In Summary
  • Professionals said that the change of name will promote unity among the Meru-speaking people.

  • Governor Muthomi Njuki and other elected leaders have opposed the bid.

  • The leaders argued that the professionals have crossed the line, and have usurped the people’s sovereign power.

  • Prof Kinyua Muriungi said the matter is still at its initial stages and is set to be presented to residents for views.

A row is brewing in Tharaka-Nithi over the name of the county, with elected leaders opposing a proposal by area professionals to rename it to Meru South.

While the Ameru Professionals Association (AMPA) said that the change of name will promote unity among the Meru-speaking people, Governor Muthomi Njuki and other elected leaders have opposed the bid.

Chuka University Vice Chancellor Erastus Njoka, the association’s spokesperson, said the change will ensure that residents of the two counties who are members of the Ameru community are united and lobby for projects as a block.

“The main reason why the professionals propose a change of the names is to bring unity [among] the Ameru community for the purpose of development and peaceful coexistence,” Prof Njoka said.

MOVE OPPOSED

But Governor Njuki, backed by Maara MP Kareke Mbiuki, Patrick Munene of Chuka/Igambang’ombe, Tharaka’s Gitonga Murugara, and Woman Rep Beatrice Nkatha said they will oppose such a move.

They argued that while Meru County and Tharaka-Nithi have a lot in common, the name of the county should not be changed to give the impression of a united front.

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