Kenya Kwanza and Azimio la Umoja One Kenya are two of the country’s most significant political factions, and notable family members have come out to demonstrate their freedom of association by identifying themselves with them. This sets the scenario for an expected sibling confrontation.
Some of these family members have not only set up camp on opposing sides, but are also competing against one another, which may be an indication of how far Kenyan democracy has progressed.
In certain situations, couples have also found themselves in a situation in which they support opposing political parties.
Listed below are a few members of one family that will be battling it out in the upcoming election.
Tim Wanyonyi and Moses Wetangula
Tim Wanyonyi of Westlands and Moses Wetang’ula, senator for Bungoma, have been in the same political party for the last two elections, but they will go into the upcoming general election in two opposing camps, with the hope that one of them will walk away with the power that comes with being a member of parliament.
Wanyonyi, a member of the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya Alliance, is running on an ODM ticket, while Wetang’ula, one of the co-principals of Kenya Kwanza, is running on a Ford Kenya ticket to maintain his senate seat in Bungoma.
Moses Kuria and Aloise Kinyanjui are the parents of Moses Kuria
Chama Cha Kazi (CCK) Party leaders Moses Kuria and his younger brother Aloice Kinyanjui have pushed the president’s agenda in Mt Kenya at various points in the past.
After joining the Kenya Kwanza camp and declaring his support for Deputy President while Aloise stayed in Jubilee, the two MPs went their separate ways.
An old Kuria supporter, Aloise is running for the Juja MP seat against George Koimburi, who was nominated to represent the United Democratic Alliance (UDA).
Hellen Odhiambo and Okoth Obado
In the Migori County governor’s mansion, Governor Okoth Obado has pledged his support to UDA presidential candidate, Joseph Warungu. Hellen Odhiambo, the wife of Raila Odinga’s running mate, Hellen Ruto, is also running for president.
After Obado was named regional coordinator for Kenya Kwanza Nyanza, there was such strife in the county boss’s household that Hellen publicly criticized the name of her husband.
When it comes to a presidential race, I’m supporting a woman candidate, but I’m backing a male.” Hellen, who is also running for Migori Women’s Rep, stated: “Do not link me to the governor’s legacy or anything to do with him,” she urged.
They are Keriako Tobiko and Peris Tobiko.
When it comes to politics, Keriako Tobiko and Peris Tobiko may have a pleasant relationship as siblings, but when it comes to the environment, they are arch-rivals.
For backing Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential run, Peris’ brother, Keriako, and her husband Kishanto Ole Suuji have all been targeted by Azimio la Umoja One Kenya supporters.
When Ruto’s rally was held in Suuji and Peris’ house in Kajiado last year, they got into a fight about it. When Suuji confronted a group of Ruto supporters in his neighborhood, he chased them out of his neighborhood and lodged a police report, alleging that the UDA presidential candidate and his supporters had broken into his property.
When Peris referred to Ruto as a “mere clerk,” Keriako was at a crossroads with him over his comments.
Peris was forced to apologise on behalf of her brother after his comments provoked a spat between DP Ruto’s and Raila’s backers.
Kithure and Isaiah Kindiki Professors
Just hours after Ruto picked Isaiah’s brother Senator Kithure Kindiki to manage his campaign, Azimio la Umoja One Kenya presidential flag bearer set tongues turning by appointing Prof Isiah Kindiki as one of his top agents.
This brotherly feud has raged on for years, culminating in the senator’s decision to resign from elective politics following this year’s elections in favor of his brother, Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua, as Kenya Kwanza’s running partner.
They were joined by Hillary Kiplang’at Kosgei, a member of the Were family.
Despite being members of opposing political parties, these two members of Parliament are more than just colleagues; they are in-laws.
As first-term legislators, ODM MP Charles Ong’odo Were of Kasipula served on the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, as did UDA MP Hillary Kiplang’at Kosgei of Kipkelio West during the 12th Parliament.
Their political rivalry was put to the test when they both attended their father-in-funeral law’s in 2017 along with big contingents of supporters. As a result, no political statements were made at the occasion, which was presided over by a master of ceremonies who made clear the problem that existed between the two politicians.
After the nullification of the presidential elections, their political rivalry was put to the test once again during a deadlock in Parliament, and ODM pledged not to acknowledge the election of President Uhuru Kenyatta.
However, despite their differences in political ideology, the two MPs say their relationship has weathered the storm.
“Were and I were close, but we were aware of our political differences at the time. We used to get together for tea and just be family, regardless of whether it was ODM or Jubilee “According to an interview with KTN’s Kiplang’at.
David Chirchir and Mutahi Ngunyi are the authors.
Mutahi Mgunyi has emerged as a key member of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s think tank on politics and administration at a time when tensions in the country are already high.
David Chirchir, Chief of Staff in the Deputy President’s Office, and a key strategist for Kenya Kwanza, is the brother-in-law of the outspoken political commentator. Diplomat Ernest Cheruiyot Lang’at married the two women.
A meeting between the President of the United States, Kung’u Muigai, and Kenyatta has taken place.
As a result of this, the first family has also been affected. Since a long time now, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his cousin Captain Kung’u Muigai have been on the same political team. Despite this, the two have opted to go their own ways in this year’s election.
President Uhuru, who chairs the Azimio la Umoja One Kenya council, is a staunch supporter of Raila Odinga, the Azimio presidential candidate.
But in the GEMA, Kungu has been trying to get people to support William Ruto’s presidential bid.
Raila is not the right person to lead Kenya because the Kikuyu people owe him political favors, Kung’u said in an interview earlier this year.
“It caused a lot of controversy when yangu kumi yake kumi’s statement was made, so I called an elders’ meeting to discuss it. Because an elder says something, they can never retract it, we approved the declaration and remain where we are today “Local media published Kung’u’s statement.
In spite of his opposition to the president and the former prime minister, Kung’u has maintained that he has nothing but admiration and respect for them.