Ruto Team Loses First Round in Battle to Change Political Parties Law

[SIZE=7]Ruto Team Loses First Round in Battle to Change Political Parties Law[/SIZE]
[li]By PAUL KURGAT on 29 December 2021 - 3:36 pm[/li]
DP William Ruto and a snippet inside parliament building
The National Assembly was on Wednesday, December 29, forced to suspend its session after a member of parliament sustained a bloody injury during a special parliamentary sitting to debate the controversial Political Parties Amendment Bill Sigowet Soin MP Benard Koin suffered an injury in the eye and was spotted bleeding from his right-hand cheek.

Koros, who belongs to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) faction, was seen wiping off blood using his handkerchief. He claimed that he had been attacked by a fellow legislator in the August House.
“Mr. Speaker, I have been attacked in this house by the master of violence, now I can’t see, I can’t vote. We cannot accept to be injured in a national house. This cannot happen here!”

Chaos erupted as the MPs were called upon to vote on the proposed amendments by Kandara MP Alice Wahome to amend Clause 6 of the Political Parties Act. As the lawmakers queued to vote, a brawl erupted within parliament buildings.[ATTACH=full]407084[/ATTACH]
Sigowet Soin MP Benard Koros and an old photo of ODM National Chairman- John Mbadi receives the newly launched Party Membership Card

MPs were seen pushing each other, some even exchanging heavy fists and punches - forcing the session speaker Chris Omulele to suspend the sitting for 15 minutes to allow the tension to tone down.

Following the incident, the ODM Chairman and Minority Leader John Mbadi was suspended from parliament for five days.

While addressing the media, Mbadi castigated the move by the Speaker, stating that the decision to suspend him was unfair. He accused Koros of attacking him after he attempted to stop him from voting for a member who was absent.

Mbadi argued that he only retaliated to defend himself from the Sigowet Soin MP.
“The honourable member charges at me and in the process, he bites my finger. So what am I to do? Do I just sit there and watch as he bites my finger?” He posed as he displayed his bleeding finger.

Efforts by Deputy President William Ruto’s team to stop changes to the law governing political parties were on Wednesday, December 29, dealt a blow in a heated session of the National Assembly. During a special parliamentary sitting to debate the highly controversial Political Parties, Amendment Bill, Deputy Speaker Moses Cheboi threw out a number of proposals by Members of Parliament allied to the DP. Among them were proposals by Kikuyu MP, Kimani Ichungwah, Dagoretti South MP, John Kiarie and Kilifi North lawmaker, Own Baya.

While Ichungwah and Baya proposed the insertion of Clauses 19A, 25A, 25B, 26A and 26B to the bill, Kiarie wanted to amend clause 20 in entirety, proposing that it be replaced by clauses 19A, 19B, 19C, 26b and 26C.
Deputy Speaker Moses Cheboi during a session in Parliament on Wednesday, December 22, 2021.

The legislators fronted the establishment of a Political Parties Registration Board and the position of the Chief Executive Officer of the Board.

The latter would replace the current Office of the Registrar of Political Parties.

However, Cheboi threw out the proposals, explaining that they fell short of the requirements of Standing Order 133(5).
“These are new amendments that ought to undergo public participation as required by the Constitution, given the far-reaching changes envisioned therein and having gone outside the scope of the Bill as printed…I, therefore, direct that the Committee of the whole house shall not consider the proposed amendments to Clause 20,” Cheboi declared.

On December 22, Cheboi referred all proposed amendments to the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee for harmonization through a process known as winnowing.

However, on Tuesday, Garissa Township MP Aden Duale led the contingent of Ruto-allied legislators who stormed out of the meeting before the harmonization was done. The lawmakers stated that they could not deliberate in the presence of the political parties registrar.

The Deputy Speaker also threw out a proposal by Belgut MP, Nelson Koech which sought to amend Clause 1 to change the title of the bill to ‘Political Parties Coalition Bill’.


Ruto asked MPs in his faction to vote against the bill that according to him, would boost Opposition Leader Raila Odinga’s quest to vie for presidency under the [I]Azimio la Umoja [/I]ticket. A proposed amendment by Duale to have parties declare ideologies before registration was also shut down in parliament, gaining 136 votes against 150.

Nonetheless, the Ruto camp recorded a win following the passing of Tigania West MP John Mutunga’s amendments. The surprise win of 123 v 118 votes came after the house disqualified votes cast virtually. The amendment proposed that the dominant color of a coalition be owned by the bigger party.

The most controversial provision is one that allows fully registered political parties to become members of other parties through coalitions.

The provision is speculated to be a move to have an Azimio La Umoja coalition party, similar to the rainbow coalition of NARC, where parties supporting Raila will join in without being dissolved. Debate on the matter is ongoing as at the time of publishing this story with the final vote expected to be cast before the end of the house business on Wednesday, December 29.

wacha wanaume wamenyane

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unakumbuka vita za Mwenje na Gumo…it was very epic I say

kanjemwe alikuwa anafinya sumra mbaya mbovu. Huyu muindre alikuwa anaona mwenje anaenda kusmamia Kiambu CID headquarters.
@uwesmake mgisu simama starehe. Ndio ukichaguliwa ujenge boxing ring huko basement na CDF. Wambunge waheshimiwa waheshimiane.

Psst… Mwenje and Kajwang… interestingly both are long dead now!

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In the voice of the legendary Michael Buffer


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Bruce Buffer wa UFC ndio msito

Yaani kales can only fight with bow and arrows? I thought they were warriors? Mwanamme anatwangwa kama burukenge mpaka analia machos!

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has blamed Kenyan voters for the chaos that rocked Parliament on Wednesday, December 29.

In an exchange with Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina and his Elgeyo Marakwet counterpart Kipchumba Murkomen on Thursday, December 30,

National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi

Muturi argued that Kenyan voters were responsible for the crop of MPs that make up the 12th Parliament.

It all started with Ledama castigating the MPs over their conduct before apologizing.

“Speaker Muturi, what are standing orders in the National Assembly for?
There was nothing honorable about parliament and all those present yesterday. I am sorry Kenyans,” stated Ledama.
Narok Senator Ledama Ole Kina

In his response, Muturi claimed that he was not to be blamed since Kenyans were the voters in the 2017 General Election.

“The voters get as good as they vote in. Garbage in garbage out. Don’t blame me,” stated Muturi.

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen

Murkomen, on the other hand, was, however, having none of the Speaker’s explanation and questioned his ascend to the seat.
“Did the garbage also elect a Speaker they deserve?” he wondered.

The Wednesday voting exercise was adjourned at midnight after being marred by the chaos that saw Sigowet/Soin MP Kipsengeret Koros Koin sustain a face injury. Koin suffered an injury in the eye and was spotted bleeding from his right-hand cheek.

Koros, who belongs to the United Democratic Alliance (UDA) faction, was seen wiping off blood using his handkerchief.

He claimed that he had been attacked by a fellow legislator in the August House.

Video clips from the session also showed various opponents resorting to blows and kicks after the session’s proceedings got awry.

Following the incident, the ODM Chairman and Minority Leader John Mbadi were suspended from parliament for five days.

Mbadi admitted hitting Koros but noted that he acted in self-defense after his colleague bit his finger.

Kimunya has since sent a letter to Muturi seeking for the special sitting to be held between Wednesday, January 5, and Friday, January 7 in 2022.

Mr Justin Muturi
’ Garbage in, Garbage out’

Muturi apunguze pombe aende kazini, si kuwachia acting washenzi kazi


[SIZE=7]Mudavadi Dethroned as Luhya Community Spokesperson[/SIZE]
[li]By GEOFFREY LUTTA on 31 December 2021 - 4:18 pm[/li]
ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi addressing congregants at Quakers Friends International Church,
The Luhya community has announced their new spokesperson replacing Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi.

In a national declaration made by Western Region Elders, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya was handed over the powers to negotiate on behalf of the Mulembe Nation, during the Azimio la Umoja movement event held on Friday, December 31 at the Bukhungu Stadium.

“Western elders unanimously hand over Oparanya as Luhya community leader with whom you [Raila Odinga] will negotiate the interest of the community in your government,” the declaration read.
Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya

Oparanya takes over from Mudavadi who was has held the same position since 2016 when the first Bukhungu Declaration was convened.

The ANC party leader who skipped the event was reportedly invited by COTU boss Francis Atwoli while addressing the press on Tuesday, December 28.

Wycliffe Oparanya and Raila Odinga Arriving at Azimio la Umoja Event at Bukhungu Stadium on Friday, December 31

Politicians allied to Mudavadi led by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala dismissed the invitation, saying the meeting was a coronation exercise for Raila Odinga’s State House bid.

But Luhya Elders have gone ahead to pick ODM Deputy party leader who will be tasked with pushing for the interests of the vote-rich region ahead of the 2022 polls.

During the same Azimio la Umoja event, the leaders further pledged that the Luhya community will only vote for candidates allied to the movement in other elective positions.

The Luhya community elders further resolved to mobilize the community to support and vote for the Former Prime Minister in the 2022 General Election.

The event was characterized by high-voltage politics, such as defections with those making headlines including the pronouncements by ANC deputy party leader Ayub Savula to support Raila in his presidential bid.

One Kenya Alliance (OKA) principal had earlier dismissed the meeting as a plot aimed to promote Odinga’s presidential campaign in the western region.

Instead, Mudavadi indicated that he would attend the finals of a football tournament organized by Senator Malala.

On his part, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula shared his detailed itinerary on Friday, indicating that he was preoccupied with FORD Kenya engagements.

In other news…

[SIZE=7]Confusion in OKA as Wetangula Skips Mudavadi’s Event[/SIZE]
[li]By BRIAN KIMANI on 31 December 2021 - 12:42 pm[/li]
A poster showing the Cleo Malalah super cup finals held on Friday, December 31.
Confusion has hit the One Kenya Alliance (OKA), after FORD Kenya party leader Moses Wetangula skipped a highly publicized event headlined by his Amani National Congress (ANC) counterpart Musalia Mudavadi. Taking to his social media page on Friday, December 31, the Bungoma Senator detailed his itinerary, conveniently leaving out the Cleophas Malala Super Cup finals event at the Mumias Sports Complex.

Also missing out on his to-do list was the Bukhungu II Declaration in Kakamega town whereby the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga is the chief guest.
One Kenya Alliance principals from left Gideon Moi, Moses Wetangula, Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi, and former MP Cyrus Jirongo

“Today I’m meeting Ford Kenya Officials and party candidates in Trans Nzoia to plan for 2022. Thereafter I will attend end-year boat racing at number beach in Bwiri ward Busia,” read Wetangula’s tweet.

The news elicited debate among Kenyans as a section criticized Wetangula for the move of opting out of the events despite being a key figure in the Mulembe Nation’s political matrix.

“You can’t even pull a Crowd of 100pax. Save us the Energy. Go run your errands!” Vincent Kwendo noted.

“I thought Senator Malala had invited you for another rally,” Kelvo Mabo intimated.

“Boat racing ni nini enda Mumias wacha kufunga mwaka na jokes,” Kip Kuria stated.

“You are setting a bad precedent even for your brother Timothy Wanyonyi Wetangula who intends to vie for Nairobi’s gubernatorial seat,” Ogina JC commented.


OKA chiefs, including KANU chairman and Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, Wetangula, and Mudavadi had been invited to the Bukhungu II Declaration hosted by the Secretary General of the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Francis Atwoli.

Reports however, revealed that ANC boss Musalia Mudavadi and Wetangula would grace the Cleophas Malala Super cup finals in Mumias. Posters surfaced, showing the two party leaders were invited as the Chief guest and guest of honour respectively.

Deputy President William Ruto has pitched his camp in Bungoma County, where he is expected to hold a series of rallies. The leaders are expected to make stopovers before addressing their supporters at the respective events. The parallel events will set the stage for a fierce scramble for the vote-rich region ahead of the 2022 polls. The Bukhungu II Declaration will culminate into the region’s endorsement of Odinga as their preferred candidate in next year’s presidential race.

Nice move.

[SIZE=7]DP Ruto Makes U-Turn on Coalitions Before Polls[/SIZE]
[li]By GEOFFREY LUTTA on 1 January 2022 - 7:56 pm[/li]
DP William Ruto addresses Othaya, Nyeri residents
Ruto has made a u-turn on his hard stance on forming coalitions just months before the General election.

Speaking on Saturday, December 1 at his Sugoi residence in Uasin Gishu County when he hosted a delegation of grassroots leaders from Lugari and Likuyani Constituencies, Ruto affirmed his plans of forming a coalition before the August 2022 polls.

In what appeared to be a change of heart from his earlier hardline position of pushing political leaders to fold their parties and join the United Democratic Alliance (UDA), the second in command hinted at approaching like-minded political outfits to team up with his party.
A file image of Deputy President William Ruto feeds his wife Rachel Ruto cake during their wedding anniversary.

To prove his determination of working with other parties, Ruto made a promise of keeping his word and making sure that all the pre-coalitions pacts are strictly adhered to till the next general election.

“With any coalition partner that we will get, we do not need to pass the law. We will keep our word because we are honourable and honest people,” Ruto stated.

He alluded to the coalition agreement he had with President Uhuru Kenyatta that led to the formation of the Jubilee government in 2013, to assure potential partners that he will ensure decency and democracy in all the party’s activities.

Ruto made the sentiments in regards to the controversial Political Parties Amendment Bill that ignited chaos in parliament in the previous special sittings.

He tasked his allies to rise to the occasion and reject any proposed legislation that seeks to serve, what he described as, the narrow and personal interests of some leaders.

The second in command went to hit out at unnamed political figures for using parliament to salvage their dwindling political fortunes.
“No legislation can restore the credibility of a deceitful leader,” he noted.

His task to his lieutenants comes just a day after the Speaker of the National Assembly Justin Muturi recalled lawmakers to discuss the Bill supported by both former Prime Minister Raila Odinga’s camp and President Uhuru’s allies.

Muturi on Friday, December 31, recalled all MPs for sessions starting on Wednesday, January 5 to Friday, January 7 following a request made by National Assembly Majority Leader Amos Kimunya.

The new political party Bill defines a coalition political party as an alliance that is registered by the registrar as a political party. This means that if it sails through in the latest special sitting, Azimio la Umoja championed by Raila will become a coalition party.

Its passage would imply that the presidential candidate and the running mate will be on the ballot under the outfit and its symbol as opposed to the current arrangement.

Ruto’s move to soften his stand comes just a day after his loyalists wooed Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetangula to join his Hustler Movement.

Confirming the ongoing talks with ANC, Ruto even stated that Mudavadi invited him to grace a football tournament sponsored by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala at Mumias Complex on Friday, December 31. It later emerged that Mudavadi, who was to be the event’s Chief Guest was at the Coast.
“I want to thank Cleophas Malala for organising the Super Cup. I’ve seen the talent here and I want to thank you all once again. As a hustler, I will help you in this endeavor.”

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi

“I also want to thank Musalia Mudavadi for helping Malala to establish the tournament. I know Malala has been wondering why I arrived unannounced. Just know that there’s a league that Musalia plays that you are not there yet. The permission I got was from Musalia Mudavadi, so don’t worry yourself,” Ruto told the crowd that had thronged the sports complex.