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County Assemblies Forum demand meeting with Uhuru or reject BBI 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

The County Assemblies Forum (CAF) has vowed to reject the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report if counties will not be involved in deliberations.

While appearing at a media briefing, the Forum said they will seek a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta to urge him to open another window for consultations and consensus-building.

Forum chair Ndegwa Wahome noted in the BBI proposals, 35 per cent of national resources will go to counties and as such, they need to be consulted just like Parliament.

“There are issues that have not been addressed in previous consultations with the President. There is room for amendment of the constitutional Bill.

“We want the committee to look into the ward development fund. It is unclear what percentage of revenue from the county should go to the ward,” said Wahome.

The BBI report seeks to create Ward Development Fund that will operate in a similar fashion as the National Government Constituency Development Fund.

He also said the proposal to have some Cabinet ministers picked from the National Assembly should be replicated in the counties where County Executive Committee members should come from the assembly.

Kajiado county assembly speaker Johnson Osoi said there are issues they had raised with the BBI taskforce but were not included in the final report which was launched on October 27 at the Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi.

“Let it be known clearly that MCAs are the ones who will decide if the country will have a referendum or not,” Osoi said.

CAF had formed a 13-member team to analyze the BBI report and come up with a common stand.

Osoi, a former chairman of the forum was picked to led the team.

The forum brings together over 2,000 MCAs and 47 county assembly speakers.


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Kenyan Minting Money From Selling Muratina in UK

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A Kenyan man is minting money in the UK by brewing and selling the locally produced alcoholic drink, Muratina.

The brew is largely illegal in Kenya, however, for King’ori Wambaki, the Kikuyu traditional drink has made him a household name in Cheshunt, UK.

Wambaki has spent over 27 years in England, shifting from studies, working for foreigners and unveiling his own business.

He packages the drink, dubbed Muratelia, as wine spiced with honey. It contains 12 percent alcohol and is sold to customers under the age of 35.

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King’Ori Wambaki (right) enjoys his drink. On the left is a fashion icon marketing a branded Muratelia bag
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Muratelia is sold at between £10 (Ksh 1,491) and £25 (Ksh 3,727) depending on whether it’s sold on counters, retail shops, or restaurants.

“Cheshunt is located outside London. We used ingredients that are available here in the UK as we have not yet reached a point where we can import products from Kenya.

“The business provides income better than what I can earn while being employed, Wambaki who hails from Othaya, Nyeri stated while speaking with a local daily.

He disclosed that he made in-depth research and business plans on how to market his product. It has also been incorporated in the modeling and fashion industry through branded bags and clothes.

He has also created employment for the youth in the UK as he owns three restaurants and four shops.

What worked for him was that he had no competition as the drink was a new entity in the UK market. Wambaki is keen on expanding his business and the entrepreneur targets the local Kenyan market.

He said that he had applied for a business permit and license in Kenya, seeking to introduce his upgraded brand.

“The whites love it despite it being a Kenyan drink. In June we may start producing it in Kenya,” he added.

According to his LinkedIn page, the economist holds a Master of Science in Finance and Management and a Bachelor of Science in Economics.

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A bottle of Muratelia in an advert posted on the company’s website
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My uncle turned me into a sex pet after mum’s death

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When her mother died in 2016, Shanice (not her real name), then aged 15, was left under the care of her grandmother. Her uncle, however, took advantage of the void left in her life to turn her into a sex toy.

Such was the strangeness of life that Shanice came face-to-face with, where a man who should have assumed the role of responsible care for his late sister’s daughter, turned into a monster to devour her chastity.

She says if her mother was still alive, she would have pursued her education to actualise her dream of becoming a clinical nurse and eventually venture into politics to gain a platform to defend the poor.

“But it was not designed to be so…I do not know whether it was God’s wish that it be so… But as a believer whose faith is hinged on the principle that everything happens with a purpose, I have learnt to appreciate my situation today as I hustle for livelihood in casual employments to bring up my three-year-old baby girl,” she tells Nation at her home village in Kabati, Murang’a County.

She has fond memories of her late mum and very ill thoughts of men in their blanket legion.

“Though poor, my mother used to struggle for me and would pay my school fees. We stood together in all our tribulations…going to bed hungry in the belief that I would one day get employed and support her…” she reminisces. “When we buried my mother, a week after her death, life took some very strange turns for me…One of the people who wanted to turn me into his sex toy was my mother’s elder brother who was, and still is a pastor!” she says.

She conceded once, twice, thrice and the shame and guilt tore into her conscience.

“I dropped out of school since I was no longer the bubbling Shanice with hope for a better tomorrow. A girl who had forcibly surrendered her chastity to her dead mom’s brother only deserved to die and die I must,” she tells of how she attempted to commit suicide, but her grandmother rescued her.

To escape the shame, in December 2016, Shanice decided to leave the village for Thika town. “With no place to call home and with my hunger pangs to satiate, I became a sex worker. A naïve one at that who conceived in January 2017, and again the guts I had to keep on living left me,” she says.

This time round, she unsuccessfully attempted suicide for a second time.

“I attempted to throw myself on the way of a speeding lorry along Thika Road but the driver veered off the road, crashing on the guardrails. He lost his life,” she recalls.

On her way to take a jump into Chania River a week later, she was arrested for being a vagabond, arraigned and placed under the children’s department for care owing to her condition.

It is the department that solicited for her care at the Shallom Coventry where on October 12, 2017, she delivered her baby. “Seeing my small angel gave me hope…I felt the urge to raise my child and give her the best,” she says.

Today, Shanice is employed at a supermarket in Thika and is grateful that she has an opportunity to raise her daughter and bring meaning to her life.

“I choose to forgive, but not forget, what my uncle did to me,” she concludes.

By nation.africa


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