Irungu, Muriithi clash over who’s loyal to Uhuru

Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu has accused his rival Nderitu Muriithi of sabotaging President Uhuru Kenyatta’s reelection bid by “confusing voters with threats and unreasonable demands”. But Muriithi yesterday hit back, questioning Irungu’s political dalliance with Laikipia North MP Mathew Lempurkel of ODM. “Lempurkel continues to be a constant part of his [Irungu’s] campaign team, sharing the same platform even as the MP mobilises votes for NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga,” a statement by Muriithi’s campaign secretariat said. Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri has also been dragged into the rivalry. Muriithi blamed the governor’s woes on the CS, “who two weeks ago insisted that he should be reelected, despite exhibiting weak and failed leadership”. He said the incumbent is desperate to redeem his image, “which is in disrepute”.

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