Meru County Governor H.E. Kiraitu Murungi has this evening received praise and commendations for his reconciliation efforts in the County, from Meru County Civil Societies Network (MCCSN), an umbrella body for all Meru NGOs, CBOs and FBOs.
The organization, through its Chairman Mr. Chris Imwere, said that they are immensely impressed by the Governor’s achievement of uniting Njuri Ncheke which was bitterly split into two factions, as well as uniting all MCAs and other leaders in the County to work together irrespective of the many political parties and affiliations through which they were elected.
The network also lauded the Governor for midwifing the County Vision 2040, which they said they are studying to establish areas of cooperation in its implementation to transform Meru.
On his part, Governor Kiraitu welcomed MCCSN on board the Making Meru Great train, asking them to organize and register in order to be fully involved in the various structures of governance his administration has put in place, starting from the Ward Development Committees at the Ward level.
The Governor said this will play a critical role in sensitization of residents on their rights as well as civic education and importance of public participation exercises.
Governor Kiraitu added that his administration fully welcomes the network to collaborate and work closely through the specially established liaison departments of External Linkages and Special Programs, which he said are staffed with personnel of vast experience and knowledge from the NGO world.
He was speaking at a County Forum for NGOs, CBOs and FBOs held at Meru Slopes Hotel. He was accompanied by County Secretary Dr. Rufus Miriti and County Alcoholic Drinks Control Board CEO, Mr. Mwaki Arimi.
Governor Kiraitu has a wealth of experience, knowledge and skills in Civil Society, having been a key member of the founders of Civil societies movement in Kenya.
He actively took part in the foundation of Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNHCR) alongside Maina Kiai and Prof Makau Mutua, the formation of Catholic Justice and Peace Commission( CJPC) , International Commission of Jurists (ICJ Kenya), and also worked for American Civil Liberties Union during his excile which was due to his role in human rights crusade against KANU’s dictatorship.