No longer at ease for political Kingpins
SEE ALSO :MPs defy Uhuru, Raila on Gender BillBaringo Senator and Kanu Chairman Gideon Moi has made clear his mission to sell the independence party even beyond the region. Gideon has indicated that he is widely consulting on what political direction to take in 2022. Wide consultations “I have not stated so yet because this is a matter that takes wide consultations with a wide range of players, it is ongoing right now and it will manifest itself in good time,” he said. Instead, he wished those doing early campaigns “the best of luck” but added: “We will see where they are going to run to when the real dance begins.”
SEE ALSO :Ngilu and ward reps bury the hatchetThere has also been an affront on Dr Ruto by a group of legislators led by Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny, his Nandi Hills counterpart Alfred Keter and Moiben’s Silas Tiren, who accuse the DP of ignoring the plight of maize farmers. Kutuny says they do not harbour any political grudge against the DP but are speaking for the farmers who have been neglected under his watch. “Our concern is that, coming from the region, why is the DP quiet when the maize farmers are being mistreated? He is either for the farmers who voted overwhelmingly for Jubilee or against them,” says Kutuny. But Ruto’s allies, led by Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, believe the Rift Valley rebel MPs are rabble-rousers whose main aim is to spoil for the DP. “We know they are paid up to cause discontent for a fee but they will not get far, even people back in the region know them for who they are,” says Murkomen.
SEE ALSO :Speculation mounts as Moi, Mudavadi meetKipkelion West MP Hillary Kosgei agrees with Murkomen and terms the MPs as rent seekers who have a negative agenda for the community. “Nobody takes them seriously because they stand for nothing,” says Kosgei. Away from assault on Uhuru and Ruto, Raila is not sitting pretty, especially in Western and Coast where he has enjoyed almost unfettered support. Once under his political armpits, Coast region is today bubbling with agitations and demanding for its space in the national arena. Regional unity Apart from Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho who has remained loyal to Raila even after the March 9, 2018 handshake, Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi and several other MPs from the region seem to be charting their political path away from the wings of the opposition leader. Kingi hosted Coast MPs twice last year where he insisted on the need for unity of the region for it to achieve any meaningful development. “We have homegrown solutions to our issues, we have been used for a long time and being dictated by people from outside the region. We must be united and start charting the course for the betterment of our people,” said Kingi. In November last year, ODM disciplinary committee decided to expel two MPs from the region for openly defying the party and declaring support for Ruto. But undeterred, Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa and her Msambweni counterpart Suleiman Dori have vowed to stay put in the DP’s camp. Beyond Raila’s waning grip in the Coast is that of Western where his once close ally Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya asked the opposition leader to support him for the presidency in 2022. “I have been a minister, two terms as governor, it is time now to go for presidency. I have been Raila’s faithful servant and it was time for him to return the favour,” said Oparanya. Also rattled by Oparanya’s announcement are Mudavadi and Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula who have both declared interest in the presidency. In Lower Eastern, Kalonzo is not sitting pretty either as Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana has taken him head-on right from within his Wiper party.