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I will be in 2022 race, says Kalonzo

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Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka said on Saturday that he is still in the 2022 presidential race.

He noted that the handshake between opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta has not affected his ambition.

“The journey to Canaan is still there,” Mr Musyoka said in Wundanyi, Taita Taveta County, during a thanksgiving meeting for member of parliament (MP) Danson Mwashako.

He added: “My friend Raila said they reached River Jordan and saw crocodiles. Recently, Mr Ruto said that nowhere in the Bible does it say there are crocodiles in River Jordan.”

The Wiper Democratic Movement leader noted, however, that he will continue working with the government to transform the country.

Mr Musyoka said his party recognises the leadership of President Kenyatta. He said Wiper resolved to embrace the handshake for peaceful coexistence, which he said had been on the verge of falling apart due to the disputed general election.

Regarding the war on corruption, the politician said he fully supports the president’s resolve as he will deliver the country against the vice which has robbed Kenyans of development.

“I told President Kenyatta that if he blinks now, he cannot talk of a legacy,” he said, adding the president should stand firm and leave no stone unturned in the bid to see the guilty punished.

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“Nobody should be spared. Nobody should be above the law.”

At the function, Mr Musyoka launched the constituencies’ strategic plan for 2018 to 2022.

A section of Wiper legislators have asked Mr Odinga to support Mr Musyoka’s 2022 presidential bid.

Mr Mwashako and National Assembly Deputy Minority Leader Robert Mbui piled pressure on the ODM leader not to vie for the presidency, saying he should instead pay back Mr Musyoka for supporting him in the 2013 and 2017 elections.

Mr Mbui, who is Wiper’s organising secretary, said, “Mr Kenyatta is the country’s president and Mr Odinga the people’s president. Why don’t we allow Mr Kalonzo to be the next president?”

Mr Mwashako asked Mr Odinga to abide by the parties’ agreement for support for his co-principal in the National Super Alliance (Nasa).

He said Mr Odinga, who is Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) boss, should concentrate on his new role as an African Union envoy and leave politics to Mr Musyoka.

“We are surprised because ODM members are moving around campaigning for their party leader yet there is an agreement which says he pledged to support my party leader,” he said.

He noted that he and his Wundanyi constituents will not support Mr Odinga’s presidential bid.

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Meanwhile, a section of Coast MPs have criticised ODM for summoning defiant MPs who have pledged to support Deputy President William Ruto in the next race for the top seat.

Coast Parliamentary Group Vice Chairperson Saidi Hiribae said they resolved to work with the government to bring development to the Coast region as it has been lagging behind.

Mr Hiribae told off ODM for “notoriously issuing threats” to members who have openly declared support for the government, saying they embraced the spirit of the handshake.

“We have never seen other parties saying they are considering disciplinary action against members who have resolved to walk together,” he said.

“I have never been summoned by my party leader Musalia Mudavadi to be asked why we are moving together as Coast parliamentarians.”

Mr Hiribae said the movement will chart the way forward for the Coast region come 2022.

 

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CJ Maraga rejects Senator Malala’s three-goat gift 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Chief Justice David Maraga on Friday turned down Kakamega Senator Cleaophas Malala’s three goat gift citing the Judicial Service Commission code of conduct that bars him from receiving a gift worth more than Sh20,000.

CJ Maraga had graced the Grand opening of the new Kakamega Law Courts building when he was presented with the gift.

“Today on behalf of the people of Kakamega and as the Senator for Kakamega. I want to present to you a symbolic gift that is going to help you achieve this legacy.

“I have three animals here representing three arms of the government. I want to present it to you as a symbolic gift representing unity among the the three arms of the government.” said Senator Malala

The CJ who instead handed the goats to Kakamega law courts users’ committee chairman Sylvester Mambiri also sited Malala’s ongoing court case.

“If am not wrong, the senator has donated a gift to me but he has put me in trouble because I think he has a case in court, secondly under the Judiciary code of conduct I am not allowed to take a gift which is more than 20,000 shillings and this goats look like they are more than 30,000.” the CJ said

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During the event, the CJ steered clear of the controversy over his advisory to President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament for failure to legislate on the two-thirds gender rule.

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ODM MP suspended for attending Ruto’s meeting

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has suspended Kilifi North Member of Parliament Owen Baya days after he attended Deputy President William Ruto’s meeting.

The MP was accused of switched alliances and teaming up with DP William Ruto and the party had resolved to take action on the MP over what they called “recent political alignments.”

In a statement through the Party’s Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, the party announced that the National Executive Committee (NEC) had also decided to suspend Baya from his position as the Deputy Organizing Secretary.

The party explained that the decision was made after his recent move which has cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its objectives.

“Cognizant of the central role that the party’s NEC plays in the management of the party and the need to maintain the probity of its deliberations the NEC resolved to suspend MP Owen Baya from membership of this critical organ and from his position as the Deputy Organizing Secretary given his recent public utterances and conduct that have cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its objectives,” read a statement from the party.

On Wednesday, Baya was part of a delegation of Coast MPs that escorted Feisal Abdallah Bader, an aspirant for the Msambweni parliamentary seat, to meet Deputy President William Ruto at his Karen office.

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Atwoli intensifies fight with DP Ruto over hustler tag

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has once again put Deputy President William Ruto on blast for using the ‘hustler’ tag.

Speaking during a press conference, the Atwoli stated that the tag hustler had a negative meaning which translates to someone who uses mischievous ways to get wealth.

He added that all Kenyans are yearning for is an organized system of government that could provide employment and not creating hustlers.

He pointed out that William Ruto was not poor as he makes his supporters believe and he is just using them to climb to the top. He disclosed that William Ruto owns choppers, mansions, and every space in the country.

Atwoli went on to call out the DP for the donations he has been giving out to the youths and women stating that they were just peanuts compared to the amount of wealth he has amassed over the years.

“The person telling you about being a hustler owns five choppers, a mansion and owns every empty space in the republic of Kenya. You are calling yourself a hustler and yet you are not. Even God cannot allow. Then you go to the church to cheat about being a hustler,” he said.

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A few days ago, Atwoli blasted William Ruto for using the tag while asking Kenyans to reject him stating that no one should allow themselves to be called a hustler. He claimed that hustlers are thieves.

Atwoli who claimed that he would disown his children if they referred themselves as hustlers stated that people should go to school, get an education and get jobs in reputable companies instead of hustling.

“You then become a branch manager of Kenya Breweries, get a house allowance, a car loan, and have a nice house. You are not hustlers. We cannot have a nation of hustlers because it is a man eats man society,” Atwoli said.

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