ODM fires Nanok as it unveils 2022 poll plan
The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has released its political roadmap, highlighting activities that will take place ahead of the 2022 elections.
The roadmap was released yesterday by ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna after a two-day National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting that was attended by party leader Raila Odinga.
In the plan, some of the key activities of 2019 are immediate commencement of a massive, countrywide membership recruitment exercise that will end on December 31, reconstitution of the NEC and the party disciplinary committee and holding party grassroots elections early next year.
Sifuna announced the removal of Turkana Governor Josphat Nanok as the party vice chairman and member of the NEC for allegedly abdicating his responsibilities.
Nanok, who a few weeks ago announced that he was supporting Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid, has been replaced by Loima MP Jeremiah Lomorukai.
“This decision by the NEC will be presented to the National Governing Council of the party for ratification. We have had gaps and we believe we have people ready to work with us,” Sifuna said in a statement released at the end of the retreat in Nakuru County.
Raila did not address the media but it is understood he endorsed the decision of the NEC.
The NEC resolutions were arrived at after an internal audit indicated the outfit could collapse in the absence of Raila.
Sifuna acknowledged that there were challenges, “just as all political parties have issues”, especially in the party primaries and nomination of MPs and MCAs.
He said the NEC has adopted a four-pronged approach to ensure free, fair and credible party primaries and nomination of members.
“On party primaries, we resolved that the party shall employ universal suffrage, electoral colleges, consensus and direct tickets backed by a scientific process, as the four ways of identifying candidates at each election,” Sifuna said.
The party plans to reorganise its National Elections Board (NEB) and ensure sufficient resources are allocated to enhance its capacity to deliver free and credible party elections.
The party resolved that the final party list for elected MCAs and MPs once generated shall be submitted to the NEC for ratification.
Wetangula Ally Majimbo Kalasinga Switches Loyalty to DP Ruto
Ford Kenya leader and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula has suffered a setback after his ally declared support for Deputy President William Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid.
Kabuchai MP Joseph Majimbo Kalasinga joined the hustler bandwagon during the DP’s tour of Bungoma County last Friday.
“You supported me a lot and I must reciprocate that gesture,” Kalasinga told the DP while addressing residents at Chwele trading centre.
The MP’s about-turn has sparked speculation over whether he has the blessings of his party boss who has on numerous occasions denied links to Ruto.
The MP claimed to have brought greetings from Wetang’ula.
“Our beloved DP Ruto let me tell you that you and Bungoma are one thing and we are ready to work with you in your quest to empower the hustlers of this country,” he said.
But Wetangula’s aide Wafula Wakoli rubbished Majimbo’s claims saying Ford Kenya had no plans of working with UDA.
“Ford Kenya Party has mechanisms and structures to do things and the sentiments by Majimbo that he had been sent by our party leader Moses Wetang’ula to tell DP Ruto that as a party we are supporting his hustler narrative is total lies,” he said.
Wakoli said Ford Kenya was working with One Kenya Alliance.
“We want to say that those sentiments by Kalasinga were his own and not those of the Lion’s party,” he said.
He asked Ford Kenya members to rally behind Wetangula.
“Our party is firm under the able leadership of Wetangula and we are working with other leaders of One Kenya Alliance to take our people to State House come August next year,” he said.
Wakoli said that the party has MCA’s and other MPs who have not declared support for UDA.
Kalasinga joined five Jubilee Party MPs from Bungoma who accompanied the DP during the tour of the county.
Interestingly, the lawmaker was in the company of UDA’s Evans Kakai who came second after garnering 6,455 votes in the by-election.
Kalasinga garnered 19,274 votes to trounce seven candidates in the March 4 by-election. The by-election was occasioned by the death of former MP James Mukwe who was an ally of Ruto.
This comes even as pundits opine that the sibling rivalry within Ford Kenya seems to be a blessing in disguise for Ruto’s UDA party.
Politicians allied to the DP in Bungoma have been taking advantage of cracks in Ford Kenya to solidify his support base.
Ford Kenya has split down the middle, with the Bungoma Senator leading one faction, while the other wing is led by MPs Wafula Wamunyinyi (Kanduyi) and Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren).
The party split following a coup attempt where Wamunyinyi declared himself the party leader.
However, Wetang’ula obtained court orders stopping his removal, pending hearing and determination of the matter.
The party’s National Executive Committee had accused the senator of gross misconduct and failing to champion the unity of members.
The also accused Wetang’ula of failure to reconcile warring members.
The senator has been working to restore sanity in the party amid ongoing political realignments ahead of next year’s polls.
Tusker To Kick-off Title Defense Against AFC Leopards In FKF-PL Season Opener
FKF Premier League reigning champions Tusker will kick off their title defense campaign with a crucial match against AFC Leopards in the 2021-2022 topflight fixtures released by the federation on Friday.
According to the fixtures, the season will kick off next week on Saturday, September 25 with another top match featuring record Kenyan champions Gor Mahia and last season runners up KCB.
However, before the league kicks off, local league champions Tusker and FKF Cup holders Gor Mahia will clash on Wednesday in the traditional Super Cup curtain-raiser.
National Super League champions FC Talanta and runners-up Vihiga Bullets will join other 15 teams in the topflight league after earning automatic promotion slots.
Talanta will mark their return to the top league with a match against Wazito FC as Vihiga Bullets entertain Bidco United.
The last team to join and complete the 18-team league will be known on Sunday Vihiga United and Kenya Police FC set to clash in the second leg of the promotion play-off having played out to a 1-1 draw last weekend.
The new FKF-PL season will kick off without a title sponsor after the exit of Nigerian gaming firm BetKing.
According to the new fixtures, Bandari will host Mathare, Posta Rangers entertain Kariobangi Sharks and Sofapaka play Nairobi City Stars.
2021-2022 FKF-PL Fixtures
Opening weekend, Saturday, September 25
Posta Rangers v Kariobangi Sharks, Thika Stadium
Gor Mahia v KCB, MISC Kasarani 1pm
Vihiga Bullets v Bidco United, Bukhungu Stadium
Bandari v Mathare United, Mbaraki Stadium
Talanta v Wazito, MISC Kasarani
Sofapaka v Nairobi City Stars, Nyayo National Stadium
Sunday, September 26
AFC Leopards v Tusker Nyayo National Stadium, 1 pm
Ulinzi v Nzoia Sugar ASK Grounds, Nakuru
Kakamega Homeboyz v Vihiga United/Police FC, Bukhungu