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Msambweni by-election:ODM nomination dilemma – Weekly Citizen

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Orange Democratic Movement is mulling over the way forward for Msambweni by-election party nominations for fear that Tanga Tanga wing of Jubilee has schemes of infiltrating the process and having ODM support a weak candidate.

At the same time, opting for a direct ODM nomination has the risk of causing rifts and eventual fallout ahead of the by-election, a move likely to compromise the performance of the picked candidate.

The heckling of ODM chairman John Mbadi during the funeral of MP Suleiman Dori has been reviewed several times at the party headquarters and the conclusion is that the party should approach the by-election with a lot of care to avoid embarrassment.

Mbadi

ODM party leader Raila Odinga has reportedly been making random calls to several individuals in the county to get first hand information about the situation on the ground.

The Tanga Tanga camp whose Kwale pointman is Governor Salim Mvurya has already identified Bakari Sebe, a political greenhorn as the candidate of choice. Sebe is a relative of the governor’s deputy and preferred successor Fatuma Achani. He is the CEC for finance in Kwale county government.

Mvurya

Sebe has readily accepted to enter the race following a promise that in case he loses, he will be reappointed back to his position. Millions of shillings are being budgeted for his campaigns. County contractors are being approached to contribute to Sebe campaign kitty.

According to sources, Achani wants to use Sebe’s candidature to test the ground for her own governor campaigns in 2022. Mvurya has announced that Achani is his choice of successor.

Back to ODM, it is emerging that among the aspirants, the county’s ODM vice chairman Nicholas Zani is being seen as a front runner. Zani is a party insider having been Raila’s chief agent for Kwale county in the last general elections. He is a well known party operative in Msambweni and in the county as a whole.

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Zani

He runs his businesses including restaurants in Ukunda town. Ukunda is cosmopolitan and has the highest number of voters in Msambweni constituency. He is a Christian Digo.

Zani’s candidature has not gone down well with the other ODM aspirants.

For instance, Omar Boga who contested for the seat as an independent candidate in the last general elections after losing ODM nomination to ex-MP Dori is said to have contacted Wiper party ‘to preserve space’. Former Transport minister Chirau Mwakwere who is from Kwale is Wiper party acting chairman.

According to insiders, Boga was in Nairobi last week and held talks with Wiper party officials. Sources say, he is afraid of going for party nominations. He has been campaigning for a direct nomination.

He is a brother of Agriculture PS Hamad Boga whose appointment was brokered by Abdul Mwasera, a top administrator in William Ruto’s office.

However, Boga’s critics claim he does not enjoy the backing of voters from upcountry in Ukunda who allege he discriminated against them when he served as Gombato/Bongwe MCA, in bursary allocations.

Makwere

They further allege he orchestrated the sacking from beach hotels, workers from upcountry and replaced them with locals. It is claimed this was why ODM by-passed him in the last general elections and settled on Dori who eventually won the Msambweni seat.

Boga has been using local Muslim leaders to warn ODM against giving a direct nomination to a relative of late MP Dori in line with the formula used in the Kibra by-election and also earlier in the Kwale senate by-election after the death of senator Boy Juma Boy.

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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.

Eseli Simiyu

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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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