Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi has been crowned the new Meru community spokesperson by the respected Njuri Ncheke Council of Elders.
Linturi now takes over from former Meru Governor Kiraitu Murung’i who served in the role for four decades.
Speaking at the historic Nchiru Shrines in Meru County after being elevated as the Meru community spokesperson, Linturi welcomed his installation and promised to serve with dedication.
“The respected Njuri Ncheke Council of Elders is the ultimate decision-making organ in the Meru community and I welcome my installation with a promise to champion the community’s interests for the sake of development,” said Linturi.
Linturi also thanked Kiraitu for his achievements during his four-year decade reign as the Njuri Ncheke spokesman.
“We thank the former Governor for his leadership in steering the development agenda for the Meru region in the last 40 years and I promise to follow his example,” stated the CS.
On his part, Kiraitu who was present to hand over the Meru community spokesman leadership mantle to Linturi, hailed the CS as a result-oriented leader who is qualified to take over from him.
“I have trust and confidence in Linturi because I have worked with him for many years and he’s currently the best placed Meru community leader capable of taking over this role,” Kiraitu said.
The former Meru Governor who has also served as a Cabinet Minister during the Mwai Kibaki regime outlined his achievements as the spokesperson of the Meru community.
“For the last 40 years I have managed to elevate Meru region by lobbying for development projects like building of roads, schools, hospitals and electricity connections in our region,” he added.
During the ceremony, which was also attended by Environment Cabinet Secretary Soipan Tuya, the leaders also joined the Njuri Ncheke Council of Elders in planting trees at the historic shrine.
Tuya welcomed the Njuri Ncheke elders’ move to join environmental protection and conservation efforts and she promised to partner with the elders in planting more trees in line with President William Ruto’s campaign of planting 15 billion trees by 2032.