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Ekuru Aukot sued for child negligence 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Thirdway Alliance party leader Ekuru Aukot has been accused of neglecting a minor he sired in 2017 with a city woman identified as Beatrice Kikunga.

Kikunga claimed she was in a relationship with Aukot from 2011 to 2018, resulting in the birth of the child a year before Aukut abandoned them and refused to provide for them.

Court documents showed the woman demanded the former presidential aspirant be directed to pay over Ksh 100,000 in child support per month.

“Our relationship was steady until early 2018 when Aukot neglected us and declined to take responsibility for the minor despite knowing that the child has to be provided with basic needs,” Kikunga lamented.

The money will be distributed among a house help, entertainment, utilities, rent and the child’s basic needs including food, shelter and clothing.

When Kikunga instituted the suit in February 2020, senior resident Magistrate HM Mbatia ordered that the two go for a DNA test on February 28 to settle a paternity dispute.

However, Aukot did not turn up for the test and on March 13, 2020, she filed another suit through lawyer Elvis Abenga to sue the politician for contempt of court.

“Aukot completely ignored the order issued by the court directing the parties to undertake a DNA test to ascertain the minor’s paternity,” read the suit by Abenga.

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“He did not even make an effort to comply with the order for the test,” added Abenga.

According to the documents, the magistrate directed Aukot to conduct another DNA test for the child on July 7, 2020, at Lancet Laboratories and present it to court on Friday, July 24.

In her application, Kikunga lamented she was struggling to raise the minor on her own since she was jobless and that she had been locked out of her house due to accrued rent.

“I am struggling by doing odd jobs yet the father can facilitate his maintenance and is an advocate of the High Court too,” Kikunga stated.

The Thirdway Alliance party leader is married to Lorna Wanjiru Mathenge and the couple is blessed with two daughters, Naro Njeri Aukot and Alakara Muthoni Aukot.

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Havi asks Treasury to stop paying MPs 

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Following Chief Justice’s letter to President Uhuru Kenyatta asking him to dissolve parliament, legislatures are yet to get a dose of their medicine.

The Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi has requested Treasury to stop disbursing salaries meant for members of parliament.

Maraga had on Monday, September 21 advised President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve parliament because it failed to pass the two-thirds gender rule.

According to LSK’s President, Maraga’s directive stripped members of parliament their legislative powers, hence, rendering all their business unlawful.

“Following the request from the CJ today to the Head of State, all laws passed by the Senate and National Assembly remain null and void. Consequently, Treasury must stop disbursing their salaries as any role they indulge in will have no effect,” stated Nelson Havi.

Additionally, the LSK President faulted some legislatures for claiming the Chief Justice’s advisory didn’t have a time frame compliance that would bind President Kenyatta.

Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kangata, on the other hand, suggested that the Head of State will have complied with the directive if he dissolved parliament in June 2022, sometime before the general elections.

Havi further added that he knew of some legislatures who were ready to resign before President Kenyatta dissolved parliament.

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Among those who were ready to quit include Peter Kaluma of Homa Bay, Alice Wahome (Kandara), Uasin Gishu woman representative Gladys Shollei, and Senator Mutula Kilonzo of Makueni.

Speaker Justine Muturi at the same time added that dissolving parliament was unnecessary because it was expensive since it would require a referendum to pass the two-thirds gender rule.

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Kenya Airways resume flights to Tanzania 

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The national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) has announced a resumption of flights to Tanzania after lifting a ban that had been imposed on local aviation operators.

KQ has announced that it will operate two daily flights to Dar es Salaam and three weekly flights to Zanzibar.

The first after-lockdown flight was made to Dar es Salaam on Monday while flights to Zanzibar are expected to return from this coming Saturday.

While announcing the resumption of flights, KQ’s Group CEO Allan Kilavuka said the connectivity is crucial to both economies.

“We are pleased to resume our services to Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar following this announcement by the Tanzanian Government. Tanzania is critical to both Kenya and East Africa’s economic growth and we look forward to our continued collaboration,” he said.

The Tanzanian government, on Wednesday last week announced a lifting of the ban initially imposed to local carriers after a decision by Kenya to exempt arrivals from Tanzania from forced quarantine.

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Sakaja reveals how he owned Mercedes Benz in campus

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Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja has revealed how he got to own a new Mercedes Benz while still in campus.

Sakaa revealed that after joining Univeristy of Nairobi he got into student politics which afforded him privileges such as nice rooms and being able to set up businesses around the school.

Luckily, while he was the chairman of SONU, he landed a role in former President Mwai Kibaki’s administration.

“The first time I met Kibaki was in 2006 after the referendum. He asked to hear my dreams about the country and I started working with him.

“We established the Vijana na Kibaki initiative and started mobilising in universities and that is how I bought my first car a green Mercedes Benz,” he explained.

In the run up to the 2007 election, he took a lead role in rallying support for the presidential secretariat and during the 2008 post-election crisis.

Sakaja’s resolve to see a solution found resulted in him addressing President Mwai Kibaki’s Cabinet at the age of 22.

At the age of 24, Sakaja had written a section of the 2010 constitution.

When he came up with the formula for the delimitation of constituencies.

Sakaja had been consulted by Nancy Gitau, who was State House’s political advisor.

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She asked him for his views on the said topic and he responded that he would think about it and advice.

When the team that was working on the draft laws retreated to Naivasha, he represented PNU whereas ODM had brought a very senior professor.

Kibaki and the rest of the team were so impressed by the 24-year-old that they chose Sakaja’s proposal over the professor’s.

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