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Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party leader Raila Odinga has hit back at President William Ruto over his outburst on the four embattled IEBC commissioners.

President Ruto Friday morning through his official Twitter account had told off Raila for coming to the defence of IEBC vice-chairperson Juliana Cherera, Francis Mathenge, Irene Masit and Justus Nyang’aya who are staring at an ouster.

Ruto attacked Raila and his Azimio team terming them as “the lords of impunity who destroyed oversight institutions using the handshake”.

Ruto further told the opposition to allow the parliament to hold rogue officials to account.

“The lords of impunity,who destroyed oversight institutions using the handshake fraud,should allow parliament to hold rogue officials who put the nation in danger by subverting the democratic will of the people to be held to account. New order is RULE of LAW not wishes of big men,” Ruto tweeted.

The four commissioners differed with IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati following the August 2022 general elections when they held a different press conference at Serena Hotel.

Raila who was in the chambers where the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly began hearing petitions filed against the embattled commissioners said the petitions against them. has other motives.

According to Raila, the ouster process has kicked off while an existing petition in the National Assembly to remove IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati has not been tabled.

In response to Ruto’s tweet, Raila has said the opposition will not relent.

“There is due process and natural justice, things aren’t just done at the whims of the executive. The rule of law must prevail and not your jungle laws that you want to institute so as to subjugate Kenyans to a conveyor belt system of elections come 2027. We shall not relent,” he tweeted.

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President William Ruto has fired back at Azimio leader Raila Odinga for coming to the defence of the embattled four IEBC commissioners dubbed as the Cherera four.

Raila together with his Azimio counterparts were in the chambers where the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly began hearing petitions filed against IEBC vice-chairperson Juliana Cherera, Francis Mathenge, Irene Masit and Justus Nyang’aya.

Th four commissioners differed with IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati following the August 2022 general elections when they held a different press conference at Serena Hotel.

Raila said the petitions against the four has other motives.

According to Raila, the ouster process has kicked off while an existing petition in the National Assembly to remove IEBC chairperson Wafula Chebukati has not been tabled.

“A petition by Mr Milton Nyakundi Oriku dated 19th September 2022 against the three – Chebukati, Guliye and Molu – was received at the Main Records Unit of the Senate on 28th September 2022. To date, it has not been tabled before the Senate,” said Raila.

Ruto in response told off Raila, terming the Azimio team as “the lords of impunity who destroyed oversight institutions using the handshake”.

Ruto further told the opposition to allow the parliament to hold rogue officials to account.

“The lords of impunity,who destroyed oversight institutions using the handshake fraud,should allow parliament to hold rogue officials who put the nation in danger by subverting the democratic will of the people to be held to account. New order is RULE of LAW not wishes of big men,” Ruto tweeted.

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Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga’s last born daughter Winnie Odinga has opened up on some of the family’s most guarded secrets.

Winnie in an emotional interview with the Sunday Nation revealed two instances that would have left Raila dead.

The 31-year-old Winnie told the local daily that in March 2021, she almost lost his father, who was at the time preparing to announce his 2022 presidential bid.

The day Raila almost died

According to Winnie, two incidents happened at Raila’s Karen home that almost left him dead.

This was at the time Raila contracted Covid-19.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader was in March 2019 admitted at the Nairobi Hospital after he tested positive for Covid-19 but was later discharged to self-quarantine and recuperate at his Karen home.

This is the time the scare hit his family and his close allies.

Raila spent the following days in bed isolated and weak.

Winnie notes that his condition was so serious that he had to skip a planned ceremony at State House to mark the third anniversary of the March 9, 2018 Handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The scariest bid is when Winnie walked into Raila’s isolation room only to find an oxygen mask had dropped off from her father’s face.

A panicked Winnie had to act fast and save his father.

She picked and fixed the mask back, quickly restoring the condition of her father, who only seconds earlier lay helpless gasping for breath.

Some days later, Winnie again walked into the room only to find the father looking blank and motionless. His temperature had terribly shot.

To save him, she quickly stashed paracetamol tablets into his mouth with a view to reduce his body temperature.

Winnie Odinga’s role in Raila’s presidential campaign

Winnie also opened up on her central role in her father’s presidential campaign and succession politics.

There is a special bond between Raila and his daughter Winnie that is difficult break.

When Raila was down, Winnie reportedly drove him around Karen area with the car windows open. And to cheer him up she occasionally played for him selected beats, including by artists from Germany, where the ODM leader schooled in university.

Raila would mumble the German song titles and daughter would make several trials by keying them into google, until the appropriate song popped up.

Conflict with Raila political allies

While this is a heart-warming development, it appears a poisoned chalice, which places Winnie in a position of constant conflict and competition with other employees or political allies of his father.

In fact, as early as last year, there were people who were uncomfortable with her presence in the Azimio campaign, and she opted out since she did not wish to be stumbling block to her father’s political success.

But the father would hear none of it.

“I insisted on stepping aside but he declined, and the ping-pong went on and on. Meanwhile, he continued giving me assignments, including when we drove to an event and he would want a phrase or facts in his speech changed and I would quickly do so and print out a fresh copy for him. Since I could not decline helping him out, in the end I decided to stay on,” Winnie told the Sunday Nation.

She told off those accusing her of playing a role in Raila’s loss to President William Ruto, noting that she was just a mere worker and supporter in the Azimio campaigns.

“I was a mere worker and a supporter, just like the other millions of Kenyans. Yet again, elections are complex processes and ours was no exception. Two years later, America is still struggling to get to the bottom of what happened with their elections in 2020, without forgetting 2016. The UK took time to get to the bottom of the Brexit vote and the role of Cambridge Analytica,” she said.

She said that she has been only branded arrogant because of being assertive.

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Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Coalition Party leader Raila Odinga’s staunch supporter Mohamed Wehliye caused a stir online after he was spotted with President William Ruto.

In a photo shared on Twitter by lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi, Wehliye is seen together with the senior counsel and President Ruto while at a venue that looks like Dubai.

Ahmednasir had captioned the photo that the trio was working to make Kenya better again.

This triggered mixed reactions from a section of netizens who questioned how Wehliye had moved on so fast after Raila lost the presidential election to Ruto.

Some accused him of dumping Raila and joining the Ruto-led government.

This forced Wehliye to take to Twitter to defend himself, arguing that he has not joined the government.

He told the critics to relax, arguing that he has not taken up anyone’s position in the government, noting that he only had a good meeting with the president and discussed how they can both help Kenya.

However, Wehliye sacarstically remarked that after all, everyone is looking for work in the new government.

“To all those sending DMs & the Northern politicians panicking….Please relax, I am not joining government or taking up ‘your positions’. Just had a very good meeting with our president and discussed how we can all help KENYA! Si kila mtu anatafuta kazi!” tweeted Wehliye.

President Ruto who is out of the country has been meeting several Kenyans in the diaspora, including Kenyan businessman Julius Mwale and his controversial supporter Cosmo Choy.

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COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli has broken his silence moments after the Supreme Court of Kenya upheld President elect William Ruto’s Win.

The Chief Justice Martha Koome-led court on Monday afternoon ruled that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) had conducted a free, fair and verifiable election.

Atwoli has been heard confidently saying that Ruto will not become the president of the republic of Kenya.

The COTU boss has maintained his remarks during the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Coalition campaigns, and before that, he had even been heard saying that Ruto will not be on the ballot.

However, after the Supreme Court verdict, Atwoli took to his official social media handles and congratulated President elect Ruto.

Atwoli noted that COTU had unanimously agreed during their executive board meeting that they would thank and Congratulate the victor.

He went ahead to appeal to the workers and Kenyans at large to remain peaceful after the Supreme Court verdict.

“During COTU (K) Executive Board meeting on 17th August, we resolved THAT immediately after the Supreme Court judgement, we must thank and congratulate the victor. Consequently, we congratulate President William Ruto. We appeal to workers and Kenyans in general to remain peaceful,” Atwoli tweeted.

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Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Coalition allied leaders have expressed their confidence ahead of the election petition that will be filed at the Supreme Court on Monday.

The Azimio allies drawn from the Western Kenya region have maintained that they will fight until their presidential candidate Raila Odinga becomes the 5th president of Kenya.

The coalition is set to challenge the election of William Ruto who was declared the president-elect in the just concluded General election.

While condoling with the family of Nairobi senator elect Edwin Sifuna who lost his grandmother Lukelesia Nafula Sifuna, Godfrey Osotsi, the senator elect for Vihiga County on ODM party ticket said that they have gathered enough evidence which they will use against the Kenya Kwanza team.

Osotsi went ahead to ask for electoral justice saying that the voters’ decisions must be respected.

He faulted the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati for going against the will of the people.

“It cannot be always that when Kenyans demonstrate their democratic right by voting, some few individuals like Chebukati ends up deciding for them who to be their president and that’s why we as AZIMIO One Kenya we are going to seek for a solution constitutionally to tackle those who were involved in this malicious act,” he said.

He went ahead to call out the president elect for going against the law by accepting  other political parties from AZIMIO One Kenya  to join Kenya Kwanza saying that he is manipulating them with money to join him and so risking losing  their seats according to the political parties act that says that they are not supposed to do so.

“I want to tell the deputy president to slow down, he is yet to be the president and he might not be because I believe that the Supreme Court is going to nullify it. We have enough evidence to show that the tallying process was corrupt and so where we stand as a country, we are yet to know who the president is,” he said.

His sentiments were echoed by Edwin Sifuna who said that the decision now lies in the hands of the supreme court and as AZIMIO One Kenya, they have prepared adequately and they are sure that justice will prevail.

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Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition party leader Raila Odinga has suffered a major setback after the United Democratic Movement (UDM) abandoned him for President-elect William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza outfit.

UDM party’s leadership on Thursday August 18, met the President-elect at the Deputy President’s official residence in Karen, Nairobi.


The party has eight Members of National Assembly, two Governors and two Senators who were elected in the just concluded general election.

However, the Mandera Senator-elect Ali Roba-led party is still tied to Azimio-One Kenya coalition, legally.

“We salute the United Democratic Movement (UDM) leadership for abandoning Azimio La Umoja and joining Kenya Kwanza,” President-elect William Ruto tweeted.

The UDM party had joined Azimio in February this year, complicating Ruto’s chances taking control of the North-Eastern region.

However, UDM’s ditching Azimio for Kenya Kwanza has added to the growing list of the Members of the National Assembly from the Kenya Kwanza coalition.

With the Senate split 24-23 in favour of Kenya Kwanza, the battle for the control of the 349-member National Assembly, where Azimio boasts a 162-159 advantage, has boiled down to the 12 independent MPs, 10 of whom have already joined Kenya Kwanza.

Kenya Kwanza now controls the National Assembly with about 177 Members as at now.

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Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya coalition candidate Raila Odinga is leading the presidential race ahead of UDA’s William Ruto.

This is according to the official results announced by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) from 69 constituencies as at Saturday 1500hrs.

With over 26% of votes counted, Raila had 54% and Ruto had 45%. The results are being displayed on a large screen at the IEBC presidential tallying centre at the Bomas of Kenya.

Kenya took to the ballot on Tuesday, August 9, 2022 to elect new leaders both at the local and National level.

Raila and Ruto are in a tight race to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta who has finished his two-term limit.

Kenyans have been anxiously waiting for the announcement of the official presidential results. The process has, however, been slow since all the 34A and 34B forms have been subjected to a verification process before any announcement is made.

IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati who is also the presidential returning officer blamed party agents, who are allowed to scrutinise results forms before they are added to the final tally.

The media started tallying the provisional results after the vote on Tuesday evening which showed Raila and Ruto neck to neck in a tight race.

The tallying of the provisional results, however, stopped after the IEBC started receiving results from constituency level, with Webuye East constituency in Bungoma County having been the first one to submit the results.

The provisional results showed small margins between Raila and Ruto.

Azimio la Umoja on Saturday held an inaugural conference of inspiration, congratulations and challenge for all its elected members.

They stopped just short of saying the ‘sacred’ words reserved for the IEBC, the name of the next president of the Republic of Kenya.

The meeting at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre was  chaired by running mate Martha Karua who all but said Azimio-One-Kenya had won.

She said they had “the numbers” in Parliament and cited victories in numbers of governors and other seats won by the alliance and announced by the IEBC . 

Azimio has its own tallying centre, as does Ruto, UDA flagbearer and Kenya Kwanza leader.

Participants wore Azimio blue as an ecstatic crowd gathered outside KICC. 

The tallying of the presidential results is ongoing at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi with the IEBC required to declare the winner before Tuesday, August 16, 2022.

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Ambassador Simon Nabukwesi, the permanent Secretary, state Department for University education and research has rubbished the claims linking him to the Kenya Kwanza coalition.

In a statement that was made by Rogers Simiyu, the Kimilili sub-county youth chairman, he said that Nabukwesi is not in any way engaged in Kenya Kwanza politics and people should stop spreading what he termed as fake news.

“We appreciate that we are in the campaign period and everyone wishes to be endorsed or supported but we take offence because the PS has endorsed the AZIMIO One Kenya and no one else, ”he said.

He went ahead to ask the residents of Bungoma to treat the propaganda being peddled by our mongers with the contempt that it deserves.

Rogers said that it is a malicious attack aimed at disorienting the PS from discharging the duties the hat he was mandated by the President to the people of Bungoma and Kenya at large.

“I have spoken to Amb. Nabukwesi and he has reaffirmed his commitment to President Uhuru Kenyatta and focused on what he was sent to do and so many empty talks should be ignored,” he insisted.

He noted that Amb. Nabukwesi is focused on ensuring quality education for the Kenyan child.

He called upon the parents and guardians who are yet to take their children to school to do so, saying that it will help in future when opportunities arise instead of being misused or spreading propaganda, causing chaos and destruction by politicians.

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Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has his own style of mourning high-profile people in the country. Or is he?

Well, if you reflect at all the funerals of the high-profile people Kenya has lost, you must have noticed a black flywhisk that the former Prime Minister carries around and waves in the air several times whenever he is viewing the deceased’s body.

When former Vice President Michael Kijana Wamalwa died in the year 2003, Raila arrived in Kitale, Trans Nzoia County donning luo traditional regalia, armed with a spear and his magical black flywhisk.

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ODM leader Raila Odinga during the funeral of the late Vice President Michael Kijana Wamalwa. Picture/Courtesy

In 2014 during the funeral of the then Homa Bay County Senator Otieno Kajwang, Raila lifted his black flywhisk.

We saw it again in 2020 during the funeral of the second president of the Republic of Kenya Mzee Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi.

Raila MOURNED Hon Kajwang' in STYLE, with all the TOP honors BEFITTING a  Luo Ker
ODM leader Raila Odinga during the funeral of the late Otieno Kajwang. Picture/Courtesy

When Raila arrived at Parliament buildings to view the late President Moi’s body, he ceremoniously pulled out his black flywhisk, removed his cowboy hat and looked at the body for a few seconds before waving the flywhisk in slow motion six times over the body.

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ODM leader Raila Odinga while viewing the late President Daniel Moi’s body. Picture/Courtesy

And have you seen the same happen during the late President Emilio Mwai Kibaki’s funeral? Well, when the ODM leader arrived at Nyayo National Stadium on Friday April 29, 2022, he was carrying his black flywhisk.

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Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto at Nyayo National Stadium for the late President Mwai Kibaki’s funeral service. Picture/Courtesy

On Saturday April 30, 2022, Raila landed at Othaya Boys High School in Othaya in the company of his wife Mama Ida Odinga while carrying the black flywhisk in his hands.

Just before they left Othaya Boys High School for the funeral service of the late President Mwai Kibaki at his Othaya home, Raila waved his flywhisk in the air befotre entering his car that took him to the event.

But what is the meaning of all these?

According to the Luo Council of Elders chairperson Willis Otondi who spoke to the media in 2020 during the funeral of the late President Moi, the whisk is only given to selected elders in the community.

Known is Orengo in the luo language, the whisk is a symbol of peace and whenver Raila lifts it at the funerals, he calls for calmness.

The elder explained that the orengo is a status symbol and only a certain cadre of elders are allowed to carry it.

For instance, the whisk is believed to have magical power that is transferred to whoever inherits it.

Whenever it is lifted like Raila does at the funerals of the high-profile people, it shows respect from the entire generation.

The late Otieno Kajwang also used to carry the whisk around and it was believed to be having some magical powers.

Revealed: The magic Otieno Kajwang' did with his fly whisk
The late Otieno Kajwang. Picture/Courtesy

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A recent political move by ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga has faced heavy opposition from the public and further proved why he is the wrong candidate ahead of the August 9th general polls.

In the latest turn of events, the former Prime Minister suffered a major embarrassment after a section of the electorate in his Nyanza backyard rejected calls to adopt a six-piece voting pattern for ODM candidates in all 5 positions of the MCA, MP, Woman Rep, Senator, and Governor seat.

Speaking at Nyasore Village in Rachuonyo East Sub County during the burial of the late Ambassador of Kenya to Qatar Paddy Ahenda on Monday, Raila claimed that the mode of voting would help enhance the formation of a stable government in the unlikely situation he is elected president.

“While I have committed to take the bull by its horns at the national level, I am asking you to vote six-piece for our ODM candidates, from the MCA seats, to the presidency come the General Election, for us to have the required strength,” said the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya Alliance presidential aspirant.

According to him, those who are seeking alternative parties or going independent after defeat in nominations are ‘enemies of the people’ out to divide the region.

But moments later, his controversial remarks provoked reactions that painted a rather harsh reality on the ground.

As soon as the story was picked up by local media, voters from all corners of the country – including some from his own support base – took to social media to protest the comments made by the veteran politician struggling through his fifth bid for the ever-elusive presidency.

From some of the responses featured below, netizens took turns in dismissing the skewed tactic that calls for one to ignore the suitability or otherwise of candidates or how they got their respective party tickets, and simply vote for the party because the cabal at the helm has declared so.

A majority of those who aired their views described it as a greedy move only aimed at protecting his personal selfish interests.

Others urged him to give up on his mistaken cause and prepare for what is predicted as the imminent downfall of the Odinga’s dynasty just as is happening to the Moi’s in Kalenjin land years after their catastrophic 24-year regime.

“This year the Kenyatta family is wondering why Kikuyus have rejected them. I pray that by 2027, Luos will reject the Odinga family just as the Moi family is quickly being forgotten in Kalenjin land,” one wrote.

“Any average Kenyan will know that this is a politician trying to greedily secure his interests…. For your interest guys, vote in personalities and not parties,” another added.

As things seem to turn out, political parties and politicians that favour the so-called 6-piece voting pattern might soon be licking their political wounds unless they learn to embrace free, fair, transparent and accountable nomination exercises.

Over the past few weeks, we have seen major political parties in the country like Jubilee and ODM staying intent on locking in politicians in regions where they dominate so that such people are denied an opportunity for fair competition against preferred candidates.

The parties and their leaders are running scared that newcomers might unseat seasoned politicians most of whom no longer make sense to young voters.

This when contrasted with DP Ruto’s non interference in primaries, young and undecided voters seem to be appreciating the UDA Party for giving a fair opportunity to the voters to decide who should be their candidate by not imposing friends and family on them.

This is particularly true within the ODM regions of Nyanza and elsewhere where newly registered voters do not necessarily appreciate a candidate being forced on them just because they belong to a political outfit when these candidates have no progressive developmental agenda for their constituencies.

Voters want development.

Voters don’t care why the regions were not favoured in the past, they care about the present and future.

Voters will see performance of the candidates and would look at their vision.

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Just days after businessman Suleiman Shahbal bowed out of the Mombasa gubernatorial race, details of how President Uhuru’s hand played a role in the decision have emerged.

Shahbal last week shocked many when he announced that he had dropped his governor bid in support of Mvita MP Abdulswamad Shariff Nassir.

While making the announcement, he said that he had reached the decision after thoughtful consideration of the needs and aspirations of the people of Mombasa, long deliberations with ODM party leader Raila Odinga and advice from the chair of Azimio la Umoja Coalition, President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Details have, however, emerged that Shahbal had rejected calls to step down in favor of Abdulswamad.

This is even after Raila made several attempts to convince him, including chairing a meeting with him in Nairobi.

According to sources that spoke to one of the leading local dailies, Raila made a phone call to President Kenyatta to seek his intervention.

It is President Kenyatta together with Raila who then reportedly told Shahbal that his hardline stance had created divisions among ODM supporters.

They urged him to step down given that three opinion polls had shown Nassir was ahead.

Shahbal found himself between the sitting president and the possibly incoming president, leaving him with no option.

Meanwhile, Shahbal has accepted an offer to join Raila’s Presidential campaign team.

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Bumula MP Mwambu Mabonga has asked president Uhuru Kenyatta to address the nation over the rising cost of living.

According to the lawmaker, the recently-read national budget dies not consider the struggling Kenyans.

The 2022/2023 budget proposal was delivered on 7th of April 2022 by Treasurer cabinet secretary Ukuru Yattani, coming out earlier than the usual dates of June.

Mwambu, during a public engagement with the residents of Siboti ward in Bumula constituency said Kenyans are suffering but it doesn’t seem to ring a bell to the president to come out and address the nation over the same and give a way forward over the ailing state of the economy.

“The president has kept quiet over the recent reading of the budget yet it has raised a mixed reaction among Kenyans, he needs to come out and say something on it because we can’t continue operating like this as a country,” he said.

He went ahead to say that President Kenyatta and his alleged project, the Azimio la Umoja-One Kenya flag bearer Raila Odinga do not relate to the problems of the common Wananchi.

Mwambu went ahead to drum up support for his UDA party boss William Ruto saying that he is the real hustler and can relate to each and every problem.

The quick-witted law maker went ahead to call out the Bungoma county boss Wycliffe Wangamati over his empty promises after he failed to deliver the promise of drilling water in the wards which has resulted in water shortages in Bungoma county.

Mabonga further asked the residents to vote for the leaders who can deliver and not those who come with lies and not receipts.

He, however, asked his opponent Jack Wamboka to stop causing chaos while seeking support from the residents saying that politics should not always involve chaos and insults, and should instead let the residents decide saying that for him he knows that he will beat him hands down.

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Bumula member of parliament Mwambu Mabonga has asked Ministry of Defense Cabinet Secretary Eugine Wamalwa to stop misleading the Luhya community.

According to Mwambu, Wamalwa puts his interest first more than the people of Bungoma and so he should let the people choose the leader of their choice.

While addressing the residents at Lwanja in Bumula constituency, Mwambu said that if at all Eugine had the interest of the people of Bungoma at heart then he would have fought hard to even have the fertilizer’s prices lowered.

This comes after the DAP-K party held a similar meeting in the same constituency recently drumming up support for Azimio La Umoja coalition whose presidential candidate is ODM leader Raila Odinga.

Mabonga lashed out at the Azimio allies saying that instead of dedicating themselves in improving the living standards of their own people, they are busy moving around and using the government resources to form many political parties to satisfy their own interests.

“Azimio team was here last week and instead of campaigning and telling the people what they have in store for them, they are busy insulting me. That shows how confused they are, and they should get their priorities right,” he said.

Mabonga went ahead to lament on how the government is blackmailing the Kenya Kwanza alliance supporters forcing them to pull their weight behind Azimio.

This comes after Sirisia MP John Waluke ditching UDA for the Jubilee party which is allied to Azimio.

The first term MP went further to campaign for Ruto and the entire UDA team saying that once they take over the government, they will budget 100 million shillings to the struggling residents so they can relate to the problems that happen.

His sentiments were echoed by women rep aspirant Nancy Kibaba who recently ditched AZIMIO for UDA saying that it is a movement with no agenda.

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Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga has apologised over his ‘madoadoa’ statement that he made ni Wajir County on Wednesday.

Speaking on Friday during his tour of Kisumu County, Raila clarified his statement that has caused mixed reactions from Kenyans, claiming that he meant voters shouldn’t elect non-Azimio La Umoja leaders.

The former Prime Minister said no Kenyan should be discriminated based on ethnicity.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) had earlier today summoned Raila over the remarks that were deemed to have fuelled up ethnic tensions ahead of the August polls.

Odinga made the utterances on March 9, 2022 when he took his Azimio la Umoja campaigns to Wajir County as he continues to drum up support for his presidential bid.

“In his remarks, he mentioned the term ‘Madoadoa’ which is considered a hate speech term in Kenya,” NCIC’s Chairman Samuel Kobia said in a statement.

Kobia added that the commission, under his watch, will continue to advocate for good relations, harmony and peaceful co-existence of persons of different ethnic and racial communities while discouraging ethnic discrimination in the August General elections.

In a reaction to NCIC summon, Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen raised questions in the manner in which the ODM leader’s case is being handled.

Murkomen now wants the DCI to immediately arrest Raila and put him in custody.

Murkomen in a tweet appeared to suggest that Raila should be treated the same way as Meru Senator Mithika Linturi who was arrested and arraigned for his ‘madoadoa’ remark he made in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu.

At the same time, he poked holes in the NCIC letter and questioned when he will present himself for the summon.

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Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetang’ula has sent a piece of advice to Wiper Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka.

Through his official Twitter account, the Bungoma senator who is also a Kenya Kwanza Alliance co-principal told Kalonzo not to allow political turncoats to shape his destiny.

Wetang’ula advised the former Vice President to think carefully before entering any coaltion deal with ODM leader Raila Odinga.

He cited the history of betrayal and deceit, plus the arrogance being displayed as reasons why Kalonzo should turn down any calls for him to board the Azimio La Umoja train.

“My dear brother and friend Vp Kalonzo don’t allow political turncoats to shape your destiny. With the history of betrayal and deceit, plus the arrogance being displayed, think carefully before you enter the tent,” tweeted Wetang’ula.

Kalonzo has remained indecisive on whether to go alone, join Deputy President William Ruto’s side or Raila’s side.

Wetang’ula’s advice comes just hours after Kalonzo hosted his OKA counterpart Gideon Moi and Jimmy Kibaki who is the party leader of the New Democrats Party.

Kanu party leader Gideon Moi earlier today denied the media reports that the party was planning to ditch One Kenya Alliance (OKA) for Azimio la Umoja.

In a statement, the Kanu chairman said the party is firmly in OKA.

He has further said that OKA was united as a coalition, “and we have taken a common position that our talks with the Azimio and any other parties, must be structured, open and honest if we are to make progress.”

Gideon Moi has said that sentiments by Party Secretary-General Nick Salat, including the declaration that the party will attend the Azimio coalition NDC on Saturday, were his personal opinions.

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