Controversial Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has called upon the Inspector General of Police to investigate individuals who are out to kill him.
The legislator, in a Sunday statement, revealed that he had, over the past few months, been receiving threats against his life over his political stance.
In recent weeks, however, the threats and insults towards the MP increased worryingly, culminating into him being an active target
Embakasi East MP Hon Paul Ongili alias Babu Owino PHOTO/COURTESY
“I can report that I am a targeted man. I have been consistently followed during the day and at night by a saloon vehicle that I now know, with four occupants. Yesterday, these men made an attempt on my life,” an irate Owino said.
Maintaining his defiance despite the looming danger, the provocative MP vowed to continue speaking out on behalf of oppressed Kenyans, until death comes his way.
“I have done my duty to the people fearlessly and will continue to do so until the Lord calls me home,” he wrote.
In the statement, Owino claimed that highly placed politicians are the ones behind the attempt on his life, saying that he had already reported the matter at Parliament Police Station.
“I will not stop. I shall not stop. Death comes to us all and I know mine will eventually come. I am not afraid of dying for my beliefs and in service to my people. Tialala!” An unmoved Owino concluded.
Renowned political analyst Prof Mutahi Ngunyi has advised Deputy President William Ruto on the need to broaden his base of advisors rather than running a one-man show.
Ngunyi said that Ruto’s pride as a self-made man was also his bane as he was essentially only accountable to himself.
The political analyst said such leaders who are self-made tend to run a one-man show that mutates into a dictatorship.
DP Ruto joined faithful to celebrate the 25th Anniversary of the Bishop Muiru Ministry, Kasarani Sports Centre, Nairobi County. PHOTO/COURTESY
“William Ruto advises William Ruto. He is only accountable to himself. At least we know Uhuru Kenyatta has a mother and a wife who will tell him when he is off-track. Raila Odinga has Ida who actively advises him. I don’t foresee a situation where Rachael Ruto calls him and he is nyoroshwad (straightened) by his wife.”
“If you look at the people around him, they are all rented. He needs to look for a mentor around the region, maybe Museveni or Magufuli. That way, he can be accountable to certain people,” Ngunyi said.
The professor of political economy noted that Ruto’s bitter complain regarding the Kibra by-election was proof of poor mentorship noting that the DP was reacting out of irritation and Raila’s team was taking advantage.
“The art of war teaches that when your enemy is easily irritable, prod him and make him irritated at all times. That is what ODM is doing. They are prodding him like a frog and he jumps up with a tweet,” he said.
After the meeting with the President, the leaders, who have been sharply divided by early succession politics, creating two groupings, Kieleweke, that appears to support the Handshake between Uhuru and Opposition leader Raila Odinga and the Tangatanga team that is in support of DP William Ruto’s bid, walked out optimistic that the region could now have common bearing in tackling challenges that have created a wedge among themselves.
Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi said the meeting had left all parties happy, following the President‘s address on key issues, lauding his call on leaders in the region to exercise political hygiene.
“The President was spot on the need for us to unite and exercise political hygiene. The leaders were enthusiastic in receiving him and the meeting addressed key issues of the region’s unity and economic development,” he said.
The governor said it was important for the President to call on the leaders to exercise patience on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report. “He wondered why people are making all this noise when they have not read it,” said Kiraitu.
MPs allied to Tangatanga faction of Jubilee Party in Sagana meeting. PHOTO/COURTESY
Nominated MP Maina Kamanda said the President was categorical that factional politics in Mt. Kenya would hurt his legacy and urged leaders to stop petty politicking. He is a key Uhuru lieutenant.
“Why can’t we wait until the BBI report is out so that we can remove the bad things and implement the good ideas?” former Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti said.
Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua commended the President’s support for equality of the vote, a matter that had led to a section of Central Kenya leaders warning that they would shoot down the BBI report if it did not address injustices in the weight of the vote.
“We are happy that he supports us on that, and that is all that we have been saying; one-man-one-vote-one-shilling. We are on the same page on this. But importantly, as he has said, let us wait for the report to see what it proposes,” he said.
Embu Senator Njeru Ndwiga shared the governor’s sentiments: “The meeting appeared to be getting the people from the region together as we are now seriously fragmented. We feel that most of our concerns, especially matters to do with agriculture, were addressed, although there is a promise from the Head of State that he will visit each of the region’s counties, to specifically address each of their unique issues,” said Mr. Ndwiga.
Ndwiga said the President made a great effort to pacify the region, urging its leaders to focus on more important issues and not dwell on politics, “which to me makes a lot of sense”.
Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu said the meeting was a forum for the President to give the region direction, dissuading them against engaging in early politics. The MP said it was important for local leaders to be taken through the required “political hygiene” so as to end the hostilities that have been brought about by early campaigns by leaders positioning themselves for 2022 elections.
He said it was important that Uhuru demystified issues that had split the region, creating fodder for politicians engaging in succession politics.
“He was displeased that people are discussing how to succeed him while he is still in office, cautioning us against premature politics and fighting one another,” he said.”
Inua Mama Initiative members led by Kandara MP Alice Wahome during one of their events. Photo/Courtesy
Embrace Kenya team members on arrival in Mwingi for their Kitui meeting PHOTO/COURTESY
Unlike in previous successions, there is no clear successor this time round, a factor that is increasingly causing discomfort and a feeling of political vulnerability.
A string of political setbacks has also taken a heavy toll on the region’s collective psyche, fostering a deep sense of siege, which has seen cracks within the region’s leadership in the form of Jubilee Party’s Kieleweke and Tangatanga factions and women lobbies of Embrace and Inua Mama.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for an urgent meeting with all Jubilee party leaders from Central Kenya amidst mounting political temperatures.
This meeting is happening at Sagana State Lodge in Nyeri County, currently underway.
President Uhuru summoned all elected and nominated Jubilee leaders from the central region for deliberations on various issues, including development projects.
Sagana State Lodge, Nyeri County PHOTO/COURTESY
In the view of Muranga Women Representative Sabina Chege, the meeting will fade off the controversies concerning the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) that has divided Jubilee leaders in the region.
Mt Kenya leaders allied to DP Ruto Photo/Courtesy
The main agenda of the meeting will concern the launch of the BBI report, which is a result of the March 9, 2018 peace deal between opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
The leaders from Central Kenya have in the past been complaining of being left out of the Governmental development agenda even though they voted overwhelmingly for the Jubilee government.
The leaders attending the meeting are drawn from Gema communities both from the region and those from the diaspora such as Lamu, Nakuru, Nairobi and Kajiado among others.
The leaders started streaming in at around 6 am.
President Uhuru Kenyatta Photo/Courtesy
The President arrived at the lodge aboard a Kenya Airforce chopper and landed at the Sagana state lodge landing base at exactly 12.11 pm.
Mobile phones, wristwatches, rings, earrings, bangles and any other electronic gadgets were not allowed inside.
He was received by Nyeri governor Mutahi Kahiga, MPs Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira) and Kanini Kega (Kieni).
The master of ceremony at the event will be former Nyeri Senator Mutahi Kagwe, a celebrated Mt Kenya leader.
Jubilee Party has finally cracked the whip on Nairobi County Leader of Majority Abdi Guyo in a move the party hopes will ease the tensions at City Hall.
Guyo shot to County limelight when he won a controversial election against his erstwhile political nemesis Mr Samuel Matheri to become the Matopeni/Spring Valley ward MCA.
Accused of being the force behind Nairobi County Speaker Beatrice Elachi’s woes, Guyo is said to have succeeded in imposing his will in all affairs concerning MCA welfare.
Through a press statement released on Tuesday, the party, through Jubilee Secretary General Raphael Tuju has confirmed the removal of Abdi Guyo stating that the party took the decision after going through the letters they received from Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and the two conflicting parties.
The party confirmed Thuo Wakarindi as the new Majority Leader while Millicent Mugadi was named the Deputy Majority Leader.
On Thursday last week, ward representatives allied to Speaker Beatrice Elachi replaced Mr Guyo with Dandora III MCA Charles Thuo while Ms Waithera’s place was taken over by nominated MCA June Ndegwa.
Nairobi county MCAs flee after police hurled tear gas to control chaos at the Assembly Photo/Courtesy
Ziwani Kariokor MCA Millicent Mugadi was made the deputy majority leader in place of Riruta MCA James Kiriba.
Elachi endorsed the changes saying the process, that signaled a change in Jubilee Party leadership at the assembly, was legal and in line with the one done in the Senate during the ouster of Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula.
On Monday, police had to forcefully eject the MCAs, staff and journalist from the assembly premises after it was marred again with house leadership wrangles.
Nairobi City clerk Jacob Ngwele /FILE
Embattled majority leader Guyo first met two goons at his office at around 6am before he was confronted by another faction led by Dandora MCA Charles Thuo who claimed to be the majority leader elect.
Facts on the ground indicate that Abdi Guyo is the only majority leader in the country with a chase car and officially assigned five police bodyguards.
Guyo also rides on a brand new Toyota Prado which we learn he’s using a private number plate yet it is County’s car.
Suspended Nairobi County Assembly Clerk Jacob Ngwele and Abdi Guyo are the ringleaders of a gang of officers behind corruption and theft of public funds at the scandal ridden assembly, we can reveal today.
He is also very powerful and boasts of close ties to Deputy President William Ruto, National assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale and formerly EACC CEO Halakhe Waqo. We’re informed that Guyo and Halakhe meet oftenly at Serena Hotel to keep tabs.
Ngwele, who is very wealthy and cunning, has secretly recorded Guyo in compromising situations, allowing him to manipulate the MCA.
A new political party in the Rift Valley spearheaded by Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago seems to be in the offing if what transpired on Saturday 9, at Inua mama Jenga Taifa rally in Eldoret is anything to go by.
The party with a symbol of ‘rungu’ (club) appears to be in the pipeline with Mandago and his close allies on Saturday attending the rally at Central Primary grounds all in possession of ‘rungus’.
The MPs who appeared linked to the party included William Ruto’s close allies, Oscar Sudi (Kapsaret), Caleb Kositany (Soy)and Gladys Shollei (Uasin Gishu) among others. Mandago, who is synonymous with “rungu” and known as a gifted orator, a crowd puller and no-nonsense leader, could be the chair of the ‘new’ political outfit.
To a keen observer, Saturday’s action was not just a coincident. It was well calculated in such a way that ‘rungu’ featured prominently in the hands of almost all the speakers.
Governor Jackson Mandago was the guest of honour during the Inua Mana Initiative meeting Photo/Courtesy
Notable all the Inua Mama Initiative members carried a ‘rungu’ Photo/Courtesy
Coming at a time when the glaring division between supporters of President Kenyatta and DP Ruto, Mandago and a section of legislators appear to be eyeing 2022 outfit, with fears of cracks within the ruling Jubilee party.
The governor had hosted the Inua Mama, Jenga Taifa Uasin Gishu edition where he applauded the initiative for empowering the lives and livelihoods of women, youths and people living with disabilities.
47 groups of women, youths and people with disabilities in Uasin Gishu benefited from the Inua Mama, Jenga Taifa.
Hon Oscar Sudi in a tight embrace with Hon Gladys Sholei, both are fierce supporters of DP Ruto Photo/Courtesy
They were given welding machines, car wash machines, sewing machines, brick welding machines, and Meko jikos.
Currently, the Rift Valley region seems to be at the crossroads without any solid political party after the disbandment of URP and TNA parties to form the Jubilee Party.
In the absence of strong, ideologically based political parties, Kenyan politicians win elections primarily by securing the support of ethnically mobilized blocs of voters through regional parties.
Recently, Ruto’s supporters, mostly youths hinted at retreating to DP’s former party, United Republican Party (URP) should Jubilee deny him a direct presidential ticket.