Munya clashes with Uhuru's government over space

His combative style of politics has given Jubilee sleepless nights in Meru county.

The governor shoots from the hip and has no qualms lecturing the government on what it ought to do to gain his support.

Early this year for instance during the formation of Jubilee party, the governor openly defied pressure to fold up PNU party and support President Uhuru Kenyatta reelection bid,  a few days later he declared he will be vying for president come 2022.

His combative style of politics has given Jubilee mainman in Meru, Senator Kiraitu Murungi sleepless nights as he strategies how he will wrestle the Meru governor's seat from Him.

Munya has now issued an ultimatum to the Jubilee administration over the Isiolo international Airport project.

The Governor has petitioned the managers of Isiolo Airport to provide space for miraa and other agricultural produce.

"My administration has petitioned the airport to provide that space because the facility was built to reduce road accidents and congestion caused by miraa vehicles," Mr Munya told a local daily on Wednesday.

He further added; "About 80 per cent of the airport, constructed majorly to facilitate the transportation of miraa, is in Meru. That is why they need to give our farmers some space at the facility."

The governor wants the airport managers to explain how they have allocated space for different agricultural produce and neglected miraa.

"The airport was also built to decongest Wilson Airport in Nairobi. I will be in Isiolo next week to follow up the matter," said Munya.

Miraa is multi-billion business which attracts quite a hot political debate year in year out. Kenya exports about 50 tonnes of miraa to Mogadishu daily.

The Sh2.7 billion international airport which is one of vision 2030 flagship projects straddles Meru and Isiolo counties and has a capacity to handle more than 100,000 passengers annually.

It has about 12 concessional shops, restaurant, banking and forex bureau space, and a taxi parking lot with a capacity of 200 cars.

According to the airport’s manager, Mohamed Lippi the airport is projected to generate about Sh140 million in revenue annually when it starts operations.

Despite the airport being ready for operations as early as this year, lack of clean water facility near the airport, a requirement for an international airport has hindered it full operations.


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