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Jubilee Upper Hand in Trans Nzoia Speaker Race

By Ibrahim Oruko

The race for the Trans Nzoia County Speaker position has narrowed down to a Jubilee affair despite the county’s governor, Patrick Khaemba, being elected on a Ford Kenya ticket.

Mr Khaemba who retained his seat is now caught up in a county assembly dominated by Jubilee Party which has a total of 12 MCAs followed by Ford Kenya with eight, while three MCAs were elected as independents. ANC and ODM have one MCA each.

So far, lawyer Charles Wabwoba and Kwanza constituency parliamentary aspirant loser Joshua Werunga have emerged as the only aspirants for the Speaker position and they are affiliated to the Jubilee Party.

ELECTIONS

Whereas Mr Wabwoba has been campaigning for the seat for over one year now, Mr Werunga is a new entrant into the race after he lost in the parliamentary elections.

Candidates interested in the seat and are affiliated to National Super Alliance include current Speaker David Sifuna, who vied as an independent candidate for the Trans Nzoia Senator seat but lost and County Assembly lawyer Katama Ngeywa.

Others are Trans Nzoia Public Service Board Secretary Clare Namenge, former Bikeke Girls’ Principal Susan Murumba, Mr Nathaniel Tum, Mr Andrew Wanyonyi and lawyer Nick Biketi.

Lawyer Biketi unsuccessfully vied for Kwanza MP seat.

According to political analysts, tribe might also be a factor in determining the next Speaker.

Mr Wabwoba is banking on his close relationships with the MCAS and his experience in legislative drafting and policy formulation as key in his quest for the position.

CORRUPTION

“I represented pro bono the MCAs, who were accused of corruption in court and also most of those who filed petitions both with the political parties tribunal and IEBC during nominations,” he said.

In early this year, 38 MCAs, the Speaker Mr Sifuna and Clerk of the Trans Nzoia County Assembly were arrested over corruption allegations of obtaining illegal imprests.

Whereas Mr Werunga is counting on his experience having also at one time served as a Mayor of Kitale Town Council, Mr Wabwoba accuses him of having no understanding of legal issues.

“Knowledge of legal issues will go a long way in guiding MCAs in effectively carrying out their legislative mandate. I will use my experience as a lawyer to guide the MCAs and put the county government of check,” Mr Wabwoba said.

So far, the Jubilee MCAs are working together with the independent MCAs in an effort to win the Speaker seat.

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Zimbabwe: Ruling Party Youths Tired of Beer, Demand Farms

Photo: The Herald

Zanu-PF Youth League Secretary Kudzanai Chipanga (file photo).

Zanu PF Youth secretary Kudzanai Chipanga has said youths in the ruling party are tired of being used by senior politicians and that it was time they (youths) demanded their space in all sectors of the economy.

He was speaking in Gweru on Tuesday at a meeting to prepare for Zanu PF Midlands presidential interface rally scheduled for September 2.

Chipanga said senior party officials had a tendency to give hand-outs such as beer to incite youths to engage in political violence particularly during election time.

“As youths we work over time in party activities yet there are some who still use us to do things that do not benefit us economically,” Chipanga said.

“Enough is enough we are saying this year no to being given beer as it does not empower us as youths.”

Chipanga said instead of buying beer for youths senior politicians should ensure that youths get farming inputs and mining claims among other empowerment initiatives.

Opposition parties have often accused Zanu PF of engaging in political violence against its supporters particularly during election time.

“If you use youths toy toying will their family benefit from that?” quizzed Chipanga.

Chipanga said politicians in the party who do not represent the interests of youths in their constituency should lose their seats to young members come 2018.

He said time was up when positions of certain politicians in the party were considered sacred and uncontested.

“If a representative does represent our interests let us stand up and represent ourselves as youths. We want to see youths even in parastatals boards,” he said.

Chipanga said all positions in the party except that of President Robert Mugabe could be contested if their holders did not perform to expectations.

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By Laban Wanambisi

Nairobi — The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) wants billboards, posters and banners put up by politicians brought down following conclusion of the General Election.

The poll agency has warned of heavy penalties against politicians found culpable of misconduct.

In a post appearing on social media, IEBC cautioned candidates, agents, political parties and party members against breaking campaign rules.

“The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission hereby gives notices to all candidates, agents, political parties and party members; that following the conclusion of General Elections conducted on the 8th of August, 2017, you are required to remove all banners, billboards, placards and posters erected during the election period within seven (7) days of this notice, failing which the commission shall impose sanctions stipulated under the Second Schedule (Electoral Code of Conduct) of the Elections Act, 2011,” read the post.

Boniface Mwangi who was in the race for Starehe MP already removed his campaign posters on August 12. Mwangi, an award winning photojournalist and a political activist conceded defeat to Jubilee Party’s Charles Njagua.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and Nairobi County Woman Representative Esther Passaris also took cue and led their supporters in removing their campaign posters.

Governor Sonko’s Rescue Team started a cleanup last Tuesday. It traversed the Central Business District removing posters from walls and poles.

“The campaign will continue until Nairobi is declared the cleanest city in Africa. I have ordered the dispatch of more than 50 trucks to immediately begin this process,” the Nairobi Governor said in a tweet last week.

The Sonko Rescue Team resolved to remove all candidates’ posters.

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Opposition Accuses Jubilee of Intimidating Judiciary

By Ibrahim Oruko

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has accused senior politicians from the Jubilee Party of prosecuting the Presidential Petition filed by Mr Raila Odinga through the social media noting that the move is an attempt to intimidate the Judiciary.

MPs elected on the party’s ticket in the just concluded General Election further warned the media to tread carefully and stop publishing stories that suggest the petition filed by Mr Odinga on Friday is weak and cannot withstand the legal test.

“The Jubilee leadership has gone ahead to purport to poke holes in the case even before the pretrial as prove of how weak the case is. This is an attempt to intimidate the Judiciary into throwing away the case,” Mr John Mbadi, the ODM chairman said.

INTIMIDATE

He added: “We ask Jubilee Party to set our courts free and stop intimidation of judges. But we also remind Jubilee that the battle is far from over. They can intimidate the courts but they cannot succeed in intimidating the people.”

Mr Mbadi was speaking on Tuesday during a press conference at the party headquarters where he rejected calls to accept the outcome of the presidential vote and insisted they will not move on.

Others at the press conference were MPs-elect Ledama ole Kina (Senator, Narok), Mr Jared Okello (Nyando), Mr Sam Atandi (Alego Usonga), Mr Caleb Amisi (Saboti).

Over the weekend, leaders within the Jubilee Party dismissed the petition describing it as weak, inconsistent and incapable of overturning President Uhuru Kenyatta’s election.

Led by Senator from Tharaka Nithi Kithure Kindiki, the leaders said despite filing volumes of paper work in court, the National Super Alliance (Nasa) has not made a serious case that can lead to the nullification of the elections.

WEAKEST PETITION

“I have gone through that petition, paragraph by paragraph, sentence by sentence and word for word from last evening, and as a lawyer, I am shocked. This is the weakest petition I have come across filed in any court across the world, trying to contest the election of a president,” Kindiki said.

Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen termed the petition as a fishing expedition.

On Tuesday, Mr Mbadi said the pronouncements by leaders was aimed at intimidating the Judiciary and asked the court to determine the case based on evidence that will be presented as the petition was properly filed before the court.

“Jubilee is trying to use shock and awe tactics to panel beat the country into silence and reduce voters into mere bystanders in a struggle that is truly theirs,” Mr Mbadi said.

MEDIA

Mr ole Kina asked Jubilee party politicians to be sober up and let institutions do their work.

“The only way to leave Kenya a better place is to let institutions do their work,” he said, while condemning the media of prejudging the petition by claiming that the Supreme Court had already poked holes in the petition.

Mr Okello said Nasa’s fears are not unfounded and warning that the party will not renege on its quest to overturn President Kenyatta victory.

“The fair thing to do is for the country to await the decision of the seven judges because I believe they have what it takes to make a decision on this matter,” he said.

The party members will assemble at Orange House on Thursday to pray for justice and what Mr Mbadi said is an end to the culture of electoral theft.

He also asked their supporters all over the country to assemble and offer prayers for justice wherever they are.

Jomo Kenyatta Memorial – Uhuru Kenyatta Calls for Unity

By Patrick Lang’at

President Uhuru Kenyatta has described political differences as the core of Kenya’s democracy, but warned that such varying opinions should not be used to divide the country.

He, however, insisted that such differences, which he said were even more during any election, should be respected, saying it had a direct link to the development of the country.

PETITION

“There is no single Kenyan who went to the ballot in this election and made a mistake (by voting for their candidate of choice) ,” President Kenyatta told the congregation at St Stephen’s Cathedral on Jogoo Road during the 39th memorial service of the country’s founding President Jomo Kenyatta.

He went on: “That is the essence and the core of democracy. And without that respect for diversity, even our development agenda is not possible.”

“Let us also be able to respect our ability to have differing opinions but differing opinions do not mean enmity, we are still one people.”

President Kenyatta was declared winner after a high-stakes elections on August 8 that his closest challenger Raila Odinga has disputed and has lodged a petition at the Supreme Court.

17 YEARS

On his father, who died on August 22, 1978 when the young Kenyatta was 16, the president described him as a man who deeply loved Kenya.

“Today we celebrate and remember the life of a man who, together with his colleagues, dedicated his life to attaining the independence of Kenya and for 17 years led as its founding father,” said President Kenyatta, who was accompanied by his wife Margaret, and his mother Mama Ngina Kenyatta.

The Head of State was optimistic that he and those of his generation had extended what Mzee Kenyatta and other independence heroes had hoped for the country.

“It is not that we have not made mistakes . . . We have. But we learn from our mistakes. And I am sure our forefathers will be proud of the achievements we have made,” said President Kenyatta.

DEVELOPMENT

Deputy President William Ruto, who also attended the memorial, described Mzee Kenyatta as a man who made a huge contribution in bringing Kenya together as a nation.

“This morning, I am sure that Mzee is proud in heaven to see what has become of the country he found. He will be pleased that two things happened: this election canvassed on the basis of issues, rather than ethnicity, and on the need of uniting Kenya,” the DP said.

He lauded the formation of the Jubilee Party, which folded 12 parties into one, as a critical step in achieving what he said will be a united country.

“As my boss, and my friend, I can say that President Uhuru Kenyatta is a man we can trust to deliver on the two things upon which this election was contested: A development record and uniting the country,” Mr Ruto said.

SONKO

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko described Mzee Kenyatta as a patriot, one whom he said had soldiered on in his quest for freedom despite spending time in jail and facing threats to his life.

“Your Excellency, this morning, I am sure Mzee and my late dad are watching over us from Heaven. I have no doubt that their hearts are filled with pride and their faces covered in broad smiles,” Mr Sonko said to President Kenyatta.

During the service, President Kenyatta thanked the St Stephen’s Cathedral church choir which he said stood with the family after Mzee Kenyatta passed on.

“When we finish at the Supreme Court, and I know God will grant us victory, we will invite you to thank you,” said the Head of State.

CJ Maraga Sets Deadlines for Written Submissions in Presidential Petition

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — The National Super Alliance (NASA) is expected to file its written submissions, on the petition contesting the Presidential election, to the Supreme Court by Friday at 1pm according to timelines released by Chief Justice David Maraga.

In the directions, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), its chairman Wafula Chebukati and President Uhuru Kenyatta are supposed to file their responses by 7pm on the same day.

In a statement, Maraga stated that NASA should file a rejoinder if they wish to do so by 9am Saturday and that any other party wishing to file an application should do so together with a five-page written submission no later than Friday at 1pm.

“Should the petitioners wish to file a rejoinder, to the respondents written submissions, they should file and serve the same by 9am on Saturday, August 26,” he said.

He added that any party wishing to be added to the petition as amicus curiae should also file and serve their application by this Friday.

“Any party wishing to be admitted to the petition as amicus curiae should, pursuant to rule 54 of the Supreme Court rules, 2012 file and serve their application together with the amicus brief by 1pm on August,” he said.

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FDC Polls – Amuriat Camp Courts Candidates to Step Down

By Jonathan Kamoga & Baker Batte Lule

The race to become the next FDC president officially kicked off last week but just days into the three-month-long campaign, there are calls to have a single candidate to challenge incumbent Gen Mugisha Muntu.

Muntu is facing four other candidates; namely, former Kumi MP Patrick Amuriat, Dan Matsiko, Mubarak Munyagwa and Moses Byamugisha.

The winner of the FDC presidency is determined by a simple majority. Some figures loyal to Dr Besigye’s defiance campaign, who brand themselves as ‘defiants,’ are courting other candidates to step aside for Amuriat with the hope that their chances of winning would be bolstered if other candidates step down.

“All the candidates are of defiance, apart from Muntu. So, I don’t see why we cannot ask them to join us and we defeat this man and reclaim our 2016 presidential victory,” one source said.

On Saturday, Amuriat confirmed to The Observer that talks with other candidates are ongoing to drum up more support for him and increase his chances of winning the FDC presidency.

“We have always left all options open and one of the options is forming alliances and agreeing to work together. Yes, we shall continue to pursue such lines, especially with those candidates that have the same ideology with us,” he said. “There is nothing we have concluded yet but the [switch over would] make me stronger.”

The move to have Amuriat as the only contestant against Muntu started even before the nomination exercise, with his camp talking to some of the candidates they viewed as easy targets.

Sources said during these meetings, the candidates were promised a ‘fair reward’ should they yield and Amuriat goes through. The negotiations were led by Joyce Nabbosa Ssebugwawo, the party’s vice president for Central region, also the campaign chairperson of the Amuriat camp.

Some of those talked to include Moses Lukubira and Mubarak Munyagwa. Lukubira told The Observer on Saturday that he attended meetings before nominations and agreed to back out.

“We agreed that since we were all from the defiance camp, we should leave Amuriat to stand since he is more experienced than us and has more grassroots support,” he said. “It would be painful if our insistence on remaining in the race gave Muntu an opportunity to retain the presidency.”

However, Munyagwa didn’t agree with the terms and got nominated the following day. A source close to the talks told The Observer Munyagwa refused to back out before nominations because the public would think he was unserious.

“He insisted to be nominated as talks go on but I’m positive in a few weeks’ time he may pull out of the race,” a source said.

Munyagwa couldn’t be reached for a comment but in an interview with CBS FM after nomination, he said he would be willing to step down if the terms favor him.

Meanwhile, Moses Byamugisha said he has not been approached because they [Amuriat camp] know he will not accept such a proposal. “It would be a sign of disrespect and an insult to common sense,” he said.

“I can confidently tell you that nobody has approached me. All these days I have struggled alone, raising that Shs 5 million nomination fees. There is no way I can accept such a proposal.”

In the same vein, Dan Matsiko also said he has not been approached to step down in favor of Amuriat.

“No one has come to me because they well know that I cannot step down for anybody. I’m in the race and I can assure you that I’m going to win, forget the rented support my competitors are displaying. Majority of those people you saw on nomination are not even delegates,” he said.

NO CHANGE

Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda, the co-chairperson of the Muntu campaign, noted that even if other candidates stand down in favour of Amuriat, there is no chance they can defeat Muntu.

“Usually elections are not won by how many people you have. When you’re an incumbent, the election is like a referendum; all the other candidates will mention your name in places you have not yet even campaigned,” he said.

“I have no problem with people withdrawing from the race and I don’t think it will in any way affect our campaigns. We are looking for the candidate that is going to stabilize our party no matter the different views so that we can work together.”

When contacted, Dan Mugarura, the FDC electoral commission chairperson, said when some candidates pull out in favor of the other, it will not affect the electoral process at all. However, he noted that withdrawing from the race might have some negative ramifications for the candidate in question.

“Withdrawal affects your future as a young politician. People will no longer take you serious the next time you ask for their support,” he said.

CAMPAIGNS

Official campaigns kicked off last week Thursday with the candidates campaigning mainly in Kampala. According to Hussein Lubega, a commissioner, all candidates are expected to attend a joint press conference today at the party headquarters in Najjanakumbi before heading out to different parts of the country.

Kenyatta Leads Kenyans in Agitating for Unity

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged Kenyans to continue praying for peace and unity, which will facilitate the growth of the country.

The President said Kenyans should steer away from tension instigated by politics and should continue with their activities without fear.

“There is no need for tension or fear, Kenya will still be there after elections.

“Leave us as leaders to tackle our political issues. Kenya was there before election and it will continue to exist,” President Kenyatta said at Ngong Catholic Church, Kajiado County, where he was accompanied by his deputy William Ruto.

PEACE

Mr Kenyatta equally hailed Kenyans for engaging in peaceful activities in the last election period, noting that the country is maturing democratically.

He thanked Kajiado residents for taking the lead in preaching peace, and others should follow suit.

“Kajiado is an example to Kenyans. Despite hosting different communities, it was the only cosmopolitan county whose residents were not drawn into the 2007/2008 post election violence,” he observed.

The Jubilee Party leader thanked voters for supporting his party’s candidates, for example Mr ole Lenku.

ISSUE-BASED

Deputy President Ruto said all Kenyans are winners in the General Election.

“Our democracy is growing as demonstrated by the way Kenyans voted during the just concluded General Election,” Mr Ruto said.

Mr Ruto said it was impressive that Kenyans voted for candidates whose campaigns were based on issues and not ethnic backgrounds.

PETITIONS

Also, he said, it is encouraging that leaders are respecting the rule of law by lodging their electoral petitions in courts.

“Although we have differences of opinion, it is impressive that leaders are committed to following the rule of law in addressing such issues,” he said.

“Disputes arising from elections can always be solved through the Constitution and in a peaceful manner.”

Nasa has filed a petition at the Supreme Court challenging Mr Kenyatta’s re-election.

POLITICS

At the same time, Governors-elect Mike Sonko (Nairobi) and Joseph ole Lenku (Kajiado) appealed to Kenyans to avoid activities that can disrupt peaceful coexistence.

“Lets embrace peace and harmonious relations because politics come and goes but our development is there to stay,” Mr Ole Lenku said at St Joseph’s Cathedral.

Mr Sonko added: “Politics is like rainy clouds, which come and go but normal life continues.”

Father Anthony Koikai conducted the Mass and also delivered the sermon urging the faithful to embrace the gift of faith, which has been given freely by God.

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Samuel Kinuthia Defeats Wealthy Rivals to Win MP Seat

By Peter Mburu

The Subukia MP-elect used to hawk household items in Nyahururu, he told the Nation in a candid interview.

A younger Samuel Kinuthia Gachobe sold milk, having to walk two kilometres from home every morning before going to school.

“I hawked sufurias, plates and spoons. This moulded me into the enviable leader that I am,” Mr Gachobe said.

BUSINESS

The soft-spoken MP-elect recalled: “I started hawking in Nyahururu Town in 1995 with capital of Sh3,000.”

He would walk around shouting and selling ‘mali mali’, nurturing the much-underrated enterprise into a formidable business in two years.

He opened a shop in 1997 and his business flourished in Nyandarua and Nakuru counties.

EDUCATION

In 2000, he joined Kenya Institute of Management (KIM).

He then enrolled for a leadership and management diploma at St Paul’s University and later a degree in the same course, graduating in 2015.

“I took a long time to study because I was in business and I also had more responsibilities,” Mr Gachobe said.

Formerly known as Nakuru North, the storied Subukia was at some point represented by veteran politicians such as Kihika Kimani and the radical Koigi wa Wamwere.

SECOND TERM

It has had 11 MPs since 1966 and undergone five by-elections since 1979, with MPs dying in office in two cases.

In perhaps a unique case in Kenyan politics, a sitting MP, Mr Francis Koima arap Kimosop, committed suicide in 1983.

The constituency is also known for electing MPs for only one term, with only two re-elected since 1974.

The MP-elect, whose first stab at the seat in 2013 flopped, ousted Mr Nelson Gaichuhie, who lost in the Jubilee Party primaries in April after serving for two terms.

CAMPAIGNS

Mr Gachobe garnered 27,123 votes, trouncing two wealthy opponents whose moneyed campaigns almost demoralised him as he would confess.

He knows all too well that it is a good track record that will earn him re-election in 2022.

“I did some very good ground work after Mr Gaichuhie defeated me hands down in the 2013 TNA party primaries,” Mr Gachobe said.

PRIORITIES

Core to his plans is inviting experts to test the constituency’s soil — which he says could be infertile after a long time of tilling — to improve farming as agriculture is the residents’ economic mainstay.

Developing tertiary institutions is also key as Subukia does not have a proper college.

Subukia constituency has three wards: Subukia, Waseges and Kabazi.

Of its 51,582 registered voters, 84 per cent turned out to vote at 130 polling stations this year.

Malawi: Council Gives Karonga Stadium Contractor One-Month Ultimatum

By Wisdom Ngwira -Mana

Karonga District Council has given Nangaunozge Building Contractors a 30-day ultimatum to complete construction of Karonga Stadium.

The stadium was initially scheduled for completion last year, but heavy rains that affected construction works forced extension of the project’s duration.

Karonga district council chairperson Ernest Mwalweni said the contractor asked for an extension and proposed July this year. But up to now, the stadium remains unfinished.

“I would like to clearly state that we have given the contractor one-month ultimatum from now to complete all works so that the council and residents start using the facility.

“We can no longer expect any further delay; the fact is we need the stadium to be ready by next month without fail,” Mwalweni said.

However, he was quick to point out that despite being behind completion schedule, the contractor has done a good job saying the stadium is of high quality.

“One thing that is encouraging to us, though, is that the contractor has done a very commendable job. This stadium is very unique compared to other stadia which have been built from the same Local Development Fund.

“We commend the contractor for a good job and we expect the project to be fully complete by next month so that the contractor’s good reputation should be maintained. If this is done then the people of Karonga will be happy,” Mwalweni said.

Meanwhile, a foreman working at the project who opted for anonymity confided in Malawi News Agency (Mana) that by August end this year, the stadium should be ready to host matches or any event.

Once completed, Karonga Stadium will be a relief to northern region football teams playing in the TNM Super league, especially Chitipa United which has been finding it difficult to cope with huge transport costs to rely on Mzuzu Stadium as home ground.

Chitipa United FC Coach Kondwani Mwalweni said allowing his team to host its matches at Karonga Stadium would not only help the team financially, but also boost the team’s chances of surviving in the league.

“We travel close to 1000 kilometres to fulfill almost all of our fixtures and this pains us a lot. We hope Football Association of Malawi and Super League of Malawi will certify this stadium.

“Many of our supporters are from Chitipa and Karonga, so we hope we will benefit a lot from this stadium,” Mwalweni said.

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