This is the tenth year of devolution and the 12th of the Constitution of Kenya, 2010. Residents of all parts of the country participated in an election process to give a new mandate to their political leaders, In Meru county, three members of parliament were thrown out as the residents picked a new governor, new senator, and new women representative.
Kawira Mwangaza was elected as the third governor of the vast county of Meru after trouncing the incumbent Kiraitu Murungi and Mithika Linturi. Kathuri Murungi who has served the residents of Imenti south as a Member of Parliament for a decade was elected as the third senator of Meru.
After failing twice, Elizabeth Kailemia was elected as the third women representative of Meru.
All these leaders were sworn in and promised the voters to transform their lives.
With vast experience in the Meru region politics, Kathuri Murungi is expected to steer ahead of the county in the senate. He was elected as the deputy speaker of the senate a situation that gave him more powers to execute his mandate at the senate and propel development in Meru County.
Kathuri was picked as the patron of the Meru Parliamentarians Association and has been instrumental in efforts of solving the problems and disunity between the Meru governor Kawira Mwangaza and members of the Meru County Assembly.
During her campaigns, Kailemia promised to initiate efforts of empowering the women, the youth and the disadvantaged residents of Meru County. She pledged to work hard to end the tussle between the assembly and the executive of the county government of Meru that has greatly affected service delivery to the people of Meru.
However, she is facing the great challenge of fitting into the shoes of the former women rep who is the current governor of Meru Kawira Mwangaza who was praised and supported by the residents of the county for running a program called, Okolea, which won the hearts of many people, especially those living in the rural areas.
Rindikiri was given a chance by the people of Buuri to represent them in the National Assembly for the second time. He promised to work closely with the county government of Meru to proceed with his agenda of continuously improving the lives of his constituents. He assured his people that he will make sure their support for him and the Kenya kwanza government was not in vain.
Moses Kirima Nguchine was also among the lucky Members of Parliament who recaptured their seats for the second time. He believes his development record when he served in his first term gave him a chance to be re-elected by the people of the Central Imenti constituency in Meru County.
The MP has promised to revamp programs that touch on youth and women empowerment and continue improving infrastructure in the primary and secondary schools in his constituency.
Kirima is also pushing a program of bringing on board the people of Central Imenti who live in other parts of the world to loop them in his transformation plan.
Rahim is now serving his third term as a Member of Parliament for North Imenti. Rahim is known for his philanthropic activities and accessibility to his constituents a situation that has seen him beat his political rivals for over a decade now.
After the August 2020 polls, Rahim has promised to continue improving the lives of his people through establishing unity of purpose between the county and the national governments as well as improving the relationship between the county Assembly led by speaker Ayub Bundi and the Executive led by governor Kawira Mwangaza.
Dr Shandrack Mwiti
Mwiti won the seat of Member of Parliament of South Imenti after various unsuccessful trials. Dr Mwiti promised his constituents that he will h empower them economically through programs that will make them financially stable.
He has also promised to look at life-changing projects and programs in all sectors that include health facilities, schools, roads, and general infrastructure to continue from where Kathuri Murungi left in matters of developing the South Imenti constituency.
Mpuru Aburi recaptured the Tigania East Member of Parliament seat from Gichunge Kabeabea who previously toppled him in 2017. Mpuru has promised his constituents that we will improve their lives after what he calls poor performance by the former MP.
He has promised to boost the education sector by improving infrastructure in primary, secondary, and tertiary institutions to enable the residents to access quality education to improve their lives.
He cited Tigania East Technical Training Institute as one of the facilities he will work on to ensure it is in the best shape and also sponsor ten students from every ward to do courses at the institution every year.
He says this time round, he is ready to liberate Tigania East in all sectors, he promised to ensure that Karama, Mbaranga, and Karachi road is tarmacked and many others are improved in the area.
He was also elected as a Member of Parliament of Tigania West for the second time. Mutunga, whose main focus has been the education sector, has promised the residents of the constituency that this time round he will continue laying down measures to ensure the constituency is food secure, improve the road network and support youth and women empowerment programs. He promised to work with the two levels of government to improve the lives of the Tigania West residents.
Previously, Mutunga has been challenged by the residents to put more effort into supporting the Meru University of Science and Technology to enable the institution to grow even bigger because of its crucial role in the social economic development of Tigania West.
Daniel Kiili is the new MP of Igembe Central. Speaking at the National Assembly, for the first time MP has assured the residents of all parts of Igembe central constituency that he will provide an equitable share of resources to run projects and programs in the five wards of his constituency.
He has promised to first focus on revitalizing the Miraa sector by ensuring sin that both the farmers and traders get fair treatment from the government and other stakeholders.
He says he must make efforts to unlock Miraa markets in regional markets like Tanzania where the trade is banned despite the country farming and trading in Miraa in areas like Tanga in the country.
Revealing that only 30 percent of the residents are connected to electricity Kiili has assured the residents that his first assignment is to increase electricity connectivity to the thousands of rural folks who are currently suffering in the darkness.
The former KNUT leader and a county minister were elected as MP for Igembe north after numerous times of trying and falling. Speaking to his residents after the election Taitumu promised to prioritize the issue of human and food security in Igembe North as a way of ensuring human dignity and better living.
He says for many years residents of Igembe North have been suffering from numerous attacks and cattle rustling-related activities that have left many residents poor and devastated.
He said it’s time for leaders to keep politics aside and unite to address perennial problems in Igembe an area that produces the best quality of Miraa but the farmers live in abject poverty. The MP also promised to work on various infrastructural projects and run programs that will put the constituency on the world map in matters of development and improvement of living standards.
John Paul Mwirigi
John Paul still remains in youngest Member of Parliament in the Meru region after he was elected for the second in Igembe South. John Paul says he is the lucky MP who was the first to host William Ruto in his constituency after he was elected as the fifth President of the Republic of Kenya. He praises his good working relationship with Ruto as an ingredient to support his development agenda.
He is also happy that his political mentor Mithika Linturi landed a cabinet job to take over from Peter Munya in the Agriculture docket. John Paul’s priority agenda in his second term is to continue fighting for Miraa farmers and traders both within his constituency and outside to ensure the sector has regained the lost glory. He is also keen to look at other sectors that include infrastructure, education, agriculture, security, and social services in an effort to ensure that his people continue supporting his political journey.