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Discontent as Uhuru, Ruto strongholds take half of public jobs

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Unrest as Uhuru Kenyatta and William Ruto strongholds monopolize half of public jobs

By ALLAN TAWAI

The home regions of President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto have been rewarded with more than half of all senior appointments, a survey by The Standard on Saturday has revealed.

However, the appointments have not been received well by a section of Kenyans, with some pointing out that the government is dominated by two regions.

Of the 42 parastatal heads named by the President, 13 representatives come from Mount Kenya region (30 per cent); Rift Valley has 10 appointees (23.8 per cent); Coast and Nyanza follow with five appointments each (14.3 per cent). However, most of the appointments from Nyanza were from the Kisii community whose Gershom Otachi was appointed new chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Policyholders’ Compensation Fund. Otachi is a member of President Kenyatta’s defense team at the International Criminal Court.

Mt Kenya and Rift Valley regions hold a combined 57.5 per cent of the 87 appointments made by the nine-month-old Jubilee administration. Each has 25 appointments, which translates to 28.7 per cent each, while Nyanza follows with 10 which at 11.5 per cent.

The appointments, which commenced soon after Kenyatta and Ruto took office, saw the Coast region bag nine slots (10.5 per cent) while Eastern and North Eastern had six each (6.9 per cent).

President Kenyatta and Ruto have come under repeated attacks for sidelining some regions from public appointments, most recently their choice of state corporation chairpersons.

But there has also been pointed criticism of the alleged failure to strike a gender balance, to reward the youth and recognize special interest groups – all requirements under the Constitution. The Deputy President has also had to fight off a spirited wave of denigration in his Rift Valley stronghold that he was not getting his URP’s share of public positions agreed under the 50-50 pre-election power-sharing pact with Kenyatta’s TNA.

The National Cohesion and Integration Commission reminded the two principals in an interview yesterday not to overlook other parts of the country in the appointments, saying it was against Article 10 (b) of the constitution which envisions equality, equity, non-discrimination, inclusiveness and protection of the marginalized.

NCIC CEO Hassan Mohammed said although they had not done an analysis on the appointments, they should be nationally representative. He, however, said it was too early to conclude that the appointments were uneven because, in his view, they represented only a fraction of the whole.

National Cohesion and Integration Commission, Chairperson Francis Ole Kaparo (Left) and Hassan Mohamed (Right) NCIC CEO.

National Cohesion and Integration Commission, Chairperson Francis Ole Kaparo (Left) and Hassan Mohamed (Right) NCIC CEO.

But sources at the commission said a protest letter to be addressed to the president has been prepared following the appointments.

“I know there is a protest letter and a notice that is supposed to run in the papers expressing fears by the commission that the appointments could generate public unrest in some parts of the country,” said the source who sought anonymity.

Asked if he thought the appointments represented the face of the country, Mohammed said his office is yet to take an analysis of the appointments because President Kenyatta has said more are coming.

“We are yet to analyze the appointments. We have to wait until when the whole process is over so that we can look at the lists in totality. But the two principals should stick to the constitution on all public appointments,” he said.

Some URP legislators have also claimed that they had been short-changed by TNA, giving the Deputy President sleepless nights as he tries to contain the hullabaloo. Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter, who has been leading an onslaught against Ruto in Rift Valley, claimed that the party had been short-changed by TNA.

“The appointments have been skewed against the 50-50 power sharing basis agreed upon earlier,” said the legislator.

Nonetheless in dismissing the claims, Ruto has asked Rift Valley residents to give him time, saying there are more appointments on the way.

President Kenyatta told critics that he had not even made half of the appointments with more than 100 left, while Ruto asked the Kalenjin community to be patient with the current government appointments and told off those questioning them, terming them “petty”. But nine months into a five-year tenure, Kenyatta and Ruto’s top allies have been rewarded in the appointments that also saw his competitor in the 2013 presidential election, Mohamed Abduba Dida, detailed for a job.

Dida, who came fifth in the race, was appointed chairman of the Constituency Development Fund Board (CDF) to replace Jennifer Nafula Barasa.

appointed chairman of the Constituency Development Fund Board (CDF)

Dida appointed chairman of the Constituency Development Fund Board (CDF)

However, he will have to wait a while longer for Parliament to approve his nomination. The appointments will see the replacement of public officials named by the coalition government of President Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga, which the Jubilee government replaced last year.

TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo is the new Lake Basin Development Authority chair while Edwin Yinda, a former Youth for Kanu (YK92) official and former Alego Usonga MP was picked as the chairman of Kenya Information and Communication.

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Comedian YY reveals why he is still single 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Churchill show comedian Oliver Otieno alias YY, has revealed why he is still single.

Speaking on Carolina Hot Edition, the comedian said he is single because most ladies want sex before marriage.

He added that he is a strong believer of sex after marriage and that scares most women.

“The season am single is because most women want sex before marriage and me till marriage so they can’t stay” said YY.

Speaking during a past interview, YY vowed not to fall in love again after going through a terrible heartbreak.

“10th January 2018. I opened my heart and fell in love again, even though I vowed to never fall in love after going through a major heartbreak @Eddiebutita ndio nilikuwa nalala kwake juu home ilikuwa moto time ya kuvunjwa roho,” he said.

Asked on whether he has ever come under fire from SDA members over his skits, he said;

“Yes, from a few who think they love God/Jesus more than Us. I am an SDA, so I have the same feeling that they have towards SDA church. So if it’s about protecting the SDA, am also among the members

He also talked on how he handles trolls.

“When you are an artiste or a comedian you have to take charge of your craft. You existed before the fans, so you don’t let fans take charge of what you do.

“This thing is mutual, and I really appreciate those fans understand that is mutual and they are also benefiting from you. I prefer them to fans who feel entitled that they made you… its only I who understand where I have come with my talent.

“So I have to take full control, I am the only one who can drive myself into depression or drive myself off depression. Kwanza Audience ya Facebook, it na washamba Fulani hapo na tai… they are very bad. So I realized that I have to take full control of my craft,” noted YY.

YY also explained his “death” search on the internet;

“The time when AKA died then people though it was me, so rumours stated going around that YY has died. Lakini Kenyans Nyinyi pia, Kenya were even DMing knowing that I have death. Bro sorry about your death, what happened. Kenyans surely unataka maiti akujibu” said YY the comedian

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Timmy Tdat shows off costly village mansion

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Kenyan musician Timothy Otieno, alias Timmy Tdat has joined the list of Kenyan celebrities who own costly mansions.

On Thursday, October 1, Tdat showed off his almost complete home.

Tdat’s costly house, attracted lots of congratulatory message from his fans, who congratulated him for putting up a village home.

Following the update, the artiste has now joined the growing list of celebrities in Kenya who have built their own houses.

Other celebrities who have shared photos of their house include; Jalang’o, Teddy B Producer, Comedian Oga Obinna, Anthony Ndiema and singer Sudi Boy.

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John Legend, wife suffer pregnancy loss 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have been left devastated by the death of their newborn son.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday evening, Chrissy shared the heartbreaking news with fans.

The 34-year-old model shared a series of deeply candid photographs of herself, her 41-year-old husband John, and their baby son, who they named Jack.

“We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough.

“We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever.

“To our Jack – I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you. Thank you to everyone who has been sending us positive energy, thoughts and prayers.

“We feel all of your love and truly appreciate you. We are so grateful for the life we have, for our wonderful babies Luna and Miles, for all the amazing things we’ve been able to experience. But everyday can’t be full of sunshine. On this darkest of days, we will grieve, we will cry our eyes out. But we will hug and love each other harder and get through it,”Chrissy wrote.

John Legend also took to social media to mourn the loss of their son.

“We love you, Jack” alongside a string of black heart emojis. Chrissy later wrote on Twitter: “Driving home from the hospital with no baby. How can this be real?” he wrote

On Sunday night, Chrissy had been admitted to hospital as she was suffering from excessive bleeding.

The star had been documenting her pregnancy online and had updated fans with her treatment in hospital.

She had shared updates of the blood transfusions she had received in hospital and had explained that her bleeding issues had been occurring for “little less than a month”.

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