Gema community in Mombasa wants government positions
Gema community leaders residing in Mombasa County want President Uhuru Kenyatta to appoint one of their own to the cabinet.
Gema brings together the Gikuyu, Embu, and Meru communities to presumably advance their social, economic and political needs.
Making the appeal at a press conference in Mombasa on Wednesday they said when cabinet secretary and principal secretary positions are appointed often members of the community residing outside central and rift valley regions ‘miss out.’
Led by the Gema point man in the region Evans Murungaru, they said they had tirelessly campaigned for the ruling jubilee party in the opposition strongholds and thus deserve at least one cabinet slot.
“Gema professionals residing in Mombasa deserve cabinet slots, diplomatic and other senior positions in the national government,” said Murungaru.
His sentiments were echoed by jubilee party organizing secretary Mombasa branch Peter Gichamba who said members of the community living in the region have voted en mass for the president and his deputy William Ruto in the August 8 general election and the October 26 repeat presidential vote.
“We are not in competition with other communities residing in the coast region but we are saying as Gema we gave a lot of votes to the president and his deputy and they should remember us while making government appointments as recognition and appreciation of our worth,” he said.
By Hussein Abdullahi