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Nairobi and Nakuru puncture Ekuru Aukot’s Punguza Mizigo Bill



Nairobi and Nakuru County Assemblies on Tuesday joined several other County Assemblies in rejecting the Punguza Mizigo Bill, fronted by Third way Alliance leader Ekuru Aukot.

In Nairobi, Majority leader Abdi Guyo, said the Bill does not have the interests of Nairobi residents at heart and that some of the proposals made by Aukot are not realistic.

“The Bill is against the gains made in the 2010 Constitution especially in relation to gender and marginalized communities,” said Guyo.

While opposing the motion Deputy Minority Whip Moses Ogeto also a member of the County’s Justice and Legal committee said the proposals made in the Bill were rejected by city residents during public the participation stage.

“During public participation Nairobi residents made it clear that they don’t want it and as the people’s representatives we have rejected it,” said Ogeto who represents Kilimani Ward.

Majority leader Abdi Guyo stresses a point during Tuesaday’s debate. /CFM.

In Nakuru, members of the county assembly debated and adopted a Legal and Justice Committee report that was tabled by Viwandani Ward MCA Erick Gichuki Kariuki who is the committee chair.

The Committee while tabling the report that recommended the disapproval of the Punguza Mizigo bill argued that the Bill has double standards in most of the clauses.

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“The Bill proposes that if you are mentioned by any inquiry body then you will not be eligible to contest any seat. That is like giving the auditor general the power of the DCI and therefore this is a draft bill that is double standards” said Gichuki.

However, Elburgon Ward MCA Njuguna Mwaura and his Lakeview Ward counterpart Peter Karanja Mburu supported the Bill, arguing that it addresses the overrepresentations in the county assembly and the National assembly.

Back to Nairobi, acting speaker Chege Mwaura had given the legal committee powers to oversee the public participation exercise and table a report for the MCAs to debate.

The members who unanimously rejected it, argued that the Bill lacks inclusivity and that it does not align itself to the two- thirds gender rule which is a key proponent of the constitution.

Some of the proposals in the Bill includes setting wards as the primary unit of development, reduce the number of MPs from 416 to 147 and have a single seven-year presidential term among other radical proposals.

So far, Aukot’s bill has been rejected by at least seven county assemblies including; West Pokot, Nyamira, Siaya, Kiambu, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kisii, with Uasin Gishu being the only county Assembly which passed it.

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The timeline for debating the Bill in at least 24 counties is set to expire on October 15.

The County Assemblies Forum last month called for the suspension of debate on the Bill in all county assemblies to allow for public participation.

County Assemblies Forum (CAF) Secretary-General Kipkurui Chepkwony said they are scheduled to meet on October 11 to take a common position on the Bill.

By Capital FM

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Why Amos Wako was banned from setting foot on US Soil



The US has banned Busia Senator Amos Wako, his wife Flora Ngaira and son Julius from entering the country and doing business with it over corruption allegations while he was attorney-general.

In a statement, US Secretary of State Michael Pompeo also banned Mr Wako’s wife Flora Ngaira, and son, Julius Wako.

This means that Mr Wako, wife and son will not be allowed to visit America or transact any business in that country with companies affiliated to Americans.

“Today (Monday), the Department designates former Kenyan Attorney General Amos Sitswila Wako due to his involvement in significant corruption,” said the statement that was released on Monday evening.

Mr Pompeo said the designation was made under Section 7031(c) of the Department of State, Foreign Operations, and related programs appropriations Act, 2019 (Div. F, P.L. 116-6), as carried forward by the continuing appropriations Act, 2020 (Div. A, P.L. 116-59).

Section 7031(c) provides that, in cases where the Secretary of State has credible information that officials of foreign governments have been involved in significant corruption, those individuals and their immediate family members are ineligible for entry into the United States.

The law also requires the Secretary of State to publicly or privately designate such officials and their immediate family members.

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“Today’s action sends a strong signal that the United States is a valuable partner in Kenya’s fight against corruption.  Economic prosperity for all Kenyans is only possible by defeating the scourge of corruption, which also requires a functional, fair, and transparent criminal justice system,” said Mr Pompeo

He added that the United States will continue to stand with all Kenyans as they strive to curb and punish corruption in Kenya.

Mr Wako may still be allowed onto US soil if he visits as a member of the Kenyan delegation to the UN meetings or if the UN invites him, even though his movement could be restricted.

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Standard Group journalist’s daughter scores 439 marks to top in KCPE



Standard Group journalist Jonathan Komen’s daughter, June Cheptoo Koech, is the second-best overall student in the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).

June scored 439 marks out of 500 marks and was among the three candidates; Flavian Koech and Sean Michael who tied in the second position nationally. The top student this year, Michael Munyiri, scored 440 marks.

Reacting to the news, her father Komen, who has been christened The Lion by colleagues in the newsroom, said that in Cheptoo, a real lioness had been born.“They call me the lion in the newsroom, well, today I want to announce that a real lioness has been found,” said Komen.

Cheptoo sat her examination at Sangalo Central Primary in Nandi County, a public school.

Speaking to Standard Digital on phone, Komen described her daughter as an avid reader with a cool head, adding that her performance did not surprise the family having scored 446 marks in the final mock examinations.

Komen, a household name among sports journalists in the country courtesy of his nice sports stories has made the headlines, not because of an eye-catching story, but because his daughter is among the best in the country this year.

BY Standard

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Embakasi West MP George Theuri in mourning



Embakasi West Member of Parliament George Theuri is mourning the death of his father Mzee Theuri.

Mzee Theuri passed on Monday morning.

The MP took to his social media accounts to mourn the death of his father.

“My family mourn, I can’t believe Dad you are gone; RIP Dad I celebrate you, my hero. I may try to look strong on the outside, but I am so broken,” Theuri wrote on Facebook.

His followers took the opportunity to send in their messages of condolences to the legislator.

“God gives and he takes. May he rest well,” Hon Simon Mbugua posted.

“May God comfort you and your family and may he RIP. I am sure the way you treated him per your other posts on here made his last days on earth really bright,” Grace Preety Wa Wachira commented.

“Pole sana Mheshimiwa, may God give you the strength you need at this difficult moment,” Catherine Mukunyi wrote.

“Sincere condolences bwana mheshimiwa may his soul rest in peace. It is well,” Ednah Kamau said.

“My sincere condolences to you and your family may God comfort you,” commented Berniece Mugoh.

“So sorry for the loss. May God give you and the entire family strength, peace, and grace that surpasses human understanding during this difficult time,” posted Eunice Wanjiru.

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“My condolences to you and your family. May the Lord comfort you as only he can. May he rest in peace,” Salome Thuo mentioned.

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