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Waiguru now says she supports lifestyle audit

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Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru has lauded measures introduced by President Uhuru Kenyatta to fight graft and abuse of office by public officials.

Ms Waiguru, who is the Council of Governors vice-chair, said the lifestyle audit ordered by the President is a big step forward in ending looting of public resources.

“A huge problem in Kenyan politics is the pressure from families that want to benefit from their relatives in office. This is why the President has rightly opted for the audit,” said Ms Waiguru at Chatham House in United Kingdom on Wednesday.

She, however, said there a danger is that the fight against corruption may be politicised and used by individuals to harm their rivals because structures put in place to ensure accountability in the country are weak.

MARGINALISED

“But the new Constitution was a key step forward,” she told the audience.

She observed that social media can be a key tool in the fight for greater transparency, but citizens need civic education so they can demand accountability in government.

In a talk titled “Five Years of Devolution in Kenya: Towards Inclusion, Gender Equality and Accountable Governance”, Ms Waiguru addressed the successes and challenges of implementing devolution in Kenya.

On women’s rights and participation in politics and leadership, Ms Waiguru told the forum Kenya is on the right track, as seen in the 2017 elections.

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However, she observed Kenya is still lagging behind other countries in East Africa on women’s representation, including Rwanda and Tanzania

“There were many challenges for me running for governor’s seat as a woman. But I knew that my campaign would have a wider significance for Kenyan women and girls who have traditionally been marginalised in politics,” she said.

MANDATES

“I am determined that after the next election, we will have at least 11 women governors in office. The problem with seeking support from male governors on this is that they think we are after their seats,” she told the audience.

And having been the first Cabinet Secretary for Devolution, Ms Waiguru admitted the first few years of devolution have not been easy.

“Initially there was contestation between central and devolved governments, as well as within county governments over mandates and functions,” she said.

She lauded Jubilee government, saying it remains committed to making devolution work.

“Central government assistance to counties has included capacity building, developing model laws, and conducting institutional reviews to ensure skills are matched to mandates,” she said.

-nation.co.ke

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Unmasking MPs: How they tricked Kenyans on new tax vote

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MPs may have tricked Kenyans into believing that they were on their side when they met for a special sitting on Tuesday and Thursday to consider President Uhuru Kenyatta’s memorandum on the Finance Bill, 2018.

A section of the MPs had planned to veto President Kenyatta’s reservations on the bill because it was going to increase the cost of living.

They cited the President’s proposal of eight per cent VAT on petroleum products, the 1.5 per cent levy on housing fund as well as the extra Sh18 for every litre of Kerosene among others.

In so doing, they lobbied a good number to shoot down the President’s views ahead of the big day. Just like amending the Constitution, it requires two-thirds or at least 233 of the 349 MPs in the House to veto the memorandum.

Although the MPs had been lobbied by their respective party leaders to pass the proposals, they were in a Catch-22 situation.

They were to please their party leaders, Mr Kenyatta, who held a Jubilee parliamentary group meeting at State House, Nairobi on Tuesday and the National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Mr Raila Odinga.

Mr Odinga had chaired the Nasa parliamentary group at Orange House on the same day Mr Kenyatta did at State House. However, the tricky part was that they were to please their party bosses without betraying the public.

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But how possible could this have happened? Unbeknown to the public, the MPs may have just killed two birds with a stone.

On Thursday afternoon, after approving the supplementary budget the MPs retreated to the committee of the Whole House to consider the memorandum.

Narok Woman Representative Soipan Tuya, also a member of the Committee of Chairpersons, was the chair of the committee for the afternoon.

When Ms Tuya put the clause on the eight percent VAT on fuel products to vote, she declared the “ayes” had won.

Those in opposition protested and stood up as the House almost degenerated into chaos.

According to Article 115 of the Constitution, those voting “nays” have the obligation to confirm that they have the requisite two-thirds majority before the presiding chair calls for a division.

Though leader of majority Aden Duale led some members out of the chamber, a claim he confirmed saying it was meant to deny the others the numbers, it is a trick that even the opposition previously employed to have their way.

However, under the same provision and Article 122, those voting “ayes” just need to be 26, being the simple majority.

In a voice vote, the only legally known and procedurally simple process is to rule that the “ayes” have it like Ms Tuya did so that the “nays” can vote electronically or by way of being counted, which is called roll call vote so that their number of 233 is confirmed.

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The roll call vote is quite popular in the US congress.

When Ms Tuya called for a roll call, the MPs would not listen with Isiolo Woman Representative Rehema Dida Jaldesa captured on the table microphone saying that they did not want the roll call because it would be known which side they were leaning on.

She would also be heard advising Mandera North MP Bashir Abdullahi against the roll call vote.

One of the MPs, who was against the memorandum blatantly told a parliamentary orderly that all they wanted was to be allowed to shout, as they did not have time for a roll call.

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Kenyan woman in US who shot dead her ex-husband arrested

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Police in the United States are holding in custody a Kenyan woman for shooting dead her ex-husband last week.

Marie Kendale Kimani a resident of Rhome, Texas, who reportedly shot dead Jonathon Tumbo, was arrested in her apartment on Wednesday.

Officers who were responding to a call from Kimani about an argument between the two found the lifeless body of Tumbo at the home.

The man reportedly succumbed to a single gunshot wound to the chest.

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When questioned by police, Ms Kimani said she was involved in a physical altercation with Mr Tumbo.

“Subsequent follow up investigation by investigators and related evidence was not consistent with Kimani’s account of a physical altercation,” the Sheriff’s office stated in a press release.

Ms Kimani, 35, is currently being held in a County jail as she tries to raise Sh100 million ($1million) bail.

Nairobi News

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VIDEO: 5 years after WestGate attack, sisters narrate their escape when one was pregnant

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On Saturday, 21 September 2013, masked gunmen attacked the Westgate shopping mall, in Nairobi, Kenya which left 71 people dead.

Two beautiful sisters have narrated how they escaped the West gate shopping mall shooting that took place in 2013.

Sharon Nderitu and Annie Nderitu managed to escape during the heartbreaking ordeal that left the country heartbroken as many lives were lost at the mall.

The shooting took place at the West Gate mall in September 2013 that has since been refurbished.

At the time of the shooting, one of the sisters was pregnant and they managed to hide in the supermarket despite the ordeal they were going through hiding with others at a supermarket.

Their dad made his way to the mall which was under siege to look for his daughters because he feared for their lives and he was willing to risk it all.

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