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Presidential aspirants Uhuru Kenyatta, Musalia Mudavadi, William Ruto and Peter Kenneth are among scores of MPs who risk losing their seats for defecting from parties that sponsored them.This follows a decision by a lobby linked to Prime Minister Raila Odinga to move to court seeking orders to eject them from Parliament.The Friends of Raila (Fora) lobby wants the court to order the Registrar of Political Parties to write to the Speaker of the National Assembly to declare the seats held by the MPs vacant.Recently sacked Cabinet minister Najib Balala and Justice minister Eugene Wamalwa are also among the nearly 100 MPs who may be affected.Mr Kenyatta has left Kanu, which sponsored him to Parliament and is now associated with The National Alliance while Mr Kenneth, who went to Parliament on a PNU ticket is in the Kenya National Congress.Mr Mudavadi and Mr Ruto have ditched ODM for the United Democratic Forum and United Republican Party respectively. Dozens of MPs have moved with them.Fora’s petition is signed by officials Micah Kigen (chairman), Hassan Omar Hassan (vice chairman), Eliud Owalo (secretary) and activist Charles Omanga.It contends that the Registrar’s failure to take action against the MPs is a violation of the Constitution and the Political Parties Act.“We also want an order directing that the said Members of Parliament are deemed to have resigned from their sponsoring political parties pursuant to section 14 of the Political Parties Act and accordingly need to seek a fresh mandate from their constituents,” said the lobby group’s lawyer Anthony Oluoch...Click here
Twenty-four political parties have so far applied for full registration in a rush to beat the April 30 compliance deadline.By Wednesday only four political parties had been issued with the certificates of full registration while the rest are waiting clearance by the Acting Registrar of Political Parties Lucy Ndung’u.Gichugu MP Martha Karua’s Narc-Kenya received its certificate on March 23, followed by the National Vision Party, which is led by former cabinet minister Nicholas Biwott on April 4.Labour Party of Kenya (LPK) and Grand National Union of Kenya (GNU) also received their certificates on April 4. Prof Julia Ojiambo is the leader of LPK while GNU, a splinter party of the Party of National Unity (PNU), is led by Assistant Minister Mwangi Kiunjuri.Parties that are still waiting for certificates are Orange Democratic Movement, PNU, PNU-Alliance, Wiper Democratic Movement-Kenya, Ford-Kenya, Ford-People, New Ford Kenya, United Democratic Forum Party and Kenya Social Congress.Others are the Democratic Party, the Independent Party, Agano Party, Party of Action, Nuru Party, Mazingira Greens Party, Kenya National Congress, Party of Independent Candidates and Restore and Build Kenya.The National Alliance Party of Kenya, which is touted to be the party that Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta would take over, has yet to hand in its application.The party is associated with businessman Nginyo Kariuki.Kanu is expected to hand in its application after a National Delegates Conference expected to take place on Saturday.For a political party to get full registration it has to have recruited not fewer than 2,000 registered voters from each of more than half of the 47 counties.The members have to reflect regional and ethnic diversity, gender balance and representation of minorities and marginalised groups.
Tourism Minister Najib Balala was fired from the Cabinet while three first term MPs were promoted to full minister in changes agreed between President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga at a meeting on Monday.MPs allied to Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto appeared to have been the beneficiaries of President Kibaki’s side of the coalition in the reshuffle, with the youthful Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa taking over the Justice, National Cohesion and Co
Presidential aspirant Raphael Tuju yesterday received a mixed reception in Kisumu with his motorcade stoned in one area and cheering crowds in others.The former Cabinet minister stirred the lakeside city in his first campaign tour as hundreds of supporters and opposers followed him around the town.
One resident had a placard that read "Wewe ni ndume. Nyanza si shamba la mtu mmoja (You are a hero. Nyanza is not anyone's shamba)," while another read "Usitishwe na yeyote (Let no one cow you)."
Tuju left his Milimani Estate home in a convoy and visited all the major residential estates in the town including Nyalenda, Manyatta, Kibuye, the main bus stop and Kondele. "The Luo should not put all their eggs in one basket," said one shopkeeper who was given an opportunity to speak in Manyatta.
He was probably referring to Prime Minister Raila Odinga, the presidential aspirant considered most popular among the Luo. From Milimani, Tuju traversed sections of the town without a hitch up to Kondele where he encountered a hostile crowd. Tuju's campaign bus was stoned by the crowd, shattering a window. Two other vehicles were also damaged by the stone-throwing youth.
The group shouted "No Raila No peace" as they chased after the Tuju convoy. Some in the crowd said Tuju was a spoiler for Raila's campaign in his stronghold Nyanza....Click here
Deputy Prime Minister Uhuru Kenyatta and Eldoret North MP William Ruto on Thursday appeared to be forging a new political front without Vice-President Kalonzo Musyoka.In a meeting with 90 MPs at Sagret Hotel in Nairobi, the two resolved to work together and start negotiations for a pre-election or post-election coalition. The meeting was preceded by another attended by the two leaders and their close allies.Mr Kenyatta was with Mr Kiraitu Murungi, Mr Mwangi Kiunjuri, Mr Eugene Wamalwa and Mr W
Former Cabinet minister Raphael Tuju has denied that his presidential bid was meant to split Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s votes.Mr Tuju said PNU did not have a hand in his decision to go for the top seat.The former Information minister, who launched his presidential bid in Nairobi on Sunday, said he had identified two parties on which he would seek votes.He said he had entered the race after being urged to do so by youths as he went round the country preaching peace following the 2008 post-election violence through his Kenya Hope Foundation.He said many capable young leaders had given up hope of ever taking up the leadership of the country because they did not enjoy political patronage.Mr Tuju, who was a special advisor in the Office of the President before resigning on Sunday, said he wanted to prove that Kenyans could look beyond tribal inclinations.“I understand that divisive game of tribal politics is extremely profitable to some, even as it levies a heavy cost on tribal followers.
MPs have raised the red flag over the insertion of new clauses in the Elections Act that were not subject to parliamentary approval.Garsen MP Danson Mungatana raised the matter with the House claiming that public officers at the Government Printer were colluding with officials of parliament to insert illegal clauses in the Bill that was passed among others during the rush to beet the constitutional deadlines of August 26, this year. The words Deputy President had been inserted in some clause that did not contain the sameMr Mungatana said a number of clauses in the Elections Act had been changed and asked Deputy Speaker Farah Maalim to order a fresh scrutiny on all the 8 bills that were passed hurriedly approved to meet the constitutional requirements.He said parliament must conduct a thorough scrutiny on the bills in line with the hansard reports that followed the amendments of the bill before being directed to the Attorney General for onward transmission to the President for assent and the government printer for publication.Gichugu MP Martha Karua supported Mungatana said that a clause that had been amended to block public officers who flout the Elections Law from holding public office for a period of ten years in addition to three year imprisonment had been removed.She called on the Speaker for order a thorough probe on the illegal amendments and bring culprits to account. Karua Kisumu town West MP Olago Alouch reinforced the matter saying that the integrity of parliament was at stake.Mr Maalim said the matter will be looked at and a communication issued on Thursday.
Martha Wangari Karua was born in the rural areas of Kirinyaga district in Kenya. Hers was a humble upbringing that instilled in her lessons and values she still carries today. One lesson Martha regards highly is the sense of duty she learned in seeing her family and neighbors, even with the little they had, caring for those with less or without.
After completing high school, which Martha jokes about having attended four different schools, she went on to pursue a law degree at Nairobi University and graduated with honors. At the young age of 24, Martha was appointed as a Magistrate and served in a number of courts including Nakuru and Kibera. As a Magistrate Martha was renowned for consistently demonstrating keen and just discernment in her cases.
President Kibaki is coming under increasing pressure to endorse Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Finance Uhuru Kenyatta as his successor, the Star has learnt. The president himself alluded to this pressure last week while denouncing early campaigns by prospective candidates with some people demanding that he declare whom he wants to succeed him.Those pushing for Kibaki's endorsement of Uhuru are wary of the inroads Planning assistant minister, Peter Kenneth, Narc-Kenya leader, Martha Karua and Safina Leader Paul Muite might make within the Central province voting bloc as they have all declared interest in the presidency.Some of the people including businessmen, powerful politicians and powerbrokers close to the president have reportedly been asking the President to endorse Uhuru during informal meetings they have been holding. "We want him to do so in his own way but not the way Moi did in 2002. His blessings, networks and goodwill is what we want to help Uhuru win next year," said one of President Kibaki's close confidants....
After keeping many guessing, Saboti MP Eugene Wamalwa has finally announced that he has joined New Ford-Kenya.
After a week of speculation that linked the youthful MP with the Labour Party of Kenya (LPK), Ford-People and United Democratic Movement (UDM), Wamalwa finally called The Standard to announce his new political vehicle.
Wamalwa said he go will for the presidency on a New Ford Kenya ticket.
The MP said his decision followed consultations with leaders from Western Province, includ
Succession Politics ! Is Kenya a Dynasty ? From the looks of it, Kenyan politicians groom their sons and daughters to take over after them. From the Kenyattas to the Mois, from the Wamalwas to the Odingas; Kenyan politicians act as though Kenya has a Consitutional Monarchy.
Hence, just because your father was president, MP or government official, etc. does not mean you automatically become the next president, MP or judge.
Notice that current leaders are getting agigated by the fact that
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