The defection of Isiolo Senator Mohamed Abdi Kuti to Narc-Kenya from Jubilee Party has brought interesting dimensions into the gubernatorial race. The question is; was it strategic or survival tactic?
Kuti is eyeing the Governor’s seat held by Godana Doyo. His defection now leaves former Tana Athi River Development Authority chairman Abdul Bahari as the sole JP aspirant for the seat in the nominations slated for Tuesday.
Two weeks ago, Governor Doyo decamped to Party for Development and Reforms from JP, a move that left the race to Kuti and Bahari.
Kuti, while accompanied by his running mate Abdi Issa and four MCAs, announced his defection at Narc-Kenya headquarters in Nairobi. The Senator claimed he was prompted to make the shift following claims that the Bahari camp planned to rig him out.
“I moved because I lost faith with the election board that was inclined towards my rivals,” he claimed.
Last week, the party dismissed three returning officers but the board chairman Abduba Sama said it was done by the head office.
Kuti on Wednesday wrote a resignation letter to JP after his camp’s plea for their grievances to be addressed fell on deaf ears. Some local pundits view his defection as a way to counter a directive by Borana Council of Elders who last Monday asked all Borana clans to vote for Bahari at nomination stage. The elders led by their chairman Abdullahi Haji Gonjobe summoned all the four Borana aspirants to make the announcement. Apart from Bahari and Doyo, other gubernatorial aspirants who attended the meeting were Hussein Golicha (Kanu) and Adan Kabelo (ODM).
“It was evident that majority of Borana would have voted for Bahari and his running mate (Domiciano Mainge),’’ said Daud Tari, an NGO official.
Ali Farah, a journalist from the region said: “Kuti had been controlling Isiolo politics since 2002, but this time he was caught off guard.”
He said Kuti has every reason to be concerned.
“His defection is not going to change anything. Our camp still has majority of Borana and non-Borana speakers like Meru, Turkana, Somali clans and Samburu. Kuti has panicked and written his own political obituary,’’ said Jarso Guyo, from Bahari’s camp.
Governor Doyo says he is confident of retaining his seat in the August elections owing to his development projects. “We have transformed our county in just four years and the voters are with me,” he says.
Isiolo Senator, Mohammed Kuti, has picked a former UK-based Doctor as his running mate in the race for the Isiolo gubernatorial seat. Dr Kuti officially declared that Dr. Abdi Ibrahim Issa alias Abdi Kishotowill be his running mate in his bid to clinch the county top seat in the August election.
Strange as it may be, after digging into the background check of one Dr. Abdi Ibrahim Issa alias Abdi Greek Issa’s activities in UK, some shocking revelations according to The SUN Tabloid have emerged that the expose’ might end his prospective political ambition. This has emerged in the wake of new constitutional requirements on integrity for all aspirants participating in the August polls.
The SUN tabloid of 3rd October ran a sensational headline; “LICENCE TO ILL- Investigation reveals dodgy GPs (General Practioners) getting cash to help minicab and Uber drivers fake medical test over fitness to drive”
In United Kingdom, General Practioners (GPs) are required to sign a medical statement that prospective PHV drivers are fit and healthy. But, an undercover investigation found three doctors who allegedly approved minicab medical forms for money.
The Transport for London (TfL) PHV driver licence application asks GPs to check prospective cabbies for details of cardiovascular disease, seizures and problems with eyesight or injuries.
And it states: “This form should be taken to a registered medical practitioner who has access to your full medical history, typically your GP, for completion.
“If it is not completed by someone who has access to your full medical history this could lead to delays in the processing of your medical.”
However, an investigation by The Sun newspaper journalist posing as a PHV driver found that Dr Ashraful Haque Mirza, a GP in Morden, South London, allegedly accepted a cash bribe to fake the results of eyesight and blood pressure tests.
The journalist was passed as medically fit despite telling Dr Mirza that his vision, “gets a bit blurry”. To which the doctor allegedly replied: “Right, OK, fine, they won’t give you any problems with that”.
A PHV driver applying for a renewal of his TfL minicab licence was also filmed leaving Dr Mirza’s surgery and said: “I live in Hounslow, my GP said the health checks would cost £150 and take eight days. Here it takes five minutes and £50.”
Another doctor in Barking, East London, also agreed to sign off the TfL forms presented by the undercover reporter and falsely declare he had seen his full medical history.
And it was further alleged that a minicab company had contracted a doctor in Hounslow, Dr Abdi Greek, to fast track the medical forms of drivers without asking to see the medical records of the PHV licence applicants.
A spokesman for Uber said:
‘There should be tough action against any GP who has falsified medical certificates and any test centres found to cheat the system should be closed down.’
Steve McNamara, general secretary of the Licensed Taxi Drivers Association, also praised The Sun for lifting the lid.
Labour MP and Transport Committee member of House of Commons Graham Stringer said: “This is a serious scandal which is putting the public at risk.”
TfL chief operating officer for surface transport Garrett Emmerson said: “We take all allegations of fraud very seriously and will investigate.”
Chief executive of the General Medical Council Niall Ferguson said the organisation would be investigating the claims, “as a matter of urgency”.
In the wake of such startling revelations the fate of one Dr. Abdi hitherto lies with Multi-Agency Team dealing with matters of those individuals pursuing political office in Kenya.
Dr. Abdi Issa Greek who is a British national according to Public Register had the following registered companies. The first one was dissolved, the second he is active Director till today and the last one he resigned as Director.
That politicians with ongoing criminal cases, including those battling corruption and hate speech charges, now risk being locked out of the August General Election in an elaborate bid by vetting agencies to comply with Constitutional requirements on integrity. Those with suspicious degrees running for governor and president, as well as their running mates, will not be safe from the hammer.
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC), and the Registrar of Political Parties, and Office of the Attorney-General said that they will not leave anything to chance in a bid to clean up Kenyan leadership.
The institutions will enforce compliance with the leadership and integrity requirements by aspirants in the forthcoming General Election.
Aspirants for political office are asked to declare if they have ever been convicted of any offence and sentenced to serve for at least six months, misused public resources, removed from register of members of professional organisations, dismissed from employment due to integrity, or whether they had been subject of criminal or disciplinary proceedings as public officers.
In this unfortunate scenario, Dr. Abdi Ibrahim alias Abdi Greek alias Abdi Kishoto should brace for hard times ahead with the electoral vetting agencies owing to the fact that he grossly violated basic tenets of Leadership and Integrity Act by engaging in wrongful conduct whilst in the furtherance of personal benefit and much worse falsifying official record.
I hope the vetting agencies will swing into action and deal with this matter expeditiously.
Being SAKUYE son, I some time regret the choice second class SAKUYE are making when it comes to Kuti’s political carriers. The self proclaimed babayao has nothing to offer but uses few beneficiaries of his 15years political tenure to exploit SAKUYE to social political death bed.
Kuti has nothing to offer politically and economically to SAKUYE’s lives. He uses them as political ladder and dump them.
He never offer job to any sakuye because he don’t want to be challenged by smart upcoming brains in entire SAKUYE world.
Last year Kuti declared his “unfortunate expiry” from politics through an ill fated letter. He vowed not to vie for any political seat. His beneficiaries cried, because the tap they used to siphon will dry.
Personally I took this has a fun, in my words,I took pen to paper and wrote him a farewell poem for him on 4th April 2016 .it reads as follows.
THE LEGEND WROTE A LETTER
The legend wrote a letter
Early at the dawn. The messenger can’t read on his own
Elders gathered and welcomed warmly.
It was usual political business
Social one, to them has no essence. The letter was read to sakuye nation. To some it’s beyond their imagination. The legend retires on his own. To go and relax at his lavish home.The political ambition is gone . He no longer want to represent his own
I know no one can feet his shoes,
For some that is already wrong moves. The house is already in wrangles. And nobody will unite the community in jungle.
Personally, I will miss you
Not because he deed much
Because you brought “sky” from far. And now some sees they know much.
Yoyaah as many called him.
He knows how to mute elders
Will others able to Learn his tricks? And there is far from politicking.
Will new comers convince current elders. Who are on currently disintegrated. Every wooing his clan elders for himself Forgetting the larger sakuye unity.
Will they open their third eyes
And think beyond their noses
And hold on their horses
And unite sakuye sons and daughter’s?
The purported retirement was just brain game. His beneficiaries went on their knees chanted in grieve. They prayed earth to crack and swallow them alive. Kuti knows what he is doing,he is pretty sure his beneficiaries don’t want him to retire from politics they persuaded him go back to the game, because they dont tolerate to be political orphans.
It is quite clear that Kuti is being pushed into the race by a small, but vocal clique of die-hard supporters mainly comprising of Isiolo-based close beneficiaries of his 15 yrs rein. In his heart of hearts, Sen Kuti knows that he stands no chance of re-election. But fact of the matter is that this has nothing to do with Sen Kuti but his diehard supporters’ face saving antics. They cannot stand the shame of their candidate not appearing on the ballot. For them, it is better for Kuti to lose on the ballot than chicken out. Many thought that Kuti is wiser than his predessesor, Mokku, and knows when his time is up. By falling for his diehard supporters’s ego-boosting prodding, Kuti is setting himself for a really hard fall. Maybe he deserves that.
they say history repeats itself.
Those who I called second class sakuye’s are clueless SAKUYE. They only follow the name “SAKUYE” hence they end up trapped in Kuti’s bad leadership.
They never thought Kuti’s dynasty never help them. He just earn fortunes to control their brained.
After writing them a letter kuti came back through back door using same system. His beneficiaries lured him to come back to political limelight again. They have made at all cost showed Kuti pipe dream, that he may become second isiolo governor through is bulky cash.
His enormous cash at no time helped sakuye’s who are languishing in abject poverty, they’re not in the same league to meet to him, so that he may hear their plea.
Those who have access to kuti are his cronies, who I always prefer to call them beneficiaries. They are the ones who Kuti uses to exploit innocent sakuye.
Kuti’s scenario reminds of African proverb which says ” . It is only a stupid cow that rejoices at the prospect of being taken to a beautiful abattoir.” He advisors are just doing him more harm by making him use his hardly earned cash.
Kuti has nothing to offer, personally in his political history he never stand with big brains in SAKUYE. He only stand with people who he can manipulate easily for his political gains. He is at political menopause and he deserve to rest and give a mantle to upcoming politicians in sakuye Nation.
Isiolo senator Mohammed Kuti to retire from politics on health grounds
By Ali Abdi | Sunday, Apr 24th 2016
Isiolo Senator Mohammed Kuti will bow out of politics in August next year. Dr Kuti (pictured) was the Isiolo North MP between 2003 and 2013. He also served as a Cabinet Minister in the Narc and Grand Coalition governments before his election as Senator in 2013 on a URP ticket.
In a letter sent to his Sakuye elders who were attending a clan meeting in Garba-Tula last weekend, the veteran politician said he will not defend his seat in the 2017 polls, citing health reasons.
The letter reads: ‘‘after 15 years of service, I intend to retire from politics in 2017 because of my health’”. He called on his clan to remain united, urging them to endorse a new political leader to take up the mantle