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MP offers Dennis Okari Sh500,000 after COVID-19 exposé

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BY KEVIN KOECH

NTV Investigative Reporter Dennis Okari was on Tuesday, August 25 offered Ksh500,000 by Kimilili MP Didmus Barasa following his exposé dubbed Covid-19 millionaires.

The MP revealed that the money will cater for his legal fees after Megascope CEO Richard Ngatia moved to court claiming Okari relied on statements from untrustworthy sources.

Barasa commended the investigative piece by Okari, claiming that, after the exposé, Covid-19 cases being reported in the country reduced.

“Because of his exposé we have seen the numbers dropping from 600’s to 100’s, it means that he has foiled the business that was benefiting from the numbers going up.

“I will send the money to him because I’m told some people have sued him so I want to lead Kenyans in standing with Okari for exposing the Covid-19 millionaires,” he explained.

The Kimilili MP added that he is willing to offer the cash to Okari without the NTV investigate reporter asking for it.

He noted that he will look for Okari’s lawyer to ensure that the cash is transferred to him by Thursday, August 27, when he travels to Nairobi.

Barasa claimed that some of the names implicated in the Covid-19 corruption scandal colluded to manufacture substandard Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) to mint money.

“I am informed that these people, after selling all the donated PPEs, they may have resorted to manufacturing contraband PPEs to sell.

“If you look at the people who are mentioned are the vocal ODM MPs, this tells you that we people of Mulembe nation are worried after they formed government, they can sell our land to Uganda,” he claimed.

The MP urged the Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji, to apprehend and charge Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe with manslaughter.

Barasa also cited foreign donors who have threatened to withdraw their funding due to misappropriation of the Covid-19 funds.

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Absentee West Pokot deputy governor put on the spot

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Senators have requested West Pokot MCAs to impeach the deputy governor Nicholas Atudonyang, who has been working as a doctor in Texas since 2018.

The Devolution and Intergovernmental Relations Committee in a dire recommendation stated on Wednesday that impeachment would help solve the situation.

“We would like to request West Pokot county assembly to organize impeachment as a last resort to the pending problem, as expected by the law,” stated Moses Kajwang, the committee’s chairman.

The committee decided after over John Lonyangapuo wrote to the county assembly, and copied to Senate regarding working with an absentee deputy governor.

According to the committee, the only provision by the law is an impeachment of the deputy who has absconded duty for almost two years.

The Constitution clearly states the office of the deputy becomes vacant if he resigns in writing to the governor, die, or fails to appear for elections.

Additionally, it states that the office becomes vacant after the individual is arrested and jailed for 12 months or impeached by the county assembly.

Since he was sworn in, Atudonyang hasn’t been in the country. Close sources reveal that he practises medicine in the United States. He has however continued earning money from the public cash box as assistant governor

The deputy governor is a family medicine practitioner in Allen, Texas. Othe reports state that he works as a neurosurgeon, while others believe that he was sourcing medical equipment for West Pokot hospitals and working without pay.

Lonyangapuo last year defended his deputy before a senate committee saying he was away taking care of his premature baby, and he was also away on medical grounds.

At the same time, the Kajwang led committee wrote to Nairobi’s governor Mike Sonko regarding appointing a new deputy governor.

Lonyangapuo’s deputy last visited the country in December 2018, as explained by the West Pokot county boss to the Senate Investments Committee and County Public Accounts.

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DP Ruto hits at rivals, ‘deep state’ yet again 

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Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday 24 September 2020 dared his rivals aiming for the Presidential seat in the coming general elections stating that his camp was more than ready to tackle them even if it is before 2022.

Addressing a huge crowd in Kajiado County, the DP who was accompanied by almost 50 Members of Parliament stated that those who want to go against his camp in the 2022 general elections must be ready.

While referring to his camp and supporters as the ‘Hustler nation’, he stressed out that his rivals should stop using fear and intimidation and give Kenyans hope and vision for the country.

“The hustler nation is ready, even if the election is held tomorrow. Those who want to face us must also be ready. We don’t want them to keep selling us fear and intimidation. We want hopes and a vision for this country,” he said.

DP Ruto stated that his people were not scared of the ‘system’ or the godfather as they are united and prepared.

“They keep saying they have the system and the deep state. Others say they want people who have a godfather but we want them to know hustlers are prepared, united, and they have God the father. Watajua hawajui,” he added.

Earlier this week, Ruto’s allies from the Western region lead by Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa called out Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i for using police officers to intimidate them and disrupt their public functions.

The DP’s allies claimed that police officers have been unfairly arresting politicians linked to him while leaving out those close to President Uhuru Kenyatta and Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga.

Late last month, Nyali MP Mohamed Ali blasted Directorate of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti and Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji daring them to arrest President Uhuru Kenyatta’s family and those close to him.

He claimed that the two offices were focused on harassing and arresting leaders linked to the DP.

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Uhuru responds to Maraga’s calls on Parliament dissolution

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has broken silence regarding the contentious issue of two-thirds gender rule in Kenya following Chief Justice David Maraga’s advice to him to dissolve the Parliament.

The CJ claimed that the Parliament had failed to enact the two-thirds gender rule, saying it had clearly disregarded the Kenyan 2010 Constitution.

However, the President refuted the claims and maintained that his government was fully focused on empowering women.

The Head of State was speaking while addressing the Military during the passing out parade for recruits at the Moi Barracks in Eldoret County, on Thursday, September 24.

Uhuru observed that several female soldiers had completed their training alongside their male counterparts, indicating that his administration is working to empower women.

A day ago, The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader Raila Odinga advised the President to consult widely before making a decision on the dissolution of Parliament.

The Former Prime Minister acknowledged that the advisory placed the nation and Kenya’s citizens in an unstable constitutional and political state that calls for careful deliberation before any action was taken.

The President also lauded the Military for its discipline, which he stated had been demonstrated through its efforts to fight the deadly Covid-19 outbreak in barracks.

He was also pleased with the Defense Forces’ efforts to their professional support and concern towards his government.

The Commander in Chief of the armed forces also observed that the Military was devoted to curbing terrorism and mourned those who died in the line of duty and wished the new recruits success in their endeavors.

Meanwhile, the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has given President Uhuru a 21-day ultimatum to dissolve the Parliament as advised by the CJ.

LSK President Nelson Havi said both Houses of Parliament would be operating illegally from October 21 following the Chief Justice’s advisory.

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