Thursday October 18, 2018-Renowned City Lawyer, Ahmednassir Abdullahi, has revealed that President Uhuru Kenyatta is now more powerful than ever and can literally do anything without any question.
Speaking to Jeff Koinange Live Show that airs on Citizen TV, Abdullahi said the handshake between Uhuru and NASA leader, Raila Odinga, has empowered the President and made him bolder.
He noted that Uhuru is now more powerful than his father, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, retired President Daniel Arap Moi and former President Mwai Kibaki combine.
According to him, Raila is the best thing that ever happened to Uhuru and his presidency and that’s why he respects him so much.
“Uhuru has become the most powerful President since independence.”
“He is more powerful than his father, retired presidents Daniel Arap Moi and Mwai Kibaki," Abdullahi said.
Thursday October 18, 2018-Citizen TV journalist Jacque Maribe has requested the court to grant her a Ksh350,000 bail in exchange for release.
Maribe made the request in a sworn affidavit filed with the court as she hopes Judge James Wakiaga will set her free so that she can see her boy again.
She argued that she is a good person and that she is just a victim of love.
In her view, her humble circumstances had been exaggerated and hence her personal standing in the society should not be used as a basis to deny her bail.
"The only reasons I am standing trial are that I was in love with a person the prosecution have interest in.”
"I allowed him to come live in my house and I allowed him to use my vehicle."
"There is no witness or forensic material to associate me with the murder," Maribe argued as she begged to be released.
The TV anchor further dismissed claims that she is likely to interfere with witnesses due to her high profile status.
Thursday October 18, 2018-The ongoing fight against corruption has been dealt a severe blow after High Court Judge TeresiaMumbua ordered a refund of millions of shillings to three former county officials who had been convicted of corruption.
In his ruling, the judge in her wisdom ordered that the three officials, John Maina (Lands and Infrastructure), Martin Wamwea (Finance and Economic Planning) and Simon Kagiri (Chief of Staff), be refunded a whopping sh23.7.
They had paid the money in fines after they were arraigned in court over corruption.
The three had been found guilty at a Magistrate's court of having flouted procurement laws and were fined a total of sh23.7 million.
They were further convicted of going against procedure while conferring Pleng Limited a Ksh3.75 Million benefit to offer consultancy audit services for roads and civil works.
This comes at the time President Uhuru Kenyatta is keen on ending corruption in Kenya and seizing all properties procured by corrupt money.
Thursday October 18, 2018-Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner, Rosylene Akombe, has commented about the ongoing wrangles facing the commission.
Since her exit last year, Akombe who is in exile in United States, Akombe has been silent over the issues facing the commission.
Last week IEBC chairman, Wafula Chebukati fired Commission’s CEO, Ezra Chiloba over what he termed as gross misconduct.
On Wednesday Akombe commented about the ills affecting the electoral commission.
In a tweet where she had been tagged by another user, Akombe predicted that the wrangles are likely to persist.
"Indeed it is one year today! And the drama continues," Akombe wrote when a user reminded her that it's been a year since her exit.
In her resignation letter, she said: "It has reached a point where making decisions in plenary is difficult because many commissioners comes when already made up their minds. It's difficult to discharge my mandate."
After her exit, a section of professionals from Nyamira County had started pushing for her entry into politics with governorship seat being at play.
However , Akombe has remained mum over the issue.
Thursday October 18, 2018-Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi has accused Deputy President William Ruto of costing him the Presidency in 2013.
Speaking yesterday in Kakamega, Mudavadi revealed that President Uhuru Kenyatta had agreed to support him for the big seat but was later advised by Ruto to reject him, calling him a demon.
Mudavadi cautioned that he is not ready for unity, should it be aimed at working with DP Ruto ahead of 2022.
He stated that there is no way he could make any
deliberations on a power deal with Ruto, because the DP is the real devil who doesn’t mean well for Luhyas.
"Our unity is of great essence and we have to embrace it.”
“We are on course and I know, even Wetangula is aware that Ruto is a competitor.”
“We cannot unite and then walk into a competitor's hands," stated Mudavadi.
Thursday October 18, 2018-Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiangi, has struck once again, this time targeting the transport sector.
This is after he launched a serious operation to sanitize the transport sector in order to attract investors who have initially been locked out by cartels.
According to Matiangi, the sanitization operation wants to wipe away criminal gangs, rogue matatus, politicians and corrupt traffic cops.
He noted that in the next two weeks, our roads will be safer again as he would have done away with all criminal gangs, cartels, rogue police officers and rogue matatus and touts. The gangs are known to extort money from matatus and the owners.
Matiangi has promised a multi-agency team which will
involve the National Intelligence Service, and whose role will be clearing the city of cartels such as Mungiki, who control the criminals, with rogue officers turning a blind eye.
Kenyans have been longing for a streamlined transport system, similar to Kenya Bus operations between 1970-80
Thursday October 18, 2018-Embattled Citizen TV news anchor, Jacque Maribe, felt remorse for the cold-blooded murder of Monica Kimani, who was brutally murdered by her fiancé, Joe ‘Jowie’ Irungu.
This is after she sent her condolences to Monica’s family, urging them to take heart and find peace for God is watching.
In her affidavit, Maribe sent a condolence message to Monica's family, saying she was praying for their peace of mind at this trying time.
She noted that even though she cannot authoritatively say that her fiancé, Jowie, killed Monica, she was hopeful that the truth will finally come out.
Maribe also delinked herself from her killer fiancé, noting that she should not be punished for the mistakes of Jowie as she claimed her innocence.
The only reasons I am standing trial are that I was in love with a person the prosecution have interest in.”
“I allowed him to come live in my house and I allowed him to use my vehicle.”
“There is no witness or forensic material to associate me with the murder,” Ms Maribe said.
Thursday October 18, 2018-It seems, beleaguered TV journalist, Jacque Maribe, has decided to save herself from the looming death sentence following the murder of Monica Kimani, telling Jowie to carry his own cross.
This is after she dissociated herself from the main suspect, Joe ‘Jowie’ Irungu, who is also her fiancé.
In an affidavit responding to the prosecution's application to deny her bail, Maribe said she was an innocent lover and should not be held responsible for Jowie’s actions.
She noted that her bail application should be considered on its own merit without factoring in her fiancé’s conduct.
Maribe regretted the prosecution's decision to charge her with murder on account of her relationship with Irungu even when there was no evidence placing her at the crime scene.
“Irungu was my fiancé as at then and in the circumstances I definitely communicated with him.”
“It is most unfair to use the communication between me and him in the given circumstances of our then existing relationship as a reason to deny me bail,” said Maribe.
She further claimed she was not home at the time the prosecution claims Irungu burned some clothes to allegedly destroy evidence.
“Any of his actions are not necessarily sanctioned or attributed to me.”
“I was not there if there was any burning.”
“I personally was not aware and did not endorse or authorise any burning of anything,” she said.