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MP Wamalwa joins DP Ruto camp ahead of 2022 – Weekly Citizen

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What goes around comes around, this saying amply goes with the Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa who after a long spell of silence broke his silence and spilled the beans when he revealed what he dreamt William Ruto becoming Kenya’s head of state in 2022.

Speaking after dodging the Building Initiatives rallies that ended prematurely following the outbreak of the corona virus in the country, lest he was branded as anti-Ruto, the Ford-Kenya FK legislator talked of how the DP had been shortchanged by Uhuru Kenyatta to succeed him in 2022 but said should polls be held today Ruto would become Kenya’s president.

Notwithstanding the fact that his party leader and Bungoma senator Moses Wetang’ula had also declared for the pesidency in the coming general election, Wamalwa seemed to be deviating from FK’s course for the presidency and wishing to run alongside the DP in his quest for the country’s top political office as he himself goes for the Trans Nzoia governor’s race in 2022.

As the Kiminini lawmaker synchronises ways of succeeding Governor Patrick Khaemba also allied to FK, Sabaot politicians made a retreat and presented their community memo to the BBI at KICC in Nairobi before it wound up setting a confrontational centre with supporters of the DP opposed to BBI.

All community MPs with the exception of the member for Mt Elgon Fred Kapondi witnessed the handing over ceremony with representative from the elders, youth, eomen and professionals calling for an autonomous county and compensation for community land taken away from them.

Ruto and Wamalwa

Among the leading key Sabaot leaders who graced the function were Senators Mike Mbito and Mercy Cheben, Wilberforce Kisiero and Joseph Kimkung, PS Harry Kimtai, former senator Henry Ole Ndiema and senior county administrators John Kinjo and Geoffrey Targon.

The memo was a culmination of the community’s crusade for the BBI which was first led by the spokesman former Kitale deputy mayor Pius Kauka to Bukhungu stadium in Kakamega. Kapondi who was granted a direct ODM nomination ticket from prison accused of war-like activities in 2007, courtesy of party leader Raila Odinga had kept off the BBI rallies before they were called off.

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But in a quick response on behalf of the community, Mbito pointed out that their delegation to BBI did not mean the community had changed their political stand but they were only responding to the wishes of the people who had wanted the inclusion of historical land injustices addressed.

The Trans-Nzoia senator explained that the stand of the Sabaot people will be known at the election time adding that it is the people themselves who know where their shoe inches them.

According to the Sabaot Memo, it is only the Sabaot and Kuria communities that do not have their own counties. It adds that Mt Elgon, Saboti and Endebess constituencies with a population of 420,000 should be merged to form Mt Elgon county. He says some of the Kenyan communities have more than five counties, rendering the Sabaot as only taxpayers due to prolonged marginalisation.

The angling of Chris Wamalwa towards DP Ruto opens yet another fresh pandora’s box for Trans-Nzoia county’s politics ahead of the 2022 polls with tree allies of the DP Kakai Bisau, Dr Abraham Sing’oei and Woman Rep Janet Nangabo intending to take on the Kiminini MP for the governor’s race.

This put the DP in a precarious position as he runs for the Presidency considering also that Dr Mike Mbito is also shifting from the senatorial seat towards the gubernatorial office. The DP would not want losing a single vote in the county in his race and his choice for the governor would play a key role towards his success.

The governor’s race will be the most keenly watched in the county as it has attracted big fish such as the Devolution cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa who is seemingly leading an anti-Ruto brigade for most of the seats including Joshua Kuttuny, the MP for Cherangany.

Though the list of aspirants is long including Ben Wanjala, Patrick Kamwessar, Martin Ngomat, Boniface Wanyonyi, Paul Moiben and Moses Khaoya, the one to be followed much will whirl around the Eugene-Kuttuny axis.

Each politician is calling for leadership devoid of Khaemba’s style of aloofness, inaccessibity, social discrimination and family control. The aspirants are yearning for a governor who can share a table with fellow elected leaders to chart the way forward other than a decision of a few individuals, no matter the tribe.

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Fear in Kisumu as night thugs regroup – Weekly Citizen

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Police in Kisumu are trailing suspected thugs behind  a trail of bizarre robbery incidents that have left  residents of Nyamasaria Estate living in fear.

The gangsters on Friday night made away with assorted household items mainly electronics in a  simultaneous raid that also targeted the home of a senior county government officer.

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The officer who did not wish to be named reportedly lost his TV and home theatre after the thugs disconnected electric fence and gained entry into his house through the window.

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‘’After cutting the window they left with the window bar ostensibly on fear the police would rely on it for fingerprints’’, the shaken officer told Weekly Citizen.

Police have been blamed for laxity in pursuing the thugs even after recording statements from other victims.

However a suspect linked to the crime was escaped death narrowly after he was shot by an arrow. 

Suspected thug shot by an arrow

The ugly incident is a clear pointer that thugs who spray their victims with chloroform at night to put them into a deep sleep could be regrouping to terrorize Kisumu dwellers.

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Ford-K to discipline rebel MCAs harshly – Weekly Citizen

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Ford-Kenya party has vowed to take action against its MCAs who were at the forefront of the impeachment motion of its leaders. The impeachment saw majority leader Florence Wekesa and majority chief whip Evelyn Mutyembu toppled. They were replaced by Joseph Nyongesa as the majority leader, Tongaren MCA Elizabeth Tindi as his deputy, Meshack Simiyu alias Museveni as the majority chief whip and Bungoma Township MCA Joseph Maguda as the deputy chief whip. However, Ford Kenya party secretary-general Eseli Simiyu says the impeachment is illegal as there was no wide consultation before the action was reached. Eseli stated that there was no Gazette Notice giving MCAs a go ahead to make any changes in the assembly dominated by FK leaders.

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The Tongaren MP says he wrote to the assembly speaker Emmanuel Situma to stop the changes because the top organ wasn’t consulted. Eseli named the rebel MCAs Elizabeth Tindi (Tongaren), Joseph Nyongesa (majority leader), Joseph Kawa (Bokoli) and Meshack Museveni (majority chief whip) as those who were not paying a party subscription fee of Sh5,000 a month. He says that he has written to them to pay their subscription up to May or else the party top organs will meet to decide their future in the party. “We don’t need people who aren’t loyal to the party! We will need to reorganize ourselves. The removal of the former leaders can affect the party effectiveness in 2022 and there is no legality in their removal. Wekesa of Kimilili and Mutyembu from Sirisia, should not be undermined,” he said. Eseli says that the change of leadership needs to be done in house meetings. He says he has been intimidated and blackmailed and even tried to be bribed to give in to some burning issues affecting the party and the county government.

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Queries as budget is tabled at Kirinyaga assembly – Weekly Citizen

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The Kirinyaga county assembly has received the revised supplementary budget for the year 2020/2021 for consideration. The revised budget was tabled at the assembly by nominated MCA Lillian Wanjiku on behalf of the leader of majority Kamau Murango. Immediately, Tebere MCA Gudson Muchina said he will raise issues why the county executive brought a second supplementary budget yet a similar one had been brought and tabled 40 days ago.

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Also tabled were the financial estimates for the 2020/2021 financial year which the MCAs will be debating on before passing or rejecting it. Budget committee chairman Peter Njomo said he was concerned that the ECD teachers had not been paid despite a supplementary budget being tabled and passed 40 days ago. A letter forwarding the 2020/2021 financial estimates from the executive was read by the speaker which was dated April 30, 2020.

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