When you woke up today, the first thing to see on the internet must have been the victory of Feisal Badar over ODM’s Omar Boga in Msambweni.
This turn of events should worry our political leaders, not in terms of the hustlers vs dynasties narrative, but in terms of the strongholds theory.
Since the end of the Daniel Moi reign, the Coastal region has been classified as an ODM territory, and going into the Msambweni by-election on Tuesday, we were almost sure that the Raila Odinga-led party would win with a landslide.
This serves as a wake-up call for 2022 aspirants, lazing behind the idea that certain regions hold certain political affiliations.
Clearly, things have changed!
2022 should be an interesting period in the Kenyan political scene; we might see ODM scooping victory in Central Kenya and Jubilee dominating Luo-Nyanza.
The good news is that this kind of diversity might actually be the solution to our biggest problem as a nation, tribalism.
Meanwhile, here are the stories making headlines on Opera News today:
Nyamira Governor Reportedly Placed on Life Support In Critical Condition
The COVID-19 pandemic has continued to cause havoc around the country with many Kenyans suffering from the adverse effects of the monstrous virus.
The virus was first confirmed in Wuhan China in December last year and has since spread all over the world with Kenya reporting several cases. The virus does not choose who to attack with both the rich and the poor suffering from its effects.
In Kenya, the disease has claimed several lives of high profile political figures across the country. On Tuesday there had been rumors of a high-profile politician who had been admitted to the ICU after contracting the deadly virus. After a day of rumors, it has since been established the Sick VIP is Nyamira Governor John Nyagarama.
Msambweni by-election: ODM concede defeat, congratulates Ruto’s man Feisal Bader
The Orange party lost which had fronted Omar Boga to reclaim the outfit’s seat suffered a setback on Wednesday, December 16, morning, when the electoral body declared Independent candidate Feisal Bader as the duly elected MP.
The Opposition party’s Secretary General Edwin Sifuna accepted the out outcome of the polls and commended the winner.
Sifuna also congratulated ODM candidates who emerged victorious in Kisumu North and Dabaso Wards.
Kenyan Doctor Among First to Get Covid-19 Vaccine in US
A Kenyan-born and trained doctor was among the health care professionals who got the much anticipated Pfizer/BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine that was rolled out in the United States on Monday, December 14.
Dr. Stella Ogake, a pulmonary and critical care specialist at the Ohio State University Wexner Medical Centre in Colombus, Ohio emotionally exclaimed that the vaccine allayed her fears of getting the virus and infecting her family.
“I feel great. I just got the vaccine, it was not painful at all. I do not know how I am going to feel in the next few hours, but I feel good.
Now that the government has ordered about 20 million doses of the coronavirus vaccine and knowing our leaders, do you think a fresh corruption scandal is looming?