Interior cabinet sectary Dr. Fred Matiang’i found himself in a challenging situation over the weekend after His visit to Meru and Isiolo counties was marred with ugly protests.
The Borana Council of Elders, religious leaders and the Borana Professionals jointly condemned Dr Matiangi’s visit as “as ill-timed, unfortunate and violating the basic tenets of protocol.”
In a statement, the Borana leaders accused the Interior CS of taking sides in two border skirmishes involving the community and its neighbours.
“His visit was unannounced and suspect and….. (and issued) antagonistic directives for the immediate arrest of some unnamed individuals and Isiolo leaders,” the leaders claimed.
The Borana leaders claimed the CS was showing open bias towards Meru in the conflict over the Meru-Isiolo border and pastureland. They also accused him of favouring the Garreh (Somali) community in a separate conflict over pastureland and land ownership within Isiolo County.
Separately, six of Meru’s 11 MPs walked off the CS’s consultation with local leaders at the county commissioner’s residence over a protocol hitch.
Senator Mithika Linturi and MPs Kathuri Murungi (South Imenti), Rahim Dawood (North Imenti), Maoka Maore (Igembe North), John Paul Mwirigi (Igembe South) and Josephat Gichunge (Tigania East) left the county commissioner’s residence in a huff after the CS’s programme allegedly had a last minute change to include presentation of Affirmative Action Fund cheques to women groups in Buuri constituency.
“We have been waiting here for three hours without any word on when the consultation is to start and decided to move on with our other programmes of the day,” Linturi said flanked by the other MPs.
Matiang’i who ordered the joint Isiolo and Meru security committees meeting to end insecurity along the Meru-Isiolo border interacted with Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi, MPs Mugambi Rindikiri (Buuri) and Kirima Nguchine (Central Imenti) and scores of MCAs.