Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah and a group of Tangatanga faction of Jubilee legislators allied to Deputy President William Ruto on Tuesday, November 12, claimed that Didmus Barasa was receiving treatment in South Africa after he was roughed in Kibra during recent Kibra by-elections.
Speaking during the press conference, Ichung’wa alleged that Hon Didmus Barasa was “injected with an unknown substance” during the roughing up.
“Raila team claim they did not sponsor any violence against Jubilee allied leaders and supporters, this is not the situation on the ground. Our candidate McDonald Mariga visited at least ten people who were injured by ODM supporters,” said Ichung’wa who spoke on behalf of the Jubilee-allied lawmakers.
He went on to accuse the opposition leader of trying to overthrow the government using violence and impunity.
Kimani Ichung’wa media press at the Parliament Photo/Courtesy of Tuko
“Odinga and his brigade of goons had other motives with the handshake. It is also shocking that they have now enlisted the support of a few functionaries in government to support their violent endeavors to take over power,” Ichung’wah stated. Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wah and other Jubilee MPs during the press conference
“We want to say that we shall not allow violence to be used to intimidate Kenyans,” the Kikuyu MP added.
Other legislators who were present at the press conference are Ndindi Nyoro, Jayne Kihara, and Caleb Kositany among others.
In a quick rejoinder later Tuesday afternoon ODM refuted the Jubilee MP’s allegations, instead pointing an accusing finger at Tangatanga leaders.
Led by ODMs chief Whip Junet Mohamed, the ODM legislators said Tangatanga leaders sponsored the chaos and that what transpired in Kibra is a curtain-raiser of the tactics “they are planning to use in 2022”.
It was not immediately clear when Barasa had flown to South Africa given that he had remained in Kibra several hours after the altercation and did not appear to have been ailing.
On Saturday, Barasa said he was considering hiring his own militia after police allegedly failed to reprehend his attackers. He did not make claims of sickness at the time and has remained silent on the matter.
However, Kenyan politicians are notorious for exaggerating illnesses for political mileage.
In 2016, a Kenyan politician spent several weeks in a South African hospital for what many considered a minor injury sustained from a chaotic rally.
The pernicious effect of corruption in the sports ministry seems to be exposing itself without much effect experienced from the dismal treatment given to players from all quarters. Whether in football, rugby or netball, the lack of morale spirals down to issues that are all related to corruption.
Just what is going on at the Football Federation of Kenya? Has Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed become a spectator at the centre of a football match? As things unravel, Kenyans are now able to see a blatant thuggery system in the Sports Ministry pioneered by the Football Kenya Federation, chairman. Right under the Cabinet Secretary’s nose Mr. Mwendwa has consistently skimmed and stole money from the Federation.
Cabinet Secretaries Mwangi Kiunjuri and Amina Mohamed
The chairman’s ranting over lack of financing from the government is callous and unfounded. The sheer noise on the pretext of insufficient funds due to budgetary cuts is a machination of a cover up where millions of shillings have been stolen. With a Cabinet Secretary who is least bothered with the operations of her ministry, Ambassador Amina lacks the sense of authority and leadership needed to spearhead the Sports Ministry So far, almost a half of Sh244 million cannot be accounted for and the interesting bit is this is because the man tasked for the spending money was not even Kenyan but Cameroonian born football agent Joe Kamga was the man tasked with spending almost half of the Sh244 million the government set aside. The government and not some NGO or international organization.
Whenever a Cabinet Secretary is assigned a new ministry shouldn’t the first order of business be understanding the operations of the said ministry? Going through the challenges and opportunities in order to fashion things in the interests of the government? I can only shake my head for Amina Mohamed. Players are not paid and funds are not provided just because there are individuals and cartels who siphon it from the top. How come the Cabinet Secretary seem to have lost grip over the Sports Ministry?
What about the Agriculture Ministry? Has Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri made it a personal vendetta to frustrate maize farmers? Who is he acting for as he continually denies Kenyans” of their rightful earnings? Under his watch genuine farmers lost Sh11.3 billion as it was paid out to a clique of suppliers, mainly traders in a well elaborate scheme. A whole 10,636 farmers were locked out as the 146 suppliers were paid out Sh4.5 billion even though they duly delivered maize to the National Cereals and Produce Board. Over and above this Kiunjuri rot, the remaining Sh6.8 billion that remained to be shared by farmers was never disbursed. The even saddening situation is that 20 of the suppliers smuggled maize from Uganda and were paid a whooping Sh2.5 billion. The Cabinet Secretary cannot justify this cause as maize from genuine Kenyan farmers continues to rot away! This is a Cabinet Secretary who ministry has been riddled by scandal after scandal especially with the fertilizer scandal, sugar scandal and even importation of Chinese fish. A man who willingly puts the health of Kenyans on the line just because of his own selfish interests. With the rising reports of cancer, Kenyans can only pray that they have not consumed aflatoxin or mercury in their bodies
We cannot sit back and relax as Cabinet Secretaries have a field day in their offices. These are just a tip of the iceberg of how Cabinet Secretaries are messing up the lives of Kenyans. Enough scandals have been heard from the Health Ministry where billions have been lost with the latest being the Managed Equipment Service scandal. Other shameful names that feature as Cabinet Secretaries are the ilk of Charles Keter associated with the Kenya Power scandals and the high cost of electricity in the energy ministry and Simon Chelugui who has ensured Kenyans see no peace as far as issues of water is concerned, Margaret Kobia,Peter Munya, Joe Mucheru and James Macharia.
It is pointless to have leaders who are doing a disservice to Kenyans as they continue to entrench our system with cartels and destroying our resources. Corruption is deep seated among these individuals and it is time to kick them out. As the President always says, there are very many well-able Kenyans who are ready and willing to work!
Population censuses have recently been in the news in Ethiopia and Kenya with the Kenyan one results released yesterday.
In Ethiopia, parliamentarians voted overwhelmingly for the postponement of the census due to security concerns centred on ethnic conflicts. The Ethiopian census results are important in demarcating constituencies before the 2020 national vote.
Kenya’s population grew by more than nine million to hit 47.5 million, a figure that could alter resource allocation to counties and shape political alliances ahead of the 2022 election.
In a country in which elections are virtually an ethnic census, political strategists are likely to examine the numbers with a tooth comb.
There was a significant surge among members of the Somali community who recorded the highest number of people per household.
With a population of 862,079, Mandera is the most populous county in northern Kenya, followed by Garissa (841,353) and Wajir (781,263).
Censuses play many roles such as gathering social and economic data; informing planning policies such as on affirmative action for marginalized communities.
President Uhuru with others during the release of Census 2019 results Photo/Courtesy
They also support research on social phenomena which explains the question in the Kenyan census on whether the interviewee shopped online.
In both Kenya and Ethiopia, ethnicity and politics are closely linked. Perspectives on ethnic inclusion or exclusion through the census lens are therefore important.
The 1994 census in Ethiopia was a key plank in the ethnic federalism that saw the country divided into regions along ethnic boundaries.
People, including those with parents from different ethnic groups complained of being forced to choose one ethnicity. Federal subsidies to the regions and allocation of seats in Ethiopia’s parliamentary chambers are partly based on population.
In the 2009 census, some Kenyan communities alleged they had been lumped under other communities. The Ndorobo, Terik, Njemps, Ogiek, Galjeel, Malakote and Wanyoyaya demanded their own ethnic codes.
Some people also declined to declare their ethnicities. In both countries, ethnic numbers translate into representation and therefore power and resources.
The census presents opportunities to, for instance, recognise marginalised and minority groups. However, it entrenches ethnicism for countries such as Ethiopia and Kenya, whose bane it is to mobilise politically on the “who has the numbers” basis.
Where ethnic communities have a habit of bloc voting, one can using the census results, discern which way an election will go. Elections, therefore, become additional ethnic censuses rather than democratic processes.
Politicians in the two countries believe voters are unlikely to change their ethnic voting patterns. When census results are out, those “with the numbers” will speak of having won not yet held elections.
The census, an important exercise is reduced to a political contest, communicating irrelevance to minority groups of their electoral participation.
Nomadic populations have a particularly contentious relationship with the census. When the Kenyan 2009 census results were released, figures from eight districts, all nomadic communities were held back as flawed.
Whichever way they go, we can count on the politicisation of the census results in Kenya and Ethiopia and raging disputes on the basis of ethnicity.
A self-absorbing system that thrives on wastage of resources through sitting allowances on conferences and meetings that have only proven to be a verbal rhetoric, the Judiciary has become a source of injustice for Kenyans seeking justice. The mandate of delivering justice to Kenyans has translated to a delivery of luxury cars, allowances, holidays and retreats with more allowances. With no care in the world serving Kenyans is the least area of their interest as their level of greed to fatten their pockets continues to grow by the hour.
Looking at the previous budgetary allocations from the National government, the judiciary has done little to improve its performance as an institution. Case backlog is still a problem and the rate at which cases are adjourned is a show of judges and magistrates who are keen on frustrating Kenyans as they blame the government. A fact check of our courts indicates how magistrates and judges have been absconding duties making Kenyans suffer for years as they hope their cases will see the light of day.
Interestingly enough the retreats and holiday conferences especially the annual colloquium by judiciary in the Coastal city of are usually filled to capacity recording a 100 per cent attendance. They would never want to miss the allowances and the merry making but would find every reason to miss a sitting. Worse enough, the retreats have brought little on the table in terms of performance as resolutions made are never implemented. It is also alleged that in these same retreats and conference judges and magistrates usually have ‘meetings’ on the sidelines as it they have become platforms for scheming corrupt deals including making deals with drug dealers or how to benefit from drug related cases such as what as what was displayed by Mombasa Magistrate Edgar Kagoni who was a prime suspect in the disappearance of Sh30 million worth of heroin.
The judiciary have also demanded that they be issued with top of the range luxury cars yet Milimani Law Courts has become the parking lot for expensive luxury vehicles rusting away. Remember under the leadership Chief Justice David Maraga, the judiciary has not accounted for money that was allocated for the construction of courts. Sh290 million is unaccounted for and Maraga has turned a deaf ear on the matter and a further Sh600 million has been wasted through construction blunders.
Purely riding on wasting taxpayers’ money it is callous and irresponsible of the judiciary to deny Kenyans who have waited for months and some over a year for a hearing just on the pretext that there are no funds. Maraga has offered a nesting area for corrupt judges who are keen on fattening the pockets. Judges and magistrates have been adversely mentioned in the Akasha brothers drug trafficking case, with even warnings on travel bans but zero action has been taken by the Chief Justice. Instead he has given them transfers and further appointing them to higher positions, wasting time and resources over those unfit to serve Kenyans.
Manipulating the system for their gain and blaming the government is their ‘modus operandi’. Kenyans need justice and not a bunch of greedy individuals!
On Tuesday, October 29, Mt Kenya Governors called for a press conference in Nairobi and gave a statement concerning the yet to be released BBI report.
The governors, led by Francis Kimemia of Nyandarua, urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to expedite the release of the report.
The county bosses pledged to support the initiative and added that they would endorse plans to increase resource allocation to the devolved units.
Elsewhere, Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi in an interview said urged the Tangatanga MPs to torn down their threats and wait for the BBI report first.
“I have not seen the BBI report, so I cannot genuinely talk about it and I see no reason to jump the gun myself or to threaten. I think we should not run politics by way of threatening, politics should be about persuasion,” he said on Monday during an exclusive interview with this reporter.
More than 30 legislators, who spoke in Parliament buildings last week, threatened to oppose the report if it will favour the creation of the Prime Minister’s position.
The MPs, mostly allies of Ruto, led by Ndaragwa MP Jeremiah Kioni vowed to reject any proposal to elect either a Prime Minister or President in Parliament.
While expressing his support for a change of governance in the country notably a shift from the current presidential system of government to a parliamentary one, the first-time Governor said this would enhance accountability but more importantly, the system would foster inclusivity.
He observed that the Council of Governors (CoG) in their ‘Ugatuzi Initiative’ had in fact put so much emphasis on the need for the country to go the parliamentary way insisting it would put an end to the country’s recurring problems that are often occasioned by hotly contested elections.
“We believe the parliamentary system is less threatening. The institution of the presidency sucks the oxygen out of the room and it’s not because that the holder or the people involved are being nasty,” he said.
He stressed that the parliamentary system would also fully enhance devolution noting that CoG had procured the input of constitutional experts to help in fine tuning with the ‘Ugatuzi document’.
With the political undertones on the debate on BBI gaining momentum each passing day, the Governors called for tolerance even as the 14-member task force gears to submit the report to both President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga.
“Let us learn to be tolerant to one another and there is no need to fight over ideas. As a democratic country we should promote a divergence of ideas, we should accept intellectual diversity and that we should accept that your neighbour may have an idea that is useful to Kenyans,” he said.
The governors joins leaders who have voiced their support for the BBI report.
Suna East MP Junet Mohamed on Monday, October 14, claimed that DP William Ruto was engaged in night missions prior to the Kibra by-elections.
Speaking during a campaign rally, Junet stated that one of the DP’s staffers was being used to ferry money to the constituency at night to bribe voters with.
“We know one of Ruto’s workers, Farouk Kibet, whose work is to bring money at night to bribe voters with. Do not accept.
“Bribery is an electoral crime. T.J. Kajwang has even confirmed that it is a crime, so do not entertain them,” he stated.
Similar allegations were made by ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi on Sunday, October 13, while campaigning for his party’s candidate Eliud Owalo stating that Ruto’s residence was being misused as a campaign venue.
“IEBC has a tainted image from the 2017 elections and they should wake up. How comes Deputy President has forgotten that Karen residence is a state resource and should not be used for the campaign.
“Why is IEBC silent when money is being dished out to all and sundry in Karen residence? Ruto should know the house is built with public resources and not his personal resources. We want Kibra polls to be free and fair, we don’t want bribery,” Mudavadi said
Suba North MP Mille Odhiambo appeared on K24’s Punchline programme where she claimed that the IEBC was already transferring votes from neighbouring constituencies in favour of Jubilee candidate McDonald Mariga.
Farouk Kibet rise to power started way back in the 90s when he was one of the pillars of KANU youth wing and a supporter of the then powerful minister Reuben Chesire. In 1997 when the deputy William Ruto was gunning for the then Eldoret North political seat against Reuben Chesire, He came face to face with the man who would become his pillar in political circles farouk but on this case they were viciously on opposing sides, with farouk backing his longtime ally Chesire.
Deputy President William Ruto’s top aide, Mr Farouk Kibet (right), with Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago at a past event. Mr Kibet allegedly received Sh1.5 million from Josephine Kabura Irungu, the woman named as a key suspect in the looting of the National Youth Service. PHOTO | FILE
It was a love relationship brewed in the hottest of political contest.
Farouk Kibet was to later become the deputy Presidents right hand man earning himself a nominated seat in the Uasin Ngishu county council in 2002 and briefly served as a Mayor of Eldoret. In all his life, Farouk has shown unquestionable loyalty.
A stickler to time in some instances even telling the Deputy president himself to keep time because they need to move on to other functions. He does not mince his words at any point.