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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.

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“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.

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“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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Dennis Okari proudly flaunts his wife

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NTV journalist Dennis Okari on Saturday proudly flaunted his wife Naomi Joy on social media.

The two got married a week ago in an invite-only ceremony and the journalist has now updated his profile across all platforms.

On Instagram, he added, “Husband to my Joy.”

Source: U-report 

 

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How lawyer stole Governor Waiguru’s heart: The beautiful love story of the newly engaged couple

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Ululations from the negotiation tent followed by wild cheer, song and dance sealed the deal in which city lawyer Kamotho Waiganjo won Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru’s heart. The date was February 16, two days after Valentines Day, the setting in picturesque Kiamungo in Kirinyaga. Gathered to lent ear, eye and mouth to the traditional engagement event between the two lovebirds were invited guests, friends and family.

No photos were allowed.Dressed in African regalia, Waiguru shyly walked to her soon-to-be husband, with her gaze fixed on the ground.

Kamotho had paid dowry, gone through the Kikuyu custom of paying for the locked gate to be opened, and identified her among women who had covered themselves to gauge his familiarity with his love.

“It was a beautiful ceremony. The time was right for us to take our relationship to the next level,” Kamotho told the Saturday Standard.

Kamotho Waiganjo

The event brought to an end speculation and hushed conversations on the status of their relationship. In their own words, the love starts from a ferry in Likoni channel, Mombasa 10 years ago.

At the time, they were travelling for constitutional conference and in the heat of Coast, they shared a simple meal – bread and Soda – that struck Kamotho’s heart.

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“I realised she was a basic girl,” the former commissioner for Commission for Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) says.

They were both consulting for parties that were negotiating the constitution. Kamotho was a team leader and Waiguru had been sent to advise them on public finance chapter.

He decided to pursue her further. After several phone conversations, she submitted to his requests for a date.

He took her to a Thai restaurant in Nairobi, and it is there that they had their first fight.

Source: Standard Media

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Irungu Kang’ata’s mother dies in Nairobi

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Murang’a Senator Irungu Kang’ata’s mother, Margaret Wangechi Irungu, has died from diabetes and hypertension.

The senator confirmed this when the Nation contacted him on Saturday.

The mother of seven had been undergoing treatment at Coptic Hospital in Nairobi where she died in the morning.

Murang’a leaders including Kiharu’s Ndindi Nyoro and nominated MP Maina Kamanda sent condolence messages to Mr Kang’ata, who is also the Senate Deputy Chief Whip.

“We have lost an exemplary mother who was selfless. Her humility was exhibited by the way she lived. Kiharu is mourning,” Mr Nyoro said.

Kigumo MP Ruth Mwaniki termed the death a blow to the county.

“I was with the senator on Friday when I wished his mother quick recovery, not knowing she would leave us today. I [went] through the same journey last year. The senator’s case is extreme because both his parents were at the hospital. May she rest in eternal peace,” she said.

Source: Daily Nation 

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