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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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Accused in murder of boyfriend denied bail

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A Nairobi woman accused of murdering her boyfriend of two years in a squabble over who would wash utensils after supper has been denied bail for failing to provide details of where she will be living upon release.

Susan Njeri Wachiuri, 25, wanted to be released on bail terms pending determination of the murder trial but Justice James Wakiaga noted that there was no evidence that she is not a flight risk.

“In the absence of documentary evidence that the accused has an alternative means of abode rather than the house of the deceased where the offense was committed, I am at this stage persuaded that it will be risky to release the accused on bond,” said Justice Wakiaga.

Ms Wachiuri is accused of stabbing Kelvin Njenga Ng’ang’a 11 times using a knife on April 9, 2020 at White House, Tena Estate area within Kamukunji in Nairobi County. She has since denied committing the offence.

In her bail application, Ms Wachiuri told court that she had a family who were very supportive and willing to accommodate her.

In opposing the release of the accused on bail, the prosecution said there was a rise in gender based violence amongst couples and therefore the accused should be denied bail in the interest of public order and security to act as deterrence.

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Paybill number for cash-strapped Gor Mahia

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As a financial crisis bites through the local football scene, Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier has reached out to landlords of members of his team’s playing unit to exercise patience.

And in a related development, the 18-time Kenyan champions have, through Gor Mahia Augmentin Fund (GMAF), set up a Paybill number which members, supporters, and well-wishers can contribute money to the club in form of cash and ‘Bonga points.’

Bonga points is a loyalty scheme for all of Safaricom’s pre-paid and post-paid customers.

The points can be used to redeem prizes and goods at selected supermarkets.

Rachier has sought to strike a deal with the landlords of his players following consistent delay in rent payment by the players. This has been occasioned by financial crisis at the club that has caused salary delays.

“We have not paid salaries for five months,” Rachier said Wednesday.

“I keep writing to their landlords just to understand and I want to thank those landlords that have extended a good time for them (players) to be able to pay when we are able to pay,” he said.

Rachier spoke at an event where a section of club supporters and players, led by Lawrence Juma, Joakim Oluoch and Samuel Onyango as well as members of group called ‘Kulundeng original’ donated foodstuff worth Sh100,000 to the Fikisha Rehabilitation Centre.

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The function was held at the Lutheran Centre in Kawangware, Nairobi.

Gor players each received a Sh10,000 monthly stipend from the government last week in a bid to cushion them from the effects of coronavirus pandemic which has paralysed football activities in the country.

Most of the Kenyan Premier League clubs have benefited from the scheme launched by the government in conjunction with various partners.

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How man survived in 60ft well for 13 days

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A mentally challenged man from Gatituni village in Chuka, Tharaka-Nithi County has shocked many after surviving in a 60-foot well for 13 days without food.

Mr Royford Mugambi, 42, was retrieved from the well Wednesday evening.

He disappeared on the morning of May 22, 2020 while with his elderly mother who lives with him.

Speaking to journalists at their home on Thursday morning, Mr Henry Gitonga, Mr Mugambi’s elder brother, said they had been searching for him since his disappearance, even going to the Chuka County Referral Hospital mortuary.

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He said the family had reported his disappearance to the administration and at Chuka Police Station and were almost losing hope of tracing him when he was discovered in the well.

Mr Gitonga said a neighbour, Mr John Mwenda, was working in a farm near the well when he heard someone calling and thought it was his father who was also working some meters away. But when he responded, his father said he had not called him.

Mr Mwenda continued with his work and then he heard the voice again. This time, the person called him by his name and when he trailed the direction of the voice, he noticed that the person was calling from the well and the soft voice sounded familiar; it was that of Mugambi.

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He went close to the well and when he called out, Mugambi responded and asked for some water.

LADDER AND ROPE

“After confirming that it was Mugambi who had disappeared for some days, Mwenda rushed and informed his father before proceeding to our home and broke the shocking news,” said Mr Gitonga.

He said they all ran to the well, which had been dug many years back by the owner of the farm who was looking for water, and confirmed that it was his brother.

He hurriedly looked for a ladder, tied it with a rope and dropped it to the well.

He said they asked him to hold firm to the ladder as they pulled him out.

VERY WEAK

Mr Gitonga said they struggled to remove him because he was very weak, making it difficult for him to hold onto the ladder. When he came out, he asked for water.

“His body was pale, completely emaciated and totally confused when he came out,” he said.

The family called a doctor from Chuka County Referral Hospital who advised them to give him a glucose solution and some milk for a few days before introducing him to porridge and later soft food.

The villagers said they suspected the man had been taking some water since when he came out his clothes were wet, suggesting that the well had some water.

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They termed the incident as miracle, saying they would hold a thanksgiving ceremony later

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