Friday December 21, 2018 - A section of Coastal leaders allied to the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) have come in defense of their colleagues facing possible expulsion from the party.
Speaking when they accompanied Ruto for the issuance of title deeds to residents of Magarini, Kilifi, on Wednesday, a group of 11 lawmakers from the region read bias in the move saying they will not take it lying down.
Malindi MP, Aisha Jumwa, and her Msambweni counterpart, Suleiman Dori, have been earmarked for punishment by the ODM Party Disciplinary Committee over breach of party rules.
The two among others are accused of publicly working and supporting Deputy President William Ruto instead of backing ODM leader, Raila Odinga, for President in 2022.
Led by Kilifi North lawmaker, Owen Baya, the leaders warned ODM against intimidating the two and denying them their freedom of speech.
They dared the party to expel Jumwa and Dori for working with Ruto.
"This time Coast will speak with one voice.”
“We are tired of being intimidated because we’re seeking development,” Baya said.
“Let them first deal with us for supporting development brought by the DP before they go after Ms Jumwa," he added.
Friday December 21, 2018 - An outspoken Jubilee MP from Rift Valley has said that he will reveal dirty secrets of Interior Coordination Cabinet Secretary, Fred Matiangi, if he keeps attacking Ruto.
For almost a week, Matiangi has been hurling insults at Deputy President accusing him of being a “tumbocrat” behind the police uniform tender.
Matiangi has been saying indirectly that Ruto has been pressurising him to give his cronies the tender to supply police uniforms, a claim that the DP denied.
Speaking at his constituency on Thursday, Bomet Central MP, Ronald Tonui, said Matiang’i should not purport to be clean and warned him that he will expose his dirty secrets to Kenyans if keeps yapping.
DP Ruto and Matiang’i have been engaged in serious fighting, which has been kept out of the public eye for months.
The fights involve multi-billion-shilling tenders being pushed by Ruto and his associates, which Matiang’i has refused to approve.
Among the dirty things that Matiangi is alleged to have committed is sleeping with a choir girl who happens to be a friend of his wife.
Matiangi’s wife is said to have confronted the girl's mother, forcing Matiangi’s spokesman to issue a presser denying the relationship.
Friday December 21, 2018 - Deputy President William Ruto has been asked to stop opposing reforms being proposed by NASA leader, Raila Odinga.
This is in reference to merging of Counties which Ruto is vehemently opposed to, saying the move will go against the spirit of devolution which is seemingly working.
However, speaking yesterday, Okioma Omwancha, a former Kitutu Masaba Member of Parliament, said reducing the number of Counties will help in lowering the country's hiked wage bill.
"Counties must be merged to reduce the number of elected leaders in this country.”
“DP Ruto is day dreaming opposing the reduction of counties because he won't get any support from Kenyans who are tired with the increased wage bill," said Omwancha.
Omwancha told Ruto to focus on helping his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta, to serve Kenyans and get out of the way of the looming referendum to reduce the Counties.
"The Jubilee Government under Uhuru's leadership has the Big 4 Agenda to implement but it is worrying DP Ruto is busy opposing merging of counties instead of concentrating on service delivery to electorates," Omwancha stated.
"Ruto has realized he won't get President Uhuru's endorsement in 2022 and now he is loitering across the country to woo Kenyans to vote for him.”
“Kenyans won't be cheated easily by his selfishness to get power," he added.
Friday December 21, 2018 - Jubilee Party Vice Chairman, David Murathe, has said President Uhuru Kenyatta will be ruthless, lethal and abrasive in 2019.
In an interview with a local daily on Thursday, Murathe said that Uhuru will be looking to build a legacy that no one will ever forget in his life term.
He said the ongoing purge against corruption is just a test run and Kenyans should expect to see the worst of Uhuru in 2019.
“If anybody thinks they can walk in the final term of Uhuru with anything that smells of corruption, I am very sorry for him,”
“He will jail all of us if he has to," Murathe, who is also the former Gatanga MP said.
Murathe said the arrest of over 60 suspects in the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal was the beginning of the purge and said it will continue until 2022.
Murathe, who is a close confidante of the President, admitted that the Head of State has lost a number of friends in his fight against corruption.
He concluded by saying that Uhuru has even warned his family members against engaging in corruption and told them that they will carry their own crosses if they are caught with their hands in the cookie jar.
Friday, December 21, 2018 - The 2018 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) results have been officially released.
Education Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed announced the results on Friday afternoon at the KNEC headquarters Nairobi.
For the second year running, Pangani Girls produced the top student in the country.
Juliet Otieno emerged the best candidate overall with a mean of 87.644 (A plain)
Students who scored a straight A this year rose to 315 from last year’s 12 while students who scored grade C+ and thus qualified to join Universities are 90,37o (13.77%) of all candidates who sat for the examinations.
Below are names of the top 10 candidates and their school.
Friday December 21, 2018 - Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Noordin Haji, has urged Kenyans to stop politicising the ongoing purge against graft.
Since the war on graft started, a section of Rift Valley politicians led by Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen, and his Nandi counterpart, Samson Cherargei, have been claiming that the war on graft is targeting Kalenjin community professionals.
But in an exclusive interview with a local daily, Haji said communities being used to shield graft kingpins are themselves victims of massive looting in Government.
“We are 50 years-plus as a country, we are beyond that. It has become a tired narrative. It needs to stop and I think Kenyans can read between the lines,” Haji said, echoing similar sentiments by President Uhuru Kenyatta
“When these individuals are looting public coffers, none of those villagers or tribesmen were benefitting. If anything, they are the biggest losers...It's not about politics, it's not about tribes, it's about people who have looted public resources,” Haji said.
Haji said despite the noises from tribal bigots, he will continue arresting State officers who steal public money.
Murkomen and Cherargei are close associates of Deputy President William Ruto who is labelled the “high priest of corruption”.
Friday December 21, 2018 - President Uhuru Kenyatta was among thousands of Kenyans who attended the 60th graduation of University of Nairobi where his deputy, William Ruto, was conferred with Doctorate in Philosophy (PhD) in Plant Ecology.
Ruto has Bachelor's Degree in Botany and Zoology and a Master's Degree in Plant Ecology from the same university.
In 2012, he decided to take his academic level to new heights and enrolled for PhD in Plant Ecology.
However, in 2016 he failed to graduate after missing out on set requirements by his Professor.
But on Friday, Ruto became among few Kenyans who have a Doctorate in Plant Ecology.
Addressing the public during the graduation, Uhuru congratulated his deputy saying all along he thought he was running from work but at last he has seen he was dedicating his time to studies.
“Congratulations William now I can see where you have been hiding. You know I used to think he was cheating me when he used to run away from work but now he can justify he was actually doing research,” Uhuru said.
Friday, December 21, 2018 - Deputy President William Ruto was among five people who were conferred with Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D) degrees today during the 2018 University of Nairobi graduation ceremony.
While most Kenyans have taken to social media to congratulate Dr. Ruto for his achievement, someone has noticed something about his gown.
The DP stood out like a sore thump from among his fellow graduands because his gown was new and looked tailor made.
Friday, December 21, 2018 - Arsenal will be looking to bounce back from successive defeats on Saturday when they host Burnley at the Emirates Stadium.
The Gunners go into the game sitting 3 points adrift of the Champions League places, but are overwhelming favourites to return to winning ways against a Burnley side languishing in the relegation zone. Go here>>>>
Arsenal have won nine and lost none of their last 10 matches against Burnley across all competitions, with their most recent defeat coming in the League Cup more than 10 years ago.
Burnley have not beaten Arsenal away from home since September 1974, losing all seven of their visits to Highbury and the Emirates Stadium since then, including all four Premier League games by an aggregate scoreline of 13-2. Go here>>>>
Prediction: Arsenal 2- 0 Burnley
Burnley ran Spurs close last weekend and will not make it easy for the Gunners - as they did in May - but everything points towards another defeat for Dyche's men.
Friday December 21, 2018 - Machakos gubernatorial loser, Wavinya Ndeti, finally spoke after she lost a case against Machakos Governor, Alfred Mutua, at the Supreme Court.
On Friday, the Supreme Court dismissed a petition challenging Mutua‘s win and declared him as a validly elected Governor.
In a series of tweets, Ndeti thanked her legal team and followers for their unending support.
She said she will respect the ruling but maintained that Mutua was not validly elected.
"While I respect the Supreme Court's decision, I maintain that my opponent was not validly elected and he has continued to force himself on the people of Machakos," Ndeti said.
She said she hopes Machakos Speaker, Florence Mwangangi, will unite Machakos residents because she knows Mutua cannot unite residents of the expansive County.
“Through patriotism & diligence, I urge Machakos Assembly under the able leadership of Speaker Florence Mwangangi to unite and ensure that the people of Machakos are able to benefit from DEVOLUTION by getting quality services and being able to take part in decision-making processes," Wavinya stated.