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Tycoons join battle to control Kalenjin politics after Moi’s death – Weekly Citizen




With the death of retired president Daniel Moi who had taken control of Kalenjin politics since the 1950s, eyes are now on his favourite son, Baringo senator Gideon Moi.

But even as Gideon battles to control region politics, Kalenjin tycoons are scheming to take charge under a third force.

The family at the behest of his late father settled on Gideon as the political head with Rongai MP Raymond Moi as the head according to sources.

Infact it is whispered, a section of the family was against Gideon preferring Raymond. However, Raymond did not want to annoy his late father in grave and that is why he passed the Moi baton to his young brother broad daylight after being given it by Kalenjin elders.

Insiders say Raymond did not want to generate political heat within the family by waiting for the 40 days mourning period to elapse hence the move. Raymond, the Rongai MP even went further to caution Gideon to go full blast politically and stop playing soft politics.

It is said Gideon was lucky in that if his late elder brother Jonathan Moi was alive, he would not have passed the baton to him. Jonathan and Gideon were sworn family enemies with Jonathan leaning towards the mother late Lena while Gideon was Moi favourite. In fact within the family, Gideon is known to get on well with Raymond but at war with brothers Philip and John Mark.

During the preparations to bury the retired president, Gideon wanted to be the family spokesman but was overruled by his brothers and sisters preferring Raymond. It was on these grounds, deputy president William Ruto was allowed to visit Kabarnet Gardens in Kibera to mourn with the family.

With the Moi rungu, Gideon now faces the biggest test as he is set to try wrest control of Kalenjin politics from Ruto.

It is said, during the Baringo South by-election held in August 2018 following the death of Grace Kipchoim who had been elected on a Jubilee party ticket, Gideon did not field a candidate on grounds, with Kanu leaning towards Jubilee, he was going to cause a stir. Further he did not want to annoy his friend president Uhuru Kenyatta. Jubilee was defending the seat in the by-election and won eventually after Kanu chickened out.

Kanu secretary general Nick Salat was not spared after the withdrawal when Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen, one of the deputy president’s key allies in the region dismissed the former ruling party as “inferior and of no consequence in Kalenjin politics”.

The Jubilee candidate Charles Kamuren went on to bag the seat garnering 12,777 votes, with Cynthia Kipchilat of Maendeleo Chap Chap coming second after getting 8,968. Kamuren was Kanu candidate 2017.

Chama Cha Mashinani’s Paul Kimaru Motoloi emerged a distant third with 355 votes.

During 2017 general election, Ruto and Gideon fought to control Rift Valley politics.

Kanu managed to retain key positions in West Pokot and Baringo counties, despite Ruto’s spirited campaigns to fully control the region.

In West Pokot, Kanu won the governor’s seat bagged by John Lonyangapuo and the senate by Samuel Poghisio.

In Baringo, Gideon retained his position whereas then county assembly speaker William Kamket beat then parliamentary security committee chairman Asman Kamama in the Tiaty parliamentary race.

Further in Baringo, Jubilee was the biggest casualty after losing all county assembly seats in Tiaty subcounty to Kanu.

The winners in the wards were: Zelemoi Ameja (Churo/Amaya), Solomon Makal (Kolowa), Sam Lourien (Tirioko), Shadrack Mailuk (Tangulbei/Korossi), Nelson Lotela (Silale), Daniel Tuwit (Ribkwo/Kositei) and Maria Losile (Loiyamorok).

But Jubilee won the Baringo gubernatorial race after Stanley Kiptis managed 137,668 but Kanu bagged the woman representative seat, which was won by Gladwell Cheruiyot.

The loss of the Baringo senatorial seat to Kanu was viewed as a big blow to Ruto, whose ally Simon Kiprono Chelugui lost to Gideon.

Chelugui was later appointed Water cabinet secretary before being deployed to the Labour docket.

But Kanu’s performance in the Rift Valley in the 2017 election was a far cry from its target of 60 national assembly seats.

Prior to the polls, Salat had boasted that the party would fight it out with Ruto whose then United Republican Party controlled most of the counties in Rift Valley with a few exceptions.

In the 2013 polls, Kanu had six MPs, with West Pokot’s Lonyangapuo as the only senator while URP had 58 MPs and eight senators mostly drawn from the pastoralist communities.

But in 2017 elections Ruto carried the day in Kalenjin politics as majority of MPs, senators, governors, women representatives and MCAs won through the Jubilee Party.


But even as Gideon lost seats to Jubilee in his Baringo home turf, Ruto also found the going tough in his Uasin Gishu county. In his Turbo constituency, Janet Sitienei was elected an independent just like Ainabkoi where William Chepkut was.

In Kericho, Jubilee got five parliamentary seats courtesy of powerful and influential cabinet secretary Charles Keter. Kericho county has six parliamentary seats with Sogowet-Soin going to an independent Benard Koross.

In Bomet county, Jubilee won four out of the five parliamentary seats. Gideon Koske won Chepalungu seat on Chama Cha Mashinani of Isaac Ruto. It is only in Nandi and Elgeyo-Marakwet counties that all parliamentary seats went to Jubilee.

Isaac Ruto

In Kalenjinland, Kanu has only one parliamentary seat that of Tiaty in Baringo held by Kamket, a Gideon political disciple. MCC associated with Machakos governor Alfred Mutua won Baringo Central that was held for years by late president Moi. Why voters did not vote for Kanu in Baringo Central has left may political analysts questioning. Remember, for years Moi was unopposed as area MP. It is said Baringo Central voters were bitter with Kanu and Moi family that after voting for them for years, Moi decided to abandon them and settle in Rongai in retirement and never visited the constituency.


In Samburu, Kanu won two seats defeating Jubilee in the county. Kanu bagged Samburu West via Naisula Lesuuda and Samburu East through Jackson Lentol.

In Narok county, Jubilee won three seats of Gideon Konchella (Kilgoris), Korei Ole Lemein (Narok South) and Lemanken Aramat (Narok East ). Kanu won EmuruaDikirr via Joshua Ngeno with CCM getting Narok West thanks to Gabriel Tongonyo.

In Kajiado county, Jubilee out of five parliamentary seats got four with ODM one, that of Kajiado Central via Elijah Memusi. Kanu did not get any seat in the county.


But a now energised Gideon after he was handed his late father’s leadership baton is now daring to challenge Ruto for the control of Kalenjin politics and to larger extent Kamatusa read Kalenjin, Maasai, Turkana and Samburu.

The late president’s family formally endorsed Gideon as the late president’s political heir during the funeral of their departed father.

A similar sentiment was expressed by Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli who challenged Gideon to take his enemies headon, and not to hide.

Prior to Moi’s death, there was talk that Gideon had given up in his battle with Ruto.

The senator had gone silent sparking rumours that he was of the view the 2022 presidential race would unfavourable to him.Others say Gideon went silent to concentrate on his father’s ill health.

By then, there was also a believe Ruto would get the backing of Uhuru Kenyatta who during the campaigns gave an assurance he would back his second in command.


To further complicate matters for Gideon, out of every 10 Kalenjins one speaks to, 8 of them claim they have Ruto’s telephone number, or know him, while nearly all of them say they do not know and have never interacted with the Baringo senator.

There is also perception that Gideon is surrounded by an elite cabal of power brokers and shady businessmen who block the ordinary Kalenjin from accessing the Baringo senator.

Coupled with this is Gideon’s elite upbringing, which has seen him being unable to fluently communicate in Kalenjin dialect and also has problems doing the same in Kiswahili pretentiously or not.

Still, Gideon is not charismatic and his only credit is to imitate his father’s voice, which by 2022 will of no value.

Many Kalenjins also describe him as mean and out of touch with reality while in contrast Ruto is even comfortable eating in a kiosk, and even drinking the water locals take.

Gideon, who on two occasions blocked Ruto from visiting his ailing father at his Kabarak home even as he welcomed the DP’s political rivals such as opposition leader Raila Odinga as well as other leaders like Atwoli and Peter Kenneth, is also facing another rebellion from former business associates and former political allies.

The DP camp even claims Gideon was behind Jonathan’s death as he blocked his father from taking him overseas for specialised medical treatment only to die at a Nakuru Hospital -l not even Aga Khan or Nairobi Hospital.

Jonathan, the eldest son of Moi, and who in most African cultures, would have been at the forefront of decision-making in the family, died at the little known hospital


in Nakuru owned by Kesses MP Swarup Mishra.


There is talk that, were he alive, he would not have passed the leadership baton to Gideon but would have taken charge.

But the Baringo senator can pull a surprise given that he has aligned himself nationally with Uhuru and Raila where he is a firm backer of the Building Bridges Imitative.

There is talk that he is earmarked for one of the top seats once the BBI recommendations are adopted.

However, the Baringo senator is politically inexperienced if one compares him with the deputy president.

Gideon is yet to come out of his father’s shadow while Ruto who represents the sentiment of the so-called hustler nation, has established vital networks in nearly all the 47 counties.

The deputy president, to his credit, has also reduced the Kalenjin MPs rebels to inconsequential noisemakers with little impact at the grassroots.

Insiders say, a third force is likely to emerge in Kalenjin politics outside Ruto and Gideon camps.

Kelenjin MPs rebelling against Ruto are Silas Tiren, Alfred Keter and Joshua Kuttuny. They are now joining Kalenjin tycoons to form a third alliance.

They are in the same league with former ministers Franklin Bett, Henry Kosgey, Sally Koskei, former Kuresoi MP Zakayo Cheruiyot and Isaac Ruto. They are leaning towards CCM that has financing of businessmen Zedekiah Bundotich, David Langat and Joshua Chepkwony among others.


Even as the state machinery works to diminish Ruto’s fortunes in favour of Gideon, the DP is the man to watch in Rift Valley and beyond. However, the third force is bound to benefit in the fights as it happened in 2017 where independnts and other parties won seats in the area.

Political analysts say Kalenjin tycoons behind CCM must now get out to fight for recognition in region politics after the death of Moi to remain relevant 2022 and court other facesin Uhuru succession.




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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.

Fr Richard Oduor


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.

Rev. Father Richard Oduor (second right) with fellow priests

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.



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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.




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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

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.

The late Fredrick Otieno

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.


Patrick Ojera

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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