In Summary
  • A section of Njuri Ncheke elders have asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to leave out Lands CS Jacob Kaimenyi in his new Cabinet.
  • Some lobby groups from Meru and Tharaka-Nithi counties had earlier urged President Kenyatta to retain Prof Kaimenyi and other principal secretaries from the community.

A section of Njuri Ncheke elders have said they will hold demonstrations if President Uhuru Kenyatta re-appoints Lands CS Jacob Kaimenyi in his Cabinet.

The elders accuse Prof Kaimenyi of causing divisions in the council and say he has not performed to their expectation.

LOBBY

This comes after lobby groups from Meru and Tharaka-Nithi counties urged President Kenyatta to retain Prof Kaimenyi and other principal secretaries from the community when he forms his new government.

The Ameru Professionals Association and Mount Kenya Youth Caucus said the Lands minister has performed well.

But addressing journalists at the Nchiru Shrine, Njuri Ncheke chairman Linus Kathera and Secretary Josphat Murangiri said Prof Kaimenyi had nothing to show for his tenure in the Education and Lands ministries.

“We condemn calls by some groups that the president should retain Prof Kaimenyi in the Cabinet. No one should dictate to the president who should be appointed because he knows those who have performed well,” Mr Murangiri said.

DIVISION

The two elders, however, said the president could appoint to the Cabinet any other professional from Meru and Tharaka-Nithi.

They accused the CS of causing divisions in the council by supporting a splinter group led by Paul M’ithinkia, who the elders declared an outcast.

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