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Mudavadi political gamble – Weekly Citizen

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Kenya’s perceived political soft boy Musalia Mudavadi has left industry players in guesswork following his new random attacks on the country’s top leadership in attempts to be regarded as the official leader of opposition.
In what Amani National Congress insiders have code-named ‘unstoppable Mudavadi’, they hope the co-principal in the disintegrated Nasa alliance will hijack the current harsh economic status in the country to rebrand and popularise his political ambitions ahead of the 2022 elections.
Mudavadi has maintained clear stand on economic matters and has constantly attacked the Jubilee administration over continuous borrowing that has pushed the nation into economic quagmire.

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The fact that companies are closing down and thousands of people losing their jobs could act as a perfect campaign tool for MM as he boasts of an economic policy that he says has a potential of attracting more investment.
Understandably, Mudavadi who was on a US tour, reportedly instructed his newly assembled team to craft a colourful campaign table once he lands into the country.
The technocrats behind the idea have termed it viable, timely and relevant given the fact that his other Nasa founders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka can no longer launch any hardhitting attack against Jubilee administration since their hands are tied after they decided to go into bed with the Jubilee administration.
Inside sources talk of a new arrangement within ANC tailored towards ensuring that the party leader soldiers to the ballot as opposed to previously when there were mixed signals regarding any possible coalition with either William Ruto or Raila.
Current political events in the country indicate slim chance of Mudavadi forging another working relationship with Raila following his new attacks against the ODM leader who quickly embraced handshake with Uhuru Kenyatta after the last general election.
While addressing Kenyans in the USA, Mudavadi sensationally claimed that the hyped handshake between Uhuru and Raila was informed by threats of visa cancellation from Western countries as opposed to popular belief that it was forged to pave way for a peaceful country.
The announcement immediately drew reactions from some political quarters and divided ANC house where some officials are totally against the idea of Mudavadi drifting away from Raila ahead of 2022 elections.
Even as other party officials including secretary-general Barrack Muluka support their boss over his recent attack on

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Raila regarding the handshake, ANC deputy party leader and Lugari MP Ayub Savula is leading the team with a different opinion that Mudavadi should go slow on Raila.
Savula pointed out that there was crucial need for Mudavadi to activate political wisdom and maintain a cordial relationship with the former prime minister as a surest bet to inherit the strong political base of the ODM leader.
But some keen observers are reading from a different script, stating that the current Mudavadi bitterness against Raila stems from June this year after ODM disowned Nasa affiliate parties when the Registrar of Political Parties announced Sh4.1 billion awarded to the Raila party.
ANC, Kalonzo’s Wiper and Moses Wetang’ula’s Ford Kenya were angling for the cash but Raila in unbridled greed has blocked them with full support of Registrar of Political Parties Anne Nderitu who declared that ODM was not under any obligation to share the cash with other Nasa partners.
Analysts are of the opinion that Mudavadi has a feeling of a man who has been repeatedly betrayed by the same faces who have come back knocking at his door for a political coalition ahead of 2022.
What many may not know is that when he ruled out any possibility of working with Ruto, Mudavadi was referring to what happened in 2013 when Uhuru and Ruto dumped him at the last minute.
This is coupled with the fact that he enjoys deep connections with ex-president Daniel Moi’s family known to be bitter rival of Ruto.

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Gideon Moi wants CS Chelugui sacked – Weekly Citizen

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Baringo Senator Gideon Moi’s political rival Labour cabinet secretary Simon Chelugui’s days are numbered in Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration. It is said Gideon is pushing for Chelugui’s firing from the cabinet. He is a close ally of the embattled deputy president William Ruto and was trounced by Gideon in the senatorial elections during the last general elections. But state operatives, are, however, divided as to who between former Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Kiprono Kittony and former cabinet minister Isaac Ruto, will succeed Chelugui during the much-awaited mini reshuffle.

Simon Chelugui

Lands Cabinet secretary Farida Karoney is also on line of those to be sacked as her fate is sealed while Foreign Affairs chief administrative secretary Ababu Namwamba is a victim of circumstances, and he is expected to hand over to his political rival, former cabinet secretary Paul Otuoma. Ababu’s loyalty to Ruto has cost him his position as he recently hosted the deputy president in Budalangi where he had been MP, following flash floods in the area, forgetting he was stopped by Devolution Cabinet secretary Eugene Wamalwa who does not see eye-to-eye with the Tanga Tanga brigade leader.

Farida Karoney

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Former chief-of-defense forces Samson Mwathethe is warming up to take a ministerial post with Uhuru’s kitchen cabinet having been forced to go back to the drawing board ahead of the reshuffle. Despite his retirement age, Mwathethe is still energetic enough to serve the country for the next five years. Beatrice Gambo, a board member of Coast Development Authority, is warming up to take one of the slots after the fallout between the president and his deputy led to the expulsion of nominated senators.

Isaac Ruto

Others in the rebel camp are Falhada Iman, Naomi Waqo, Victor Prengei and Mary Yiane among others. Gambo had worked tirelessly during the campaigns to ensure Uhuru Kenyatta was re-elected during the last general elections. She was instrumental to JP Mombasa gubernatorial loser Suleiman Shahbal who is now close to Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho. Before jumping ship to the ruling party, she had worked in Raila’s office in charge of gender.

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Dirty moves emerge in hot Uasin Gishu politics – Weekly Citizen

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Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi has refuted claims of scheming to vie for the Uasin Gishu senatorial position in 2022 as the region’s politics take centre stage. This is after hundreds of posters were circulated in Eldoret and later entire county that had images of Sudi and his Kesses counterpart Swarup Mishra. Sudi was to vie for a senatorial slot with Mishra gubernatorial. Those eyeing the seat are businessman Zedekiah Bundotich alias Buzeki, Solomon Maritim Kiptarbei who has gone silent. He lost to Jackson Mandago in Jubilee part nominations2017. Maritim is broke and has been trying to reach Kanu leader Gideon Moi for financial help.

Bundotich Zedekiah Kiprop

At one time the mean young Moi gave him Sh2000 for fuel and lunch. Others being mentioned are former Kanu party member Jonathan Bii alias Chililim from Soy. Paul Bitok is also eyeing the seat. Whereas Sudi dismissed the posters and accused his political rivals of using evil schemes to ruin his otherwise good reputation, Mishra did not respond leaving many wondering if he was behind the move to taste political waters. Sudi has been at war with Uasin Gishu governor Jackson Mandago and suspects the governor was behind the posters to detract him from opposing the controversial purchase of National Bank building at the cost of Sh570 million.

Oscar Kipchumba Sudi

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Mandago is not close to DP camp and after his 2017 victory openly stated, Nasa move to endorse him helped him capture the seat. The posters were littered days after Sudi met Raila Odinga over lunch at a city hotel, Rubby Cut. To avoid speculations, Sudi posted, “Earlier today I bumped into former PM, Raila Odinga having lunch at a popular restaurant. We had lunch together and thereafter chit chats.

Alfred Keter

Raila is like a father to me,” Sudi is close to the DP and recently claimed, Nandi Hills MP, Alfred Keter, was operating a “political Koinange in the Kalenjin nation”. Sudi claimed Keter and Cherengany MP Jushua Kutuny were political conmen and prostitutes. MP Keter had claimed Ruto allies were bitter that Uhuru Kenyatta holding talks with anti-DP Kalenjin rebels as they keep on engaged in private meetings with their master.

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Nyagarama jolted as court trashes appointments – Weekly Citizen

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Nyamira county governor John Nyagarama suffered a setback after Kisumu Labour and Employment Relation Court reinstated four members of the county executive whom he had replaced. The four are now in office for the second week fully discharging their duties without any interruption as the governor bites his fingers. The same court at the same time also reinstated 634 employees he had sacked one year ago bringing confusion and headache in his final lap of his administration. Those whom governor Nyagarama edged out after their two-year term contract allegedly expired are Johnson Obike (tourism, trade and cooperative development ), Peris Mongare (agriculture, livestock and fisheries), Samuel Mokua (environment, water and mining) and Gladys Momanyi (education and vocational training). Those whose terms were extended include Douglas Bosire (health), John Omanwa (transport, roads and public works), Bernard Mangaa (public administration and management), Zablon Ochiri (lands, physical planning and urban development), and Peter Muga, (finance and Economic planning).

Nyamira deputy governor Amos Nyaribo

Nyagarama then picked new nominees whose names he forwarded for vetting by Nyamira county assembly before the Kisumu Labour and Employment Relation High Court issued an order stopping the exercise include Samson Barongo (education and vocational training), Pauline Oyugi (agriculture, fisheries and livestock), Shem Kiage (environment, water, energy and mining), Stella Nyambariga (gender, youth, sports and culture), and Stella Anyega (trade, tourism and cooperative development). Earlier, deputy governor Amos Nyaribo had denounced the changes which he said were done behind his back and were thus, geared at injuring him politically and undermining his candidature for the seat of the governor which he has already declared his candidature for come the next general elections to take from the incumbent.

Peris Mong’are

Without mincing words, Nyaribo rubbished the changes terming them as inconsequential as they were politically motivated and influenced, nepotism based and above all, lacked regional balance. The emotionally charged Nyaribo had told Weekly Citizen that Governor Nyagarama did not consult him when he made changes as per the tradition and a memorandum of understanding which they had signed and therefore, vowed to teach him a political lesson which he could not forget. “The changes were merely meant to bring on board people who could protect him from the economic and political crimes he has committed after his retirement. But I want to tell him broad daylight that things are not going be the manner and way he has planned,” he told this writer. Nyaribo was quick to drag the name of the Borabu MP Ben Momanyi who is his cousin and whom Nyagarama wants to succeed him after his term expires.

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Ben Momanyi

After Nyagarama bundled out the four members of the county executive committee, they quickly moved to Kisumu Labour and Employment Relation High Court where they filed their case before the orders were granted. Judge Mathew Nderi ruled that the four should stay back in their offices until the matter is heard and determined. But before the matter was heard Nyagarama moved to the same court to challenge the orders but his petition was dismissed. Nyamira county secretary James Natabo said the four were allowed back to take their positions through the court order. “As a county government, we respect court orders and therefore we had nothing to do but to allow them to come back as per the court order,” Natabo told Weekly Citizen. He said the appointing authority of the members of the county executive was the prerogative of the governor and therefore never wished to be dragged into the matter.

Douglas Bosire

The 634 employees had been removed from the payroll on grounds that they were improperly employed. The Kenya county government workers secretary Patrick Mobegi welcomed the ruling saying that justice had been done to the workers who had been oppressed by the top leadership of the county. Talking to this writer Mobegi said that the ruling should not be challenged as rumours were being peddled in the county corridors and told the county government to immediately move with speed to reinstate the workers back to the payroll and subsequently be paid their salaries arrears without any delay. Mobegi said he would not be cowed by the county government authorities in the course of fighting and championing for the rights of the county workers.

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