Court orders arrest of former Imenti North MP David Mwiraria

Via Daily Nation

mwirariaA Nairobi court has issued a warrant of arrest against former Finance minister David Mwiraria for failing to appear in court to answer to charges over his roles in the Sh10 billion Anglo Leasing scandal.


Principal Magistrate Felix Kombo ruled that he was not satisfied with the reasons given for Mr Mwiraria’s failure to appear in court.Via Daily Nation

Meru County Finance bill, 2015/16

By Ciameru


The Meru county Finance Bill, 2015/2016 has caused a lot of uproar among members of public.

People have raised concern over land rates imposed by the bill that is being taken through public participation.

Many have termed it worse than that of 2014/15.


The public participation ends on Monday 23rd at Kanyakine, Imenti South before it is debated in the Assembly.


Meru artistes clash over who is King!

By Ciameru

Ameru crew. Photo/Courtesy

A beef is brewing between members of renowned Meru music group, Ameru Crew and Jojo king , a gospel artiste from Maua.

The beef emerged on social media after Jojo King posted a sneak preview of his upcoming video and warned the Ameru crew that ‘the King is back.’
In the video featuring DK kwenye beat, Jojo King clad in white declares himself ‘Meru king’.
Jojo King said, “#‎wycliffmithomi‬ ‪#‎Amerucrew‬ the king is back…give way.. Watch that”
He continued: Wycliffe Muthomi Ameru Crew… Who’s the boss”
Then he posted: “Maua ni siti na sio siri. Watch and tell those Ameru Crew the Iam the Jojo King Baba Mukuru”
“Iam the Jojo King Baba Mukuru…the rest can only smell it…and the Ameru Crew are just wasting and losing it..”
This led to a retort from Wycliffe Muthomi, a member of the Ameru Crew, who declared Jojo King a copy cat.
He then posted a preview of their upcoming video, Mazingira saying, “SOMEONE TELL Steve Roots Kumari we the pioneers.. We invented this!
You copy everything from how Nassizu Mmoja and Kayfar Watanashati watanashati wear to how Ameru Crew Do their music. Now we take it to the Bush.. Can you handle it? We conservationists.”

Muthomi continued, “Am not a beefing person but this dude from Maua is just too much! Ushawai skiza mziki mpaka unazima TV/Radio alafu unakunyua dawa ya kichwa kumaliza maumivu”

“I listened to some new music and watched a video by a purported Meru King.. And I think Hii aibu imetosha! Wewe SI Meru king ata queen huwesmake!!”

“Never listened to such WACK! Music in my life!!! I think this artist from Maua should desist from calling himself Eti ‪#‎MeruKing‬ Bure Kabisa.. How do you pick Ameru Crew ‘s chorus and proceed to do a collabo with Dk Kwenye Beat without our permission?….

But Jojo King answered: #‎Amerucrew‬ mwinire was stolen from Tunwinire,you all have to wait until the king brings new stuffAmeru CrewwWycliffe MuthomieMuthomi…Iam your motor in this one…


One of the fans, Martin Mutwiri commented, “I honestly want to think that this whole Ameru Crew and Steve Roots Kumari (Jojo) beef is a promotional stunt to hype both of their videos.”

“If its a real one, I will be so embarrassed. I will be like the reason why we can’t be a power house is because we drag down our own. We shoot down our own, criticize our own and hate on our own.” he warned.

We hope Meru artistes work in harmony without belittling each other.

FOLLOW THE BEEF HERE:  Ameru Crew , Jojo King Baba Mukuru





Man suspected of impregnating daughter stripped by mob

By Ciameru

Via Daily nation

Even at a time when law enforcement and justice systems in Kenya are very elaborate, residents of Kimachia in Tigania West find a place for age old traditional systems.


A man suspected of impregnating his 13 year old daughter was stripped, applied ash, draped with dry banana leaves and an immature banana bunch hung on his neck.

He was then paraded along the village streets for all to see.

This was known as ‘Gwaikua Nchandi’, a punishment meted out by age-mates to an errant member of community.

Are you ready for the Sh850 million kitty?

Via Daily Nation

Pupils having poridge in school.

Pupils having poridge in school.

Smallholder farmers in Kenya are set to gain from the school feeding programme that aims at providing midday meals to children in arid and semi-arid areas.

The initial pilot programme targeted about 12 counties.

These included Meru, Baringo, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Kilifi, and Laikipia. Others were Mwingi and Kitui, Nandi, Narok, Trans Nzoia, and Uasin Gishu.

About 15,000 smallholder farmers are now part of the 134 organizations that access the school markets. About 6,500 of these are women.

In the current year, the government has set aside about Sh850 million for the Home Grown School Feeding Programme.

MORE DETAILS,Via Daily Nation

How did Meru government spend my money

By Ciameru

Check out how the Meru county government planned to spend the Sh7.6 billion 2015/16 budget.

Follow this link to find out: Meru County budget and fiscal plans

COUNTY ASSEMBLY                                    532,504,314.65                            155,029,016.35        84,000,000.00        771,533,331.00        683,000,000.00
GOVERNOR’S OFFICE                                      61,634,467.00                            248,784,990.00                          –        310,419,457.00        438,000,000.00
COUNTY TREASURY                                    215,130,015.00                            296,320,495.80        320,000,000.00        831,450,510.80        580,152,381.80
AGRICULTURE, LIVESTOCK & FISHERIES                                    219,548,573.00                              81,634,690.00        208,356,448.00        509,539,711.00        509,839,710.70
WATER & ENVIRONMENT                                      66,539,772.00                              22,679,450.00        684,500,000.00        773,719,222.00        738,592,425.00
EDUCATION                                    160,441,400.00                              63,618,284.00        298,000,000.00        522,059,684.00        492,309,764.20
COUNTY HEALTH                                  1,248,931,856.74                            244,335,372.00        243,828,942.00      1,737,096,170.74      1,777,588,244.40
LAND, PLANNING & ICT                                      51,862,988.80                              29,774,818.00        183,042,000.00        264,679,806.80        289,696,138.90
PUBLIC SERVICE & ADMIN                                    222,335,694.10                            287,293,920.00        85,000,000.00        594,629,614.10        488,276,543.08
TRANSPORT & INFRASTRUCTURE                                      59,959,080.00                              70,100,000.00        542,634,080.71        672,693,160.71      1,042,048,592.20
CO-OPERATIVES                                      41,000,000.00                              41,855,288.60        223,545,661.80        306,400,950.40        441,950,950.40
CULTURE                                      27,422,390.00                              43,214,570.55        194,716,969.90        265,353,930.45        275,972,930.45
PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD                                                        –                              12,750,342.00                          –          12,750,342.00          22,069,000.00
TOWN ADMINISTRATION                                        2,100,000.00                              41,930,085.00          6,000,000.00          50,030,085.00          46,500,000.00
TOTAL BUDGET                                2,909,410,551.29                    1,639,321,322.30 3,073,624,102.41     7,622,355,976.00     7,825,996,681.13
PERCENTAGE INDEX 38.17% 21.51% 40.32% 100.00%
2015 – 2016
EQUITABLE SHARE            6,336,958,611.00
CONDITIONAL FUNDING FOR LEVEL 5 HOSP.                71,001,192.00
DANIDA FACILITY IMPROVEMENT FUND                18,410,000.00
COUNTY OWN REVENUE              923,475,298.00
SAVINGS FROM 2014/15 FY              140,795,689.00
ALCOHOL BOARD                20,000,000.00
HOSPITAL FIF              111,715,186.00
TOTAL                  7,622,355,976.00  

Meru county laws

By Ciameru


Meru County Assembly Speaker Mr Kaberia Arimba has called on residents to actively participate in the making of county laws.

This he said will help people familiarize with laws that govern them.

Mr Arimba lamented that residents and stakeholders have been slow in appearing for public participation forums during the development of laws.

“The Assembly passed the county public participation Act 2014 which makes involvement of the public in policy processes mandatory.

KNOW YOUR COUNTY LAW Meru county laws

It is upon the members of the public to come on board to ensure the laws include their views,” Mr Arimba said.

“The assembly is open to members of the public and the bills are accessible on our website.

Any member of the public is welcome to give their views and petition on any matter of concern.

The assembly needs the input of the public so as to fully carry out its mandate” he added.

Recently, the assembly passed the Ward development fund bill and the Meru County Coordination of government bill that creates village units.

The County symbols and emblems is set to be passed in the house.

CHECK OUT THE BILLS:Meru county bills

The birth of Meru town

A view of Njuri Ncheke street in Meru town. Photo/

A view of Njuri Ncheke street in Meru town. Photo/


ON 13TH -MAY-2011, Meru town marked 100 years anniversary since it was founded.

It is on 13th-May-1911, when the area where Meru town stands  was proclaimed a township by the first colonial District Commissioner, Edward Butler Horne (Kangangi).

The area was defined as having a radius of one square mile from the British flag post where the Union Jack was first hoisted. The Union jack was at the former Pig & Whistle hotel, then called “Fort Meru”.

Pig & Whisle has since been demolished to pave way for the first shopping mall in Meru.

Meru’s First Shopping Mall-Via Daily Nation

A billboard showing an architects impression of the Meru Greenwood Park at the construction site where Pig & Whistle hotel was located. PHOTO/Ciameru

A billboard (in the background) showing an architects impression of the Meru Greenwood Park at the construction site where Pig & Whistle hotel was located. PHOTO/Ciameru


The origin of Meru town can be traced to the entry of colonialists  in 1908. Earlier on in 1902, the whole of Meru region had been designed as a native reserve and closed district by the colonial masters (Britain) who had already established British colonial rule in Kenya in 1895.

The place where the town stands today was originally known as “Mutindwa”.

Mutindwa in the local dialect means a place where people go to while away time.

Meru traditional warriors could spend much of their time there in readiness to wage war against traditional enemies like the Maasai, Dorobo/nturubu and the Turkana, who used to invade Meru in those days during their normal cattle rustling.

Today one of the most remarkable place in Mutindwa where the traditional warriors could spend time while playing a game of bao (kiuthii) in readiness for any eventuality is “Miringa-e-Kiguo”, which is next to the vehicle inspection unit.

The town was supposed to be built at a place called “Kieni-kia-Mwitari” in Thuura  about 9km from Meru town past Thimangiri market.

Kieni-kia-Mwitari was a very big field which was used for many communal traditional activities like wrestling, dancing, holding meetings and it also served as the traditional court field.

Mwitari, whose original name was Mwitari-wa-M’Karandu, was one of the best and the greatest spokesman (Mugambi) that the Meru community had during those days and also he was a greatly revered Njuri-ncheke elder.

By virtue of being a spokesman and a Njuri-ncheke elder, Mwitari used to conduct his court sessions and other community services in that field which was next to his homestead.

As a result of expansion of British rule in Kenya, by May 1908, Edward Butler Horne who was the first district commissioner of Meru and his entourage were firmly encamped at Mwitari’s homestead.

Mr Horne had been instructed by his government to proceed northwards past Chuka, Muthambi and Igoji establishing the colonial administration and rule in each area.

Horne came looking for Mwitari’s home as a result of an earlier encounter with Mwitari in Nyeri where he had informed Mwitari that he would come to Meru to establish the King’s authority.

Mwitari was at times a long distance adventurer and that is how he had met with Horne in Nyeri. He was presented with a black blanket as a sign of British authority over his people.

Horne who was later nicknamed by the locals as “Kangangi” (wanderer), arrived accompanied the King’s African Riffles soldiers supported by Maasai spear-men who had been specifically chosen for their height, accuracy in spearing, strength and fierceness.

Kikuyu and Embu warriors had also accompanied him as his porters.

To mark his triumphant entry and create an impact of his arrival, he came riding a white horse which was the first ever to be seen in this part of the world.

Due to its gallop movement, the locals referred to it (the white horse) as “ntuii” which means an animal that gallops.

After staying for sometime at Mwitari’s place and having put in place all the formalities of the colonial administration, Horne decided to venture around  landed at Mutindwa.

He found the place more appealing than Kieni-kia-Mwitari decided to construct a more defensible and permanent camp there.

He communicated this to Mwitari who convened other local Njuri-ncheke elders who at once agreed unanimously to Horne’s proposal, which to them had some advantages.

To them, the place had always been potentially open to attacks from their aforementioned enemies who came for cattle raiding.

Therefore, Horne’s camp would serve as great barrier to those cattle raiders  due to his fire spitting sticks (guns).

To Horne the place had several benefits as it is situated near a permanent water source, river Kathita.

Secondly, the place was  high enough for him to have a panoramic view of the lower zones where the community members lived.

Thirdly, the place was open to cooling winds which were soothing to the white people.

More importantly, the place was next to a forest fringe which would supply building materials more easily and further room for expansion.

Pig & Whistle

The entrance to Pig and Whistle Resort in Meru town, Meru's oldest hotel, on July 6,2015 where Meru Greenwood park is being developed. PHOTO/CIAMERU

The entrance to Pig and Whistle Resort in Meru town, Meru’s oldest hotel, on July 6,2015 where Meru Greenwood park is being developed. PHOTO/CIAMERU

Horne began to construct his camp first by instructing the already subdued local warriors to clear the forested place where the camp would be built.

The place was infested with a lot of wild pigs and Horne had to buy his camp guards’ whistles to scare away the pigs hence the name Pig & whistle hotel.

The next step was to construct two Canadian-style log cabins that served as his residence and office.

Thereafter a line of grass thatched huts were constructed set in a permanent square in traditional British military style.

The huts were for his soldiers who had accompanied him, his other staff and the local Meru warriors who had been enlisted in his services.

The local warriors were then instructed to dig a six-foot trench around the camp and water from river Kathita was diverted into the trench and the headquarters was complete and defensible.

Behind Pig & whistle hotel today that trench is somehow visible.


On 13th May,1911, Horne declared all the area within a radius of one mile from his headquarters a township under the East Africa township ordinance act of 1903 and that is how Meru town began.

Were it not for change of mind by Horne, today we could have Meru town in Thuura at Kieni-kia-Mwitari.

This is so because during the onset of colonialism in Kenya, most of urban centers grew around where the traditional community leaders were found by the first colonial administrators.

Some of the remnants of the colonial legacy in Meru town is the Meru Museum, and the colonial court buildings within the Meru police station compound besides the demolished Pig $ Whistle.

Murithi is a freelance writer based in Meru town.


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