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‘Bro, Ken Okoth, I am sorry I missed your call,’ cries Ronnie Osumba in tribute

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Kibra MP Ken Okoth breathed his last on Friday at Nairobi Hospital’s ICU.

His last words to his family were, “Let me go. Goodbye. I love you.”

Three days before his death, Ken called Ronnie Osumba, the chairperson of Youth Enterprise Development Fund.

He did not pick.

When Ronnie called him back a few hours later, he could not get through to Ken. At the time, he was already in critical condition in ICU.

Ken Okoth

 

Ronnie paid tribute to the idolized 41-year-old leader who has been described as a servant leader.

“Bro, I am so sorry I missed your calls on Tuesday night. I was at PKs planning for his mum’s burial yesterday. As soon as I saw those calls, I felt a knot in my gut. It bothered me deeply. I knew how rare you are on the phone lately. I knew I had missed a chance.”

He added, “Obviously, my numerous calls afterwards and texts until this morning went unanswered as your phone was off. But you know what, I am glad you left in your classical style, AT YOUR OWN TERMS. I pray that we shall be able to bury you at your terms, though many may not understand.”

Ronnie noted, “You lived a full life bro. You leave a legacy that your family and friends, the whole country, will forever remember.”

Ken OkothRead the rest of the glowing and tearjerking tribute below.

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From the day we met in 1991 some 28 years ago, me a new student at Olympic Primary and you a KCPE candidate, I knew our destinies were tied.

You told me no one should push me around in my new environment and if for some reason I couldn’t handle you would be there. You have been a brother.

From the hood in Kibra, our primary school life in Olympic, to Starehe. I actually never knew of Starehe until you made it there. At the prize-giving day in 1992, you told me you were expecting to see me at Starehe.

I made it bro, and you were there to receive me with your big smile. I am sorry though for the trouble I gave you as my class prefect. It was bad judgment on Griffins part to make you my prefect. Lol.

You have been such an inspiration to me, and to many. You were never pretentious. You spoke your mind fluently and stood by what you believed in no matter the cost.

Perhaps you learnt well from the quote Griffin emblazoned in front of his office that “Happy are those who dream dreams and are ready to pay the price to make them come true”.

Ken Okoth

Even when the tide was going against you, you fought for what was just! One day I will tell of how in 2013 when party nominations were being wrung out of your hands, you called and without hesitation, we secured for you a standby nomination at KNC.

I still believe you would have won with whatever party. You know why? Because you were authentically Kibra!

Born and raised and schooled in Kibra. I mean, you could even speak fluent Kinubi!!! #RIPKENOKOTH.

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Ignore the nonsense, Ruto says on widening Jubilee rift

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While it is obvious the UhuRuto union is tottering on the brink of total collapse, Deputy President William Ruto  has once again come out to term media reports of the rift as ‘paid-for propaganda nonsense’.

In a tweet on Saturday morning, the once vibrant principal assistant to the head of state, who was always seen by the President’s side, played down questions raised on his apparent absence in nearly all presidential excursions these days.

The latest occurrence was on Thursday, when the DP was a no-show at State House, Mombasa, when President Uhuru Kenyatta met security chiefs.

Sources indicated Ruto was at the Coast but missed the meeting between Uhuru and 24 governors.But in his tweet Ruto denied it, saying ” I was in the office the whole day never in Mombasa.”

William Samoei Ruto, PhD

@WilliamsRuto

Kenyans should ignore this choreographed, paid-for propaganda nonsense. I was in the office the whole day never in Mombasa.

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A week ago, Ruto was locked out of his official residence in Mombasa, which is just metres away from State House. This came days after he was denied clearance to fly straight to Mombasa from Botswana to meet the President.
The UhuRuto rift has sucked in Ruto’s footsoldiers who are facing heat that range from being denied access to presidential functions to getting sacked or demoted.

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In his latest Cabinet reshuffle, whose announcement was made in the absence of the DP, Uhuru sacked Agriculture CS Mwangi Kiunjuri who is considered a Ruto sympathiser.
Going by the challenges experienced in the docket during Kiunjuri’s tenure, one would say his sacking was expected; however, being Ruto’s strong supporter may have inked the pen.
On Tuesday, Tangatanga politicians were denied access to an Uhuru event in Nakuru, yet another perk of being pro-Ruto.
Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika were blocked from entering the Rift Valley Regional Headquarters Grounds where the President was issuing title deeds.Kihika tweeted, “I am utterly shocked. Why would I be barred from a function being graced by my President at my home county?”
Despite these telling occurrences Ruto insists his road to the presidency in 2022 is clear.
The rift in Jubilee started widening after the March 9, 2018 Handshake, when Uhuru signed a deal with Opposition leader Raila Odinga.
Following the unity deal and the developing Jubilee cracks, new tendrils begun to sprout where politicians opposed to the bromance started running their campaigns under the euphemism tangatanga while those who support it called themselves Kieleweke.
It is unclear whether Ruto’s woes are strengthening his political muscle or hurting his 2022 ambitions. What is clear though is that the DP’s popularity in parts of the Mt Kenya region has been growing.
Reports also indicate that his plan for 2022 seems to be on course, the only thorn in his flesh may be calls for a referendum that have emanated from BBI, which he claims has been hijacked by ODM to craft its 2022 political line up.

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UPDATE: The late Eric Mwangi Thumbi of Atlanta to be buried this Sunday

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We’d like to extend a heartfelt THANK YOU to each of you for standing with the Thumbi family after the promotion to glory of Eric Mwangi. God bless you for your continuing prayers, encouragement and financial gifts!

Funeral Services will be held Sunday Jan 19th starting at 2pm at West Cobb Funeral Home.
Address: 2480 Macland Rd, Marietta, GA 30064

Mwangi will be laid to rest afterwards at 3pm at Kennesaw Memorial Park.
Address: 1306 Whitlock Ave NW, Marietta, GA 30064

Eric was a beloved son to Elder Gathara Thumbi and Apostle Nyambura Thumbi .
Brother to Malkia Mumbi Hornsby, Anthony Mwangi Thumbi, Anne Wangui Thumbi , Mumbi Rehema Thumbi and Muthoni Wangui Thumbi. Brother in love to Kazha Hornsby, and Hannah Nyambura Mwangi . Uncle to Makena Hornsby. He rested on Tuesday Evening 1/7/2020 .

God bless you!

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Magoha revokes appointment of Prof Kiama as UoN VC

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By JUDITH GICOBI

George Magoha, the Education Cabinet Secretary, on Friday disbanded the University of Nairobi Council and nullified the appointment of Prof Stephen Gitahi Kiama to the position of the Vice-Chancellor of the university “until the ongoing consultative process of choosing acting VC is finalized.”

In a statement from the CS, Prof Kiama will keep serving as the Deputy VC, Human Resource and Administration at the university.

In place of Prof Kiama, Magoha appointed Deputy VC (Finance, Planning and Development) Prof Isaac Meroka Mbeche to serve as acting Vice-chancellor in the meantime.

The disbandment of the council is linked to fight between the Ministry of Education and the university council after it emerged that the Ministry had a preferred candidate.

Those who did not make the interview cut included Prof Duke Omondi Otara, Prof Maurice Amutabi, Prof Isaiah Omolo Ndiege, Prof Julius Onyango Ochuodho, Prof Collins Ogutu Miruka and Prof Shitanda Douglas.

According to the PSC advert, candidates for the VC position were required to be full professors and holders of an earned doctorate degree or equivalent qualification from a recognised university.

The candidates were also required to have at least 15 years of academic research and managerial experience at a senior level in a university or equivalent institution.

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They were required to prove scholarly records demonstrated by publications in internationally peer reviewed journals, monographs, books and book chapters in their areas of specialisation, and supervision and mentorship of masters and doctoral students,” read the advertisement by PSC.

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