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Raila wants power through back door and bloodshed, Uhuru says at Meru rally

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Governor Kiraitu now promises to end perennial conflict over Meru-Isiolo border

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Meru women leaders go door to door for Uhuru, tell off NASA

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Meru County Hotel to be converted to offices for staff, Governor Kiraitu says

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Meru set to reopen largest, 24-hour slaughterhouse after 10 years

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President Uhuru visit and Isiolo airport boost growth of Meru hotel industry

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Raila accuses Jubilee, police of protecting youths to disrupt NASA rally in Laare, Meru
National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate Raila Odinga has condemned the violence that occurred in Laare, Meru County ahead of the alliance’s planned rally on Tuesday. Raila accused the Jubilee leadership and the police of spearheading the chaos to disrupt the much-anticipated rally. The Opposition chief stressed that the Government must stop frustrating NASA supporters ahead of the repeat presidential poll on October 26 and which he has pulled out from   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Eastern |  Meru |  Igembe |  North Igembe |  Laare |  Laare |  Ntunene | 
NASA chiefs insist there will be no election without electoral reforms
NASA leaders are expected to take their 'no reforms, no elections' campaign to Meru County today. Opposition leaders Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang'ula said they would explain to locals why they should not participate in the repeat election. They will also use the rally at Lare to urge their supporters to keep off polling stations if IEBC will not have effected the reforms   Read More ...
Categories: Politics & Government | 
Tags: Elections | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Eastern |  Meru | 
Raila wants power through back door and bloodshed, Uhuru says at Meru rally
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday accused NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga of seeking power âthrough the back door and bloodshedâ. âI thank you, Meru people, for voting [for] me. That Mzee thought we wouldnât accept the Supreme Court ruling. He expected chaos and bloodshed to get a share of government,â he said in Laare market, Igembe North, during a rally. âThe same God and Kenyans who voted for us will declare the same by electing me on October 26   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Eastern |  Meru |  Laare |  Laare | 
Church trains Meru farmers on fish production through floating ponds program
An ambitious fish rearing project is changing residents fortunes in Kaaga, Meru County. The project run by the Methodist Church of Kenya trains farmers on modern fish rearing. The CEO of the project christened — Bio-intensive and agriculture training centre — Roy Munene explains how the programme established in 2001 works. “We select young farmers and train them on fish rearing, how to make floating ponds made of timbers and dam liners, plus more   Read More ...
Categories: Farming | 
Tags: Farmers | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Eastern |  Meru | 
Governor Kiraitu now promises to end perennial conflict over Meru-Isiolo border
Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi has promised to end the perennial conflict over the Meru-Isiolo border. Kiraitu said he had already engaged President Uhuru Kenyatta on the matter, and action is being taken through the county commissioner's office. "Peace and security is a condition prerequisite for any development. Regular and predictable cycles of drought in Northern Kenya have caused permanent tensions, insecurity, violence, deaths, untold suffering and economic destruction in the Tigania and Igembe areas on the Meru-Isiolo border," Kiraitu said   Read More ...
Categories: Society & Culture | 
Tags: Social Issues |  Animosity | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Eastern |  Isiolo |  Meru | 
Meru bar attendant stabs lover to death for buying friends drinks
A bar attendant in Meru town on Saturday stabbed her lover of two years after the man bought his friends beer. Faith Kanario, 28, stabbed Samuel Mburu four times, twice on the back, and on the stomach and chest. The Meru Muslim Day secondary school teacher is said to have walked with the woman into the bar earlier in the day   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Eastern |  Meru |  Meru Town | 
Kiraitu creates nine development boards to steer Meru growth
Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi has established nine boards to steer development in the county. They are Meru economic and social council, Meru county development board, Sub-county development board, and Ward development boards. Others are Meru county agricultural development board, Meru county roads board, Meru county tourism board, Meru county health board, and town management boards. "These boards will not exercise any executive powers but they will play the key advisory role in coordination and harmonisation of development plans   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Eastern |  Meru | 
Cattle stolen by suspected rustlers in Tigania East,Meru County
Unknown number of heads of cattle have been stolen by suspected cattle rustlers in Tigania East in Meru County with tension reported in the area. Locals say several of them are also nursing injuries after being attacked by the assailants who are still at large amid the ongoing investigations.   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Eastern |  Meru |  Tigania |  East Tigania | 
Meru women leaders go door to door for Uhuru, tell off NASA
Women leaders in Meru county have declared unwavering support for President Uhuru Kenyatta and promised to carry on with their door to door campaigns. Uhuru and NASA chief Raila Odinga will once again battle it out for the presidency on October 26. Raila disputed results of the August 8 election and filed a petition at the Supreme Court, which ordered the repeat   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Eastern |  Meru | 
Meru County Hotel to be converted to offices for staff, Governor Kiraitu says
The Meru County Hotel will be converted into county staff offices, Governor Kiraitu Murungi has said. The Sh184 million facility was being refurbished by former governor Peter Munya into a modern three star hotel with a spa and swimming pool. That refurbishment is 40 per cent done. But Kiraitu says the county government does not need to compete with private investors in the hotel and hospitality industry   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Eastern |  Meru | 
Meru man starts Uhuru campaigns with Jubilee-coloured donkey
A Jubilee supporter in Meru was the talk of the town on Friday after he painted his donkey with the party's colours to campaign for President Uhuru Kenyatta. Biran Murithi, who lost the Timau MCA race in the August 8 poll, launched the bid at Buuri constituency and will traverse the entire county before the October 26 vote. Uhuru is facing Raila Odinga of the National Super Alliance in a fresh election after his win in the August 8 election was nullified by the Supreme Court   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Eastern |  Meru |  Buuri |  Timau | 
Kiraitu says Meru County Hotel to be converted into staff offices
The controversial Meru County Hotel established by former governor Peter Munya will be converted into county government offices, Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi has announced.   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Eastern |  Meru | 
Raila reveals why former Meru Governor Peter Munya ditched NASA for Jubilee
Opposition leader Raila Odinga has revealed the reason why Former Meru Governor, Peter Munya, ditched him barely a week after dumping the Jubilee Party led by President Uhuru Kenyatta. According to the National Super Alliance (NASA) presidential candidate, Mr Munya left the coalition because ‘he was under a lot of pressure.’ Raila, however, did not explain in detail who was behind Munya’s depature   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Eastern |  Meru | 
Two girls drown after diving into waterfall in Meru
Two girls drowned on Monday while swimming in a river in Tigania East, Meru county.The children, aged nine and 11, drowned after diving into a waterfall. They reportedly skipped school to go swimming when the incident happened.Police retrieved the bodies and took them to Meru Referral and Teaching Hospital mortuary.Abednego Kirianki, a resident, warned pupils against skipping school and engaging in mischief   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Eastern |  Meru |  Tigania |  East Tigania | 
Meru residents deplore, praise court ruling, agree to stay calm
The Supreme Court’s nullification of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reelection drew mixed reactions from Meru residents. On Friday some applauded the highest court’s decision, while others expressed disappointment. There was no unrest. Though Meru is part of Uhur’s perceived Central stronghold, there was some dissatisfaction with Jubilee’s performance.Trader Jack Gitonga, who operates in Meru town, said, “When NASA leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka petitioned against Kenyatta’s win, so many people said they couldn’t win against the government   Read More ...
Categories: Law & Crime | 
Tags: Judiciary |  Law Courts | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Eastern |  Meru |  Meru Town | 
Meru man charged with stealing Sh280,000 from Sidian Bank, sacco
A man has been charged in Meru with defrauding and stealing more than Sh280,000 from Sidian Bank and a sacco.Alex Nyamu denied four counts of defrauding the financial institutions when he appeared in court on Thursday.The court heard that he stole Sh119,130 from Solution Sacco and Sh161,453 from the bank on different dates this month.Prosecutor James Murage further said that on August 17, the suspect stole the sacco's property from its Maua branch   Read More ...
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Tags: Judiciary |  Law Courts |  Crimes |  Finance |  Banks & Banking |  Theft |  Frauds |  Financial Institutions | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Eastern |  Meru | 
Man mutilates wife’s genitals over infidelity
Police in Igembe North, Meru County are holding a man who seriously injured his wife’s genitalia using his hands for allegedly having an affair. Igembe North OCPD Peter Kimani said the suspect was arrested in Murunya area. He said the matter was reported to the police by the complainant’s mother. The woman, who sustained deep cuts in her genitalia is recuperating at Mutuati Sub-County Hospital   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Eastern |  Meru |  Igembe |  North Igembe |  Mutuati | 
Meru residents split over Kiraitu's radical changes
Meru residents are split about the radical changes Governor Kiraitu Murungi is making in the country government. A section support the new governor, terming him experienced. They also note that he is committed fulfilling his manifesto and must act with gusto to ensure service delivery. Elijah Kinoti, a trader, said the Governor and deputu Titus Ntuchiu are more focused on delivering their campaign pledges   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Eastern |  Meru | 
Meru set to reopen largest, 24-hour slaughterhouse after 10 years
The Meru government is ready to reopen its 24-hour slaughterhouse at Thimangiri in North Imenti after a shutdown of about 10 years. The facility, which sits on approximately six acres of land and has been under renovation. “It will be a 24-hour facility where people can sell or buy cattle. It will create jobs...operations will begin any time now,” said Ken Kinoti, Meru County Investment & Development Corporation (MCIDC) business director   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Eastern |  Meru |  Miriga Mieru | 
Kiraitu dissolves Meru county boards, sacks members
Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi on Thursday dissolved four county boards and revoked the appointments of the board members. They are; Meru county investment and development corporation, Meru county micro finance cooperation, Meru county revenue board and the Meru county alcoholics and drinks board. "We have also sent on leave all the CEOs of the corporations and the boards pending the outcome of financial and human resource audit," Kiraitu said   Read More ...
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Tags: Corporate |  Enterprises | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Eastern |  Meru | 
Kiraitu dissolves Meru County boards in bid to fight graft
Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi on Thursday evening dissolved several boards in what he has termed as radical measures to unearth corruption cartels in the county. This comes a day after he suspended members of the county executive to pave way for financial and human resource audit. In a press release, Mr Murungi reassured the county staff that there will be no witch hunt as the clean-up is being done within the law   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Eastern |  Meru | 
Kiraitu, Linturi pledge to deliver Meru from poverty
Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi and senator-elect Mithika Linturi have vowed to consult and involve all stakeholders in their leadership for the county to prosper. The duo said their goal is to empower residents in all aspects so as to realise their initiative dubbed ‘Making Meru Great’. Speaking at the county headquarters, Kiraitu urged both leaders and residents to find amicable ways of resolving their differences to avoid unnecessary tensions that may derail the initiative   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Eastern |  Meru | 
Six villagers who died in a grisly road accident in Meru buried in a sorrowful send off
Six neighbours who died in an accident along the Meru-Embu highway on August 12, were buried in Igembe Central on Wednesday. A sombre mood engulfed Nguyuyu village as the six bodies were brought in for a mass funeral service at Nguyuyu Primary School. The six were Susan Kinanu, 33, Julia Kalai, 57, Salome Mukoma, 44, Margaret Kirishia, 65, and Edward Karuti, 42, and his wife, Sarah Gakii, 40   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Eastern |  Meru |  Igembe |  Central Igembe |  Nguyuyu | 
President Uhuru visit and Isiolo airport boost growth of Meru hotel industry
SUMMARY In June, President Uhuru Kenyatta became the first sitting Head of State to spend the night in Meru Town Nasa leader Raila Odinga recently spent a night in Meru Town during campaigns Most delegates to last year’s Devolution Conference spent nights in hotels in Meru town The buzz around Nairobi’s hospitality industry is by now familiar. International brands have set up or are planning to set up facilities in the capital in the last few years in what analysts claim is a boon for business travellers   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Eastern |  Isiolo |  Meru |  Meru Town | 
Kiraitu Murungi suspends top Meru County staff in readiness for audit
Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi has sent on indefinite leave all top officials to pave way for a human resource and financial audit. Those targeted by Kiraitu are the acting County Secretary James Mutia, 10 County Executive Committee Members otherwise called CECMs and all departmental Chief Officers (CO) who are equivalent of the Principal Secretaries in the national government. Also to take leave are four heads of autonomous agencies created by former Governor Peter Munya's administration namely the Meru County Development and Investment Corporation (MCIDC), Meru Revenue Board, Liquor Licensing Board and Meru Microfinance Corporation   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Eastern |  Meru | 
Munya, Ragwa skip county ceremonies
Former Meru Governor Peter Munya and his Tharaka-Nithi colleague Samuel Ragwa snubbed the swearing-in ceremonies of their successors last week. Mr Munya has disputed the election of Mr Kiraitu Murungi. His running mate Peter Kaberia said their plan to file a petition challenging Mr Murungi’s election is on course. Mr Munya’s former deputy Raphael Muriungi handed over the instruments of power to Mr Murungi but said the former governor had not sent him   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Meru | 
Face to face with Mt Kenya's elephants
Word was abuzz about herds of elephants that had been spotted in the Lower Imenti forest of the larger Mt Kenya National Park and reserve in Meru County. People living on the edge of the forest had been complaining about the animals trampling on their crops. I took a drive towards Nanyuki and branched off into the forest at Meru Technical College   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  E. Africa |  Meru |  Central | 
Kiraitu Murungi sworn in as second Meru governor
Governor-elect Kiraitu Murungi and his deputy Titus Ntuchiu have taken oath of office in a function attended by hundreds of residents. The occasion was attended by former deputy governor Raphael Muriungi, Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi, Public Service Commission Chairperson Margaret Kobia, Sports Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia among other leaders. The instruments of office were presented to Governor Murungi by the former deputy governor   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Meru | 
Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi to be sworn in on Friday
Meru Governor-elect Kiraitu Murungi will be sworn into office Friday, August 18. The county swearing committee Wednesday said it had also changed the venue for the event from Kinoru Stadium to Meru town bus park adjacent to Tuskys Supermarket. Speaking to The Standard by phone, Meru County Commissioner Wilfred Nyagwanga, who is also a member of the committee, confirmed that the date for the event had been changed   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Eastern |  Meru | 
Meru governorship candidate Kilemi Mwiria's shock as children and the able-bodied ask for 'listening fees'
"It was shocking to see little children and able-bodied adults asking for what is called a 'listening allowance...people could only open their ears to me if they were bribed first.” According to Dr Mwiria, any governorship candidate without a Sh100-million-war chest stood no chance of winning. He estimates that a parliamentary candidate required Sh32 million and an MCA Sh5 million. "Such figures discouraged, and will continue to discourage, most of us from ever participating in elective politics while those who can invest those hefty sums will surely look to recoup their investment once in political office," Dr Mwiria, a former two-term Tigania West MP and Education Assistant Minister says   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Meru | 
Meru gives Kenya another political gift
John Paul Mwirigi is the MP-elect for Igembe South. That name might not mean anything to you right now, but it should because this young man is making history. The 24-year-old is a student at Mount Kenya University and won the seat as an independent, with almost no funds.“I didn’t have any cash, I didn’t spend even a single coin to move within Igembe South but I was getting cash from the people so that I can get something to eat along the way,” he told NTV’s Ken Murithi   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Meru | 
Uhuru mourns 19 victims of Meru and Lamu road, boat tragedies
President Uhuru Kenyatta has said he is saddened by the deaths of 19 people following road and boat accidents in Meru and Lamu counties. The Meru road tragedy claimed eight people, including the mother of former student leader and prominent Jubilee Party activist Irene Kendi. The accident occurred on Saturday when a matatu traveling from Maua to Chuka collided head-on with a lorry   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Lamu |  Eastern |  Meru | 
'Focus on 2022': Kiraitu, Linturi taunt Munya after Meru governor loss
Meru Senator-elect Mithika Linturi has told former Governor Peter Munya to concentrate on the 2022 presidential election "if indeed he is serious about his bid". He termed Munya a "worthy competitor" but said he lost the governor's seat because of failure to deliver. "He concentrated too much on his [presidential] bid rather than pledges he made in 2013," Linturi said on Saturday   Read More ...
Places: Kenya |  Eastern |  Meru | 
President Uhuru Kenyatta campaigner loses mother in accident that claimed eight lives
SUMMARY A Jubilee Party campaigner lost her mother in an accident which claimed eight people as they travelled from Maua to Chuka on Saturday The news found Irene Kendi celebrating IEBC's announcement that President Uhuru Kenyatta had won the General election Six others were evacuated by the Kenya Red Cross Society to the Meru Referral and Teaching Hospital A chief Jubilee Party campaigner in Meru County lost her mother in the grisly road accident at Ngon'yi on the Meru-Nkubu road on Saturday   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Meru |  Central | 
Eight die, several hurt after matatu, lorry collide in Meru
Eight people have died while several others have been seriously injured after a matatu collided head on with a lorry at Ng’onyi in Meru County. According to eye witnesses, the matatu was overtaking a motorbike when it collided with an oncoming lorry. Mr Patrick Murithi, a resident who was first at the scene, said they managed to rescue six people who were taken to Meru Teaching and Referral Hospital   Read More ...
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Tags: Disasters & Accidents |  Accidents |  Injured | 
Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Eastern |  Meru | 
Eight dead after matatu crashes into lorry in Meru
Eight people died on Saturday after a matatu crashed into a lorry in Meru. Two others were injured in the accident after the matatu driver lost control while trying to overtake a boda boda. Red Cross Central and Eastern boss Gitonga Mugambi said the matatu was heading to a dowry presentation ceremony in Chuka. "They had hired two matatus to attens the ceremony but unfortunately for involved in an accident," he told The Star on phone   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Eastern |  Meru | 
Kenya election: 23-year-old student wins MP seat
A 23-year-old independent candidate is the next Igembe South member of Parliament after he was declared winner in the Kenya elections on Thursday morning. Igembe South is one of nine constituencies in Meru County, a Mount Kenya region. Mr John Paul Mwirigi, a Bachelor of Education student at Mt Kenya University won after garnering 18,867 votes against ruling Jubilee Party’s Rufus Miriti, who had 15,411 votes   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Meru | 
Kilemi Mwiria takes break from politics after Meru defeat
Meru governor candidate Kilemi Mwiria will take a break from politics following the governor race defeat by Senator Kiraitu Murungi. The Maendeleo Chap Chap member said on Thursday that he will focus on mentoring youths with political ambitions. Mwiria accepted defeat but accused his competitors of "using a lot of money to bribe voters". "Residents' minds were driven by money given to them   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Eastern |  Meru | 
Meru Elects 24-Year-Old Student As Igembe South MP - Capital Campus
According to the provisional results released by Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission (IEBC), Mwirigi has won the seat of Member of Parliament for Igembe South.Vying against Jubilee Party’s Joseph Miriti Mwereria in a hot campaign to the run up to the ballot, Mwirigi won garnering 39 per cent of the votes cast translating to 18,659 votes. John Paul, an orphan has overcome great obstacles in life thanks to well wishers who even paid for his education   Read More ...
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Places: Kenya |  Africa |  Sub-Saharan |  E. Africa |  Meru |  Igembe |  South Igembe | 
Varsity student Mwirigi on course to win MP seat
A 23-year-old independent candidate is highly likely to be the next Igembe South MP after preliminary results indicate he is leading. Mr John Paul Mwirigi, a Bachelor of Education student at Mt Kenya University, is ahead with 19,366 votes against Jubilee's Joseph Miriti who has 15,977 votes. VICTORY. Throughout the day, his supporters thronged Maua town to celebrate the possibility of his victory   Read More ...
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