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Premature campaigns grip Jomvu – Weekly Citizen

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Aspirants for Jomvu parliamentary seat have hit the ground campaigning against Badi Twalib ahead of 2022 general elections.

Twalib hosted William Ruto at a church function in Mikindani last week barely a fortnight after the DP’s son Nick Ruto was hosted at Kwa Jomvu Primary School in the same constituency for a volleyball function by the MP’s opponent Mohamed Abdalla, a youthful businessman who is eyeing the Jomvu seat.

Badi Twalib

Abdalla is pushing the youth agenda including sponsoring sports tournaments to tap on talents and empower youth in Jomvu with skills for self employment.

Twalib is allied to TangaTanga movement after divorcing Mombasa governor Hassan Joho who was instrumental in his two victories. Joho has promised to ensure the MP is defeated in 2022 for biting the hand that used to feed him before Ruto snatched him.

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Sources claim the Mombasa governor plans to use Renson Thoya, the Mikindani MCA to face off with Twalib in 2022. However, the expected entry of two sons of a former Changamwe MP and assistant minister Ramadhan Kajembe is bound to complicate matters for both Twalib and Thoya.

A b d u l k a r i m Kajembe, a logistics manager at Kengen Kipevu Power plant and his sibling Mohamed Kajembe who has good ties with the chairman China Council for the Promotion of International Trade and the chairman Guangzhou Chamber of Commerce are separately being pushed to go for the Jomvu parliamentary seat to tap on the existing political goodwill of their father who represented the area in parliament for 15 years.

Karisa Nzai

The Chinese Embassy had in 2016 pushed to have Mohamed named as one of the directors to the board of Kenya National Highways Authority. The senior Kajembe was long serving Changamwe MP before it was split to create Jomvu constituency. The Kajembes belong to the Wa-Jomvu clan majority of who are within Jomvu constituency.

Analysts say that if the Kajembes play their cards well and front a single candidate, the MP who happens to be their in-law will be exterminated politically.

Other than the expected onslaught from the Kajembes, the MP will also have to ward off opposition from Knut official Dan Aloo and Jubilee politician Karisa Nzai.

Nzai and Thoya could split the Mijikenda vote to give advantage to their opponents.

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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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