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ODM’s Edwin Sifuna To Vie For Nairobi Senate Seat In 2022

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ODM’s Edwin Sifuna To Vie For Nairobi Senate Seat In 2022

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna will vie for the Nairobi Senate seat in 2022.

Sifuna announced his candidature on his social media pages on Thursday, adding that he will be voting at Loresho Primary School in Westlands, Nairobi.

“I will be vying for the Nairobi County Senatorial seat in 2022 on an ODM ticket,” he said.

Sifuna will be seeking to replace Johnson Sakaja, who has expressed interest in the Governor seat next year.

Sakaja will be contesting against Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, Westlands MP Timothy Wanyonyi and Kenya Chamber of Commerce chairperson Richard Ngatia who have shown interest in the governor seat.

It will be the third time the lawyer will be running for political office.

In 2017, Sifuna lost in the Kanduyi ODM seat during primaries to lawyer John Makali.

He would then throw his hat into the ring again for the Nairobi Senate seat in the same year but lost to Jubilee’s Johnson Sakaja.

At the time of publication, no other persons officially expressed interest in the Nairobi Senator seat.

Sifuna, known to shoot from the hip, whether in law or politics, is seen by some as a rising star and others as eating away at the sweat of political honchos in the Orange party.

In December 2020, he was forced to apologise to Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa over controversial remarks he had made during by-election campaigns in Msambweni, Kwale County.

The ODM secretary-general was, consequently, summoned by the National Cohesion and Integration Commission (NCIC) over the remarks, which he was accused of advocating for sexual violence.

But the lawyer has also appeared in the political scene in recent months, commenting on ODM’s stand on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and urging the electorate not to vote for a candidate based on their community.

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Deputy President Ruto To Reverse SGR Port Order

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Deputy President Ruto To Reverse SGR Port Order

Deputy President will reverse legal and executive changes over the use of the standard hand road (SGR) — a pet design of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration — should he win the presidential bean on August 9.

Mr Ruto said on Tuesday he’d return major operations shifted to Naivasha and Nairobi to the Coast to end the profitable privation facing original communities.

“It was never the intention of the government to build the SGR so that the coastal people can be impoverished. The SGR was meant to make the port much more efficient and to improve the business and the fortunes of the Coastal people,” he said in Nairobi on Tuesday.

“Unfortunately, a few people took hostage the whole project and ended up with selfish programmes to the detriment of the coastal people.”

President Kenyatta’s administration has supported the SGR design, which he has maintained has reduced the logistics cost and boosted indigenous connectivity and integration and profitable growth of Kenya’s inland.

Kenya is obliged to recognize prepayment of the Sh327 billion it espoused for the design from the Exim Bank of China in May 2014 and started repaying last time after the expiry of the five- time grace period.

President Kenyatta has argued the SGR and the new inland vessel outstations in Nairobi and Naivasha have reduced traffic bettered outback connectivity and prodded profitable growth.

About 30 percent of all weight coming through Mombasa harborage goes to neighbouring countries.

Deputy President William Ruto and Mr Odinga are the leading campaigners to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta who’ll leave the office at the end of indigenous two terms.

Dr Ruto is running on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) party ticket.

President Kenyatta also said before that the completion of the depots and inception of freight services will significantly support and give harborage, for the development of the proposed Naivasha Industrial Park.

He said the- forecourt- cadence Naivasha ICD won’t only help relieve pressure on the Port of Mombasa and the Nairobi ICD but will also take the weight closer to Uganda and South Sudan by a farther 120 kilometers from Nairobi.

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DP William Ruto To Reverse Uhuru’s Port, SGR Deals

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DP William Ruto To Reverse Uhuru's Port, SGR Deals

Deputy President William Ruto says the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) design was commandeered to enrich a many individualities.

He was speaking moment at his Karen hearthstone when he ate the Pamoja African Alliance (PAA) party led by Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi to his Kenya Kwanza coalition.

Ruto promised that should Kenya Kwanza win the August 9 election, they will shoulder executive and legal way to reverse some aspects of the design which, he said, had come the biggest neediness to the people of Mombasa and the Coast region.

“It was never the intention of the government to build the SGR so that the Coastal people can be impoverished. The SGR was meant to make the port much more efficient and to improve the business and the fortunes of the Coastal people,” Ruto said.

“Unfortunately, a few people took hostage the whole project and ended up with selfish programs to the detriment of the Coastal people.”

“We as Kenya Kwanza have signed a commitment with PAA on matters they have brought to the table; matters to do with the land, economy, and public inclusivity of Coast people,” Ruto said.

Kingi revealed that they had inked apre-election pact with Kenya Kwanza that would among other effects, reverse all functional changes carried out in the recent history, whose effect has been to dislocate some of the core conditioning of Kenya’s main seaport from Mombasa to inland depots in Nairobi and Naivasha.

“The port operations have all been moved inland and that has caused immeasurable suffering to the people of the Coast region, hence the need to reverse that,” Kingi said.

There has been contestation girding the weight handling business at the Port of Mombasa amid reports over its leasing out by the State.

In 2019 there were enterprises about the handing over of the handling of the alternate vessel terminal and one situation to the Kenya National Shipping Line (KNSL), which is incompletely possessed by private enterprises.

Juggernauts by global harborage drivers through their original agents painted KNSL as‘ inept’or unfit to run the terminal as they prefer a concessionaire from outside the country.

The opponents of the KNSL deal also contended that this will give Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) an overdue advantage against rivals.

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