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Uhuru targets DP’s Mt Kenya allies in fresh purge

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As Jubilee Party MPs await their parliamentary group meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta, the onslaught against Deputy President William Ruto’s men in the Senate continues with a shake-up of committees expected today.

The Nation has learnt that Dr Ruto’s allies from Mt Kenya are the target of the shake-up, as Mr Kenyatta consolidates his power.

According to the plan, senators from Dr Ruto’s Rift Valley backyard will be spared, in a move that observers say is a divide-and-rule tactic to totally isolate the DP.

The attack on the lawmakers comes just days after five nominated senators were issued with show-cause letters after they skipped the parliamentary group meeting in which a resolution was made to sack Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and Majority Whip Susan Kihika.

“It is a normal house cleaning process. We must clean the house and have in place individuals who will promote and protect the interests of the party and government policies,” Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju.

Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata denied claims that the decision to shake-up the committee is discriminatory.

“Under the commonwealth practice and party rules, lawmakers have a specific agenda of pushing party positions, both in and out of Parliament. When they openly defy the party leader, the essence of democracy is killed,” he said, adding that there will be no let up until all rebels are pushed out of the party.

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On the chopping block are senators John Kinyua and Mahamud Mohamed, who chair the Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations Committee and Finance and Budget Committee, respectively.

Others are nominated senators Naomi Waqo and Millicent Omanga, the chair and vice-chair of the National Cohesion Committee, Meru Senator Mithika Linturi, who is the vice-chair of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee, and Lamu Senator Anuar Loitiptip, the vice-chair of the Trade and Tourism Committee. Also targeted is nominated Senator Victor Prengei, who is the vice-chair of the Lands Committee.

Others like senator Christopher Langat, who chairs the committee on Education and Mr Samson Cherarkey (Justice and Legal Affairs) will be spared because, according to a source, “they have no choice but support the DP for their own survival”.

Uasin Gishu Senator Margret Kamar and nominated senator Alice Milgo, both who attended the meeting, are the likely beneficiaries of the changes, with sources indicating they will be promoted to chair committees.

Already, five nominated senators are facing disciplinary action after they skipped the PG at State House last week.

DISCIPLINARY ACTION

And even as the onslaught continues in the Senate, it also emerged three nominated senators could escape the disciplinary action after they retreated and pledged their allegiance to the President

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Ms Mary Seneta is the latest legislator to explain her absence. In a statement, the senator said she had planned to attend but fell sick “in the build-up to the meeting”.

“I was ready to give my full support but I was unwell. I, however, assure you that I do not diminish the decisions of the party,” she said in a letter to party chairman Nelson Dzuya.

A former Kajiado woman representative, Ms Seneta becomes the third nominated senator to express remorse over missing the PG.

Other are Ms Waqo and Christine Zawadi. Senators Omanga and Victor Prengei have remained mum since they received their letters on Wednesday.

Mr Tuju insisted that the process for expelling the lawmakers from the party is well on course and their fate now lies with the party’s disciplinary committee.

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Official video of Kenyan MPs participating in ‘Jerusalema Challenge’ released

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The awaited video of Kenyan politicians dancing to the ‘Jerusalama’ hit song has finally been uploaded on their Kenya’s National Assembly YouTube.

This comes just a few weeks after Suba North MP Millie Odhiambo proposed this motion in parliament; hoping to be the first parliament in the world to take part in the challenge. And for a minute many assumed that this could not work; until the video finally surfaced on online on Wednesday, 21 October.

Probably because this challenge had already been exhausted by many judging from the many videos of the challenge circulating on social media.

Kenyan politicians participate in Jerusalema video

Anyway, whether you like it or not, Kenyan politicians have gone ahead to release a new video; showing off their dance moves in their ‘Jerusalama challenge.‘ In a video shared less than 2 hours ago, the many politicians are seen grooving to the South African hit song….. and we love it!

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Governor Kingi tell off DP Ruto over hustler movement

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has torn into wheelbarrow initiatives by Deputy President William Ruto terming it a political gimmick that has no benefit to Kenyans.

While addressing Kilifi residents during this year’s Mashujaa Day celebrations at Pwani University grounds the governor said Kenyans will only be freed from poverty, tribalism, and unemployment through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

“The same that are opposing the BBI are the ones going out to give out wheelbarrows as handouts. So they are blocking you from getting the benefits of the BBI and think that they can blindfold you with wheelbarrows,” he said.

Kingi who was in the company of Kilifi County Commissioner Kutswa Olaka said that the BBI report has outlined various interventions including increasing money to counties from the current 15 per cent they are receiving, a situation he said will improve the lives of the residents in counties.

“We have been pushing for the increase of funds to counties from the current 15 per cent and that has been addressed in the BBI report. But it baffles me that someone would go to an extent of opposing the document with all these interventions and then the only thing he gives is wheelbarrows. This is unfair and such people should be ignored,” the governor added.

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Kingi downplayed the hustler narrative saying that the DP is far away richer than the people he wants to lie to always.

“If you are hustler like him, then show me your chopper, your luxury houses not one and the luxury cars you own and then we shall know that you are like him. Other than that, then you are cheating yourself away,” he said.

He called on President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga to immediately release the contents of the BBI report to Kenyans so that the speculative agenda by the Tangatanga team can be silenced.

“If we continue to withhold the report, the prophets of doom will continue to speculate and continue to lie to Kenyans about its contents, I am asking the President and Mr Odinga to release the report,” he added.

Kingi also promised to help deliver and explain the BBI document to his residents, insisting that he will lead in ensuring that Kilifi gets to know the importance of what is contained in the document.

“I will move out as a Governor in 2022 and another person will come in but if BBI is not addressed then the challenges that are there will still exist. I will be in my most pains when after retirement, the only thing I will see in Kilifi is wheelbarrows. That is not what we want as Kilifi residents,” he said.

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Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee named the new Harambee Stars coach

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Celebrated coach and media personality Jacob Ghost Mulee has made a return to the National team.

This comes just a day after Head coach Francis Kimanzi and his entire technical team was shown the door.

Football Kenya Federation (FKF) confirmed the appointment of Jacob ‘Ghost’ Mulee and has since unveiled him.

Mulee first assignment is to prepare the team that will face Comoros in AFCON Qualifier match that’s set to be played in November.

Kimanzi left the scene after he masterminded what had been tipped to be an unlikely friendly win against Zambia on October 9 at Nyayo Stadium.

He was appointed in 2019 to replace Sebastien Migne who he worked with as an assistant coach.

Mulee return reminds Kenyans when national team charges helped to qualify for the 2004 Afcon edition in Tunisia.

He is also credited to have mentored the current J1 League top scorer Michael Olunga and his appointment has provided an opportunity for the duo to work again at national level.

Under Nick Mwendwa Mulee becomes the fifth coach to have been appointed since he took office in 2016.

Stanley Okumbi took over in February 2016 and exited in October 2017 while Paul Put who led Kenya to Cecafa title took over in November 2017 and left in February 2018.

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Migne who led the country to the 2019 Afcon finals but, a Chan qualifying setback against Tanzania saw him part ways with the team on mutual consent paving the way for Kimanzi’s rise to the helm.

Kimanzi remained in charge from August 2019 to October 20, 2020, and he left just days after Mwendwa had secured another four-year term as the FKF president.

Mulee and his technical bench are expected to help Harambee Stars fight for back-to-back Afcon qualifications with two matches against Egypt and Togo already played.

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