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Daggers drawn as aspirants eye Embu assembly seats – Weekly Citizen

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Daggers are drawn in Mbeere, Embu county as those eyeing assembly slots come 2022 strategise. They have formed groups to market themselves among voters thus raising political temperatures in the region. One camp that is causing political ripples is called The Mbeere Assembly. It comprises former Mbeere region MCAs who were defeated in 2017 and new aspirants for the seats in the 2022 general elections. The former MCAs are using the forum to undermine those who defeated them in 2017. The second faction has MCAs from the Mbeere region with support of a number of MPs from the region. The Mbeere Assembly presence is felt on a WhatsApp group. At one time, the faction filed a case in court to stop development projects which analysts saw as aimed at sabotaging activities of current MCAs from upper parts of Embu county. Tension was high at one time when The Mbeere Assembly members planned to tour and audit ward development projects in the lower Mbeere region. By then, it was being claimed the projects had stalled and that the upper Embu region was being favoured by the county government.

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Josiah Thiriku

Embu governor is Martin Wambora. The move saw MCAs from Mbeere North and South sub-counties led by Embu county assembly speaker Josiah Thiriku rubbish the talk. Currently, a bitter war exists between MCAs from Embu and Mbeere communities. The regional politics is playing centre stage ahead of next general elections. Analysts say the Mbeere MCAs comprises of failed politicians who want to be relevant. To counter The Mbeere Assembly activities, current MCAs called a press conference where minority leader Masters Mwaniki on behalf of Mbeere MCAs, the MCAs called on security apparatus to investigate activities of the group. At one time, Muminji MCA Newton Kariuki and his Makima counterpart Philip Nzangi took issue with the group’s agenda of derailing county development plans using courts and ended up accusing current MCAs of not serving the electorate. Other MCAs uncomfortable with The Mbeere Assembly operations are Ngari Mbaka (Mavuria), Harrison Mwaluko (Mwea), Murithi Kiura (Mbeti South), Nathan Mwari (Nthawa), Duncan Mbui (Evurore), Bernard Kandia (nominated), Edith Nyaga (nominated), Elizabeth Kibai (nominated) and Edna Muisyo (nominated).

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Malava MP Malulu gets another opponent – Weekly Citizen

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Church and youth leaders from Malava constituency in Kakamega county have endorsed the candidature of Nelson Taliti for the position of MP which is coming as a shocker to the incumbent Malulu Injendi. Led by Bishop Saul Barasa, the leaders accused Injendi of sidelining some churches in matters development and giving priorities to those believed to have huge following for political purposes. He has been holding donations for the Friends (Quarkers) and Catholic churches where he is a member as other churches seek support from well-wishers and these has not gone down well them triggering divisions. Speaking in Malava town after their meeting, they requested Taliti to heed to the call of the people and vie against Injendi who is serving his second term. Taliti hails from the populous Abashu clan while Injendi is from Abasonje that is second in the constituency and should they vote him to the last man then he will emerge victorious.

Malulu Injendi

Meanwhile, Injendi is a worried man as his popularity wanes away day and night with no more lies to sell to the voters as his development record is wanting and has now resorted to party hoping in soul-searching mission and his recent moves have left the electorate more confused than ever before. Recent closure of schools due to poor infrastructure and poor road network in the area despite the Kenya Rural Roads Authority funding that is disbursed through his National Government/Constituency Development Fund office are among other issues likely to cost him a third term. Injendi’s move to dump William Ruto less than two months after hosting him at his Lugusi home, we have information, is due to pressure from the youthful Benjamin Nalwa who has hit the ground hard just few months after declaring interest to unseat him and leaning towards the Ruto camp and the MP fearing an imminent defeat is looking for a soft landing spot in a party that will give him a direct ticket.

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Caleb Sunguti

Injendi has never been subjected to any party nomination process since he first vied for the position and in 2017, he asked the deputy president to prevail upon his challenger in Jubilee party Caleb Burudi to step down in his favour two days to nomination day and millions of shillings were paid to Burudi who indeed stepped down for him. It had become evident that Injendi was likely to lose in the process. Currently he has joined the Musalia Mudavadi led Amani National Congress where his close allies say he has been assured of a direct ticket even as the party has candidates in the area among them Caleb Sunguti. Many view his moves as last kicks of a dying horse as his goose is already cooked. Nalwa recent moves have caused ripples among other teams in the area as he has rolled out programmes that touch on the lives of common citizens.

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More faces join Vihiga county Mwibona ward race – Weekly Citizen

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The race for Mwibona ward seat in Luanda sub-county, Vihiga county has hit the fever pitch as the incumbent MCA Zakayo Manyasa vows to record a political hattrick by retaining the seat for third term.The race for Mwibona ward has been reduced to two political heavy weights Manyasa and Hudson Owase aka Joe the shrewd Luanda businessman.In 2017 general elections Manyasa, who contested on former Vihiga governor Moses Akaranga’s PPK, defeated Joe with slim margin of votes, with now nominated MCA Dorcus Anupi coming third. Anupi who is popularly known to many as Iswi, is also determined to give the opponents a run for their money. Manyasa won the seat for the second term despite vying on the little known PPK party.

Zakayo Manyasa

Manyasa is said to be shopping for another political party for 2022 after PPK has folded out of active politics. “Everyone knows very well that 2017 elections for Mwibona ward were very competitive because I faced strong opponent from Joe of ODM. I survived because my people looked at my performance and reelected me,” said Manyasa. Manyasa is among the MCAs who rescued Governor Wilber Ottichilo from impeachment something that has made his ward benefit from development from the county government. Many roads have been done,water supply improved and bursaries given to needy students through his efforts.Joe vied for Mwibona ward MCA on ODM ticket and emerged second but he says he is planning to make thunderous political come back with victory at his heart.Joe who is well resourced and the proprietor of the famous Luanda’s Tripple T Hotel and Restaurant gives Manyasa sleepless nights as the clock ticks towards 2022 elections.

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Hudson Owase

Joe has taken the ground by storm with his frequent funds-drives to support youth and women groups in Mwibona something that has won him support. Joe who comes from a humble family background, has formulated policy of offering good leadership for his Mwibona ward people if elected MCA.Speaking to the press at his home in Mwibona, Joe said he had lost interest in politics but due to demands from his people particularly the youths and women he will be back in the race come 2022.Joe promised that Mwibona ward residents will feel the fruits of devolution if elected because he is a good manager and he knows how to handle resources.Joe has completed his Degree in Computer Science and Business management. Dalton Amukoa popularly known to many as Namulie Abantu is also in the race. Amukoa is a Luanda businessman. Amukoa is eyeing the seat on Deputy President Manyasa Owase William Ruto’s UDA party.

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Matiang’i now loneranger – Weekly Citizen

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Interior cabinet secretary Fred Matiang’i has parted ways with Gusii leaders led by Kisii governor James
Ongwae who had endorsed him earlier as the Abagusii community spokesman for his interference in the Bonchari constituency by-elections next week.

Fred Matiangi

Matiang’i is fronting for Jubilee’s Zebedeo Opore while Ongwae has vowed to have ODM’s Pavel Oimeke win the seat with widowed Teresa Bitutu threatening to remove her pants and go to the streets for having been conned psychologically during the burial of her beloved husband Oroo Oyioka where all and sundry assured that she was to inherit her husband’s for the seat. With a section of leaders and residents of Bonchari already accusing Matiang’i of favouring Opore, the CS finds himself in an awkward position since the by-election has put him on a collision course with Governor Ongwae and Senator Sam Ongeri.

James Ongwae

In fact, it is Ongwae who has been single-handedly propping up Matiang’i for the Gusii spokesman’s position by marshalling the support of the other elected leaders from Kisii and the council of elders which Ongwae’s government has been financing and housing at their premises. It has emerged that Matiang’i has been issuing thinly veiled threats against some leaders, warning them that they will soon face unspecified criminal and civil cases if they do not toe the line and abandon campaigns for their party candidates to support his.

Zebedeo Opore

Recently, a serious altercation ensued between the bully CS and Ongeri on phone where the elderly politician read the riot act to the Matiang’i. “I have been in government for the longest time holding very senior cabinet positions in several political regimes, you can’t threaten me,” Ongeri is said to have told the minister.Attempts by the CS to seek to clarify his position to the senator failed after Ongeri is said to have declined further engagements with
the CS until he withdraws threats against local leaders. Ongeri’s word is taken seriously and he enjoys huge following across the community.

Pavel Oimeke

Some leaders including Bogiakumu ward MCA Ishmael Bosire and Kisii county ODM organising secretary Henry Moracha have since claimed that Matiang’i was using his position to direct the police and local chiefs to intimidate the UDA and ODM candidates ahead of the by-election. “ODM and UDA are being targeted and prevented from campaigning for our candidates by government operatives who are favouring the Jubilee candidate. We can’t allow this to happen and the CS should come out clear on why his officers are disregarding our rights,” Moracha said at Gesonso Police Station.

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Teresa Bitutu Oroo

The allegations came in the open after MCA for Riana ward Ariemba Moisabi who is drumming up support for the ODM candidate, was arrested last Monday after an altercation with an assistant chief at a burial ceremony. It is claimed that the assistant chief had disrupted the funeral ceremony shortly before Ariemba was called to speak and the MCA tried to snatch the microphone from him, but the chief called the police, feigning assault. Ariemba’s arrest came immediately after police raided the home of ODM candidate Teresa Oyioka and arrested five of her campaigners. The race to succeed the late Oyioka is basically a three-horse race involving ODM candidate Oimeke, Bitutu of UDA and Opore of Jubilee.

Sam Ongeri

Other candidates who are in the race include former Kisii county women rep Mary Otara, Charles Mogaka, Jonah Onkendi, David Ogega, Victor Omanwa and Erick Oigo. Following the arrest of the politicians allied to ODM and UDA candidates in the campaigns, Moracha and Bosire asked Matiang’i to restrain the police from using unnecessary force in an attempt to tilt the ground in favour of the Jubilee candidate. They questioned the selective arrests where only UDA and ODM supporters are being targeted by the police who are reportedly applying the ministry of Health Covid-19 protocol selectively.

Mary Otara

Uncertainty is rife in Bonchari as the campaigns reach home stretch and stakes are high since the handshake partners, Jubilee and ODM are locking horns in the contest. Unlike in the recent by-election in Kiamokama ward where Jubilee did not field its candidate in favour of ODM, in Bonchari both parties have sponsored candidates. Kisii is perceived to be an ODM zone and the move by Jubilee to front Opore has been attributed to a wider scheme by Matiang’i, apparently to test his popularity in the region. Initially, it was believed that the handshake parties were to join hands in the Bonchari by-election naturally.At one time, when Oimeke received the ODM ticket and Jubilee appeared undecided, pundits opined that the ruling party was opting out of the race until too late when Opore was finally given the Jubilee ticket, only a day before the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission window lapsed. By then, Matiang’i was not in the picture until three weeks ago when he reportedly summoned Ongwae, Ongeri, ODM treasurer Timothy analysis Oimeke- ODM Otara- UGM Margret- MCC Matagaro- Mwanga

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