Wiper wants Kalonzo named opposition flagbearer

Nasa leaders led by Kalonzo Musyoka addressing a public rally at Kitengela, Kajiado County on March 19, 2017. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A 2013 pre-election agreement appeared to rock the National Super Alliance on Wednesday after the Wiper party said it would not settle for anything less than having its leader Kalonzo Musyoka named the opposition presidential candidate.

Minority leader in the National Assembly Francis Nyenze said it was Wiper’s turn to produce the opposition flag bearer in line with a controversial 2013 Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) said to have been signed between the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and Wiper.

“Kalonzo will not be deputy to anybody because of the 2013 MoU. We still stick to that. Why would we want to change if it was agreed upon? It will be difficult to convince the Kamba people that we are going for second place again,” said Mr Nyenze, a long time ally of Mr Musyoka.

Mr Nyenze’s hardline position is sure to complicate ongoing talks between the four Nasa affiliates – ODM, Wiper, Amani National Congress (ANC) and Ford Kenya – in their efforts to agree on a joint presidential candidate without creating internal conflict.

As one of the three Wiper representatives in the 12-member Nasa coordinating committee, Mr Nyenze’s word carries the weight of the party’s position on the choice of the presidential candidate.

INCREASE REPRESENTATION

Mr Nyenze also spoke of attempts by ODM to increase its representation in the coordinating committee by adding two more MPs, Kajiado Central’s Memusi Kanchori and Busia Woman Representative Florence Mutua to give Mr Odinga a numerical advantage in the ongoing talks.

“It was actually three weeks ago but we said they cannot sit in the committee because each candidate has to have three representatives. Having two more would have given Raila an unfair advantage over others,” said Mr Nyenze.

He spoke as the opposition outfit down played reports of confusion within its ranks after scheduled meetings failed to materialise on Tuesday.

One of the four Nasa co-principals Musalia Mudavadi said there had not been any meetings scheduled for either Monday or Tuesday.

“We did not have any scheduled meetings, not even today but if things change, we will let you know. Of immediate concern to us is the disclosure by IEBC that they are unable to procure an integrated management system. This is a matter which calls for a very serious discussion with all the stakeholders,” he said.

Two other members of the Nasa coordinating committee also maintained that there were no scheduled meetings on Monday.

PLANNED BY MEDIA

“The purported meetings were planned by the media, not us. Yesterday, I and my party leader Moses Wetang’ula were in Mombasa attending the National Legislative Summit. There is no way we could have been in Mombasa if there were any planned meetings in Nairobi. Mr Musyoka was in Dubai and only two principals Raila Odinga and Musalia Mudavadi were available,” said Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale.

Tongareni MP Eseli Simiyu echoed similar views; “we did not meet because the technical team must first meet and submit its report. Even today there is no planned meeting but just know that we have made some good progress.”

But even as they denied that there were any scheduled meetings, the Nation received an invitation from ODM Director of Communications Philip Etale inviting the media to cover some of the meetings.

Reads one such invite: “ODM leader Raila Odinga will tomorrow (Tuesday, 21) preside over the biggest gathering of youth aspirants vying for various seats across the country on the ODM ticket at Orange House, Nairobi. The event is scheduled to begin at 10am. During the event, several high profile youth leaders and aspirants will be defecting to the ODM Party from Jubilee.”

“This will be Mr Odinga’s first engagement after returning to the country from a week long tour of South Africa and the US. You are invited to cover this event.”

“Raila will also meet Kalonzo, Wetang’ula and Mudavadi at Orange House after this meeting,” the invite added.

Both Dr Khalwale and Dr Simiyu also confirmed that Nasa would hold a rally at Nairobi’s Uhuru Park on Friday.

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Fall of Sacred Mugumo Tree Linked to Death of Former Nyeri Governor

The fall of a sacred Mugumo tree in Nyeri has sparked anxiety, speculation and fears of a bad omen befalling Central Kenya.

The tree believed to be over 150 years old came crashing down in Kiamigwi, Mathira constituency, Nyeri on Sunday. Some residents have associated the fall with the death of the late governor Nderitu Gachagua who was buried earlier this month.

Mr Charles Gikandi, a resident, said the incident symbolised the end of Mr Gachagua’s reign and the beginning of another.

“It shows that the position the late Gachagua held in the county has come to an end. We must prepare ourselves for changes,” he said.

Mr Gikandi added that it also meant that those who have held leadership positions for a long time will be kicked out and the youth will succeed them in the upcoming General Election.

However, opinion is divided as to why the revered tree fell.

Some residents say it was a normal occurrence while others claim that God was a sending message to his people to turn away from immorality.

“For such a tree to fall it means that our Maker is not pleased with something we have done,” said Mr Simon Kariuki as quoted by Nation.

Residents who arrived at the scene immediately said they spotted snakes emerging from the hollow sections.

“We spotted at least three snakes slithering around the tree. One was killed but the others disappeared,” said Ms Alice Wanjiku.

Village elders, however, warned women against speaking about the tree or idling around the area.

The elders are expected to inspect the tree, conduct rituals to ward off evil, and seek a clear message from the ancestors on what its falling means.

Luckily, the tree which tumbled in the homestead of Mr Maurice Gachamba famous for assembling an aircraft he named Kenya One, did not destroy any property when it fell.

 

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Old Video Shows Sonko Praising and Endorsing Peter Kenneth for Nairobi Governor

Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko is in the middle of a big fight with fellow gubernatorial aspirant Peter Kenneth.

Sonko has been under pressure from some quarters to drop out of the race to pave way for PK’s nomination. However, the controversial senator has come out to state categorically that he will not leave the ticket for Peter Kenneth.

This Sunday while appearing on Citizen TV, Sonko went as far as saying that he will never work with the former Gatanga MP, either as his deputy or his boss.

An angry Sonko called Kenneth some nasty things, stating categorically that he will never forgive him for vying against Uhuru in 2013.

However, the kind of anger the senator has displayed towards his rival in the last few weeks is very recent. In fact, Sonko was not so long ago a big fan of Peter Kenneth.

KTN have released an undated audio of Sonko praising the man he now calls ‘albino’ and ‘chewing gum’.

A few months ago before PK entered the Nairobi race, Sonko was still facing opposition within the Jubilee party. Some people wanted him to stick to the senatorial race, but Sonko came out to dismiss them.

In the audio, Sonko says that only Uhuru can tell him to drop out of the race.

”Uhuru akiniambia niwache, mimi nitawacha… Kama ni kuleta mtu, tutatafuta wale watu wanasimama urais, mtu kama Peter Kenneth. Huyo tunaweza leta Nairobi tusaidie yeye. Huyo ni mtu ata akiwa Gatanga, CDF yake ilikuwa namba moja Kenya nzima. Ni mtu anajali maendeleo na maslahi ya Kenya.”

”If Uhuru tells me to drop out of the race, I will. We can even bring someone else to vie for the governor’s set. Someone like Peter Kenneth. We can bring him to Nairobi and help him get this seat. When he was in Gatdanga, his CDF was rankedd number 1 in the whole country. He is very development minded.” Sonko is heard saying.

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Devolution has failed: Governors are new colonial bosses, says Senator Omar

Speaker of the Senate Ekwe Ethuro,CS Mwangi Kiunjuri Cs devolution and Mombasa Senator  Hassan Omar joins  the parliamentary choir into a jig at pride inn hotel in Shanzu Mombasa during the second annual legislative summit yesterday./JOHN CHESOLI

Devolution has become a nuisance as it has turned governors into new colonial bosses, Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar said yesterday.

He said devolution has failed and made life unbearable, adding that it is a conduit through which governors enrich themselves, yet it is meant to better lives. He blamed this for the suffering of citizens.

Omar is in the race for Mombasa governor on a Wiper ticket.

He said for governors, devolution has created a bigger CDF. Omar spoke in Mombasa during the ongoing Second Annual Legislative Summit.

“It is shameful that we have demonstrated our failures 50 years on after independence. We are still launching toilets, yet sanitation has not been improved,” he said.

Omar wants all governors audited.

His strong criticism comes at a time when governors have been taken to task to explain the whereabouts of millions of shillings the Auditor General said have been misappropriated.

Omar accused governor of launching minor projects. “They go around with whole gangs of busybodies to officiate projects,” he said.

The Wiper secretary general said there has not been equity and social justice in resource use, adding these were the sole reason devolution was introduced. He said Article 174 of the Constitution has been trashed by county bosses who have filled all levels of county governance with their cronies.

“Devolution can never be about exclusion and creating feudal chiefs, but a promise to a better Kenya,” Omar said, adding that this is not the time to experiment with taxpayers’ money.

The senator said county assemblies and the Senate play vital role in checking self-seeking governors and said the law must be respected.

“Those who are worse must be better off before those who are better off become well off,” he said.

As he issued his strongly worded statement, Omar was booed by a section of the crowd. Others later lauded his eloquence. Omar wants the Senate given more powers to oversight the counties, adding that MCAs should not be made inconsequential but be encouraged to interrogate issues about devolution.

“You make MCAs look overpaid, implying they are underperforming,” he said.

A number of senators have declared their interests in running for governor. They say they want to save their counties from unending financial impropriety.

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Diaspora remittances tops forex inflows – official data

A section of the 250 housing units under construction at Shaurimoyo in Kisumu town on November 23,2016/MAURICE ALAL

The value of money sent by Kenyans living abroad rose 10.96 per cent to Sh177.34 billion ($1.72 billion) from Sh159.82 billion ($1.55 billion), fresh data from the Central Bank shows.

This means diaspora remittance remained the country’s largest source of foreign exchange earnings for the third straight year. They beat tea exports which earned the country about Sh124.5 billion and horticulture whose export value stood at Sh101.51billion, according to data collated by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics.

“This shows that we have many Kenyans doing well, with disposable income and who are saving in order to bring in money for investment,” Kenya Investment Authority managing director Moses Ikiara said in a telephone interview.

The CBK data shows inflows from the US and Canada accounted for 51 percent of the total in December 2016, rising month-on-month 8.8 per cent to $82.2 million (Sh8.48 billion).

Remittance from Europe accounted for 29.1 per cent, while inflows from the rest of the world improved by 24.5 per cent from $25.7 million (Sh2.65 billion) in November to $32 million (Sh3.29 billion) in December.

Monthly remittance inflows hit the highest point in December 2016 at $160.9 million (Sh16.59 billion).

Ikiara said the diaspora inflows have been largely driven by investment in property and real estate development due to increased marketing by real estate companies. This has also been boosted by relatively high returns on investment in the sector and the fact that they don’t need to keep close attention on their investment, he added.

“Some of the challenges Kenyans abroad have been facing over the past years have been the loss of money when sending it directly to relatives for investment purposes. Now with the presence of real estate companies that are well organised, one can easily track their money,” said Ikiara.

The CBK data shows that the diaspora is now a key economic growth driver, accounting for about 2.5 per cent of the country’s wealth in October 2016 as measured by gross domestic product.

The Kenya Diaspora Policy unveiled in June 2014 cited the lack of sufficient sourcing and management of data on Kenyans abroad by the government as one of the key challenges in actualising the untapped potential of diaspora remittances.

Ikara, however, said there has been a significant improvement in the mobilisation of data on Kenyans abroad over the past five years through the country’s embassies and formation of diaspora member associations.

“You will find that in countries such as the US, UK, India and others, these member associations greatly influence how and where Kenyans abroad invest their money as the groups meet to exchange ideas, this is however not consistent in all countries,” said Ikiara.

CBK conducts a monthly survey on remittance inflows through formal channels including commercial banks and other authorized international remittance service providers in Kenya.

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