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MUNUVE: I’ve heard your cries in the wilderness and have come to save you

 JOHN Munuve resigned as Saccos Societies Regulatory Authority chairperson after serving for five years. He is vying for Mwingi North MP seat in this year’s General Elections.

Former Sasra Chairman John Munuve is vying to reclaim Mwingi North MP seat he lost in 2017. Photo/COURTESY

Mundu prides himself as a manager who knows how to work. He also cuts an image of what he calls being his own man.

According to the Sacco Societies Regulatory Authority (Sasra) website, John Munuve was appointed the Non-Executive Chairman on September 20, 2018.

The Masters of Sociology degree holder was MP for Mwingi North from 2013 to 2017. He was elected on Wiper Democratic Movement ticket and lost the seat on Jubilee Party flag which was locally called "Katune" or the red one.

While speaking to Musyi FM, the former Sasra boss maintained that he was still in Jubilee Party despite having lost the MP seat while running on the party in 2017. He says his party loyalty paid off since he was appointed to manage over Sh800Billion in saccos. That is 22 per cent of Kenya’s economy, he says.

While appearing to brand himself as a defender of his community, he was at pains to explain to the journalist how Kambas benefited from his appointment as Sasra boss.

However, he says that he lobbied for construction of 35km tarmac road from Kandwia town to Twimyua. “Since I left, not even an inch has been added”, he claims.

Munuve says it was due to his prudent management of Sasra that the sector was not dogged with cases of scandals and other forms of corruption.


After having served just six months of his second term as Sasra chairman, the former Mwingi North MP says he is ready to go and continue with his signature projects of bursaries allocation to bright and needy students as well as infrastructure development.

“I have heard you cry while in the wilderness. Children being sent home for fees, roads impassable with an MP who does not pick your calls and migrated from home to Mwingi town”, said Munuve before Mwenge interjected warning him not to drag the name of the incumbent MP Paul Nzengu.

“Let’s not talk about MP because he is not here (to defend himself)”, said the radio host.

While defending his family from being among the local dynasties, Munuve said they were not the only one in that list. His brother Nyamu Mati is vying for Kitui Senator.

Munuve said he should not be singled out since Kalonzo is vying for president and his son Kennedy Musyoka is Eala MP. He said that it is also rumoured that another of Kalonzo’s son Kevin Muasya is the running mate of former Kenyan ambassador to Uganda Kiema Kilonzo in his gubernatorial campaigns.

Kitui Senator Enoch Kiio Wambua is younger brother to Kitui West MP Edith Nyenze.

The biggest sacco in Africa is Mwalimu National Sacco which comprises of secondary school teachers. It has capital worth over Sh65Billion. Other leading saccos are Harambee (Sh55Billion) and Police Sacco (20Billiion).

Sasra regulates saccos with more than Sh100Million capital. In Ukambani, Kitui Teachers Sacco, Machakos and Suluhu Mwingi saccos are among the biggest in terms of capital base.


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