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Uhuru, Ruto on lunch date a day after controversial appointment of Matiang’i

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, on Wednesday, shut down dispute rumours with a lunch date in Mombasa.

Uhuru hosted Ruto for a Swahili lunch merely a day after he re-organized his cabinet seemingly trimming down responsibilities for his deputy.

The meeting was reportedly a closed door one in which the two intended to discuss the President’s recent appointments that sparked talks all across the country.

On Tuesday, Uhuru appointed Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i as the new chairman for National Development Implementation Technical Committee.

 

Matiang’i, a brash go-getter, was tasked with supervising all state projects including the all-important Big 4 Agenda.

As the Chairperson, Matiang’i will also answer directly to President Uhuru.

President Uhuru Kenyatta with Mombasa residents shortly after the meeting

This prompted several leaders to react to the changes including Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen, a close ally of Ruto, who sarcastically congratulated Uhuru on his move.

 

 

“Congratulations to President Uhuru for the Exec Order 1 of 2019 and to my friends CSs Matiang’i and Henry Rotich for the additional responsibilities.

“We look forward to a more co-ordinated service delivery and greater accountability to the people of Kenya. God bless you William Ruto,” posted Murkomen.

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Woman chops up vegetables to feed family for a YEAR – including 20kg of potatoes

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Most of us give ourselves a nice pat on the back when we make a menu for the whole month or have our food shopping for the week done.

But one Australian mum has put us all to shame by chopping a YEAR’S worth of vegetables for her family to save herself time every evening.

Her freezer is now stuffed full of zip-lock bags containing an incredible 65kg worth of veg.

Her stash includes, 20kg of potatoes, 15kg of carrots, 15kg of sweet potatoes and 10kg of tomatoes as well as courgettes and pumpkins.

The former chef splashed out Sh. 6,000 (£45) on the vegetables at a wholesale market and says she will use it all in the months to come, reports the Sun.

Posting on Facebook, she writes: “Veg prep for what feels like the next year.

“Carrots: sliced, roast chunks and chopped. Potatoes: chunks, sliced and diced for mash. Onions: sliced, chunks and onion rings.

“I do it so I don’t have to waste time every night chopping up veg for dinner, as we all work and I have university and the two kids have after school sports.

“It’s not pre-cooked, just raw, and the roast vegetables turn out great. Just thaw them out the night before – and the diced up vegetables are perfect for the slow cooker and spaghetti etc.”

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She’s not the only mum who impressed other parents with her incredible prep skills, and earlier this year people were wowed by a woman’s snack organisation.

The mum-of-two spent 11 hours prepping a staggering amount of food for her kids to enjoy over the next few weeks. Describing herself as a “first-time kindy mum”, she says extreme preparation made her feel like she had “sold her soul”.

She now has bags filled with 60 pizza scrolls, 28 sandwiches, chopped oranges, cookies and snack bags of grapes.

She’s frozen all the food and will just take out whatever she needs for her two kids each morning.

 

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I was warned against building my mother a house – Comedian Jalang’o

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Comedian Felix Odiwuor alias Jalang’o has revealed that he was warned against building his mother a house.

Addressing Alex Mwakideu, Jalang’o narrated that after his father passed away, he decided to build his mother a house but was told it was against Luo traditions.

Jalang’o explained that according to the Luo, it was taboo for him to build her house and flouting it meant courting death.

The only remedy, he said, was for his to get another man before moving to the house. The funny bone, however, shrugged the demands aside and went ahead.

Mwakideu mimi naweza kwambia hakuna kitu kama uganga. Hakuna kitu kama hiyo. Sijawahi amini kwa sababu unajua kuna zile tamaduni za ndani kabisa ambazo watu wanakuambia hii haiwezi fanyika kabla hii ifanyike. Kama wajaluo tuko na utamaduni mwingi sana ya kwanza ilikuwa siwezi mjengea mamangu nyumba.

“Nikawaambia kama mungu ambaye namatumikia ataniua kwa sababu nimemjengea mamangu nyumba, wacha nife. Mpaka sahii nangoja kufa kwa sababu nimemjengea mamangu nyumba.

“Kwa sababu wanasema kijana mkubwa ndio anafanya sijui nini na unapomjengea kwa sababu babako alikufa lazima apate mzee mwingine ndio awe mzee wa kambo ndio aweze kumtoa mama kwa nyumba yake kwenda kwa hio ingine…

“So mimi na kichwa yangu mbaya nikamnunulia mamangu shamba na nikamjengea watu wa kijiji wakalia najiingiza kwa shida nikawaambia wacha nife. Mpaka sahii niko na wewe hapa,” said Jalang’o.

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Touted as one of the richest radio presenters in the republic, Jalang’o lost his father just hours after landing his first gig at Kiss 100.

“When my dad died he told me one thing, I have a letter from my dad before he died because I could not even afford to go bury my dad when he died.

“The same day I got my very first gig at Kiss 100 is the same day my dad died. Caroline called me and told me Jalang’o you are replacing Nyambane when she hung up my mom called and told me your dad is gone. That’s how sad it was for me,” he narrated.

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Blow to Ruto as Anglican head blocks political money

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The Anglican Church of Kenya primate Jackson Sapit yesterday waded into the centuries-old ethical conundrum of whether churches and by extension clerics as moral lighthouses should accept contributions whose sources are questionable.

Speaking during the Multi-Sectoral Initiative Against Corruption on the role of the Church in the fight against corruption, and in what is bound to further strike debate on what constitutes tainted cash and whether the Church should accept such money, Sapit urged all bishops to reject donations from politicians.

He expressed concern that cash gained nefariously is increasingly being brought to the church to a warm reception thus tainting the image of the house of worship.

“Let the pulpit be for the worship so that when we are leading the service, there are no interference from other people who spell out subjects not the agenda of the church,” he said, adding; “We need to dissect and identify the way of giving. This hype that I have to be known,

I have to be given an opportunity to speak is what the Church is now saying ‘No’ to.”

He acknowledged that the Church has lost in that game by allowing politicians to take over the pulpit and instead challenged churches to mobilise their own resources to fund development.

Fuelling controversy

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Observers were yesterday quick to see the position taken by the ACK Archbishop as thinly aimed at Deputy President William Ruto, who in recent years has become a foremost generous and regular giver to churches.

Ruto has been giving millions to churches, drawing applause and apprehension in equal measure. Critics have interpreted his donations as meant to endear himself politically to congregants.

However, the ACK prelate’s position has opened a can of worms within the Deputy President’s corner with Elgeyo Marakwet senator Kipchumba Murkomen, firing the first salvo, mocking Sapit over the claims and asked the church not to receive any form of donations.

“It will be great to see churches ban all harambees in church. It will be even greater to see them ban sinners from contributing tithes, offerings and harambee donations in church. Maybe then we shall truly say we are in Canaan or better still heaven on earth,” Murkomen tweeted.

Debate over what is tainted cash is neither new nor restricted to this country.

Irish Playwright George Bernard Shaw first gave the debate cogency in a celebrated play Major Barbara (1905), which concludes one “must either share in the world’s guilt or go to another planet.” In Major Barbara, the lead character, who is manufacturer of weapons of mass destruction, offers his daughter a major in the Salvation Army, donation to feed the needy and starving. The daughter rejects the offer but her superior snaps it up saying he would use money even from the devil himself and turn into use for good.

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It will be recalled that Sapit’s predecessor as head of Anglican Church of Kenya, Rev Eliud Wabukala, through his stewardship of the Church was strident that the clergy should be stronger in faith and keep their

distance from manipulation from politicians, more so those who might come dangling goodies to win backing of the clergy.

But opinion of senior clerics is not unanimous. On Easter Sunday, Bishop Timothy Gichere of the ACK Mt Kenya Central diocese said no one should condemn others, as corrupt, asserting one is presumed innocent until proven guilty.

“When one comes to church and contributes money, we cannot decline it because we do not know if money is gotten from graft,” he said.

It is, however, Ruto’s church donations that have fuelled controversy about cash given to churches. With some estimates putting the figure to as high as several million shillings, since he became Deputy President, he may have opened himself to scrutiny even as he has insisted that giving to the church comes naturally to him as Christian duty and to help with the work churches undertake.

It is against that background and incessant snipping by political detractors, including former Prime Minister Raila Odinga and Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi, who have been cautioning churches not to be used to launder or sanitise proceeds of corruption.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Uhuru inspects projects in Kajiado as Moses Kuria mocks his Big4 agenda

Enticing the church

Sapit yesterday termed corruption a cancerous bondage that has grown deep roots and is endemic weighing heavily on the back of every Kenyan and has found safe harbours even in churches.

Raila has questioning how the DP’s salary and his businesses can allow him to donate hundreds of millions of shillings as he does.

“There are some church leaders who are hue to their calling while others are not. We need to question the source of the millions of money being taken to churches,” Raila remarked, adding: “The church should be careful with these people masquerading as being wealthy and giving out money that they have stolen from public coffers.”

On his part, Sapit said things must be done differently where donations are done quietly, noting that harambee spirit started in post-colonial era to pull resources together where churches, hospitals, bridges were built, hospital bills and school fees paid and has been inculcated in the society even the church.

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