The search for Mt. Kenya East regional unity received a shot in the arm when the Njuri Ncheke and the Embu council of elders agreed to forge a joint venture to unite their communities. Leaders of the Meru Njuri Ncheke council of elders and those of Embu Nyangi Ndiiriri and Ngome met at the Izaak Walton Inn in Embu where they declared the working relationship.
Speaking during the meeting which was facilitated by Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti, the elders said they united for political, social, economic and cultural benefits.
In the meeting in which Njuri Ncheke council of elders included their chairman Paul M’Ithinkia and Secretary General Phares Rutere and the Embu side included chairman Embu’s council of elders chairman Andrew Ireri elders agreed on a raft of resolutions. The meeting was also attended by professionals from the region including interior Principal Secretaries Mutea Iringo and Prof. Michemu Gatuva, former PS Dr. Cyrus Njiru among others. Members of Parliament Hon. Muchiri of Manyatta and Hon. Njagagua of Mbeere North were also present.
Senator Lenny Kivuti who also doubles as Chairman of Mt. Kenya East Parliamentarians Group in his remarked that: “Today marks a milestone for the two councils of elders. They have been consulting and have come up with resolutions which will benefit their communities. This is a venture that should continue and should be supported by members of both communities,” said Kivuti.
The elders resolved as follows:
- To organise the community for leadership together and share opportunities equitably.
- To hold joint social-cultural, Economic, and political activities together
- Organise a visit to the head of state to pay him a courtesy call, for consultations and congratulate him for winning elections.
- Embu county leadership to be unified under one structure as soon as possible
- Embu and Meru elders to hold joint meeting from time to time.
- Njuri Ncheke and Embu elders support the president wholly and support the rule of law