A series of backroom events in the vast semiarid region of Ukambani in the past few months involving the three governors two of who are serving their final term point to a possible political realigment as the 2022 general elections draw closer.
Most if not all of the events, some of which do not attract media attention as governors Charity Ngilu of Kitui, Kivutha Kibwana, Makueni and Alfred Mutua, Machakos held several strategic meetings in the region have left observers and residents wondering as to which political direction the area would take to come the election day in 2022.
Barely a week after the dominant Wiper party in the region formally announced it had divorced Kibwana by replacing him with former Matuga MP Chirau Mwakwere as the party chairman, Kibwana according to those in the know is said to have held talks with emissaries of William Ruto, over a possible political alliance.
Inside sources told Weekly Citizen in confidence that the meetings between the former constitutional adviser of former president Mwai Kibaki and Ruto colleagues Stephen Sang who is Nandi senator and Paul Chekwony, Kericho discussed a workable strategy to penetrate Ukambani region currently the political bedrock of Kalonzo Musyoka which the DP appears to have given a wide berth since 2017 elections.
According to a close ally of Governor Kibwana, the former law don is rooting for the DP adding that they have been consulting since May this year and was categorical that he will be mobilising grassroot support for the DP across the region going forward.
Recently, Kibwana fell short of endorsing DP’s presidential bid when he joined him for the Turkana cultural festival hosted by Governor Josphat Nanok where he heaped praises on the DP as a man who all senior leaders in the country are ganging up against.
The law professor told the DP to his face that one thing he knew was that those with a mindset that Ruto could be taken for granted or does not matter at all in the country’s political matrix are utterly wrong and must therefore prepare for a rude shock come 2022.
Efforts to get the govenor for a comment were fruitless but an aide who appeared to hit hard at Wiper party leader told Weekly Citizen that the professor has a right like Kalonzo to vie for the presidency and he should therefore not be accused of spoiling for any one’s political ambitions.
At the same time several leaders at grassroots level across the vast region laughed off the idea of the governor rooting for DP Ruto and were clear that the Kamba community have resolved to vote as a block for the Wiper party leader.
They challenged the governor to first pause and handle his alleged identiy crisis and clarified that by all intents and purposes he must decide whether he wants to be the country’s president or Ruto’s running mate or chief campaigner.
They added that whatever decision he makes prior to 2022 must be in aligned to the decision of the community or he be rendered politically irrelevant in the region.
Like his Machakos counterpart Mutua who is doing final term has allegedly been meeting key leaders from various regions in the country under the guise of building bridges and marketing his Maendeleo Chap Chap party even as leaders across the political divide in the region poke holes in his leadership style.
Recently, he met ODM party Raila Odinga with whom, they discussed a wide range of issues including the building bridges initiative the proposed referendum to change the constitution and the 2022 succession politics.
Recently, their Kitui counterpart Charity Ngilu who has cast her lot with women lobby team allied to Kieleweke group backing the handshake and building bridges initiative where they demand gender balance in the proposed expanded executive if it sailed through is currently burning midnight oil to mend fences with Kalonzo lest she scuttles her gubernatorial bid come 2022.
However, political analysits and observers across the three counties are in agreement that whatever direction they decide to take it would be a tall order for them to realise their political ambitions outside Wiper party honchos.
Other key players are Kiema Kilonzo eyeing Kitui governorship. Senator Enock Wambua is close to Kalonzo. Former senator Johnson Muthama is rebranding himself a head of 2022.
Drama as ex-minister Nyachae daughter strips naked in public – Weekly Citizen
A perplexing drama ensued at a city high-end bar in Nairobi when a drunken daughter of a former powerful cabinet minister Simeon Nyachae stripped herself naked.
The chairperson of the women business Kenya chamber of commerce and industry Mary Nyachae braved barrage of abuses from other patrons who were not amused by her behavior.
But instead of expressing remorse, the boastful woman arrogantly reminded her accuses that she was untouchable individual from one of the richest family in Kenya.
What surprised many was when the evidently intoxicated woman told the irked customers and pub attendants to stop getting concerned with her action since after all she was wearing a non offensive white pant.
Her father Nyachae was among a group of prominent investors who held shares in the former CBA Group with 8.6 million shares worth about sh300 million.
She is also a sister to former Constitution of Implementation Commission (CIC) Chair Charles Nyachae.
Charles Nyachae is now a judge at the East African Court of Justice after President Uhuru Kenyatta nominated him following failure to clinch a position in the East Africa Legislative Assembly
Plot to have Mariga defect to ODM – Weekly Citizen
The family of former soccer maestro MacDonald Mariga now wants him to defect from Jubilee deputy president William Ruto’s faction to Raila Odinga led ODM party.
Apart from the family, his supporters are also pressuring him Ruto after a blistering defeat in the recently held Kibra by-election.
The argument is, Kibra is an ODM zone where the population of Luhya community has been instrumental in helping Luos land the slot.
Since the introduction of multi-party politics, the seat has been in hands of Luos as Mps.
The Luhya voters in Kibra want 2022 to be a payback time and to them Mariga being a Luhya must be fronted by ODM.
How top officials loot Afya Sacco – Weekly Citizen
The giant Afya Cooperative Savings and Credit (Sacco) Society’s General Manager and deputy chief executive officer (CEO) Livingstone Sakwa was bundled into indefinite compulsory leave before being sacked after looting hundreds of millions from the society.
Another worst aspect of the emerging scenario is the fact that Sakwa apart from looting the Sacco also took un-secured loans worth hundreds of millions of shillings that he refused to service despite persistent implorations by the board.
The multi-billion shillings Sacco that posted accumulated assets worth more than sh17 billion as at the last financial year-its central management committee (CMC) met immediately after the Sacco’s annual delegates conference (ADC) on April 27 chaired by the chairman Vitalis Lukiri to deliberate on the Sacco’s board of management.
It has emerged that though the entire top management team was on the firing line, right from the chief executive officer Felix Ndoi, his deputy Sakwa and the risk control manager Wycliffe Mwuoria from Meru had to get the first devastating blow before further action is taken on others involved in the scam.
The general manager Sakwa is reported to have presided over the looting of millions of shillings from the society not only for himself but also an inner circle in cahoots with his cronies with his outer circle of close buddies it is estimated that the Sacco lost more than sh500 million.
Though in charge of administration and human resource management at the Sacco, inside sources revealed to the media that Sakwa was a harsh, arrogant, vindictive, un-professional, greedy, high handed, abusive, salacious and an outright ‘’a gutter rat’’.
That though having joined the Sacco in a relatively shorter period of time compared to the other managers, Sakwa had a meteoric rise from scratches to living in the skies where other individuals apart from himself matter.
A senior management official who declined to be named said: ‘’ This character is not just a predator at pilfering, swiping, grabbing, stealing, crude and sophisticated financial fraud, and hoarding the loot but is also worse on the female staff-right from the management to the junior levels’’.
The official said that Sakwa to the Sacco members of staff was a worse terror in the office than Alshabaab or al Qaeda through which he has personally been able to systematically and ruthlessly steal from the society more than sh 550 million as he terrorized the staff to do his bidding or face the sack.
He accused Sakwa of being a man who used his position to get what he wanted right from the skirts in the office all the way to the Sacco’s bank accounts to do is bidding to feed his insatiable greed for both cash and sex.
Though a new comer at the Sacco’s top management level, our source divulging that the man from western Kenya had superseded all the top managers including his boss Felix Ndoi in the rapid accumulation and show of massive wealth including even members of the CMC who employed him in the first place and have been steering the Afya Sacco for decades-today they have nothing to show against Sakwa’s booty.
He said that the biggest irony of the whole business is that the blundering buffoon was brought to Afya Sacco through the influence of Chairman Lukiri who also comes from western Kenya whereas Sakwa comes from Kakamega County-Lukiri comes from the neighbouring Busia county.
‘’This is a matter that virtually everybody in the office cringed and scrivened before him because they thought they were seeing the power and force of the CMC crowned with that of Lukiri-Afya Sacco had become a fiefdom for Sakwa just Germany was for Adolf Hitler before and during the second world war,’’ the source said.
From the proceeds of the loot Sakwa has reportedly built an empire in properties right from the estate of limousines that include Mercedes Benz, prado, pajeros and colonies of muilti-billion shillings real estate properties.
It has emerged that because his chairman does not frequent high class highly expensive dens, Sakwa becomes more the President of the Republic of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta in financial, business in the country.
The estate properties stretch from the most affluent residential estates of Nairobi, its neighbouring Rongai in Kajiado county and Kakamega, Nakuru, Eldoret crowned by all manner of public service vehicles cruising the city and up-country routes.
Socially right from Nairobi city all the way to Kajiado’s Ongata Rongai town, Karen, and up-country, Sakwa, a character who splashes his wealth by taking control of the bar rooms and all services and pays in hard cash-American dollars, the British sterling pounds, the Canadian dollar-crowned by the lousy Kenyan shillings.
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