Monthly Archives: July 2016

Coast will not vote Uhuru, says Joho

joho.jpgMombasa Governor Hassan Joho has told Jubilee to stop dreaming about wooing Coast voters.

Joho accompanied Cord leader Raila Odinga on his tour of Budalangi and Funyula constituencies in Busia County on Wednesday.

The Governor said Coast people are firmly in ODM and that no amount of persuasion and bribery by the Jubilee brigade will deter their resolve. “Jubilee arithmetic excludes the people of Coast and Western. We are aware of machinations to buy leaders from these regions but we shall say no to all of them,” he said.

Joho said Jubilee’s plan is for DP William Ruto to rule until 2032 and pass the mantle back to predecessors who will rule until 2042.

“The only time a person from Mulembe will rule is 2070 unless we give Raila in 2017,” he said.

The Governor said the ruling coalition should not think ODM is not learned enough to produce a President.

Joho further said enough is enough and that Raila must be respected as he is the leader of 24 county governments compared to Jubilee’s 22″

“We are comfortable under his leadership.” He said.

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Anunda remains put as PNU Secretary General

PNU-John-Okemwa-AnundaThe Political Parties Dispute Tribunal has rejected an application by a section Party of National Union officials seeking the removal of their Secretary-General John Okemwa Anunda from office.

The tribunal’s chairman Kyalo Mbobu said the attempt by the disgruntled members did not follow the party Constitution.

Mbobu said that NEC members ought to have given the SG an opportunity to defend himself over the allegations they had.

He ruled that a decision by the officials to hold a National Executive Committee meeting which resolved to remove Anunda acted outside the Constitution.

“Their (PNU National Executive Committee) resolution cannot be held as some of the people who sat at the NEC were strangers,” he said.

In his judgment delivered on Thursday, the tribunal chairman declared the action unlawful, saying that Secretary General is the most powerful person in the party.

“The removal of the SG must always be within party Constitution and proper procedures must be followed,” Mbobu said as he dismissed the claims against Anunda as ‘lacking substance and evidence’

He noted that the NEC meeting held on April 2, had not attained the two-thirds quorum required to pass a resolution for removal of the SG.

The tribunal had suspended PNU from convening its Annual National Delegate Congress meeting after party officials Mwajuma Rajab Abdalla and Irene Kopi Muronji lodged a complaint against Anunda, saying that he has no power to call such meeting.

They submitted to the tribunal, that Anunda has a disciplinary case adding his action purporting to convene the congress is illegal and goes against the Party Constitution.

“The party’s NEC was not informed of the meeting as required by the Constitution. There are rules and procedure to be followed as contained in the Party constitution,” the tribunal heard.

The Party’s Complaints and Disciplinary Committee has not cleared Anunda.

 

ODM Apologizes to Journalist

odmOrange Democratic Movement has apologized to a journalist who was assaulted and his recording equipment destroyed while covering a political rally in Budalang’i.

K24 cameraman Moses Masinde, was on Wednesday beaten and injured by youths in ODM party leader Raila Odinga’s convoy at Port Victoria in Busia County.

Other than his damaged camera, Masinde also lost Sh10, 000 and a phone which was later recovered by the police.

Today, ODM director of communication Philip Etale in a statement apologised to Masinde.

“On behalf of the ODM party and the party leader, I apologise for the incident. Freedom of the press is what every journalist is expected to enjoy unconditionally and we shall do everything to ensure that media personnel covering our events are protected from such incidences,” Etale said in the statement.

He added that he would take up the matter with his boss and further requested for photo evidence of the incident.

THARAKA-NITHI GOVERNOR AND SENATOR AT WAR

kindikiTharaka-Nithi County Governor Samuel Ragwa and Senator Kithure Kindiki clashed at a funds drive in aid of a church in the county where they accused one another of having poor development records.

The two who were meeting for the first time since Governor Ragwa appeared before the Senate Public Accounts Committee where he was put to task over a countless county issues.

Prof Kindiki accused Ragwa of misappropriating public funds, initiating unrealistic projects and issuing fake cheques to institutions alluding to the restocking of rivers with fish fingerlings and a decision by the county government to buy snakes meant for the establishment of a park which according to him, the projects were meant to siphon public money in disguise of development.

“It is a criminal offence punishable by law to issue fake cheques and the county government should be held responsible,” said Prof Kindiki.

The county boss on his part accused the senator of political witch hunt and being a rumour monger who has caused discord in the county.

He said Prof Kindiki was using lies against him to remain relevant in the county’s politics after the senator failed to deliver on his promises.

Ragwa got backing from Prof Kindiki’s rival, Kiambi kiriiri, for the senate seat in the 2017 elections who accused the senator of failing to lobby for development projects despite his influential position as senate majority leader.

 

SENATE SPEAKER PRAISES THE CHURCH

ekweSenate Speaker Ekwee Ethuro has praised the Church for helping reduce political temperatures in the country. He said the church prevented the country from taking a dangerous political direction.

The speaker commended the recent contribution of the Church towards reaching a common stand on electoral reforms pushed by the Opposition.

He noted that the Church was a unifying factor that saw the political class sit and agree to use parliamentary approach on the electoral reforms.

“I was impressed with the role of the Church to bring political leaders from Jubilee and the Opposition together to speak with one voice on Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC),” said Ethuro.

He urged politicians to cultivate the spirit of dialogue to resolve disputes that could otherwise hurt the country and that it was unhealthy for leaders to create unfriendly political temperatures by engaging in protests instead of seeking dialogue to settle emerging issues.

The speaker encouraged politicians to shun confrontational politics.

 

 

KIDERO SIGNS 36 BILLION BUDGET FOR 2016/2017 FINANCIAL YEAR

KIDERO-SIGNSNairobi Governor Dr. Evans Kidero finally signed into law the Appropriation Act 2016 which concludes the 2016/17 budgeting process at Sh36 billion.

Speaking during the signing of the Act, Kidero indicated that the estimates demonstrated a renewed commitment to infrastructure development with Sh4.9 billion going towards rehabilitation and repair of roads within the City.

He pointed out that all efforts would be made to achieve revenue projections which he said had been placed in competent hands.

“This marks an important milestone in our development journey. We will ensure to achieve our revenue projections which are coming under better management and are being re-oriented to enable us continue changing and improving lives,” said Kidero.

Of the Sh35.9 billion budget, Sh23.15 billion has been set aside for recurrent expenditure, 65 percent of which will be used to pay salaries and wages of the county government staff.

County Assembly Budget and Appropriations Committee Chairman Michael Ogada had explained that Sh12.8 billion which represents 36 percent of the entire budget had been set aside for development programs.

He also stated that the Public Works and Infrastructure sector got the largest allocation of development funds having been given Sh4.87 billion and the health sector getting Sh6.55 billion out of which Sh1.1 billion has been set aside for development programs.

Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) passed the controversial budget estimates after Kidero bowed to their demand for the release of ward development funds.

The MCAs urged Governor Kidero to fully implement the estimates to ensure development in key sectors.

 

THE FUTURE OF ODM IN WESTERN KENYA

ababuBarely days after the Orange Democratic Movement Secretary General Ababu Namwamba, and party Deputy Chairman Paul Otwoma announced their resignation from the party, citing frustration and sidelining of the Western region from the top officials. ODM has once again suffered a major blow in Western region, after Sirisia MP John Walukhe resigned as the party’s Bungoma Chairman.

Speaking at Mayuba Stadium in Bungoma, Walukhe accused the party leader Raila Odinga of sidelining western leaders, adding that this prompted his decision to quit office.

Ababu Namwamba and John Waluke have held talks with New Ford Kenya party leader Ken Lusaka who is also the Bungoma county Governor in a move seen as escalating the fallout in the opposition party led by Raila Odinga.

After the leaders met Lusaka they announced that a political tsunami was likely to take shape in the predominantly opposition region.

Namwamba vowed to mobilize all Western Kenya ODM MPs to exit the party ahead of the 2017 polls, adding that this would deny ODM chief Raila Odinga the Western vote in the upcoming General Election.

There are talks that Namwamba is reaching out to some leaders from the region including the Ford Kenya Party, veteran politician Moses Wetangula and Amani National Congress Musalia Mudavadi to join hands and form a united form from the region.