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Kibera slum set for ‘major face lift’

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Kibera slum is set for a major facelift after the Nairobi Metropolitan Service (NMS) declared the informal settlement a special planning area and suspended any further development in the area for two years.

NMS Director General Mohammed Badi suspended any development in Lindi, Makina, Laini Saba and Sarang’ombe Wards, with exception of Ayany and Olympic Estate, in the sub-County for a period of not more than two years.

The move is aimed at allowing for the formulation of harmonised standards and guidelines for buildings and other forms of development in the area as defined under laws governing land use and planning.

“Consequently, there shall be no more development in the mentioned areas and developments are hereby suspended for a period of not more than two years from the date of this notice,” read the May 26, 2020 notice.

Permission granted six months prior

He, however, stated that the declaration does not affect development permission granted six months prior to the notice.

Kibera slum, reportedly the largest urban informal settlement in Africa, has been synonymous with sprawling shanties teeming with thousands of people crammed up in crammed structures.

It is in light of this that Major General Badi said the move to declare the mentioned areas special planning area is to enable preparation of a participatory, economically feasible, socially and environmentally sustainable physical development plan in accordance with the provisions of physical and Land Use Planning Act, 2019.

He explained that the declaration would guide the implementation of strategic interventions for improvement of socio-economic and environmental aspects of the area as well as providing for a framework for enhancing people’s fundamental rights to live with basic dignity and in decent conditions.

The plan will be reference framework for developers and regulatory agencies with regard to development control processes and infrastructure provision within the planning area.

The public will be able to have a view of the physical map of the affected areas after it is posted at the precincts of the county government offices at City Hall, the county’s official website and the offices of the Ward administrators of the respective wards.

The declaration of Kibera as a special planning area now brings to three informal settlements in Nairobi County that have undergone such status.

The four informal settlement areas join
Mukuru slums, running all the way from Marigoini all the way to Ziwandani, and Mji wa Huruma near Runda special planning areas after a similar declaration in August 2017.

The declaration also put a stop to any further development in the area for a two year period until a Mukuru Intergrated Development Plan was formulated.

A total of Sh56 million was set aside for the pilot programme with Sh20 million going towards the facilitation of planning of the informal settlements upgrading while a further Sh36 million for land surveying, registration, roads and sewers and planning of Mukuru Special Planning Area.

On February 14, 2020, City Hall together with the Ministry of Transport and Infrastructure declared the Nairobi Central Railway Station and its surrounding bound by Haile Selassie Avenue, Uhuru Highway, Bunyala Road, Commercial Street and Landhies Road measuring 172 hectares, a special planning area.

The plan was to complement the existing Central Business District and transform the main Central Railway Station and its immediate environs into a world-class railway city.

By NN

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See photo of exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna looking worn out that has worried netizens

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An post meeting photo of Kenyan exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna with a friend in Canada has left his online followers asking government to allow him back.

Miguna had a joint photo with one Jackson Igbinosun at the Black Gold Think Tank but it was his apparent unkempt beard and now slender body that many netizens noticed.

 

Miguna Miguna.Miguna Miguna and his friendJackson Igbinosun at the Black Gold Think Tank. Photo: Miguna Miguna.
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According to the online community, the firebrand politician looked weary, fatigued and much older, joking that he was aging before he could liberate them from “despotic jaws”.

“You are getting older each day general before you liberate us from the despots. We still believe, hope and trust in you,” joked Olleta Dennis.

Miguna Miguna.Miguna Miguna when he stranded in Berlin after the government issued a red alert against his flight back to Nairobi. Photo: Miguna Miguna.
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Some even chided him that he was no longer the self-declared general they knew two years ago on the night of his deportation when government authorities allegedly sedated him.

Miguna was kicked out of the country in 2018 after his involvement in the infamous swearing in of the ODM party boss Raila Odinga as the ‘people’s president’.

He made several futile attempts to fly back home in January 2020, but the government issued a red alert to block his return.

After his last deportation on March 28, 2018, he continued to live in his adopted country Canada.

By Tuko.co.ke

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What killed popular televangelist Morris Cerullo

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One of the most celebrated televangelists Morris Cerullo has died.

The evangelist has been battling pneumonia over the past few days.

On July 9, a message posted on his Facebook page revealed that not all was well and the end was nigh for the preacher.

“Urgent Prayer Request: Dear Friends, we would appreciate your immediate prayers for Dr Cerullo who is being treated for pneumonia at the hospital. Please also pray for Theresa who has been working around the clock to assist in his care. She needs your prayers too for extra strength at this time. Thank you for all your thoughts and prayers for Morris and Theresa!” read the post which attracted over 32,000 reactions, 14,000 comments and 3,500 shares.

Born 88 years ago in Passaic, New Jersey, US, Cerullo grew to become one of the most listened to and watched preachers of all time, perhaps in the league of renowned televangelists like Billy Graham.Young Cerullo grew up in orphanages after his parents died in a road crash. Having been born into a Jewish-Italian family, he converted to Christianity at the age of 14, a move which is said to have not gone well with the owners of the Orthodox Jewish orphanage.

He ran away and started preaching at the age of 16. He would later conduct several open-air crusades and ministry meetings across the world. His ministry was premised on healing and miracles. At the age of 59, he bought the assets of the bankrupt ministry of Jim Bakker.

An astute businessman, Cerullo invested in media and bought a cable news network called PTL which he later renamed INSP-The Inspiration Network of which one of his sons would become CEO and later chairman. The evangelist got married to Theresa in 1951 and were blessed with three children, David, Susan and Mark.

His ministry went beyond the US and to various continents in the world including Africa. He came to Kenya in August 2017 and paid a courtesy call to President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi. He also visited Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia during that tour.

But Cerullo has had his own fair share of controversy. At one point he was accused of tax evasion in California but the charges were dropped. In another incident, the preacher was accused of having underrepresented his income between 1998 and 2000 but on August 8, 2007, a court in California ordered the indictment to be dropped. In 2001, a group calling itself UK Apologetics took on the preacher accusing him of what they called ‘Massive Distortions’, questioning his mode of preaching.

The group charged: “Cerullo, who is widely-known to be fabulously wealthy, has claimed many miracles but many observers strongly question the validity of some of these claimed ‘miracles,’ indeed, a few of these are genuinely tragic. One such case is the case of the little girl, riddled with cancer, who is informed by Cerrullo that she is “healed.”

Tragically this poor little girl was dead within weeks.”In 1991, he was accused for airing miracles he claimed to have performed, leading to the suspension of the license of a TV station or broadcasting a programme dubbed Victory with Moris Cerullo, until the station agreed to place a disclaimer stating, “Morris Cerullo World Evangelism cannot substantiate the claims made by participants featured in this programme.”

His death was yesterday received with an outpouring of grief on social media. John King’oo, a Nairobi resident, wrote on Facebook: Rest in power Dr Morris Cerullo. Immediately after high school, I attended your meetings in Nairobi.

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Chaos as armed goons storm Ford Kenya party headquarters

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Chaos ensued at Ford Kenya party headquarters in Nairobi on Sunday, July 12 after heavily armed goons stormed the offices a around 10am.

Party officials who were within the premises were forced to run for their safety after the goons started throwing stones as others were slowly approaching the premises while carrying scary batons.

The goons were ferried in motorbikes to the office headquarters but were denied access as the gates were closed and resorted to throwing stones at the offices.

They left behind a trail of destruction after they heard police were called on them.

Although the intention of the attack remains unknown, the Ford Kenya party has been in the news headlines with leaders fighting over party positions.

The beef between party members started when a group of party officials led by Secretary-General Eseli Simuyu removed Bungoma senator Moses Wetang’ula from party leader position on May 31.

The officials then appointed Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi as the interim party boss.

However, the move sparked a heated reaction from Wetang’ula’s team who came out accusing Eseli and Wamunyinyi of being used by other parties to stage a coup in Ford Kenya party.

The changes were later communicated to the Political Parties Registrar Anne Nderitu who notified the public and asked those opposed to it to come forward.

Wetang’ula’s team launched a case against the changes and Nderitu threw out the changes over anomalies that were not in accordance to the party Constitution.

Eseli and Wamunyinyi were late ejected from their leadership positions but the changes would not be affected.

In a preliminary ruling, Nderitu said the Parliamentary Group meeting and the National Executive Council(NEC) that suspended the duo was not properly convened and lacked a quorum.

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