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Imran Takes an Early Lead as Kibra ODM Primaries Tally Continues

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A lady casting her vote at Kibra Social Grounds in Makina Ward during the ODM Primaries for the vacant Kibra MP seat on Saturday, September 7, 2019.

Benard Imran Okoth, the brother to the late Kibra MP Hon Ken Okoth has taken an early lead  in the Kibra ODM primaries with some of the results trickling in from various polling stations.

At Kibra Social Grounds in Makina ward results have Imran leading with 290 votes. Other candidates results are as follows: Christone Odhiambo 27,  John Otieno Miller 9,  Benson Musungu 118,  Obaricks 2, Steve Oguwa 18, Ojijo William 3, Orero Peter Ochieng 40, Owino Brian Shem 38 and Tony Ogola Sine with 8 votes.

Meanwhile at Olympic Primary School a throw away from Kamukunji grounds where Imran was heckled a fortnight ago Imran is also leading. The tallies are as follows Benard Okoth 300,  John Otieno Miller 259, Orero Peter 178, Tony Ogola 50, Christone Odhiambo 39, Benson Musungu 27, Stephen Oguwa 12, Brian Owino Shem 13, Obaricks 8 and Ojijo William 5.

Activity is building up at Mbagathi Primary where results from other polling stations will be tallied.

The nominations took place across the 180 polling centres with some complaints regarding missing names in the register as well as names being found in different polling stations different from the voting ones.

There was ample security in the process with massive police patrol across the constituency.

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Oparanya re-elected as Council of Governors Chair

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The Council of Governors (CoG) has re-elected Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya as its Chairman.

Oparanya was retained as its Chairman without being subjected to an electoral process following consensus reached during a full council meeting attended by 38 governors and graced Devolution Minister Eugene Wamalwa.

Murang’a Governor Mwangi Wa Iria and his Makueni Counterpart Kivutha Kibwana were also retained their posts as the Deputy Chairperson and Chief Whip respectively through the same process.

Since the inception in of CoG in 2013 the position of Chairperson has been previously held by former Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto, former Meru Governor Peter Munya and Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok .

The council also elected new technical committee chairpersons to head various dockets including legal affairs, finance and agriculture.

They are:
Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi – Legal Affairs, Security and Foreign Affairs committee.
Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati – Finance
Tharaka Nithi Governor Muthomi Njuki – Agriculture
Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony – Gender, Youth, Sports, Culture and Social Services
Narok Governor Samuel Tunai – Tourism and Natural Resources committee
West Pokot Governor John Lonyangapuo – Arid and Semi-arid land (ASAL) counties
Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui – Urban Planning & Infrastructure
Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga – Education
Kisii Governor James Ongwae – Human Resources, Labour and Social Welfare
Embu Governor Martin Wambora – Trade
Isiolo Governor Mohamed Kuti – Health

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Pro-Ruto and Mudavadi Anti-BBI Meetings in Mumias Cancelled

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The anti-Building Bridges Initiative meeting in Mumias associate with the former deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi and Jubilee pro Deputy President MPs has been cancelled.

The police in Mumias have cancelled the Saturday permits which had been issued for parallel meetings at Nabongo grounds and Mumias Sports Complex meant to rival the BBI forum at Kakamega’s Bukhungu Stadium organized by the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) secretary general Francis Atwoli.

The police in Kakamega cancelled two meetings which were to be held in Mumias one by Mudavadi of Amani National Congress (ANC) and Ford Kenya party leader Wetang’ula at Nabongo Sports ground.

The other meeting has been organised by local farmers led by Jubilee pro-Deputy President Dr William Ruto leaders led by Mumias East MP Ben Washiali, former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa and former Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale at the Mumias Sports Complex.

In a letter, Mumias Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) Peter Kattam cited safety concerns as reasons for the cancellation of the two meetings that were scheduled for the coming weekend.

According to the OCPD, security personnel in the area will be deployed to the BBI consultative forum at the Bukhungu Stadium where President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga are expected to be present.

“This is to notify you that this office has cancelled your permit to carry out the exercise purportedly scheduled to take place on on 18/01/2020 due to security reasons,” the letter dated Tuesday, January 14 reads.

“You are advised to inform your participants of the changes and comply accordingly. By this letter, any person contravening this directive will be held criminally responsible,” the police said.

The BBI meeting in Kakamega is being fronted by Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, Senator Cleo Malala, ANC nominated MP Godfrey Osotsi and Luhya leaders in Nairobi led by Makadara MP George Aladwa among others.

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BBI: Looming Showdown between Nasa leaders in Kakamega

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A showdown between National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders is looming in Western over the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) over this coming weekend of January 18th in Kakamega.

Parallel meetings have been organized by one group allied to the NASA 2017 presidential torch bearer Raila Odinga and the alliance’s co-principals former vice president Musalia Mudavadi and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula.

Whereas Raila will attend the Bukhungu forum, his co-principals in the Nasa coalition Mudavadi and Wetangula are expected to join other regional leaders in Mumias town meetings staged few kilometres from each other.

The Raila camp has planned for a second BBI consultative meeting at Bukhungu Stadium which has been convened by the Central Organisation of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary General Francis Atwoli.

Supporters of Mudavadi and Wetang’ula have organized a another parallel regional meeting in Mumias town to discuss the economic development of the region especially the Mumias and Nzoia Sugar Companies revitalisation plans.
The pro-BBI leaders led by Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Ambetsa Oparanya held a pre-summit meeting last Sunday at Nzoia’s Sudi Sports Club in Bungoma.

“The issue of Mumias Sugar, Nzoia Sugar, Panpaper, Mudete Tea factory and unemployment will be part of the BBI discourse,” the pro Bukhungu proponents said.
Oparanya said the Bukhungu meeting will be used to unite Luhyas and have them speak with one voice ahead of the BBI’s second round and political future.

Mumias East MP Ben Washiali, from whose constituency Mumias Sugar is located denied claims of organising BBI parallel meeting saying it was planned before the BBI summit.

Washiali said the Mumias meeting will start with a boardroom brief by the company’s receiver-manager before the leaders proceed to Mumias town for a major rally.

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