It is make or break for Kalonzo Musyoka; make if he makes sound timely and decisive political moves and break if he, as usual, dithers and fumbles until his political value depreciates and he becomes damaged goods to be disposed off at throwaway price after elections.
The former VP who has been in the political Siberia for eight years is now one of the most sought-after political players to strike coalition deals with. On the one side, Uhuru Kenyatta is going out of his way to woo Kalonzo to his side while on the other hand William Ruto is going out all broke to ensure that he has Kalonzo on his side.
As things stand, Kalonzo seems to imply that Uhuru’s is the buttered side even as most of his political base in Ukambani as a community feels Ruto’s side is the buttered one given that Ruto has made numerous trips in the region doing development projects and leaving the locals all smiles while Uhuru has not been to the region on development mission since election. What’s more? Talk that Uhuru is hellbent on succeeding himself as powerful prime minister is not working in favour of Kalonzo-Uhuru alliance as locals are of the view that Uhuru has become too unpopular to win even an MCA seat and so throwing their lot with him would be losing the race before it started.
It is against this background that many Kambas see their hopes of being in power in a Ruto-Kalonzo alliance. After having backed Raila Odinga for two elections which they say is like milking a bull, Kambas feel that it time to look for a new route to State House.
Indeed, none other than the Wiper party leader himself is leading the crafting a new alliance ahead of 2022 with focus now on populous Mount Kenya bloc. Kalonzo has severed links with the former prime minister and is now keen on building alliances with other political players now that he has realised winning with Raila has become near impossible. The Wiper party leader who is now 67 has remained in political margins since 2013 owing to his decision to back Raila is scheming to be on the winning side.
After the recent census that shows Kamba votes stand at over 2 million, it has dawned to all that the community is no longer a “top-up” of other’s baskets but is a basket in its own right. Another calculated move by Kalonzo is his backing of the BBI that amongst others seeks to expand the executive by creating more positions.
It was not lost to observers that Kalonzo was the first person to point out that the BBI report released at Bomas was “mean to the prime minister” and as such was supposed to be retouched to come up with a prime minister who was adequately bestowed with power to differentiate him or her from MP.
Those close to Kalonzo say he is eyeing either prime minister or presidency come 2022 and has formed a team of advisers to work out on the same. Once the BBI report is safely in place as law, it is said, it is when Kalonzo will show out his true colours and stake his claims to topmost seat or do political horse-trading with whoever will be in tandem to his interests.
The new Kalonzo power strategy team is led by Peter Muthoka. The tycoon who was the face of Jubilee in Ukambani since 2013 and helped in financing Jubilee activities in the region is now tilting towards Kalonzo and was introduced by Kalonzo to Ukambani leaders at a meeting held at his farm in Yatta last month.
The emergence of Muthoka in Kalonzo camp has neutralised the influence of former Machakos senator Johnson Muthama who had been Kalonzo financier and resources mobiliser. Muthoka is close to Uhuru and during at Kalonzo’s home in Yatta last month he promised to bankroll Kalonzo. To confirm that he is a force to reckon with in Ukambani politics Muthoka splashed over Sh7 million to leaders who attended the meeting including church bishops who graced the occasion.
The move by Kalonzo to bring on board Muthoka did not go down well with Muthama who was rooting for a Ruto-Kalonzo alliance. Those close to Kalonzo are of the opinion that Ruto should directly reach out to Kalonzo other than using Muthama.
The Ruto-Kalonzo talk has also the backing of MPs from Ukambani allied to Tanga Tanga. Those backing Ruto in the region and are hoping Kalonzo joins him for their survival include MPs Victor Munyaka of Machakos Town, Vincent Musyoka, Mwala, Nimrod Mbai, Kitui East and Fabian Kyule of Kangundo.
To prove that Kalonzo is keen on the outcome of the BBI, he has seconded a team of close allies and confidantes as members of the technical committee. The team of four members is led by Jackson Kalla.
The secret Kalonzo team is still working on modalities on either aligning himself with Mount Kenya ahead of 2022 or broker a deal with Ruto. Apart from technocrats the team has MPs loyal to Kalonzo and top clergy from the region who are working on his 2022 strategy. Muthama who has played key role in the last three elections has been left out in the team with Kalonzo now working with new faces.
The team has Muthoka as its patron. Muthoka and Muthama do not see-eye-to-eye since 2013 where each was leading different presidential campaigns. While Muthama was backing Raila for presidency including financing him, Muthoka was leading Uhuru’s machinery in the region.
Muthama’s fallout with Kalonzo is attributed to the fact that he has been working hard to have Kalonzo rally behind Raila as his running mate as opposed to the feeling of Kambas who have always demanded that Raila backs Kalonzo for the top seat.
On top of having a foothold in Central using Uhuru, Kalonzo is also working on other regions especially the Coast where he is now out to use his party chairman Ali Mwakwere to penetrate. It is actually said that another reason Ruto is finding Kalonzo appealing is the fact he can have him bag a sizeable coastal vote from the indigenous Mijikenda who are now rebelling against Ali Joho for sacrificing the city of Mombasa to Wabara by his support of to the law that goods from the port being transported on SGR and his support for inland port that has left Mombasa economically a shell.
In the Ruto-Kalonzo lineup, Agriculture minister Mwangi Kiunjuri is the vice president, Mwakwere deputy prime minister that will be under Kalonzo, Meru region is being offered the speaker’s position while Western has Ken Lusaka for one of the top positions either DPM or VC to woo the populous Bukusu vote most that went to Jubilee. Aden Duale is to be the State House Comptroller. Duale has himself said that he will run in elections but if Ruto wins the presidency, he will resign to go work at State House.
Kindiki Kithure is also being considered for a big seat to take care of Mt Kenya East.
Going by this, it would seem that BBI that Uhuru and Raila mooted to finish Ruto has become a double-edged sword that cuts both ways.
How sick Catholic priest gave sacrament – Weekly Citizen
When Catholic priest Father Richard Oduor decided to preside over a burial ceremony on March 14 2020 in Ugunja subcounty, Siaya county little did he know the national heat it was bound to generate.
For now, mourners numbering to 148 have been tracked and placed under isolation.
The priest attended a relative’s funeral in Ambira area and served the Holy Communion to mourners and held talks with a priest friend in Sega.
Fathers Bosco Kamau and Anthony-Mario Egbunonu from the Utawala Parish interacted with him.
A press statement by Nairobi Utawala parish reads in part, “We allowed him back on condition he would self-quarantine for 14 days. On his arrival on Monday, March 16, we immediately took him to a room at the back of the parish compound, formerly a store, and isolated him there. We never allowed him to say any mass in the Holy Family parish or the Outstation of St Patrick’s a Mavoko,” the parish said in a statement..
“On Saturday, March 21, after fever and vomiting, Fr Richard was taken to Mbagathi Hospital where yesterday we were informed that he tested positive for Covid-19,” the statement said.
Father Oduor has taken responsibility for his actions and is informing the authorities of all the people he met, the parish said.
A multi-agency team, comprising health workers, and national government administrative officers have since been dispatched to track the contacts of a Catholic priest.
At the same time, three people have been put on forced quarantine at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu after they failed to observe self-quarantine regulations for Kenyans jetting back into the country.
The three who jetted into the country from Dubai on March 16, 17 and 20 respectively travelled by public means from Nairobi to Migori and Kisii respectively to renew their passports. The burial has left many residents in counties of Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Busia, Vihiga, Kakamega and Nairobi worried. In Kisumu, the priest spends several hours at Kisumu hotel. Already, many of the staff at Kisumu hotel are living in fear after four other colleagues that closely interacted with Father Oduor were placed under mandatory self-quarantine.
Fr Oduor according to his passport travelled from Rome-Italy entering Kenya via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on March 12 2020.
At JKIA, his temperature after test was found to be normal. A source close to Fr Oduor revealed to your favourite Weekly Citizen, the result made him sigh with relief as he was worried after having been in coronavirus hotbed Italy.
The results were a blessing to Oduor who immediately decided to embark on his mission in the country. What he failed to understand was the fact that despite his temperature results at JKIA showing normality, he was required to undergo a 14-days mandatory self quarantine.
Weekly Citizen has information, the state’s main concern has been, once one arrives in the country and is tested normal temperature at any entry point; they tend to forego the 14 days self-quarantine mandatory.
The cases have been profiled across the country. Apart from Fr Oduor, a nun in Makueni who travelled from Spain was forcibly isolated after she failed to self-quarantine herself.
She arrived on March 18 at JKIA and was received by her father, mother and two sisters. With her also was a Machakos nurse.
After a tipoff by members of public, the state administrators forced her into self-quarantine. Due to her interaction, 37 people have been placed under forced quarantine in Makueni.
Another case is that of Samson Rutto, a Kenyan athlete. He was forced out of a public service vehicle at Mau Summit, Nakuru county. Crime, he had landed at JKIA on March 22, screened and decided to travel to Eldoret, Uasin Gishu.
Passengers’ concern was that, Rutto was boasting of his trip to India and back with someone on mobile phone. He was arrested and quarantined at Nakuru Institute.
Then we have Kilifi deputy governor saga. The office of Kilifi deputy is a cursed one so they say. In December 2018, former deputy governor Kennety Kombo was shot dead by gunmen at his Nyali residence in Mombasa.
This time round, the current deputy is in the news. Gideon Saburi was forced to undergo quarantine after testing positive for the Covid-19 virus.
After his return from Germany, Saburi decided to endanger other people’s lives. He engaged his boss governor Amason Kingi and conducted official county duties.
With the disease, Saburi visited Cafesserie joint, located at City Mall, Mombasa and was with county officials at Rabai, Kilifi and attended funeral at Dandora in Kamba-Ribe ward.
Then we have the case of 19- year-old student who flew from Switzerland landing at JKIA.
Using Fly540 he laned at Kisumu International Airport and then decided to use a PSV to Mumias.
Feeling sick, he checked into St Mary’s Hospital Mumias and then to Bungoma Life-Care Hospital.
He was at Bungoma Hospital with relatives. He was transferred to Mbagathi Hospital and tested positive.
Panic as Kenyan MP Mwamkale tests positve corona virus – Weekly Citizen
Panic has gripped National Assembly with 38 MPs and a number of Parliamentary Service Commission staff being ordered to self isolation after they came in contact with Rabai MP Kamoti Mwamkale.The mp has tested positive for covid-19.
Clerk of the National Assembly Michael Sialai, has submitted the MPs’ names to the Health ministry for testing, and wants them quarantined for 14 days.
“We asked all the Members, especially Members of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and the Delegated Legislation Committee, who interacted with Hon Kamoti to go for self–isolation,” the clerk has said.
Parliamentary reports indicate, the MP attended meetings of the two committees. Sialai, however, said none of the MPs had shown any symptoms of Covid-19.Further, MPs who attended the burial of Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori on March 9 will undergo after close contact with Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi who is undergoing treatment for the disease. Saburi is positive.
Funyula MP Wilberforce Oudo, a Member of the Delegated Legislation commit-tee, confirmed that he had been on self-quarantine as a precautionary measure following reports that one of their col-leagues had tested positive.“I have been on self-isolation since March 17, today marks the 14th day. I have not developed any symptoms of the corona virus. I am well,” Oudo said.
The two committees with a combined membership of 38, held a joint sitting on March 17 in the presence of Kamote, who is a member of the Justice and Legal Affairs team.
Makueni MP Dan Maanzo, who is a Member of the Delegated Legislation Committee, confirmed that he had been called by officials of the Ministry of Health who asked him to self-isolate.“Fortunately I did not attend that particular meeting. I responded to all the questions concerning my health but told them I did not interact with Kamoti,” said Maanzo.
Waihenya Ndirangu (Roysambu) mp although committee member, did not attend the meeting. According to Ndirangu, the situation could be deadly had Kamoti sat through the meeting. According to Ndirangu, luckily Kamoti came in the meeting late and found those present winding up.
Baringo North MP William Cheptumo is the chairman of Justice and Legal Affairs Committee with Uasin Gishu Woman Rep Gladys Shollei in charge of Delegated Legislation committee. Kamoti, who is the first mp to to test positive, after enjoying time with Kilifi Deputy Governor Saburi.
Mps who attended Dori burial are Senators Mohammed Faki (Mombasa), Issa Juma Boy (Kwale), MPs Ali Mbogo (Kisauni), Omar Mwinyi (Changamwe), Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga), Benjamin Tayari (Kinango) and Kassim Tandaza (Matuga). National Assembly Leader of Minority John Mbadi and ODM secretary General Edwin Sifuna.
Kamoti tested positive for corona virus at Premier Hospital, in Nyali Mombasa where he had been forced to quarantine after coming into contact with Saburi who is at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi.
NIS secret report on Mmust management crisis – Weekly Citizen
The decision by government to name a new team to manage Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology council was based on debriefs by state security agencies.
The appointments were done via a gazette notice signed by Education cabinet secretary George Magoha
The new council members are under strict instructions to fill top management slots at Mmust that
have no substantive office bearers.
Prof Asenath Sigot, the current vice chancellor is acting. A secret report by National Intelligence
Services on state of affairs at Mmust seen by Weekly Citizen has linked tribalism, more-so the Luhya factor as being the major headache. Blamed are union officials who instead of fighting for their members’ rights engage in pushing for tribal appointments for top varsity management.
The report further reveals that the fights even trickle down to Luhya subtribes of Abakakamega,
Babukusu, Bavihiga all out to run the institution.
The former late VC Fredrick Otieno, despite being a Luhya from Mumias, according to the report was
thought to be a Luo due to his name.
He died due to pressure and frustration and was buried at Riat Hills in Kisumu county where he had bought land in the location as any Kenyan can do. Family members say, if Otieno had opted to ply his trade in South Africa where the family is, he would still be alive.
To perfect witch-hunting activities according to NIS report, a section of the staff claim to be whistle blowers by involving Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission, DCI and other state agencies including courts creating panic and fear in management.
VC Sigot’s three deputies have been acting for more than a year. Patrick Ojera is acting DVC, Administration and Finance. Bernadette Sabuni acting DVC Academic and Students affairs and Charles Mutai, acting DVC Research and Innovation. Vincent Chibini is acting librarian.
The NIS report also reveals tribalism being rampant at the institution departments and top offices. Deans and chairpersons of departments are holding positions in acting capacities.
The report calls for dismantling of tribalism at the management apex including, offices of VCs, composition of university council members and election of union officials based on articulation of members’ rights but not tribal demi-gods.
Jane Mutua has been named the council chairperson for a period of three years. Other council members who have been appointed include Consumer Federation of Kenya secretary general Stephen Mutoro, Connie Mogaka, Joshua Ogango and Gad Kiragu. Only Mutoro who ran for Bungoma governorship race 2017 on ANC ticket is a Luhya. Mutoro’s name has featured prominently in management wars at University of Nairobi as consumer body filed cases challenging leadership appointments.
“The cabinet secretary of Education appoints Dr Mutua as the chairperson of the council for a period of three years with effect from March 10 2020,” read part of the gazette notice.
Mutua was the chairperson of Pwani University council. She succeeds Jeremy Bundi, whose term
ended on March 10 and who was at war with the late Prof Otieno. Mutua was named to the position by former Education cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed, but Labour Relations and Industrial
Court revoked her appointment after the Kenya University Staff Union argued that the appointment was
The new council has been tasked with overseeing a leadership transition at the institution, where
most of the management positions are occupied by individuals in an acting capacity.
Workers at the institution have been threatening to down their tools if Magoha does not appoint VC and
Kenya Universities Staff Union, Masinde Muliro chapter argues that the vacancies are affecting implementation of key projects.
The process of appointing a new VC to replace the late Otieno hit a snag after one of the candidates moved to court to challenge the decision by the Public Service Commission to drop his name from those shortlisted for interviews for the position.
Kusu officials are secretary Ronald Wamalwa and chairman Onzere Mulongo all Luhyas.
Going by the report, an outsider is bound to land the VC slot for harmony.
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