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IEBC spent Sh202m on legal fees in 2017

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) incurred Sh202 million in legal fees in 2017.

In its latest report tabled at the National Assembly last week, the amount is part of the commission’s Sh361.7 million in accrued expenditure for the 2018/19 financial year.

The Sh202 million was paid to law firms that represented the commission in disputes — from nominations to the outcome of the August 8, 2017 General Election.

The National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale notes in the report that the petitions started from the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal (PPDT) to the appeal courts.

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The election of Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua, Mohamed Abdi (Wajir) and Cyprian Awiti (Homa Bay) are some of the disputes that were determined by the Supreme Court.

Former Gichugu MP Martha Karua also unsuccessfully challenged the election of Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru at the apex court.

Kimani and Company advocates, which handled 14 petitions, pocketed Sh29.7 million.

A.B. Patel and Company Advocates took home Sh5.5 million in the Supreme Court case involving Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho, while Abdulahi Gitari and Odhiambo Advocates pocketed Sh4.1 million in former MP Zebedeo Opore’s matter.

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The National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi directed that the House Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs considers the IEBC report. It’s chaired by Baringo North MP William Cheptumo.

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“I direct that the report be committed to the Justice committee so that it tables a report in this House for adoption,” Mr Muturi said.

This is not the first time the commission is incurring huge legal bills.

In 2018, then-IEBC Chief Executive Officer Ezra Chiloba told MPs that they paid lawyer Ahmednassir Abdullahi Sh40 million for his services in the 2013 presidential election petition, filed by ODM leader Raila Odinga against the Jubilee coalition’s Uhuru Kenyatta.

Mr Abdullahi represented then- IEBC boss Issack Hassan while Aurelio Rebello was paid Sh30 million for acting for the commission.

However, the IEBC could not offer a proper explanation to the


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Kenyan man Patrick Macharia Kooro passes away in Texas, USA

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It is with humble acceptance of God’s will that we announce the promotion to glory of Patrick Macharia Kooro that occurred in Dallas, Texas on Saturday, 11/28/2020 after a short illness.

He was husband to Ruth Kooro (NJ), father to Stephen and Peris Kooro (both of Dallas, TX) and brother to Jane Njuguna (Delaware). The family lived in Union, New Jersey for many years and is in the process of returning to Kenya.

Macharia was a great uncle, grandpa, and friend to many in Kenya, the US and Diaspora at large.

Macharia’s wish and request from the family is to be laid to rest in Kenya. It is our humble request and with humility that we seek your assistance in prayer and financial support so that we can get our departed brother to his final resting place.

Kindly reach out to support and uplift the family.  Financial assistance can be forwarded via CashApp or Zelle:

  • Ruth Kooro: 908-347-7718
  • Jane Njuguna: 302-379-2298

Those in Kenya, use mama Kooro’s MPesa: +254718746275

For more information, please contact:

  • Dr Isaac Kuria: 301-512-8535
  • George Kihanya: 908-764-6111
  • Cyrus Mbatha: 302-540-7720
  • Esther Njuguna: 302-345-3080
  • Benson Muhuthia: 919-345-1402
  • Gichingiri Muchiri: 732-841-5658
  • June Waweru: +254722408622
  • Stephen Mwaura: +254722302301
  • Robert Chutha: +254722864692
  • Dr George Njoroge: +254707181282
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Be blessed and thanks immensely for your prayers and support.

2 Tim 4:7: I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.


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Kivutha Kibwana claims drones have been hovering over his residence

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Makueni Governor Prof Kivutha Kibwana on Tuesday claimed drones have been hovering over his residence in recent days because of his stance on the BBI report.

Speaking during an interview on Spice FM, Kibwana described the BBI as ‘poison’, saying Kenyans should be wary of it.

“Even when you called me, the phone call was going to somebody else, a lady was answering the phone which I had in my hands.

“There are drones hovering over my place…we wanted to shoot one of them but we warned that if we shoot it the owner would come for us,” he said.

Adding: “Kenyans must know this is poison and they do not want to drink poison because they don’t want to die.”

The governor further opined that some leaders are pushing for the BBI to rise to power in 2022.

“I think there are people who want power in 2022 and they have decided that the best way to get power is to do this ‘Constitution’ so that it can get them to that destination.

“This is not how we change a Constitution…you are looking at 78 provisions in a Constitution which has 264 provisions. If you are looking to change 13 chapters out of 18, you are actually basically overthrowing the current Constitution without a process and up to now the Referendum Law has not been passed,” he said.

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Kibwana recently joined Kericho and Nandi counties in seeking the court’s interpretation on how the 2010 Constitution should be amended.

The governor, in the case filed before the Supreme Court, wants the court to rule on whether a proposed amendment to the Constitution should only be limited to one issue and whether national or county governments or state and public officers can promote constitutional amendment through a popular initiative.

Speaking to journalists on Monday, the Makueni boss said he believes that a bill meant to amend the Constitution should be limited to only one constitutional issue at a time thus safeguarding the Constitution from being abused, replaced, or completely overhauled and protecting the right of free citizen participation. 

“It makes it easy for the public to understand what issue is proposed to be amended and for the people to freely exercise their will on whether to support the amendment without being confused about having to choose between too many issues,” said the Makueni governor.

He is also asking the Supreme Court to clarify if the popular initiative route was set out exclusively for the people and whether it is legal for public and state officers to use the same to promote a bill to amend the Constitution.

The governor holds that the popular initiative was designed to be steered by the people and not state officers using state resources. He says an advantage for state officers will lead to unfair competition against any group or person seeking to oppose the bill due to their limited resources.

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President Uhuru calls Joe Biden, duo to work together

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday phoned Joe Biden and congratulated him on winning the presidential election, weeks after the US went to the polls.

Americans chose Democrat Biden as their 46th president last month after winning the Electoral College that will be ratified in two weeks. His election marked the end of Donald Trump’s administration, a Republican, who has had a lifelong obsession with power.

The US president-elect who spoke with President Uhuru on phone offered his gratitude for his congratulations and expressed his appreciation for the strong and lasting ties between the two countries.

At the same time, Biden conveyed his interest in building on that partnership across a range of issues, including tackling the threat of climate change, supporting refugees and their host communities, and addressing challenges of regional security and instability.

Uhuru in his congratulatory message to Biden on November 8, had termed Biden’s win as a demonstration of Americans’ confidence in the former Vice President’s leadership credentials.

“Americans have spoken loudly and clearly through their votes, by picking a highly experienced, colourfully decorated and long-serving leader to become their next Head of State,” Uhuru said.

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He added: “On behalf of the people and the Government of Kenya, I congratulate President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris for their emphatic win and wish them all the best as they prepare to lead the United States of America into a future of prosperity.”

The former vice president has vowed to restore the character of the United States nation and bring dignity back to the White House after a four-year rule by his predecessor that was marked with lies, racism and police brutality.

Biden, 78, will become the oldest president when he is inaugurated in January 2021.

He broke President Barrack Obama’s record for most votes ever cast for a US presidential candidate.

In the popular national vote, which does not decide the result but still has political and symbolic heft, Biden won by 51 to 47 percent.

In 2008, Barack Obama earned 69,498,516 votes in the presidential election, the most ever. Now, Biden, who was Obama’s former vice president, has far surpassed that tally, setting a new record with more than 80,026,000 votes.

On November 7, CNN projected Biden will be the 46th president after he secured a total of 306 electoral votes against Trump’s 232.

By STandardmedia.co.ke


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