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DP Ruto, Matiang’i jostles for Gusii votes – Weekly Citizen

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The political supremacy battles between William Ruto and Fred Matiang’i over the jostling of the Kisii votes in readiness for the 2022 general elections has hit the ground.
Already, two major political camps have emerged in Gusii land, one revolving along Matiang’i and the other rotating behind the DP.
The group which is rooting for Matiang’i to be the next president includes governors James Ongwae (Kisii), John Nyagarama (Nyamira), senators Okongo Omogeni (Nyamira), Sam Ongeri (Kisii), MPs Richard Onyonka (Kitutu Chache South), Samuel Arama (Nakuru West), Ben Momanyi (Borabu), Jimmy Angwenyi (Kitutu Chache North), Zadock Ogutu (Bomachoge), Richard Tongi (Nyaribari Chache), women reps Jerusha Momanyi (Nyamira), Janet Ongera (Kisii), Nyamira county assembly speaker Moffat Teya, leader of majority Duke Masira, former MPs Walter Nyambati, Joseph Kiangoi and over forty MCAs drawn from the two counties.
The pro-Ruto camp which is perceived to be against the Omogusii thinking in political matters includes MPs Joash Nyamoko(North Mugirango), Vincent Kemosi (West Mugirango), Shadrack Mose (Kitutu Masaba), Oroo Oyioka (Bonchari), Alfa Miruka (Bomachoge Chache), innocent Obiri (Bobasi), Ezekiel Machogu (Nyaribari Masaba), Silvanus Osoro and Kisii deputy governor Joash Maangi.

Sam Ongeri

For the last two months, the two camps have pitched tent in the two counties asking the area residents to back their favourite candidates for the seat of presidency come 2022.
Two weeks ago the pro-Matiang’i group which is led by Ongeri converged at Gesiaga Secondary School in West Mugirango constituency during a funds drive in aid of the institution where they made a strong declaration of endorsing Matiang’i as the community’s flagbearer for the seat of presidency come the next general elections.
The group which also comprises of senior civil servants from the community has termed the Ruto team which is led by Kisii deputy governor Joash Maangi as a club of traitors and hired guns who were being used by Ruto in a bid to block Matiang’i’s chances of winning the seat of presidency after the retirement of president Uhuru Kenyatta.

Deputy governor Joash Maangi

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All the speakers in the function told Matiang’i to remain firm and focused to becoming the next president and assured him of their support in delivering the country’s development agenda while he serves as a superminister.
Ongeri in his speech advised residents of the Kisii and Nyamira counties to ensure they come out in all their numbers to be counted during the forthcoming national population census exercise so as to ensure their number counts in the next general elections.
“This community has many votes than it is in the national books. Let us turn out in numbers and prove that we can also produce a president,” the senator said.
Arama on his part told the MPs from Gusii who had not joined the bandwagon of other political leaders from the region who had resolved to support Matiang’i to change their minds before it is too late.
“Anybody from within and outside Gusii who is antagonising us should be prepared to learn the hard way about their costly mistake when it shall have become late to regret,” Arama said.
Onyonka said the region has reached a point when it should produce a president.
“It is time now that we as the Gusii community came out in the open with our own bull that we can offer for national leadership,” Onyonka said in reference to Matiang’i.
Onyonka said there were indications that even Raila Odinga was out to support Matiang’i’s rise to power.
Senator Okong’o acknowledged the respect the president has to the community and urged locals to follow his political directions.
To counter the Matiang’i endorsement declaration at Gesiaga Secondary School, the Ruto team last Monday hastily organised two funds drives in Nyamira county in a bid to preempt and scuttle the endorsement of Matiang’i where they invited the deputy president to be the chief guest.
The funds drives for women groups and boda boda riders were held at Ekerenyo in North Mugirango and Rigoma in Kitutu Masaba constituencies respectively, where the pro-Ruto team used the forum to dress down Matiang’i politically.

West Mugirango MP Vincent Kemosi

Leading the onslaught, the West Mugirango MP Vincent Kemosi dismissed the group which had endorsed Matiang’i for presidency, arguing that it had misled him to contest for the seat which he had no qualifications to.
Kemosi without missing words said it was wrong for a person who was taking position 35 in national politics to start imagining that he could take position one within a short span of time.
Osoro who is the South Mugirango legislator discredited Matiang’i arguing that he was not ripe enough for the seat of presidency leave a lone of his incapability of being elected as the chairman of a tea buying centres.
He termed Matiang’i as a failure because he has failed to use his position to change the lives of his people who are currently languishing in poverty.
Ruto who was present chose never to respond to Matiang’i candidature as his spanner boys took the leading role in discrediting him.
At Rigoma playground, the crowd kept mum as the lawmakers tore into the leadership of Matiang’i an indication that they never wanted to be dragged into the Matiang’i and Ruto succession politics.

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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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