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DP Ruto now openly contradicts President Kenyatta, calls BBI “a waste of time”

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Deputy President William Ruto on Sunday accused ODM leader Raila Odinga of being behind the push for constitutional amendments, Daily Nation repoted on Sunday.

According to the article, Dr Ruto claimed that Mr Odinga had plunged the country into early campaign mood by agitating for constitutional change for his own selfish interests.

Speaking at Upper Baricho Primary School in Kirinyaga County during a fundsdrive in aid of Our Lady of Sorrows Catholic Church, Dr Ruto said that save for Mr Odinga, Kenyans had no problem with the current Constitution.

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“It is only this man of vitendawili (parables) who wants laws to be changed and that is why he has come up with Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) which is tiring Kenyans by asking them questions which can’t help them solve their problems,” said Dr Ruto in reference to Mr Odinga.

President Uhuru Kenyatta confers with his deputy, William Ruto at a past function. FILE PHOTO

He said Mr Odinga should pinpoint sections of the Constitution he wants amended.

“Every electioneering period, Mr Odinga does not concede defeat and consequently there is bloody chaos. For the country to be peaceful, he should tell Kenyans what is wrong with the Constitution and which part he wants amended,” he said.

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He dismissed the BBI as a political outfit which will not achieve anything.

“The BBI Task Force is going round the country collecting views from Kenyans who are not interested in changing laws. Kenyans want water, good roads and electricity and the BBI is wasting its time. Members of BBI should tell Mr Odinga to drop his mission,” he stated.

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He urged Jubilee legislators to ignore Mr Odinga and focus on development.

“Jubilee MPs should not allow themselves to be drawn into Constitution debate by Mr Odinga. What is important this time is to initiate development projects which can benefit Kenyans,” he added.

The Deputy President said the government will continue carrying out development in all parts of the country despite criticism by political opponents.

“We shall not be discouraged by negative talks by our opponents, we shall work hard to transform the lives of all Kenyans,” said Dr Ruto.

Accompanied by nine MPs allied to Tanga Tanga group which is supports his 2022 presidential bid, Dr Ruto asked Mr Odinga to stop threatening his opponents with a political tsunami.

“Kenyans want peace more than anything else and Mr Odinga should not dream of causing violence during the next elections.

He directed chiefs and county commissioners to ensure that all senior citizens who have attained age 70 and above are registered for the government cash transfer programme.

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He revealed that Sh190 million had been allocated for the elderly in Kirinyaga County alone.

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“We don’t want anyone to be left out and the administrators should implement my directive without fail,” he instructed.

MPs in attendance were, George Kariuki (Ndia), Rigathi Gachagua (Mathira), John Kiarie (Dagoretti), Jane Kihara (Naivasha), Silverno Maritim (Ainamoi), and Eric Muchangi (Runyenjes).

Others were woman representatives Wangui Ngirici (Kirinyaga), Gladys Shollei (Uasin Gishu) and Joyce Emanko (Turkana).

The MPs, who assured the DP of their support, said Ruto was their favourite candidate and told Mr Odinga to forget the presidency.

Ms Kihara said there was a binding covenant between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Dr Ruto that cannot be broken.

“During (2017) campaign period the President publicly announced that his Deputy William (Ruto) would take over power when his term ends,” said Ms Kihara.

Ms Ngirici promised to continue mobilising the locals to back Dr Ruto.

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  1. Amrali Shaban

    September 8, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    I need to remind Deputy President William Ruto to tell Kenyans without a blink on his eyes who funds the BBI?
    I would like to tell him to challenge his boss the President of the republic of Kenya directly instead of hiding on the back of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga since he is not in the treasury docked to pass funds to the BBI.
    That is my opinion

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VIDEO: Raila declares his wealth on National TV, says he is worth Shs 2Billion

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ODM leader Raila Odinga has revealed that the Odinga family is worth Sh2 billion, denying claims that the family has exploited its big influence in politics to make a huge financial fortune.

The former Prime Minister further denied claims that the ongoing Building Bridges Initiative consultative forums have cost the taxpayer Sh10 billion.

The ODM leader clarified that the Odinga family wealth is more in terms of properties the family has acquired over time and the shares they have invested in several companies in the country.

“I am not rich. I am just about Sh2 billion which we own collectively as the Odinga family,” he said, when challenged to declare his wealth.

“The wealth is in terms of property and investment in shares,” he added, pointing that the family is doing anything for the benefit of the People of Kenya and not the luo community.

He denied suggestions that the Odinga family had used its influence to create wealthy for themselves, pointing out that his siblings, just like other Kenyans, are earning salaries from their jibs which they got competitively.

“Our father Odinga died a poor man. There is nothing we inherited from him as his children. It must be remembered that throughout his life that he was in government for only two and half years.”

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He was speaking on Sunday during a live interview with the NTV’s Consulting editor Joseph Warungu at his Karen home.

The interview touched on Mr Odinga’s relationship with DP William Ruto, the relationship between the Odingas and Kenyattas, the ongoing debate on the Building Bridges Initiative and his role in the politics beyond 2022.

However, the former PM, who has emerged as the public face of the BBI campaigns, took on the media which he accused of developing a counter narrative on the process, especially the cost incurred so far on the BBI process since it started early last year.

IN particular, he appeared pricked by suggestions that the process has so far gobbled up to Sh10 billion, which he said was propaganda propagated by the media to demonise the process.

“Where is this Sh10 billion,” he asked Mr Warungu, even as he appeared to be agitated. “Who has spent this money and where is it coming from?”

“I sometimes think the media should be bold enough to explain where they get this kind of information of figures from.”

He insisted that the BBI regional campaigns have been cheap as they only require a podium and a public address system.

“People will come on their own as they don’t need to be bused to the venues.”

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On Mr Ruto, the former PM said he had no personal problem but revealed that he does not like the DP’s modes operandi, especially in terms of the huge amounts of money he donates to fund raisers every weekend.

He also rejected claims that BBI is an enterprise whose purpose is to sideline Mr Ruto or that he is interfering in decision making in both Jubilee and government.

“I am not in government and therefore the question of interfering does not arise,” he said, dismissing assertion that he maintains a great influence in the manner in which President Kenyatta makes decisions.

“I don’t know about influence because I don’t make decisions in government. In fact I don’t discuss government issues or Jubilee party with the President because he is competent to make such decisions.”

The two were members of ODM during the grand coalition government of between 2008/13 but fell out over the issues related to the indictments related to the 2007/08 post elections issued by the international criminal court.

During the interview Mr Odinga revealed they had fallen out after he, as PM, tried to suspend Mr Ruto over the scandal involving the sale of maize from the National Cereals and Produce Board.

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A probe conducted by an audit firm Price Waterhouse had indicted Mr Ruto, then Agriculture Minister, for the scandal in which Mr Ruto had authorized the NCPB to dish out maize to MPs friendly to him who later sold to the Millers, triggering the rise of retail price of maize flour.

However, the suspension was rejected by President Kibaki on the account that he had not been consulted.

“Our relationship is cordial only that he does things that are contrary the known ways of doings things,” he said,

He said the large contributions the DP makes are dubious and only corrupts the national politics.

-Nation.co.ke

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Rashid Abdalla in mourning

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Lulu Hassan’s husband Rashid Abdalla has remembered his late father in a touching post.

The father of three shared an old photo of him, his dad and siblings and captioned it

#sisemikitu THE TURNING TIDE. INSHALLAH SEE YOU IN PARADISE DAD. #imissyou #theredindian #smilewiththeangels #continuerestinginpeace.

Rashid Abdalla
Rashid Abdalla with his late father and siblings

Apart from Rashid Abdalla, other celebrities who’ve lost their fathers include; Kambua, Timeless Noel, Kanze Dena, Daddy Owen, Esther Wahome just to mention but a few.

Gospel artiste cum pastor Esther Wahome lost her father to cancer in July last year and in a lengthy post, she wrote,

RIP my loving dad EV. William Wahome Gikonyo
My dad,my mentor, my spiritual cover, my prophet, my friend, my greatest fan,my cheer leader.
Today is the second day since you were transferred to heaven, and though I know you are in a better place, the pain is unbearable.
You taught me the word, you taught me to be a prayer warrior,you made me understand my kingdom mandate, you taught me music, you taught me how to proclaim and possess all that is my portion, you taught me how to pull down strongholds, you taught me how to take charge! You taught me resilience, You taught me kingdom mysteries, You raised a kingdom giant in me!!!
You released a grace for nations upon me, and nations and kings received me.
Though we have walked a painful journey this year as you battled cancer, I never heard you complain a single time!! you said God is great and good all the time, and those were the words you uttered with your last breath
Iam grateful to have spoken to you in your last minute,to have been there holding you, and to have had you pass on a mantle to me, before you crossed over.
Rest in Paradise great revivalist. RIP Baba Esther Wahome, as you preferred to be called.
RIP EV. William Wahome Gikonyo.

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VIDEO: Pomp and colour as Real Estate Developer ‘Mahiga Homes Ltd’ celebrates 2nd Anniversary

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ADVERTISER’S MESSAGE: Your number one most trusted real estate developer in East and Central Africa Mahiga homes Ltd celebrated 2nd anniversary in pomp and colour, the event was marked with jubilation as every speaker praised the developer for the great achievements in just two years.

The developer has built and handed over 4 housing projects namely;

*Cornerstone I Estate
*Cornerstone III Estate
*Cornerstone IV Estate
*Kamulu Cornerstone Gardens
The celebrations were attended by several guests and clients who have invested with Mahiga homes.
Kikuyu Diaspora Media CEO Jeremy Damaris and Finance Director Josephine Wairimu graced the event.

Jeremy Damaris had this to say, ‘when Ruhiu told me that he has a project I listened to him and trusted him as my brother, its two years down the line and have never heard any complains from any client.
Mahiga homes Directors thanked and appreciated all the clients from believing in the developer.

Here are the current affordable houses that the developer is selling,
Rockvilla Annex located just 400 meters off tarmac at Joska long kangundo road, Kangundo rd is under construction to upgrade to dual carriageway,Spacious 3 bedroom bungalows master ensuite on plot size 40 by 80 kes 3.95m deposit kes 1.6m then pay the balance in 12 monthly instalments.

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