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LIVE TV: Uncertainty looms as Kenyan High Court nullifies presidential ballot paper tender

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Daily Nation is reporting that the Kenyan High Court has ordered the electoral commission to advertise a new tender for printing presidential poll ballots.

“However, Dubai-based Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company will proceed with the printing of ballots for other races, judges Joel Ngugi, John Mativo and George Odunga said on Friday,” wrote the paper on Friday

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In their judgement, the judges faulted the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for failing to consult all candidates in the August poll before awarding the Sh2.5-billion tender to Al Ghurair.

The commission, the three-judge bench established, also did a shoddy job on public participation as required in law.

The judgement is a big victory for the National Super Alliance (Nasa) and its presidential flagbearer Raila Odinga who had opposed the tender award, citing conflict of interest

 

 

Mr Odinga’s alliance had argued the award to Al Ghurair favoured the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta, his arch-rival in the March 4, 2013 and now August 8, 2017 polls.

Al Ghurair, Nasa claimed, had close links with Mr Kenyatta, the first family and senior people in the Jubilee Party.

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However, the judges dismissed this allegation in their judgement, saying Nasa relied on newspaper cuttings to prove the claim yet paper cuttings are not admissible in law.

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President Kenyatta’s Jubilee had supported IEBC’s defence and the verdict has also dealt a blow to the ruling party.

With only 31 days left to the General Election, IEBC will have to race against time to deliver ballots for the high-stakes election in which both Mr Odinga and Mr Kenyatta are battling for political lifeline.

Mr Kenyatta is seeking a second and final term while Mr Odinga is seeking to break the jinx that has seen miss State House three times.

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IEBC on Thursday said Al Ghurair had executed over 50 percent of the work but printing of presidential ballots is yet to start.

The printer, the commission said, had been given the green light to print ballots for all races that did not have conflicts stemming from candidates’ list.

The judgement means Al Ghurair will miss only 19 million out of the 120 million ballots it was supposed to print and deliver to IEBC.

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Corazon Kwamboka, Frankie Just Gym It welcome bouncing baby boy

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Corazon Kwamboka and Frankie Just Gym It welcomed their first child, a bouncing baby boy early this week.

The couple named him Tayari meaning ready in Swahili

The couple was expecting their child on August 15 but he came early.

They kept it a secret until Sunday, August 9 when Frankie announced it on his YouTube channel.

She gave birth via C-Section and stayed in the hospital for two days.

This came days after they revealed the baby’s gender and name.

The celebrity couple made the revelation in a three-minute video, in which Frankie also surprised Kwamboka with a cake.

The cake was divided in two, one half in blue and the other half in pink. The cake also had the names Tayari and Kesia written on each half.

Before cutting the cake, Kwamboka said that if it turns out that she is carrying a baby girl she will name her Kesia and if it’s a boy, his name will be Tayari.

Upon cutting the cake, the colour inside was blue, meaning it’s a boy.

“It’s a boy, aawww… this is what I wanted, I just didn’t want to say it,” said a teary Kwamboka

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Google honours Mekatilili Wa Menza 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Google is celebrating Mekatilili wa Menza, with a doodle of the Kenyan freedom fighter made visible on its search engine platform on Sunday.

Known for inspiring the Giriama people to resist colonial rule, circa 1900, Mekatilili wa Menza is revered as one of the nation’s first Mau Mau fighters.

“The recognition of Mekatilili Menza by Google goes along way in reinforcing what we believe in as Kenya National Heroes Council and a country.

“We believe our Heroes deserve better. They have played their part in nation building. We must affirm them at all times so that we can inculcate the culture of Heroism; the culture of service.

“We shall ensure more of our female heroines are unearthed, highlighted and feted. Other than giving birth to many celebrated our women were at the fore front of our liberation, our struggles and our future remains solely in their hands.

“That is the spirit of the Kenya National Heroes Act,2014 and what we stand for as a Council,” said Amb. Yvonne Khamati-Yahaya, the CEO of the Kenya National Heroes Council.

Mekatilili wa Menza led the Giriama people in the early 20th century and is commemorated during the festivities of the traditional Malindi Cultural Festival, an annual celebration of local history and pride.

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She was born in Matsara wa Tsatsu during the mid-19th century.

By the early 20th century, British colonial rule had threatened the sovereignty and freedom of the Giriama people with forced labor and taxation.

At a time when women’s power was limited within her society, Menza was compelled to organize her people against colonial control.

The Google Doodle artwork features a depiction of Menza leading the energetic kifudu dance that called so many to action.

The artist behind the Google doodle is Wanjira Kinyua who is based in Nairobi

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CS Matiang’i addresses relationship with DP Ruto 

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Interior Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Fred Matiang’i sent tongues wagging after he opened up on his relationship with Deputy President William Ruto.

In an interview with NTV’s Mutuma Mathiu, the CS was put to task to come clean on his relationship with the DP amid reports of tension after he took over some of the roles that were previously performed by the DP.

Asked about his relationship with the DP, the CS responded with a curt “I don’t know”, denying any knowledge of the existence of any special relationship with the DP.

He added that the latter is the Deputy President of Kenya and such is their relationship.

The CS was also put to task to come clean on any perception of conflict between him and the DP in exercising his responsibility (as a Super CS) a role that was perceived to be that of the DP but which was handed over to Matiang’I by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“In exercising that responsibility, does it create a perception that this is a job that should have gone to the DP…There is no conflict of roles? Asked Mutuma.

“I don’t know of any perception, The Deputy President is the DP of Kenya, what is my relationship with governor (Anyang’) Nyong’o? he is the governor of Kisumu county..”, Matiang’i said.

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The CS has been hailed as a performer with many opining that he should be on the ballot in 2022, seeking to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Among the latest to throw his weight behind Matiang’i is health CS Mutahi Kagwe.

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