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Sonko links PS Kibicho, CS Matiang’i to deep state, system

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has linked top officials in the Interior ministry to the so-called ‘system’.

During an interview with Citizen TV on Wednesday night, said he wished former Speaker Beatrice Elachi well following her exit from the county assembly.

He, however, claimed Elachi was used by the ‘system’ to cause division in the county assembly.

Prodded on who the ‘system’ is, he linked Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and PS Karanja Kibicho to the so-called system.

“The people who are messing this country is ‘the system’ not the President… The ‘system’ is Matiang’i, Kibicho and the ‘deep state’…” Sonko said.

He said the security apparatus should be held to account for the dramatic arrest of three senators before they appeared to vote on the revenue sharing formula.

On Monday, senators Christopher Langata (Bomet), Cleophas Malalah (Kakamega) and Steve Lelegwe (Samburi) were arrested by DCI officers from their homes in Nairobi in a mafia-like and driven to their respective counties to record statements.

However, Matiang’i appeared before the Senate on Wednesday and denied there being a link between the arrests and the vote.

The CS appeared alongside DCI boss George Kinoti and IG Hillary Mutyambai.

Sonko talked about Kenya returning to the ‘dark days’ flashing back to a time he was allegedly pinched near his thighs with pliers.

Meanwhile, the governor said he does not care if MCAs try to impeach him, adding he would give them a ‘complete knock out’ in court.

“Do I look like I care… I would not be the first governor to be impeached,” he said.

He was responding to a question on whether he was worried he could be the next on the chopping block after changes made at the county assembly.

This is after former Nairobi Mayor Geoffrey Majiwa was nominated by ODM for city county assembly deputy speaker.

The nomination of the Baba Dogo ward representative is part of last week’s deal in which the Minority (ODM) supported Jubilee’s Benson Mutura for the speaker’s position.

A written communication from secretary general Edwin Sifuna and national chairperson John Mbadi said the nomination (by the party’s Central Committee) was “in line with the ongoing efforts to create a harmonious environment in the House”.

Sifuna noted that Jubilee had pledged to give the the deputy speaker’s seat to the Minority.

Deputy Speaker John Kamangu, a Jubilee MCA, has yet to resign.

On whether his pledge to work with NMS boss Mohammed Badi will last, Sonko said, “It depends… before the President intervened we were not good friends with Badi… If we follow the law then I’m going to be very good friends with my brother General Badi.”

On his tweet last month where he said he had alcohol before signing the deed of transfer and didn’t see the contents of the document, Sonko said, “It’s not a crime to drink… I like telling Kenyans the truth… it’s true… before meeting the President I had a few drinks…”

He dismissed claims of engaging in politics in reference to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s rebuke earlier this month.

Sonko said he is still firmly in charge of Nairobi county, citing events he attends in his capacity as governor.

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PHOTOS: Akothee’s brother breaks down during his late wife’s final send off

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Akothee and her family are currently in mourning after losing their sister in law; who was married to Akothee’s younger brother, Allan Ignatius.

Judging from the posts shared by Akothee, the mother of 5 avoided mentioning what occurred to her late sister in law; however she went on to celebrate her for being more than a friend but a sister.

Although we may not know what Allan is going through; Akothee went on to share some special message comforting him after losing the love of his life. Akothee went on to write;

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Asemwomo piny ,kiny an Kodi boda busia kanyo , I would not know what to do with you and the kids , I am here in bed in kisumu with your mom and your entire family ,ready to meet and receive you bro 🙏Be strong for us 💪@allanignatiuskokeyo AWUORO THOOOOOOO 🙏

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Anyway, after keeping the funeral as private as possible; singer Akothee has gone ahead to share a few photos from the funeral on her page. Of course Allan who is currently struggling to get into terms with the fact that his wife is no more.

Judging from the photos, he indeed had nothing but sorrow written all over his face; but all in all his support system continues to hold his hand through this hard time. We from the Ghafla team send our heartfelt condolesence to the family during this hard time.

Akothees sister in law laid to rest

Allans wife laid to rest

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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.

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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