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Split as Secretary General Fredrick Okang’o Battles to take Full Control of the ThirdWay Party

SG Okang’o led faction met and signed the minutes and letter to oust their comrades who are dissenting and slowly rejoining the once party leader Ekuru Aukot.

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By KURIAN MUSA

Kenya’s Leading Opposition Party ThirdWay Alliance has expelled its National Chairman Daniel Miruru Waweru. The party Chair is accused of gross misconduct, gross indiscipline and misdemeanor.

The purge has also hit among other leaders; Ms. Angela Mwikali (Deputy Party Leader), Ms. Giovanna Bunei (National Women Leader) and Joan Lagat (Deputy Youth Leader). It is a trend that has since seen the Party Leader Ekuru Aukot also chilling out of the Party highest ranks.

On August 5, the Party Secretary General Fredrick Okang’o led his team into the ouster of their colleagues led by the Party Chairman over claims they had joined hands with Dr Aukot Ekuru, to regain his position as Party Leader. Dr Aukot has been battling the control of the party in court unsuccessfully.

Party is divided in the middle

It is now clear the ThirdWay Alliance Party is divided in the middle with the four expelled members joining Dr Aukot the side, chaperoned by Mr Miruru Waweru.

According to article 25.1 (1) of the ThirdWay Party Constitution, the four were ‘automatically expelled,’ for gross misconduct, violating the party constitution that demands members should use the Internal Dispute Resolution and Disciplinary Mechanism instead of going straight to court.

SG Fredrick Okang’o (Right) address the press about the party leadership tussle. He led his party to oust the Party Chairman Mr Miruru Waweru and four others for gross misconduct on August 5, 2021. (Photo: ThirdWay Party)

Secretary General Fredrick Okang’o now has in his camp; Anita Nkirote (National Deputy Organising Secretary), Christine Mwebia (Deputy National Women Leader), Felix Apiyo (National Youth Leader), Phelister Wakesho (Deputy National Secretary General), and Andrew Njoroge (Executive Director and National Treasurer).

In a statement and letter seen by the Correspondent.africa, the expelled members are accused of frustrating the party operations. They disregarded the show cause letters inviting them on the diverse dates in the months of April, May, June and July 2021, to address the complaints against them.

Party communication tools

Among the issues the party leaders are tussling are; Party communication tools and digital assets. Mr Waweru Miruru is alleged to hold the assets and declined to give the rightful custodian, against their party constitution.

On December 22, 2020, Party Treasurer Andrew Njoroge sought the login credentials from the domain host Legibra Limited to transfer them to Safaricom plc and the Party. It emerged that the party digital assets are now with a German company, an issue that has brought a fresh tug of war.  The party claims this is ‘putting the data and confidential information at risk of being compromised,’ against the party constitution.

Mr Waruru is also alleged to have misused the party communication tools to misrepresent the Party position. He is also accused of forgery of the signature of the Former Party Leader Ekuru Aukot, to call for an “illegal” National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting. This, according to the Show cause letter, dated April 1, 2021, the meeting Scheduled for April 16, 2021 was against the party laws. Dr Ekuru was not allowed to transact on behalf of the party by then.

Legitimacy

A raft of accusations has been leveled up against the ousted Chairman Mr Waruru. Among them is, writing a letter on March 11,2021, questioning the legitimacy of the Executive Director and Treasurer of the Party Andrew Njoroge. Both had worked together for three years in similar capacity.

It also emerged that Mr Waruru is accused of transacting with the Building Bridges Initiative Secretariat (BBI), a body that was pushing a similar constitutional review changes as the Punguza Mizigo Kenya (PMK) Initiative against the party constitution.

PMK prototype signature collection platform

“That in 2020 around November, you acknowledged in a WhatsApp group of sharing a PMK prototype signature collection platform with your BBI contacts which you sold to them and the party has since learnt that they adopted a similar platform like the Punguza Mizigo Kenya. You did this against the party policy and in violation,” reads part of the letter.

The disciplinary measures, were merely his own wish, in ‘your reply letter against you by the ED/National Treasurer and copied to the SG, you asked for disciplinary action to be taken against you on all the allegations. The party Chair is also accused of borrowing Party funds Ksh. 1.1 Million to cushion personal effects, from the Treasurer, but has not refunded.

“The party is intact, the ousted members were referred back by Political parties distribute Tribunal (PPDT) to the party to exhaust the Internal dispute resolution measures. The Registrar of political party has tried to mediate but the faction rubbished the process,” clarified, Andrew Njoroge , National Treasurer.  He Further noted that  the Chairman and Party Leader were the only signatories to party financial accounts against the party constitution, till this year when the party made the changes. “They would allocate themselves funds, Andrew opined.

After an audit, the party ousted the Party leader on allegations of financial misappropriation, an issue still pending in court.

The Mr Okang’o led faction met and signed the minutes and letter to oust their comrades who are dissenting and slowly rejoining the once party leader Ekuru Aukot.

 

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  1. Dr. Angela Mwikali

    August 7, 2021 at 6:55 pm

    FAKE STORIES ABOUT THIRDWAY….

    CHOICES HAVE CONSEQUENCES.
    OKANGO IS EXPELLED FROM THE PARTY

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Story Of Veteran Politician And Heroine, Mama Jael Mbogo.

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By William Oloo Janak

On this Jamhuri Day, I visited veteran politician and heroine, Mama Jael Mbogo.

She has a treasure of Kenya’s history. She contested the Bahati parliamentary seat in Nairobi in 1969 and says she was rigged out in favour of Mwai Kibaki, and again in 1974 in favour of Kibaki’s protege, Dr. James Muriuki.

In her bid for the Bahati seat, she not only won the seat but her allies won 6 out of the seven civic seats while only one of Kibaki’s candidates won a civic seat.

The votes were counted four times and each time she had a landslide against Kibaki. On the fifth count, her agents were beaten up at the counting hall at Jamhuri High school where state agents switched off lights and carted away many ballot boxes from her stronghold to Dandora dumpsite and destroyed them while some were thrown into pit latrines.

That’s when Kibaki was declared the winner with a paltry 111 votes ahead of her.

The then Finance Minister had to get back to parliament, whichever way. She gathered evidence and was due to petition the outcome when she got wind of credible threats to her life and decided to go into hiding for months, in the process, abandoning the petition.

Her advisers told her it was unsafe. 1969 was a bad year. Her friend and political mentor Argwings Kodhek had died after a mysterious car accident and admission at Nairobi Hospital in January 1969 and this was followed by the assassination of Tom Mboya six months later on July 5 that same year.

In October that year there was the Kisumu massacre during the opening of Russia Hospital (Now Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital) after an altercation between President Kenyatta and Jaramogi, which resulted in the banning of the Opposition party, Kenya People’s Union (KPU). Followed bu the elections which resulted in threats to her life which was in December. Clearly, this was a dangerous year.

In 1974, Kibaki moved to the relatively safe rural Othaya Constuency and Dr. Muriuki was persuaded and promised state support to run in Bahati.

Mama Jael was threatened, removed from various boards where she was serving to allow Dr. Muriuki go in unopposed but she declined and ran for the seat. She contested against 10 other candidates including Dr. Muriuki, some of them former allies that were propped up to deny her votes in various wards.

She came a close second in what she avers was a rigged election. She has had an illustrious career.

Mbogo had in 1962, succeeded Pheobe Asiyo as President of Maendeleo Ya Wanawake Organisation, after Asiyo was appointed Commissioner of Prisons.

Jael was one of the founders of the Forum for the Restoration of Democracy (FORD) with Jaramogi Odinga and others.

She coined the powerful song used by FORD at the time to rally support against Kanu: “Mayienga koro yiengo, Mayienga! Mayienga FORD yiengo KANU! ”

She has mentored many leaders.

….The full story of Mama Jael Mbogo to follow…

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Angola: Mitigating the Impact of COVID-19 in the Oil and Gas Sector

Covid-19 had a significant impact on operational activities, leading to the suspension of drilling activities and substantial limitations on production activity in general

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Energy Capital & Power (www.EnergyCapitalPower.com) International Conference Director, João Gaspar Marques, spoke to H.E Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, Minister of Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas of Angola, about the impact of COVID-19 on the country’s oil and gas sector.

What have been key developments in the Angolan oil and gas sector in the past twelve months, giving particular weight to the state of emergency imposed by COVID-19?

Since the beginning of the pandemic, the mineral resources, oil and gas sector has materialized and expanded its reforms with the consolidation of the role of the National Oil and Gas Agency, ANPG, as National Concessionaire and the execution of the Restructuring/Regeneration Program of Sonangol-EP.

H.E. Diamantino Pedro Azevedo, Minister of Mineral Resources, Petroleum and Gas of Angola (Source: Energy Capital & Power |

Within the specific scope of the Petroleum Concession Allocation Strategy for the 2019-2025 period, the implementation of the bidding program continued, with the bid for nine onshore blocks in 2021 for the 2020 bid – six from the Lower Kwanza Basin and three from the Lower Congo Basin. The block bidding strategy for 2021 was also recently approved.

During this period, continuity was given to the project to modernize and expand the Luanda refinery, which aims to increase gasoline production. We launched the construction of the Cabinda Refinery, the public tender for the construction of the Soyo Refinery was launched, and the international public tender for the partnership to execute the construction of the Lobito Refinery was also launched.

The development of marginal fields is beginning, and in this sense, some marginal fields have already been declared and approved, namely the PAJ (Palas Astrea and Juno) of Block 31, N’singa (already in production), Lifua, Kambala and N ‘dola Sul, in Block 0.

We, therefore, consider that the state of emergency imposed by Covid-19 had a significant impact on operational activities, leading to the suspension of drilling activities and substantial limitations on production activity in general.

What initiatives has the Ministry taken to mitigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic within the energy sector, and how does it assess the effectiveness of these initiatives so far?

The various initiatives taken in consultation with the national health authorities, the association of oil-producing companies in Angola and the association of companies providing services to the oil industry to mitigate the effects of the Covid-19 pandemic include:

» Demobilization of non-essential personnel

» Adoption of remote work mode for some functions

»Establishment of quarantine regimes, social isolation and systematic and mandatory testing of all personnel, that is, before accessing oil facilities either offshore or onshore.

With the continuous advancement of construction projects and renovation of several refineries, how can the development of the downstream sector reduce dependence on volatile fuel imports and offset losses in crude oil exports?

Angola currently imports around 80% of refined products to satisfy its internal needs, therefore, spending vast amounts of foreign exchange.

The refining strategy drawn up by the Angolan Executive includes the improvement of operational processes and the consequent increase in gasoline production at the Luanda refinery (revamping) and the construction of three new refineries in Cabinda (60,000 barrels per day), Soyo (100,000 barrels per day) and Lobito (200,000 barrels per day).

The projects listed above aim to achieve internal self-sufficiency in terms of refined products, export of surplus to neighboring countries, and maintenance and generation of jobs.

Given the current volatility in oil prices, how can COVID-19 facilitate the energy transition to alternative and clean energy sources, including natural gas?

It is important to start by clarifying that the Ministry of Energy and Water oversees issues related to energy transition; however, our Ministerial Department has contributed with essential subsidies related essentially to hydrogen, and some companies in the oil sector are involved in the design of renewable energy projects.

The Angolan State has policies and programs aimed at the energy transition, among which the conversion of thermal power generation plants from diesel to gas is the current priority. For example, we can mention the Soyo Combined Cycle Power Plant and the Malembo Thermal Power Plant in Cabinda. We also launched an initiative to build a photovoltaic power plant (50 MW) in Namibe, a partnership between Sonangol-EP and Eni.

Additionally, we highlight that Angola has an LNG plant in Soyo, which has been in operation since 2012 and originated from the need to monetize natural gas resources, eliminating its flaring in oil operations.

Can COVID-19 serve as an opportunity to expand local content development?

The prospects for the hydrocarbon sector in the post-pandemic period (short and medium-term) are focused on mitigating the decline in oil production, minimizing unexpected losses, optimizing and boosting the production of refined products to ensure the country’s self-sufficiency in these products and increase storage capacity of fuels and lubricants, guaranteeing their distribution coverage throughout the country.

The Legal Regime for the Local Content of the Petroleum Sector was recently approved, which aims to regulate matters relating to the transfer of technology and knowledge, the recruitment and training of Angolan human capital, and the acquisition of goods and services produced locally by companies operating in the oil sector, as tools for fostering Angolan business and promoting economic development.

What is the Ministry’s short, medium, and long-term prospects for the Angolan hydrocarbon sector in the post-pandemic period?

Mitigating the natural decline in production represents one of the biggest challenges for the sector and is therefore a top priority.

Thus, the Angolan Council of Ministers recently approved the Hydrocarbon Exploration Strategy, which is based on four pillars, namely: a) availability and accessibility to the areas that constitute Angola’s sedimentary basins for research and assessment activities; b) expansion of geological knowledge and access to oil and natural gas resources; c) ensuring the successful execution of the General Strategy for the Allocation of Petroleum Concessions in Angola; d) the intensification of research and evaluation in the concessions and Free Areas of Angola’s sedimentary basins.

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Peace Measures in Tunisia Hailed By Envoy in Kenya as Progressive and Upholds Human Rights.

The exceptional measures are temporary measures that fall within the framework of a temporary organization of power in accordance with the Constitution until the end of the danger faced by the Tunisian State and its institutions, to ensure the stability of the country and the proper functioning and protection of state institutions and to ensure their permanence and protection of the entire democratic process.

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Tunisia Envoy to Kenya has hailed the measures put up by the President of the Republic of Tunisia Mr. Kaïs SAÏED, to avert further chaos in their country.

“The political and democratic path in our country is still intact. Today, Tunisia is going through a very delicate period in its history, requiring the support of all goodwill, from both inside and outside Africa,” said Ambassador Hatem Landoulsi on Thursday, in Nairobi.

The envoy who is also a permanent representative to UNEP and UN-Habitat, in light of the recent political developments in Tunisia, has observed that the decisions taken by the President of the Republic of Tunisia on July 25, 2021, were to calm down rival political factions—the leftist, Right wing, the Conservatives, Islamic among other groups.

The raft of measures was put in place by the President to defend the rule of law and avert human rights violations. The envoy explained that the disconcerted Members of Parliament charged with corruption and mismanagement public resources are among the issues the government is dealing with in the country. These measures aim to get the country out of the crisis situation it has known for several months now due to political quarrels that have interfered with the normal functioning of the constitutional institutions, especially the Parliament, which has been rejected by the majority of Tunisians, necessitating the freezing of its work in accordance with exceptional measures in order to protect it.

“Since the President Decision, there have been no riots. The government administration is working normally and companies, businesses, are operating normally. This is to safeguard the gains so far and improve daily lives of the population.

In the face of the current situation and the need to respond to the incessant calls from a large fringe of the Tunisian population for a radical change, the President of the Tunisian Republic, Mr. Kaïs SAÏED put up temporary and protective measures to prptect the country, the democratic process, freedoms, and the rule of law, with no intention of suppressing the gains made since 2011.

Ambassador Landoulsi said the Measures set by President of Tunisia has no intent for partisan purposes.

“In his quality as the guarantor of the unity, the integrity of the country, and the functioning of the constitutional institutions of the Republic of Tunisia took the measures in full compliance and respect of the Tunisian Constitution and in particular its article 80, decisions dictated by the gravity of the situation,” he opined.

In the evening of July 25, Tunisia faced massive popular demonstrations of dissatisfaction with the elected Members of Parliament.

“For several months now, in several cities of the country, there have been calls for a radical change at the political class level, and for the dissolution of the parliament,” he noted. Adding that President Saïed responded to this unchallenged popular appeal, basing himself on the provisions of the Constitution (Article 80).

Ambassador Landoulsi explained the demonstrations seen recently were in support of the Presidents’ measures. “The leaders facing criticism from all the political parties have explicitly recognized their failure and have resolved to halt their activities to avert deterioration of the situation in the country, in different areas, which has resulted in a daily life that has become unbearable for a growing majority of Tunisians.”

The mismanagement of the health situation unfortunately made the Tunisia reach unprecedented death records, in relation to its population and international reputation, in terms of the success of public health policy. And the situation would have been even worse, without the support of many brotherly and friendly countries.

Throughout his professional life, President Kaïs Saïed has taught constitutional law and related principles. This, the ambassador said still prevails today.

The exceptional measures are temporary measures that fall within the framework of a temporary organization of power in accordance with the Constitution until the end of the danger faced by the Tunisian State and its institutions, to ensure the stability of the country and the proper functioning and protection of state institutions and to ensure their permanence and protection of the entire democratic process.

Tunisia has a firm commitment and that of the President of the Republic to guaranteeing rights and freedoms, respecting the rule of law and the democratic path in the country.

The envoy said judicial independence is guaranteed by the president. No Executive interference in judicial decisions. Moreover, the statements by ambassador Landoulsi revealed that the President is determined to respect freedom of media and expression, and human rights and has no intention of reverting to these gains.

 

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