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By Whispers Team

Fiasco in the August House

Hon. Tiyah’s appointment to the National Land Commission exhibited rigmarole of the leadership betrayals and unexpected political undertones that we believe are responsible for the political, social, and economic rot that are pervasive in Kenya. 

A day after President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed the nine commissioners to the National Lands Commission (NLC) following the National Assembly’s approval, the turn of events giving Hon. Tiyah a lifeline, exposed the intrigues as the Tangatanga and Kieleweke wings of Jubilee, faced off. – (The Standard, Newspaper 4th October,2019)

Though there are many players in exacerbating Tiyah’s frustration. All these unnecessary political imbroglio was solely crafted and orchestrated allegedly by the top most Jubilee amakhosi who had imaginary or perceived issues with Hon. Tiyah. It was alleged that Majority Leader in the National Assembly was working under strict instructions from the said Jubilee nabob. It was unusual for someone like Tiyah to face unending hurdles unless someone in the higher office did sanction her tribulations.

Institutions like Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) and Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission were a mere pawn in the entire scheme. It is an open secret that failing to file tax returns in time is not a criminal offence like evasion. During the debate, Homabay Town Hon. Peter Kaluma avered that judicial precedents has been set by a bench of three high court judges that requirements like clearance by KRA, Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) and the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) through the certificate of good conduct are administrative requirements. They are not set out in any law as disqualifying factors when one is seeking appointment to serve in any body.

We cultivate love when we allow our most vulnerable and powerful selves to be deeply seen and known, and when we honour the spiritual connection that grows from that offering with trust, respect, kindness and affection that may catapult the community to the next level despite harbouring divergent political persuasions.

It is now emerging that the approval of Tiya Galgalo to the Lands Commission was not without drama and theatrics pitting allies of Deputy President William Ruto against those of Opposition firebrand Raila Odinga

Tiaty MP; William Kamket said this without mincing his words. Check the You tube below

Polical harmony is not something we give or get; it is something that we nurture and grow, a connection that can only be cultivated between two people when it exists within each one of them – we can only love others as much as we love ourselves. Stab the body and it heals, but injure the heart and the wound lasts a lifetime.

Shame, blame, disrespect, betrayal, and the withholding of affection damage the roots from which love grows. Love can only survive these injuries if they are acknowledged, healed and rare.

Anyone who hasn’t experienced the ecstasy of betrayal knows nothing about ecstasy at all.


Clearance by KRA Commissioner for Domestic Taxes

Whispers team was reliably informed that the Majority Leader Hon. Aden Duale made series of frantic calls to KRA Commissioner for Domesic E. Meyo (Mrs) not to clear Tiyah but the Commissioner stood her ground said that she is following due process of the law and she has no reasons whatsoever not to clear Tiyah. 

When they realise this scheme has hit a snag, a jubilee top honcho phoned EACC boss Twalib Mbarak to piece- up together a hurriedly drawn letter to the Clerk of the National Assembly. In the letter EACC boss, Twalib wrote, “Tiyah’s Tax compliance Certificate submitted to the National Assembly Committee on Lands had been issued irregularly. It is further reported that Tax Compliance Certificate presented was withdrawn by KRA and at the time of vetting by the National Assembly Committee Land committee, the nominee did not have a valid Tax compliance certificate ftom KRA”


EACC Chief Executive Officer further stated, “To facilitate verification, kindly but urgently furnish us with copies of the Hansard and documents submitted by the nominee”.

Ealier around mid morning, Hon Duale met the House Speaker Hon. Justin Muturi with sole intent of trying to block the anticipated amendment motion by Hon. Hassan Odha. However, the Speaker stayed put and declined overtures from Garissa Township Member of Parliament. He further intimated to the letter from the EACC but the Speaker was still adamant.

Copy of the amendment motion to the Committee report on Lands by Isiolo North MP Hon. Hassan Odha


At around 13.20 HRS, which was slightly more than an hour to the afternoon sitting Hon. Rehema put forth a condition which was not specific in nature. She sent a communique insisting that she wants Hon. Tiyah to be brought for around table discussion with her before the Committee report is passed on the floor of the plenary. On this request Hon. Tiyah was more than willing for consultative meeting but Hon. Rehema dramatically changed her mind and ultimately declined meeting Hon. Tiyah. Strange as it may be Hon. Rehema blatantly refused requests and guidance from the esteemed Borana Council of Elders who wished for amiable way out of the stalemate.

After much persuasions and from various Members of Parliament which includes; Hon. Rasso, Hon. Odha, Hon. Koropu, Hon. Qalicha and others, Hon. Rehema stood her ground and categorically said, ‘If there’s one person who will vote against Tiyah, it is me” ~ Declares Hon. Rehema. Perhaps Hon. Rehema didn’t understand ramification of her actions or she could be reaffirming her loyalty to certain faction of Jubilee political party.


Raila is reported to have personally rallied ODM brigade during the Parliamentary Group meeting at County Hall (Parliament Buildings) to ensure Galgalo’s nomination, that had been rejected by the Lands Committee on the basis of tax compliance, was reversed.

Right Honourable Raila Amolo Odinga

National Assembly Minority Whip Junet Mohammed (Suna East) was tasked to whip members and ensure the report is amended to include Galgalo.

Suna East MP Mohamed Junet (On the left) during ODM PPG

Whispers team has obtained copies of official votes and proceedings and hansard on transpired on the floor of the House on October 1 2019.

Results of the Division:


AYES – 113 

1. Abdi, Yusuf Hassan (Kamukunji)
2. Abuor, Paul (Rongo)
3. Adagala, Beatrice Kahai (Vihiga) (CWR)
4. Adan, Safia Sheikh (Marsabit) (CWR)
5. Ali, Fatuma Gedi Wajir (CWR)
6. Ali, Sharif Athman (Lamu East)
7. Aluoch, John Olago (Kisumu West)
8. Amollo, Dr. Otiende (Rarieda)
9. Angwenyi, Jimmy Nuru Ondieki (Kitutu Chache North)
10. Arama, Samuel (Nakuru Town West)
11. Arati, Paul Simba (Dagoretti North)
12. Arbelle, Marselino Malimo (Laisamis)
13. Atandi, Samuel Onunga (Alego Usonga)
14. Babu, Owino Paul Ongili (Embakasi East)
15. Baya, Owen Yaa (Kilifi North)
16. Buyu, Rozaah Akinyi (Kisumu) (CWR)
17. Cheruiyot, Gladwell Jesire (Baringo) (CWR)
18. Chumel, Samwel Moroto (Kapenguria)
19. Dawood, Abdul Rahim (North Imenti)
20. Garane, Mohamed Hire (Lagdera)
21. Ghati, Dennitah (Nominated)
22. Hulufo, Hassan Oda (Isiolo North)
23. Kajwang’, Francis Tom Joseph (Ruaraka)
24. Kaluma, George Peter Opondo (Homa Bay Town)
25. Kamanda, Maina (Nominated)
26. Kasalu, Irene Muthoni (Kitui) (CWR)
27. Kaunya, Edward Oku (Teso North)
28. Kega, Mathenge James Kanini (Kieni)
29. Kigano, Clement Muturi (Kangema)
30. Kilonzo, Charles Mutavi (Yatta)
31. Kimilu, Joshua Kivinda (Kaiti)
32. Kingi, Michael Thoyah (Magarini)
33. Kirima, Moses Nguchine (Central Imenti)
34. Korere, Sarah Paulata (Laikipia) North 
35. Koske, Gideon Kimutai (Chepalungu)
36. Lekumontare, Lentoi Joni L. Jackson (Samburu East)
37. Lentoimaga, Alois Musa (Samburu North)
38. Lesuuda, Josephine Naisula (Samburu West) 
39. Lomorukai, Jeremiah Ekamais (Loima)
40. Maanzo, Daniel Kitonga (Makueni) 
41. Maoka, Richard Maore (Igembe North)
42. Masara, Peter Francis (Suna West)
43. Mawathe, Julius Musili (Embakasi South)
44. Mbarire, Cecily (Nominated)
45. Mbogo, Ali Menza (Kisauni)
46. Mboko, Mishi Juma Khamisi (Likoni)
47. Mboni, David Mwalika (Kitui Rural)
48. Mbui, Robert (Kathiani)
49. Milemba, Jeremiah Omboko (Emuhaya)
50. Mlolwa, Jones Mwagogo (Voi)
51. Mohamed, Abdikhaim Osman (Fafi)
52. Mohamed, Mohamed Ali (Nyali)
53. Momanyi, Ben George Orori (Borabu)
54. Momanyi, Jerusha Mongina (Nyamira) (CWR)
55. Muhanda, Elsie Busihile (Kakamega), (CWR)
56. Mulu, Benson Makali (Kitui Central)
57. Munyaka, Victor Kioko (Machakos Town)
58. Musimba, Patrick Mweu (Kibwezi West)
59. Muthama, Stanley Muiruri (Lamu West)
60. Mutua, Didmus Wekesa Barasa (Kimilili)
61. Muturi, Geoffrey Kingagi (Mbeere South)
62. Mwambire, Teddy Ngumbao (Ganze)
63. Mwamkale, William Kamoti (Rabai)
64. Mwaniki, Ruth Wangari (Kigumo)
65. Mwanyanje, Gertrude Mbeyu (Kilifi) (CWR)
66. Mwashetani, Khatib Abdallah (Lungalunga)
67. Mwathi, Peter Mungai (Limuru)
68. Nassir, Abdullswamad Sheriff (Mvita)
69. Ng’ongo, Mbadi John (Suba South)
70. Ngugi, Joseph Nduati (Gatanga)
71. Nguna, Charles Ngusya (Mwingi West)
72. Nuh, Junet Sheikh (Suna East)
73. Nyamai, Rachael Kaki (Kitui South)
74. Nyamita, Mark Ogolla (Uriri)
75. Nyenze, Edith Vethi Kitui West
76. Nyikal, James Wambura (Seme)
77. Nzambia, Thuddeus Kithua (Kilome)
78. Nzengu, Paul Musyimi (Mwingi North) 
79. Nzioka, Erastus Kivasu (Mbooni)
80. Obara, Eve Akinyi (Kabondo Kasipul)
81. Obo, Ruweida Mohamed (Lamu) (CWR)
82. Ochieng, David Ouma (Ugenya)
83. Odanga, Geoffrey Makokha (Matayos)
84. Odhiambo, Elisha Ochieng (Gem)
85. Odhiambo, Millie Grace Akoth (Suba North)
86. Oduol, Prof. Jacquiline Adhiambo (Nominated)
87. Ogolla, Gideon Ochanda (Bondo)
88. Okelo, Jared Odoyo (Nyando)
89. Okuome, Andrew Adipo (Karachuonyo)
90. Ole Kenta, Richard Moitalel (Narok North)
91. Oluoch, Anthony Tom (Mathare)
92. Onyonka, Richard Momoima (Kitutu Chache South)
93. Oundo, Dr. Wilberforce Ojiambo (Funyula)
94. Owino, Martin Peters (Ndhiwa)
95. Passaris, Esther Muthoni Rosanna (Nairobi City) (CWR)
96. Rasso, Dido Ali (Saku)

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97. Serem, Joshua Kutuny (Cherangany)
98. Seroney, Sammy Kipkorir (Nominated)
99. Shaban, Naomi Namsi (Taveta)
100. Shamalla, Jennifer (Nominated)
101. Shimbwa, Omar Mwinyi (Changamwe)
102. Shurie, Abdi Omar Balambala
103. Sossion, Wilson (Nominated)
104. Tayari, Benjamin Dalu Stephen (Kinango)
105. Tepo, Abdi Koropu (Isiolo South)
106. Tuitoek, Daniel Kamuren (Mogotio)
107. Wakhungu, Chrisantus Wamalwa (Kiminini)
108. Wanga, Gladys Atieno Nyasuna (Homa Bay), (CWR)
109. Wanjala, Raphael Bitta Sauti (Budalangi)
110. Wanjira, Martha Wangari (Gilgil) 
111. Wario, Ali (Bura)
112. Wario, Qalicha Gufu (Moyale)
113. Wetangula, Timothy Wanyonyi (Westlands)


NAYS – 71


1. Ahmed, Shakeel Ahmed Shabbir (Kisumu East)
2. Chebaibai, Jane Jepkorir Kiptoo (Elgeyo/Marakwet) (CWR)
3. Chepkwony, Charity Kathambi (Njoro) 
4. Chesebe, Fred Kapondi (Mt. Elgon)
5. Gakuya, James Mwangi (Embakasi North) 
6. Gikaria, David Nakuru (Town East) 
7. Gitau, Faith Wairimu (Nyandarua) (CWR)
8. Gure, Anab Mohamed (Garissa) (CWR)
9. Ichung’wah, Anthony Kimani (Kikuyu)
10. Injendi, Moses Malulu (Malava)
11. Iringo, Cyprian Kubai (Igembe Central)
12. Jaldesa, Rehema Dida (Isiolo) (CWR)
13. Kabeabea, Josphat Gichunge 
 (Tigania East)
14. Katana, Paul Kahindi (Kaloleni)
15. Keter, Gideon (Nominated)
16. Kiai, Anthony Githiaka (Mukurweini)
17. Kihara, Jayne Njeri Wanjiru (Naivasha)
18. Kimunyah, Amos Muhinga (Kipipiri)
19. Kipkiror, William Cheptumo (Baringo North)
20. Kisang, William Kipkemoi (Marakwet West)
21. Kitayama, Marwa Kemero Maisori (Kuria East)
22. Koech, Nelson (Belgut) 
23. Konchela, Gideon Sitelu (Kilgoris)
24. Koros, Kipsengeret (Sigowet/Soin)
25. Kosgei, Hilary Kiplang’at (Kipkelion West) 
26. Kositany, Caleb Kipkemei (Soy)
27. Koskei, Dominic Kipkoech (Sotik)
28. Koyi, John Waluke (Sirisia)
29. Leonard, Yegon Brighton (Konoin) 
30. Limo, Kirui Joseph (Kipkelion East)
31. Liza, Chelule Chepkorir (Nakuru (CWR)
32. Lochakapong, Peter (Sigor)
33. Mariru, Patrick Kariuki (Laikipia West)
34. Maritim, Sylvanus (Ainamoi)
35. Mizighi, Lydia Haika Mnene (Taita Taveta) (CWR) 
36. Mohammed, Lokiru Ali (Turkana East)
37. Mose, Shadrack John (Kitutu Masaba)
38. Mucheke, Halima Yussuf (Nominated)
39. Murugara, George Gitonga (Tharaka)
40. Mutai, Japheth Kiplangat (Bureti) 
41. Mwangi, James Gichuhi (Tetu)
42. Mwirigi, John Paul (Igembe South)
43. Nakuleu, Christopher Doye (Turkana North)
44. Nanok, Daniel Epuyo (Turkana West)
45. Ngirici, Purity Wangui (Kirinyaga) (CWR)
46. Ngunjiri, Onesmas Kimani (Bahati)
47. Njiru, Eric Muchangi (Runyenjes)
48. Njoroge, Mary Wamaua Waithira (Maragwa)
49. Nyaga, Beatrice Nkatha (Tharaka – Nithi) (CWR)
50. Nyaga, John Muchiri (Manyatta)
51. Nyamoko, Joash Nyamache (North Mugirango)
52. Nyoro, Samson Ndindi (Kiharu)
53. Ole Sankok, David (Nominated)
54. Omulele, Christopher (Luanda)
55. Pukose, Dr. Robert (Endebess)
56. Rindikiri, Mugambi Murwithania (Buuri)
57. Robi, Mathias Nyamabe (Kuria West)
58. Rono, Daniel Kipkogei (Keiyo South) 
59. Serem, Cornelly (Aldai)
60. Shinali, Benard Masaka (Ikolomani)
61. Shollei, Gladys Boss (Uasin Gishu) (CWR)
62. Sitati, Daniel Wanyama (Webuye West)

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63. Tongi, Richard Nyagaka (Nyaribari Chache)
64. Tonui, Ronald Kiprotich (Bomet Central)
65. Tum, Tecla Chebet Nandi (CWR)
66. Tuwei, Vincent Kipkurui (Mosop) 
67. Tuya, Roselinda Soipan (Narok) (CWR)
68. Wachira, Josphat Kabinga (Mwea)
69. Wahome, Alice Muthoni (Kandara)
70. Wangwe, Emmanuel (Navakholo)
71. Wanyama, Janet Nangabo (Trans Nzoia) (CWR)


1. Hon. Duale, Aden (Garissa Township)
2. Chepkoech, Joyce Korir (Bomet (CWR)

AYES – 113
NOES – 71
Total – 186

The House;
Resolved accordingly: –

THAT, taking into consideration the findings of the Departmental Committee on Lands in its Report on the Vetting of Nominees for Appointment to the positions of Chairperson and Members of the National Land Commission, laid on the Table of the House on Thursday, September 26, 2019, and pursuant to the provisions of Article 250(2) of the Constitution as read together with Section 12 and Paragraph 6 of the First Schedule to the National Land Commission Act, 2012, this House approves the appointment of the following persons to the National Land Commission –

(i) Mr. Gershom Otachi Bw’Omanwa – Chairperson 
(ii) Hon. Esther Murugi Mathenge – Member 
(iii) Prof. James K. Tuitoek, PhD – Member
(iv) Ms. Gertrude Nduku Nguku – Member
(v) Mr. Reginald Okumu – Member
(vi) Hon. Samwel Kazungu Kambi – Member
(vii) Ms. Hubbie Hussein Al-Haji – Member
(viii) Mr. Alister Murimi Mutugi – Member
(ix) Hon. Tiyah Galgalo Ali – Member

It was a day like no other in our political landscape.

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