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VIDEO: Would you support Anne Waiguru as Ruto’s running mate in 2022?

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Could Kirinyaga governor Anne Waiguru be the person to watch come 2022??

The elevation of the former powerful but controversial Cabinet Secretary to deputy chair of Council of Governors has set her on a trajectory of succession politics picking up amongst top Central Kenya political honchos.

Sources privy to the nascent succession battles shaping up in Central Kenya say she scraped through the opposition of at least three powerful politicians braving to carry the region’s mantle in the 2022 succession politics.

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Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri, Murang’a Governor Mwangi wa Iria, former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo and National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi are top of the hopefuls to carry the region’s mantle once President Uhuru Kenyatta retires in 2022.

But the election of Waiguru has set her a bar above in power dynamics that could see her at the centre of political discussions ahead of 2022.

From a powerful Cabinet minister in President Uhuru Kenyatta’s first Cabinet to a disgraced ex-public official engulfed in a scam, and from making history for being among the first three women governors and now to the first female deputy chair CoG, Waiguru’s political rise has been fast.

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And her election has positioned her for the CoG chair position in the most decisive years of President Kenyatta’s last term.

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“You need to notice that by the time Waiguru serves her two-year mandate as deputy chair, succession politics will be in top gear.

You also need to know that by 2020, she will have an upper hand in the CoG chairmanship race and in terms of perception, that is huge,” a political analyst from Central Kenya told the Sunday Standard.

 Although they could not speak openly, some key leaders from Central Kenya were said not to have been enthusiastic on her elevation owing to the message it would send.
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A meeting held between the Devolution CS, Governor Waiguru, President Kenyatta and other Jubilee governors in the confines of the CoG retreat in Diani ahead of the vote however cleared the path for her.

“I would not know whether this was part of it. As you know, I am an independent myself. Perhaps it was part of the meeting they held, perhaps not.

If you ask me, the most noteworthy of the events in Diani is the conciliatory path we took, collectively, to say let Nanok continue,” Laikipia Governor Ndiritu Muriithi said.

The governor says his prognosis of the succession situation is that of relatively new players coming on stage to overtake old stagers in the game. He, however, refused to be drawn into detailed discussion on the subject.

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Muriithi himself was a key player in the 2013 Kibaki succession race and was part of the moderates who threw their weight behind Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi as a “safe pair of hands” to steer the country to less confrontational politics.

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Together with his fellow band of moderates, Muriithi lost to the well-oiled and forceful UhuRuto juggernaut that swept the country like a storm. He, however, bounced back as an independent in this year’s election against the strong opposition of Kiunjuri and the Jubilee machinery.

“Judging from President Uhuru and Deputy William Ruto own trajectory, it is usually the rank outsiders who make it.

And that obtains world over whether it is President Obama you are talking about or President Emmanuel Macron of France… for now, let us work for the people,” Muriithi said

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Body positivity: Kenyan celebrities who ignored body-shamers

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A number of celebrities have come forth preaching body positivity as they encourage women to love and embrace their bodies no matter what society thinks of them.

However, the internet is crawling with body-shamers who, like hyenas that have caught the scent of blood, are out to put down anyone whose body they deem unfit.

In a video shared her Instagram, media personality Lynda Nyangweso opened up about being body shamed. “Somebody called me whale,” she said in the video. “The meanest comment I ever got was that I didn’t deserve to have a child because of how I looked.

“When I was young, I would never eat in public. People would stare at me when I ate that I started eating in the toilet,” she confessed, her voice shaking as she recalled those hurtful moments.

The shaming got so bad that Lynda even contemplated suicide: “The only reason I didn’t go through with the suicide was because I worried that my mum wouldn’t find a coffin that fit me.”

Like Lynda, some celebrities have not let this cyber-bullying get to them. They are unashamed to wear what they like, take photos and even share them on social media all in an effort to put the shamers to shame.

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“My sadness is for other girls who have to go through this,” Lynda says.

“If I was to meet a bully I would show kindness. Stop following people who make you feel bad about yourself. Protect your peace,” she concludes.

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Man loses leg in attack by hyena

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A middle-aged man from Kyeleni village has lost his right leg after being mauled by a hyena on Monday night. Sources indicate the man, now admitted to Kangundo Level 4 Hospital, encountered the beast on his way home from a local shopping center.

He was later rescued by passers-by who rushed to the scene of the attack after he unleashed frantic screams.It is suspected that the beast strayed from Mt Kilimambogo’s Ol Donyo Sabuk National Reserve.

Kenya Wildlife Service officer, Polycarp Okuku who confirmed the incident said the victim was in a stable condition.

“The patient is recuperating in the hospital where he was rushed for treatment. Members of the public should report any wild animals they see in their neighbourhoods so that KWS can take necessary action to avert incidents such as this,” said Okuku

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Dedication of Bethesda Empowerment International Church (BEIC) new location in Atlanta this weekend

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Bethesda Empowerment International Church (BEIC) 10th Anniversary, Conference and church dedication are all happening this weekend beginning Friday July 19th through Sunday July 21st at the new location:  1345 Franklin Gateway SE, Marietta, Georgia, 30067.

The Guest Speaker will be Bishop Sammy Muya who will lead a host of other worship Ministers, including Ms Nelly Nemaiyan and Mr&Mrs Zablon Wangila.

“These will be three Great Days of God’s Word, Worship and celebration,” says the host Bishop, Rev Dr Joe Wamutitu.

“The stage is all set for the Conference and I can’t wait to see what God has in store for His people even as we celebrate what he has already done,” says First lady Antoninah Wamutitu.

“He has been our strong refuge and anchor for our souls. Come celebrate with us God’s faithfulness for 10 years and the blessings of sanctuary. Great is His faithfulness,” she adds.

This is a free event. Learn more about the church by clicking here.

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