Talk of the TOWN

Daily Nation (Kenya) - - NATIONAL NEWS -


The ques­tion on the minds of many Kenyans is whether the Na­tional Su­per Al­liance (Nasa) al­lied MPS and se­na­tors are re­ally se­ri­ous about boy­cotting par­lia­men­tary busi­ness. This is af­ter all the coali­tion’s se­na­tors made a sur­prise ap­pear­ance in the Se­nate on Thurs­day af­ter­noon. Not only did they turn up, they even fielded a can­di­date for the post of deputy speaker – Narok Sen­a­tor Ledama ole Kina – who even­tu­ally lost to his Tharaka Nithi coun­ter­part Kindiki Kithure. What caught the at­ten­tion of many is the fact that Nasa prin­ci­pal Moses We­tang’ula, who had de­clared that the op­po­si­tion would boy­cott all par­lia­men­tary busi­ness, was the one mar­shalling Nasa troops to vote for ole Kina.


Se­nior pastors of the Pen­te­costal Assem­blies of God based at Nyang’ori in Vi­higa County are up in arms against the church’s lead­er­ship. Rea­son? The church’s head, known within its hi­er­ar­chy as the Gen­eral Su­per­in­ten­dent, con­vinced them to at­tend what they thought was a re­li­gious event on Thurs­day, only for it to be con­verted into a Ju­bilee cam­paign rally ad­dressed by Deputy Pres­i­dent Wil­liam Ruto. “Our Gen­eral Su­per­in­ten­dent in­vited us for a Pastors’ Con­fer­ence. We were not told that po­lit­i­cal lead­ers will come to seek votes here,” protested Rev Felix Amuyunzu.“we thank God that the DP joined us in the con­fer­ence. But the Bi­ble says we must say the truth. We came for a prayer meet­ing but we got sur­prised that politi­cians came and took over the ses­sion,” added Rev­erend Peter Omondi.


A lead­ing sen­a­tor al­lied to Nasa is on the spot af­ter ap­pear­ing to go against the coali­tion’s plan to boy­cott all par­lia­men­tary busi­ness by se­cretly pre­sent­ing his name for con­sid­er­a­tion as the leader of mi­nor­ity in the Se­nate. The move caught Ju­bilee hon­chos flat footed, es­pe­cially given they ex­pected the mi­nor­ity to ta­ble a full list of their nom­i­nees for var­i­ous po­si­tions in the House. Word has it that the move by the out­spo­ken sen­a­tor to nom­i­nate him­self to the po­si­tion was prompted by de­mands from Ju­bilee politi­cians that the Par­lia­men­tary Ser­vice Com­mis­sion (PSC) sus­pends all priv­i­leges to the op­po­si­tion MPS un­til they sub­mit the names of their nom­i­nees for var­i­ous po­si­tions in the House.


Ny­eri Town MP Ngun­jiri Wam­bugu did him­self no favours when he filed a pe­ti­tion on Thurs­day seek­ing re­moval from of­fice of the chief jus­tice over Supreme Court rul­ing nul­li­fy­ing pres­i­den­tial election. Ma­jor­ity of Ju­bilee are said to have taken of­fence with Mr Wam­bugu, not be­cause of the pe­ti­tion, but its tim­ing, com­ing only a day af­ter Pres­i­dent Keny­atta hosted Gusii lead­ers to try and undo the dam­age caused by his con­stant at­tacks on the CJ. Top Ju­bilee MPS held an im­promptu meet­ing on Thurs­day where it was de­cided that they all dis­own Wam­bugu, and ex­plain his pe­ti­tion as be­ing part of his ef­forts to ap­pease Ju­bilee sup­port­ers fol­low­ing his past dal­liance with Nasa leader Raila Odinga.


A visit to State House Nakuru by more than 15,000 del­e­gates from Kisii and Nyamira coun­ties on Wed­nes­day may have caused more harm than in­tended to the Ju­bilee Party’s ef­forts to make in­roads in the re­gion. A video that has widely been shared on so­cial me­dia sites shows dis­grun­tled del­e­gates who had ex­pected heavy al­lowances af­ter the meet­ing with the head of state. The video has some of the del­e­gates in a bus trav­el­ling back home singing and danc­ing to Nasa tunes play­ing in the back­ground. Some of the del­e­gates are also seen wav­ing Sh1,000 notes while protest­ing that they had been promised Sh3,000 each.


Was it a case of Freudian slip? Vi­higa Sen­a­tor Ge­orge Khaniri on Tues­day left op­po­si­tion lead­ers and sup­port­ers be­mused when he con­fused Nasa for Ju­bilee at a rally in Ki­bra. Nasa leader Raila Odinga had led lead­ers to the rally as a protest to Pres­i­dent Uhuru Keny­atta’s move to ad­dress Par­lia­ment be­fore the fresh election is held. But when Mr Odinga handed over the mi­cro­phone to Mr Khaniri, he, with gusto, shouted: “Waza­l­endo wa Ju­bilee ham­jambo!” Chuck­les from be­mused lead­ers on the dais among them Mr Odinga, Gla­dys Wanga and Opiyo Wan­dayi could be heard. Im­me­di­ately, Ki­bra MP Ken Okoth who was closer to the sen­a­tor cor­rected him, “Nasa, Nasa.” The sen­a­tor quickly re­deemed him­self with the phrase: Nasa hao and Raila tialala.

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