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Court Wants Jubilee Politician Arrested Over Sh2.2m Fraud

By Richard Munguti

Police have been ordered to arrest a Jubilee Party politician charged with defrauding a businesswoman of Sh2.2 million.

Peter Mburu Muthoni, alias Solomon Kamau Nyingi, who is eyeing the Kaguduini ward seat in Murang’a County, will be produced in court on May 22 to plead to six counts of obtaining money through false pretences and forgery.

Issuing the warrant of arrest, Senior Principal Magistrate Kenneth Cheruiyot said Mr Muthoni had been summoned to appear in court to answer the six counts filed against him by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He did not turn up, prompting angry residents of the ward to protest in the court precincts and shouting that they do not want to elect a suspect.

The charge sheet handed over to Mr Cheruiyot read that on diverse dates between June 18 and 29, 2016 at Pioneer House in Nairobi, jointly with others not before the court with intent to defraud, obtained Sh2.2 million from Alice Peninah Wanjiku Guchu by pretending that he was in a position to sell her a motor vehicle, a fact he knew to be false.

Mr Muthoni is facing five other counts, among them one of forging and making a national identity card in the name of Solomon Kamau Nyingi.

The prosecution alleges Mr Muthoni purported that the ID was genuine and had been issued to him by the registrar of persons.

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Laikipia Governor Picks 35-Year-Old Running Mate

By Mwangi Ndirangu

Laikipia Governor Joshua Irungu has settled on a 35-year-old as his running mate.

Mr Patrick Waigwa, the former chairman of Ward Development Fund at the County Government had initially declared his interest to contest the Laikipia East parliamentary seat on a Jubilee ticket but later opted out under unclear circumstances.

He had resigned from his position at the county government and told close friends and supporters that he would seek to be elected to the National Assembly.

But after the announcement, nothing much was heard from him until Wednesday afternoon.

The announcement by Governor Irungu caught many by surprise as speculations were rife that he would reward people from Laikipia North for supporting him during the recent Jubilee Party primaries.

REWARD SUPPORTERS

“I am indebted to you people from Laikipia North for the many votes you gave me during the Jubilee party nominations. But after wide consultations, I came to the conclusion that I will pick my running mate from Laikipia East Constituency but I can assure you of a big position after August 8,” Governor Irungu told tens of Jubilee supporters gathered at old County Assembly Hall to witness issuance of Jubilee nomination certificates.

Getting the certificate came as a big relief to Governor Irungu following a bitter contest with his main challenger Ndiritu Muriithi.

Mr Muriithi, a nephew to retired President Mwai Kibaki had contested Mr Irungu’s win and the party’s dispute tribunal and the matter eventually ended at the Court of Appeal where the incumbent triumphed.

After receiving the certificate, the Governor extended an olive branch to his political nemesis telling then to abandon plans to contest as independent candidates but come and assist in Jubilee campaigns with an assurance that they would be rewarded with positions at the County Government.

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23 Counties Snub EACC Meeting On Graft in Nakuru

By Francis Mureithi

More than 20 counties have snubbed a workshop convened by the anti-corruption commission to declare their assets in Nakuru.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) had invited technical officers in charge of the declaration of income, assets and liabilities from all the 47 counties.

PS ANGER

Devolution Principal Secretary Micah Pkopus Powon slammed the 23 counties that failed to send representatives for the workshop at Egerton University in Njoro.

“I did not expect any county to miss in such a crucial forum aimed at helping our country overcome this monster called corruption that is threatening to bring our country to its knees,” said Mr Powon.

Consequently, he asked the EACC to initiate investigations into the counties’ failure to send representatives.

“These counties need to explain why they failed to send representatives to such a meeting because if a PS and EACC commissioners can attend why are counties failing to send representatives?” he said.

“This is a serious issue. We either save our country or lose our country.”

60 OFFICERS

He added :”This meeting is very important and that is why I have taken time to travel from Nairobi to Egerton University to join you and help redeem the integrity of our country.”

The PS urged all counties to speed up the registration of fixed assets to protect them from potential grabbers.

He noted that most of the fixed assets belonging to the counties had not been registered since the inception of devolution in 2013.

“We need to safeguard these public assets because they may be grabbed,” said Mr Powon.

More than 60 technical officers handling declaration of income, assets and liabilities in 24 counties are attending the two-day workshop.

The PS said it would be wrong for the officers to attend the workshop and spend public funds and fail to utilise all the skills they would have learned.

CORRUPTION

“You should not come and sleep in such a workshop and when you go back to your stations you sleep on the job. You should implement fully what you have learnt,” he said.

He urged the EACC to collaborate with the Education ministry and launch a curriculum that will be used to fight corruption through education.

“Our children should be taught the dangers of corruption from an early stage and this should be escalated to universities,” he said.

“This is the best way to seal the corruption loopholes that emerge later in life.”

He warned that the fruits of devolution may not be enjoyed by ordinary citizens if corruption is not dealt with.

He reminded the officers that corruption cost the country Sh270 billion during the 2010/2011 financial year, which translates to 30 per cent of the national budget.

WEALTH

“Corruption is costly and leads to lack of productivity, inefficiency, decrease in foreign investment and most importantly corruption increases inequality in the society,” he said.

He directed the county officials to ask workers in their areas to declare their wealth and account for the use of resources entrusted with them.

“Declaration of wealth practice should be inculcated in all ranks,” he said.

He said laws alone cannot be used to fight corruption and urged the EACC to involve the public.

“We need to institutionalise the fight against corruption because integrity is not a 90 or 95 per cent thing but a 100 per cent personal value,” said Mr Powon.

‘Scared Opponents’ Think We Are Defensive, Says Posta Coach Omollo

By Cellestine Olilo

Posta Rangers coach Sammy “Pamzo” Omollo has rubbished claims that his side has been very defensive as the SportPesa Premier League enters round 12 this weekend.

Speaking after receiving the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month award for April at Camp Toyoyo ground on Thursday, Omollo claimed that Posta are actually the “most offensive-minded team” in the league despite the fact that they have managed just nine goals in their 11 matches so far this season.

Omollo, who saw his side fall two points behind leaders Gor Mahia after their barren draw with Nakumatt last weekend, said his critics who claim his approach on matches is “defend first, attack maybe” are misguided.

Their mean defence, which has conceded only three goals, has seen opposing teams label the mail men’s style of play both unattractive and un-progressive, but Omollo believes that is far from the truth.

The former Kenyan international agrees that the nine-goal haul, together with the fact that all their six wins have ended in a slim 1-0 scorelines, truly depicts his team’s strike force as deeply wanting, but he explained that this is due to his opponents’ defensive approach to matches.

“I have heard so many people criticising us for those 1-0 wins. But that doesn’t mean that we are a defensive team,” stated Omollo.

“We are actually the most offensive team in the league. Anyone who has watched our games knows this. The thing is that many of our opponents usually get timid, especially after they get to concede early in the game. They close up their defences completely, thereby making it very difficult for us to get a second goal.”

“We have been working on that for a while now. I keep telling them to make sure in every game, especially if they happen to score first, they find a second goal. We are still working on that.”

Western Stima and Thika United have conceded 16 goals each, the worst defensive record in the league this term.

But it is little wonder why they have established such a mean defence. The Rangers backline has some of the most combative defenders in the country.

The likes of captain Joackins Atudo, Luke Ochieng’ and Titus Achesa are experienced defenders, and their award winning goalkeeper Patrick Matasi has kept on improving as the league gathers momentum.

Posta’s unbeaten run however faces a major test in the next 10 days with matches against 2010 league champions Ulinzi Stars, who have the most potent attack in the league this season, and leaders Gor Mahia.

Rangers are placed second on the SPL table with 23 points, two below leaders Gor Mahia.

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Nairobi Workers Tell of Harrowing Ordeals Following Pay Delay

By Lillian Mutavi

As the pay row at City Hall rages, workers with patients admitted to hospitals are the most affected, the Nation has learnt.

Some county staff who spoke to the Nation on Wednesday, on condition of anonymity, narrated of harrowing ordeals they have been subjected to, as City Hall has not remitted National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) money.

On Wednesday, Niarobi County services were paralysed as the workers protested their delayed April salaries due to an impasse between Central Bank and Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) on one side against the County government on the other side.

According to one of the workers, his spouse has been detained at Nairobi West Hospital as he has been unable to offset bills because no money has been remitted to his NHIF account.

In a hospital form from the Nairobi West Hospital seen by the Nation, the worker has been informed in the membership segment that the current contribution is in arrears and he is not covered for the services offered.

“Current contributions in arrears. This member is not covered for the services (Apr NOT PAID),”read the form.

13,000 WORKERS

A former branch secretary the workers’ union, Edward Peter Nyerere, said that all workers who had patients including family members admitted in the month of May are detained at hospitals and are in debts over arrears in payment of NHIF.

Mr Nyerere said that he could not ascertain the number but with such a huge workforce of over 13,000 with families, those affected are many.

Services paralysed on Wednesday included parking, markets, licences, city mortuary, garbage collectors and inspectorate departments.

The Kenya Union workers union chairman Nairobi branch Bernard Inyangala said that the county had said that the dispute between the county and KRA did not involve them and all they want is their pay.

Workers missed their April salaries following the standoff between KRA and City Hall after CBK transferred money to the taxman which the county says was meant to pay it workers.

ADVANCE LOAN

The devolved unit spends about Sh1.3 billion to pay its 13,000 workers.

However the county received an advance of Sh1.021 billion from treasury on Tuesday with county secretary Robert Ayisi saying workers had been paid terming their strike illegal.

According to Dr Ayisi, workers with accounts at Cooperative bank and Nacico will receive their salaries today as the county had already deposited Sh1 billion.

“While those in other banks will receive there’s tomorrow because of clearance procedures. Everybody should go back to work there is no cause for alarm and unnecessary picketing,” said Dr Ayisi.

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Raila Urges Nasa Supporters to Avoid Infighting Ahead of Main Poll

By Aggrey Omboki And Ruth Mbula

Nasa presidential candidate Raila Odinga has cautioned the coalition’s supporters against infighting and squabbles, saying Jubilee is the only common enemy.

Speaking at a meeting of Nasa officials at Kisii Sports Club, Mr Odinga asked Nasa members to shun wrangles, saying this will distract them from their objective of dislodging Jubilee from power in August.

“We might have our differences but they should not distract us from the mission of defeating our common enemy which is Jubilee,” said Mr Odinga.

He insisted that the alliance’s 10 million-strong voter base is a reality.

The opposition chief called on supporters to turn out in large numbers and ensure a landslide win for Nasa.

He said Nasa has enough voting numbers to defeat Jubilee in the August 8 elections.

SUFFICIENT NUMBERS

“We have sufficient numbers to [defeat] Jubilee. What we must exercise is discipline, commitment and watchfulness to ensure the victory is ours,” he said.

Mr Odinga said the registered voters in Nyanza and western Kenya are more than four million.

“We have at least 2.7 million voters in Nyanza alone and another 1.9 million in the western region. If we can mobilise at least 2.5 million in Nyanza and 1.5 million in western, we already have a head start of 4 million votes,” said the Nasa flag bearer.

NEXT GOVERNMENT

He reiterated the coalition’s determination to form the next government and urged supporters to turn up and vote on August 8.

“We mean business and are confident of getting the 10 million votes at the polls.

“However, all our supporters must turn out in large numbers and vote in order to ensure that we register an early win,” said Mr Odinga.

He said the alliance targets a 95 per cent voter turnout in the coming election.

“We need each and every voter to report to the polling station early and cast his or her ballot,” the ODM leader said.

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Foreigners Warned – High South African Crime Rates

By Peter Dube

South Africa is seemingly at odds with the rest of Africa and, probably, the world over a rising wave of crime and sporadic attacks on foreign nationals.

In recent weeks, at least three countries including Kenya issued travel alerts to their citizens.

Understandably, according to data released by the South African police at the end of March, over 960,000 serious crimes were reported to the police between April and December 2016, averaging over 3,550 cases every day – or 148 every hour.

The biggest increase has happened in the contact crime category, where robbery with aggravating circumstances, including carjacking, showing an increase of 6.1 per cent.

With this, the so-called ‘trio crimes’ – carjacking, robbery at home and robbery at non-residential premises – all saw huge increases across all crime categories.

Foreign nationals have not been spared, hence some countries cautioning their citizens intending to visit the Rainbow nation.

Kenya had a more pronounced advisory after its Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Monica Juma warned of increased cases of armed robberies, carjacking, theft, burglary, kidnap, rape and mugging.

“The most worrying element of this crime wave is the rising number of incidents of attacks within the vicinity of hotels,” Dr Juma said.

She added that the diplomatic community was being openly attacked in residential areas and in the central business district.

World’s watching

The African Diaspora Forum (ADF) chairperson, Mr Marc Gbaffou said the travel warnings were a very strong message to the South African government that the world was watching.

“It’s quite disappointing to hear the remarks that authorities will make publicly about issues like xenophobic attacks. It shows the world that visitors are not protected in the country,” Mr Gbaffou said.

Three months ago, houses belonging to migrants were burnt down in Rosettenville, south of Johannesburg and in Pretoria west.

Several businesses belonging to foreign nationals were also attacked by locals, who looted them.

Dr Juma’s letter blames South African authorities for failing to stop the wave of attacks, despite the crime reports being filed with the police.

“We need to bring to the attention of all official delegations or members of public travelling to South Africa on duty or official assignments to be cautious,” the letter says.

The Kenya advisory advises visitors to arrive in South Africa before 6pm and book accommodation in well-established areas and avoid travelling in public service vehicles.

Rape crisis

Ironically, the letter is dated April 24, the same day the UK issued a travel advisory against South Africa.

“There is a very high level of crime, including rape and murder in South Africa,” the UK says in its travel warning.

South Africa has one of the highest rape statistics in the world, with 30,069 sexual assault cases reported between April and December 2016.

An NGO that helps rape victims, Rape Crisis said “most cases went unreported because victims have lost faith in the country’s justice system”.

A 35-year-old Zimbabwean woman has been clamouring over how the police have neglected a case of rape she reported against a prominent figure.

“I am aggrieved with the way the police have handled my case. The person assigned to investigate my case told me that I do not have a case and l feel that it is not the place of the police to decide on whether or not I have a case. Theirs is to investigate and collect all evidence, which they have dragged their feet in doing,” she said.

Murder capitals

The UK’s advisory further said the most violent crimes tend to occur in townships, remote and isolated areas and away from the normal tourist destinations.

Nyanga, a notorious township in Cape Town, and Tembisa in Johannesburg, are the murder capitals in South Africa, recording the highest cases every year.

“Most visits to South Africa are trouble-free, but you should take sensible precautions to protect your safety,” the UK advisory read.

Canada also issued a travel advisory against South Africa. On May 2, the North American state said it had not issued a nationwide advisory for South Africa, but warned its citizens “to exercise a high degree of caution due to the significant level of serious crime”.

Kenya slammed

South Africa’s Department of International Relations and Corporation (DIRCO) slammed Kenya for its alert.

DIRCO spokesperson Clayson Monyela said he noted with concern the manner in which the Kenya alert had distorted information and randomly elevated issues which were inconsistent with the main thrust of bilateral relations between the two countries.

“The South African authorities will continue to seek further clarity on the matter from their Kenyan counterparts.

“South Africa wishes to emphasise that Kenyan citizens continue to travel to South Africa on a daily basis as well as official and business visits, with only three incidences reported to the South African authorities,” Mr Monyela said.

He added that South Africa was home to more than 3,000 Kenyan students who lived and studied in an environment free of harassment.

“South Africa wishes to recall the historic State Visit to Kenya in October 2016, which was hailed as a remarkable success following the signing of five new agreements. The signing of these agreements is a demonstration of the collective determination to take our bilateral relations to a higher level.”

Xenophobia

A fortnight ago, South Africa’s Police minister Fikile Mbalula, sparked a spate with neighbouring Zimbabwe when he said Zimbabwean ex-soldiers were wreaking havoc across South Africa, committing violent crime including robberies.

Zimbabwe’s ambassador Isaac Moyo, promptly hit back saying the minister’s remarks were irresponsible.

“We cannot accept the many ill-informed elements in the said statement and we deeply regret that they were made without due regard to their accuracy,” he said.

Two months ago, Nigeria called on the African Union (UN) to intervene over the renewed xenophobia attacks in South Africa.

The Nigerian government said it had it on record that 16 of their nationals had been killed in South Africa in the last two years.

“This is unacceptable to the people and government of Nigeria,” read an emailed statement.

Mr Gbaffou believes how South Africa handled concerns about the safety of visitors and migrants was critical to its relations with other nations.

Ransomware Hits 14 Servers in Kenya

By Stella Cherono

Since Friday last week, a wave of unprecedented cyberattacks has swept across the globe, with over 350 companies and hundreds of thousands of computers in 152 countries affected by Wednesday morning.

The attack by a computer worm or ransomware called WannaCry’ (Wanna Decryptor) targets the Microsoft Windows operating system, encrypts files and demands that the user pay ransom before being allowed to continue using the computer.

MULTINATIONALS

On Tuesday, computer forensics and data recovery company East Africa Data Handlers said it had received 14 cases of servers that had been affected by the ransomware.

Among these clients are two multinationals, which had the entire 15-year data manipulated and lost.

Managing Director George Njoroge said the company has been able to fix and restore the servers for five of the companies but admitted that it was unable to fix those from two other firms.

“The malware has different variations and sometimes the companies come with the complaint when it has already been manipulated even more,” Mr Njoroge said.

The data recovery, he said, is costly and takes time, and that may interfere with the smooth running of businesses.

PHISHING

The existence of the malware in the country has been confirmed by the country’s cybersecurity response agency, the National Kenya Computer Incident Response Team Coordination Centre, or KE-CIRT-CC.

Mr Njoroge warned that many companies in the country are at risk of being attacked by the ransomware.

“The biggest problem is that companies and individuals don’t upgrade their security infrastructure, mostly because of the current economic challenges,” he said, adding that the best solution is to keep pace with the dynamic changes in technology.

He tipped companies to completely switch off and isolate affected computer(s) from the network immediately after they discover they have been attacked by the malware and call in experts to remove the programme.

“Computer users should also avoid opening links whose sources they do not know as the main carrier of the malware is phishing,” he said.

Phishing scams are sent through emails appearing to be from genuine and famous companies with the aim of acquiring information and installing malicious software.

RANSOM

Mr Njoroge urged companies to back up their data and block certain untrusted websites from their servers.

Simon Kipruto, the head of the cybercrime unit at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, said no company or individual had reported a cyberattack, adding that most companies choose to solve such problems without reporting them to the police.

Globally, companies that had been affected by the attack told the media that the attackers demanded that they pay ransom in the cryptocurrency Bitcoin.

The ransomware works by encrypting files and making them inaccessible and unreadable, before asking the user to pay a specific amount of money in order to access their own data.

The frozen-screen warnings are much the same as those that started in Britain and spread across the world, reports Charlie D’Agata, a correspondent for America’s CBS TV network.

The “WannaCry,” malware programme that has held the globe in the grip of fear was first uncovered in documents stolen from the US National Security Agency, exposing a vulnerability in Microsoft’s operating systems.

BACKUP

So far, the attack has affected big users such as Britain’s National Health Service, FedEx, transport company Deusche Bahn and airline company Latam.

On Sunday, Kenya’s Communications Authority (CA) warned about the attack, which is spread through e-mail phishing, and asked users to take caution.

The authority also urged Kenyans to keep an offline backup of their documents and files so that they can restore them in case they are attacked.

CA Director-General Francis Wangusi, while discouraging people from paying ransom as there is no guarantee the files would be restored, said once the attack hits one computer, it tries to spread to all computers in the network.

He urged organisations and individuals to ensure that they have good and updated anti-virus programmes installed in their computers to safeguard their data from the malicious software.

Hamilton Lost 2kgs in Catalunya, but Gained Vital Points

columnBy Alex Mwangi

Last Sunday’s Spanish Grand Prix in Catalunya was everything Formula One fans had hoped for in the quest for highly competitive racing between different teams.

The fact that Mercedes and Ferrari were separated by less than four seconds after 66 laps, while deploying different race strategies, points to how narrow the gap is in the performance of the cars.

Third place went to Red Bull, though with more than a minute separating second-placed Sebastian Vettel and Daniel Ricciardo, there is a sense that Mercedes and Ferrari are in a league of their own and the championship race is between the two.

It was a disappointing Sunday for Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen and Red Bull’s Max Verstappen who went out seconds into the race in the first corner when Raikkonen sought to hug the inside lane as though the Mercedes of Valterri Bottas was non-existent, taking out Verstappen in the process.

The race blew wide open when Vettel overtook the Mercedes of Lewis Hamilton right at the start.

There were nervous faces at the Mercedes paddock but it was game on when it became obvious that Hamilton would not let Vettel disappear down the road. With a comfortable lead and knowing that Mercedes would fret if Vettel pitted seeking to extend his lead by using an undercut, Ferrari called Vettel in on the 15th lap.

True to their plan, Vettel was out again and began to close the gap to Hamilton.

But Mercedes’ engineers had other ideas. They kept out both Hamilton and Bottas, with permutations before them indicating that Hamilton had a good chance of winning the race despite Vettel’s early pit stop.

Hamilton dived into the pit-stop on the 22nd lap, in part to limit the damage of the precious seconds that Vettel was adding between the Ferrari and the Merc. One of the highlights of the race was Vettel’s overtaking manoeuvre on Bottas.

The Finn did Hamilton a huge favour by holding back the German for a while as Hamilton closed the gap on the Ferrari.

Vettel had to make one more pit-stop to put on mediums while Hamilton would have the softs for the last stint, a reversal of fortunes for the Italian team towards the end of race.

Hamilton came in under the virtual safety car on lap 37 and had the huge task ahead of nursing his softs for the next 29 laps.

Ferrari responded soon after the Brit’s pit-stop by having Vettel come in for mediums.

WHEEL-TO-WHEEL ACTION

Gripping action soon followed as Hamilton cruised on the speed trap past the pit-stops which Vettel was exiting.

Hamilton stayed on the left side of the track into the right turn attempting to sweep past the German but Vettel was already up to speed and managed to hold up his position to the delight of the Ferrari pit crew and courtesy of wheel-to-wheel action which saw Hamilton forced to use the run-off area.

The chase was on!

Vettel had the advantage of traffic ahead which enabled him to engage the Drag Reduction System to keep Hamilton at bay, cancelling out the Brit’s advantage of having the system at his disposal.

Luck was not on Vettel’s side for long however as he could not have traffic up ahead for the rest of the race and fittingly on the 44th lap, (Hamilton’s car is no. 44), the three-time champion swept past the four-time champion in a move that the Ferrari had little defence against. Would Hamilton’s tyres hold for the remaining 22 laps?

After opening a four-second cushion, Hamilton only needed to keep the Ferrari at bay despite Vettel having more durable tyres, a task which proved well within his grasp.

Hamilton lost about two kilos during the race, a sacrifice borne out of the demands of the 2017 F1 vehicles which have drivers facing greater G-forces while racing than previous models.

It’s a loss which he no doubt feels was overcompensated by winning, now that he is just six points behind Vettel in the race for the title after five races.

Alex Mwangi, a business reporter at NTV, is an avid Formula One follower.

Nyeri Jubilee Nominees Say Independent Candidates Rebels

By Joseph Wangui

Jubilee Party nominees in Nyeri County have launched a scathing attack on independent candidates terming them as rebels.

The 39 candidates said the “rebel” politicians who ditched the party will be treated as part of the opposition.

Senatorial aspirant Ephraim Maina, who is the group’s spokesman, disclosed that there was an agreement amongst the party aspirants before nominations that losers in primaries will support those who win.

“I am surprised that those who we were competing with have defaulted on this agreement and we are therefore urging voters to completely reject them. In Nyeri they are part of the opposition for defying President Uhuru Kenyatta,” he said.

WORKING WITH NASA

Governorship candidate Wahome Gakuru claimed that independent candidates are working with Nasa and should therefore be denied a chance to hold elective positions in the county and also in the entire Mount Kenya region.

Kieni MP Kanini Kega said electing independent candidates would be harmful to the Head of State in the National Assembly.

He said that elected independent lawmakers will find it hard to operate in parliamentary committees and even sit in the Business Committee that sets the House agenda.

The MP observed that it is likely the current independent candidates will side with either majority or minority sides in parliament, which is contrary to the behaviour of independent candidates as stipulated in the Constitution.

CAMPAIGN FOR UHURU

The politicians further resolved to campaign together for President Kenyatta’s re-election and ensure he gets more than 460,000 votes in Nyeri County.

Mr Maina also said they decided to forget their past political differences to strengthen their newly-agreed political resolve.

He said that the infighting amongst them will only affect the re-election of President Kenyatta, adding that they must now have a working synergy to ensure that the worst does not happen.

“Before nominations, most of us were pulling in different directions but this Jubilee ticket has literally forged a common front for us. Going forward, we shall work together for the sake of our President,” he said.

Among those vying as independent candidates in Nyeri include current Governor Samuel Wamathai, Women Representative Priscilla Nyokabi and Nyeri businessman Dan Wamahiu who is vying for the senate seat.

The independent candidates are, however, insisting they are supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election bid adding that they lost the party’s ticket unfairly.

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