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Cleophas Malala opposes proposed 70 extra MPs if BBI report is adopted

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala has expressed his views on the list of 64 constituencies drafted in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report to fill the 70 extra seats in the National Assembly if the report is adopted.

The Deputy Minority leader in the Senate took an issue with the report stating that out of the 70 Constituencies; almost half of them go to the Mt. Kenya region.

“Of the 70 constituencies, almost 43 are going to one region in Mt Kenya; in Western, we only have five. They have 30 from their region; in Rift Valley, out of 11, they have 6 belonging to them. In Nairobi, out of the proposed 12, they have about 8. In Kajiado the same thing, cumulatively, they have about 43,” said Malala.

The lawmaker also expressed his disappointment with the document where it seeks to remove Women Representatives from the National Assembly and take them to the Senate as elected senators.

He pointed out that by doing so, the Women Representatives will be denied a budget for development as there is no money allocated for that department in the Senate.

“What most women do not know is that when women reps will come to the Senate they will have no budget for development. There is no money for development in the Senate, today women reps across the country receive about KSh. 100 million for development. So if you bring them to the senate, you will be robbing women about KSh. 12 billion, you will be punishing over 20 million women and rewarding only 47,” said the Senator.

The Senator also had an issue with the BBI’s report’s ill-motive to clip powers of the Senate. He claimed that the move would make the Senate look weak and irrelevant.

He noted that he supports the provision to increase county revenue allocation to 35% but questioned why there would be increased allocation and at the same time the powers of the Senate which is supposed to exercise oversight be clipped.


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The life lessons I learnt from a brief stay with my grandfather

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With the schools closed, my parents got tired of me and my three siblings quarrelling and sent us to the village to stay with my grandparents.

More than any book or class, this visit taught me so much about appreciating what I have in my life and being open to the differences that I was blind to.

I protested going to the village at first, but now I am happy I did.

I had never liked being around my grandfather for so long because he is such a strict disciplinarian.

However, staying around him taught me why he is the way he is. He taught me about the value of hard work and integrity.

My grandfather is not one to stand lazy and idle people. So he taught me that I needed to structure my day to the tasks I needed to accomplish and spend time in the evening enjoying leisure.

So in this plan, we wake up in the morning to sweep the compound clean. My sisters then join my grandmother in the kitchen to make breakfast, as my brother and I help grandfather feed the cows before milking them.

Tending the animals

After breakfast, we would all go to the farm to weed. The afternoons were more of reading and playing. My brother soon gravitated towards tending the animals while I enjoyed working on the farm with my grandmother.

I also loved fetching water from the stream. We then spent the evening watching television to catch up with the news.

The discipline also made us more mindful about how our lives affected others, even when no one was watching.

We carried enough sanitisers and face masks to last us the duration of our imposed stay. We were careful because our grandparents were at that age of being vulnerable to the virus.

I noticed that many villagers were sceptical of the existence of Covid-19. They argued and dismissed the global pandemic as a hoax.

Some said they were yet to see anyone who had succumbed to the virus. Some were really tickled to see us donning face masks all the time, but we stayed true to the act knowing my grandparents’ lives depended on it.

This is how my grandfather raised my father and his eight siblings, and I am happy I got to learn this.

by nation.co.ke


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Decomposing bodies of a couple that has been missing for more than a week were found in their house in Laini centre off the Nairobi-Nakuru highway, yesterday.

A foul smell emanating from the house of the 72-year-old-man and his wife, 62, led to their recovery. Police have launched investigations into the incident.

There were conflicting reports about the deaths with some claiming that the two were murdered while others suspected that they could have died of carbon monoxide emitted from a jiko.

Police declined to give names of the deceased until the next of kin are informed. Emotions ran high as locals viewed the bodies.

A village elder, Moses Mwathi, revealed that the couple was working in a quarry before they went missing.

Mwathi said neighbours thought that they had travelled to their rural home but got concerned after a foul smell started emanating from their house.

“On checking they noticed that the house was locked from inside and the bodies could be seen lying on their bed,” he said.

Police gained access into the house after breaking the door. The bodies were taken to the mortuary

Naivasha OCPD Samuel Waweru said initial investigations pointed to carbon monoxide poisoning from a jiko.

“We can’t, however, rule out murder at this moment and only a post-mortem examination will establish the real cause of the death,” said the police boss.

And in the nearby Kinungi village, a 35-year-old farmworker committed suicide by hanging himself in a house.

The body was found by his employer before police were called in. Jim Kimani, a friend to the deceased, said he was in low spirits over debts.

“He claimed that some people he owed money were harassing him but we never thought that he would commit suicide,” Kimani said.

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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