The Njuri Ncheke Council of Elders in Tharaka Nithi County has backed the idea of changing the county’s name to Meru South and that of the neighbouring Meru County to Meru North.
Speaking to reporters in Chuka town, the elders said the changes, proposed by Ameru Professionals Association, would not only unite the residents of the two counties but also create a sense of belonging.
The County branch Chairperson, Kangori Thaara said by so doing, Tharaka Nithi would be in a better bargaining position just like Meru County especially in sharing of the national cake.
The name Meru is a brand built by the two counties and therefore both should use the common denominator to feel part and parcel of the Ameru community, said Thaara.
He said had the County changed its name, it would have been considered for a Cabinet Secretary position.
If we were bearing the name Meru South, we would have been assured of a post because jointly with Meru County, we would have had a higher bargaining power, he noted.
The proposal has however, received negative reactions from the local politicians led by Governor Muthomi Njuki who have maintained that the name would not be changed.
Speaking recently at Magundu in Maara constituency, Senator Kithure Kindiki said change of the names would call for a referendum.
This will just waste a lot of our time and bury the sacrifice that most of our leaders made before we acquired the name, said Prof. Kindiki.
Source: Kenya News Agency