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Moses Kuria goes bare knuckle on Uhuru accusing him of developing areas that voted opposition

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President Uhuru Kenyatta is facing a rebellion in Mt Kenya region over claims that the government has neglected the area that overwhelmingly voted for Jubilee.

The rebellion, which has been simmering, boiled over on New Year when Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria openly accused the President of ignoring the region and focusing on developing areas that voted the opposition.

As we enter 2019, you (voters) must think … our responsibility is not just to vote and after voting, we (the government that we form) take development to other regions. That kind of nonsense must stop,” he said at Thika Stadium on New Year.

‘RECOVERING ALCOHOLICS’

Mr Kuria added: “We want the President to also commission water projects, roads and electricity when he comes here. We were with him in Kisumu where he commissioned a road project, but when he visits (Kiambu) he only issues certificates to recovering alcoholics.”

During the Kisumu tour, the President commissioned construction of Ahero Interchange and also inspected the Kakamega-Kisumu road project.

The vocal MP said the region, which has Kiambu, Murang’a, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Nyandarua, Laikipia, Meru, Tharaka Nithi and Embus, was still grappling with underdevelopment and asked the government to uplift it.

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His sentiments have been supported by bloggers and MPs who spoke to the Nation yesterday. They feel that although the government since 2013 has launched projects worth billions of shilling, most have stalled.

A decision to freeze new projects by the President in July last year has also hit the region hard.

In the first term, we understood when he launched projects in opposition areas because he did not want to seem to be favouring Mt Kenya. Then he froze new projects when he was sworn in, meaning only those in opposition areas are being completed but none are starting here,” an MP from central Kenya who did not want to be quoted antagonising the President said.

Another from Mt Kenya east said the government is “targeting” sectors that directly impact locals including transport, imports and real estate.

‘KILLED OUR ECONOMY’

“If the government cripples these sectors and does not improve others like coffee and tea, then it has killed our people economically. Why did we vote for Jubilee only to make us poorer?” Posed the MP.

The government has moved to stop illegal imports, introduced stringent Matatu rules and demolished buildings on grabbed land.

Prof Peter Kagwanja, a political analyst, in a recent interview with the Nation over the effects of the ‘handshake’ in central Kenya politics, said locals were having concerns arising from limited attention to the region’s issues and alleged skewed party nominations, which he said are likely to hurt Jubilee in 2022 “more than anybody else.”

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But others feel that Mr Kuria and others are too harsh on the President.

A senator from the region, who wished not to be quoted, said the MP’s sentiments on President Kenyatta neglecting the region’s development were spot on but his tone and context was more political and meant to seek relevance.

One MP came to the defence of the President saying he is not at fault.

Kuria was directing his anger in the wrong place. We agreed to lobby silently when we met in Naivasha and projects will soon be commissioned,” said the MP who did not want to be quoted as it would jeopardise efforts he is leading to reconcile leaders from the region.

There is a better way which as leaders we can talk, even publicly, which we normally do even in Uhuru’s presence. He has to choose his words right while addressing the president,” the lawmaker said.

How can Kuria talk to the President like that? Shame on him,” tweeted former Kiambu Governor William Kabogo.

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Sh18 million? DP Ruto bashed over launch of ‘outdated’ computers

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Deputy President William Ruto and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen over the weekend were at Sambirir Girls in Marakwet to launch the schools ICT and Resource Centre and the pictures taken during the launch have sparked fury on the internet.

The two leaders who were present to officiate the opening of the centre were trolled all over social media for what Kenyans term as a mediocre project.

Deputy President William Ruto and Elgeyo Marakwet Senetaor Kipchumba Murkomen at were at Sambirir Girls in Marakwet to launch the schools ICT and Resource Centre [Courtesy]

The initiative which was funded by the government of Kenya, Ministry of Education and National Government Constituencies Development Fund raised 18 million for the school to acquire new equipment for the ICT Centre including computers to replace the obsolete ones.

Sambirir Girls ICT and Resource Centre [Courtesy]

Coming to the leaders’ defence, blogger Abraham Mutai took to Twitter to explain that the pictures taken were of the old computers that are yet to be replaced.

The Elgeyo Marakwet Senator retweeted the blogger’s tweet on his official handle:

Lord Abraham Mutai [Twitter]

@ledamalekina My Good Lord … the computers are from the 19th century!LOL Mutatuonesha mambo!

@PeratoN_Senior If you are true and genuine leaders,  you should have bought brand new computers put them in your v8s. How could you even take a photo of such computers,?  you guys fear to think.

@proudMamasgirl African leaders never fail to amaze me ????????What kind of computer is that?

@jjogola ‘…funded by GOK through MOE & NG-CDF…’

‘…You raised 18M for equipping the centre…’How do you reconcile those 2? What exactly was the GOK funding? If you don’t come out with as much detail as you did for the dams, we are prone to misinterpret the whole exercise…

@JimmyJa89756016  Talk about launching computer’s museums

@gitongaraymond_ So they open a new lab and even cut the ribbon,,,, did the computers come with the new lab? Were they transferred from the old one?, why not buy the computers before launching the new lab, but who are we to answer such question

@glennkaruga Yaani computers ziko na kisogo ndio mmenunua na 18M???????????? Nyinyi wote mnafaa tu mkue situation ya designated survivor tuanze a fresh with young leaders wenye wanajielewa!

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MP Mishi Mboko’s brother, Dr Ali Juma dies in an apparent suicide

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The brother to Likoni Member of Parliament and ODM deputy director of election Mishi Mboko is dead following alleged suicide.

The family of the deceased, Dr Ali Juma, was informed of the incident on Sunday and is awaiting a postmortem report to be done on Monday in Cuba.ODM party, through their Twitter handle, has sent its condolences to the family in this trying moment.

“Condolences to the family of Likoni MP and deputy director of elections Hon @mbokomishi following the death of her brother Dr Ali Hamso in Cuba where he had gone to pursue Masters Degree in Medicine. We pray for God’s fortitude in the family during this sad moment.” Tweeted ODM.

Dr Ali Juma was among the 50 Kenyan doctors sent to Cuba to pursue further studies at the University of Medical Sciences in Havana, to specialize in Family Medicine.

The sponsored medics have been on record decrying harsh living condition and failure by the Kenyan government to provide them with the agreed stipend to meet their daily expenditure.

It was reported that an exercise book costing Sh30 here in Kenya goes for Sh800 in Cuba.  Majority of them were reportedly unable to afford a cup of tea due to its costly price of Sh600.

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According to the agreement that saw them leave the country, they were to be paid a stipend of Sh36,000 monthly. However, complaints emerged over the failure by the government to be consistent in settling the allowances.

The medics are expected to undergo two years of training in Cuba with the government expected to cough sh215 million shillings in the program.

source:standardmedia.co.ke

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Patient stranded at JKIA after being ejected from plane

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A patient scheduled to travel to India for specialised treatment has been left stranded at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) after she was ejected from the plane.

Wangari Ndumia, 25, was whisked out of an Etihad flight EY 642 together with her sister after differences emerged on her fitness to fly.

While her sister, Ann Ndumia insisted that she was in a stable condition to board the plane that was making a stop in Abu Dhabi before connecting to Delhi, India, the officials of the airline claimed she was not fit.

This is despite the two having boarded the plane, already seated and was just waiting for the flight attendants to allocate her sister a favorable seat with enough leg room.

However, as soon as all the passengers had boarded, a call was made and what followed was the security officers directing them to leave the plane.

Ann said this was the second time they were being denied a chance to travel. The first time was on Tuesday where Air Arabia also did not allow them to check in.“And they (Air Arabia) refused to refund us the cash we paid a total of Sh116,870,” said Ann, almost breaking down.

According to an email seen by The Standard addressed to a local booking agent, Prudential Travels the airline laid blame on the agent.“For all medical reasons travel you ought not to issue tickets before medical clearance with a fit to fly remark,” read the email in part from Air Arabia.

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It added: “Kindly note your ticket was within 24 hours we cannot cancel, only airport taxes can be reversed and credit note issued under the same passenger names. No cash fund is given on Air Arabia. You may cancel the inbound flight.”After this mail, Ann said she was forced to go back to the same agent to try a secure another flight, which she said, she was instructed to add Sh50,000 more.

She only had Sh25,000 and so  reached an agreement that she will pay the rest once she is back from India.This is when the agent booked another flight with Etihad that was scheduled to depart on Sunday 2:15pm via Abu Dhabi before connecting to Delhi.

This time round, the agent had all the papers right including a medical certificate signed by Dr Diane Mclvor of Etihad.On the flight ticket too it was indicated that she was a medical case described as ‘wheelchair all the way seat-confirmed.’

Plane tickets of Epharus Wangari Ndumia. The patient was going to India for medical reconstructive surgery accompanied by her sister Ann Wambui Ndumia. [David Gichuru/Standard]

But as soon as the plane was already boarded, Ann and her ailing sister, whose right leg is being held together with screws due to massive loss of bones, were instructed to leave the flight.

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An exchange ensued between the Etihad officials and the family who wanted answers on why they could not be allowed to travel.

“We called Medilink, which is the global agent on medical issues for all airlines based in Singapore and they said she was not fit to travel,” said the Etihad official in charge, who also claimed that Wangari was screaming in pain when she was being assisted to board.“But she is sick. What did they expect her to do?” posed Ann.

source:standard.co.ke

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