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Why Fred Matiang’i is Kenya’s Mr Fix-it

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Dr. Fred Okengo Matiang’i has been touted as the Magufuli of Kenya.

He is now flying multiple flags from CS for Interior and Coordination of National Government to the chairman of the all-powerful cabinet committee on national development and implementation. And because of his appointments to critical dockets, some now call him President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Mr. Fix-it.

When he joined cabinet in 2013 as ICT Cabinet Secretary, the little-known holder of a doctorate in literature faced off with media owners by forcing digital migration down their throats.

When he was appointed as Education CS, Matiang’i revolutionized national exams sealing all cheating loopholes despite being accused of militarising the exams.

It was then on to the powerful Interior Ministry which would bring him into an unavoidable working relationship with nearly all other ministries.

The crackdown on counterfeit goods as well as rogue road users in November last year propelling the combative cabinet member to visible heights that some say earned him a soft spot in the President’s heart.

He now chairs a Cabinet committee on implementation that will report directly to the head of state with other sub-committees chaired by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho also Kenyatta’s ally.

In May last year, the president called on his deputy William Ruto to supervise government projects; a directive that appears to have changed overtime with Matiangi’s new cabinet committee now handed over sweeping powers to oversee all national government projects, just like a chief minister and prime minister would do in other regimes.

But despite his fast rise in Uhuru’s government, Matiang’i has also found himself on the dark side of history, after his name was dragged through the Ruaraka Land Saga over irregular compensation to businessman Francis Mburu, for land claimed to have been public land.

The deportation of lawyer Miguna Miguna is also a dark cloud hanging on Matiang’i’s back with the disregard of several court orders putting him on the spot.

Matiang’i’s loyalty to President Kenyatta has, however, put him closer to power becoming a close confidant to Kenyatta.

-Citizentv.co.ke

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Nazizi exhilarated as son meets President Uhuru Kenyatta

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Last week marked eight decades since St Mary’s School, Nairobi was started and in honor of the fete, the school’s former and current students came together to celebrate.

Leading the ceremony was Saints alumni President Uhuru Kenyatta who stole the show when he turned up dressed in full school uniform.

Legendary Kenyan Hip hop artist Nazizi Hirji’s 9-year-old son Tafari Firoz who is a pupil at the institution had the privilege of meeting President Uhuru Kenyatta and sharing a cake-cutting session with him.

Tafari was among a select number of students chosen to participate in the event.

An elated Nazizi took to Instagram to share her proud mama moment with her online family.

“The president of my heart @tafari_firoz got to meet the President of Kenya yesterday. The celebration was #saintsat80 and yes @uhurukenyatta is an old Saints boy. Super proud mum,” she wrote.

Nazizi’s son with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Joining the president in celebration of the school’s 80th anniversary was Citizen TV news anchor Jeff Koinange, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi and business mogul Jimi Wanjigi, also alumnus of Saints.

The president was pleased with the warm welcome he got from St Mary’s students and in turn extended an invite to the learners to visit the State House for a tour as he urged for the school’s improved infrastructure.

“Let’s put up credible framework to marshal resources to assist the school in improving libraries and other infrastructure. Institutions’ histories are kept alive by people,” said the President.

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Former radio host Angela Angwenyi’s house on auction

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Former Nation FM and Kiss 100 presenter Angela Angwenyi’s is set to lose her house after it was put up for auction.

Through a newspaper advertisement on Monday, Garam Auctioneers put up Angwenyi’s Jacaranda Gardens apartment for auction after she faced financial difficulties.

“Our subject property is part of Jacaranda estate along Kamiti Road just after the Northern bypass,” the advert read.

Angwenyi’s woes started after Out of The Box Solutions, a company linked to her was implicated in the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal.

The company had landed a Sh302 million contract to conduct sensitization campaigns targeting women, youth and persons with disabilities under the Access to Government Procurement Opportunities (AGPRO) program.

After receiving Sh90.7 million, payments were halted and she appeared before the parliamentary Public Accounts Committee (PAC) to explain how she won tender by the Ministry of Devolution and National Planning.

Consequently, her Housing Finance account was frozen for 90 days following an application by the Asset Recovery Agency (ARA).

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Fidel Odinga’s widow, Lwam Bekelle reveals heated communication with Ida

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Fidel Odinga’s widow, Lwam Bekelle, has put his mother-in-law on blast.

In court papers, Lwam claims that Ida has been spreading falsehoods about her.

In their affidavits, Ida and Winnie accuse Bekelle of taking off from her matrimonial home in Karen soon after Fidel was laid to rest and cutting all contact with the family.

They also say Bekelle kept off as the Odinga’s pushed to get to the bottom of what could have killed Fidel.

Bekelle accuses her mother-in-law of “unjustifiably and continuously making false, defamatory and/or unkind remarks about her family friends and herself.”

“I believe that the statement she recorded with the DCI following the death of Fidel Castro Odhiambo Odinga informs the 1st objector’s [Ida’s] averments and is the genesis of our differences,” Bekelle said.

However, in their affidavit, Ida and Winnie state that they are worried that Fidel’s son, Allay, may not be adequately provided for.

They claim Bekelle had removed him from school and kept him at home while also hiding him from the Odinga family.

“The objectors are further worried that having been the only child between the petitioner and the deceased, he is the only living memory of her son and will be disadvantaged if the petitioner continues to block them from his life,” Ida through Owiti, Otieno and Ragot advocates claims.

fidel odingaHowever, Bekelle blasts Ida for contradicting herself by claiming Fidel had other kids yet in the same document, she acknowledges that it is only her son that Fidel had sired during his lifetime.

“In paragraph 13 and 14 of the objectors’ answer to the petition for a grant, they averred that my son Allay Raila Odinga was the deceased’s only descendant and he is the only living memory of the deceased. This averment is in itself contradictory to the objectors’ earlier assertion that the deceased sired other children in a different relationship,” she responded.

The widow also claims the Odinga family is not supporting her son and disputes claims he has dropped from school.

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