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When Sabina Chege was robbed of joy and the teary aftermath

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As a radio broadcaster, she was known for little or zero controversy. But after joining politics in 2013 as Murang’a Woman representative, Sabina Wanjiru Chege has been courting one controversy after another.

From declaring her interest to be DP William Ruto’s 2022 running mate, to being mentioned in Wazir Chacha scandal, pushing for castration of rapists and now crying for her undying love for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s work, Ms Chege has always been in the news for polemical remarks.

But her firm support for Dr Ruto’s presidency seems to have shifted after joining a group of women leaders calling itself Team Embrace that is pro-handshake.

During a rally in Kandara last week, the self-proclaimed ‘maitu wa county’ (mother of the county) was humbled by her constituents who jeered her while chanting pro-Ruto slogans.

She had to cut short her speech due to the noise. When she returned to the podium, with a handkerchief in her hand, she beseeched the constituents not to embarrass her in front of guests as she also implored on them to rally behind the Kenyatta-Odinga handshake.

She broke town in tears while making that passionate plea. Her tears sparked debate with MPs Rigathi Gachagua and Jane Kihara, saying Ms Chege ought to have known that all politics is local, and such resistance was predictable.

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She has since denied being heckled and instead explained that she cried “after getting emotional for the love of the President.”

The journey of the former actress at the Kenya National Theatre to parliament has been long and illustrious.

But before her sojourn in mainstream media, she had featured in music videos and TV shows. She appeared as a video vixen for Kikuyu benga musician John De’Mathew in a song called Njata Yakwa. Ms Chege also appeared in the once popular TV show Tausi as Rehema.

She became a household name in central Kenya as a presenter in Kikuyu vernacular radio stations — Kameme and Coro — for her passion to address political, socio-economic and development issues.

She rode on that fame and helping women groups start empowerment programmes to become the first Women representative for Murangá in 2013.

During her re-election campaign, another radio broadcaster Waithira Muithirania gave the MP a run for her money forcing her to apply all strategies in the book to woo voters.

In the 2018 scandal of Mr Chacha — the man accused of faking her identity and conning MPs and senior government officials — Ms Chege vehemently denied having any contact with the youthful man.

She challenged the young man to release the videos he was reported to have boasted to police about showing his encounters with more than a dozen legislators.

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On April 4, 2018, she retorted angrily to a Twitter user named Romano, @RomanowaRomano, who sarcastically asked her about Mr Chacha.

The MP had posted a photo of herself and other officials planting trees in Murang’a County.

“Murang’a goes green. Mashinani Maneno’s,” Sabina wrote, but the Twitter user responded in Kikuyu asking ‘Kau ni Chacha kehau kana ni maitho ndiraira (Is that Chacha or do I have an eye problem?).

But she hit back at the Twitter user saying ‘uria nyukwa (ask your mother).

Love or hate her, Ms Chege’s record in the National Assembly speaks for itself. She always serves in powerful committees. In the first term, she served as the chair of Parliamentary Committee for Education and upon re-election, she is chairing the health committee — positions that she has served with commitment.

Source:Sunday Nation

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Court orders government to build free toilets along Kenyan highways

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By JUDITH GICOBI

The High Court on Tuesday ordered the government to facilitate the building of free toilets and sanitary facilities besides Kenyan highways for travelers.

The verdict was given by Justice Kossy Bor after a petition was filed by Adrian Kamotho. He requested the court to order the Ministry of Transport to construct sanitary facilities besides the highways in the country within 60 days.

Justice Bor directed Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia to create a team from the council of governors (CoG), Kenya National Highways Authority (KenHA), Kenya Rural Roads Authority and Kenya Urban Roads Authority to look into the issue.

However, the Judge did not give the 60-day deadline to the government as requested by the petitioner, because of the budgetary requirements of formulating and implementing the policy.

Currently, only Machakos County has built free toilets along the highways, one at Mlolongo, Chumvi Junction and Mwala Junction.

In his petition, Kamotho referenced Article 42 of the Constitution, which entitles every citizen to a clean and healthy environment and reasonable standards of sanitation. 

“The national transport policy should incorporate toilets and other sanitation on road stops on the national and international trunk roads. The policy should take into account the need to have toilets and other sanitation facilities maintained properly by the county governments once constructed,” ruled the judge.

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My daughter’s bank account had Sh9,000, not Sh100 Million, Waititu says

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Ferdinand Waititu, embattled Kiambu Governor, on Tuesday said that he and his family were being targeted and are victims of political propaganda.

The governor was speaking at the Senate in a plenary sitting over his impeachment. Governor Waititu blamed bloggers in Kiambu, who are creating and spreading lies about him and his family with the aim of destroying him. 

“Honorable House, you will see in this sitting, some politicians have paid bloggers to spread false stories about me and my family, they are all lies,” said Waititu.

He mentioned reports spread that detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) found KSh100 million in his daughter’s bank account, saying the reports are false and malicious.

Waititu clarified his daughter had only KSh9,000 in her bank account when EACC was investigating him over corruption reports.

The Senate has two days sitting; January 28th and 29th- to discuss Waititu’s impeachment. Waititu was impeached by members of the Kiambu County Assembly on December 19th, 2019 for abuse of office and corruption allegations. 

If the Senate upholds the MCAs decision, Waititu will lose his seat as the Kiambu County Governor. 

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