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LIVE TV: Uhuru officially opens parliament despite protest from Nasa legislators



President Uhuru Kenyatta is addressing the first session of the 12th Parliament despite NASA MPs vowing to skip it.

Meanwhile, Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula has said that Nasa MPs will not attend the opening of the Parliament Tuesday.

Mr Wetang’ula said between the general election and the time when a newly-elected president assumes office, the outgoing president exercises limited powers during incumbency.

“The President does not have power to convene or schedule the opening of the newly-elected parliament.

“That duty awaits the President who will assume office after being sworn in by the Chief Justice upon taking and subscribing to the oath of allegiance and the oath for the execution of the functions of office as provided by the Constitution,” Mr Wetang’ula said a press conference at Okoa Kenya offices Monday.

The Nasa co-principal said the decision of the Supreme Court that nullified the re-election of President Kenyatta has undermined any of his legitimacy or authority.

“Nasa members will, therefore, not attend the purported opening of Parliament on Tuesday as directed by the Speakers of both Houses.

“This matter is simple and straight forward and requires no debate,” Mr Wetang’ula said.

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VIDEO: Kipchoge tours Maasai Mara for the first time



Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala, Narok county governor Samuel Tunai and Kenya Wildlife Services director John Waweru Saturday joined world marathon record holder Eliud Kipchoge in watching the Wildebeest Migration at the Maasai Mara game reserve.

Earlier, Kipchoge had tweeted that he had not been to the Mara.

Kipchoge was accompanied by his wife and children to the Maasai Mara game reserve.

The Olympic marathon champion would have been in Japan this weekend to defend his title at the Tokyo Games but because of the Covid-19 pandemic he is watching a different type of race across the Mara River—the Great Annual Wildebeest Migration.

Kipchoge is expected to sign as Magical Kenya destination ambassador by Kenya Tourism Board (KTB).

The engagement, which commenced in July 2020, will see Kipchoge promote Kenya as a preferred tourism destination both locally, regionally and internationally through various campaigns.


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Trouble in Paradise?



Celebrity couple Anerlisa Muigai and Tanzanian singer Ben Pol have set toungues wagging after Anerlisa unfollowed Ben on Instagram.

They also deleted each other’s pictures from their respective pages.

Ben Pol, however, still follows her on Instagram but seems to have also removed pictures of Anerlisa -even though he had fewer of them compared to the Keroche heiress.

The two are reported to have tied the knot in Tanzania in June this year with pictures and videos of the secret ceremony emerging on social media.

The new development has come as a shock to most of their fans since the couple hardly passed a day without documenting their romance on social media.

Ben Pol and Anerlisa got engaged in 2019 after dating for a while.

That same year, the Keroche Breweries heiress shared pictures of what looked like an introduction ceremony at her parents’ house.

Ben Pol was captured greeting Anerlisa’s parents as other invited guests looked on.

Their relationship was rumoured to be on the rocks in December 2019, but Ben Pol came out to dismiss the claims saying that he and his fiancée were planning for their wedding.

Anerlisa is still mourning the death of her sister Tecra Muigai.

Celebrities couples unfollowing each other on social media usually raise eyebrows.

Just last month, celebrity couple Frankie Just Gym It and Corazon Kwamboka unfollowed each other on Instagram but explained that they made the move to keep their relationship off the public eye.


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Two crashed to death in Mombasa port accident



Two people have died and four others injured at the port of Mombasa after they were crashed by a machine as they handled fertiliser.

The incident has sparked a protest from the port workers’ union. James Mwangi Gathedo, 44, and Vikash Singh, 35, were crashed to death on Friday evening when a silo bin they were using to offload the fertiliser collapsed.

The incident also left six others with serious injuries and were rushed to Coast General Hospital Teaching and Referral Hospital. The two, an engineer and assistant, were reportedly installing a machine for discharge and storage of fertiliser at Portside Freight Terminals, a private firm, when the accident happened.

Others injured were Hassan Munyaka, Keya Buria, Rebecca Maraga, Morris Oluoch, Laik Ahmed and Bibi Rahma. The bodies of the deceased were taken to Pandya mortuary. Kenya Ports Authority (KPA) managing director Rashid Salim confirmed the incident, saying the engineer from the private firm was installing the fertiliser bagging equipment.

“We regret to confirm that an accident occurred inside the port at shed number 7/8 when some engineers from a private firm were installing a fertiliser bagging equipment.”

“It is unfortunate that two people have been confirmed dead while six have been injured. We have immediately teamed up with relevant authorities to establish the actual cause of the accident,” a statement said.

Dock Workers Union general secretary Simon Sang called for immediate suspension of the fertiliser offloading and removal of the heavy machinery, claiming it was a recipe for disaster as it was allegedly installed on weak ground. Addressing the press at the union offices, Sang claimed the whole area from berth one to 16 at the port cannot withstand heavy equipment.

“We suspect the cause of the collapse of the equipment is poor quality of the work which was never inspected and certified by the safety department of KPA and quality engineers,” Sang said.

He blamed KPA management for allowing the private firm to start the operations at the shed. Sang said the union team will next week write to Salim over alleged illegal transfer of the berth 7/8 and shed to private hands, claiming it should have been done with approval of Parliament and the Privatization Commission of Kenya.

He also said the KPA head of legal services division together with the acting managing director should explain why the private firm was allowed to operate the terminal.

“We are of the opinion that the two officers in KPA are supposed to answer questions with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission concerning the transfer of core business to private hands..,” Sang said. He added that the union will move to court next week to challenge the transfer of shed number 7/8 and alleged privatisation of cargo verification.


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