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Details of BBI report fierce fights – Weekly Citizen

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Two opposing camps are emerging within the building bridges initiatives ahead of the planned referendum slated for this year. One camp which refers to itself as BBI original claims to be the brains behind the report and the handshake politics between Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga.

The BBI originals argue that ever since the BBI was started, they have been supporting it to the chagrin of those initially opposed to it. In fact, the BBI originals claim they started Kieleweke faction and Embrace Kenya Women to market BBI that was facing stiff challenge from those against it.

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Insiders now claim that they want to bring together Kieleweke that was out to tell Kenyans that BBI was to address a number of burning political, economic and social issues from the onset and Embrace Kenya Women to work under the banner of BBI originals referred to as BBI hijackers.

The camp rotates around William Ruto allies spearheaded by leader of the majority in the Senate Kipchumba Murkomen. They were initially opposed to the BBI but of late, they have toned down. They moved around the country earning the Tanga Tanga tag. The women support wing was Inua Mama Initiative.

In Rift Valley, BBI originals have been mandated by powerful individuals at State House and Office of the President to coordinate BBI activities on the ground to tame the BBI hijackers.

Mid last month, the BBI originals in Rift Valley held a meeting at Maasai Lodge in Kajiado to counter one held by BBI hijackers in Naivasha. The two rival camps held the meetings on the same day.

BBI originals’ meeting was attended by Elgeyo Marakwet govenor Alex Tolgos, Cherangany MP Joshua Kuttuny, former Bomet governor Isaac Ruto, Kajiado East MP Peris Tobiko, ODM nominated MP and Knut secretary general Wilson Sossion among others.

Kanu chairman Gideon Moi who is also the Baringo senator did not attend the meeting due to the declining health of his father, former president Daniel arap Moi.

The BBI originals in the Rift Valley are mostly rebel MPs, governors, former MPs and politicians.

Elgeyo Marakwet governor Tolgos has joined the anti-Ruto camp due to what is said to be Senator Murkomen’s influence around the DP. Murkomen is a key player in the DP’s kitchen cabinet and has locked out Tolgos who has nothing to lose particularly if he fights Ruto’s presidential bid given that he is doing his second and last term as governor.

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Tolgos has joined other powerful politicians in anti-Ruto camp that has tycoons David Langat, Zedekiah Bundotich Buzeki, Zakayo Cheruiyot former powerful PS in the Moi era, former cabinet ministers Musa Sirma, Franklin Bett, Henry Kosgey and Sally Kosgei. Others are Micah Kigen, a one-time PA of dead Nicholas Biwott, ex-Mandeleo ya Wanawake chairlady Zipporah Kittony.

Kuttuny who at one time served as an adviser to president Uhuru Kenyatta is said to be the link between the anti-Ruto faction and powerful civil servants surrounding Uhuru.

On the other side, Senator Gideon Moi pushes for the BBI originals.

Fear in BBI hijackers faction is that BBI is one of the strategies being used to block Ruto’s presidential bid 2022. To avoid such political scenario, the hijackers have decided to change tact and soften the hard stance initially taken.

The BBI hijackers faction now wants the report taken to the masses and want it implemented both in parliament and via a referendum.

The BBI hijackers in Rift Valley apart from Murkomen has Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri, Marakwet East MP Kangogo Bowen, Caleb Kositany (Soy), Oscar Sudi (Kapsabet), Joseph Kirui (Kipkelion East), Hillary Kosgey (Kipkelion West) Joseph Mutai (Bureti), Nelson Koech (Belgut), and Bernard Koros (Sigowet/Soin).

In Bomet, BBI hijackers has Dominic Koskei (Sotik), Gideon Koskei (Chepalungu), Beatrice Kones (Bomet East), Ronald Tanui (Bomet Central) and Leonard Tonui (Konoin).

In Baringo, women MP Gladwell Cheruiyot and Taity MP William Kamket are for Senator Moi as the BBI originals. The BBI hijackers in Baringo are Moses Lessonet (Eldama Ravine) Daniel Tuitok (Mogotio), Grace Kipchoim (Baringo South) and John Kandie (Baringo Central).

In Nakuru county, the Kikuyu factor is playing out with politicians in the county preferring to work with their Kalenjin counterparts in Rift Valley to avoid any political eventuality.

Whereas Nakuru governor Lee Kinyanjui is close to Moi family, Senator Susan Kihika and local MPs Raymond Moi elected on Kanu ticket, Jubilee MPs Francis Kiamni (Molo), Charity Kathambi (Njoro), Jayne Kihara (Naivasha), Martha Wangari (Gilgil), Joseph Tonui (Kuresoi South), Moses Cheboi (Subukia), Samuel Gikaria (Nakuru Town East) and Njunguri (Bahati) are linked to BBI hijackers.

Back to Nandi and Uasin Gishu county’s politics, talk is rife that a number of MPs are playing it safe.

Only recently, feeling pressure on the ground is the Uasin Gishu women representative Gladys Shollei decided to embrace DP Ruto camp.

Senator Margaret Kamar of Uasin Gishu is rarely seen in public. MPs said to be playing chameleon politics are Swarup Mishra (Kesses), Cornel Serem (Aldai), Alexander Kosgey (Emgwen), Julius Kibiwott (Tinderet) and Vincent Tuwei (Mosop), William Chepkut (Ainamoi), and Janet Sitienei (Turbo).

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Unlike Sudi and Kositany, who have openly firing political guns to defend Ruto, others are accused of being fence sitters..

Rebel Kalenjin MP Alfred Keter (Nandi Hills), and Silas Kipkoech Tiren (Moiben) are also of late not vocal as before.

In Narok, Governor Samuel Tanui, a close ally of of DP is among BBI hijackers. Another vocal face in the region is ODM MP Moitalel Ole Kenta.

 

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Professional mourners,pickpockets invade Moi funeral service at parliament – Weekly Citizen

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Professional mourners and pickpockets are having a field day as thousands of Kenyans present themselves at the parliament grounds to view the body of the late retired President Daniel Moi.

The heavy presence of professional mourners, pickpockets is expected to be a security concerns for the next three days and would probably climax on Tuesday when the body would be taken to Nyayo stadium, the venue of the National Memorial Service.

Thousands of Kenyans on Saturday morning formed long queues along the City Hall Way waiting to enter Parliament grounds to view the body.

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Mzee Moi  body was ferried to Parliament grounds on a military truck with his casket was draped with the Kenyan flag as it made its way from the Lee Funeral Home to through Valley Road.

President Uhuru Kenyatta and the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta made their way to Parliament at around 10:20am and were the first people to view the body.

The Deputy President and other dignitaries also got a chance to view the body before members of the public were allowed to proceed.

 

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Kisumu bodas call for demos against Governor Nyong’o – Weekly Citizen

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A section of boda boda operators in Kisumu county has vowed to vote against Kisumu governor Anyang’ Nyong’o come 2022 should he defend his seat.

The riders have lambasted the governor of not living to his promise of not taxing them as one of his campaign pledges in 2017 when he was seeking to wrestle the seat from then Governor Jack Ranguma.

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They are now planning a demonstration on February 14 as his Valentine’s gift. They have invited Senator Fred Outa to grace the occasion.

Nyong’o during his campaign trails told the boda b oda operators on several occasions that he was not for introducing any tax to them or evicting them from Kisumu central business district as claimed by a section of Nyong’o’s, opponents who were equally campaigning on a platform that if elected as governor, he would drive the boda boda away from the city center.

Nyong’o even coined a song titled “Jamriambo” meaning a liar, while telling the public that those opponents propagating that he would chase away the boda boda operators from the CBD were liars who had nothing to offer for the electorates.

Addressing the press in Kisumu to register their predicament over the move by the county government to tax them Sh500 every month per boda boda operator, they said the county government is not offering them any tangible service that warrants it to charge tax.

The operators claim that they have just been victims of circumstances and have been caught between the political storm pitting the governor and some Kisumu county political leaders on the other.

They claim that after the Kisumu county women representative Rosa Buyu came up with a project to help the boda boda riders uplift their livelihoods by providing them with motorbikes while only paying Sh25,000 and the boda boda rider was to pay Sh300 daily and in the end after making the entire payment would later possess the motorbike for good.

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This move is said to have made the governor panic thinking that this was a ploy to score politically by those whom had fallen out with him politically in what was known as Team Kali which was his campaign team ahead of 2017 general election.

It is against this that the governor is said to have crafted ways of wanting to tax the boda boda operators with an aim of chasing them from the CBD should they fail to comply with the law.

A number of Team Kali campaigners who stuck with the governor and are now out and they include Outa who is the governor’s mentor turned tormentor, former chief of staff Ouya Kalausi among others.

They disagreed with Nyong’o after he was accused of mismanaging the county affairs where Senator Outa during the funeral service of the six youths from Nyando who were brutally murdered in Bumala in Busia county in November last year told the governor to his face that he was sleeping on the job while cartels were plundering the county coffers dry with impunity.

The boda boda operators have vowed to teach the governor a lesson come elections where he is expected to defend his seat.

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Kisumu bar owners furious over KBL faulty beer coolers – Weekly Citizen

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Bar owners in Kisumu and its environs now plot a boycott against Kenya Breweries Limited products over what they term as poor customer service that has seen faulty fridges dumped in the region.
Some of the bar owners while narrating their ordeal to Weekly Citizen pointed that most fridges supplied in the region are faulty and rarely operates for two months before breaking down after each repair service.
They noted that the development had impacted negatively on sales as most customers prefer cold beer.
A spot check by our under cover team in Kisumu revealed that KBL fridges in most entertainment joints at the Lakeside city have been abandoned and empty.
Kenya Breweries Limited competitors are said to be harvesting bountifully from the fridge crisis that has hit Kisumu as a number of customers rapidly shift their loyalty to other brands Sierra, Heinken, among others from the neighbouring Ugansda served in modern reliable fridges.

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Similarly, management of once top joints in the City, Club Barcadia and Janam had bitterly complained following an awful experience with KBL fridges before they respectively closed doors.
However independent investigations point that the experience could be a result of what’s suspected to be a questionable deal between crook officials within KBL and local contractors responsible for repair of fridges in the region.
The bar owners have demanded immediate intervention from the company’s top management intervention to arrest the matter before it spiraled out of control.

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