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Inside 2022 Kilifi governor’s race – Weekly Citizen

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Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa has already hit the ground running in effort to position herself for the Kilifi county governorship seat campaigns now three years away.
Governor Amason Kingi who will be going home after his two terms has remained mum about his preferred successor, leaving the contest wide open.

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In a similar fashion as William Ruto whom she has endorsed for the presidency in 2022, the Malindi legislator has been using church functions in the county as a platform to declare her bid and lob broadsides against her opponents.
Jumwa is also grooming potential aspirants for MCAs and MPs in all the seven constituencies in the county. The constituencies are Malindi, Kilifi North, Kilifi South, Magarini, Kaloleni, Rabai and Ganze.
In Malindi, the MP is said to have settled on Arnold Mkare, the Kilifi county secretary as her successor. In Ganze constituency, her person for MP is one Kingi popularly known as Lebanon who is a director of the Industrial Development Bank.

Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro

Aisha’s man will battle it out with Kenneth Kazungu, the county roads chief officer who is being groomed by Governor Kingi to face MP Teddy Mwambire.
Mwambire and the governor have fallen out since the time of the MP’s election petition. The MP’s supporters claim had it not been for Mombasa governor Hassan Joho, the legislator would have lost his seat after Kingi reportedly refused to finance him.
In Kilifi North, Aisha is grooming Grain Bulk Handlers Limited employee Eliud Kalama. And in Kilifi South, she wants Ken Nyale to shelve his senator ambitions and contest the MP’s seat to deal with Ken Chonga who is opposed to her governorship bid. Chonga is a Joho man and at one time, accompanied the governor to pay a visit to retired president Daniel Moi at Kabarak.
In Rabai constituency whose MP is William Kamoti, Aisha’s person to take him on for the seat is Kenga Mupe.

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However, there are fears Mupe is too close to the Mombasa governor and may eventually bolt out.
In Magarini constituency, the Malindi MP is dealing with former MP Harry Kombe and one Nguma, the Knut secretary. Area MP is Michael Kingi who is governor Kingi’s younger brother and who is also eyeing the governor seat to succeed his brother.

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Analysts say that eventually, serious focus will be on Jumwa and Lands chief administrative secretary Gideon Mung’aro. Indeed, Jumwa’s main worry is Mung’aro who contested for the seat in the last general elections on a Jubilee party ticket.
The fear within Aisha’s political camp is that with ODM now co-operating with Jubilee under the handshake arrangement, Mung’aro is likely to be a beneficiary especially if Kingi decides to throw his weight behind him.
In 2013 general elections, Mung’aro played a major role for Kingi’s victory. At the time, Kingi was not well known in the county and Mung’aro is credited for having literally held his hand and introduced him to voters in all corners of Kilifi.
At the same time, it is claimed most of those who surround Kingi today and have benefited

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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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