A proposal by Building Bridges Initiative to split South Imenti constituency is now generating political heat on clanism grounds. Caught in the saga are members of Igoki council, who although backing the proposal, are against the division of the constituency. Igoki council chairman Salecio M’Mungania claims that if they are divided, a curse from their forefathers against the division would strike.
Area MP Kathuri Murungi is for the division. However, the move has split Igoki elders with a section pushing for the division to start from Chure location, Igoki/Mwichiune to Kothine location. Igoki vice chairman Stephen Marete at one time moved to court over the previous splitting that separated their people. As Igoki elders are divided, their Vuguvugu counterparts are for the division. Vuguvugu chairman George Kinyua had asked the MP to state clearly on which side he supports. Vuguvugu elders want the constituency divided into two from the tarmac road downwards towards Tharaka to take care of marginalised areas.
Vuguvugu elders are preparing a petition to have Mitunguu, Igoji East and Abogeta East split into one constituency while Nkuene, Abogeta West and Igoji West forming another. Meru governor Kiraitu Murungi wants the area split to benefit from extra National Consituency Development Fund to help in development. Those against are politicians who fear that if split, they will lose their political strongholds to the new constituency as they will land in unfamiliar area.