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Raila Odinga’s new-found status within the Jubilee government remains as mysterious as it is intriguing.

Just 16 months back, the opposition leader was an outcast, political rival, and sworn enemy to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He would barely be spotted near any government office.

The ruling party’s MPs and senior government officials, including President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, all took turns to have a go at him in public.

How things have changed.

Nairobi News takes a close look at the rebranded Raila Odinga.

1. On Wednesday, Odinga announced he had hosted Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia. That meeting, Odinga clarified, was meant to brief him on the preparations being undertaken for the upcoming International Youth Day.

2. On Tuesday, Odinga had put out a statement on Twitter confirming his meeting with officials from the Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor Development Authority. In the meeting, Odinga said, he was ‘briefed’ on the mega project which consists of seven key infrastructure projects in the region.

3. On July 23, Odinga confirmed he had hosted the Chairman of the National Police Service Commission, Eluid Kinuthia, who was accompanied by Commissioner Dr Alice Otwala.

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“We had a discussion regarding the key role they play as an institution in furtherance of their constitutionally mandated functions,” said Odinga.

4. On July 11, Odinga received a briefing from officials of the Strategic Food Reserve Trustee Fund on the food situation in the country with a particular reference to maize.

5. On June 19, the opposition leader met with stakeholders in the forestry sector and discussed interventions aimed at increasing forest cover in Kenya including engaging County Governments.

6. In April this year, Odinga accompanied President Kenyatta to China to attend the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) forum.

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VIDEO: Ruto’s bead quickly grows grey even as he denies he is frustrated and under pressure

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You may or may not jhave noticed. Deputy President’s beard is going gray and his hair is thinning fast. Not that there is anything wrong or even unusual with that..but keen observers have noticed that the country’s number two has been in deep thought lately, something that seems to take its toll on him.

Interestingly, asked how he lets off pressure, Ruto says he has no pressure.

“I sleep well. I sleep for eight hours a night and you won’t believe it but I don’t feel any pressure,” he told NTV’s Ken Mijungu . during an interview on Thursday at his Karen home.

The DP had earlier dismissed an assertion that he is a frustrated man – politically speaking that is.

Recently in Machakos County, Ruto was pictured looking tired and lost in his thought.

Despite denying that he is under a lot of pressure, political pundits say he is the number one politician who is under a lot of pressure right now.

“He puts on a brave face but mambo kwa ground ni different,’ says John Makanga.

In other news, after promising Kenyans nine stadiums in 2017,  Ruto  has now said the stadiums could not be built because the money set aside for them was directed to other government projects.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: I thought Uhuru would receive me at the airport, says Raila

The DP said the stadiums promise was not a personal promise but a government’s one.

“You make it look like I was to get money from my pocket to build the stadiums, this was a Jubilee administration pledge,” he said.

Ruto denied that they lied to Kenyans saying, they have delivered on other projects like electricity, housing, roads and rail.

In a clip dated 2017, Ruto who had admitted that they had not delivered on the five stadiums project they pledged in 2013, said plans were underway to construct 11 world class stadiums.

“In six months’ time, the stadium in Wote will be complete as will that one in Chuka. In three months, the stadium in Moyale will be complete. In six months, another stadium in West Pokot will be complete and that will be historic. In a couple of months the stadium in Kiambu will be done. In a couple of months Nyeri stadium will be done.

In Kisumu and Mombasa we have a few challenges, but once sorted, the stadiums will be ready, so instead of five (we promised in 2013), we have gone for 11 just to make it better,” Ruto had said in the viral clip.

In another interview on K24 TV last year, Ruto said the stadium pledge was on course and that the government was now working on 11 stadiums instead of nine.

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“We will built 11 stadius insted of nine in two years’ time,’ said the DP.

Ruto also accused the media of only asking him the stadiums which are yet to be completed while ignoring other areas where the government had achieved like roads and rail.

“Why are people just asking about the stadiums as if it is the only thing we promised? Is it because others have been fulfilled? It is unfair,” he said.

The DP also appeared to blame the handshake and Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) for stalled Jubilee projects, saying the government had directed its energy and resources to the unity initiative at the expense of development.

“I think the handshake has also slowed down development because the government has channeled funds and energy towards that direction,’ said the DP.

Ruto, however, vowed to make sure that the promised stadiums are built before 2022 to end the debate once and for all.

The DP said there is ongoing work on the said stadiums with Wote Stadium in Makueni County almost complete.

“I will make sure that we deliver on these stadium promises so that you get another thing to ask in 2022,” he said.

Standard Digital has confirmed that there is very little going on the 11 stadiums promised by Jubilee and it would take a miracle for the government to build and complete them before 2022 as promised by Ruto.

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I have to pay to urinate: My life without kidneys

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Many people aim to get material things and power in life, but for 37-year-old Emmanuel Gitau from Mugumo, Kiambu County says he would wish to go for a short call in a usual way before he dies.

Emmanuel is living his life under dialysis. “I have to pay to urinate. So I go for dialysis twice a Week-Tuesday and Friday-five hours per session,” he says.

Dialysis is an alternative way of removing body waste and excess fluids in a case where the kidneys fail. 

He is a caterer by profession, where he sells Crips to make a living. Gitau was first diagnosed with kidney disease when he was a teenager.

Before the kidney failure, he could manage the condition by regular hospital visits, special diets and medication. His condition worsened, and the doctors realized when it was too late, the kidneys were failing in 2001. 

His parents have donated their kidneys, but they failed a few hours after the transplants, his sister’s kidney worked for seven months before failing. 

“My father later passed away as his kidney kept deteriorating, but we had remained hopeful as he was also on dialysis just like me, He said.

Dialysis helps in prolonging survival, but it’s also a burden because of traveling to a clinic twice a week.

“A dialysis is a life-changing event, it is a very demanding form of treatment. It involves medical issues, spiritual issues, quality of life. It’s a big decision,” he says.

Having to live without a kidney now, Gitau has to deal with permanent dialysis.

He had written a book “My life without kidneys,” a book about his life that he hopes to sell and earn daily bread and also be an inspiration to Kenyans.

 

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: My father recommended a wife for me - Uhuru

Gitau’s prayer is to get a deep-fryer (it costs Sh95,000) to be able to expand his potato crisp business and get money to cater for his medication.

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Rip-off as school uniform cartels charge Sh1,000 for underwear

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha is under pressure to put an end to school uniform cartels that are doing well in public schools. 

According to the sector stakeholders, the high cost of the uniform is causing many students from being admitted to high school despite the government pushing for 100 percent transition to secondary school. 

Many of the required school items apart from the uniform have exaggerated prices, and the number of items such as trousers, skirts, shorts and blouses, needed is too high. 

Another issue is the mandatory requirement for parents to purchase some things from specific suppliers. 

The cost of uniforms from various schools is ranging at Sh9,000 to Sh 20,000 for day school and boarding schools, respectively. This would cost almost half if parents bought the items from other sources other than the pre-approved list of suppliers. 

“The above uniform should be bought in cash from the supplier(s) who will be selling them at the school during the admission period,” reads the admission letter.

A girl’s school in Nairobi has asked the parents to buy six panties at Sh1,000, each against a market price of Sh100. 

When reached out for a comment on the matter, Prof Magoha said: “I will issue a statement in due course.”

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