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Murkomen reveals plan to have Malala impeached

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen on Tuesday, September 15, revealed a plan to oust his Kakamega counterpart Cleophas Malala from his Deputy Minority leader post in the Senate.

The embattled Senator has endured a rough couple of weeks due to his tough stand on the third-generation county revenue allocation formula.

Former State House digital director Dennis Itumbi claimed that there were plans to oust Malala from his Senate post and replace him with an ODM Senator.

“Sources whispering that an ODM Senator from Coast is being offered the position of Senator Malala so that he can vote against his county,” tweeted Itumbi.

In response, Murkomen revealed the ODM Senator rumoured to be waiting to replace Malala, and went on to plead with him not to betray his people.

“Ndugu Johnes Mwaruma (Taita Taveta Senator) do not sell Taita Taveta for 30 pieces of silver,” replied Murkomen to Itumbi’s tweet.

Narok Senator Ledama Olekina also responded to Itumbi noting that the matter is an issue of personal interests against the country’s interests.

The claims from Murkomen come after former Prime Minister Raila Odinga toured Taita Taveta and blasted Malala, Samburu Senator Steve Lelegwe and his Bomet counterpart Christopher Lang’at following their arrests.

Raila claimed that the three Senators planned their own arrest, to the extent of sending location pins to the police to arrest and put them to custody.

Malala broke down into tears on Monday as he narrated to the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and National Security, Defence and Foreign Relations Committee what he claimed are assassination plans against him.

The ODM Party Leader during his meeting with leaders from Kakamega on Sunday, September 6, questioned Malala for rejecting the revenue bill.

The two, however, met at the Raila’s office at Capitol Hill in Upper Hill, Nairobi and discussed the contentious revenue-sharing bill a day after the spat.


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KQ resumes direct flights to New York

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The national carrier Kenya Airways (KQ) resumed its direct flights between Nairobi and New York on Sunday.

In a tweet, KQ announced the move and topped it up with an offer to passengers who book their flights before December 10 that they will enjoy discounted prices.

Welcome back to the Big Apple! Today we resume our service between Nairobi and New York, and we can’t wait to welcome you on board. Book your ticket via https://t.co/hitS3Whxtp before December 10th to enjoy discounted rates ✈️🌎 *Disclaimer – video from our pre-COVID archives pic.twitter.com/1kET4h0kRK

— Kenya Airways (@KenyaAirways) November 29, 2020

“Welcome back to the Big Apple! Today we resume our service between Nairobi and New York, and we can’t wait to welcome you on board,” the airline said.

The national carrier last operated the passenger flights using the Nairobi-New York route in April after disruptions caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.

KQ resumed international flights in August after suspending all its operations in March following the government’s directives after the firsts case of Covid-19 was confirmed in Kenya.

On Saturday, October 31, KQ announced that it had postponed New York flights’ resumption.

Through a notice, the airline said the decision to postpone the flights was informed by the increased cancellation of flight bookings to New York.

“We regret to announce that due to increased cancellations of flight bookings to New York City, we have pushed back the resumption of our service to this destination to November 29. We sincerely apologise for the inconvenience caused,” read the statement then.

Kenya Airways inaugurated direct flights to the US in October 2018, cutting the journey to the US by 15 hours and by October 2019 KQ had flown at least 105,084 passengers after completing 594 flights to and from New York.

by NN


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Sonko arrested

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko arrested at Office Park, Nairobi, during a meeting with MCAs; he is facing impeachment by the Nairobi County Assembly.

In what seemed like a cat and mouse chase, police had gone to arrest Sonko in Office park on Riverside drive only to miss him there. The governor had planned to hold a press conference together with Nairobi MCAs allied to him at the location only to change his mind at the last minute.

The police then surprised them 113 Riverside drive later after storming in and arresting the governor while the MCAs scattered.

Last week, Nairobi County Assembly initiated the process to impeach the Governor on grounds of gross violation of the law; committing a crime under the national and international laws, and lacking the capability to run the county.

The MCAs present during his arrest had come to offer their support and reject the signatures appended for the impeachment motion slotted for Thursday, December 3, 2020. The motion was set rolling after 86 of 122 MCAs signed in support of the petition. This will be the second time in less than a year that Sonko has faced impeachment.

It is still unclear where the governor has been taken following his arrest but police have remained at the scene to control any commotion that would arise.

-Standardmedia.co.ke


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Lucky to be alive: How the man I loved nearly killed me

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Through sheer determination and willpower, Ms Rhoda Wairimu, a mother of two and a survivor of gender-based violence, is gradually reclaiming her life after her “dear husband” — now serving a life imprisonment —  chopped off her hands 12 years ago.

She says she is lucky to be alive to tell the tale, but the horrible scars will remain a lifetime, a bitter reminder of how the man she loved most almost ended her life.

Ms Wairimu from Kiamabara Village in Mathira East, Nyeri County vividly remembers that fateful day in 2008, when the man she had trusted to spend the rest of her life with descended on her with a machete, slashed her several times; severing both her hands and inflicting injuries on the head, leaving her for dead.

She says she suspects that her only ‘crime’, which could have enraged her husband to the point of attempting to kill her, was asking him where he had spent the previous night since he never came back from work as usual.

“I remember it was around 2pm when he stormed into the house where I was sitting with my two children. Without any warning, he descended on me and started hacking me with a panga — he first cut me on the head and as I screamed for help, he chopped off both my arms. I remember my children fleeing while calling for help before I passed out,” Ms Wairimu narrates as she holds back tears.

Condition deteriorated

She would later spend more than six months at Nyeri Provincial General Hospital and Nairobi Women’s Hospital after she was transferred from Karatina District Hospital when her condition deteriorated.

“I never thought the man I had trusted so much would turn into a killer. Perhaps one of the worst parts of this whole story is that he almost killed me, I spent several weeks in a coma, but thankfully God and doctors were able to revive me,” she says.

After being discharged from hospital, Ms Wairimu, who has since joined an organisation of people living with disabilities in Mathira, says she initially lost the meaning of life owing to her condition and almost thought of committing suicide.

 She, however, changed her mind when she remembered she had been left with the responsibility of raising her two children after their father was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Her former husband was sentenced by a Karatina court after he was found guilty of causing grievous harm and attempting to kill Ms Wairimu.

Awful situation

“When you lose both hands it’s an awful situation, I had initially lost the meaning of life and had at times thought of committing suicide. I have never undergone any psychological counselling but my children have motivated me to hold on to life, I love them and I would not want them to suffer in my absence,” she says.

Despite losing her arms, Ms Wairimu, through her meagre resources and without support from any quarter, has taken to second-hand clothes hawking as she struggles with the challenge of not having hands to single-handedly support her children, who are now both in high school.

She has some advice for couples: “At the beginning of most relationships, couples are bound to be too infatuated to spot the obvious red flags of violence. ‘Oh, but he didn’t mean to do it,’ you always find yourself defending him even when everyone around you is trying to open your eyes. Stuck in the honeymoon phase, to you everything seems perfect.”

“By the time things get severe, victims are often in a dilemma of either staying or walking away from their abusive partners. Owing to this attachment and other factors such as financial dependency and children, many end up staying, only to aggravate the situation,” she says.

Ms Wairimu says although she has with time accepted her situation, she would not turn down any assistance coming her way as she struggles to put food on the table for her children.

By nation.africa


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