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Mercy Kyallo: Betty Kyallo’s sister flaunts massive mansion

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Mercy Kyallo, the CEO of Yallo Leather and sister to media personality Betty Kyallo on Monday, August 17, gave Kenyans a glimpse into her home in a YouTube show on her channel.

Her meticulously furnished bungalow takes an all-white theme and architecture that resembles homes that hosted Europeans during the colonial rule.

Mercy explained that the most exquisite feature about the house is a corridor that leads into the living room which she has customized to her own liking.

She used translucent roofing to allow rays of the sun to trickled through and bounce off the white decor which gives the corridor a surreal vintage look. It also features doors on both sides which are mostly glass, allowing more light to sip through.

Being her favorite spot in the house, the sunroom, as she has nicknamed it, also has decor that is special in many ways.

The “room” has vintage lanterns which were the last to ever be produced by a craftsman from Lamu who would handmake them with his family. Mercy bought all the remaining pieces after the artist closed his shop.

When she moved out of her parents’ house, she slept in the room since the house was empty.

“I was so scared, my bedroom was so weird since there was no furniture I decided to sleep in the sunroom. I had such an amazing time just to see the morning come up. At dawn, the sky just lit up and I loved the experience,” she recalled.

Unlike her sister who has adopted modern architecture, Mercy’s prefers vintage designs.

According to JKUAT urban design professors Muhoro Teckla, Munala Gerryshom and Mugwima Njuguna, these designs were heavily influenced by colonial features and modified by local culture, climate, tradition, materials and technology.

One of the most visible European influences was the classical revival style architecture which can be seen at City Hall. The classical revival style mostly signified authority like the Kenya Railway, and Judiciary headquarters.

One of the early architectural designs that resemble Mercy’s home is the Karen Blixen Museum which hosted Karen Blixen whom the posh Nairobi suburb was named after.

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CJ Maraga rejects Senator Malala’s three-goat gift 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Chief Justice David Maraga on Friday turned down Kakamega Senator Cleaophas Malala’s three goat gift citing the Judicial Service Commission code of conduct that bars him from receiving a gift worth more than Sh20,000.

CJ Maraga had graced the Grand opening of the new Kakamega Law Courts building when he was presented with the gift.

“Today on behalf of the people of Kakamega and as the Senator for Kakamega. I want to present to you a symbolic gift that is going to help you achieve this legacy.

“I have three animals here representing three arms of the government. I want to present it to you as a symbolic gift representing unity among the the three arms of the government.” said Senator Malala

The CJ who instead handed the goats to Kakamega law courts users’ committee chairman Sylvester Mambiri also sited Malala’s ongoing court case.

“If am not wrong, the senator has donated a gift to me but he has put me in trouble because I think he has a case in court, secondly under the Judiciary code of conduct I am not allowed to take a gift which is more than 20,000 shillings and this goats look like they are more than 30,000.” the CJ said

During the event, the CJ steered clear of the controversy over his advisory to President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament for failure to legislate on the two-thirds gender rule.

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ODM MP suspended for attending Ruto’s meeting

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Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party has suspended Kilifi North Member of Parliament Owen Baya days after he attended Deputy President William Ruto’s meeting.

The MP was accused of switched alliances and teaming up with DP William Ruto and the party had resolved to take action on the MP over what they called “recent political alignments.”

In a statement through the Party’s Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna, the party announced that the National Executive Committee (NEC) had also decided to suspend Baya from his position as the Deputy Organizing Secretary.

The party explained that the decision was made after his recent move which has cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its objectives.

“Cognizant of the central role that the party’s NEC plays in the management of the party and the need to maintain the probity of its deliberations the NEC resolved to suspend MP Owen Baya from membership of this critical organ and from his position as the Deputy Organizing Secretary given his recent public utterances and conduct that have cast doubt on his commitment to this party and its objectives,” read a statement from the party.

On Wednesday, Baya was part of a delegation of Coast MPs that escorted Feisal Abdallah Bader, an aspirant for the Msambweni parliamentary seat, to meet Deputy President William Ruto at his Karen office.

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Atwoli intensifies fight with DP Ruto over hustler tag

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The Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli has once again put Deputy President William Ruto on blast for using the ‘hustler’ tag.

Speaking during a press conference, the Atwoli stated that the tag hustler had a negative meaning which translates to someone who uses mischievous ways to get wealth.

He added that all Kenyans are yearning for is an organized system of government that could provide employment and not creating hustlers.

He pointed out that William Ruto was not poor as he makes his supporters believe and he is just using them to climb to the top. He disclosed that William Ruto owns choppers, mansions, and every space in the country.

Atwoli went on to call out the DP for the donations he has been giving out to the youths and women stating that they were just peanuts compared to the amount of wealth he has amassed over the years.

“The person telling you about being a hustler owns five choppers, a mansion and owns every empty space in the republic of Kenya. You are calling yourself a hustler and yet you are not. Even God cannot allow. Then you go to the church to cheat about being a hustler,” he said.

A few days ago, Atwoli blasted William Ruto for using the tag while asking Kenyans to reject him stating that no one should allow themselves to be called a hustler. He claimed that hustlers are thieves.

Atwoli who claimed that he would disown his children if they referred themselves as hustlers stated that people should go to school, get an education and get jobs in reputable companies instead of hustling.

“You then become a branch manager of Kenya Breweries, get a house allowance, a car loan, and have a nice house. You are not hustlers. We cannot have a nation of hustlers because it is a man eats man society,” Atwoli said.

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