Monday January 7, 2019 - Leader of Majority in Parliament, Aden Duale, has rubbished claims by former Jubilee Party Vice chairman, David Murathe, that Deputy President William Ruto should retire with President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2022.
Murathe, who resigned on Sunday as the Jubilee Party Vice Chair, has been throwing punches at the DP saying he should retire with Uhuru in 2022 because he has also served two terms as Deputy President.
But in a fierce and unapologetic rejoinder, Duale termed Murathe’s remarks as irrelevant and said they will not stop DP Ruto from seeking to succeed Uhuru Kenyatta.
The Garissa Township MP said the 2022 deal between President Kenyatta and DP Ruto is solid and unstoppable.
“People should ignore Murathe’s remarks because it means nothing and Kenyans are the people who will decide when the time comes,” Duale told journalists on Sunday.
Duale concluded by saying that the DP and President Kenyatta are focused on serving Kenyans and will not be dragged into petty and meaningless issues.
Monday, January 07, 2019 - Citizen TV presenter, Willis Raburu, has for the first time revealed that he received a lucrative offer from Nation Media Group to ditch Royal Media but turned them down.
Sometime last year, when media houses were poaching journalists left, right and center, Raburu was a key target for NTV.
However, he chose to stay with Citizen TV and doesn’t regret his decision.
Speaking during an interview, the burly journalist said:
“What happened was, there was some offers that were made but you know that am so into Citizen, Royal Media, Sk Macharia and you know what happens in the media is, there is such a rush, they offer you money, throw figures but if it’s not going the direction of your brand.”
“But at the end of the day the environment where you are working is also important, I had to talk to my bosses to understand if the move was okay.”
“I didn't want to make a mistake because you can jump ship then it goes wrong, the direction of what they were offering was not really what am doing.”
“I have done it before so I just went there and had a conversation and I decided to stay”
Monday January 7, 2019 - Makueni Senator, Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, has joined other Kenyans in sharing their thoughts about the debate on whether the Constitution allows Deputy President William Ruto to vie for the Presidency in 2022.
Last week, former Jubilee Party Vice chairman, David Murathe, threatened to move to the Supreme Court to seek interpretation of the constitution on whether Ruto is allowed to vie for the Presidency in 2022.
“Nobody can be Deputy President for more than two terms.”
“Why does it (Constitution) say that? Because another article also says nobody can be President for more than two terms.”
“And if the President is not there, who becomes the President? His deputy,” Murathe said during a burial in Rarieda on Saturday.
Mutula, who is a brilliant lawyer, has now weighed in on Murathe’s remarks and said nobody can stop Ruto from becoming President in 2022.
"If the law intended to bar a deputy president from vying as president, nothing would be easier than to say so expressly. That’s the Golden rule of interpretation. Words must be given an ordinary meaning unless it leads to an absurdity," Mutula said.
He concluded by saying Murathe is only blowing hot air and will not stop Ruto from becoming the fifth President of Kenya.
Monday January 7, 2019 - The war against corruption has been dealt a severe blowafter the Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji, dropped all fraud charges against ten suspects in the Ksh 60 million National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.
Appearing in court on Monday, the DPP told the court that he didn’t have enough evidence against the ten suspects but noted that should there be new evidence against the discharged persons, they would be rearrested.
The case was being heard before Milimani Court Principal Magistrate, Peter Ooko, where charges were read afresh to the remaining suspects.
However, former Youth and Gender Affairs Principal Secretary, Lillian Omollo, was not among the freed suspects as the DPP insisted that he has a water-tight case against her.
According to DCI detectives and the DPP, there was an existing elaborate scheme which involved all level of staff, where fictitious invoices would be presented to the NYS with the help of junior staff, and payments quickly approved by senior managers and Omollo.
Monday January 7, 2019- President Uhuru Kenyatta has told off a section of Jubilee leaders who have been critical of his development record in his home turf of Central Kenya.
Speaking in Mombasa, Uhuru condemned politicians accusing him of neglecting the Mt. Kenya region despite the area overwhelmingly voting for him in the last elections.
He asserted that he would not be swayed by the criticism, asking the leaders to leave him alone because he is focused on ensuring that every part of the country benefits from the Government’s development agenda.
“I am not a person who is easily scared… Those going around playing petty politics I want to tell them this. We will not launch development projects based on which region a leader comes from.”
“We want all 45 million Kenyans to benefit, we want all corners of this country to grow,” said Uhuru amid applause.
“We want a country where every single citizen is entitled to development regardless of where the leader comes from. Kwa hivyo hao washenzi waachane na mimi…(Let those stupid people leave me alone).”
“We want a country where every Kenyan feels they are part of this nation,” he added.
Uhuru’s remarks come against the backdrop of sentiments from Mt. Kenya leaders, among them Gatundu South Member of Parliament, Moses Kuria, and his Bahati counterpart, Kimani Ngunjiri, who have criticized him for allegedly launching development projects in other parts of the country but neglecting his own home turf.
The President also warned Deputy President William Ruto and those engaged in early 2022 succession politics to stop because their greed for power will not take them anywhere.
Monday January 7, 2019 - Nominated Senator, Isaac Mwaura, has said last year’s handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and National Super Alliance (NASA) leader, Raila Odinga, has divided Jubilee Party.
Sharing his thoughts via social media on Sunday, Mwaura said immediately after the handshake, the Jubilee tent was divided into two; Team Kieleweke and Team Tanga Tanga
"Jubilee was a big tent with two poles, one called Uhuru and another Ruto. A camel came in the name of the handshake and tore the tent apart. Now we have Team Kieleweke and Team Tangatanga," he said.
Mwaura made these remarks immediately after Jubilee Party Vice Chairman, David Murathe resigned.
Murathe, who is now jobless, insisted that there was no binding agreement to back Deputy President William Ruto for the Presidency in 2022.
He threatened to escalate his efforts to block the DP from vying in 2022 adding that he is ready to seek an advisory opinion from the Supreme Court.
Mwaura is among those campaigning for Deputy President William Ruto’s presidential bid in 2022.
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I requested for a cab from Kawaha West to Garden city. The driver took up my request , with a Toyota Ractis but showed up in a Nissan note. Upon asking why, he responds that they are both his cars and he chooses whichever he pleases.
Speeds on the bypass, instant brakes on bumps and about 15minutes later we are at Garden City. He parks at the road, takes out his phone, which the screen was off, unlocks the screen, switches on data and after a minute, the taxify app comes on and he cancels the trip. The trip cost 150kshs from the app. The guy then disagrees with it and orders me to do a request of the same trip as it was.
I refuse and instead question why he switched off data but it all turns into an argument upon which he speeds off from garden city claiming he will take us back to our request point so we order another cab. I insist we go to the police but the he stops just outside Garden City's gate saying that he will show us how the app works.
I again refuseandinsist Iknow why he switched off data. An argument breaks out and he started saying I am complicating things because I don’t have money to pay.
I insisted to pay but he refuses claiming he don't want our money and that he is taking us back to our request point. I insist that we go to the police station then he drives of and takes an illegal U-turn at mountain mall then speeds off heading to the direction of kasarani after we called my friends for help.
But then stops at homeland and at that point tries to put up a scene with boda boda guys gathering. I insisted again trying to calm him down and pay him but he denies the payment. Luckily the bodaboda guys are familiar with me and my spouse so it was safer for us rather than the opposite. I was by that time so traumatised to even stand by myself .
The driver whose name as per the app is James, gets off the car and tries to convince the s crowd that we refused to pay but I had this whole incident on video. I recorded and he couldn't prove otherwise. I thank God the Boda Boda guys were there to protect us as this guy had refused us to get out of the car upon reaching out destination.
He locked the car and insisted on returning us to where he found us . Mind you it was at night about 9.00 pm . He eventually left but not before giving me threats and threatening that something bad will happen to me . I told him in the name of God I forgive you and he left .
What if I was alone, may-be things would have turned out worse. Taxify Kindly sort out this problems. Name James. Car KCP 110D.
Monday January 7, 2019 - Barely hours after President Uhuru Kenyatta fired a salvo at those accusing his administration of not doing enough for his Mt Kenya backyard, Gatundu South MP, Moses Kuria, has responded to him.
On Monday, when launching Mama Ngina waterfront project in Mombasa County, Uhuru termed the leaders who are saying that he has marginalized Mt Kenya region as idiots (washenzi).
The father of the nation insisted that the country has changed and that he would no longer initiate development projects according to the political affiliation of regions.
"Wale wanatapatapa huko na siasa duni, sisi tumesema kwamba maendeleo haitakua inapatikana kwa sababu kiongozi ametoka pahali fulani. (Those moving around with cheap politics, we have decided that development will no longer be distributed according to the region the President is from)," Uhuru said.
However, in a fierce rebuttal, Kuria said though he agreed with the President's position that development is meant for every part of the nation, Mt Kenya region should also receive development like other areas.
“H.E the President is 100 per cent right...we need development in every corner of this country. It is in that spirit and in line with the President's position that I believe Mt Kenya also deserves development just like any other region," Kuria said.
Monday January 7, 2019 - Former Kiambu Governor, William Kabogo, has said he will not support a referendum to increase seats in the Executive.
In an interview with a local daily on Monday, Kabogo like Deputy President William Ruto said he will only support a referendum that will address issues facing Kenyans and not create positions for somebody sitting in Nairobi.
“The audit will help 'Wanjiku' understand what excites and pains him or her. 'Wanjiku' will come up with long-term solutions on how to be governed and how key national issues can be fixed,” Kabogo said.
The outspoken leader said the referendum should strengthen devolution by increasing the allocation of funds to Counties from 15 percent to 35 percent.
The flamboyant politician also said that all leaders should be involved in the constitutional reform process and "all parties should agree" before the referendum.
"Public participation is crucial so that some people are not left behind," he said.
NASA leader, Raila Odinga, and President Uhuru Kenyatta are among leaders who are supporting the referendum to increase seats in the Executive.
The two leaders say by increasing seats in the Executive, the country will be more united since it will avoid a scenario where the winner takes it all.