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President Uhuru leaves politicians out of commendation list

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In an unprecedented move that caught everyone by surprise, President Uhuru Kenyatta left out politicians from state commendations awarded to achievers during the 56th celebrations of Jamhuri Day.

The list of persons who have rendered outstanding service to humanity and the country shrunk from 402 to 12.Also given a wide berth were judges, journalists and celebrities who have previously dominated such lists.

Yesterday, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi admitted that there were names that were removed but didn’t give details saying they were still finalising on the same.

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“The final list will come out from the printer. There are names that have been removed including staff but not all. Others had errors as they were being enhanced from one level to another,” he said.

Another senior government official said: “Some of the names in the list could not pass. It was unattainable going by the latest development where some people have been charged in court.”Another senior parliamentary official whose name was among those dropped, told the Saturday Standard that the list might be updated later.

The list, according to sources, was chopped by removing 17 names submitted by the Council of Governors, Parliament and the Judiciary after the individuals were cleared by the National Intelligence Service.Among those dropped were two second term governors from Nyanza and Central and a first term governor from Rift Valley.

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An advisor to a top politician on food matters was also redacted, a number of MPs allied to a top government figure as well as a close ally of a top opposition leader. The latter recently starred at a national event.

The Saturday Standard could not name the affected leaders, although some attributed their woes to the friction in Jubilee Party leadership.

“This is the work of State House and Office of the President mandarins. It is wrong to politicise everything. If the nominating institutions settled on us, why punish us to please your master?” posed a vocal MP from Central.He claimed allies of opposition leader Raila Odinga who were removed from the list were ‘just collateral’ damage.“The names were submitted after they were cleared by the relevant agencies. It was a long list,” said an official within the presidency.

State House Spokesman Kanze Dena did not pick our calls. This is also the first time, the Head of State’s decoration list was dominated by military officers and Kenyans who have excelled in various fields.The President awarded visiting Barbados Prime Minister Mia Amor Mottley with the Elder of the Golden Heart (EGH).

The PM who attended the 9th Summit of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) in Nairobi was the chief guest during the Jamhuri Day fete at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, on Thursday. Attorney General Kihara Karuiki was also awarded with EGH for his distinguished service as the government’s chief legal advisor.

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In 2018, 11 individuals were decorated in this category – ten governors and ODM chairman John Mbadi (Suba South).Inspector General of Police Hillary Mutyambai was awarded the Moran of the Order of the Heart (MGH) alongside Lt Gen Walter Raria Koipaton and Maj Gen Francis Omondi Ogolla.The President also awarded Brother Peter Tabichi Mokaya, the teacher of the year, the Moran of the Order of the Burning Spear (MBS).

Those who have received the Chief of the Order of the Golden Heart of Kenya (CGH) award were Ugandan Yoweri Museveni, former Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf and Royall Highness the Agha Khan IV.The EGH is awarded to the Deputy President, Speakers of Parliament, Cabinet Secretaries, the First Lady, the wife of the DP, Head of Public Service, governors, parliamentary top leadership and the Kenya Defense Forces chief of Staff among other worthy achievers.Athlete Eliud Kipchoge was awarded the EGH in October for breaking the Ineos Challenge. The third in the same category is the MGH. Then the Uhodari medal which is awarded to senior judges, senior state and public officers, journalists and athletes. Under this category, the highest is the CBS, Second class is the EBS and the Third is the MBS.

National Aids Control Council CEO Nduku Kilonzo was the only one person honoured with the Elder of the Order of the Burning Spear (EBS).Maj Gen Ahmed Fatuma Gaiti was also the only person to be awarded with the Chief of the Order of the Burning Spear (CBS).

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The Order of the Grand Warrior of Kenya (OGW) went to star athlete Mary Jepkosgei Keitany, while the Head of State Commendation (HSC) for military division to Jairus Machani Mululia and the civilian division to Ole Nkaka Moiyiaye and Chief Ngandi Daniel Matheka.

The Saturday Standard

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Hamisa Mobetto has spoken about her desire to reunite with Diamond’s first baby mama, Zari Hassan.

In a recent interview, Zari explained that her nature does not allow her to hold grudges and is willing to mend her relationship with Zari should an opportunity presented itself.

“If it ever happens, I’m here. I am a very kind and hospitable person so if it’s planned that we will meet, it will be okay with me. I’m here for it,” she said.

The Mobetto Styles founder stated that in situations where children are born of the same father and different mothers as in their case, it is every parent’s dream to introduce their children.

“When it comes to children born of the same father, it becomes everyone’s hope for them to meet as a family and become one thing and live in harmony. If any problem arises then it can be tackled within the family as we push on,” she continued.

 

Contrary to her almost nonexistent relationship with Zari, Hamisa and Diamond’s ex-girlfriend Tanasha Donna get along pretty well.

According to Hamisa, her friendship with Tanasha was made easier by the fact that they knew each other before Tanasha started dating Diamond but lost touch, a factor she said made their reconnection much easier.

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“It’s easy for Tanasha and I to get along because as I mentioned earlier, I knew her before. If you have met someone before or have a relationship with someone before, it is very easy to reconnect with this person compared to if you’ve never seen or heard of someone from the beginning.

“She is dope, she is a very nice person who works very hard. Also before I forget she is very beautiful,” said Hamisa.

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23-year-old who evaded arrest by shaving his dreadlocks arrested

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BY KEVIN KOECH

A 23-year-old is set to have it rough at the state correctional facilities after being allegedly found cohabiting with a minor, and evaded arrest by shaving off his dreadlocks.

According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations, detectives working on the case of a missing 13 year-old girl, arrested one Marcos Menza Masumbuko who is said to have lured the girl to his house.

The suspect allegedly used a social media platform to befriend and lured the minor to his house.

She later escaped to her aunt’s place in Nyakach, Kisumu County, and assisted the Police in arresting her captor.

Marcos upon learning of her dissapearance, shaved off his dreadlocks immediately after a missing child report was published.

The sleuths warned against any Kenyan found mistreating a child and promised stern action to those found culpable.

They also warned Kenyan parents to monitor their children’s activities on social media, owing to the increasing engagement of social media for e-learning materials

President Uhuru Kenyatta vowed to deal firmly with sexual offenders and victims of domestic violence, forming a special unit to investigate into the happenings that have so far been reported

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Aisha Jumwa to remain in police custody until Thursday for plea taking

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Malindi Member of Parliament Aisha Jumwa will spend three nights in police custody after a Mombasa court ruled on the issue.

The court ruled that the MP should remain in custody until the day that she will take plea.

“The two accused persons shall be remanded at port police station pending psychiatric examination. Pre-bail assessment shall be undertaken on each of the accused,” Judge Njoki Mwangi ruled.

“Accused to be escorted to Coast General on 21st Oct for psychiatric examination,”she added.

Jumwa has been in the limelight since October 2019.

Police officers linked her and her bodyguard to chaos and a shooting that erupted during campaigns.

The lawmaker allegedly had something to do with the shooting during campaigns for the by election in Ganda Ward, Kilifi County.

Aisha Jumwa and her bodyguard Geoffrey Okuto Otieno will take plea on murder charges.

While giving the ruling, Judge Njoki Mwangi noted that although the outspoken MP and her bodyguard were released o bail pending trial over charges of misappropriation of funds, the amount did not apply to the murder charges.

According to the Judge, The court had released them on different terms. Therefore, the terms did not to the murder charges brought before the court.

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Reports indicate that the Malindi MP stormed into a venue where political leaders had a meeting.

On doing so, a scuffle ensued and an ODM agent got shot. Unfortunately, the agent passed on.

A section of ODM leaders had organized the meeting to come up with a strategy to conduct a mini poll.

Asked whether she had anything to do with the shooting, Aisha Jumwa claimed that the ODM party had something to do with the death of one of their agents.

The ruling comes days after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) approved the murder charges against her and her bodyguard.

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