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CS Monica Juma, PS wrestle at ministry – Weekly Citizen

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Rebellion is brewing at the ministry of Foreign Affairs where an ugly tug-of-war between CS Monica Juma and PS Macharia Kamau has given birth to unprecedented changes including chopping off some privileges for diplomatic staff.
The ministry has abolished overseas per diem rates and training subsistence allowances for its diplomatic staff as one of austerity measures.
And now, Kamau is blaming Juma for the current controversy surrounding Mwende Mwinzi as envoy to Seoul, South Korea. It is said Monica pushed and misled Uhuru Kenyatta to nominate Mwinzi after a section at the ministry were against.
Apart from Mwinzi, others nominated and had parliamentary committee approval after spending a fortune are Kariuki Mugwe (Abu Dhabi), Peter Angore (Algiers, Algeria), Flora Karugu (Lusaka, Zambia), Michael Mubea (Dublin- Ireland), Diana Kiambuthi (Stockholm, Sweden) and Njambi Kinyungu (UN-Habitat). Mubea’s clearance despite being linked to multi-billion shillings scams at Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission where he served as chief executive officer surprised many. Those in the know claim Mubea reached out to those on committee and lobbied.

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Mwinzi’s trouble on the other side has to do with dual citizenship (Kenya and US). During the debate, MPs recommended Mwinzi renounces her US citizenship after formal appointment so as not to be against the law.
Defence and foreign relations committee told Mwinzi to choose between her US citizenship and the Kenyan appointment. The committee chair is Katoo Ole Metito the MP of Kajiado South.
The national assembly has once again reignited the debate over the suitability of Mwinzi serving as Kenya’s envoy to South Korea before she renounces her US citizenship.
Weekly Citizen has information that after the committee recommendations, Juma advised Mwinzi to downplay the matter and even told her to attend a training session of the new envoys.
The matter was raised on the parliamentary floor when legislators resumed their sessions last week. It forced speaker Justin Muturi to direct house committee on implementation to establish if Mwinzi had renounced her US citizenship before taking up the job.
Weekly Citizen has information that, to fix the other, one of the warring factions at the Foreign ministry reached Endebess MP Robert Pukose to raise the matter on the floor. The firebrand MP claimed that she had taken up the job flouting the house committee resolution guided by court rulings and the chapter six of the constitution on leadership and integrity.
Muturi directed Ole Kenta’s committee to summon the chief executive and secretary to the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission Twalib Mbarak to update on the status of implementation of the house resolution.
But leader of majority in the house Aden Duale was of the view that Mwinzi had not taken up her appointment as no photos of the lady presenting credentials to the South Korea government were tabled.
During her vetting by the house team, Mwinzi explained that she was born in the US but she chose to be a Kenyan.
“I was born in the US but I belong to Kenya. You can choose where to belong but you cannot choose where to be born. I’m a Kenyan through and through. I speak fluent Kamba and Kiswahili,” she stated.
Just like Mwinzi, Monica is a Kamba and was a key Jubilee coordinator in Kitui region during 2017 general elections. Her husband is Peter Kagwanja from Murang’a and so Kambas consider her a Kikuyu. Monica was instrumental in the recent appointment of Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka as Kenya’s special envoy to South Sudan.
Mwinzi contested for Mwingi West parliamentary seat on a Jubilee party ticket in the last elections.
Weekly Citizen has established an existence of two warring camps within the sensitive docket with reports that junior officers are divided between Monica and Macharia who is controlling the other camp determined to ensure her ouster.
The besieged CS and her group believe Macharia is calculating for her boot her out of the lucrative office through setups that have always left Monica with an egg on the face.
Inside sources indicate that the rival group has resorted to celebrating every failure encountered by CS Monica in the line of duty and the most recent one was a case in Japan when she did not succeed in lobbying to have Uhuru Kenyatta address the Tokyo International Conference for African Development.

Monica

Firebrand trade unionist Francis Atwoli who attended the event was quick to discredit Monica over her failure to ensure Uhuru addressed the important conference.
The embarrassment played out despite the fact that Kenya had just hosted the Ticad VI forum in 2018 and therefore, Uhuru was perceived to be a prominent figure at the event.
The evident bad blood between the two went a notch higher following the release of a circular announcing that the ministry will no longer facilitate the lucrative foreign trips for diplomats, heads of directorates, departments, divisions and units.
This comes amidst claims of favouritism in promotions, deployment especially in foreign missions.
A letter dated September 6 2019 signed by the PS reads in part: “It’s the decision of the government that effective September 1 2019, officers going on sponsored activities either locally or abroad will no longer be entitled to quarter per diem’’.
Weekly Citizen has learnt that Monica chaired a tension-packed meeting bringing together all heads of political directorates and the new changes are just some of the issues that took centrestage at the meeting.

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Joho works on Coast 2022 lineup – Weekly Citizen

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Mombasa governor Hassan Joho has renewed his war against Coast elected leaders who are perceived to be supportive of William Ruto’s 2022 Presidential bid. Currently, Kwale Governor Salim Mvurya is under siege from hostile MCAs suspected to be under instructions of Joho through county speaker Sammy Ruwa.

Salim Mvurya

Ruwa has been a longtime Joho sidekick and has also acted as his legal adviser in the past. He has been fronted for governor seat twice but rejected. He is speaker for a second term. Towards the end of Mvurya’s first term, he has been a Ruto man. He has no time for Joho, insisting Kwale is not an extension of Mombasa county. In the last general elections, Joho had vowed to ensure Mvurya was defeated at the ballot. But this was never to be after the Mombasa governor fell out with Chirau Mwakwere who was a sure bet against Mvurya on the then popular ODM ticket.

Mohammed Ali alias Jicho Pevu

After Mwakwere bolted out of ODM to Wiper, Joho turned to little known Issa Chipera as party candidate. Chipera literally became minced meat for Mvurya who easily beat him and made a comeback on a Jubilee ticket. Mvurya is grooming his deputy Fatuma Achani to succeed him in the next general election but observers say this is a tall order. Joho on the other hand is reportedly pushing Crop Development PS Hamad Boga for the Kwale seat against Mvurya’s candidate and Mwakwere. Another Ruto man on Joho’s radar is Kaloleni MP Paul Katana. Recently, the legislator was discharged as a member of the parliamentary investment committee in actions said to have the Mombasa governor’s hand.

Chirau Ali Mwakwere

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Ironically, Katana was Joho’s PA when he served as Kisauni MP. But it appears other than fighting Katana for aligning himself with Ruto, he never wanted him to be MP in the first place. In the 2013 general election when Katana first contested and lost to little known Gunga Mwinga, there were allegations that ODM insiders had rigged him out. Currently, Joho is said to be financing the political activities of Mwinga to undermine Katana in the constituency. Katana has said severally that his cooperation with Ruto is because of the handshake between Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta. “I’m a loyal member of ODM with full respect to my party leader. I also support the handshake and that is why I have been working with DP Ruto to further development in my constituency,” the legislator was quoted as saying.

Aisha Jumwa

He has also said his cooperation with Ruto is not for selfish reasons but for the benefit of his constituents. He says the DP has presided over high profile funds drives towards public projects in his constituency. The MP says some of the people fighting him have never assisted Kaloleni to move forward but wants leaders who can bootlick them.“I’m independent-minded and I work for the interest of my people who elected me and have no time for sycophancy,” Katana says. Mohammed Ali of Nyali constituency and a close ally of the DP is another one whom Joho is scheming against. He is pushing his cousin Said Abdalla aka Saido against the Jicho Pevu.

Abdulswamad Nassir

Jicho Pevu’s recent rising political profile after he filed a motion to impeach transport CS James Macharia over chaos at Mombasa port has alarmed the Joho camp. In spite of the rejection of the motion by Speaker Justin Muturi, Ali has become a hero in Mombasa. Last week, pro-Joho Mombasa MPs led by Mvita’s Abdulswamad Nassir were doing damage control. They toured the port and pleaded with the KPA management to put out a notice affirming that usage of SGR for containers upcountry was optional. This was meant to cool the heat against them after residents began collecting signatures to recall them for failing to support Jicho Pevu motion. Another Joho political foe Aisha Jumwa of Malindi constituency is politically wounded and the Mombasa governor no longer cares what she does or says. The Malindi MP’s self-inflicted woes have dimmed her 2022 Kilifi governor bid.

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Fresh political formation in Siaya ahead of 2022 – Weekly Citizen

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There are plans afoot to drop Alego Usonga MP Samuel Atandi from a leading role in Senator James Orengo gubernatorial campaign team. Observers point that the surprising decision was reached after it became clear that the controversial legislator was no longer appealing to the majority of voters.

Cornel Rasanga

There were earlier reports of an inside analysis conducted within Siaya senator campaign inner circle that hinted the disadvantages of trusting the MP with a major role yet he was also facing stiff opposition from notable politicians in the region. The development debate comes hot on the heels of a video that went viral showing the evidently intoxicated legislator dancing suggestively during a house party attended by women, as his Gem counterpart Elisha Odhiambo cheered. Weekly Citizen has established that political formations are already regrouping in Siaya ahead of 2022 general election and a section of political leaders including top ODM party officials from Alego Usonga are not happy with Atandi’s quick move to front Senator Orengo for the county’s governorship.

James Orengo

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Area governor Cornell Rasanga has confronted the lawmaker on a number of occasions describing his early campaigns in support of Orengo as a lack of respect for his office. The protest by the governor sparked off an anti-Atandi wave as he was immediately joined by a host of formidable politicians from Alego Usonga in castigating the MP accused of overstepping his political mandate. The local ODM party leadership led by Alego Usonga branch chairman John Orwenjo, and secretary Paul Jura reaffirmed that the party had crowned Rasanga as their bona fide patron and it was, therefore, his duty to offer political direction on matters regarding his successor. The Orengo-led group which also brings together Gem MP Elisha Odhiambo and his Rarieda counterpart Otiende Amollo has been roundly accused of leading early full-scale political activities at the expense of development.

Samuel Atandi

MCAs chairman Sylvester Madialo warned Atandi to stop creating confusion among voters, adding he should hold his horse and wait for the party whistle to be blown or prepare to equally lose his seat at the ballot. The leaders including Township MCA Obiero Otare, Vincent Odawa (North Alego), Judy Okumu (West Alego), Joseph Mboha (South East Alego), and Winnie Otieno (nominated) have loudly questioned how Atandi would deliver for Orengo when he is standing on a politically shaky ground. It is claimed that the Siaya senator blocked Atandi from using his chopper to escape from a crowd that turned rowdy during a food distribution to flood victims in his constituency. It is reported that trouble started after the MP barred Usonga ward MCA Madialo from addressing his voters after the food distribution. People with disabilities who had attended the event reportedly bayed for his blood after he gave them a paltry sh100 prompting Orengo to deny the lawmaker a chopper ride in fear that associating with him would jeopardize his 2022 governorship bid.

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Rogue Kisumu NGO’s money minting gimmicks – Weekly Citizen

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Various stakeholders and residents of Kisumu county have called upon Nyanza regional police commander Noah Mwivanda and his DCI counterpart Daniel Kipsoi, to investigate the activities of the chairman of an NGO called Magnum Environment Network Michael Nyaguti. The NGO, it is claimed, is a briefcase one with no donor funding surviving fully on extortion and threats. By last week, a victim was planning to institute private criminal charges against the NGO.

Noah Mwivanda

They are accusing Nyaguti of extortion and blackmail of people under the guise of encroaching on water catchment areas and flouting environmental laws failure of which he always resorts to going to courts as an interested party of the said social vice. One of the victims narrated that sometimes back, he was developing rental houses near Lake Victoria and had been given all the required documents from the county, Nema, and all relevant authorities to commence his work only for Nyaguti to appear menacing at the site with a group of people he called officials of Magnum Environment Network accompanied by some people who looked like police officers who demanded that I show them documents in regard to what I was doing. Most developers ranging from real estate to hospitable industries are saying that they are really undergoing rough times in the hands of the said Nyaguti who on most occasions is accompanied by some rogue police officers who intimidate and threaten their respective targets with arrests. The said Nyaguti had sometimes back attempted to extort Sh5 million each from former governors Evans Kidero and Jack Ranguma, together with a senior leading civil servant under the guise that they had bought land which should have been part of Lake Victoria.

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Michael Nyaguti

When the trio was adamant that they would not give him any money, he sued them saying they had encroached on wetlands. The same Nyaguti also sued the Kisumu county government and Nyanza Golf Club which he accused of reclaiming the wetland at the mouth of River Kisat without convening a public participatory forum, as part extortion antics but his bid has fallen on deaf ears. He had also sued Kenya Ports Authority, Kisumu after the parastatal had ordered beach management units out of its land after collecting thousands of shillings from the said victims. Recently together with other activists, they stormed Western offices of Kenya Wildlife Service demanding that they investigate a ring of cartels believed to be working in cahoots with officers to defraud victims of wildlife attacks of their compensation. After his request was rejected, he called a meeting in Kisumu with some of the victims who had not been paid and tried to convince them to give him the power of attorney so that he could press them for their payment. Efforts to get Nyaguti’s comments were fruitless while a senior KWS officer said that they have a clear policy on how KWS compensates. “KWS has no agreement with anyone to peruse payments,” he said.

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