After being snubbed by President Uhuru Kenyatta at this year’s State honors, angry Tanga Tanga leaders have started war with the recipients of the awards, especially those in the Embrace Movement. Among those targeted is Wajir Women Rep Fatuma Gedi, who was one of those who received the state honors, First Class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS). The leaders against Gedi’s feather in cap are from the Inua Mama brigade as well as a number of male MPs supporting DP Ruto.
”The awards were a sham. What has she done in the country to be given such an award? Nothing, absolutely nothing, except being a Raila Odinga sycophant,” says a prominent member of the Inua Mama brigade.
The leaders feel Ms Gedi is being favored by both President Uhuru and ODM leader Raila Odinga at the expense of other politicians who have had impact in their communities. The are of a belief that the Wajir Women Rep is being groomed for 2022 politics by Uhuru and Raila.
”We know these state awards were purely political. If you look at that list, it is full of ODM politicians and President Uhuru’s robots. The intention was to dampen the spirit of leaders allied to the Deputy President, but I assure you, the will fail,” said a vocal Central Kenya MP.
Seven ‘handshake’ MPs led by Minority Whip Junet Mohamed were awarded First Class Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS), the country’s fourth-highest honour.
Others include Embrace leaders Gladys Wanga (Homa Bay), Millie Odhiambo (Mbita), Fatuma Gedi (Wajir), Rachel Nyamai (Kitui South) and Senator Stewart Madzayo (Kilifi) and MP Kanini Kega (Kieni).
Also honoured were the 14-member Building Bridges Initiative team, which is under Garissa Senator Yusuf Haji.