January 23rd 2018


Yussuf Dayib Ali's vision to transform the water sector in Wajir

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 30 Dec 2017 21:24 EAT

“We need above everything else a good strategic plan for the five years to solve the water crisis in the entire county. Whatever we do, our results should be unquestionable at the end of the current administration,” he said.

Wajir Assembly's former security boss shines as the new Wargadud MCA

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Thursday, 30 Nov 2017 19:21 EAT

"We have several priorities once that fund is implemented. Health workers staff quarters in Kitulo, the Qajaja Hungai Road improvement, water projects and ECD classrooms are among the projects the community have identified for funding this year," he told this writer.

Youngest Wajir MCA Mohamed Nunow Shuriye promises open doors to electorate

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Thursday, 30 Nov 2017 19:18 EAT

"I want to be reachable to the people, to consult at every stage of our project implementation and ensure that the people own the development conducted in their name and through their resources," he said.

Wajir women rep holds Uhuru’s birthday bash for inmates

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Thursday, 26 Oct 2017 16:47 EAT

The MP counselled the inmates about life’s challenges and promised to support them through community initiatives she will implement through her office. She said she was particularly keen on working on issues around the rights and social needs of women inmates.

Young and fit, Korof-Harar MCA makes mark with only two months in office

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Tuesday, 24 Oct 2017 19:01 EAT

"I was reached by family members including community elders, youth and women who determined that this ward needed a new kind of leadership," he told this writer in an interview. And winning he did, garnering 1,667 votes.

New Habaswein MCA seeks to improve representation for marginalised region

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 14 Oct 2017 17:39 EAT

With a month of sittings, the MCA has already emerged as a very active participant in assembly matters. He is is bold and speaks his mind on matters before the house.

Wajir's experienced MCA Mohamud Gabane Noor takes Majority Leader's post with storm

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Thursday, 12 Oct 2017 19:32 EAT

With Ambassador's win against Abdullahi during the recent elections, his team is controlling both the county assembly and the executive. Mr Mohamud was unanimously elected by the Jubilee Party elected and nominated MCAs and their allies in the assembly.

New MCA pledges to put exemplary career in service of Wajir people

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Monday, 09 Oct 2017 17:51 EAT

Mohamud Abdulla Maalim, a radio and transmission expert pledged to employ his communication skills and proficient in Microsoft Office Suite to ensure that he delivers according to his campaign manifesto.

Charismatic new Kisii MP man to watch in August house

Free Press Reporter | Saturday, 02 Sep 2017 19:28 EAT

Those accompanying Osoro at the press conference included MPs Janet Ongera (Kisii women representative), Sen. Beatrice Kwamboka (Nominated ODM), Jared Okelo (Nyando) and Samuel Atandi (Alego Usonga) and a number of MCAs from Kisii and Nyamira counties.

Aspirant devises talent as he seek MCA seat in Wajir County

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 29 Jul 2017 15:55 EAT

The famous footballer in Wajir County who retired at the level of captain of Barcelona team of Wajir, is using his past experience to promote the game and others in the ward as well as in the county.

The late Musyoki was a unique artiste respected in the community and the record he left has never been broken since his demise. The late Musyoki was born in April 1970 in Kimangu village Yatta division in the old Machakos District during those years. He went to Kimangu primary school.

Three young Kenyans receive Queen’s award for improving lives of others

Derrick Kiraka | Wednesday, 05 Jul 2017 15:29 EAT

According to the website, Ngetich launched the site after he read a World Health Organisation report on low accessibility of medicine of essential medicine in all developing countries.

After Elgeyo Marakwet, he was transferred to Thika and finally Wajir, where he was deployed specifically to help in the fight against terrorism. It is from Wajir where he resigned in February 2017 to join politics while serving at the rank of AP Inspector.

Wajir’s top watchdog, MCA chairing PAC and PIC, destined for easy re-election

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 17 Jun 2017 15:18 EAT

"I played a vital role to supervised Wajir county fund as the committees chairperson," he told this writer in an interview, describing his role in the parliament and the challenges of holding top public officials to account.

His administration saw the building of six boreholes and all of them are functional. The county government has also build one mega dam in the region, while in health a maternity wing has been constructed at both Burder and Kursin hospitals.

The MCA has overseen the drilling of several boreholes, two of which are currently in use. Alongside these were underground water tanks for various centers, also funded by the county government, and several water tracking most of them through personal initiatives.

In the last elections, Issa was the campaign manager and political adviser of Ambassador Mohamed Abdi Mohamud. He is among the top professionals from Wajir County who served at different capacities in government sectors.

Civil engineer Ahmed Bashane Gaal gears to modernise Tarbaj area as MP

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 10 Jun 2017 19:42 EAT

Born in the area, he schooled at Tarbaj Primary School and Wajir High School before joining the Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology for a degree in civil engineering. After graduating from university, he worked at different levels both at government and prastatals jobs.

Adan has joined politics because he is the sole candidate of Garen Council of Elders. He is fully prepared to do what it takes to become Bute MCA and has been holding meetings with youths, women and other influential segments of society to propagate his campaign.

Bishar outclasses all with a show of sincere intent to battle down the problem. ‘When they have proved to us beyond doubt through action and word they cant end this problems, they still want to play with the mind of the people and talk unreal of situation facing the common mamas.

Veteran Wajir West peacemaker poised for victory in Arbajahan MCA race

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Thursday, 01 Jun 2017 16:02 EAT

When this reporter met him in Wajir Town to discuss the rationale of his confidence, he attributed his good odds in the race also to age, asserting that he had worked among the community for decades and earned the people's trust.

He also says that his experience as an MCA had opened his eyes to some of the legislation and policies the Senate needs to make to make county governments more effective and accountable to the electorates.

Global humanitarian specialist Ahmed Abdisalan touted to beat Wajir North MP

Mohamed Gedi and Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Tuesday, 30 May 2017 17:11 EAT

Armed with these professional skills, Ahmed rose as a humanitarian staffer in the Kenya government and international NGOs. Some of his notable posts and achievements in both the national government and non state sector include but not limited to Regional Coordinator, the Kenya Red Cross.

His manifesto gives priority to educational, health and economic development of Ademasajida. He told this writer that his first initiative in office if he wins will be to create a framework for microfinance that will help the people of Ademasajida access small business loans at no interest at all.

Youthful MCA nominee rallying Kasipul peers toward economic empowerment

Free Press Correspondent | Saturday, 13 May 2017 18:05 EAT

Geoffrey's feat was no less remarkable. With 1,570 votes, he won in seven out of  the 14 polling stations in his ward. In fact, even as an MCA aspirant he received more votes than the third-placed parliamentary contender, Mr Ongiri, who also happens to come from his ward.

Wajir West's Uhuru strongman hopes to recapture seat against NASA wave

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Friday, 12 May 2017 16:54 EAT

“I support president Uhuru re-election for the development track in Kenya.” On the governorship, he said he supports Ambassador Mohamed Abdi, saying the aspirant is simplicity, accountable leader, and he will fulfill the ward development fund bill.

The aspirant, who will be battling with three other contenders, is one of the most educated officers to have served in Kenya’s military. In addition to combat training, he holds a degree in military science and a masters in security strategic studies from Makarere University.

A great mobiliser who has endeared herself to women and youths, Rita believes she is the right choice for the position, pointing to the developmental work she has done over the last four years through  Mashinani Initiative, a community based organisation that she founded and leads.

Kangundo couple celebrates 67th wedding anniversary in style

Oscar Ndunda | Monday, 24 Apr 2017 14:09 EAT

Staunch Catholic believers, Mr Ngui and his wife who are blessed with 10 children, 33 grandchildren and 14 great grandchildren, said that the secret behind their marriage's success was the fear of God and understanding for each other in the relationship.

As he sets against Mr Abdullahi in 2017, the campaign is pregnant with symbolism about both the unmet expectations from Mr Abdullahi’s tenure and shifts in political and ethnic dynamics. First is the near universal support among elected leaders the ambassador now enjoys, which he lacked in 2013.

Dental expert joins Wagalla/Ganyure ward race to change health sector in Wajir

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 15 Apr 2017 19:02 EAT

"I joined politics because through political leadership I want to solve the problems of common man. Our problems eminate mostly from lack of quality leadership; we don't have leaders care for the people.

Dr Mburu, who was born and raised in Bungoma County, says he knows the problems in Trans Nzoia where he has a home and will be ready to tackle them if elected governor.

Wajir senate aspirant Dr Ali Kabreta begins campaign to align Ajuran clan in Jubilee Party

Mohamed Gedi and Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Sunday, 09 Apr 2017 16:50 EAT

The aspirant's preparatory rallies which began today will mainly aim at consolidating the Ajuran clan under the Jubilee Party before he moves to other clans that have identified leaders for gubernatorial and women representative positions under the concept of negotiated democracy.

Reflecting his high chances of being elected, many people have today hailed him as the best choice for Tarbaj. The Sultanate of the Fai sub-clan of Degodia endorsed him as the Tarbaj constituency MP on July 28 in the infamous Tarbaj Declaration, the first family declaration.

Khatra Mowlid Keynan stands out in crowded Wajir Women Rep race

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Thursday, 06 Apr 2017 13:55 EAT

"I have worked closely with communities in addressing some of the most basic needs such as food, shelter and security. I have also handled disputes, including gender base violence. I am the most versed of the lot when it comes to dealing with the developmental needs of poor people," she said.

The decision to join MCC was informed by his desire to run on a dynamic and untainted party supporting the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta. Loved by many young people here, Dr Ali said he greatly appreciates the confidence voters had put in him.

As a first Speaker of Wajir County Assembly, he has been instrumental in laying the legislative foundation for the county, ensuring the passge of legislation that have enabled the county government and MCAs to implement their development programmes.

Meru businessman with close Raila ties poised to win open Kasipul constituency seat

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 31 Mar 2017 16:13 EAT

Mr Were's ambition got a major boost last week when he received the backing of three candidates in the 2013 parliamentary race, among them the vocal Kasipul politician and Nairobi businessman Odoyo Owidi, Eng. Mboga and Sam Okoth Rateng K'Otiende.

"I am one of the few female senators in the current house who have introduced a Bill that was debated and passed into law," she told this writer at her senate office in Nairobi, exuding confidence that her law-making experience would help her serve Wajir people as a member of the National Assembly.

Migori county executive Maneno launches bid for Kuria East seat

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 26 Mar 2017 14:06 EAT

A nationally recognised journalist, Mr Maneno was educated at Moi University in Eldoret, where he served as the Secretary General of the Moi University Students Organization and editor of 'The Illuminator', the student publication.

Esteemed Wajir High principal joins politics, tilting scales in tight Wajir East race

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Thursday, 23 Mar 2017 12:15 EAT

Fujo, who holds a degree in literature and masters in business administration from Kenyatta University, promises to apply fair leadership acquired from his long term teaching experience, and his main pitch is that he is the best candidate of all those running who believes in and has striven to insti

Wajir MCA upbeat over performance, gears for re-election

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Wednesday, 22 Mar 2017 18:15 EAT

The MCA is all praise for devolution which he said has helped the people of northern Kenya more given their historical marginalisation. “What we got in four years is much more than what we saw in 50 years independence”, he explained.

Ka Wambui is the undisputed front-runner. He has instant name recognition, having plunged into politics at a young age in 2007 when he campaigned for Samuel Ndung’u Wanjiku. In 2013, he ran for the TNA ticket and emerged second to the eventual winner, losing by only 23 votes.

Jubilee's sole MP in Wajir County keen to defy opposition wave, again

Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Tuesday, 28 Feb 2017 17:51 EAT

The MP said Jubilee Party “is the only sole party of Kenyans while NASA (the opposition) is a party that is confused,” citing the coalition’s failure to name its candidate after several months of negotiations, and with only six months left to the elections.

The clan elders' endorsement earned Mr Mohamud accolades from ordinary people and other aspiring leaders who attended the colourful event in this border town, thrusting the ambassador to the front-runner status in a race shaping up as a tight three-horse contest.

Preaching unity, youthful businessman Ali Mohamud enters Wajir East race

Mohamed Gedi and Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Saturday, 25 Feb 2017 19:59 EAT

Banking on his past development record as well as the goodwill of the local people yearning for change, Dr Ali held a series of meetings with various groups in Wajir Town today in preparation for his impending launch of his campaign.

Activist Okiya Omtatah joins Busia senate race

David Mutua | Tuesday, 21 Feb 2017 09:27 EAT

Together with Ford Kenya leader Moses Wetangula and other MCAs on Saturday 18th February, Omtatah toured such areas as Chakol, Amukura and Malaba town, urging residents to turn out, register as voters and take Jubilee home in the next coming elections.

Wajir women rep on verge of history with decent shot at Tarbaj constituency seat

Mohamed Gedi and Abdirahman Rashid Farah | Monday, 20 Feb 2017 14:03 EAT

As she unleashes  her interest for the next step of constituency political leadership whose incumbent Mp -Mohamed Elmi is in exist door of his political career on grounds of personal choice, she however posses a challenging comments to the current statusquo of  Tarbaj-development persee

Kabreta smelling Wajir senatorial victory

Mohamed Gedi | Monday, 13 Feb 2017 15:28 EAT

Kabreta has the support of the majority support of the dominant Degodia clan for the senetorial seat, as borrowed from the close friendly and compatabilty he has with Mohamed Abdi Mohamud led Bandwagon. Mohamed Abdi is the Fai family's flag-bearer for the gubernatorial seat.

In Boy Juma Boy, Kenya mourns truly inspirational leader

Nyambura Muthoni | Monday, 13 Feb 2017 10:23 EAT

"His death was untimely and cruel. In this hour of sorrow, I convey my deepest sympathies and heartfelt condolences to Senator Boy Juma Boy's family, relatives and the people of Kwale. My thoughts and prayers are with you," the President said in a statement from State House Nairobi.

Just like for Sh100 wedding couple, Lady Luck can strike any time

Waithera Murugi | Saturday, 11 Feb 2017 15:38 EAT

It might have been a normal thing for the newlyweds, but little did they know they would stir the internet and attract attention from many quarters. It must have taken a lot of courage and genuine love for this couple to come open to the public and show the world that money is not the key to true lo

Youth unemployment has been a great challenge, and the aspirant has been nurturing youth talent by sponsoring some of the artists in the area. He urges the youth to be aggressive in looking for jobs but not rely on handout from politicians.

Rise of ‘political giant’ causes jitters in Matungulu race

Rose Mukonyo | Thursday, 29 Dec 2016 16:38 EAT

“I want to offer the kind of leadership which every resident of Matungulu will be proud of by ensuring their interests are fully articulated at the national level,” said Dr Kilonzo.

Tala man gifts the poor with food ahead of Christmas

Rose Mukonyo | Monday, 19 Dec 2016 13:26 EAT

Dr Kilonzo believes his ground work is sufficient to garner the most votes as he believes dealing first hand with the common mwananchi. “I am fully prepared for this election and since this is not the first time I am contesting for this seat, I have learned a few things,” he said.

Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong said he had created an enabling environment with the rolling out of Sh70 million bursary for secondary students. The Governor said the Kenya Medical Training College Busia Chapter which was constructed by the County Government is already operational with 60 clinical

Embu governor aspirant making waves against Wambora, Kivuti

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 05 Dec 2016 11:57 EAT

“Every part of this country has a county government and the best way to do business is give opportunity to local businesses except where there is no local capacity for the tenders in question,” he says.

Kirinyaga women rep aspirant takes county by storm

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 20 Nov 2016 17:26 EAT

Her campaign slogan, 'A Kirinyaga where Women, the Marginalized, PLWD and the Youth are empowered through sustainable development', has become etched in the minds of her supporters who say the aspirant spares no effort to reach a cross-section of Kirinyaga society.

“I am deeply concerned about the dwindling education standards in Kangundo and my vision is to work with all stakeholders in order to safeguard the future of our young generation by strengthening the human resource potential of this region,” he says.

Former AP boss Oku Kaunya joins politics, to run for Teso North seat

Tobbie Wekesa | Tuesday, 08 Nov 2016 16:45 EAT

Last Friday 4th November, the former commandant announced his “acceptance of the peoples’ call” to unseat the current member of parliament for the area Arthur Odera, a close ally of deputy president William Ruto and a Jubilee legislator.

Acting in the shadow of senator Johnson Muthama, the MP is one of the fiercest critics of Jubilee, almost at par with her fellow women reps Mishi Mboko (Mombasa), Florence Mutua (Busia) and Kilifi’s Aisha Jumwa, all of whom have never minced their words in criticising the government.

With a good name, two wives and a degree, Nakuru man ready to be deputy governor

Free Press Correspondent | Thursday, 03 Nov 2016 09:59 EAT

As expected, all his big supporters showed up, as did Ogiek and Kalenjin community elders who demanded that the director, who is suitably qualified for the position he missed in 2013, should now become Governor Mbugua’s running mate in the next election.

The constituency now needs, more than ever before, a forceful leader who can hold both the county and national governments accountable, a task for which he is well prepared, being a unionist who has advocated for the rights of teachers - sometimes against intense government intimidation.

The aspirant, however, does not take remarks about her beauty seriously. Reputed to be a conservative woman, she has taken to addressing matters of women empowerment, education and self-advancement and is a regular motivational speaker at for young people, in particular girls.

Kituku's plan will steer Kangundo on ambitious development path

Rose Mukonyo | Saturday, 22 Oct 2016 19:40 EAT

Dr Kituku is mobilising teams in every village to assist him reach the electorate. He is also the chairperson of the Board of Management of St. Mary's Mukunike Secondary School and residents and teachers have observed that the quality of education has improved since he took up that position.

The aspirant said the Wiper Party was fast losing its bearing in Machakos County to CCU, pointing out that the party secured only three out of the eight parliamentary seats in 2013 elections, with CCU securing two while TIP, Ford People and Muungano Party won one apiece.

Bishop roots for strong IEBC, wants Kamba leaders to unite

Rose Mukonyo | Wednesday, 19 Oct 2016 12:08 EAT

"We must learn the seasons, we must understand the times: to know what to do, when and how," words by the clergy who are not amused by the way the IEBC is being tossed about from left to right with each passing day.

He said that the honourable members of parliament had abandoned their role of passing legislation based on their validity but instead pass bills according to how much they get from the decisions.

'Failed' Rift Valley MP lectured by his predecessor at public meeting

Free Press Correspondent | Monday, 17 Oct 2016 17:27 EAT

The former MP, who said he was rescinding his earlier decision announced in 2013 to retire from active politics, asserted that he would contest the seat in 2017 because of his successor's failures.

Rift Valley MP forced by public to pay election agent Sh500 from 2007

Free Press Correspondent | Sunday, 09 Oct 2016 18:27 EAT

Mr Towett engaged the MP in a fierce exchange of words: “You went quiet instead of expressing your problems to me. I would have understood if you had no money,” he told the MP, obviously in jest.

Most famous for her starring roles in Living Color, Keymáh is the only female to feature in the five seasons of the Fox Emmy-winning series and is an American national merit scholar with a degree in theatre from Florida A&M University.

Why 'Mr Nice' could just make a comeback to stardom

Patience Akenga | Wednesday, 20 Jul 2016 21:41 EAT

Tanzanian musicians of late look to Kenya as an indispensable backyard. Harnessing the vibrant Kenyan media space can boost the ratings of a regional artiste, something the likes of Christina Shusho have exploited to great heights.

Eliud Ngala blazed the trail for Kitui Central luminaries

Free Press Correspondent | Friday, 10 Jun 2016 09:13 EAT

The Kitui Central seat was for long a preserve of heavyweights whose capacity for leadership was recognized by presidents. Of the seven MPs the constituency has had, five were appointed full cabinet ministers, among them Ngilu, who served under two presidents. By Free Press Correspondent