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DP Ruto busy elsewhere as BBI report is presented to President Kenyatta

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has received the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report from the Yusuf Haji-led team at Kisii State Lodge this morning.

The President arrived in the company of ODM leader Raila Odinga, Interior CS Fred Matiang’i and Kisii Governor Evans Ongwae.

(Download a copy of the BBI Report unveiled today: BBI REPORT)

By this morning, several political leaders had already arrived for key political event including Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju, Siaya Senator James Orengo, Suna East MP Junet Mohammed and Kisii Senator Sam Ongeri.

Others are Kitutu Chache South MP Richard Onyonka, Kitutu Chache North MP Jimmy Angwenyi, Kisii Woman Representative Janet Ongera and Nakuru Town West MP Samuel Arama.

Deputy President William Ruto was not present for the key event in Kisii. Instead, he graced the burial of Huruma MCA Peter Chomba, who died from Covid-19 complications recently.

Journalists present for the BBI event were asked to refrain from taking pictures and switch off their phones until the unveiling of the report was concluded.

Raila hits out at Ruto

During the Wednesday event, Mr Odinga noted that there were wide consultations on the document.

“We had to find a way in this Constitution to isolate problems affecting the minorities and find a way of addressing them…from sharing of resources to land rights, infrastructure, minorities, management and value addition to resources,” he said.

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He also hit out at DP Ruto’s recent campaign activities.

“You have been around all along, is it now that you have discovered the mkokotenis (handcarts)? If you are really concerned why can’t you give them your helicopter?” he said.

“You didn’t drop from the heavens…you are not an angel,” he added.

He also said the report was not about creating an awarding jobs to individuals, terming the rhetoric as propaganda.

“We are certain we shall find a consensus. We are determined to achieve that before next General Election. It’s not about making Odinga president or Uhuru PM. That’s propaganda,” he said.

Uhuru: BBI will make us better

When Mr Kenyatta took to the podium, he praised the document as a key unifying element for Kenya’s future.

He also asked that the BBI report be shared widely so all Kenyans have an opportunity to read it.

“I know there are a lot of good proposals. I hope and pray that we shall internalise this and turn this into a national dialogue,” Mr Kenyatta said.

He also spoke out against petty politics, noting that this moment in Kenya’s history should not go to waste.

“Let us not squander this document over petty political differences..tame ambition for the greater good,” the president said.

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“If you are seeking a position of leadership, you would want to seek this in an economically strong environment…let us work together…the success shall not belong to an individual but to the people of Kenya,” he added.

Further, he said: “This is a document that I am encouraging everyone to read with a view of making it better, not contestations and not to look for what we disagree with. I plead with my political colleagues, this is not the time for political divisions…this is the time to show political leadership and bring the country together.”


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PHOTOS: DP Ruto, Mudavadi attend Matungu MP Murunga funeral

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Matungu MP Justus Murunga is set to be buried today at his home at Makunda village. He died on November 14.

He collapsed that evening and was rushed to the Matungu Sub county Hospital in the company of his handlers and bodyguard.

The MP was then rushed to St Mary’s Hospital where healthworkers tried to save his life but he died while receiving treatment.

He was taken to Lee Funeral Home where his body was airlifted from today to his eldest wife’s home in Makutano village in Lugari.

The body of Matungu MP Justus Murunga arrives. [Willy Lusige]

It is expected that the body will be buried in accordance to Ministry of Health Covid-19 guidelines that include pallbearers wearing Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs).

The family had earlier been stopped from carrying on with the burial arrangements after a woman moved to court over the matter.

Milimani court issued the order restraining Murunga’s widows Christabel Murunga and Grace Murunga from conducting the burial, interment or cremation of the body pending the determination of a suit filed by a woman claiming to have been his lover.

The suit was filed by Agnes Wangui, who said she had two children with the MP in a secret relationship.

In her application she alleged that Murunga’s family had conspired to lock her and her children out of the funeral and burial arrangements.

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Murunga, fondly referred to as ‘The Drill’ was born in 1960 and was a manager at  mbakasi Ranging Company in Nairobi before getting elected in 2017.

Present at Murunga’s burial was Deputy President William Ruto, ANC  leader Musalia Mudavadi, Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetang’ula, Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya, his Bungoma counterpart Wycliffe Wangamati, MPs Ayub Savula (Lugari), Benjamin Washiali (Mumias East), among others.

BY STANDARDMEDIA.CO.KE


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Machakos Senator in ICU, woman found with him in apartment questioned

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Machakos Senator Boniface Mutinda Kabaka is admitted at the Nairobi Hospital after he allegedly fell ill while with a woman at an apartment in Nairobi’s Kilimani estate.

The lawmaker is reported to have checked in at the apartment along Elgeyo Marakwet Road in Kilimani on Thursday afternoon accompanied by a woman identified as Esther Muli, a resident of Wote town.

According to a police report on the incident, the matter was reported by the Senator’s wife who said that at around 3am she was informed by an employee at the Senator’s office that her husband had been admitted in the ICU.

“She went to the said Hospital accompanied by other family members among them her co-wife where she established that the Senator was brought by paramedics after falling sick while in an apartment along Elgeyo Marakwet Road within Kilimani,” reads the police report.

Police visited the scene and found the woman who disclosed that she was with the Senator in the apartment when he suddenly started complaining of severe headache and asked her to look for paracetamols.

She added that the pain worsened and she reportedly informed the management who called for an ambulance and rushed the lawmaker to Nairobi Hospital.

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By Friday evening Senator Kabaka was still admitted in the ICU at Nairobi hospital. The woman was escorted to Kilimani Police Station for interrogations by the DCI.

By Standard Digital


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Former Belgut MP Kiptarus Kirior dies

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Former assistant minister for Culture and Social Services Kiptarus Kirior has died.

The former Belgut Member of Parliament died while undergoing treatment at the Nairobi Women’s Hospital on Thursday.

“Mzee passed on at Nairobi Women’s Hospital after a short illness. He had blood pressure and was also diabetic,” said Mr Abraham Kirior, one of the former MP’s sons.

He added, “For the record, he was Covid-19 free according to tests undertaken and released to us at the hospital,”

He served as Belgut MP between 1983 and 1988 before he was beaten by the late Ayub Chepkwony. He, however, made a comeback to the National Assembly between 1992 and 1997.

“Kirior was an astute leader, who had the interest of his constituents at heart as demonstrated by his development track record which spans decades,” said Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony

Professor Chepkwony said “besides his legislative roles, Kirior was a great farmer who agitated for various reforms in the sugar industry, earning him leadership position in the Kenya Sugar Board and the Kenya Sugar Growers Association,”

Belgut MP Nelson Koech said Kericho residents had lost “a dedicated, down to earth leader who put the interests of the people he led ahead of his own,”

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“It is unfortunate that Mzee Kirior has departed at a time when his wisdom was needed the most by members of his family and the society in general,” said Mr Koech in a statement.

By Nation.africa


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