Meru County Governor Kiraitu Murungi has finally broken his silence revealing how they worked as a team from the Mt Kenya region to vilify Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga in the region in the last three general elections.
The Orange leader contested against then incumbent and former President Mwai Kibaki on a Party Of National Unity (PNU) ticket in 2007.
The hotly contested polls plunged the Country into post election violence leading to the loss of over 1300 lives and over 500, 000 people internally displaced, despite the former President Mwai Kibaki securing his re-election.
The former Prime Minister would then again run against Current President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto, but lost the elections challenging the same at the supreme court through an unsuccesful petition.
Third one again against President Uhuru Kenyatta seeking his second term, was also a loss to him leading to yet another another petition, this time a succesful one at the highest court taking them back to the ballot.
Kiraitu was speaking yesterday to the Ameru Community at a hotel when he revealed how they crafted a strategy to demonize the ODM leader in the Mt Kenya region.
The reputable lawyer noted that the strategy worked as it created a repulsion against the Au special Envoy by the mountain region electorate.
“In order for us to retain our presidency in the General Election of 2007 during Kibaki’s campaign and 2017 during President Uhuru’s candidature, we came up with some fictitious narratives that damaged Raila’s reputation in the region,” narrated the Governor.
The Member of the former President Kibaki kitchen cabinet continued that the move worked perfectly to an extent of the current crop of leaders finding it difficult to sell the Odinga narrative in the Mt. Kenya region.
He however toned it down revealing to the gathering that the former prime minister was not bad as they had been made to believe and that his candidature was welcome in the region ahead of 2022.
“Kibaki has retired from politics and Uhuru is not going to run for the presidency come 2022. Now the time is ripe to sell Jakom (Raila) in the region,” stated Kiraitu.
The former Meru County Senator narrated that his interaction with Odinga dated back to 1984 when he was a young lawyer and in the frontline defending the Orange leader.
Among those in attendance during the talk was Odinga, who noted that he enjoyed a cordial relationship with the Ameru people, while expressing optimism that they will support his candidature come next year.