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New Kiambu governor to be sworn in on Friday January 31st

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The swearing in of Mr James Nyoro as Kiambu governor will be conducted on Friday January 31, 2020 at the County headquarters, according to a notice in the special issue of the Kenya Gazette and the County Gazette published late Thursday.

The notice, which was signed by the Kiambu County Secretary Martin Mbugua, also announced that the event will start at 10am.

The decision to swear the Mr Nyoro, who was impeached Ferdinand Waititu’s deputy, comes after the initial swearing failed to take place on Thursday after a judge dispatched by the Judiciary raised legal issues with the manner the event was planned.

It also comes hours after the high court declined to stop the swearing in ceremony after Mr Waititu moved to court to challenge his impeachment by the Senate and the planned swearing in of his deputy

High Court Judge James Makau instead certified the case as urgent and asked Mr Waititu to serve copies of the case documents to the parties by Friday noon before a hearing of the case on Monday.

The embattled governor had sought orders stopping the swearing-in of his deputy and the suspension of the implementation of the resolution of the Senate. He also wanted Mr Nyoro barred from assuming office or executing functions as a governor.

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Mr Waititu was impeached by the County Assembly on December 2019 and was removed on Wednesday after the Senate found him guilty of all the three charges levelled against him by the County Assembly.

READ: Senate approves Ferdinand Waititu’s impeachment

Soon after his impeachment on Wednesday, Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka published a special notice in the Kenya Gazette notifying the public of the House’s decision.

As a result of the Gazette Notice, the judiciary dispatched High Court Judge John Onyiego to conduct the swearing in ceremony.

However, the judge arrived in Kiambu and locked himself in the office, raising some legal technicalities over the process. According to the Assumption to the Office of Governor Act, an elected governor is supposed to be sworn in 10 days after declaration of election results.

ILLEGAL

Similarly, the judge argued that the date, time and venue of the event had not been gazetted, which in his opinion, rendered the process illegal. Sources say that a legal opinion was sought from the office of Attorney-General.

A source privy to the matter says the AG had argued that the issues raised by the judge only applied to a newly elected governor not a deputy governor who assumes office as a result of vacancy on the office of the governor. Solicitor-General Kennedy Ogetto was dispatched to Kiambu but he could not convince the judge.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Watch Live as Waititu and wife arrive in court, appear before magistrate

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ODM MP suspended for attending Ruto’s meeting

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has suspended Kilifi North Member of Parliament Owen Baya days after he attended Deputy President William Ruto’s meeting.

The MP was accused of switched alliances and teaming up with DP William Ruto and the party had resolved to take action on the MP over what they called “recent political alignments.”

In a statement through the Party’s Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, the party announced that the National Executive Committee (NEC) had also decided to suspend Baya from his position as the Deputy Organizing Secretary.

The party explained that the decision was made after his recent move which has cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its objectives.

“Cognizant of the central role that the party’s NEC plays in the management of the party and the need to maintain the probity of its deliberations the NEC resolved to suspend MP Owen Baya from membership of this critical organ and from his position as the Deputy Organizing Secretary given his recent public utterances and conduct that have cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its objectives,” read a statement from the party.

On Wednesday, Baya was part of a delegation of Coast MPs that escorted Feisal Abdallah Bader, an aspirant for the Msambweni parliamentary seat, to meet Deputy President William Ruto at his Karen office.

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Atwoli intensifies fight with DP Ruto over hustler tag

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has once again put Deputy President William Ruto on blast for using the ‘hustler’ tag.

Speaking during a press conference, the Atwoli stated that the tag hustler had a negative meaning which translates to someone who uses mischievous ways to get wealth.

He added that all Kenyans are yearning for is an organized system of government that could provide employment and not creating hustlers.

He pointed out that William Ruto was not poor as he makes his supporters believe and he is just using them to climb to the top. He disclosed that William Ruto owns choppers, mansions, and every space in the country.

Atwoli went on to call out the DP for the donations he has been giving out to the youths and women stating that they were just peanuts compared to the amount of wealth he has amassed over the years.

“The person telling you about being a hustler owns five choppers, a mansion and owns every empty space in the republic of Kenya. You are calling yourself a hustler and yet you are not. Even God cannot allow. Then you go to the church to cheat about being a hustler,” he said.

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A few days ago, Atwoli blasted William Ruto for using the tag while asking Kenyans to reject him stating that no one should allow themselves to be called a hustler. He claimed that hustlers are thieves.

Atwoli who claimed that he would disown his children if they referred themselves as hustlers stated that people should go to school, get an education and get jobs in reputable companies instead of hustling.

“You then become a branch manager of Kenya Breweries, get a house allowance, a car loan, and have a nice house. You are not hustlers. We cannot have a nation of hustlers because it is a man eats man society,” Atwoli said.

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Joyce Maina confirms dating sports anchor Tony Kwalanda

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After several speculations from netizens over who Joyce Maina’s mysterious man is, she has finally confirmed that she is dating Switch Tv’s sports journalist Tony Kwalanda.

The two have decided not to hide their strong emotions from the public anymore; as many of their social media fans already seemed to have uncovered their relationship.

They made the official announcement through their Instagram stories earlier today by uploading a photo of the lovebirds romantically kissing. They each also use the same picture as their phone wallpapers.

It is unclear when this work-relationship started since both the anchors work at Red Cross owned station Switch Tv.

However, just two months ago, sports journalist Tony Kwalanda confessed his long-time crush for Joyce Maina during one of his interviews on Chatspot Tv show.

At the time Tony Kwalanda was yet to meet Joyce Maina, but he confessed having watched her show several times.

He further suggested that the two go on even one date, which to our surprise, has blossomed to this beautiful union.

Joyce Maina started posting her photos with her alleged mysterious man about a week ago, which raised many speculations amongst her fans.

Some of her fans suggested that she was dating gospel singer’s Size 8 husband and Crossover show host Dj Mo.

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This story highly angered the Chatspot show host, and she angrily lashed out on live TV, calling the fake rumour-mongers ‘sad pathetic losers’ for thinking that she’d publicly post a married man.

Joyce Maina added that she does not know Dj Mo personally neither has she ever met him in person.

According to her, she likes her men dark skin and also she would never break a stable home as she knows the importance of children growing with both parents.

Tony Kwalanda started working at Switch TV about three months ago after being fired from K24 TV where he had worked for 11 years. He was among over 100 journalists who had been laid off by the station over alleged redundancy.

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