Pastoralists’ leaders have moved quite fast in search of greener pastures probably before the migration window closes
As predicted by Radio Jangwani political pundits the United Democratic Movement (UDM) has migrated Kenya Kwanza from now the troubled Azimio La Umoja.
UDM Party Leader and Mandera Senator-Elect Ali Roba, Deputy Party Leader and Marsabit Governor-Elect Mohamud Ali and Mandera Governor-Elect Mohamed Adan Khalif led their fellow leaders into the Kenya Kwanza fraternity today at the residence of the deputy President Karen, Nairobi where the President Elect still stays.
Others present were Deputy Governor-Elect Mandera Ali Maalim, Wajir Senator-Elect Abbas Sheikh, MPs Umulkheir Kassim (Mandera), Bashir Abdullahi (Mandera North), Kullow Hassan (Banisa), Joseph Lekuton (Laisamis), Mangale Munga Chiforomodo (Lunga Lunga), AbdulEnrahim Haro (Mandera South) and Adan Haji (Mandera West).
The move adds seven members of Parliament to Kenya Kwanza making it the coalition with the majority in the National Assembly with 176 members against Azimio la Umoja who have lost 7 and now stands at 155. It further increases their leadership at the Senate with one more senator. Kenya Kwanza now has 25 senators while Azimio la Umoja has reduced to 21. While one more is still independent.
The migration by the pastoralist community could trigger another fight in the national assembly. The fight to produce a leader of the majority and the Speaker of the House. These are two key positions that Azimio wing thought it would use to control the House. But as it unfolds now it remains opaque to them while it’s transparent to Kenya Kwanza.