The appointment of former Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura as the Lappset Corridor Development Authority Chairman has elicited mixed reactions across the Meru leadership.
Igembe Central MP Kubai Kiringo has rejected the appointment, citing it as recycled leadership by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
“Igembe region of Meru County continues to be short-changed as it happened during the Kibaki administration. At the outset, it is important to be clear that this appointment is a replica of Kibaki style of leadership. There is no difference between the two regimes,” Mr Kiringo said.
The appointment comes even after Mr Muthaura publicly turned down requests by Mount Kenya leaders to have him reinstated in the government after he was exonerated by the ICC on crimes against humanity.
“I am not ready to take any salaried job after serving for 40 years in the public service and although everyone feels I should get employed, I feel that time has come to call it quits,” said Mr Muthaura at his thanksgiving ceremony held at Nchiru in March 23 adding that he was ready to support the government in any other non-salaried position.
On his part, Mr Kiringo faulted the president of ignoring pleas from Meru MP’s to have a new crop of leaders appointed in various positions.
He said the president and his deputy have turned a blind eye to the people of Igembe and Tigania regions despite voting massively for the Jubilee government.
“There are very many young and professional people from these regions but recent appointments are being offered to the Imenti’s. With these kind of appointments, we are headed for troubled waters as it will erode the Meru unity,” said a disgruntled Mr Kiringo.
But his North Imenti counterpart Rahim Dawood lauded Mr Muthaura’s appointment saying it was timely.
Mr Dawood thanked President Kenyatta for reappointing him in the government.
“We are excited and thank the president for returning him back to the government as he has wide experience and the Lappset project will be a reality in no time,” he said.
He dismissed claims that it was sycophancy and mediocre that had been rewarded and not merit as had been championed by the current government.
Meru County deputy governor Raphael Muriungi welcomed the reappointment saying that the country would be changed by leaders who perform and not those who are rewarded because of their sycophancy.