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18 | THE COUNTIES POLITICS | Parliamentary group insists it will back Namwamba War of words erupts over ‘betrayal’ of Zani in race for ODM’s top post Kwale leaders accuse MPs of sabotaging senator’s candidature and undermining women from region BY JONATHAN MANYINDO firstname.lastname@example.org AND FAROUK MWABEGE email@example.com their support for Senator Agnes Zani, who is vying for the party’s secretary-general post. In a statement released yester- O day, Kwale ODM secretary-general, who is also the county assembly’s deputy majority leader Omar Boga accused Coast leaders of undermining their sons and daughters. Last week, leaders in Mombasa and Kilifi pledged to back Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba for the post. Dr Zani is from Kwale. “This is the tragedy in Coast. We undermine our own who contest for leadership positions in the country. It portrays Wapwani as people who cannot agree on anything or support their own,” read the statement. Mr Boga said this would also be a setback to women leaders who aspire for leadership. Surprisingly, according to Mr Boga, Dr Zani was being fought mostly by women who were jealous of her achievement. “We will support our daughter, sister, mother for the position of secretary general of ODM. We are sure that she will prevail,” Mr Boga said. He noted that this was the only opportunity for a Coast woman to ascend to the highest position since Mekatilili wa Menza. However, a member of the Coast parliamentary group said other leaders would remain united in backing BUNGOMA Accept scrutiny or leave office, Wetang’ula tells governors BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Governors who do not want to be held accountable for use of public resources under their watch should relinquish their positions, Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetang’ula has said. Mr Wetang’ula (left) said it was wrong for governors, who were custodians of public resources, to blame junior officers when audit queries were raised about how funds under their custody had been spent. “Those unwilling to be ac- countable to Kenyans should reconsider their positions and give way to those who are ready to be accountable,” he said. The Bungoma Senator, who was speaking during the 10th anniversary celebrations of Wamalwa Kijana High School in Kanduyi, said the Senate would not relent in its push for governors to be accountable for funds allocated to their counties. “The Auditor-General has raised pertinent issues regarding how funds have been spent in some counties. We shall leave no stone unturned in our quest to ensure governors are accountable to Kenyans,” he said. Mr Wetang’ula, who was ac- companied by MPs Eseli Simiyu (Tongaren), Wafula Wamunyinyi (Kanduyi) and Patrick Wangamati ( Ford-Kenya nominated) dismissed claims that the Senate and the National Assembly were fighting governors. DM leaders in Kwale have lashed out at other Coast delegates for withdrawing DAILY NATION Monday February 24, 2014 LOBBIES WANT POLICEMEN ARRESTED OVER ASSAULT Groups ask Kimaiyo to ensure officers face justice after allegedly attacking woman. P.22 BRIEFLY EMBU MP backs Judiciary in supremacy contest An MP has broken ranks with his colleagues to support the Judiciary. Manyatta MP John Muchiri said the Judiciary played a crucial role in the interpretation of the Constitution and resolving disputes between the various arms of government and thus should not be interfered with. Speaking at Sunrise Hotel during the launch of a Gotv booster for Embu County, Mr Muchiri urged both the Senate and National Assembly to respect the courts and allow them their independence. MOMBASA Disabled children hold demo over stolen cash Parents and students at Mom- REACTION Region always ‘backs outsiders’ “This is the tragedy in Coast. We undermine our own who contest for leadership positions in the country. It portrays Wapwani as people who cannot agree on anything or support their own,” Kwale county assembly’s deputy majority leader Omar Boga “Senator Zani has never made any meaningful contribution to the party compared to Budalang’i MP who has been steadfast and loyal,” MP Thomas Mwadeghu Mr Namwamba. Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu said there was no division over who the region’s delegates would support. Delegates wanted a leader who FILE | NATION Seated from left: Coast ODM leaders Thomas Mwadeghu (Wundanyi MP), Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi and Mombasa Women Rep Mishi Mboko. Standing from left: Taita Taveta Women Rep Joyce Lay, nominated Senator Agnes Zani, Kwale Women Rep Zainab Chidzuga and Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung’aro. could steer the party and would not let “tribalism” guide their choice, Mr Mwadeghu said at Mrughua Primary School in Mwatate during a fundraising for needy children. “Senator Zani has never made any meaningful contribution to the party compared to the Budalang’i MP, who has been steadfast and loyal despite various political storms including the 2007 elections,” he said. Their group was supporting a team with the line-up that had a national outlook and “Senator Zani was not part of it.” “Since we agreed in principle that there was need for the party leadership to be spread across every region, Mzee Raila will remain to be our captain but other senior positions will go to other regions,” he added. The MP also opposed the crea- tion of more positions and instead preferred that such restructuring be done after the election. He said the party would lose focus if the leadership continued to listen to those who only wanted positions without evaluating their performance in the past. “We will go to elections with the current structure and anyone who wants it changed should wait until the elections are over,” he said. TO COMMENT ON THIS AND OTHER STORIES GO TO www.nation.co.ke basa Secondary School for the handicapped yesterday held demonstrations demanding the removal of the principal. Walking on crutches and using wheelchairs, they accused the principal of stealing disability funds allocated to them by the government last year and mismanaging the institution. School principal Joseph Mwakulomba refused to comment instead referred reporters to the district education officer. Picture on Page 19 BARINGO Executive accused of delaying county Bills The Baringo County Assembly has accused the executive of failing to present Bills for approval, with the members passing the Finance Bill only, since its inception nearly a year ago. The debate was started by Deputy Speaker Douglas Kiplimo who accused County Executive Committees of side-lining heads of various Assembly committees in formulating policies. But Bartabwa Ward rep Reuben Chepsongol accused committee heads of failing to keep the executive on its toes. UASIN GISHU Woman found dead outside her house A woman was yesterday found dead outside her house at Kipkorgot Centre in Uasin Gishu County. Her partner lay unconscious nearby. According to Ms Caroline Chepchirchir, a neighbour, the man later claimed they had been attacked the previous night. It took efforts by police officers to calm down a group of about 300 people, with a number of them baying for the blood of the man, whom they accused of killing the woman. Eldoret East police boss Nelson Taliti said the two used to fight.
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