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Factors that Favor Lenku to Retain Kajiado Governor’s Seat



By KSN Reporter

The Kajiado gubernatorial race is shaping up to be a grueling battle pitting three heavyweights as the clock ticks towards the August nine elections.

Incumbent Joseph Ole Lenku will fly the ODM flag against Jubilee’s David Nkedianye and UDA’s Katoo Ole Metito who won the ticket in the party primaries.

Analysts have put together various factors that define voting patterns in Kajiado and why the incumbent could edge to victory if everything falls into place.

The factors include the tribal matrix and voting patterns regarding the current political situation pitting Kenya Kwanza and Azimio la Umoja, clan factors, and the influence of various party leaders in the Maa region.

A closer look at the registered number of voters provided based on the  IEBC statistics and the latest numbers shows that Ole Lenku simply needs to keep his strongholds intact to emerge victoriously.

Kajiado is a cosmopolitan county and this means that the tribal card will be unleashed strategically by the candidates. Major tribes in Kajiado are the dominant Maasai voters (147,000), Kikuyu (125,023), Kamba (48268), Kisii (24,689), Luo (20,296) and Luhya (20,062).

Others are Kalenjin (8,056), Ameru (6,769), Somali (4,946), Taita (1,480), Mijikenda (963), Kuria (268) and others.

Both Nkedianye and Ole Metito have set their eyes on the Kikuyu vote while Ole Lenku has cast his net wide both the satellite towns and the reserves. The Kikuyus are mostly in towns while the majority of the Maasai are in the reserves.

Analysts opine that Nkedianye, who has chosen MP Joseph Manje will take a good pie of the Kikuyu vote just as Ole Metito who is riding on the UDA wave among the Kikuyu community bag a sizable number of votes.

Governor Lenku has his loyal Kikuyu supporters who are likely to stick with him to the end when ballot day comes.

Lenku received a major boost in mid-April when Wiper leaders called on the 48,268 Kamba voters to rally behind him. He is also expected to bag a majority of the Luhya, Luo, and Luhya votes because of the ODM factor.

With ODM leader Raila Odinga expected to tour the county in the company of Kalonzo, this will be a double harvest to Lenku’s vote hunt.

“A look at the constituencies shows that  Kajiado North where Nkedianye and Ole Metito have set their vote basket has the highest number of voters with the latest figure at 127,953. Governor Lenku still enjoys support in wards like Olkeri which has 30,292 voters. Oloolua has 32,274 and parts of Ngong have 20,998 voters,” said Noah Tingide, an analyst in Kajiado.

According to Tingide, Kajiado Central which is an ODM stronghold and Lenku’s vote yard as well has 56,434 voters while Kajiado West another of his stronghold has 64,026 voters.

Kajiado East which is a bathing ground for the three candidates has a total of 102,804 just as Kajiado South which has a total of 59,976.

Lenku has been putting in place a strong team and recently welcomed  Kajiado East ODM Parliamentary aspirant lawyer KOIN LOMPO PAPAA, who will be nominated to be Kajiado County Assembly Speaker after this year’s elections.

The decision was made after intensive consultations between Governor Joseph Ole Lenku and Mr. Lompo’s team of elders and political advisers from Kajiado East Constituency and officials of the ODM party.

Mr. Lompo now joins Governor Lenku’s strategic campaign team to maximize ODM votes in the County as well as promote the candidature of Azimio la Umoja Presidential Candidate Raila Odinga.

Lenku also welcomed back home, Nominated MCA Winnie Sein Lanoi who hails from Kajiado Central.


County assembly where all employees are from one tribe, save for one



By Wanja Waweru

An audit report given to a Senate committee reveals that all of the staff members at Nyamira County Assembly, with the exception of one, are from the same tribe.

Nyamira County Assembly Speaker Enock Okello and Clerk Dan Orina testified before the County Public Accounts Committee that the devolved entity had 223 employees, 222 of whom (99.9%) were Gusii community members.

Orina informed the committee that the Abagusii ethnic group dominates Nyamira, and that most candidates for open posts come from the area.

“Since the county Assembly is already at the peak of the recommended personnel establishment, this matter may be addressed gradually going into the future,” he assured senators.

Orina further asked the House to consider formulating legislation that will allow the transfer of staff from one county to another.

Section 65 (1) of the County Governments Act, 2012 provides that at least 30 per cent of the vacant posts at entry level be filled by candidates who are not from the dominant ethnic community in a county.

“In the circumstance, the County Assembly is in breach of the law on promotion of ethnic diversity in employment,” a report of the Auditor General said.

In order to react to the Auditor General’s Report on the Assembly’s Financial Statements for the 2019–2020 Fiscal Year, Okello and Orina had appeared before the committee.

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VIDEOS: Why didn’t Kenyan police question DJ Fatxo over death of Jeff Mwathi before he was buried?



More questions are emerging over whether the Kasarani Police officers may have been compromised even as investigations into Jeff Mwathi’s death took a new twist on Friday.

Mwathi died under mysterious circumstances afterbeing seen in musician DJ Fatxo’s apartment earlier.

Uncertainties emerged over the exit point on the building where the deceased fell from.

According to detectives who visited DJ Fatxo’s apartment, the window where Mwathi is believed to have jumped from had grills making it impossible for an adult to jump through.

Instead, detectives are now considering whether the 23-year-old may have fallen from the rooftop.

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Suspected mastermind behind alleged fake firearm licensing syndicate arrested in Machakos



Police in Machakos County detained a man they believe was posing as a Firearms Licensing Board (FLB) investigator.

Detectives discovered Dominic Ondari Ombogi, 42, at his Nguluni home in Matungulu with a variety of forged FLB papers and stamps.

Following a court order received from Kahawa Law Courts, his arrest was made possible by intelligence reports that identified him as the brains behind a terrible organization that issued phony firearm certificates to unscreened applicants.

“Ondari has been battling accusations of Stealing a Firearm and Making a Document Without Authority at the City Court, and has been out on Sh 500,000 bond,” police said on Monday.

In the ongoing investigation, the man is accused of tricking a Kajiado youth into thinking he could change the firearm’s certificate into his name, then subjecting the unknowing victim to endless paperwork that resulted in the theft of the weapon.

Police claim that early investigations have shown that Ondari, who purports to be a well-connected resource person on the firearms board, has only ever operated in the criminal underworld and has never held the position he claims to have at the Firearms Licensing Board.

“Upon his arrest, assorted filled firearm application forms, psychiatrist reports from Mathari Referral Hospital bearing different names, a seal from the Central Firearms Bureau, various FLB and Armatech Kenya Ltd rubbers stamps, four civilian firearm certificates, forged letters allegedly from the Nairobi region police command and several bank statements were seized,” detectives said.

Authorities said they had also established that jointly with others who impersonate officials in the board, Ondari targets vulnerable victims who are in haste to be cleared for the gun ownership, recklessly providing the fake certificates to anyone as long as good money changes hands.

“He even renews the certificates periodically at a cost of Sh 6,000,” police added.

The man was detained at Muthaiga Police Station to pave the way for investigations to establish other accomplices.

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