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Kaberia Plotting Mwendwa’s Arrest in Revenge Attack

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A blog by Twiga News about the imminent arrest of Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Nick Mwendwa has hit the headlines on social media amongst the top trending stories.

This was a confirmation of a plot revenge action hatched by the Ministry of Sports Principle Secretary Kirimi Kaberia to fix Mwendwa for defying him and alleged disrespect.

Kaberia who felt short changed by FKF over the 2019 African Cup of Nations (Afcon) cut is out to teach Kenya’s football chief by using government machinery and media to discredit Mwendwa through blackmail and intimidation.

After the 2019 Afcon championship, the PS had resorted of using his influence and office in government to frustrate the football federation through chocking by it’s funding for international and continental assignments as an initial measure of frustrating FKF.

Kaberia wanted to whip emotions of football stakeholders against Mwendwa in the name of not being accountable for the Ksh244 million advanced by the government through the National Sports Fund.

Kaberia was outmaneuvered by Mwendwa who let the cat out of the bag by accusing the PS for being the stumbling block over the funding for the national women’s football team Harambee Starlets 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifications and their male counterparts Harambee Stars 2021 Cameroon Afcon qualifiers.

On the same day, Mwendwa addressed the press over the impasse, in a rejoinder, Kaberia in a media briefing in his office, he accussed the FKF supremo of being thankless to the Government’s efforts of financing football.

After the debacle, according to sources, Kaberia held a secret meeting with his gang and brainstormed on how Mwendwa can be tamed and disgraced.

In their strategy, the group decided to have the PS issue a notice to the federation to account for the Sh244 million by presenting a report and specific documents on November 11, 2019.

It was agreed that in the run upto to that date, they use propaganda by compromising Kenya’s media to publish stories implicating FKF to having embezzled the Afcon funds by taking joyriders to Cairo to whip emotions.

In the strategy, the mainstream media was to sustain that media war by punching holes into the FKF Afcon report by implicating the federation in the malpractice.

In the plan, it was to start by members of the media going and scrutinise the Afcon 2019 report at the FKF Kandanda House headquarters the FKF Secretariat and deliberately punching holes by questioning the report.

At the behest of the PS, Kaberia was to deal with government friendly and leaning reporters in order influence them to publish stories against the local governing football body FKF.

That gave to the emergence of a story of alleged joyriders making the Cairo trip to kick off the allegations against FKF.

On the second day of the allegations in the media, an analysis of how Harambee Stars received only 25 percent of the 244 million Afcon funds.

On the third day, it was the coverage, by Cameroonian national Joe Kamga, the man tasked with spending almost half of the Sh244 million the government set aside for Harambee Stars preparations at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, Nation Sport claiming that he is nowhere to be found to account for the Afcon money.

The next step was to use senior Criminal Investigations Department (CID) officials from his Meru backyard to conduct investigations with a view of fixing Mwendwa by preferring corruption charges against him with a view of curtailing his re-election bid as the FKF president for the national polls scheduled for December 7th.

The process went on as planned by the PS issuing a November 11th notice for FKF to present the Afcon 2019 report to the National Sports Fund and CID officers raiding the FKF headquarters for evidence.

On November 10th, a day before, the orders of issuing the report by the PS, a negative story against the federation about the alleged Afcon scam was published in a leading media house.

Kaberia issued the orders for accounting, after a letter written by the FKF acting Ceo Barry Otieno whose reference is Afcon (Egypt) 2019 Accountability of Ksh244 million addressed to Kaberia dated August 8, 2019 and copied to the National Sports Fund Chief Executive was received by the PS on August 9.

In the script, Kaberia was to pretend he was raising the queries based on an independent audit by the Kenyan media to provoke the Government’s action and precipitate curiosity from members of the public.

The media reports were to be used as a justification and an excuse for the CID officers to crackdown and descend on the federation’s offices in the name of carrying out investigations.

The PS decided to fire the first salvo at FKF by demanding for the report which had been presented and received by him four months earlier.

Before the federation protested about it’s mistreatment over funding for the Harambee Starlets by the Sports ministry through Kaberia, the PS had never questioned the report.

The second step, he invited sports editors in his office to solicit their support against his sworn enemy Nick Mwendwa by using their editorial space in painting him as corrupt and inept.

During the meeting with editors, Kaberia was advised against appearing on live TV and radio interviews because he might be at pains to justify claims against Mwendwa but confine himself to print media interviews where his statements will be polished before being published.

In the tactic, it was hoped that Mwendwa will be invited in the electronic media live where he will witness hostility from the infuriated Kenyan media and be unable to defend himself where unfortunately to them the FKF president was able to clear the air.

As it stands now the PS wants to use Mwendwa as a case study and a strong message to federation’s that defy his directives and don’t toe his line of what will befell them.

Kaberia intends to manifest to an African saying that “You can not compete in excreting with an elephant, as a sign of power basing on his influence in the government as a senior officer.

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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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