The Registrar of Political parties, Ann Nderitu, has averred that the New Coalition law recently signed by President Uhuru Kenyatta has more to the political situation than meets the eye.
Speaking at a national dialogue meeting organized by Kenya’s Editors guild, Mrs. Nderitu said part of the new changes directs political parties to hold primaries using their register, unlike past days when any Kenyan, regardless of their political affiliation could vote in any nomination.
Signaling a tough future for politicians when party primaries will be conducted in April, Mrs. Nderitu lamented that research conducted by her institution revealed a section of Kenyans in the 2017 nominations voted for over three parties.
“One Kenyan told us that he voted fifteen times during the party primaries, such should not happen” Said Nderitu hinting that political parties globally have a register that is used during nominations.
President Uhuru Kenyatta recently signed into law the controversial Political Parties (Amendment) Bill, 2021, setting the stage for the formation of mega coalitions ahead of the polls. The law paved way for political parties seeking to form a coalition party to finalize and submit their agreements to the Registrar of Political Parties by April 9, four months to the August 9 general election.
The Editors Guild meeting aimed at interrogating the level of preparedness of institutions engaged in the 2022 election management and, the role of the media in ensuring a credible and peaceful election. Representatives from the Kenyan Police, Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), and civil society were also present.
Ruto Team Blasts Radio Africa, TIFA Polls
Kenya Kwanza Alliance has strongly hit out at the pollsters, accusing them of being used to set the stage for election rigging. Speaking in Kirinyaga County during rallies to popularize the alliance, the leaders said the pollsters are being used to confuse Kenyans on the popularity of ODM leader Raila Odinga, as they seek to portray Deputy President William Ruto as losing favor among Kenyans.
Led by ANC Party Leader Musalia Mudavadi, the leaders castigated today’s released polls showing that Ruto’s popularity has reduced in Central Kenya while that of Raila was increasing.
Mudavadi noted that the said popularity was a ploy by the State agents determined to set the stage for the rigging of the August 9th elections.
“That is how they start stealing elections by saying Ruto’s percentage win has stagnated while that of Raila has started to rise so that they start confusing you, to accept the stealing,” he said.
According to polls released by TIFA and Radio Africa Group on Thursday 17 February 2022, Ruto is still ahead of Raila in the presidential contest, a lead that has reduced in rating while Raila who trails him has his rating increased from the last poll done.
At the same time, the ANC leader called on the people of the Central region to refuse imposed leadership, urging them to freely choose a leader of their choice and enjoy the constitutional right of expression.
“I also want to ask the media to do their work diligently, to remain objective and professional in its work. Journalists are custodians of the truth, and in this era of social media, you can not afford to hide the truth, not even the opinion polls can twist the truth,” said Mudavadi.
He added: “We want to tell the media and pollsters that if that is their strategy to rig the elections, they will not succeed. You can cheat Uhuru but you cannot cheat Kenyans.”
Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula regretted that President Uhuru Kenyatta is hell-bent to force the Raila presidency down the throats of Kenyans, as his preferred successor.
Wetang’ula noted that for years, together with Mudavadi, Kalonzo Musyoka and Ruto have given Raila support without success.
“We respect and love the President. We want to ask him to honorably retire and leave Raila to fight his own war,” Mudavadi said.
He said the pollsters were driving a propaganda agenda to the effect that Raila had conquered and won the Central region vote.
Ruto promised the people of Kirinyaga more development projects including roads and connecting more to the power grid. “Moving forward, Kirinyaga will be at the center of development plans,” said Ruto.
The DP noted that Raila has run out of energy to govern and that those pushing the Raila presidency should stop and let him go home and relax.
“They know he can’t manage the country effectively and that is why they are even planning to steal elections for him,” said Ruto.
DP Ruto Counters DRC ‘Has no Cows” Slur, Sends Ababu Namwamba
The Head of international relations at deputy president William Ruto’s secretariat, Ababu Namwamba, has held talks with the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) head of Missions Malenga Omoy Charlotte.
In a tweet on Thursday, 17th February 2022 by Hussein Mohamed who is in charge of communications at the secretariat, Madam Malenga is said to have assured the former Foreign affairs CAS that their bilateral relations remain intact, and the existing formal diplomatic channels of communication take precedence.
DRC Head of Missions Madam Malenga Omoy Charlotte has assured that our bilateral relations remain intact and that the existing formal diplomatic channels of communication take precedence. @AbabuNamwamba paid her a courtesy call. pic.twitter.com/x2ORlPr1mz
— Hussein Mohamed, MBS. (@HusseinMohamedg) February 17, 2022
This, according to experts, appears to be a tactical and ambitious plan aimed at countering a perceived notion that Ruto is not in good books with regional leaders and thus not fit to be Kenya’s next president.
On Tuesday, Deputy President William Ruto apologized for his remarks at a political rally that suggested that the DRC Congo rears no cow. His remarks generated an online debate with a section of users insisting DP Ruto was being disrespectful.
Led by DRC’s Haut-Katanga province Senator Francine Muyumba, Congo citizens demanded an apology and the withdrawal of the statement.
“Mr. Vice President William Ruto, this is unacceptable, with all due respect there is a need to withdraw this statement If DRC did not have a single cow how could Kenya sign economic deals with DRC, Equity Bank is currently making money in Congo, this is an insult,” she said on Twitter.
Kenya’s envoy to DRC Dr. George Masafu later distanced Nairobi from DP Ruto’s remarks saying the two countries enjoy a cordial relationship.
In a statement by his head of presidential campaigns communications Hussein Mohamed, the DP said he regrets the misunderstanding that his remarks caused.
“I regret any misunderstanding that may have arisen on account of my speech and take this opportunity to assure the government and the people of DRC of my profound admiration and high regard,” the DP said.
Joe Muchiri Defends Capital FM, Blasts Toxic Colleagues
Former capital FM presenter Joe Muchiri has defended the late Chris Kirubi owned media house after its presenters were embroiled in an online brawl on Thursday, January 20, 2022. The media personality, a former producer of Hits not Homework at capital FM, said the Lonro House-based media house is a place any person should dream of getting employed.
BY WHO ?! Una ni jua ama Una ni skianga? 🤣🤣🤣 kwanza I had more than 5 warning letters. Capital was a good place, just because one or two people are asswipes doesn’t mean the whole organization is. I had the best boss Somoina 🥰🥰 so calm thy tittayz. https://t.co/z04lYuv0Ct
— Joe W Muchiri 🤓 (@JoeWMuchiri1) January 20, 2022
Muchiri’s revelations come at a time when two of Capital FM’s current and former presenters have been the subject of debate following revelations by an EX-employee identified as Koome Gitobu on Twitter blasted Miss Mandi for being a bully. The former Hits Not Homework presenter had earlier posted on Twitter that people should be accountable for their deeds. In response, Gitobu Koome reminded her of the days she bullied him while working at Capital FM.
Just sitting here watching the person who constantly terrorized & brutally bullied me the entire time we worked together talk about accountability. https://t.co/WO0mplg6UQ
— Koome Gitobu (@KoomeGitobu) January 19, 2022
As if that wasn’t enough, other users linked the station’s breakfast presenter Amina Abdi Rabar to the toxicity allegedly portrayed by Miss Mandi.
Mimi wacheni nicheke juu Amina was soo mean to my pal she came home crying. Yikes !! 🚮🚮 Made jokes horrible jokes about her old tbt photo with her parents knowing very well she is an orphan.
— Ginger (@Just_Wanjiru) January 20, 2022
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