By Bunge La Mwananchi.
The youth leaders and University students from the Meru and Tharaka communities have praised the NASA flag bearer for being a true nationalist and unanimously agreed to support him in the August general elections. The group called on the NASA presidential candidate Hon. Raila Odinga to intervene and stop tribal discrimination directed at their colleagues by leaders from his back yard.
The Leaders joined other individuals in condemning President Uhuru Kenyatta for denying Raila Odinga a chance to address the nation on Madaraka day which was held in Nyeri on 1st June 2017. Social Media platforms went ablaze after it emerged that neither the President nor his Deputy acknowledged the presence of the opposition chief in the national event.
The joint peace meeting at Kangeta social hall which brought together Youth Leaders and University students from the larger Meru and Tharaka community saw a unanimous agreement made to support the opposition leader and mobilise votes for him in the August polls this year.
Speaking during the event, the Chairman of the Meru youth council, Mr Ken Kirema said that they had officially submitted the request to Raila Odinga twice, and the matter is ‘on his desk’. He confirmed that the matter has taken too long, but they are optimistic Raila will handle the issue.
“We know he has been busy with campaigns and clearance from IEBC, and we are sure by mid-June, he will give us a good report”, Said Mr Kirema when asked why they support Mr Odinga yet he has not handled the issues to their satisfaction. He said the matter concerns one of their members and Hon. Odinga is fully aware, and he promised to act on it.
The members complained that an officer who heads a University popularly known for its prowess in Agriculture and technology in Kiambu County, who hails from Nyanza region is openly discriminating on the Ameru and Tharaka students and staff.
The Ameru and Tharaka people were seen to have shown support for Raila Odinga when he visited the region weeks ago.
The community which voted for Uhuru Kenyatta in the 2013 General elections has shown a change of tune and is seen by political analysts as a Swing Vote zone in 2017.
The region has more than 86 candidates vying for various elective seats on the NASA ticket. The Leaders said they will mobilise support for the NASA presidential candidate and the ODM aspirants in the region.