Category Archives: Politics

Politics with a focus on grassroot Western Kenya.

Savula heckled by youths for attempting to give them Kshs 100: “Keep your money”

By Sam Oduor

Lugari MP Ayub Savula had a hard time calming youths in his constituency who agitated his move to dish them handouts.

In a video going round social media on Tuesday as reported by People Daily, the two-term legislator could be seen being shut down by angry youths.

“We do not want (your) money. Do not take that money,” the irritated youths could be heard shouting.

Some told the ANC deputy party leader to address them but forget about giving them money.

Lugari MP Ayub Savula at a past event. (Photo Credits- Courtesy)

One youth could be heard asking how much the MP was dishing out as one replied he was giving Kshs 100.

Savula was forced to move away from the school playground where the youths had caused the drama.

This comes following widespread concern about how the politics of handouts has derailed development in the constituency.

Savula is seeking to succeed Wycliffe Oparanya as Kakamega County governor in next year’s general elections.

I use my own money to fund my presidential campaigns- Mudavadi

Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi now says he uses his personal resources to fund his 2022 presidential campaigns.

Musalia also said his party members have been bank-rolling him, admitting that running a presidential campaign in Kenya is not a cheap exercise.

“It is a costly affair. My party members chip in once in a while,” he said.

He, however, dismissed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) curbing of presidential election campaign funds at Ksh 4 billion.

“Ksh 4 billion is a lot. Politics in Kenya should not be a preserve of the rich,” he said on Citizen TV on Tuesday.

The party boss said the Ksh4 billion figures were exaggerated.

“All Kenyans must have a fair chance to go run for presidency. Some of those figures are exaggerated,” he added.

ANC part leader Musalia Mudavadi. (Photo credits- Citizen Digital)

Mudavadi can’t even mobilize votes in his Vihiga backyard- Wangamati

Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wafula Wangamati has reiterated that ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi is unfit to lead the country.

Speaking in Maraka in Webuye East constituency, Wangamati said Mudavadi has poor methods of mobilizing voters to take him to statehouse in 2022.

“I pity some leaders, the likes of Mudavadi, if you can’t mobilize the Western region to rally behind you, how can you mobilize residents of other regions?  You must first lock your region before proceeding to other regions,” he said.

The county boss expressed disappointment that Mudavadi has only visited Bungoma thrice and has never contributed to any projects in the region nor even support local entrepreneurs.

Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati. Photo Credits- coutesy

“Somebody has made a huge impact in Bungoma, the likes of the Deputy President William Ruto, Mudavadi is not even known beyond his Vihiga backyard, let him not waste his resources on the campaign trail because he has no support,” he said.

He also argued that the region will produce an astute leader who will lead the entire western region.

“Those that are currently in political leadership in the region seem like they inherited the leadership,” he said.

ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi. Photo credits- courtesy

He added that the Luhya community had leaders like the late former vice president Michael Wamalwa Kijana while other communities have kingpins like ODM leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto, who are capable of taking up the leadership of this country.

“A leader will emerge that will unite the Luhya community and make them speak in one voice,” he said.

– Edited by Sam Oduor

Murkomen asks Uhuru to resign if fed up with Ruto

This comes after President Uhuru’s interview with NTV On Monday, August 23, when Uhuru dared his deputy president William Ruto to resign if he is dissatisfied with their government.

Uhuru said that as much as he is not interested with his deputy’s way of politics, Ruto was wrong to go against the same government that they formed together.

As a result, Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipcumba Murkomen has asked Uhuru to lead by example and resign from the government. 

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen at a past event. Photo– file

He argued that since both Uhuru and Ruto had formed the Jubilee government, it could be wise if he would also quit if unable to work with Ruto. 

Murkomen, in his recent tweets dated Monday August 2, 2021, reiterated that no one had stopped Uhuru to step aside voluntarily if he was not in good terms with his DP.

“Resignation from public office is not a preserve of a specific person or office, even the other one can resign and Kenya will move on,” he argued.