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Inside dirty tricks to swing Senate vote during Waititu ouster



The mystery of four senators who were present during the debate but vanished at the time of the vote exposed the underhand dealings that characterised Ferdinand Waititu’s impeachment by the Senate. By walking out, the plan was to create a situation that would help former governor Waititu’s cause by denying the House 24 votes minimum required to uphold his impeachment by the Kiambu County Assembly, The Standard has established.

The fight to save Mr Waititu was hatched on the first day of the impeachment proceedings when Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen moved a procedural Motion to have an 11-member select committee investigate the charges against the former county boss.But some senators demanded that the trial be done before the whole House, alleging that the committee’s composition had a majority of legislators from the ruling party who were sympathetic to Waititu.

Accusing fingerOn Wednesday, six of those proposed to sit in the select committee voted against the Motion to impeach him.Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja cited this development as vindicating their position that the committee was intended to block Waititu’s ouster, which would have required the House to raise 24 votes to overturn the recommendation.

“All it would have taken would have been for the six of them to kill the impeachment in the committee. What a coincidence,” said Mr Sakaja.There were also allegations that hefty bribes heavily influenced the vote, with both sides pointing an accusing finger at the other.

The former governor’s camp is further said to have unsuccessfully tried to win over at least 10 senators from the minority side.Sources said those for the impeachment had to work overdrive to flip four senators, whom they suspected had been earmarked to scuttle the Motion.

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One of the senators openly opposed the governor’s impeachment during the debate, but he later voted to send Waititu home. The senator had been proposed to sit in the committee that was quashed.A vote on the first charge was carried 27 to 12, with sources saying had the four senators not played ball, the first charge would have been lost as they would have failed to muster the necessary minimum of 24 votes.This, they feared, would have given the pro-Waititu wing the impetus to collapse the remaining two charges.

The second and third charges were each upheld by a 28 to 11 vote, suggesting one senator switched camps conveniently when the futility of their mission dawned on them. “There was massive lobbying and calling of everybody to deny the 24 votes to uphold the impeachment,” one senator told The Standard.

A source added that the former governor made frantic calls to all party leaders, seeking their intervention to save his job.A senior government official reportedly held a meeting with some Kiambu MCAs and Central region leaders to plot the governors’ final fall.Mr Murkomen’s demand that the Senate be audited because of its members’ conduct during the impeachment proceedings was interpreted as alluding to vote-buying.

“If it walks like a duck, quacks like a duck and looks like a duck, it is a duck. The Senate is left for auditing,” Murkomen said moments before the vote.“I can see; I am not blind,” he added.Speaker Ken Lusaka, however, warned him against imputing improper motives on his colleagues.But the accusation that the governor dispossessed a widow of land in Thika, which he is alleged to have allocated to his other wife, as well as the charges that he influenced tenders for his wife and daughters, and his denouncing of his family, reportedly lost Waititu the support of even the senators who had initially been sympathetic.

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“You took the land of a widow, which the Commission for Administrative Justice (CAJ) ordered you to return. If that is not an abuse of office, then I don’t know what it is. Somebody disowning his family despite the MCA who attended the wedding producing pictures? This is crazy and he should not be in the office,” said Senator Abdullahi Ali (Wajir).

He was referring to Ndenderu Ward MCA Solomon Kinuthia who sponsored the Motion to impeach Waititu at the county assembly and was the star witness in the Senate.Yesterday, Laikipia Senator John Kinyua, who voted against the Motion, defended his decision to oppose the impeachment.“My reasons had nothing to do with the allegations brought against the governor. They could be true, but it has everything to do with the law,” said Mr Kinyua.

“The two-thirds quorum was not raised in the assembly as affirmed during the cross-examination of the key witness and mover of the Motion.”Bungoma Senator and Ford Kenya party leader Moses Wetang’ula, who also voted against the impeachment, poked holes in the process, which he termed illegitimate.He took issue with the correspondence from County Assembly Speaker Stephen Ndicho to Mr Lusaka outside the stipulated three days.“Section 33 of the County Government Act provides that the county assembly speaker shall within three days communicate to the Senate speaker, who upon receipt shall gazette a special sitting with seven days,” said Mr Wetang’ula.

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Political persecutionHe added that the evidence presented would not be enough even for a tribunal as it was hearsay.“Politics was at play, not law. Senators were carried by emotions. The courts will upset the Senate decision. I didn’t talk to any senator, but the trial was grossly flawed and there was no fair justice to the governor,” Wetang’ula said.

Senators Murkomen, Aaron Cheruiyot (Kericho), Susan Kihika (Nakuru) and Samson Cherargei (Nandi) were among those who opposed the impeachment, claiming it was an act of political persecution. “There was prejudice on the part of the governor. A miscarriage of justice has happened, but at the end of the day, we have courts as a buffer to rely on,” said Ms Kihika.Mr Cherargei claimed that the legislators’ actions were informed by their factions in Tangatanga and Kieleweke.“Let’s not gloss over issues. We should be guided by logic and law. We can be in a political contest today, tomorrow you don’t know where you will be,” he said.

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Crocodile displays woman’s body clenched in its jaws after killing her



Locals have been camping at the bank of River Kuja in Ndhiwa, Homa Bay County since Friday in search of the body of a 37-year-old woman who was attacked and killed by a crocodile.

The reptile is reported to have disappeared with Millicent Akoth’s body after killing her before emerging from the water with the body clenched in its jaws and disappearing again.

Akoth had gone to fetch water when the large crocodile “pounced” on her throwing her in the deep part of the river before biting her, according to witnesses.

West Kabuoch Location Chief Joseph Ogur said the crocodile disguised itself as stone, making it impossible for the woman to notice it.

“The lady fell into the water and the reptile attacked her before it carried her body and ‘displayed it’ a few minutes later before disappearing with it,” said Ogur.

Locals say the reptile was last seen at around 4:30pm on Friday displaying the body before disappearing into an unknown part of the river at 4.30 pm.

The mother of three children was in the company of one of her children when the incident occurred.

Her family, friends and relatives, however, remain optimistic that they will retrieve the body.

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The residents Manyuru village, West Kabuoch Location have complained of attacks by wild animals in the area.


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TV host Joyce Maina denies dating DJ Mo: “I’m not dumb to post a married man”



Switch TV’s Joyce Maina has refuted rumours of her having an affair with renowned DJ Sammy Muraya alias DJ Mo.

There have been allegations about the two being together but Joyce has labeled it hearsay and fake news.

Sharing her side of the story, the TV host shared messages on her Instagram Stories asking if guys thought she was dumb enough to post pictures of a married man.

“How dumb do you think I am to post a married man (not that I’d ever be with one) on my IG,” she wrote.

Joyce found the news hilarious adding guys just mistook a person that was holding her, in a trendy photo, to be DJ Mo.

“Fake news is actually hilarious. So you guys went from not knowing what the man looks like (you just have a blurry photo that makes him look like a shadow), and now all over sudden its DJ Mo? Lol,” Joyce added.

The TV girl must have found the news hilarious and wondered why people would want to tarnish her reputation with such allegations.

Size 8’s take on cheating

Back in 2017, reported on a story where Size 8 claimed that one should be ready to forgive the other when he/she cheats in marriage.

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Speaking during a recording of their vlog, the singer said that partners should always be ready to forgive each other in a relationship even when cheating occurs.

“And whoever says they cannot forgive, that is a root of pride,” she said. “Who tells you cannot do that?”

She told her fans cheating shouldn’t be allowed in marriages but in case it happens, couples should find a way to get past it.

“So when your spouse cheats, remember you cheat on God all the time but God forgives you. So forgive your spouse,” she added.


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The Sun is now Setting on your Chance to be Part of Amani Ridge the Place of Peace



With only 26 plots measuring 1/4 acres remaining, the window to own a plot of land at Amani Ridge the Place of Peace is now closing. As this is happening, the cost of these plots is now set to move up by 20%.

Here is the good news though; you still have a chance to secure your property before this change takes effect.

As this window slowly closes, the value additions are tripling as we are now headed to start internal roads murruming before we finally lay cabro on the same streets. On the other hand, the Kenya Power contract to lay underground power is right on the heels.

At the same time, the Razor Wire installation on Wall of Happiness and Wall not Knowledge (1.4Km in length) is also set to start next week.

Meanwhile, we are heartily celebrating the completion of the four walls surrounding this top gated community in Kiambu (Wall of Peace, Wall of Wisdom, Wall of Happiness and Wall of Knowledge).

As we share this update, the laying of paving blocks (cabro) on a one acre gate-area is ongoing as you see on the accompanying photo.

This cabro works on the estate’s driveway has been designed to give all families and visitors coming into this gated community an inviting welcome.

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