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Ex-MPs: This is why Uhuru rewarded us



Two former MPs have hailed their appointments to head parastatals saying this will ensure inclusivity and the unity of all Kenyans.

They have also said that the appointments have favoured the team allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta which has been pushing for inclusivity

Former Kandara MP Joshua Toro and former Dagoretti MP Dennis Waweru who were named to head the National Irrigation Board and the Kenya Investment Authority respectively.

The two said that President Uhuru Kenyatta considered them because they are in the Kieleweke political movement, which has morphed into Team Kenya after ODM, Wiper and Kanu leaders joined the Jubilee Party MPs opposed to Deputy President William Ruto.

“I got a job yesterday as a chairman of all investments. I thank God and Uhuru. I am Team Kenya. The appointment has confirmed to doubting Thomases that Uhuru loves Team Kenya and that is why he gave me a job,” Mr Waweru said on Sunday.

On his part, Mr Toro said that the Kieleweke team was rewarded for standing with Kenyans and fighting genuinely for them “unlike those others who give handouts for support”.

He claimed that most of those in the Tanga Tanga team and who are campaigning for DP Ruto to be president wanted President Kenyatta jailed when he was charged at The Hague-based International Criminal Court.

Meanwhile, political observers have interpreted last Friday’s appointments that highly benefited people from the Mt Kenya region as meant to tame Dr Ruto’s influence in the area.

Leaders and political pundits say the appointments were a plan to neutralise Dr Ruto’s Tanga Tanga movement as most of the beneficiaries in Mt Kenya lost in the 2017 General Election.

Most of those who clinched political seats are DP Ruto’s allies, with the losers insisting that they were rigged out at the Jubilee Party primaries.

The beneficiaries in Murang’a County are those who were defeated by politicians who have turned out to be Dr Ruto’s ardent supporters while no person was appointed from constituencies where MPs support the President.

In Kiharu Constituency where the MP Ndindi Nyoro has publicly stated that he will support Dr Ruto and his 2022 presidential ambition, his main competitor Karanja Mburu has been appointed to the Lapsset Corridor board while in Maragua, Mr Elias Mbau, who lost to Mary Waithira, has been appointed to head the NEPAD/APRM.

In Kandara Constituency, Mr Joshua Toro, who lost to Alice Wahome has been appointed to chair the National Irrigation Board while gubernatorial loser Jamleck Kamau will now serve as the chairman of Tana and Athi River Development Authority.

Former Murang’a Deputy Governor Gakure Monyo has been appointed to serve as a member of the National Irrigation Board. Mr Monyo fell out with his boss, Governor Mwangi Wa Iria, for supporting Mr Kamau’s candidatures for the governor’s seat, with pundits claiming Mr Wa Iria’s failure to declare his unwavering support could have led to Mr Kamau’s and Mr Monyo’s appointment.

Mr Mike Rubia, who is a close ally of opposition chief Raila Odinga and who hails from Murang’a County, has also been appointed to serve in the Postal Corporation of Kenya.

Murang’a County Assembly Speaker Nduati Kariuki will serve in the Pests Control Products Board.

Gatanga MP Nduati Ngugi, an ardent supporter of the President’s faction, said MPs from areas that benefited with the latest appointments did not live according to the President’s spirit and his Big Four agenda, a move he thinks informed the President to seek leaders who will implement his vision to the country before his term expires.

“Kandara, Maragua and Kiharu MPs have consistently ignored the President’s directive to halt premature 2022 campaigns and support his Big Four agenda. Now the President decided to look for other leaders who will assist him to leave a legacy,” the MP said.

Mr Ngugi said the leaders will spearhead the President’s agenda and will replace the “stiff-necked leaders” who have disobeyed the head of State.

“From the look of things, the defiant leaders will not be involved in the affairs of their areas since they are busy politicking for their master across the country,” he told the Nation.

But Kigumo MP Wangari Mwaniki urged people not to read too much politics into the appointment, saying the President was keen on creating an all-inclusive government and that rewarding politicians in State appointments is normal.

“It is not fair to keep the country in political mood; politicians who are loyal have always been considered (for appointments) and there is nothing peculiar,” she noted.

Sought for the comment, Kiharu MP Nyoro only congratulated the appointees, declining to delve further into the debate.

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Governor Kingi tell off DP Ruto over hustler movement




Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has torn into wheelbarrow initiatives by Deputy President William Ruto terming it a political gimmick that has no benefit to Kenyans.

While addressing Kilifi residents during this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations at Pwani University grounds the governor said Kenyans will only be freed from poverty, tribalism, and unemployment through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

“The same that are opposing the BBI are the ones going out to give out wheelbarrows as handouts. So they are blocking you from getting the benefits of the BBI and think that they can blindfold you with wheelbarrows,” he said.

Kingi who was in the company of Kilifi County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka said that the BBI report has outlined various interventions including increasing money to counties from the current 15 per cent they are receiving, a situation he said will improve the lives of the residents in counties.

“We have been pushing for the increase of funds to counties from the current 15 per cent and that has been addressed in the BBI report. But it baffles me that someone would go to an extent of opposing the document with all these interventions and then the only thing he gives is wheelbarrows. This is unfair and such people should be ignored,” the governor added.

Kingi downplayed the hustler narrative saying that the DP is far away richer than the people he wants to lie to always.

“If you are hustler like him, then show me your chopper, your luxury houses not one and the luxury cars you own and then we shall know that you are like him. Other than that, then you are cheating yourself away,” he said.

He called on President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga to immediately release the contents of the BBI report to Kenyans so that the speculative agenda by the Tangatanga team can be silenced.

“If we continue to withhold the report, the prophets of doom will continue to speculate and continue to lie to Kenyans about its contents, I am asking the President and Mr Odinga to release the report,” he added.

Kingi also promised to help deliver and explain the BBI document to his residents, insisting that he will lead in ensuring that Kilifi gets to know the importance of what is contained in the document.

“I will move out as a Governor in 2022 and another person will come in but if BBI is not addressed then the challenges that are there will still exist. I will be in my most pains when after retirement, the only thing I will see in Kilifi is wheelbarrows. That is not what we want as Kilifi residents,” he said.

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Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee named the new Harambee Stars coach




Celebrated coach and media personality Jacob Ghost Mulee has made a return to the National team.

This comes just a day after Head coach Francis Kimanzi and his entire technical team was shown the door.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) confirmed the appointment of Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee and has since unveiled him.

Mulee first assignment is to prepare the team that will face Comoros in AFCON Qualifier match that’s set to be played in November.

Kimanzi left the scene after he masterminded what had been tipped to be an unlikely friendly win against Zambia on October 9 at Nyayo Stadium.

He was appointed in 2019 to replace Sebastien Migne who he worked with as an assistant coach.

Mulee return reminds Kenyans when national team charges helped to qualify for the 2004 Afcon edition in Tunisia.

He is also credited to have mentored the current J1 League top scorer Michael Olunga and his appointment has provided an opportunity for the duo to work again at national level.

Under Nick Mwendwa Mulee becomes the fifth coach to have been appointed since he took office in 2016.

Stanley Okumbi took over in February 2016 and exited in October 2017 while Paul Put who led Kenya to Cecafa title took over in November 2017 and left in February 2018.

Migne who led the country to the 2019 Afcon finals but, a Chan qualifying setback against Tanzania saw him part ways with the team on mutual consent paving the way for Kimanzi’s rise to the helm.

Kimanzi remained in charge from August 2019 to October 20, 2020, and he left just days after Mwendwa had secured another four-year term as the FKF president.

Mulee and his technical bench are expected to help Harambee Stars fight for back-to-back Afcon qualifications with two matches against Egypt and Togo already played.

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Lolani Kalu lands lucrative TV job 




Former NTV journalist Lolani Kalu is set to make TV comeback after landing a job in a local upcoming TV station.

The talented journalist made headlines a month ago after his plight after retirement was highlighted with his fans calling on the public to come to his rescue.

Speaking to fellow journalists today, Lolani disclosed that he had just signed a one-year contract with TV47 that will see him become coast regional reporter for the station.

According to the 57-year old, the opportunity came after his fans saw him shooting a personal show with one of the artists he was interviewing having TV47 branding.

The excited fans then called the station to find out if he had signed a deal with them and that is what prompted the young TV station to hand Lolani the contract.

He said that he was very grateful and delighted for having another chance in media, adding that the opportunity to work with the station will help him get back on his feet after financial constraints in recent years.

Lolani hopes to revive some of the shows he had while still on NTV like Gumzo Mtaani and Malinmwengu na Lolani at TV47.

He further promised to give back to his fans who came in scores to support him when his story went viral on social media, making him believe in himself and rise again.

He also lauded supporters who did a fundraiser for him through some of the shows that he has since started since he bought a new camera.

He stated that discussions are in progress with TV47 to schedule the exact date for him to return to the screens after putting pen to paper with the TV station.

Lolani also thanked his fans for believing in his work adding that he spent the money they contributed for him in acquiring equipment including a camera worth Sh370, 000.

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