NAIROBI, Kenya, Jun 4 – Members of Parliament from Meru are set to meet President Uhuru Kenyatta on Thursday to discuss issues affecting the community, key among them, the miraa ban by the UK government. The miraa ban took effect on May 31.
Igembe South MP Mithika Linturi, says the community has ‘many issues’ to discuss with President Kenyatta but remained non-committal whether the talks would centre on his planned censure motion against Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru.
Linturi spoke to journalists in Nairobi on Wednesday, moments after a meeting of eight lawmakers from Meru.
“We are trying to agree on an agenda because we have a meeting with the President tomorrow morning. Our main agenda was to discuss the looming anger in the country and especially in Meru; the loss of miraa business to the Meru people,” he asserted.
He said Merus are disgruntled by the UK miraa ban since it has a heavy economic impact not just in the region but in the entire country.
According to Linturi, the lawmakers at Wednesday’s meeting backed his censure motion against Waiguru.
The National Alliance (TNA) legislator said he has nothing personal against Waiguru and is only opposed to the procedure she used to unfairly dismiss Kiplimo Rugut from National Youth Service and Gor Semelang’o from the Youth Enterprise Fund.
He insisted that he will not withdraw his motion but will wait for it to follow due process which means it has to go to the floor of Parliament.
“I believe I am working within the confines of the law in addressing this matter. I don’t mind losing this war in the floor of the House because that is where battles are fought. It is not a decision that is easy to make. I have a lot of respect for the president and the deputy considering they are my friends, but as far as I am concerned the motion is on course,” he said.
On Tuesday, the Jubilee Coalition urged Linturi to withdraw the motion after holding a parliamentary group meeting at State House.
Linturi has maintained that Waiguru acted unconstitutionally and it is only through Parliament that the matter will be resolved.
He claims that he has over 170 signatures appended to his motion which only requires a third of the House (88) to support it.