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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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Facebook set to open second office in Africa

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Facebook on Friday announced its plans to open a new office in Lagos, Nigeria which is expected to become operational in the second half of 2021.

The new Lagos office will be the first office on the continent with a team of engineers and will support the Sub-Saharan region.

This comes five years after Facebook opened its first office on the continent in Johannesburg, South Africa and the 2019 opening of the Small Business Group (SBG) Operations Centre in Lagos.

“The opening of our new office in Lagos, Nigeria presents new and exciting opportunities in digital innovations to be developed from the continent and taken to the rest of the world,” said Ime Archibong, Facebook’s Head of New Product Experimentation.

“All across Africa we’re seeing immense talent in the tech ecosystem, and I’m proud that with the upcoming opening of our new office, we’ll be building products for the future of Africa, and the rest of the world, with Africans at the helm. We look forward to contributing further to the African tech ecosystem.”

The office in Lagos is part of Facebook’s ongoing investments in Africa and will be home to several teams across its business including Sales, Partnerships, Policy and Communications.

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It will also be key in helping to expand the company’s client services across the continent.

Facebook says it has made a number of investments across the continent to support the tech ecosystem, provide reliable connectivity infrastructures and help businesses grow locally, regionally and globally.

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Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi threatens to sue Safaricom

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Lawyer, Ahmednasir Abdullahi, has threatened a class action against Safaricom.

The lawyer said he has been receiving countless messages from third-party companies, of which he had not subscribed to.

“Lately, I’ve been receiving unsolicited sms from these numbers inter alia…21026, 23050, 40720, Creditinfo BNTSMS, Senti, 60040…and others. It’s very obvious that Safaricom allows third party to have access to my number without my permission,” Ahmednasir tweeted.

Ahmednasir called it a gross violation of his right to privacy, stating that a class action would, then be appropriate.

“This is obviously a gross infringement on my Right to Privacy under Article 31 of the Constitution. I suspect this breach of privacy is rampant and Safaricom may be charging fees the entities it gives access to phone data. I think class action is an appropriate step. What do you think, people?” He added.

In response to allegations, Safaricom denied ever granting access to third-parties.

Last year in June, one Benedict Kabugi sued the telecommunications giant for Ksh 115 trillion over breach of privacy.

However, Safaricom has always maintained that the user may have subscribed to the services through other prompts.

Following overwhelming responses in the affirmative, Ahmednasir said that he would proceed to write to the formally next week.

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“Seeing the overwhelming response by Kenyan subscribers of Safaricom, I will INSHAALLAH formally write to them next week and then formally start a class action.

“Safaricom has been mining data and then gives access to third parties to our telephones…Kenyans, this is how law is made.” He said.

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Moses Kuria refuted claims that GEM leaders held meeting to discuss Uhuru’s succession 

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Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria has refuted claims that leaders from the Mt Kenya region held a meeting to discuss President Uhuru Kenyatta’s succession.

Kuria claimed that the meeting at Thika Greens was not about politics, adding that the GEMA leaders were discussing development issues in the region.

According to Kuria, these meetings are as a result of the revenue sharing bill.

He also revealed that the GEMA leaders would be meeting up a lot in the next weeks.

The MP further disclosed that other regions in the country might also be meeting up to discuss development issues, and people should stop suspecting the Mt. Kenya region.

“Yesterday we kicked off a series of meetings as mps and leaders from mt kenya region to discuss the repositioning of our core counties with the additional resources that will ultimately come with the new formula,” Kuria said.

“Sadly, when mt kenya meets its followed by suspicion, misinformation, innuendo and propaganda. there was no politics- absolutely none- at thika greens yesterday, let alone succession politics,” he added.

Ngunjiri Wambugu, Nyeri Town MP, also backed Kuria insisting they did not discuss politics in the meeting.

He further went on to explain that they only discussed issues affecting the region and how they can overcome them.

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“I was present at this meeting. we did not discuss anything to do with the 2022 presidency. in fact, we didn’t discuss 2022 elections at all,” Ngunjiri stated.

The MP also revealed that GEMA leaders would continue meeting up to discuss on development agendas affecting the Mt. Kenya region.

Prolific leaders, including PS Karanja Kibicho, attended the Thika Greens meeting. However, some Jubilee leaders from the GEMA region did not get the invite.

Some of them were MPs Alice Wahome, Ndindi Nyoro and Kimani Ichung’ wa.

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