AYUB SAVULA ACTING KAKAMEGA GOVERNOR AS OPARANYA GOES SUGOI WAY

By Amunga Peter.

By Amunga.

WYCLIFFE AMBETSA OPARANYA has been blowing hot and cold. He has been secretly meeting WILLIAM RUTO after 2013 general election hitherto. In 2017 WILLIAM RUTO partly funded his gubernatorial campaign. That is why JUBILEE won several parliamentary seats in Kakamega more than ODM which got majority MCAs because MPs were significant to Jubilee Government at the national level as MCAs were important to Oparanya’s Government at the county level in the second term.

During Matungu by election campaign William Ruto is said to have funded David Were’s campaign through Governor OPARANYA.

Therefore it did surprise us in ANC to hear Wycliffe Oparanya speaking William Ruto’s language recently that BBI is not significant and the money meant for referendum should be diverted to combating COVID 19 pandemic.

WYCLIFFE OPARANYA appears to have reached the point of his POLITICAL EQUILIBRIUM and Kakamega RESIDENTS are now ready for the ANC PARTY GOVERNOR.

Hon Ayub SAVULA is now acting governor as Oparanya tours Sugoi.

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AYUB SAVULA ACTING KAKAMEGA GOVERNOR AS OPARANYA GOES SUGOI WAY

By Amunga.

WYCLIFFE AMBETSA OPARANYA has been blowing hot and cold. He has been secretly meeting WILLIAM RUTO after 2013 general election hitherto. In 2017 WILLIAM RUTO partly funded his gubernatorial campaign. That is why JUBILEE won several parliamentary seats in Kakamega more than ODM which got majority MCAs because MPs were significant to Jubilee Government at the national level as MCAs were important to Oparanya’s Government at the county level in the second term.

During Matungu by election campaign William Ruto is said to have funded David Were’s campaign through Governor OPARANYA.

Therefore it did surprise us in ANC to hear Wycliffe Oparanya speaking William Ruto’s language recently that BBI is not significant and the money meant for referendum should be diverted to combating COVID 19 pandemic.

WYCLIFFE OPARANYA appears to have reached the point of his POLITICAL EQUILIBRIUM and Kakamega RESIDENTS are now ready for the ANC PARTY GOVERNOR.

Hon Ayub SAVULA is now acting governor as Oparanya tours Sugoi.

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OPARANYA JOINS DP RUTO, MVURIA, KIUNJURI AND ECHESA IN THE LOCUST COALITION

By Amunga Peter.

Another coalition has been formed. THE LOCUST COALITION. Venue of the meeting appears to either have been on a ranch in Taita or in the Maasai Mara game reserve, where the Kakamega Governor OPARANYA (who has always been a Ruto person in ODM) publicly joined the Locust coalition.

Those present inculde DP William Ruto, Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Mwangi Kiunjuri at Mahali Mzuri in Masaai Mara. They have been there since yesterday. The photos were taken this morning before they departed.

More to follow.

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KBC JOURNALIST SHOT DEAD BY THUGS IN NGONG

A sad morning for media fraternity as a Kenya Broadcasting Corporation (KBC) journalist was on Wednesday evening accosted by armed gunmen and shot dead at her home in Ololua area, Ngong.

Betty Barasa, a senior video editor at the State broadcaster, was reportedly accosted at her gate as she returned home from work.

The three gunmen, two of whom are said to have been armed with AK47 rifles, led Barasa into the house where they held her family hostage and demanded money.

One of the gang members is then said to have led the journalist upstairs while the other two remained to keep an eye on the other family members.

The family recalls hearing at least two gunshots coming from upstairs afterward, before the gunman came back down the stairs.

The thugs then picked Barasa’s laptop and phone and left the compound.

TODAY’S NEWSPAPERS 8TH APRIL 2021

DAILY NATION

Power women driving politics-Playing integral roles, and others behind the scenes, a growing number of influential women are expected to shape the 2022 succession. Politicians like governors Charity Ngilu and Ann Waiguru, and Narc Kenya party leader Martha Karua, regularly participate in strategy meetings as political allies begin to take shape ahead of next year’s elections.

IMF: Treasury to unveil new taxes-The government plans to introduce new taxes and cut back on existing tax exemptions as part of a reforms package funded by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) Probe

Launched into ‘miscarriage linked to vaccine’- The national drugs regulator is investigating a case in which a woman reportedly suffered a miscarriage after receiving the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine.

THE STANDARD

IMF okays Kenya’s Eurobond plan as job cuts loom-The International Monetary Fund endorses plan to borrow upto Sh508billion to repay other expensive loans as thousands of civil service and parastatal jobs face axe in IMFs tough terms.

Raila Party’s about –turn on flag bearer-ODM now calls National Executive Committee meeting and hints at possibility of extending application period for presidential aspirants.

Abdul, the unlikely politician – Abdulkadir Mohamed Haji, Senator-elect for Garissa County, carries the hopes of residents who looked up to his late father, Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji.

THE STAR

Big hotels empty, smaller owners are hurt by Covid-From Nairobi to Mombasa to Kisumu, hoteliers are telling of how the virus is killing small business across the country.

Counties in fresh cash crisis as pandemic hits-The cash crunch in the 47 counties has deepened during the Covid-19 pandemic as governors said allocations are at least three months behind schedule.

Vaccine is safe as 350,000 receive jab, says ministry-Government says the AstraZeneca vaccine is safe. The Health ministry said an adverse event following the uptake of the vaccine does not imply a causative relationship.

PEOPLE DAILY

Raila’s 2022 plans divides his key ODM lieutenants – ODM leader Raila Odinga is walking in a tightrope in his quest to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022 with some party officials and supporters expressing reservations about his strategy.

Governors see decline in Coronavirus cases – The Council of Governors (CoG) said there has been a tremendous progress in combating Covid-19 in the last one week owing to lockdown and stringent measures

LINDA ASEYO. AN ANC MCA KAKAMEGA COUNTY

Hon Lynda Aseyo is a nominated MCA on ANC ticket in Kakamega county. The first time MCA will be seeking an elective post on ANC in Kakamega county in 2022.

No turning back! Hon Lynda Aseyo declares as she eyes an elective seat in 2022.

If you want something said, ask a man; if you want something done, ask a woman.

Well, Lynda Aseyo, or simply Lynda Praise as she is fondly known by close confidants was born and brought up in Kakamega some twenty-plus years ago. She attended her primary education in Kakamega before crossing over to Moi girls Vokoli for her high school. East or west home is the best says Lynda as she returned back to her home in Kakamega where she joined MMUST to further her studies.

Hon Lynda taking oath of office as an MCA in Kakamega county.
Political journey….

They say politics is a calling and when the call is made, you must answer.

Hon Lynda Aseyo identified herself with Mudavadi led party which she believed and still does that provides the best solution for the divisive nature of our politics locally.

‘’ Mudavadi is calm and collected and whenever he gives his views on the many issues affecting our nation, he does it with sobriety. You can easily trust Mudavadi and therefore my decision to actively subscribe to his style of politics by joining ANC was not hard to make’’

Women and Youth should actively fight for their space on the dinner table. They must register their presence strongly or they will be relegated to the menu…. Hon Lynda

During the last general election, women came out in large numbers and challenged for seats in different parts of the country. Kakamega county boasts of having some of the youngest lawmakers in the county assembly, a young woman, and also having the former senator Hon Godliver Omondi winning a seat her physical orientation notwithstanding.

 The opportunity to serve as a nominated member of Kakamega county assembly did not come on a silver platter. Lynda believes hard work and determination are key for any youth and more so a young woman aspiring to climb the political ladder.

‘’Prior to the 2017 general elections, I wholly gave my all in helping advance the party ideals besides campaigning vigorously for our party candidates in Kakamega county. This entailed attending strategy meetings, hitting the campaign trail and the terrain was blind to gender. Whenever we faced a challenge, we would meet it as equal members of ANC. It is this hard work and dedication that earned me a place in Kakamega county assembly’’ adds Lynda.

Hon Lynda during assembly proceeding in Kakamega.
What next for the nominated MCA Who has a dying passion for youth and women’s agenda in the county?

‘’ I have come of age, being a politician in Kakamega has exposed me well enough to face any political challenge in future. I admire the Kakamega county senator Hon Cleophas Malala, especially for his gusto, tac, and foresightedness. I have taken time to study him and most recently the win in the just concluded Matungu by-election where Malala played a pivotal role in ensuring that the party retained the seat, makes me feel that I am ripe and ready to roar. I have set my eyes on an elective post as an MCA in Kakamega county so guys should watch this space.’’ Says Lynda.

In politics, nobody will give you space, you have to fight it out. No power is given’’ she urges.

RAILA AND HIS UJI MIX ARE A LONELY & ISOLATED LOT.

By Amunga

SEASON OF NEW COALITIONS

Raila isolated, 2022 looks set to be Ruto vs One Kenya.

In Summary
Coalitions are nothing more than elite pacts that bring together ethnic vote blocs controlled by political kingpins
That is what politicians mean when they say they are ready to work with “like-minded leaders” for “national unity”

ODM leader Raila Odinga with party members at his Karen residence, Wednesday March 31, 2021.
ODM leader Raila Odinga with party members at his Karen residence, Wednesday March 31, 2021.ODM Party communications
ODM leader Raila Odinga cut a forlorn figure in a photo circulated on Wednesday. The clique of party loyalists surrounding him was mostly small fry from Luo-Nyanza. Do secretary general Edwin Sifuna and treasurer Timothy Bosire count even at home?

Baba’s national footprint has shrunk. His allies have abandoned him to seek new friends.

It is the season of new coalitions. With just 16 months to the 2022 general election, the political scene is witnessing major realignments in the race to succeed Uhuru.

Nasa is dead. The Coast has broken away to cobble together a region-based political vehicle. Deputy party leader and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, his Kilifi counterpart Amason Kingi and Salim Mvurya of Kwale met President Uhuru Kenyatta the other week behind Raila’s back.

ODM’s other deputy party leader Wycliffe Oparanya appeared to read from a different script, suggesting on Tuesday the BBI referendum proposed for June should be pushed back and national resources dedicated to fighting Covid. Governor Oparanya is cracking the hard math as his two terms end.

Western, Eastern and parts of the Rift Valley are bases of the new One Kenya Alliance of Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Gideon Moi (Kanu). The coalition has been energised by its by-election wins in Matungu and Machakos. It is also said to enjoy support from State House.

The rupture in Jubilee occasioned by the handshake has left the Mt Kenya bloc isolated and uncertain – but firmly united in its rejection of Raila. The region must soon make its stand known. Nairobi will be split.

Kenya is facing a transitional election like in 2002 and 2013. Since the resounding defeat of the Kanu dictatorship in 2002, wisdom around town is that no single party can win a presidential election.

With the return of multiparty politics in 1991, political parties had believed they could dislodge former President Moi solely through campaigns that exposed the brutality, wanton theft, mass poverty and collapse of public services associated with his regime.

It is highly unlikely any major politician will enter a coalition with Raila now. His best years are behind him. The handshake demobilised his national base and muted his critical voice that endeared him to millions. With Raila’s chances of winning the presidency in his fifth attempt getting slimmer by the day, One Kenya Alliance will be the formidable challenger to the clear frontrunner in the 2022 race – William Ruto.

But they hadn’t reckoned with the nation’s deeply ethnicised politics from the colonial days, intensified by the regimes of Jomo Kenyatta and his successor Moi. The divide-and-rule strategy deployed by the “professor of politics” reduced the Opposition to a pitiful Tower of Babel.

It was not until the Opposition united that it won a presidential election. The Narc coalition won in 2002 because of the political context of that year’s election. One, Moi was not in the race. The amended Constitution barred him from running.

Two, Kanu and Moi were the common enemy that galvanised diverse forces clamouring for change, and not just political parties – religious organisations, civil society, trade unions, professional associations, media, student groups, the West all wanted an end to Moi and Kanu.

Thirdly, Moi’s attempt to impose an unpopular greenhorn successor, Uhuru Kenyatta, backfired spectacularly, splitting Kanu and further fuelling the unity of the forces opposed to him.

A scenario similar to 2002 could unfold if Uhuru, having ditched Deputy President William Ruto, endorses Raila whose political fortunes have dwindled nationally following the handshake. He is unelectable in Mt Kenya, the Rift Valley, Western, Coast and Northeastern. His following is limited to Luo-Nyanza and sections of Nairobi.

No doubt the 2022 contest will be between a Ruto coalition and the One Kenya Alliance. Coalitions are nothing more than elite pacts that bring together ethnic vote blocs controlled by political kingpins. That is what politicians mean when they say they are ready to work with “like-minded leaders” for “national unity”.

Coalitions promise the sharing of Executive power among elites who bring the votes of their ethnic backyards to one basket. Clever political calculus for acquiring power.

It is highly unlikely any major politician will enter a coalition with Raila now. His best years are behind him. The handshake demobilised his national base and muted his critical voice that endeared him to millions. With Raila’s chances of winning the presidency in his fifth attempt getting slimmer by the day, One Kenya Alliance will be the formidable challenger to the clear frontrunner in the 2022 race – William Ruto.

The remaining task for One Kenya and Ruto is to win Mt Kenya and the Coast. Both are open. Neither region is likely to field a presidential contender. But it is the Mt Kenya bloc vote (plus its diaspora) that will decide the next president.

By Henry Makori, The Star newspaper.