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VIDEO: Judge Njoki Ndung’u says she was physically assaulted by her dad in Karen

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Kenya’s Supreme Court judge Njoki Ndung’u has for the first time revealed how, despite being brought up in the upmarket neighbourhood of Karen, she, her siblings and their mother led a miserable life thanks to her drunken and abusive father.

Speaking at the Hilton, Nairobi, Njoki told a gathering of Kenyan women that her father was a drunkard who used to terrorize the family often.

“We watched as he beat up our mother,” she said, adding: “We often would spend the night in the cow shed, terrified.”

She said there was no difference between them – living in the leafy suburbs – and families who experience domestic violence in less privileged neighbourhoods like Kibera or Korogocho.

“Many times, we were all thrown out of the house,” she said.

In the no holds barred speech, the judge said the terrible experience led her into making a decision earlier in life that she would follow a career path that would address the matter.

“I witnessed domestic violence first hand and that is what I have always sought to change.”

The audience burst into laughter when she told of how dangerous it is for a woman to use “bottom power.”

A man can impregnate a woman every day and yet the latter can not get pregnant again at least for nine months after conception…so who should be on the pill?, she wondered aloud.

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It is a man’s world out there but we shouldn’t stop making our presence felt, she advised.

She told of how she did a lot for women when she was an MP, and even prior to that, including having more women leaders recognised, spearheading the zero rating of sanitary pads, etc…when there was only one unisex toilet in the chamber…when she and fellow legislator Cecily Mbarire were the youngest MPs in the house and men would sexually harass them by gently scratching their palms with one finger whenever they shook their hands.

She said that in life, she is guided by three principles: Planning, Passion and Prayer.

“There is nothing possible without the Almighty God,” she said.

Watch the speech here:

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Ignore the nonsense, Ruto says on widening Jubilee rift

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While it is obvious the UhuRuto union is tottering on the brink of total collapse, Deputy President William Ruto  has once again come out to term media reports of the rift as ‘paid-for propaganda nonsense’.

In a tweet on Saturday morning, the once vibrant principal assistant to the head of state, who was always seen by the President’s side, played down questions raised on his apparent absence in nearly all presidential excursions these days.

The latest occurrence was on Thursday, when the DP was a no-show at State House, Mombasa, when President Uhuru Kenyatta met security chiefs.

Sources indicated Ruto was at the Coast but missed the meeting between Uhuru and 24 governors.But in his tweet Ruto denied it, saying ” I was in the office the whole day never in Mombasa.”

William Samoei Ruto, PhD

@WilliamsRuto

Kenyans should ignore this choreographed, paid-for propaganda nonsense. I was in the office the whole day never in Mombasa.

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A week ago, Ruto was locked out of his official residence in Mombasa, which is just metres away from State House. This came days after he was denied clearance to fly straight to Mombasa from Botswana to meet the President.
The UhuRuto rift has sucked in Ruto’s footsoldiers who are facing heat that range from being denied access to presidential functions to getting sacked or demoted.

In his latest Cabinet reshuffle, whose announcement was made in the absence of the DP, Uhuru sacked Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri who is considered a Ruto sympathiser.
Going by the challenges experienced in the docket during Kiunjuri’s tenure, one would say his sacking was expected; however, being Ruto’s strong supporter may have inked the pen.
On Tuesday, Tangatanga politicians were denied access to an Uhuru event in Nakuru, yet another perk of being pro-Ruto.
Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika were blocked from entering the Rift Valley Regional Headquarters Grounds where the President was issuing title deeds.Kihika tweeted, “I am utterly shocked. Why would I be barred from a function being graced by my President at my home county?”
Despite these telling occurrences Ruto insists his road to the presidency in 2022 is clear.
The rift in Jubilee started widening after the March 9, 2018 Handshake, when Uhuru signed a deal with Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Following the unity deal and the developing Jubilee cracks, new tendrils begun to sprout where politicians opposed to the bromance started running their campaigns under the euphemism tangatanga while those who support it called themselves Kieleweke.
It is unclear whether Ruto’s woes are strengthening his political muscle or hurting his 2022 ambitions. What is clear though is that the DP’s popularity in parts of the Mt Kenya region has been growing.
Reports also indicate that his plan for 2022 seems to be on course, the only thorn in his flesh may be calls for a referendum that have emanated from BBI, which he claims has been hijacked by ODM to craft its 2022 political line up.

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UPDATE: The late Eric Mwangi Thumbi of Atlanta to be buried this Sunday

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We’d like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to each of you for standing with the Thumbi family after the promotion to glory of Eric Mwangi. God bless you for your continuing prayers, encouragement and financial gifts!

Funeral Services will be held Sunday Jan 19th starting at 2pm at West Cobb Funeral Home.
Address: 2480 Macland Rd, Marietta, GA 30064

Mwangi will be laid to rest afterwards at 3pm at Kennesaw Memorial Park.
Address: 1306 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA 30064

Eric was a beloved son to Elder Gathara Thumbi and Apostle Nyambura Thumbi .
Brother to Malkia Mumbi Hornsby, Anthony Mwangi Thumbi, Anne Wangui Thumbi , Mumbi Rehema Thumbi and Muthoni Wangui Thumbi. Brother in love to Kazha Hornsby, and Hannah Nyambura Mwangi . Uncle to Makena Hornsby. He rested on Tuesday Evening 1/7/2020 .

God bless you!

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Magoha revokes appointment of Prof Kiama as UoN VC

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By JUDITH GICOBI

George Magoha, Education Cabinet Secretary, disbanded the University of Nairobi Council on Friday.

The CS also nullified the appointment of Prof Stephen Gitahi Kiama to the position of the Vice-Chancellor of the university till the ongoing consultative process of choosing acting VC is finalized.

In a statement from the CS, Prof Kiama will keep serving as the Deputy VC, Human Resource and Administration at the university.

In place of Prof Kiama, Magoha appointed Deputy VC (Finance, Planning and Development) Prof Isaac Meroka Mbeche to serve as acting Vice-chancellor in the meantime.

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