Thursday December 20, 2018-Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has issued executive orders stopping all demolitions of all buildings including those built on disputed parcels of land.
This is after he talked with President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is out of the country, over the issue.
It is understood that Uhuru ordered Sonko to suspend demolitions at once in order to stop cries and suffering of Kenyans, especially in this festive season.
Speaking at City Hall after meeting families whose houses have been demolished, Sonko said he has stopped the demolitions, including those houses built on road reserves and those sitting on Kenya Power line reserves.
“I have today declared that no more buildings will be demolished until after the festive season is over.”
“We cannot make families in Nairobi homeless during the festive season when everyone is expecting us to give them peace and a conducive environment for the holidays,” said Sonko while addressing some of the families displaced by the demolitions in Kayole.
Sonko yesterday toured Kayole area in Embakasi where he forced out bulldozers hired by private developers to demolish the houses built on disputed parcels of land.
Thursday December 20, 2018-Leaders drawn from the Kalenjin community in the Rift Valley region will make a major political declaration in the run-up to the 2022 General Elections.
This was revealed by Baringo Governor Stanley Kiptis, who said the region will make clear on who between Deputy President William Ruto and Baringo Senator, Gideon Moi, is their preferred candidate in the 2022 Presidential candidate.
Speaking on Radio Citizen, Kiptis noted that the rivalry between Moi and Ruto was dividing the region further and that as a community; they will have to make a stand.
"Itakapokaribia 2022, sisi kama jamii ya Kalenjin tutaamua na kutangaza mipango yetu ya uchaguzi. (We will announce our plans and direction regarding the poll ahead of the 2022 elections)," Kiptis said.
Ruto and Gideon are both eying the Presidency come 2022 and depending on the vote-rich Rift Valley to support their bids.
Thursday December 20, 2018-Nairobi Woman Representative, Esther Passaris, has recounted how she was humiliated and embarrassed in State House; a humiliation she says stems from the enmity between her and President Uhuru Kenyatta.
Speaking during an interview on Radio Maisha, Passaris recalled walking out of a function presided over by the President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House after she was forced to sit behind her predecessor and political rival Rachael Shebesh.
"Waliniita State House kisha nawekwa eti nikae nyuma ya Rachael Sheebesh. Nilijiuliza mbona niwekwe nyuma ya mtu niliyemshinda katika uchaguzi? Nikaamua kurudi nyumbani. (I was called at State House then I was told to sit behind Shebesh whom I defeated in the elections. I felt humiliated and embarrassed; I had to walk out)," Passaris said.
At the same time, she lamented of being repeatedly ignored by the President and his Deputy, William Ruto, saying that all her attempts to reach out to them on important issues have been futile.
She recalled a recent incident when she reached out to Uhuru with an investment offer worth Sh10 billion, but his indifference would push the investor to neighbouring Ethiopia.
Passaris was elected on an ODM ticket, beating her closest rival and Jubilee candidate, Rachael Shebesh.
Thursday December 20, 2018-Nairobi Woman Representative, Esther Passaris, has exposed Governor Mike Sonko’s inability to lead the country’s capital city.
Speaking on Thursday during an interview with Radio Maisha, Passaris decried worsening working relationship between her and Sonko, which is making it even difficult for the Governor to govern Nairobi.
Passaris accused Sonko of mistreating and sidelining her on matters county leadership.
She narrated how the Governor has been ignoring her concerns, downplaying her efforts and blocking her attempts to deliver in line with her mandate, saying Sonko is the worst person she has ever worked with.
According to her, Sonko has not only been avoiding her but also ignoring her messages and calls, a demonstration that he wants nothing to do with her
"Hata kuongea na yeye imekuwa vigumu maana hachukui simu na hajibu jumbe, pia hanihusishi katika uongozi wa kaunti kama inavyohitajika. (He has blocked all communication with me. This has made it hard for us to collaborate in county leadership as should be the case)," Passaris said.
"Labda yuko na kazi nyingi ama amechaganyikiwa ama hataki tufanye kazi pamoja (maybe he has a reason for this, making it hard to conclude on the matter)," she added.
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Thursday December 20, 2018-Meru Senator Mithika Linturi’s wife, Mary Keitany, has opened up about being evicted from their home in Runda.
Speaking after she was dramatically evicted from her house by goons hired by Linturi, Keitany stated that she was not able to salvage any items during her eviction, which resulted in the damage of many items.
When asked where she will spend the night considering that she was now homeless, Keitany, who is filthy rich thanks to her connections, responded that she would spend the night at the Runda Police Station because she didn't have anywhere else to go.
Keitany, who is the former Chief of Staff at Deputy President William Ruto's office, further narrated that during the ordeal, the goons broke into the house and terrorised her under the protection of police officers.
She also explained that the individual hired to drive her out of the house did not serve her any orders to support their actions.