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Governor Kibwana now dumps Ruto for Mudavadi – Weekly Citizen

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Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi is in talks with Makueni governor Kivutha Kibwana for a political deal with his Muungano party. The governor who is serving his final term has hinted on contesting for the presidency come next general election and is busy wooing partners after severing links with Wiper party.
Wiper party where he had served as national chairman before falling out with Kalonzo Musyoka replaced him with Chirau Mwakwere last month.

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His differences with Kalonzo who controls Kamba politics has exposed the law don who is now fighting for political survival in the region dominated by Wiper party. Kibwana who recently hosted Musalia at his county office in Makueni is a fierce critic of Kalonzo joining Governor Alfred Mutua of Machakos and Charity Ngilu of Kitui.
The trio formed and backed the South Eastern Economic Block which they fashioned was aimed at improving the living standards of Kambas by championing economic development. However, the movement did not last three months after it turned out they were using the forum to discredit Kalonzo in Kamba politics. The three governors held rallies in both Kitui and Machakos county to popularise the movement, the same way it did happen in Makueni county after the outfit was rocked by power struggles pitting Mutua and Kibwana.
Mutua and Kibwana are nursing presidential ambitions and each expected endorsement from the other.Mutua later isolated Kibwana and held secret talks with both Gedion Moi and Raila Odinga were they discussed a possible deal with his Maendeleo Chap Chap party.
Kibwana on his side was in talks with William Ruto where the second in command tasked him in spearheading his forays in Ukambani. However, the governor is not comfortable with Ruto lieutenants in Ukambani whom he accuses of doing little for the DP in the region.
The Ruto brigade in Ukambani include MPs Victor Munyaka, Machakos Town, Vincent Musyoka, Mwala, Fabian Kyule, Kangundo and Rachel Nyamai of Kitui South. The MPs have no time for Kibwana whom they claim is a newcomer in Ruto circles but wants to dictate and control the DP. However, those following Ruto politics say he settled on Kibwana after realising that the MPs were interested on his weekly handouts and doing nothing to promote his presidential bid in the region.
DP insiders say the MPs only praise him while he tours the region in order to milk money from him but go mum the moment his chopper takes to the air.

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Governor Kivutha Kibwana

The fear amongst the MPs is that coming out to openly campaign for Ruto might get a backlash from voters who are still loyal to Kalonzo and eventually lose their seats and hence the need to strike a balance.
In courting Kibwana to his side, Ruto is aware that the county boss is more experienced than the MPs and a vital person to check Kalonzo in the region. However political pundits say his influence in Kamba politics is of no consequence and will add no value to Ruto camp since Kambas are still firmly behind Kalonzo and Wiper party. The infighting in Ruto camp pitting MPs loyal to him on one hand and Governor Kibwana has forced him now to reach out to Mudavadi for a deal. The governor is aware that Ruto Kamba MPs are against his current schemes and are out to finish him by leading a smear campaign against him and is now working on the Amani leader as fallback plan.
The governor who is now reviving his Muungano party has set his eyes in controlling the hapennings in Makueni were he wants to influence the politics in 2022 and have a say on his succession. On his side he has roped in the county senator Mutula Kilonzo who is not in good terms with Wiper over his stand on Kalonzo-Kibwana feuds. The senator is blamed for not checking the governor and remaining quiet when his party leader is under attack from the governor despite holding a senior party position. He is now banking on Kibwana to endorse him for the governors position.The seat has also attracted MP Patrick Musimba and county women rep Rose Museo. Both Musimba and Museo are now very close to Kalonzo. Makueni MP Daniel Maanzo who has declared interest for the senatorial seat has now come out as Kibwana’s fiercest critic with their wars likely to boil over to 2022. Former Kibwezi MP Philip Kaloki has also joined Kalonzo camp but he is yet to go public on the seat he is eyeing in the next elections.However those close to him say he is keen on a county seat.
The governors fallout with Kalonzo has dented his popularity in Makueni with now leaders coming out to attack him for using Wiper as a reelection vehicle and later show disrespect for the party that gave him a direct ticket against the wishes of party member

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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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