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FAKE NEWS? I was nowhere near the airport, Ruto says over airport “snub” saga

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  • Deputy President William Ruto, on Sunday night, called out The Standard newspaper for what he termed as fake news.His attention was drawn to the cover story on the newspaper dated Monday, July 29, 2019, which was titled “Why Uhuru Avoided Ruto at the Airport”

    The article claimed that President Uhuru Kenyatta had jetted in from Zambia on Saturday evening and dodged his deputy, who was waiting to receive him at the JKIA Presidential Pavillion.

    A photo of The Standard newspaper of Monday, July 29, 2019

    “The president, who arrived at JKIA at 4pm on Saturday, discarded protocol and went straight to the international passenger terminals catching his deputy unawares. Ruto was accompanied by Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu.

    “Dr Ruto, who was waiting at the pavilion, immediately left for the city centre, after he was informed that the president had already disembarked from the plane and was inside the airport in a series of events that officials tried to dismiss as a ‘small deviation from the usual protocol,” The Standard reported.

    The newspaper also explained that according to its sources, Uhuru was not keen to be seen with the Kiambu governor who was on EACC’s radar.

    “Mr Kenyatta is also said to have been unhappy with pronouncements the DP’s allies made the previous day at an event in Uasin Gishu that amounted to a direct attack on the ongoing war against corruption,” he article further reported.

    Taking to Twitter, DP Ruto dismissed the story and explained that he had not gone to receive President Kenyatta at the airport when he jetted in.

    “I was nowhere near JKIA. I am not surprised that some media houses and their owners are this desperate. Tuwasamehe tu (Lets forgive them)!!” Ruto posted on his Twitter.

    Senate Majority Leader, Kichumba Murkomen, joined in the bashing, even daring to accuse his colleague Baringo Senator Gideon Moi, to be behind the headline.

    Senator Murkomen also explained the whereabouts of DP Ruto during the time he was claimed to have been side stepped by Uhuru.

    “Yesterday after a public function at Nyandarua,the DP proceeded to visit his friend Mzee Ole Muyaa in Kajiado. Around 6.30pm, he left Kajiado for Nairobi.

    “Meanwhile HE Uhuru Kenyatta jetted back at around 5pm. Now see how my colleague Gideon Moi has reported.Pettines and desperation!” the Elgeyo Marakwet senator tweeted.

    President Uhuru Kenyatta returning to the country after a past visit abroad

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    KIPCHUMBA MURKOMEN, E.G.H

    @kipmurkomen

    Yesterday after a public function at Nyandarua DP proceeded to visit his friend Mzee Ole Muyaa in Kajiado.Around 6.30PM he left Kajiado for Nairobi. Meanwhile HE Uhuru Kenyatta jetted back at around 5PM. Now see how my colleague Gideon Moi has reported.Pettines &desperation !

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    -kenyans.co.ke

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I did not sleep in my home, Sakaja says as he dares police to arrest him 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja on Tuesday, August 4, dared those attempting to arrest him to go ahead and put him behind bars.

Sakaja speaking at the Senate stated that he was ready to sleep in a cell after he had cast his vote over the County Revenue Allocation formula debate.

“I was in Senate from 5:30 am and stayed in my car till midday to avoid arrest. Please go ahead and arrest me. I am not one to be intimidated, since I have cast my vote,” he declared.

The Senator referred to various incidences including being trailed by the police, and proceeding reports of his impending arrest and alleged sponsored hashtags aimed at making him change his vote in the revenue sharing formula.

The Nairobi representative faulted the party for threatening to de-whip members who had not towed the party line.

When Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata stood to explain the disciplinary position, Sakaja from his bench shouted him down.

“Senator Sakaja is entitled to security and government does not support actions geared towards threatening his security. We had a Jubilee PG and some members did not attend, including Sakaja. Therefore, he should not mislead the house,” the Murang’a Senator stated.

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The Senate voted to postpone the County Revenue Allocation formula debate once again.

This was after Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen rose, Pursuant to Senate Standing Order 105, seeking adjournment of the debate on the Motion for the Approval of the Third Basis for Revenue Allocation Among Counties.

34 senators voted to adjourn the motion against 26 who opposed its adjournment. One senator was absent.

Sakaja who confessed that he had not slept in his own house the night before as banners cropped up on bridges in Nairobi roads albelling him a traitor.

“Sakaja is a traitor. You do not represent Mandera, represent us, Nairobi,” read a message on one of the posters.

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Chebet Ronoh opens up on rare medical condition, quitting radio 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Comedian and YouTuber Deborah Chebet Ronoh has for the first time opened up on having panic attacks after getting famous, and her silent exit from NRG Radio.

Ronoh said that she was excited about her radio job but she got to a point where she felt overwhelmed and wasn’t giving it her all and so she decided to quit.

She explained that she was not mentally prepared for her fast rise to fame and this in some way led her to experiencing anxiety. whenever she was around people.

“I left Brookhouse for my radio job. I was so excited about my first job and things were so great everything was happening so fast and like everyone knew me and I didn’t actually mentally prepare myself.

“So I was on radio when I felt like I was unhappy, I felt like I didn’t really want to do it at that time in my life. It reached a point I felt I wasn’t giving it my everything and also it was a bit overwhelming for me and I started to get anxiety a lot because I didn’t know that I was known. Like I’d walk outside,” she said.

Ronoh explained that as she grew famous, and people got to know her, the more she experienced anxiety and panic attacks and this would happen even when fans said Hi to her whenever they met.

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When she attended events, the comedian said she would drink herself stupid to calm herself down, in order to be comfortable around people.

“A lot of people especially older than me would stop me on the road and that began to give me anxiety. I didn’t know it was anxiety until I realized people would Hi and I panic. I just used to get a lot of anxiety, it was so bad that I would literally breathe so heavily when I go out. I used to even drink so much so that I could be comfortable around people,”

“It was so bad and I had feel like a lot of pressure from external and I lost a lot of my realest friends. A lot of people who supported and knew me before I got here. They got tired and that hit me so hard,” stated Ronoh.

According to the comedian, she quit her radio job to focus on herself as a brand which also proved difficult because she had already lost friends, and those who pretended to care and supporting her had also gone.

“When I quit my radio job, I wanted to focus on Ronoh but that was hard because a lot people were leaving me I didn’t have friends,” she said.

Ronoh noted that she felt owned by people because everything she did was criticized and this only discouraged her, and further broke her down, but all that is now in the past and she is coming back, a new Chebet Ronoh.

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Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa charged with fraud

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa was on Tuesday charged with fraudulently selling a car worth Ksh450,000 to John Irungu Mwangi.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP) said Mr Barasa pretended he was in a position to sell Mr Irungu a car.

“Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa Wekesa charged at Kajiado Law Courts with obtaining Ksh450,000 from John Irungu Mwangi pretending he was in a position to sell him a car,” the ODPP said.

Barasa was freed on a Ksh100,000 cash bail after pleading not guilty to the charges.

The Kimilili MP also faced a second count of fraudulent disposition of mortgaged property.

He accused Mwangi of breaching the agreement saying the sale was made through an intermediary on a willing buyer-willing seller basis.

The MP further accused the businessman of seeking to extort him “under the guise of compensation.”

His lawyer John Khaminwa, claimed that Mwangi extorted his client “under the guise of compensation.”

“The intimidating, oppressive, unreasonable and threatening conduct and behaviour of the police officers is causing the MP to suffer untold mental anxiety with serious ramifications to his mental and physical state in complete contravention of his rights,” the lawyer said.

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