time here because I have great affection for Meru," Ruto said.

Regarding security in the cattle rustling-prone Nyambene region, the president reassured residents that he was actively working to address the situation.

"People lose their lives and sustain injuries in this region. Similar incidents have occurred in the North Rift, but circumstances are evolving. We are prepared to deploy the army if necessary," he said.

He added that funds had been allocated, and the cabinet had set aside Sh25 billion for modern equipment to combat cattle rustlers and other criminals, as part of their efforts to enhance the country's security.

"Their days are numbered; give me a few months. We must ensure the security of our country," Ruto told the residents, who have long suffered from livestock thieves that have driven away large herds.

Ruto also said Laare would be the site of an affordable housing project, which is expected to create at least 1,000 jobs.

He commended Igembe North MP Julius Taitumu for his service to the people, adding that Taitumu was collaborating with Meru MPs, whom he had met with in Nakuru last week.

"I am urging all leaders to put an end to politics related to the 2027 elections. Instead, let them all focus on their responsibilities to serve the people," he said.

Gachagua pledged to ensure unity in Meru, adding, "Peace is synonymous with development. Development cannot occur without peace."

The deputy president also underscored the significance of Mount Kenya and Rift Valley as political strongholds for Ruto's development agenda but added that this goal could not be realised amid conflicts and disputes among leaders.