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Key Uhuru men work on 2022 line-up – Weekly Citizen

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With barely three years to go before the next general election, civil servants allied to Uhuru Kenyatta are identifying and earmarking elective seats to contest for in the transitional 2022 general elections in fear that change of regime will mean the end of their civil service career given that they have not been in good books with some of those who might be calling the shots in the new dispensation.
Already, almost a half of the president’s cabinet and principal secretaries have started preparing for the next elections.
Amongst those who are preparing the ground for soft landing just in case are powerful Internal Security CS Fred Matiang’i and his PS Karanja Kibicho, Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa, CS without portfolio Raphael Tuju and the head of presidential delivery unit Nzioka Waita among others.

Munya

The government officials, aware that the next president might not consider them for reappointment are preparing to go for elective seats as they seek to find relevance in a post-Uhuru government.
In Central Kenya, first to make his stand public was Agriculture cabinet secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri who declared he was positioning himself for the deputy president’s seat in 2022, a declaration that has opened the lid into the political ambitions of members of the executive.
Of the 22 cabinet members, at least 10 have, at one time or the other, played a part in politics and are now reviving their political careers in readiness for the post-Uhuru era.
Kiunjuri who dropped his bid for the Laikipia county governor’s post at the last minute in 2017, has declared that he is the suitable candidate for a running mate.
Apart from Kiunjuri, Peter Munya of Trade ministry has come out to show interest in politics after the Uhuru era.
Recently, Munya attended a Party of National Unity meeting at Kasarani, Nairobi.
The party, under which he served as party leader going into 2017, is seeking to revamp itself ahead of the next general election.
Munya does not disguise the fact that he is interested in recapturing the Meru governor’s seat he lost to Kiraitu Murungi in 2017 and hopes to have a strengthened PNU to take on the incumbent.
He has already got the endorsement of a number of leaders from the county.
Some members of Uhuru’s first term cabinet contested and won governor seats include Kirinyaga’s Anne Waiguru, Kajiado’s Joseph Ole Lenku and Kitui’s Charity Ngilu. Nyandarua’s Francis Kimemia who was secretary to cabinet in the early days of Uhuru era having been inherited from Mwai Kibaki was shown the door by Uhuru.

Kibichio

All the four were dropped from the cabinet but found their way to the top county seats. Gubernatorial seats are currently the most lucrative political positions in the country after the president and his deputy.
Murang’a county water and sanitation principal secretary Joseph Irungu is believed to be preparing to contest the seat.
The current holder, Mwangi Wa Iria is serving his second and final term. Wa Iria is said to be angling to be a running mate of a top presidential aspirant.
Insiders say Irungu has won the trust and confidence of Murang’a tycoons led by former Equity Bank chairman Peter Munga. The tycoons have no time for Wa Iria, whom they dismiss as good for nothing.
Also, the governor and Munga have been embroiled in a war of the control of water companies in Murang’a.
The differences made residents especially those served by Murang’a Water and Sanitation Company, whose chairman was Munga, go without water occasionally.
To endear himself to the electorate, Irungu has moved in to end the wars by announcing that the government will spend Sh180 million to sink boreholes to increase water accessibility to thousands of Murang’a residents.
Irungu said that in addition to sinking boreholes, the money will also be channeled for the construction of water pans purposely to harvest rain water for future use.
He explained that the projects are in line with Murang’a County Water Master Plan meant to achieve universal water accessibility in the county by 2022.
According to sources, the Murang’a tycoons, who in the last two general elections fronted Moses Mwangi, have now settled on the PS as the most suitable to assume the county’s leadership.

Waiguru

Former Planning PS Irungu Nyakera who recently was named Democratic Party deputy chairman is also said to be preparing to contest the seat.
The Democratic Party’s national executive committee picked to reorganise and revamp the party.
On October 26 2018, the delegates had passed a resolution to energise the party by injecting new blood into its leadership in readiness for the 2022 presidential elections.
But it is the current Water PS who is said to be the frontrunner in Wa Iria succession.
To cut his ambition, the governor has threatened to file a suit over push for revenue from water sourced from Muranga and supplied to Nairobi.
The governor claims the PS has been the stumbling block to Murang’a people to get clean drinking water from Ndakaini.
In Nyeri, former Kenya Defence Forces chief Julius Karangi is also said to be preparing to take on the incumbent Mutahi Kahiga in the 2022 gubernatorial race. Kahiga is a staunch support of William Ruto.
The General was among influential political, business, civil society and academia players from the Mt Kenya region who met at a Nairobi hotel to launch a lobby known as “High Level Uongozi Forum”.
Whereas the forum brought together political, business, cultural and thought leaders to discuss problems of declining agricultural production, bulging youth unemployment, and the security and instability this posed in the region and the nation as a whole, it is suspected its task was to identify suitable candidates for elective seats in 2022.
The launch of the forum comes at a time the region is in the throes of fierce supremacy battles between political actors elbowing each other for control of the direction it takes ahead of 2022 elections when Uhuru exits office.
Coming in the middle of a political storm over Uhuru succession political duels, the timing and the list of attendance by invitation comprising the most prominent senior citizens from the region sent a strong though not expressly stated political message that there were other stakeholders with a different agenda and concerns away from the vocal and more visible political class.

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Speaker Muturi

Among prominent names and panelists included chairman of the Central Region Economic Bloc Kimemia, his predecessor as head of public service, Francis Muthaura, Karangi, national assembly speaker Justin Muturi, Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui, Kiambu deputy governor James Nyoro and Narc Leader Martha Karua.
Others included Munga, former senators Mutahi Kagwe (Nyeri), Joseph Karaba (Kirinyaga), Kembi Gitura (Murang’a), former Meru and Nyeri women representatives Florence Kajuju and Priscilla Nyokabi.
In Kiambu, Energy principal secretary Joseph Njoroge is being fronted to contest the seat currently held by embattled Ferdinand Waititu. However, sources say that the PS has kept many guessing as he is currently busy with ministry matters.
Njoroge has been convening meetings of key political and religious to discuss development in the county.

Irungu

Recently, he hosted a forum which lasted more than four hours and was attended by majority of area MPs, church leaders and several parastatal heads to discuss the county’s development.
Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Njoroge said the meeting focused on the status of government-funded projects in the county.
“We met with all county leaders together with technical officers from ministries implementing various projects to engage on progress, challenges and status of various project in the county,” he said.
The technical officers who attended the meeting were drawn from Roads, Water and Irrigation, Energy and Metropolitan Development departments.
Njoroge said the meeting was necessary to enable leaders share challenges and concerns hampering the implementation of various state-funded projects in the county so that they can be handled.
Those who attended the meeting included Nyoro, Thika MP Patrick Wainaina, Wanjiku Kibe (Gatundu North), Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Gabriel Kago (Githunguri), Jonah Mburu (Lari), Peter Mwathi (Limuru) and Ruiru’s Simon King’ara.
Senator Kimani Wamatangi and woman representative Gathoni Wamuchomba and county commissioner Wilson Wanyanga were in attendance.

General Karangi

Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungw’a, Francis Munyua (Juja) Jude Njomo (Kiambu Town), Paul Koinange (Kiambaa) and Kabete’s Githua Wamachukuru did not attend. All are Ruto’s allies.
If Njoroge heeds calls to contest the seat in 2022, he will face Nyoro, Wainaina and a host of other candidates.
Nyoro has now taken over the running of the county after a court barred Waititu from setting foot in his office until the criminal case he is facing is concluded.
But luck may be in Nyoro’s way if the county assembly passes a motion fronted by Elijah Njoroge, the Biashara ward MCA, to impeach Waititu or if the governor is jailed.
In Kirinyaga, sources say Waiguru stands a good chance of being re-elected in 2022 polls and is also in good books with Uhuru allies.
She will face Karua and a host of other aspirants.
Im Embu, Muturi a key ally of Uhuru is being fronted to contest the seat currently occupied by Martin Wambora who is serving his second and final term.
Muturi was among Mount Kenya political giants Ruto was fishing for a running mate.
In upper Mount Kenya region of Embu and Meru, Muturi by virtue of being the number three powerful man in the country, commands respect.
In the event anything happens to both Uhuru and his deputy leaving the president and deputy president’s seat vacant, Muturi will occupy the plum presidency seat.

CS Mwangi Kiunjuri

Interestingly, Ruto endorsed Muturi for the Embu gubernatorial seat in 2022 polls during a prayer service for Manyatta MP John Muchiri in Kigari, Embu where he noted that the latter has enough experience.
Ruto who was accompanied by Mount Kenya leaders among them Waititu and nominated MPs Cecily Mbarire and Charles Kariuki (Mbeere North), said he will blame area MPs should the speaker fail to secure ‘what he is looking for’. Muturi is yet to publicly declare his bid for the seat.
Uhuru allies are copying from Kimemia who feeling the heat in Jubilee decided to run for governorship in 2017, and Kinuthia Mbugua who was close to president Kibaki and won Nakuru governorship 2013.
This is the same case in Laikipia county where Uhuru men are comfortable with Ndiritu Muriithi seeking a second and final term.
Another topmost official in government who has been sparring with Ruto is also being advised by those who care for his future to identify a political seat to contest because should Ruto become president, his would be the first head to roll. “Does this man know that he is a civil servant and it is only three years to the end

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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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