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Ndindi Nyoro accuses Raila of masterminding the new revenue sharing formula rejection

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Kiharu MP Ndindi Nyoro has accused Opposition chief Raila Odinga of masterminding the rejection of revenue allocation formula proposed by the Commission of Revenue Allocation (CRA) on how counties should share the KSh 316 billion kitty in 2020/2021 financial year.

The formula which flopped at the Senate for the fifth time on Tuesday, July 28, saw majority of senators allied to the opposition outfit vehemently reject it on grounds that it was designed to rob marginalised counties of resources to benefit the already well-endowed.

Speaking on Thursday, July 30, Nyoro claimed the former premier sent text messages to ODM senators and asked them to shoot down the proposed formula or risk losing their seats.

“The day that formula was supposed to be passed. He (Raila) wrote on newspapers asking senators to vote for the formula. However, on the same day, he sent messages to his allies telling them that if the formula is approved they would lose their seats,” said the Kiharu lawmaker.

Nyoro’s sentiments came in the backdrop of growing concerns on the visibly dwindling political ties between President Uhuru Kenyatta and the ODM leader.

A section of leaders from Mt Kenya region most of whom are allies of the president have started to lament about the erstwhile formidable relationship which was founded on March 9, 2018, through what became to be popularly known as the handshake.A@

On Saturday, July 25, Senate Chief Whip Irungu Kang’ata caused a stir after declaring he would be lobbying leaders from Mt Kenya region to reject the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report if the senators allied to the opposition chief were not going to support the proposed revenue formula.

“For us we have made the decision that on Tuesday no passage of the formula no BBI ,” said Kang’ata after walking out of a stormy meeting that saw the formula flop.

On Tuesday, Senate Deputy Speaker was forced to adjourn the sitting after lawmakers failed to agree on the proposals despite spending over eight hours in the House trying to reach a consensus.

At least 25 senators voted against the new formula, throwing it under the bus for the fifth time.

Shortly after shooting down the proposal, the defiant senators were heard signing and pledging loyalty to Kenya as they walked out of the chambers.

On Thursday, July 23, Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka was forced to adjourn a sitting that had been convened to discuss the proposal after it became palpable the formula was going to be shot down.

Lusaka’s decision was highly criticised with a sector of senators led by Mutula Kilonzo Junior threatening to impeach him.

The deputy had 10 days earlier postponed the debate on the elusive formula after senators failed to agree.

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Timmy Tdat shows off costly village mansion

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Kenyan musician Timothy Otieno, alias Timmy Tdat has joined the list of Kenyan celebrities who own costly mansions.

On Thursday, October 1, Tdat showed off his almost complete home.

Tdat’s costly house, attracted lots of congratulatory message from his fans, who congratulated him for putting up a village home.

Following the update, the artiste has now joined the growing list of celebrities in Kenya who have built their own houses.

Other celebrities who have shared photos of their house include; Jalang’o, Teddy B Producer, Comedian Oga Obinna, Anthony Ndiema and singer Sudi Boy.

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John Legend, wife suffer pregnancy loss 

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Chrissy Teigen and John Legend have been left devastated by the death of their newborn son.

Taking to Instagram on Wednesday evening, Chrissy shared the heartbreaking news with fans.

The 34-year-old model shared a series of deeply candid photographs of herself, her 41-year-old husband John, and their baby son, who they named Jack.

“We are shocked and in the kind of deep pain you only hear about, the kind of pain we’ve never felt before. We were never able to stop the bleeding and give our baby the fluids he needed, despite bags and bags of blood transfusions. It just wasn’t enough.

“We never decide on our babies’ names until the last possible moment after they’re born, just before we leave the hospital. But we, for some reason, had started to call this little guy in my belly Jack. So he will always be Jack to us. Jack worked so hard to be a part of our little family, and he will be, forever.

“To our Jack – I’m so sorry that the first few moments of your life were met with so many complications, that we couldn’t give you the home you needed to survive. We will always love you. Thank you to everyone who has been sending us positive energy, thoughts and prayers.

“We feel all of your love and truly appreciate you. We are so grateful for the life we have, for our wonderful babies Luna and Miles, for all the amazing things we’ve been able to experience. But everyday can’t be full of sunshine. On this darkest of days, we will grieve, we will cry our eyes out. But we will hug and love each other harder and get through it,”Chrissy wrote.

John Legend also took to social media to mourn the loss of their son.

“We love you, Jack” alongside a string of black heart emojis. Chrissy later wrote on Twitter: “Driving home from the hospital with no baby. How can this be real?” he wrote

On Sunday night, Chrissy had been admitted to hospital as she was suffering from excessive bleeding.

The star had been documenting her pregnancy online and had updated fans with her treatment in hospital.

She had shared updates of the blood transfusions she had received in hospital and had explained that her bleeding issues had been occurring for “little less than a month”.

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Uhuru signs Sh180 billion deal during visit to France

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President Uhuru Kenyatta kicked off his France visit at Elysee Palace on Wednesday the 30th of September 2020, where his host Emmanuel Macron warmly welcomed him.

Shortly after 9 PM local time, Uuru inspected a guard of honor by the French Military marking the start of an elaborate state reception ceremony.

The two leaders then witnessed the signing of three bilateral agreements before they led their delegates to a State banquet.

Macron had held the celebration in honor of Uhuru as the visiting leader.

The two heads of state then retreated for private talks.

The two leaders reached a Private Public Partnership (PPP) for the Nairobi-Nakuru-Mau Summit Highway construction, signed between Vinci Concessions and KeNHA.

This Summit Highway is among the largest PPP projects in East Africa.

Kenya’s ambassador to France, Prof Judi Wakhungu, also explained that this highway would decongest the existing road.

She further noted that this highway is essential since it facilitates the transportation of goods to other countries.

“We hope that extending this highway, which is going to be about 200km, again, it will ease traffic on that particular very, very important route. I need not remind Kenyans that this is a major highway that connects Mombasa, Nairobi, and all the way to Uganda, Rwanda, and other parts of Central Africa,” Prof Wakhungu said.

The leaders also agreed on the commuter railway from the Nairobi CBD to the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.

According to Wakhungu, the railway will ease the movement of people in the city.

She also expressed her hope that businesses along the rail will boom.

“Our aspiration is to see that this commuter railway line eases traffic in Nairobi but also eases the movement of people within Nairobi. We hope that along the route and the surrounding areas, other businesses will be able to grow,” Prof Wakhungu said.

Uhuru and Macron also reached an agreement on the 400KV Menengai-Rongai electricity transmission line.

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