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Governors Charity Ngilu (Kitui), Alfred Mutua (Machakos) and Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) in a show of unity at Masinga market in Machakos County where they vowed to work together to spur development in the three counties. (Wilberforce Okwiri, Standard)

The formation of a new political alliance by three governors to challenge Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s dominance in Ukambani has started ripples in the region’s politics.

This signals the beginning of a confrontation that is likely to be long-drawn ahead of the 2022 General Election.
Governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos) and Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) are serving their second and final terms. While Dr Mutua has declared an interest in running for president in 2022, the online community has been piling pressure on Prof Kibwana to join the race.
The two have teamed up with Kitui’s Charity Ngilu, a first-term governor but veteran politician who was the first woman to vie for the presidency in 1997. There is no love lost between Mrs Ngilu and Kalonzo. Their long-running political feud has characterised Ukambani politics. Ngilu’s teaming up with the other two governors makes opposition against Kalonzo more formidable. 

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Kalonzo has been considered the region’s supremo since he first ran for the presidency in 2007. President Mwai Kibaki appointed him vice president at a time the country was plunged in chaos after Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga disputed the outcome of the presidential vote.
Running mate
In 2013 and 2017, when Kalonzo served as Raila’s running mate in their unsuccessful presidential bids, the Wiper leader managed to rally the region behind the Opposition and ensured his party won the most seats in both parliamentary and civic seats.
But Kalonzo now faces arguably the most serious test to his influence from the three governors at a time he no longer enjoys the supremacy of being number two in the opposition National Super Alliance (Nasa), which has all but crumbled. The handshake between Raila and President Uhuru Kenyatta further eroded the influence Kalonzo would have wielded were the opposition alliance still intact.
By announcing the formation of the People’s Empowerment Movement, the three governors have all but declared an all-out war with Kalonzo at a time he needs to consolidate his support base if he is to mount a serious bid for the presidency in 2022.

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The three governors have accused Kalonzo of attempting to destabilise their administrations by instigating a rebellion from the Wiper Party members of their county assemblies (MCAs), who are the majority in the region. 
Yesterday, Mutua continued with marathon TV interviews to market the new alliance, accusing Kalonzo of being behind the battles in the assemblies in the region.
“The Wiper leadership is hypocritical. Wiper MCAs have been destabilising the three Ukambani counties on instructions from Kalonzo. This is what we will not accept anymore,” Mutua said during an interview with a local TV station.
Under siege from hostile Wiper MCAs on budgetary allocations, Ngilu has threatened to precipitate the dissolution of the county government to force a fresh election.
“The MCAs have refused to allocate money to development projects in critical sectors including health and water, but demand to be taken for tours in Mombasa and elsewhere to satisfy their pleasures. I will not succumb to pressure from them,” Ngilu vowed recently.

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The MCAs dismissed the threat.
Fresh mandate
“We wish to tell the governor she is late on her threat to dissolve of the county. Fresh mandate from musangi (ordinary voter) could also be an opportunity to get a new governor whose agenda is to act in a manner that will ensure the lives of Kitui people improve,” responded Peter Kilonzo, the Wiper Party majority leader in the Kitui County Assembly.
Senator Enoch Wambua (Wiper) has escalated the standoff, writing an open letter to Ngilu, urging her to do more to eliminate what he described as rampant corruption within the ranks of her administration.
In his first term, Kibwana, who had been elected on a Muungano party ticket, faced off with hostile MCAs, almost leading to the dissolution of the county.

SEE ALSO :Are governors plotting to upstage Kalonzo?

In February 2017, Kibwana’s Muungano party and Kalonzo’s Wiper signed a pre-election pact that was seen as a way of helping Kalonzo’s chances of becoming the National Super Alliance (Nasa) presidential candidate.
In the pact, Kibwana sought re-election on a Wiper Party ticket.
“The ongoing negotiations for the Nasa presidential candidate have reached a level where I need the backing of respected individuals such as Prof Kibwana,” Kalonzo said. In exchange, Kibwana was installed as Wiper Party chairman and went ahead to successfully defend his seat.
But it has been a short-lived dalliance with Kibwana, who is now locked in a bitter war of words with Kalonzo and his allies.
Such is the acrimony that Kibwana has told Kalonzo’s allies, including Mwingi Central MP Gideon Mulyungi and former Machakos senator Johnstone Muthama, to keep off Makueni County politics.
“I am aware that Muthama and Mulyungi met the people who used to derail us so that they can organise anti-Kibwana campaigns in Makueni because I am not supporting Kalonzo. Let them be warned; Makueni is not anyone’s political play ground,” Kibwana said recently.
On Sunday, Muthama vowed to launch a massive campaign to defend Kalonzo.
“Now that the three governors have taken the tiger by the tail, I will come out and brandish my flywhisk to sell Kalonzo as the only legitimate presidential candidate in Ukambani,” Mr Muthama declared.
He claimed the three governors were all beneficiaries of Kalonzo’s political mentorship and were therefore out of order to antagonise him politically.
“They (governors) have no political clout to command the region and have no political goodwill to hunt for votes in the national arena,” Muthama claimed.
The three governors have packaged their movement as one focusing on developing Ukambani region, interpreted as a jibe at Kalonzo whose development record they have questioned despite his long stint in government.
The governors say the main agenda for the movement, which will be formally launched next month, will be to fight poverty and generate wealth in the region.
Mutua said the movement will promote economic welfare of the residents of the three counties, even as he dismissed claims that it was political.
“We want to fight for the economic welfare of our people and also fight poverty by engaging in economic activities that help our people. We are looking at galvanising the resources in three counties for the benefit of those we lead,” argued Mutua in an interview with another TV station on Sunday night.
The governor claimed that Ukambani region has over the years been led by leaders who “worked hard to ensure that the residents remained wretched and poor”.
“They did this because it is always easier to control a poor person. As governors of the three counties, we want to change this narrative and change things. Our people should not look at poverty as normal,” Mutua said.
New leader
The governor argued that the community needed a new leader, and that Kalonzo had failed to steer it in the right direction despite being considered as the regional kingpin for decades.
He said the three governors held no personal vendetta against the former vice president, and that all they were questioning was his capacity to lead and his development record.
“We can’t run away from the succession issue. There needs to be a change of guard as it does not make sense for him to remain a kingpin for poor people,” Mutua argued. 
Mutua briefly attended an extraordinary meeting of the Council of Governors at a Nairobi hotel, then appeared shortly afterwards on another TV station for yet another interview.
“Our cooperation and development work will go a long way in transforming Ukambani region and Kenya forever,” he said.
According to Ngilu, the alliance’s social economic development pillar would provide an avenue for job creation and empowerment for the high number of jobless youth in the region.
Kibwana said emphasis would be directed to strengthening the newly revived South Eastern Kenya Economic Bloc (SEKEB).
“It is open to all leaders and will ease inter-county trade,” he said.

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A city lawyer is seeking to stop the recruitment of judges until the male representative of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) in the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is elected.

In a suit filed at the High Court on Monday, Mr Adrian Kamotho Njenga has sued JSC, the commission which recruits judges. He has also sued the attorney-general and listed LSK as an interested party.

JSC advertised vacancies for judges of the Court of Appeal, Land and Environment Court and Employment and Labour Relations Court via a gazette notice published in February.

The said vacancies, whose call for applications is still open until March 18, had also been advertised in local dailies on February 22.

According to the lawyer, the Judicial Service Act requires all members of JSC to vote and declare finalists after the applicants have been nominated and interviewed.

He argues that unless all members of JSC vote, it is impossible to ascertain whether an applicant has met the threshold for recommendation for appointment as a judge.

He claims it will be logistically and strategically appropriate for JSC and the applicants to wait until a male representative of LSK in JSC is elected before the recruitment takes place.

“It is imperative that this court intervenes at the earliest instance to prevent JSC from proceeding further in a manner that may cast aspersions on the credibility of the appointment process of judges and occasion legal challenges at the tail end,” said Mr Njenga.

There is a pending case challenging clearance given to five candidates to vie for the LSK male representative.

Mr Njenga wants the process of shortlisting, scheduling of interviews, receiving public views, nominations and making recommendations with regards to the recruitment of new judges of the said court to be temporarily suspended. 

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The company logo and trading informations for Boeing is displayed on a screen on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York, US, March 13, 2019. [Photo: Reuters]

Boeing Co shares fell by more than 2.2 percent early on Monday, after a pair of newspaper reports over the weekend raised more questions about the certification process for its 737 MAX jets before two recent deadly crashes.

A Wall Street Journal report on Sunday said that the US Transportation Department was probing the Federal Aviation Administration’s (FAA) approval of the 737 MAX and in particular its anti-stall (MCAS) system.
The Seattle Times separately reported that Boeing’s safety analysis of a new flight control system on 737 MAX jets had several crucial flaws.
Shares of the company have declined about 10 percent since the March 10 Ethiopian crash that killed 157 people, wiping nearly $25 billion off its market capitalization, according to Refinitiv data.
Ethiopia said on Sunday that the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane had “clear similarities” with October’s Lion Air crash.
The US Transportation Department’s inquiry, which was launched in the wake of the accident in October that killed 189 people, has warned two FAA offices to safeguard computer files, the WSJ reported.
Last Monday, Boeing said it would deploy a software upgrade to the 737 MAX 8, hours after the FAA said it would mandate “design changes” in the aircraft by April.

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KCB could be the first East African side to progress through to the quarter finals should they win their clash with Egypt’s Sporting club Tuesday afternoon as the 2019 African Women Club Championship enters day.

KCB Head coach Japheth Munala has his eyes set on tomorrow’s clash and the topnotch tactician has made three positional changes is his squad.

Awin for KCB in the clash with the Egyptian side will see KCB storm straight into the quarter finals with one match to spare.

Munala has made three crucial changes in the squad that faced Congo’s DGSP.

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25-year-old Leonida Kasaya has been deployed from left to centre position during this clash. Kasaya who has been an ardent player for the last 14 years will be key to stemming the opponents flow.

“She is very swift and her blocks are good and that’s what we need for this particular match” said Munala.

Jemimah Siangu has also been moved to left from centre position owing to her good blocks, great reception and powerful attacks.

KCB players celebrate their win during the on going club championship in Cairo Egypt

The coach is also expected to switch right/centre Violet Makuto from centre to the right position.

“Makuto’s blocks and attacks are exemplary and her back court defense is crucial for this game” said Munala.

KCB are the current group B leaders with a ratio of 1.744 with 75 points so far. Carthage of Tunisia are second after losing 55 points in the clash with Sporting to settle for a cumulative ratio of 1.364.

The bankers edged out DGSP 3-0 with sets of 25-14, 25-12 25-17 in a match that lasted one hour and 12 minutes.

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