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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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I have lost 18 kilos dieting this year – Nana Gecaga

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KICC CEO Nana Gecaga is looking like a yummy mummy and it is all down to a weight loss regimen that a friend took her through.

Nana, who is also President Uhuru’s niece, told of her journey shedding weight in a youtube discussion on @Team 5 minute real talk.

She began describing how her lifestyle saw her eat or not eat at times depending on her busy schedule, which most mum’s can agree with.

“I have three children and each is two years apart, so in between my diet was out of the window. I was the typical revamp type of person, I wouldn’t have breakfast, instead lots of coffee probably wouldn’t have lunch, and then come home and wolf down two packets of gummy bears. I was a very sweet tooth”

So what prompted her to want to make a change in her lifestyle? She told

” I was sluggish. I was 78 kgs. I was feeling bad, wearing dark colors to cover up and not wanting my pictures taken. Before having kids, I was the perfect 36 24 36″

This hit her so hard she asked her fitness and weight loss coach Roseanne to help her out. She spoke about it to encourage others out there

“May 20th 2020 was my starting point. And the before and after pictures are amazing. In four weeks I went from 78 to 67kgs not eating anything sugary, then I started losing inches in 12 weeks and I am now at 64 kgs. I’m feeling and looking fantastic. I dropped the sugars and refined carbs and I started eating better, lotsa vegetables”

She added that

“I want this to be a lifestyle, and I’m  gearing up to 100 days of healthy living”

By Classic105


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Naisula Lesuuda shares enticing photos of her grand gender reveal party

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Samburu West Member of Parliament (MP) Naisula Lesuuda is slowly counting down the days to when she and her sweet baby will finally meet.

The mother-to-be is more than ready to see the face of the child who will instantly steal her heart.

The leader told her fans she was grateful to God, her family and her husband for making her nine-month journey seamless as she shared photos from her gender reveal party.

Initially, Naiula and her girlfriends planned to throw a grand affair that would be the mother of all celebrations.

Naisula Lesuuda shares enticing photos of her grand gender reveal party

The yummy mummy danced and had some fun. Photo: Naisula Lesuuda
Source: Facebook

But thanks to COVID-19, they had to abort their plans and think of the bigger picture.

Little did she know, that as she silently put the celebration at the back of her head, her pals were busy at work.

They arranged a soiree that was organised and perfectly suited for the hopeful mum.

Naisula Lesuuda shares enticing photos of her grand gender reveal party

What a beauty! Photo: Naisula Lesuuda
Source: Facebook

It had every precaution in place. Sanitisers were available and invited guests made sure they social distanced at arrival.

Everyone avoided too much contact and all Naisula had to do was look pretty and sit comfortably as her people spoiled her rotten and pampered her silly.

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She shared photos from the event with her fans and soon enough, congratulatory messages started streaming in.

Naisula Lesuuda shares enticing photos of her grand gender reveal party

Before she changed into her powder pink attire. Photo: Naisula Lesuuda
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TUKO.co.ke had earlier stated the pretty politician unveiled her pregnancy back in September 2020.

She gave her fans a rare treat after posting a photo of her bump on Facebook.

It was all in a bid to participate in the once viral “three generations” challenge.

Naisula stood between her mother and grandmother as she thanked God for the gift of life and family.

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The Rate at Which Kenyan Teens Are Consuming Alcohol is Alarming!

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Even though the Alcoholic Drinks Control Act (2013) clearly states that; “No person holding a licence to manufacture, store or consume alcoholic drinks under this Act shall allow a person under the age of eighteen years to enter or gain access to the area in which the alcoholic drink is manufactured, stored or consumed,” a recent study shows that young people start consuming alcohol between the age 12 – 16 years. A bigger percentage of them receive their first drink from their friends, relatives and even parents.

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But who cares? The bar owners need money, and young people want to have fun.

44.9% of them drink on special occasions, 32.9% on school holidays, 6.6% 2-3 times a week, 5.1% daily, 5.1% once a month, 3.3% every two weeks and 2.9% once a week.

BOY SCHOOLS ACCOUNT FOR THE HIGHEST UNDERAGE ALCOHOL CONSUMPTION WHILE THE HABIT TENDS TO BE ALMOST EVENLY SKEWED BETWEEN THOSE THAT RECEIVE >3000 & <500 PER TERM AS POCKET MONEY. MINORS FROM SINGLE PARENT AND GRANDPARENT-LED FAMILIES ARE MORE LIKELY TO ENGAGE IN UNDERAGE CONSUMPTION OF ALCOHOL
Courtesy NACADA/ Ipsos

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