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Kenya Elections 2022

UDA Party Aspirants Who Lost Nominations Threaten To Run As Independent Candidates

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Mombasa UDA team reached a consensus on Hassan Omar Hassan as its gubernatorial candidate, Khamisi Mwaguya as the Senate contender and Fatma Bakari Barayan as the Women Rep. contestant. The parliamentary slots will be filled by Mohamed Ali (Nyali), Mbarak Hamid (Kisauni), Karisa Nzai Mnyika (Jomvu), Isaac Malilah (Changamwe), Omar Shallo (Mvita) and Mohamed Mwahima (Likoni).

United Democratic Movement party (UDA) is facing a backlash in Mombasa County for conducting primaries that left contestants dissatisfied with the processes and outcome. The aggrieved aspirants are now appealing for the intervention of party leader Deputy President Dr William  Ruto to call for a repeat of the primaries.

There is a possible fallout in the UDA party,  Mombasa region, after yesterday’s concluded party primaries, with some threatening to ditch the party if their grievances are not addressed. The aspirants have raised questions on the authenticity of the party polls and are blaming UDA gubernatorial aspirant Hassan  Omar for conducting the primaries exercise in a favouritism manner.

According to Attan Mbarak Attan, Hassan Omar colluded with their opponents to short change them from fair nomination elections.

“First we were promised to use IEBC or party register during the nominations, but, it did not happen, secondly, my name was missing in the register. This was a game choreographed. I am decamping to vie for the seat as an independent candidate if action is not taken,” Said Ashuu Radhirish, an aspirant.

In a joint press conference,  the aspirants from the Mvita constituency said the nominations had wrangles and did not meet a threshold of a fair, credible and verifiable election.

Among the affected aspirants include; Ashuu Radhirish, Attan Mbarak Attan, Salim Omar Salim and Ms Bibiye Mahomoud.  They claimed their names were missing from their registered polling stations.  In some cases, those whose names appear in the register, do not match their identity number.

They said the whole nomination process was full of malpractices, bribes and favouritism.

On the other hand, aspirant Salim Omar Salim accused party coordinators of using the party as a cash cow by a wealthy mogul canvassing for his preferred aspirants to win the nominations. Another contestant Bibiye Mahamoud urged the party organisers to address the nominations statement and call for a repeat of the nomination.

“If the party is not conducting the nominations in a transparent manner, we’re going to vote against the UDA candidate in Majengo ward during August polls, stated Bibiye.

Among those who were issued a direct ticket by UDA during the August 9 election are former Mombasa senator Hassan Omar as their governor aspirant, Khamisi Mwaguya (senator) and Fatma Barayan (woman rep)

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Governor Kananu Banks On Her Track Record To Get Elected

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Nairobi Governor Ann Kananu has told off her critics saying they should let their track records speak for them.

The Governor was speaking an interview with a local tv station.

During the interview Kananu was hosted alongside Kwale Deputy Governor Fatuma Achani, who wants to succeed her boss Salim Mvurya, and former Kenyan ambassador to China Sarah Serem, who is seeking the Uasin Gishu Governor seat.

Kananu responded to various questions from Nairobians and Kenyans at large saying her track record from when she was at the Kenya Airport Authority, to the Nairobi county government’s chief officer in the disaster management department, acting Governor, and now a Governor, is open and clean and defines who a leader is.

“Leadership is inborn. Those seeking elective positions should come out clean and show us what they have done for Nairobians and not brainwashing the youth and the elderly with untold stories. Leadership is about integrity,” she said.

Answering a question from 50-year-old Adhiambo Auma, commonly known as Mama Msafii, who asked about the markets and fire stations, the Nairobi Governor told said the issue has been politicized but services are being rendered.

“We will soon launch those facilities and many more are coming up. Let’s not politicize projects that are meant to benefit mwananchi. I am where I am because of my great people of Nairobi,” Kananu said.

As she seeks to retain her seat on a Jubilee Party ticket, the Governor elaborated many projects she has implemented including the disbursement of bursary worth Sh590 million to needy students.

Nairobi City County, under her leadership, is set to construct state-of-the-art safe houses for Sexual Gender-Based Violence (SGBV) survivors in Nairobi at Mji wa Huruma.

Kananu said she is yet to name her running mate but intends to do so soon.

She will launch her manifesto which includes equipping all hospitals, building fire stations in all the 17 sub-counties, increasing revenue collection to guarantee uninterrupted services for Nairobi residents, rehabilitating and improving the road network, improving staff welfare at City Hall, among others.

“I thank the good leadership from NMS, executive, staff and assembly because it’s our good working relationship has culminated in quality services being provided,” said Kananu.

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A Political Coup In Machakos As Waita Bags Speaker Florence Mwangangi

His support for Azimio la Ukambani, Mr Waita said, is aimed at ensuring that the wider Ukambani region is not left out of the winning formation ahead of the 2022 General elections.

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The choice of Mrs Mwangangi, a lawyer as Mr Waita's running mate has been billed as landmark political development that will bolster his winning prospects. 

Machakos Chama Cha Uzalendo (CCU) National Party Gubernatorial Aspirant Nzioka Waita has stepped up his campaign with the signing of current Machakos County Assembly Speaker Mrs Florence Mwangangi as his running mate. 

The choice of Mrs Mwangangi -a lawyer- as Mr Waita’s running mate has been billed as landmark political development that will bolster his winning prospects. 

The former State House chief of staff has joined forces with Mrs Mwangangi, who has gracefully dropped her Gubernatorial bid. The Machakos County Speaker’s political handshake with Mr Waita has sent shockwaves in Machakos and the entire lower Eastern political circles.

The effective defection of Mrs Mwangangi to CCU is a body blow to the Wiper Party and provides a significant political realignment. Mrs Mwangangi, an accomplished Lawyer, Mentor, Former Judicial Service Commission (JSC) Commissioner, has further strengthened the candidacy of Mr Waita. 

The Waita-Mwangangi handshake and flagship CCU ticket follows a series of extensive consultations spearheaded by the Machakos Council of Elders, Business Community, Professionals, Youth and Women Leaders and sends a strong signal that Mr Waita’s eyes are firmly fixed on bagging the Governor’s seat currently held by Alfred Mutua.

By naming the formidable Mrs Mwangangi, Mr Waita becomes the first gubernatorial candidate in Machakos county to name a running mate, further cementing his political positioning as a decisive leader. 

Speaking at a media conference at Gelian Hotel in Machakos town, Mr Waita reiterated that his focus is firmly trained on the Machakos Gubernatorial seat. He said that efforts to derail his candidature through political propaganda would come to nought as Machakos people continue to embrace his development agenda.

Visibly proud of his running mate choice, Mr Waita described Mrs Mwangangi, popularly known as “Suluhu”, as a tried and tested consummate professional with a deep understanding and awareness of the political landscape in Ukambani. 

 

In Mrs Mwangangi, Mr Waita acknowledged that he had found a running mate endowed with rare leadership skills and a solid bi-partisan acceptance base. 

“Many have tried to derail this dream ticket using cheap political rhetoric and propaganda. They have failed miserably. Today, I Nzioka Waita, Machakos Governor-in-waiting, proudly present the best running mate; in Mama Suluhu ya Machakos, Mrs Florence Mwangangi,” Mr Waita said.

 “This Waita-Mwangangi ticket is the perfect partnership geared towards transforming the development fortunes of Machakos. We will complement our intellectual skills experience to deliver against our development centred manifesto. Ours is a ticket that is firmly committed to getting the job done and done very well.”

 In her acceptance speech, Mrs Mwangagi said she had shelved her Machakos Gubernatorial bid, opting to support Mr Waita for the sake and love of the Machakos people. She confirmed the pair would complement and harness their mutual values and comparative advantages to deliver an exceptional candidature committed to facilitating sustainable development in Machakos.

 She described her running mate Nzioka as a team player and principled leader with a solid track record of national development delivery and competent management of multi-billion resources.

“As a conscientious and seasoned politician, I take note of the complementary value that our joint candidature with Mr Waita presents. For this reason and after extensive consultations with my family, supporters, my think tank, we have agreed to join forces and deliver the Governor’s seat back to the people of Machakos,” Mrs Mwangangi said.

 The CCU National Party is one of the affiliate parties supporting the Raila Odinga-led national Azimio la Umoja Movement. CCU’s support for Azimio is based on the party leadership and Mr Waita’s unwavering belief that the Ukambani people deserve accelerated service delivery and growth in the next government. He noted that the region stands a good chance of consolidating current gains by supporting the Raila Odinga-led Azimio movement.

 His support for Azimio la Ukambani, Mr Waita said, is aimed at ensuring that the wider Ukambani region is not left out of the winning formation ahead of the 2022 General elections.

 He added, “My joining the formidable Azimio la Ukambani alliance is borne out of deeply held principles to ensure that the wider Ukambani region reserves a seat in the winning team. Due to poor choices, the Ukambani region cannot afford to languish in the opposition. It will be a great disservice to our people, who have enjoyed the fruits of devolution in a big way and deserve to enjoy further and accelerated growth in the next regime.”

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