IEBC clears 3 candidates for the March 16 Kajiado Central by-election

IEBC has cleared 3 candidates to run for the Kajiado Member of National Assembly seat. The three are Memusi Kanchory (ODM), Patrick Tutui (JAP) and Nkashuma Kuntai an independent Candidate. The exercise continues today, Tuesday 17th.

Cord leaders led a tour of Kajiado Central on Monday after member Elijah Memusi was cleared to vie for the by-election by the IEBC. The tour was led by coalition chief Raila Odinga, co-principals Moses Wetangula and Kalonzo Musyoka and other party members.

They escorted Memusi to Maasai Technical Training Insitutue where he presented his papers ahead of the by-election on March 16.

“Memusi Kanchori was successfully cleared to participate in the upcoming poll. We look forward to yet another victory next month,” said Raila.

“We are not here for a show our might, we are here to sell our policies and request you to elect Memusi to Parliament.”

Cord and Jubilee Alliance Party supporters came face to face during the tour.ODM secretary general Ababu Namwamba told voters that they must replace former Kajiado Central MP Joseph Nkaissery, who was elected on an ODM ticket, with Memusi.

Kanchori was elected by Cord members to contest for the position under the ODM ticket. Party Communications director Philip Etale accused JAP supporters, led by Majority leader Aden Duale, of blocking the road at Ilbisil during the tour.

President Uhuru Kenyatta presented nomination certificates to JAP aspirant Patrick ole Tutui on Friday. Uhuru said the party held democratic nominations, the people picking Tutui as its flag bearer. “Those who lost in the nominations should work with the victor,” he said at JAP headquarters in Lavington.

Nkaissery endorsed Tutui as his successor during the session. Tutui described the JAP nomination as “the most rigorous


Kidero asked to declare his party status

Kasipul Kabondo MP Oyugi Magwanga has challenged Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero to either accept or deny being the patron of Maendeleo Democratic Party.

This comes after Kidero’s declared his support for Philip Okundi, a Homa Bay Senator candidate under the MDP ticket.

Magwanga also asked Rangwe MP George Oner and Karachuonyo’s James Rege to resign from ODM and seek fresh mandates within MDP.

“I want to tell Kidero to come out clearly and confirm or deny that he is not the Maendeleo party patron and those who are opposed to ODM candidate Moses Kajwang’s candidature for the Homa Bay Senatorial seat to resign,” he told the Star on phone on Wednesday.

Magwanga further asked Kidero to appreciate his election on an ODM ticket.

“We cannot have a constituency which wants to be in charge of all leadership positions. The power must be distributed in the entire county,” he said.

Magwanga acknowledged that MPs have the right to support their candidates of choice in the race, but warned that ODM should not end up divided.

ODM gave Kajwang a direct nomination for the senate seat which fell vacant after the death of his brother Otieno Kajwang in November 2014.

During the 2013 general elections, it was reportedly agreed that the governor’s post be reserved for Karachuonyo, senator for Suba and women’s rep for Rangwe. Kidero and Okundi however hail from Rangwe.


Jubilee clears seven aspirants for Kajiado Central primaries

Jubilee coalition Thursday cleared seven candidates to contest for the primaries in the Kajiado Central by-election to determine their best candidate for the seat. Five of those members are from TNA and two from URP.

January 24th is the official date set for the primaries while March 16th is the by-election date. The candidates are; Leina Mpoke, Patrick Tutui, Elijah Memusi Kanchori, Antony Kiroken and Joyce Kimonjino of TNA, Lemaron Nkaato and Stephen Nkabashi of URP.

The seat was left vacant after the member of parliament Joseph Nkaissery was appointed Interior Cabinet Secretary

We are sorry for Bondo heckling, ODM apologises to Uhuru

The heckling of Defence CS Raychelle Omamo at Fidel Odinga’s funeral was “undeserving and unfortunate”, ODM Secretary General Ababu Namwamba has said.

Namwamba apologised on behalf of ODM to President Uhuru Kenyatta whose condolence message Omamo was forced to cut short.

A section of mourners booed Omamo nearly tearing her statement when they got onto the podium.

“Even if we are not party to this, I want to apologise to the President that he did not deserve that after supporting the programmes when we were preparing for Fidel’s burial.”

Namwamba said the “unappealing scenes and hostility” at the funeral of a person who unified parties were uncalled for.

“Since Fidel’s death we have been drumming up and amplifying the spirit of tolerance and accommodation which has been manifest even from the President when he attended the requiem mass,” Namwamba said.

“The President was more accommodative and even gave us a lot of support as we arranged for burial. For anyone to behave in a manner that appears to humiliate the President is shameful and completely out of order.”

He said the hecklers owe Raila an apology for causing disturbance while he mourned his son.

ODM further asked Jubilee to accept the spirit of dialogue “not as an event but as a culture” in which leaders cross ranks to consult on matters of national interest.

“We are not talking of an event over a cup of tea. The culture of dialogue places obligation on all of us – the opposition and even more premium on government – to demonstrate goodwill and commitment to consult,” Namwamba said.


Public viewing of Fidel’s body set for today at Lee

A public viewing of Fidel Odinga’s body will be held today at the Lee Funeral home from 2pm to 4pm. A requiem mass is slated for Thursday at the All Saints Cathedral before his burial at Kang’o Kajaramogi farm in Bondo,on Saturday.

Speaking to the press on Monday, Joe Kager who is the family spokesman urged the public to mourn the son of Cord leader Raila Odinga honourably and respectfully. Fidel died at this Karen home on Sunday after a night out.


ODM blames IEBC for botched nomination exercise, demands extension

ODM has written to the IEBC seeking an extension of the Homa Bay by election nomination exercise by two weeks.

This follows botched nominations for the senatorial by-elections held by ODM at the County Assembly after Homa Bay youths disrupted the exercise protesting the imposition of candidates. The youths destroyed ballot boxes and warned exercise coordinator Peter Adoyo of dire consequences if a candidate was imposed on them. Three people have been arrested so far following the chaos.

ODM has blamed the IEBC for the abortive exercise.

The party’s director of communication Philip Etale said the IEBC failed in its mandate to assist political parties to carry out a proper nominations exercise for the vacate Homa Bay Senate seat.

Citing a statement signed by Betty Nyabuto, the commission’s acting CEO, Etale said parties were given only two weeks to carry out the exercise. He said, in the past political parties have been given ample time to prepare for the nominations.

“Good examples are Makueni, Bungoma and Siaya by-elections last year. parties are given a 21-day notice to prepare for a by-election during which they can invite aspirants to apply, fill the forms, pay the requisite amount of money, ballot papers printed, clerks, presiding officers and returning officer recruited and trained then nomination exercise is conducted across the county by universal suffrage. The time given by the IEBC for the Homa Bay Senatorial seat was short and untenable by the Commission.” Etale said.

Etale further said that going by the IEBC’s letter, the Commission has treated the Homa Bay exercise “so casually and unprofessionally.”


Bishop Wanjiru decamps to TNA from ODM

Former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru on Wednesday decamped to TNA from the ODM party and announced that she will contest the Nairobi governor seat on the party’s ticket.

The move will arguably change Nairobi’s political landscape given that other leading politicians in the TNA fold in Nairobi including Starehe MP Maina Kamanda and Senator Mike Sonko are eying the same seat on the same party’s ticket.

Wanjiru is the first senior politician in Nairobi to ditch ODM for its rival party. Speaking after she was received by TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo and Executive Director Joseph Mathai respectively, she accused Kidero of spending millions of shillings meant for Nairobi’s development on harambees in Nyanza.

“Today we send a clear message to non-performing Nairobi governor; you will earn a salary every month despite the fact that you do not deliver services to Nairobians. Mr. Governor are more concerned about developing Nyanza than Nairobi where we elected you,” she said.


Homa Bay ODM official attacked by youths for endorsing Raila for senate seat

A section of Homa Bay youths attacked acting county ODM chair Monica Amollo on Monday as she tried to endorse Raila for the Senate seat.

The youths attacked Amollo at Homa Bay Tourist hotel where she led several delegates in the botched endorsement.

Amollo however denied that the incident occurred at a press briefing at the ODM office in Homa Bay town.

“Looking at me, do you think I can be chased from a hotel? I just went for breakfast but I do not know about the incident,” posed Amollo.

Amollo and the delegates endorsed Raila as a suitable candidate for the seat during the press briefing.

In a statement read by ODM’s Kasipul Kabondo branch secretary general, Ronix Odida, the delegates argued that Raila as senator would protect the devolution he championed.

Raila however declined to vie for the seat at a press conference in Nairobi on Monday, saying he wants to concentrate on “the bigger task” of revamping ODM.


Drama as woman claiming to be Kajwang’s wife ejected from Lee Funeral Home

A woman claiming to the wife of the late Homa Bay senator Otieno Kajwang’ has been ejected from the Lee Funeral Home by the family members.

The woman only identified as Faith, stormed the facility saying that she too has a right to view the body of the late senator who died of what is suspected to be a heart attack on Tuesday evening at Mater Hospital.

At the same time ODM youths who have been camped at the funeral home since early morning wanted to storm into the morgue saying that the results which were to be released at 10am Friday morning were being delayed with.

Family members of the late senator have however managed to calm down the rowdy youth and called for patience as the procedure is concluded.


Luo elders ‘identify’ Raila successor

One faction of the Luo Council of Elders Monday announced that it had identified a person they hope will succeed opposition leader Raila Odinga. Chairman Willis Otondi said they have already identified a “shrewd leader capable of fitting in Raila’s shoes”.

“We have already reached consensus on a politician whom we deem able to take up the leadership of the Luo community after Raila,” Otondi said.

This came as Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero said that his presidential ambition was unstoppable, despite opposition from some politicians in Nyanza. Kidero said his bid for the presidency is irreversible as he has “what it takes to lead Kenya”, using the opportunity to defend his many harambees in the region.

“The harambees we are doing are aimed at boosting development. Those questioning where some of us get money should keep theirs in their pockets,” Kidero said.

Otondi is known to be close to Raila and has been leading a faction of the Luo Council of Elders while Riaga Ogalo leads another faction that now backs Kidero for President.


MPs tell Kidero to stop harambees and do work

A group of Nairobi TNA MPs yesterday asked Governor Evans Kidero to concentrate on work instead of conducting harambees in Nyanza.

The MPs who were meeting in Nairobi said that while Nairobi residents are facing many challenges, the Governor is busy fundraising for another county. They said Kidero should have vied at a county in Nyanza if that is where his heart lies. The group said Kidero should stop neglecting Nairobi.

The MPs said Kidero should know that Nairobi residents are also in need of aid and he should concentrate his harambees in the county.

TNA secretary general Onyango Oloo said: “Kidero should stop taking Nairobi people for a ride. They pay his salary, but he prefers to help and spend time in Nyanza. He had a chance to vie in Nyanza. His attempts to help his old schoolmates and villagers at the expense of Nairobians is a very ill conceived idea.” Kidero has been conducting harambees in Nyanza, a move that has also put him at crossroads with his own party ODM.


ODM fines MCA’s sh 100,000 for attacking Magerer

ODM has ordered 45 Nairobi MCAs who attacked executive director Magerer Langat to pay the party a collective fine of Sh100,000.

The decision followed a meeting by the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) on Tuesday.

NEC also formed a committee to look into the allegations levelled against Magerer. The committee is headed by lawyer Fred Achock, Farah Malim, Senator Harold Kipchumba and Mombasa women’s rep Mishi Mboko.

The NEC meeting was chaired by party leader Raila Odinga with Secretary general Anyang’ Nyong’, nominated senator Agnes Zani, Mathare MP Stephen Kariuki, and Migori women’s rep Dennitah Ghati in attendance.

Nyong’o said NEC will censure the MCAs despite their apology to the party over the incident

Magerer was on Thursday forcibly ejected from a party meeting at Orange House by a group of Nairobi MCAs. The group stormed the meeting, roughed him up and ejected him as Raila, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and MPs looked on in disbelief.

The MCAs, who seemed well organised, pounced on Magerer soon after the meeting began. The progress made on the Okoa Kenya referendum push was one of the matters to be discussed.

On realising what was going on, Raila personally instructed the head of his security detail to call officers from the Kilimani police station, who arrived in time to save Magerer.

The MCAs appeared unfazed by Raila’s presence. They were accompanied by rowdy ODM youth allegedly part of the so called Men in Black squad that sabotaged the party’s convention and elections on February 28.

They accused Magerer, a former assistant minister, of being a Jubilee mole leaking secrets to parties in competition with ODM and working against the party’s interests.

Source :The Star

ODM lawmakers back Raila for 2017

Close allies of ODM leader Raila Odinga on Tuesday vowed to fight off an attempt by some of their colleagues to prevent the former Prime Minister from running again for President.

Led by Suna East MP Junet Mohammed, the MPs and a senator accused those behind the plot of being used by the party’s enemies to create trouble within the organisation.

“Raila is like Mandela. He represents an ideology and we all know what he has stood for, despite the many years he suffered under President Moi. What do those who want to replace him stand for?

“To have a lot of money is not the only criterion you need to run for President. We will continue to campaign for Raila to become Kenya’s President in the next election even if it means that he goes for only one term,” said Junet.

A dozen legislators who include Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka told the Star on Monday that the best way for Cord to beat Jubilee is for Raila to hang up his boots and throw his support behind another candidate.

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Bishop Wanjiru talks of Raila betrayal, calls ODM leaders untrustworthy

Former Starehe MP Bishop Margaret Wanjiru has finally opened up about her turbulent times in ODM, after she was barred from running for the Nairobi governor’s seat.

Wanjiru, a former assistant minister in the coalition government, said she was humiliated by the party she had fiercely defended, after ODM chose to support the current governor Evans Kidero.

Wanjiru called ODM leaders, led by party leader Raila Odinga, untrustworthy. She said the party betrayed her and all the work she had put in to build the party’s base in Nairobi.

“The Nairobi governorship was mine and it remains mine,” the bishop said.

Wanjiru was speaking during St Paul University’s 23rd graduation ceremony at the main campus in Limuru on Friday where 1,800 students graduated. She graduated with a degree in leadership and management.

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