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Referendum a waste of time and resources, Kenya’s Deputy President declares

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Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has rubbished calls for a referendum over the Building Bridges Initiative report, setting the stage for a political showdown.

The Deputy President said the debate on the report that was made public on Wednesday should be anchored on solving problems for Kenyans and not on creating positions for politicians.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is for a referendum, but the DP on Saturday said after reading the report, he has seen no need to have one since most of the recommendations can be dealt with by various levels of Government.

Speaking when he attended a church service in Nairobi, the Deputy President, however, said he is open to expert’s opinions on how the report should be implemented.

“Let it not be that 99 per cent of Kenyan’s issues can be addressed by various sections of Government can be ignored to look for jobs for one per cent,” he said.

The Deputy President said the debate on the report that was made public on Wednesday should be anchored on solving problems for Kenyans and not on creating positions for politicians.

“If there are two or three men looking for a job, we can deal with that at a later stage,” he said. “The country cannot be paralyzed because some two or three men want a job. Our first job we must create is for the millions of Kenyans”

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This comes hours after the DP called for sobriety while debating the report, saying it should not “be us versus them.”

“Friends, bravado, hubris, and threats not necessary. BBI is ours all. Let’s agree on the implementation matrix. Institutions, departments, Ministries, Commissions, Parliament and Judiciary will handle relevant sections. Those requiring referenda if any be taken to people. No need for us vs them,” he said in a viral tweet on Friday.

His sentiments were shared by Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen, who accompanied him to the church.

Senator Murkomen said most of the recommendations are already covered within President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda.

“The report says we must improve our economy, create jobs for employment, create a conducive environment for our small business persons…it now requires the Government to seat down, review the Jubilee manifesto, and establish has been implemented and what is pending,” the Senator said.

“We should not shift the focus on creating jobs for the big boys and the rich. We will have committed a big mistake to the people of this country.”

Legislators Victor Munyaka and Millicent Omanga said leaders should avoid shifting the burden to Kenyans, who are already grappling with the effects of an ailing economy.

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The BBI report was released to the public on Tuesday, in a launch held at the Bomas of Kenya, by President Kenyatta and the former Prime Minister, in the presence of DP Ruto.

During the launch, Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi has called for sobriety while debating the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, cautioning leaders against seeing it as out to create posts for leaders.

He said any attempt to hijack the report, will be falling on a trap “again by making it look like the BBI is about sharing political positions.”

“Let us not convert the BBI (report) to a political elite document. Everybody here is talking about sharing political seats, what about motivating the civil servants, teachers, the private sector?” he said. “We are here today because there is a moment, we can seize to correct the shortcoming that were there.”

What is in the report?

The report covers on 7 thematic areas, that focus on empowering devolution, need for a lean government that invests on the people as the central mandate, inclusive and accountable politics that will see the creation of a ceremonial Prime Minister’s position, equitable distribution of resources and ways of empowering national ethics.

In an innovative approach to fight corruption, the single threat to Kenya’s unity, economy, and resources, the report proposes that whistleblowers are rewarded with 5 percent of recovered proceeds.

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The report recommends 6 measures, that the 14-member committee believes that they will help in slaying the graft dragon, which has seen billions of taxpayer’s resources embezzled.

On protecting the Judiciary independence, the report recommends that there is an effort to ensure “Increased public confidence in the Judiciary, by recognizing that the core constitutional principles in Kenya are the separation of powers, between arms of Government, and accountability to the people of Kenya. The independence of the Judiciary must be protected as a fundamental principle, and it should also be accountable to the people of Kenya.”

On the creation of a Prime Minister’s seat, the BBI report reads that; “Within a set number of days following the summoning of Parliament after an election, the President shall appoint a Prime Minister, an elected Member of the National Assembly from a political party having a majority of Members in the National Assembly or, if no political party has a majority, one who appears to have the support of a majority of MPs.”

The report is an outcome of the March 2018 handshake between President Kenyatta and his then political archrival Odinga, following a disputed election.

-Capitalfm

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Woman throws her three children into River Nzoia

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A 24-year-old woman dumped her two children into River Nzoia in Lugari Constituency, Kakamega County last night seconds before jumping into the river with a third child on her back.

The woman who has been identified as Winnie, left her sister’s house where she had been staying at 9 pm duping her children that she is taking them to the shop. It is when they got to the bridge that she asked the children to close their eyes before pushing them one after the other into the roaring mass of water moments after taking the same leap to her death.

One girl survived after clutching on to a branch a distance from where she plunged into the water. The standard two girl explained the horror when she called for help holding on a weak branch.

“She grabbed our hands and jumped in the river. I reach in the middle of the river and got hold of a stick and lurched to it. I was crying,” said the little girl in tears.

According to Alice Magoma, the sister to Winnie, she had come to stay with her after some small disagreement with her husband.

“I didn’t see any problems with her. She had been staying with me for about a week and the husband even came to pick her up yesterday but they disagreed over a certain text message. I asked him to come another day when she has cooled down,” explained Alice.

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Alice explains that her sister was Okay in the evening, relaxing and chatting. She had left her to cook supper only to come back and find her and the kids not present in the house.

“That’s the last time I saw my sister. She didn’t tell me anything. She didn’t tell me her plan. I thought she was going to sleep at the neighbour’s place. I was wrong.”

The standard two girl who survived was found by Joseph Maleso, the chairman of the Nyumba kumi who took her to his home, gave her some tea and later took her to the police station where they recorded a statement.

The bodies of the woman and her two children are yet to be found.

By Standardmedia.co.ke

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Autopsy shows Churchill Show comedian Kasee was poisoned

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BY KEVIN KOECH

An autopsy report released on Friday, July 3, from the Chiromo mortuary has revealed the late comedian Kasee was poisoned.

The news was made public by by Kenya Comedians Society chairman, Ken Waudo, who quashed reports linking Kasee’s death to alcoholism and depression.

According to Waudo, the deceased, born Joseph Musyoki, received a call from friends on Sunday, June 28, early morning to join them for drinks at a local joint.

He then left his wife and kids to honour his friend’s wishes but never returned home.

“Kasee was chilling at home with his wife and kids when he was called to go hang out with friends and have some drinks.

“He later felt unwell saying his stomach was disturbing him and even called his dad to inform him of the same,” Waudo said.

Kasee had promised to call his dad immediately he got home but never did.

Waudo said at the place the comedian was found dead, there were some kids who revealed he had complained of stomach problems and decided to take a nap before going home.

This was the exact place that the comedian was confirmed dead on the evening of Sunday, June 28.

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“It was around 6 in the evening and cops who arrived on the scene confirmed he was dead.

“The examiner said his brain was clear and nothing to do with depression and his liver was not that bad, so he was probably poisoned,” Waudo added.

Waudo also revealed investigations were ongoing.

Kasee is survived by two children and a wife.

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‘Humanity is still alive’ – ex-TPF star Alvan Gatitu says on Kenyans support

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Former Tusker project fame participant Alvan Gatitu has thanked Kenyans for coming to his aid, during a difficult moment in his life.

This was after he shared a video of himself narrating how he had been kicked out of his house.

Taking to his social media account Alvan wrote,

‘when you start your day one way and end up in a different place.

Thankful from the bottom of my heart, God bless you.

Humanity is still alive.’

Speaking during an interview on NTV Alvan said he has fought anxiety attacks before.

‘I have suffered anxiety attacks before.

One thing I promised myself is that I would never be vulnerable enough to speak about where I am in life.

I was trying to hold a fallacy that was hurting me.’

Alvan added,

‘When I woke up in that guard’s booth,I knew I was done trying to  show that am alright.

I had reached out for help and nothing was coming through.

I decided to speak the reality of my situation.’

Kenyans heard his cries and contributed towards his welfare.

It was once again a chance for Kenyans to prove that umoja ni nguvu.

Truth be told, many people are suffering it’s just that they do not have the guts to share like Alvan did.

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It’s a high time people normalized the idea of speaking out and sharing their problems.

Usikubali kufa na shida peke yaki, ongea,usikike.

By Mpasho.co.ke

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