Talk of the TOWN
NASA SENATORS ATTEND SESSION AMID ‘BOYCOTT’
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.
PASTORS PROTEST CHURCH LEADER’S DECEPTION
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.
TOP NASA SENATOR NOMINATES SELF FOR POST
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.
DID WAMBUGU BITE MORE THAN HE COULD CHEW?
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.
WHO SHORT-CHANGED UHURU’S GUESTS FROM GUSII?
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.
KHANIRI’S SLIP OF THE TONGUE BAFFLES OPPOSITION
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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