With the Supreme Court case challenging the victory of Uhuru Kenyatta set to begin this week, Jubilee Party is said to be facing yet another challenge of how to contain the opposition’s (NASA MPs) new strategy to form people’s assembly to push for its quest for electoral reforms.
Four county assemblies of Busia, Vihiga, Siaya and Homa Bay counties have approved the formation of the the people’s assemblies. Nasa stronghold counties are likely to pass the motion.
Jubilee is crossing fingers that Justice David Maraga led Supreme Court upholds Uhuru’s victory of October 26 repeat poll.
With the focus now on the county assemblies where Nasa hopes to get approval from half of the 47 counties, Jubilee now wants to block the people’s assembly at the national assembly and at the senate. The Nasa motion seeks to exercise sovereignty directly through the people’s assembly and disregard the Uhuru’s presidency. The idea has however been dismissed by Jubilee as inconsequential with many equating whatever will transpire in the barazas with market place banter that is left at site after everyone retires home.
To scuttle the Nasa move, a secret meeting held by top Jubilee operatives resolved to put paid to the process at the senate.
Murang’a senator Irungu Kang’ata was tasked with the responsibility to immediately file an adjournment notice at the senate to debate Nasa’s draft motion to county assemblies that will lead to establishment of the people’s assemblies.
Senate sources divulged that last week, Kang’ata filed an urgent adjournment notice with the director of legislation and procedural services at the senate for the attention of the speaker Kenneth Lusaka, calling for debate on a matter of national importance.
The letter reads in part: “That pursuant to standing orders 34, the senate adjourns to discuss a definite matter of urgent national importance regarding the tabling and discussions of motions by some county assemblies on matters beyond the legal mandate of county assemblies and which pose a threat to the constitutional order”.
With Jubilee having a majority of members just short of express two thirds majority to make a constitutional amendment, a new plot to buy Nasa allied MPs and senators to jump ship and work with Jubilee is in top gear.
The scheme to lure Nasa allied MPs and senators to dissociate themselves from the planned Nasa activities and denounce its leadership in public is in the works.
Sources further divulge that most of the MPs have been taking home a meager Sh120,000 considering that they are to service their cars and house loans, besides attending to their constituents’ problems. It is also worth noting that it is from funding from these overburdened MPs, senators and governors where money to run the people’s assembly is expected to come from.
Jubilee is aware that the MPs are broke and thus plans to use the power of money (Midas Touch) to lure them to abandon the opposition.
A list of MPs and senators who are being targeted has surfaced from sources close to Jubilee strategists showing how much each MP and senator is likely to receive as incentive to cross over and scuttle the Nasa move.
Sources further revealed that William Ruto has been tasked to ensure as many opposition MPs and senators as possible decamp from Nasa to Jubilee. Already, Raila Odinga has claimed he was offered Sh25 billion to retire.
In Mombasa county, sources say Jubilee targets Jomvu MP Bady Twalib of ODM. He is a first time MP and Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi. Sources further state that the two MPs will be reached out to by Tourism cabinet secretary Najib Balala before Ruto takes over to seal the deal.
In Kwale county, Jubilee targets two MPs, Suliman Dori of Msambweni and Benjamin Dalu of Kinango. The man Jubilee has assigned to bring the two MPs on board is Mining cabinet secretary Dan Kazungu.
In Kilifi county where ODM won all the seven parliamentary seats, Jubilee wants to make serious inroads in the county. Former MP Gideon Mung’aro is said to be the man doing the groundwork for Jubilee. The MPs are Teddy Mwambire of Ganze, Paul Katana, Kaloleni, Owen Baya, Kilifi North, Richard Chonga, Kilifi South, Michael Kingi, Magarini and William Kamoti, Rabai. Sources further say the only MP Jubilee has not bothered to approach is Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa who is a known Raila diehard.
In Taita Taveta county, Jubilee is targeting two MPs, Andrew Mwadime of Mwatate and Mwagogo Mlolwa of Voi. Taveta MP Naomi Shaban is the person Jubilee has tasked with the responsibility to ensure the two MPs divorce the opposition.
In Wajir county, Jubilee is eyeing Ahmed Ibrahim of Wajir North and Ahmed Kolosh of Wajir East.
In Nyamira county, Jubilee is targeting Wiper’s Ben Momanyi and Vincent Mogaka of West Mugirango who was elected on Ford-Kenya ticket. The man Jubilee is relying on to deliver the seat is cabinet secretary for Education Fred Matiang’i. Also in the list is South Mugirango MP Richard Onyonka of Ford-Kenya.
Despite the fact that majority of Luo Nyanza MPs are Raila diehards, Jubilee is targeting some of the first time MPs whom it believes can easily back Jubilee’s agenda.
In the last parliament, Karachuonyo MP James Rege fell out with ODM and defected and supported Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election. He opted out of the race as word went around that he is likely to land a plum state job. Before joining politics, he was permanent secretary in the Mwai Kibaki government.
Among those targeted from Homa Bay county is Rangwe MP Lillian Gogo, Eva Obara of Kabondo Kasipul, Ong’ondo Were of Kasipul and Adipo Okuome of Karachuonyo. Rege is said to be the one Jubilee wants to use to lure the first term MPs to jump ship.
In Bungoma county, Jubilee is said to have identified three MPs and the man tasked to bring them on board is senate speaker Lusaka.
The Bungoma MPs Jubilee targets are James Lusweti of Kabuchai, Athanas Wafula, Kanduyi and Alfred Sambu of Webuye East. Tongoren MP Eseli Simiyu is not in Jubilee’s game plan.
In Kakamega county, Jubilee targets Ayub Savula, Lugari, Enoch Kibuguchy, Likuyani, Johnson Naicca, Mumias West, Justus Makhoka, Matungu, Nicholas Tindi, Butere, Aseka Mangaya, Khwisero and Justus Mugali, Shinyalu.
Sources say Mumias East MP Ben Washiali alongside Ikolomani MP Ben Shinali will lead the onslaught in talks with the opposition MPs.
In Vihiga county, Jubilee targets four MPs Ernest Kivai, Vihiga, Charles Gimose, Hamisi, Omboko Milemba of Emuhaya and Sabatia MP Alfred Agoi. Agoi is to be given government tenders which his firms has been missing.
In Busia county, Jubilee targets the first time MPs. They are Edward Kaunya of Teso North, Wilberforce Ojiambo of Funyula and Raphael Wanjala of Budalangi. Former Budalangi MP Ababu Namwamba is the man Jubilee relies on to deliver the MPs to push for their agenda in parliament.
In Turkana county, Jubilee targets three out of the six MPs. Those aimed at are John Lodepe of Turkana Central, Jeremiah Kamais of Loima and Ali Lokiru of Turkana East.
In Trans Nzoia County, Jubilee is aiming at two out of the five MPs. Those focused are Ferdinand Wanyonyi of Kwanza and Caleb Amisi of Saboti. Left out in the list is Kiminini MP Chris Wamalwa.
In Narok county, Jubilee focuses on Narok North MP Moitalel ole Kenta of ODM and Gabriel Tongoyo of Narok West. He is a Chama Cha Mashinani legislator.
In Kajiado, the ruling party is said to be not so keen in luring the Kajiado Central MP Elijah Memusi. They say Memusi is a Nasa intransigent who is not likely to jump ship.
In Machakos county, the party is said to be aiming at four Wiper MPs. They are Joshua Mbithi of Masinga, Stephen Mule of Matungulu, Robert Mbui of Kathiani and Patrick Makau of Mavoko.
In Makueni, Jubilee is looking at four out of the six MPs. They are Thuddeus Nzambia of Kilome, Joshua Kimilu of Kaiti and Jesicca Nduku Kibwezi East of Wiper and Mbooni’s Kivasu NDP. Jubilee also considers Daniel Maanzo of Makueni game.
In Kitui county, Jubilee is narrowing on Paul Musyimi of Mwingi North, Charles Nguna, Mwingi West, Gideon Mulyungi, Mwingi Central, Francis Nyenze, Kitui West and Benson Mulu of Kitui Central.
Apart from the MPs, Jubilee is also said to be targeting senators. Kilifi county senator Stewart Madzayo is on the list, Kisii senator Sam Ongeri who is a former Uhuru close ally is also targeted as well as Issa Boy of Kwale.
Mombasa senator Mohamed Mwinyi of ODM is also said to be in the list of senators Jubilee wants to cross over to support their agenda.
Narok senator Ledama ole Kina and his Nyamira counterpart Okong’o Mogeni are also said to be in the list. Taveta MP Mwashushe Mwaruma of ODM, Malachy Ekal of Turkana and Cleophas Malala of Kakmega are some of the senators Jubilee wants to have in its fold.
Vocal MP Babu Owino is also in the list. It is even claimed by some student leaders at the University of Nairobi that Owino has been receiving money weekly from the university VC Peter Mbithi.