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I’ll not take revenge on Munya, county staff safe, says Kiraitu

Meru Governor-elect Kiraitu Murungi on Friday told his predecessor Peter Munya to relax because he will not revenge.

Kiraitu asked the PNU leader to respect the will of the people and advised him against seeking court arbitration over the August 8 election result.

“Munya should be told to leave the field since the match has ended. The referee has blown the whistle.”

Kiraitu said he will create a Meru Economic and Social Council as a permanent think-tank for the county’s socio-economic transformation.

The incoming governor added he will create ward development boards to manage Sh100 million which he plans to allocate to the units.

“My leadership will not take the form of a lone-ranger like Munya’s. We’ll work with the national government to improve security, roads, health care and education,” Kiraitu said during his swearing-in ceremony.

“The days of big man politics are long gone with Munya. Don’t call me his excellency because I am your brother.”

Hundreds of residents thronged Meru bus park for the ceremony that the outgoing governor did not attend. Former Deputy Governor Raphael Muriungi handed the instruments of office over to Kiraitu.

Kiraitu further pledged to boost agriculture and create a business-friendly environment to attract investors.

“We will also pay close attention to the struggling boda boda, matatu and other small scale industries,” he said.

“We shall improve road networks and expand electricity distribution to reduce the cost of doing business in Meru.”

The Governor further said he will digitise revenue collection to tame theft of county taxes.

He added his administration will offer free nursery school education and provide free milk for pupils.

The outgoing Meru Senator said he will also create a good working relationship with neighbouring Embu and Tharaka Nithi counties.

Kiraitu later met county staff at the governor’s office and said he will not fire them as claimed.

“Staff who have been hired legally will retain their jobs. I will not fire anyone.”

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