ODM leader Chief Raila Odinga is taking no chances in the Kibra parliamentary by-election that is shaping to be a duel between him and Deputy President William Ruto.
Unlike the two recent by-elections where ODM lost in Ugenya and Embakasi South, the former Prime Minister is fully involved in Kibra campaigns literally coordinating the Orange Party campaign machine.
Kibra has been Raila’s political bedrock for over the last two decades and political analysts say a loss would deal a staggering blow to his national image as a formidable politician.
“Raila’s following is no longer as big as it used to be. His magnetism is wearing out and the Kibra seat contest appears to be fluid. If he loses, that would be a message that he is on the way out of the minds of people,” University of Nairobi history lecturer Macharia Munene said
Former PM is fully involved literally coordinating the ODM campaign machine.Immediately it became clear that Ruto was spoiling for a duel, Raila ensured that ODM conducts party primaries pick its candidates in order to arrest possible fallouts from boardroom deals.
Despite reports that the poll was bungled by party officials, Raila personally reached out to losers in the primaries to back the ODM candidate Imran Okoth.
Last month, Raila hosted President Uhuru Kenyatta’s man, nominated MP Maina Kamanda, who expressed personal support for the opposition candidate defying the Jubilee position.
Kamanda’s visit came barely a day after Uhuru endorsed Jubilee Kibra candidate McDonald Mariga.
Apart from Kamanda, Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi, Fatuma Gedi (Wajir Woman Representative) and Gender Chief Administrative Secretary Rachel Shebesh have also openly campaigned for the ODM candidate.
Kibra is perceived as ODM’s bedroom and any attempt to snatch the seat from Raila will come with political ramifications.
It will hand DP Ruto a bragging right ahead of 2022 given he had managed to win Langata parliamentary seat which was also been under the firm grip of the ODM leader.
Already the contest billed as a three-horse race will also see Raila locking horns with his NASA colleagues ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya boss Moses Wetangula.
According to analyst Dantan Omari, Raila’s raw nerve is touched by the contest in Kibra and losing the seat will water down his political relevance something he has built over the years.
“Kibra is Raila, Raila is Kibra. Raila does not have constituency called Bondo, it is Oburu’s. Raila believes in representing a national constituency in Nairobi. Originally Raila was seen as a Luo, he had come to Kibera to cut a national niche. If Ruto succeeds to take the seat through Mariga, he would have destroyed the enigma concept Raila is enjoying,” Omari said.
When you hear the name Miguna Miguna, the first thing that comes on your mind is an outspoken politician especially on social media and that he is the former Nairobi gubernatorial candidate. Here are seven interesting things you did not know about him;
1. Miguna Miguna was a student leader at the University of Nairobi 1986 to 1987.
2. He was arrested and detained for championing multi-party democracy in 1987. He was later expelled from the university.
3. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Philosophy from the University of Toronto. He also has a Juris Doctor (JD) from The Osgoode Hall Law School of York University and a Master of Laws (LLM) degree from the same school.
4. Miguna became the Coordinator of the Committee for Democracy in Kenya (CDK) between 1989-1994.
5. He served as a senior adviser and chief strategist for the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) and its party leader, Hon Raila Odinga between 2006 and 2009. He has also been a commentator on cultural and socio-political affairs.
6. Miguna has published six books including the popular ‘Peeling Back The Mask: A Quest for Justice in Kenya’ in 2012 and ‘Kidneys for The King: deForming the Status Quo in Kenya’ in 2013.
7. He was detained during former president Moi’s regime due to his political activism.
Embattled Sudan president Omar Al-Bashir has reportedly stepped down following months of street protests across the country calling for his resignation. This is according to unconfirmed reports from the Sudanese government officials who also indicated consultations were underway to form a council to facilitate a smooth transition.
State-owned Sudan TV had on Thursday, April 11, morning announced the country’s armed forces would deliver an “important statement”, without giving details. “The Sudanese army will issue an important statement soon. Wait for it,” a news anchor at the Sudan TV, which broadcasts in Arabic language, announced.
The situation escalated when the aggrieved Sudanese citizens on April 8 decided to take their anti-Al-Bashir demonstrations to Central Khartoum, prompting security forces to intervene. Protests calling for resignation of President Omar Al-Bashir have been going on for months in Sudan leading to deaths of civilians and arrests of Opposition leaders. The security officers lobbed teargas at the protesters who had gathered right outside the Defence Ministry, but the situation only got worse.
The embattled Sudanese leader whose term was expected to end in 2020 earlier maintained he would not step down and urged his opponents to seek power through constitutional means. More than 30 people have reportedly died since the protests began in December 2018. Activists, Opposition leaders and journalists have also been jailed by the National Intelligence and Security Service. Al-Bashir in February 2019 imposed a state of emergency in what was seen as an attempt to quell the protests. The now former president’s troubles could be worsened by the fact that he is also still wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes.
Deputy President William Ruto has called on Kenyans to enroll for the Huduma Namba, saying it will guide the government in planning.He said through accurate data, services to Kenyans such as health, power connections, education, among others, would be made easy.“It will cut on the burdensome paperwork of carrying the identity card, driving license, among other documents while seeking services from the government,” he said.He spoke on Tuesday in Lang’ata Constituency where, together with his family, he registered for the Huduma Namba.
The Deputy President added that the new number would make the country more stable.“Criminals have been using fake identity cards to enter our border points. This has hurt many Kenyans,” noted Dr. Ruto.He said it was every Kenyans’ responsibility to acquire the new number.The Deputy President was accompanied by MPs Nixon Korir (Lang’ata), Charles Kanyi (Starehe), Caleb Kositany (Soy), Malulu Injendi (Malava) and Eric Muchangi (Runyenjes). Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale was also present.
Kenyans should start registering for the National Integrated Identity Management System (Niims) — dubbed Huduma Namba after President Uhuru Kenyatta officially launched the rollout of the in Masii town, Machakos County.
The exercise which will have Kenyans data captured in biometric kits will begin on Tuesday and run for the next 45 days.
When going to register for the Huduma Namba one will be required to carry an identification document that can either be a birth certificate, ID card, driving license or the Kenya Revenue Authority PIN for you to be registered.
1. What is Huduma Namba?
Huduma Namba is a free government service and is expected to cost between Sh5 Billion and Sh6 Billion. It is conducted by the National Integrated Identity Management system (NIIMS) and involves collecting biometric data after which the systems generates a unique number (Huduma Namba) which will enable one to access government services. Such services include applying for a driving license, ID, birth certificate among others.
Huduma Namba is a useful tool for the government to use in national planning, social services, project resource allocation, and even project infrastructure. No other document gives the government the ability to serve its people that way. Once done, the Huduma Namba will be the only identification document you will need. Without it, you will not access any government services that require documentation, just as you cannot do so without a national ID card.
Kenyans are required to carry several documents like the national identity card, KRA personal identification number, driving license, NHIF card, NSSF card, Birth certificate, and passport since the registration officer will need to take pictures of the documents as well as ask you your details as he/she enters the data into the tablet.
You can alternatively save the numbers from these documents, for example, your passport number on your phone in order to fill in the registration form. If you are not sure of the details of where you come from for example sub location, sub-county, do not worry the registration officer will help you out.
The registration officer will also need to take a photo of you, take fingerprints and ask you to sign or use your thumbprint in order to finish the registration process. The Huduma Namba does not require you to be at the same place with your family while you register. You do not need to go to your village or your county.
The registration is for Kenyans aged six and above, please note that younger children will be captured on the system under the parents or guardians ‘profile’. The countrywide mass registration on the 2nd of April 2019 and will run for 45 days with registration officers going around to key areas like schools to conduct the registrations. Once the 5 days elapse Kenyans can still register themselves at the nearest chief’s camp.
3.No new information is needed
All these documents are recorded in different databases so Huduma Namba consolidates the information to arrive at the ‘single source of truth’ regarding a Kenyan. There is no new data the government is looking for nor is DNA needed. The only difference is that it is digital and biometric. The Huduma Namba will make the lives of Kenyans easy. Once data is captured digitally, you will never again have to queue to submit new data unless you choose to. In the same way that your driver’s license or national ID have the original photo taken as a teenager, so too shall the Huduma Namba.
4. Do not lose your other identification cards
Do not throw away your identity cards or driving licenses. After the new registration, you are given something known as an acknowledgment slip which is like a waiting card for IDs. Then this data has to go for verification before you are issued with any sort of card or document. This is to make sure that the information submitted tallies with what is already recorded.
5. Updates will be available
After the registration, the gadgets will be left with the chiefs to continue registering births, deaths, marriages, and any other updates. There will be a process for the updates.
6. Non Citizens also get a Huduma Namba
Short term visitors or tourists are not expected to acquire a Huduma Namba. The only non-citizens required to register are those with the status of workers, students, and asylum seekers.
7. Huduma Namba is lawful
Laws have been put in place to ensure no litigation hinders the rollout of this programme. The Registration of Persons Act was amended in the National Assembly to include digital biometric and data capture. A standalone Huduma Namba Bill is in Parliament and it includes permission to capture data as well as makes provisions for the protection of that information.
Single identification numbers have been used in the West to help governments plan; disburse benefits such as welfare, healthcare, housing, and agriculture.
The government hopes Huduma Namba will play a similar role in channeling resources to the elderly, school children, the disabled, members of the proposed housing fund, small and medium enterprises and farmers. It also hopes the number would aid in combating fraud. It could also help check the unwanted entry into the country by foreigners in the wake of terrorist threats and attacks.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari was on Tuesday, February 26, declared winner of the 2019 presidential election. Buhari of the All Progressive Congress (APC) party won by 56% followed by businessman and former vice president Atiku Abubakar of the People’s Democratic Party with 41%.
The president won by 3.9 million votes, having garnered 15.2 million proving wrong those who doubted he could survive the blows of recession that blighted his first term. Addressing the nation shortly after being declared the winner, Buhari thanked Nigerians for re-electing him for the second time. “I met the very hardworking members of our team, many of them young people, and was briefed on the performance of our party so far in the presidential elections. I am very proud of what has been accomplished,” he said on Twitter.
The head of state praised the efforts of the national leader of the APC party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, towards his successful re-election. He also commended security agencies for a job well done during the election while expressing condolences over the lives lost during the polls. Earlier, Atiku’s party had rejected the tallies announced as incorrect and unacceptable.
The party demanded an immediate stop to the release of the results by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) until turnout figures were provided to the competing parties. Buhari’s party claimed the Opposition was trying to discredit the returns from the election held on Saturday, February 23. The accusations ratcheted up tensions in a vote marred by delays, logistical glitches and outbreaks of violence.
Sudan’s long serving President Omar al-Bashir has declared a national state of emergency for one year. The Head of State who has been the target of massive anti-government protests in the recent past also sacked all governors of the country’s 18 provinces.
In an address to the nation, Bashir announced he would step down as head of ruling National Congress Party (NCP). He went ahead to call on Parliament to postpone constitutional amendments that would see him stay in power beyond 2020 which had ignited the wide protests in the country. “I announce imposing a state of emergency across the country for one year. I also announce dissolving the government at the federal level and at the provincial levels. The ongoing demonstrations are an attempt to destablise the State,” he said.
Shortly after announcing the dissolving of the federal governments, Bashir, 75, appointed army and security officers to take charge of the 18 provinces. Before his address, Sudan’s Intelligence body hinted Bashir would be stepping down as the Head of State but that did not come to pass as he only relinquished his leadership of NCP.
He sacked all ministers save for five in the Justice, Defence and Foreign Affairs ministries who would keep their jobs. The leader’s stay in power for 30 years ignited heightened public rage in December 2018 when government cut down bread and fuel subsidies leading to the incessant anti-government protests. He has been in power since 1989 after getting into power through successfully leading a coup but protesters, most who have been arrested said they would stop at nothing short of Bashir’s relinquishing of power.