November 21st 2017

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In all-Luyia contest for Nairobi senate seat, bloggers question Sakaja's Luyia roots

Of all the large tribes in Nairobi (with Kikuyu, Luo and Kamba) the Luyias are the only one that did not win a countywide seat in Nairobi in 2013 and they seem determined to change their fortunes.

By Lucy Mwihakilmwihaki@kenyafreepress.comFriday, 12 May 2017 16:21 EAT

Jubilee nominee for Nairobi senate seat Johnson Sakaja addressing the media in a past event.

Is Nominated MP Johnson Sakaja a Luyia or a Kalenjin? This question was provoked by seemingly coordinated Facebook posts by some leading bloggers from the Luyia community who claimed that Mr Sakaja was "preying" on the community to bolster his political interests as he runs for the Nairobi senate seat. 

Keen watchers of Nairobi politics have deciphered a unwritten rule of the 2017 election whereby the Nairobi senate seat has attracted interests of politicians from the Luyia community. Of all the large tribes in Nairobi (with Kikuyu, Luo and Kamba) the Luyias are the only one that did not win a countywide seat in Nairobi in 2013 and they seem determined to change their fortunes.

Mr Sakaja, who is born of a Sabaot (Kalenjin) father and Luyia mother, won the Jubilee senatorial nomination with 163,446 votes to beat Richard Khavaemba who had 33,109 and Badi Ali's 10,132. While he has not come out publicly to stake his interest in the Luyia vote, Mr Sakaja has not clarified reports that have identified him as Jubilee's gift to the Luyia nation, a narrative now being pushed back by some pro-ODM bloggers.

“If the politics of Nairobi senator is about a Luhya candidate, lawyer Edwin Sifuna fits the bill. His opponent from Jubilee is a Sabaot. Sabaots are Kales, not Luhyas. Remind me of any election in Kenya where the Sabaots have voted with the Luhya. Your answer is not a single time. They always vote with their Kale brothers,” wrote London-based social media commentator Daniel Imbuye.

Another Nairobi-based blogger said Mr Sakaja should identify himself as a Kalenjin or at best an Elgon Maasai. All the leading parties including Jubilee, ODM and Wiper have nominated members of the Luyia tribe for the Nairobi senate seat hoping to tap in to the support of the largest ethnic bloc of Nairobi.

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