KNA Meru county governor Kiraitu Murungi has launched his 3rd book dubbed, Beyond Politics- A conversation with Kiraitu Murungi.
Authored by a veteran journalist Njeri Rugene, the book is written in question-and-answer format and is replete with quotes on varied subjects from grave, life-and-death issues to more mundane matters, delivered in rich imagery for which the Harvard trained lawyer is well known for.
Speaking during the launch in Nairobi Monday in the presence of dignitaries from the world of academia, Civil Society Organizations and leaders from all political spheres, the Governor said his book is largely a description and analysis of the ideas and actions he has participated in for the last 30 years or so.
“I have highlighted some of the challenges we face while doing politics in this country. There are many ethnicities that are continuously sabotaging our efforts to achieve the dream of Kenya being a nation,” stated Kiraitu.
Present at the launch, Speaker of the National Assembly Justin B. Muturi lauded Kiraitu for launching his third book and referred to him as a principled political leader who advocates for human rights in Kenya.
Muturi described the conversation in the book as candid and honest, saying that the book gives an insight to what most politicians never say in public.
“All the books written by Kiraitu give an idea of personal sacrifice and political struggles of what he has gone through,” said the national assembly speaker.
Muturi further reiterated his bid for the presidency, saying he aims to install order and discipline in the management of public affairs.
“I have played my role at a senior position in the national government, and now I want to do more, I believe I can do more as the president of this great country,” declared Muturi.
Public Service and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Prof. Margaret Kobia who was also at the launch, acknowledged Kiraitu’s leadership, terming him as an intellectual and a big supporter of women.
“I believe in what Kiraitu has been doing as he has been a helping hand for many women in governance, including myself,” confessed Kobia.
On his part, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) chairman Ambassador Francis Muthaura, while congratulating Kiraitu for the achievement said that competition is good and embracing it would be the best thing Kenya would have as a country.
“Devolution devolved to the grassroots vices that thrive at the national level including corruption and ethno-nationalism,” said Muthaura.
Making his address, Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia said Mt. Kenya region has every right to front a Presidential candidate in 2022 and shall not succumb to any form of intimidation.
He said just because the region has produced the last two heads of state doesn’t mean it should bow to pressure and settle for a lesser position.
Kimemia also called for unity among leaders from the region warning that any unwarranted division will be an advantage to their opponents.
“Let’s stop these politics of Mt. Kenya East versus West. It will not help us. Let’s keep our votes intact. Let’s bargain with all our 14m votes,” he said.