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DP Ruto’s overzealous grip on CS Kariuki excites Kenyans

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A handshake between Deputy William Ruto and Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki has set tongues wagging online.

The two shook hands at the All Saints Cathedral church in Nairobi during the memorial service of former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore.

But it’s the extra firm grip on Ms Kariuki’s hand by Dr Ruto that has excited netizens.

For starters, the Ms Kariuki is one of the cabinet secretaries who the DP has complained of having attended a meeting where a plan to eliminate him was allegedly discussed.

However, State House digital secretary Dennis Itumbi has been arrested and detained for five days as police investigate a letter he is said to have authored, which sparked off the claims.

Here’s what a few Kenyans had to say:

Deputy William Ruto and Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki at the All Saints Cathedral church in Nairobi during the memorial service of former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore. PHOTO | COURTESY

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CS Balala revokes blogger from Tourism board over statement on Nairobi National Park

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Tourism Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala has revoked Pauline Njoroge’s appointment as a member of the Tourism Regulatory Authority board with immediate effect.

In a statement on Saturday, CS Balala said she had been replaced with Standard Group journalist Najma Ismail.

He explained that the ministry had just learned of her past remarks about the Nairobi National Park and could not associate itself with her.

For Ms Njoroge, the appointment was a case of so-near-yet-so-far as it was cancelled 24 hours after gazettement.

In the old, undated post that resurfaced on social media, Ms Njoroge called for the land the park sits on to be put to “better and more profitable use”.

“INTEGRITY”

The remark returned to haunt her, proving once again that the internet never forgets.

“… we have just seen what she tweeted in the past, that Nairobi National Park was useless. We do not want to be associated with such people and such thinking,” CS Balala said.

“The integrity of the park is very important and the government is committed to saving it and any other protected area which is the habitat for our national heritage – wildlife.”

CS Balala regretted that the ministry did not know about Ms Njoroge’s view, as it did not come during her background check, and thanked members of the public who used social media to highlight the issue.

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NJOROGE’S VIEW

Ms Njoroge is a Digital Media Strategist and Communication Officer at the NEPAD/APRM Kenya Secretariat under the State Department for Planning.

In her post, she questioned the sense in sustaining the park given that Nairobi is congested.

Below is a screengrab of what she wrote.

Njoroge

REACTIONS

As soon as the Kenya Gazette with numerous parastatal appointments was published on Friday, Kenyans took to social media to highlight Ms Njoroge’s post.

She and many others landed three-year appointment to plum parastatal board positions.

Among them were Kanu Secretary-General Nick Salat, former Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission CEO Halakhe Waqo, former assistant minister Kilemi Mwiria, former vice-president Kalonzo Musyoka’s son Kevin Muasy and former Nairobi Speaker Alex ole Magelo.

On Saturday, some members of the public opposed Ms Njoroge’s appointment while others opposed its revocation.

Via Twitter, one ‘Lord Abraham Mutai’ said, “This is just sad. Denying Pauline Njoroge a chance to serve Kenyans based on what she said a few months ago is unacceptable. People have opinions on diverse issues and people should be allowed to change their minds. This is just making decisions based on emotions.”

Joyline Chebet said it would be ironical to appoint to the board someone who does not believe in tourism.

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16 die as plane crashes moments before take off

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BY KEVIN KOECH

A plane carrying 190 people skidded off a runway and crashed, breaking into two pieces after landing at Calicut airport in the southern state of Kerala in India.

The Boeing 737, en route from Dubai, was reportedly repatriating Indians who were stranded in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) city following the outbreak of coronavirus.

According to reports by BBC, at least 16 people were confirmed dead by aviation officials as of Friday, August 7, night, when the crash occurred.

Rescue operation and evacuation mission began in earnest and latest reports indicate the process was completed by midnight and survivors were taken to hospitals in Calicut and Malappuram in India.

Tens of passengers of sustained injuries with aviation officials confirming 15 of them were in critical condition. Air India Express said the two pilots were among those who died.

The ill-fated aircraft crashed on its second attempt to land at the airport after the first attempt was aborted by the pilots due to heavy monsoon-season rainfall lashing Kerala.

“The aircraft overshot the runway in rainy conditions”, then plunged down a 35ft (10.6m) slope, before breaking in two,” said India’s Civil Aviation Minister, Hardeep Singh Puri.

Indian President Narendra Modi said he was pained by the devastating news of the crash and condoled with families of those who lost their loved ones.

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Modi also wished a quicked recovery to the injured.

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Flying blows and kicks as Gor Mahia elections turn chaotic over alleged rigging (video)  

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The long awaited Gormahia elections have been marred with seen violence and alleged irregularities on Saturday morning, Nairobi.

Sally Akinyi Bollo who was running against city lawyer Francis Wasuna for the vice chairperson position, had to be forcefully ejected from the electoral room.

“They are stealing my votes right on our faces. These machines have been compromised and every time we complain we are ignored.

“Simple mathematics of addition and subtraction seems difficult to these guys here, but the truth here is that you have stolen my votes.”

In a video circulated on social media platforms, Sally Bollo who previously held the position of club treasurer was seen being hauled by four men from the hall.

The system that Gormahia opted to use was via electronic; a decision arrived because of the Corona virus pandemic.

At about 10.30 on Saturday morning, Francis Wasuna had garnered 65% of votes on the screen.

Sally Bollo had 35.

The treasurer’s position went to Dolphina Odhiambo who had 74% of votes against her opponent Chrispine Okoth who had 26%.

According to the club, the chairperson’s position and the secretary general were not contested as the occupants of those seats had no opponents hence got them unopposed.

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Ambrose Rachier, the long serving head still remains as chairperson as Sam Ocholla is at the helm as secretary general.

The Final results as per the Electoral Board were that Vice Chair Francis Wasuna gor 226 votes as Treasurer Dolfina Odhiambo carried the day with 286 votes

It is however not clear on what Sally Bollo will do after this ordeal. All eyes are on her as the big question now lingers on whether she will concede defeat or appeal the polls.

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