Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen has claimed all is not well between President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga amid the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill debate.
In a video, the vocal Tanga Tanga lawmaker said the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader had been restricted from accessing President Uhuru Kenyatta in recent days.
“I have heard that the man who likes riddles (Raila) has been locked out despite having a handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Some of us were also kicked out and we do not know who is next.
Even in the Coastal region, Raila was not received well,” Murkomen said.
“We were told this handshake is a good thing but we did not expect it to divide us because as you have seen some people have been sidelined. The politics of deceit must come to an end. To include a few is to exclude the rest of Kenyans from the decision-making table,” he added.
Raila has been enjoying a cordial relationship with Uhuru’s administration since March 9, 2018, when they ceased hostilities in a historic event at Harambee House, Nairobi. The former Prime Minister, however, has distanced himself from the failures of the Jubilee government and asked its leadership to take responsibility for the mess.
In November 2020, Murkomen claimed Raila had confused Uhuru and held him, hostage, through the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).
“I want to ask Uhuru, return the river to its course. Let Kenya come back to its senses. Let’s reason with one another. I am saying this to Uhuru because Raila is not even a sub-Chief but he has confused the government.
I cannot address someone who is not even a sub-Chief. Stop associating with Raila,” he said during the burial of Naivasha lawmaker Jane Kihara’s mother’s burial in Nyeri.
Kenya’s battle against Covid-19 received a boost Wednesday morning after the historic arrival of the AstraZeneca vaccine in the country a year after the country first announced the case.
Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe termed the arrival of the vaccines as an “exciting moment for our nation” saying that the country had been fighting the virus with rubber bullets.
Front-line workers, teachers, and non-teaching fraternity, the uniformed forces, and the immigration officers have been listed by the Government as the first to receive the jab during the rollout of the inoculation program.
CS Kagwe said that the Health Ministry will roll out the vaccines which will begin with the regional hospitals and Level 2 hospitals.
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The country is ultimately planning to import 24 million doses which the World Health Organization (WHO) says the vaccine should cover at least a third of the population.
What you need to know about AstraZeneca Vaccine
Last month, the World Health Organization (WHO) Strategic Advisory Group of Experts on Immunization (SAGE) issued interim recommendations for use of the Oxford/AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine (AZD1222).
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Those aged above 18 years can be administered the vaccine including those aged 65 and above.
While the vaccine supplies are limited, it is recommended that priority be given to health workers at high risk of exposure and older people.
The vaccination is also recommended for persons with comorbidities (presence of two or more diseases in a patient) that have been identified as increasing the risk of severe COVID-19, including obesity, cardiovascular disease, respiratory disease, and diabetes.
Vaccination can be offered to people who have had COVID-19 in the past.
Vaccination can be offered to breastfeeding women if they are part of a group prioritized for vaccination. WHO does not recommend discontinuation of breastfeeding after vaccination.
While pregnancy puts women at higher risk of severe COVID-19, very little data are available to assess vaccine safety in pregnancy.
Who is the vaccine not recommended for?
People with a history of a severe allergic reaction to any component of the vaccine should not take it.
The vaccine is not recommended for persons younger than 18 years of age pending the results of further studies.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family, relatives, and friends of Nairobi entrepreneur Esmael Mohamed Jibril who died on Monday.
Jibril, a prominent city businessman and the brother of Sports CS Amina Mohamed died while receiving treatment in India.
In his message of comfort, Uhuru described the late Mohamed Jibril as a highly motivated and gifted entrepreneur whose successful businesses employed hundreds of young Kenyans.
“As a country, we will forever owe a debt of gratitude to Mohamed for his role in making Kenya a better economy and, especially for the job opportunities he created for our people through his successful commercial interests,” the President said.
In 2018, CS Amina lost another brother, Yusuf Mohammed Jibril, who passed away at Meridian Hospital in Nairobi West where he was rushed to hospital following a short illness.
The names of Mohammed and Jibril are part of the family’s legacy as, according to his CV, it bears Jibril’s name on his personal email. Although she is popularly known as Amina Mohammed, the Sport CS’s full name is Amina Chawahir Mohamed Jibril.
The President said he prays for the family of Jibril to have the strength to bear the loss of their beloved kin.
Be it as it may Kenya is on the right path towards becoming a middle-income economy with infrastructure growth and development being key in moving the country a notch higher. All this has been keenly noted and vigorously undertaken by President Uhuru Kenyatta who has initiated major infrastructural projects that are catapulting the country to a fast -paced efficient economy.
There is no region in Kenya that has not witnessed infrastructural development especially on roads. The Coastal region of Kenya being a port city and a business hub has seen the President launch the LAPPSET Corridor Link road that will contribute to the 10 per cent economic growth target the country is focused on attaining. The LAPPSET project that was unveiled in 2017 has even now been adopted as an African Union projectand redesigned to link the Lamu port on the eastern African Coast of the Indian Ocean to Douala port in the western Africa Atlantic ocean. Currently the project status was elevated and will attract foreign direct investment and other financiers.
The long-awaited cruise ship terminal that seeks to boost the Kenyan tourism is currently nearing completion after a three-year delay. The three-storey building will accommodate port health services, logistics, immigration and duty-free shops among others. The Malindi-Bagamoyo highway also known as the Coastline Transnational Highway is a 110 kilometeres that links Kenya and Tanzania and will be able to foster business initiatives between Kenya and Tanzania.
Other initiatives within the Coast region include the Mombasa Northern bypass which was recently completed at a cost of Sh11 billion. This road is critical as it links to other major infrastructural projects undertaken including the Port of Mombasa, the Moi International Airport, the Standard Gauge Railway, the Nairobi-Mombasa Highway. Additionally the Dongo Kundu by pass is currently on Phase 2 and is a Sh28 billion road with a completion timeline of four years.
A shift from the Coast region which has numerous other projects that has opened up the region, the Nairobi Expressway that is currently under construction will be a 26.8km dual carriageway which is expected to modernize the country’s infrastructure and ultimately put an end to traffic jam in the capital city. The Ngong Road expansion project which is currently edging to completion was constructed in three phases with phase one completed back in 2017 at a cost of Sh1.3 billion, Phase 2 at a cost of Sh2billion and Phase 3 now over 80 per cent complete.
A little out of the city, the Maai Mahiu road is set for a Sh13bn upgrade and will develop the flood affected 41 kilometre Maai Maahiu-Suswa road section which will incorporate an interchange to the new Naivasha inland container depot. The Waiyaki Way Upgrade Project is currently ongoing and is being converted into a superhighway which will have interchanges as service and bus lanes among other features.
This is just a tip of the iceberg of what President Uhuru Kenyatta has set out for the country when he stated that his focus is to firmly and decisively develop the country. The Western, Eastern and Northern regions have also seen road infrastructure going as far as Moyale and is demonstration that the country is on the right path with a President who is focused on forging a strong and prosperous nation.
Police in Kisii have arrested Deputy Governor Joash Maangi over security bleach ahead of Nyachae’s funeral ceremony.
Earlier, there was an intelligence report indicating that some youths who were paid by the wealthy Kisii second in command, were regrouping to boo specific speakers during the ceremony at the stadium.
He was arrested at Kisii High School on Monday morning as he waited to welcome Deputy President William Ruto.
Kisi County Police Commander Jebel Munene could not confirm or deny the arrests.
“This is a presidential function. Nobody will be allowed to cause chaos,” he said. All those accessing the stadium have been forced to undergo frisking.
Consequently, the Government has beefed up security within and outside Gusii Stadium ahead of the former Cabinet Minister Simeon Nyachae’s funeral ceremony.
President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM party leader Raila Odinga are expected to attend the funeral ceremony. Deputy President William Ruto and his political allies from the region are also likely to attend the ceremony.
An aide said detectives ordered Maangi to enter their car before they sped off to the DCI offices in Kisii town where they are grilling him.
“We don’t know why they arrested him. They did not give a reason why they were picking him for, they only told him to enter their car before they left to Central Police Station where they are interrogating him,” said an aide.
The arrest of the Deputy Governor comes a day after a former ODM branch executive Samuel Omwando was arrested from his house in Nyanchwa.
During the 2020 Mashujaa Day National Celebrations held at Gusii Stadium, Omwando was again arrested and was forced to spend three days behind bars. He had been arrested alongside seven other individuals including a Chief and some members of the community policing.
Maangi had in an interview with a local daily condemned the arrest of the former ODM operative over incitement remarks.
From land fraud, to money laundering, issuing of bribes and fictitious tender deals, they strategized well, outlined key moves that would ensure they maximize the opportunity to falsely serve the people of Kenya through putting the country’s taxes and funds for projects for their own personal gain. Having their ‘master’ enter as the second in command was a moment of joy and celebration because they well knew that they would take it all, eat it all because they were under the umbrella of a man who would not only assist in theft but also strategize on where exactly to loot the hard-earned money and resources from Kenyans. This they did so well
Immediately the DP got to the helm of power as the second in command back in 2013, during his first term, his foot soldiers got immediately into action, while concealing their moves from the President. After well putting his people at strategi Ministries, the process of fictitious tendering deals began. Oscar Sudi worked on fleecing from the Sh21 billion Arror-Kimwarer dams scandal, Moses Kuria zoned in on the National Government Constituency Development Fund, NG-CDF, where he has been able enrich his cronies through tenders offered to his own blood-family with little to no service delivery at the grassroot level. So far, what is publicly known is that over Sh36 million has been pocketed through Moses Kuria from his own Gatundu South Constituency benefitting his brother Alois Kuria who has been a close accomplice being that he is a police officer and his sister Jane Kuria through a number of companies they registered.
Working from all corners of the country, Nakuru East MP David Gikaria engaged in land fraud and it is only recently that his devious activities have been revealed by a court as he was found guilty of fraudulently acquiring a 0.101 hectare parcel of land that belonged to Galana Oil Kenya Limited in July 2014. With the backing of their master Ruto, the MP knew that theft of resources was unstoppable and wanted to emulate Ruto’s incessant love for land grabbing that has took him as far as grabbing from his own rural home in Sugoi. It is indeed on record that the Deputy President has been in court for grabbing acres of land worth Sh100 million. Land that belonged to the late Adrian Muteshi who was then and Internally Displaced Person, IDP. Yet again, he is not the only one that the DP has stolen from.
Whether in death, in sickness and in health the TangaTanga MPs have been looting relentlessly with no care in the world, which was well demonstrated by Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua. His then sick brother, the late Nyeri Governor Nderitu Gachagua, had made Rigathi a trustee in the Nyeri County Government, yet Rigathi took this as the ultimate moment to make himself an instant billionaire. Reports and court documents have detailed how Rigathi colluded with Nyeri County Government officials and public office in the irrigation docket to embezzle over Sh5.7 billion from the county coffers. To top it up he then engaged in money laundering through the ‘Ruto church donation antics’ using his wife who is a Pastor (Dorcas Rigathi) as a conduit for the stolen moneys. All this was through a number of companies he had registered including Wamunyoro Investments, Technical Supplies and Services Limited, Crystal Kenya Limited, Jenne Entreprisesand Encarta Diagnostics Limited.
The above mentioned are just a tiny fraction of the loot that Tangatanga MPs have siphoned from Kenyans through their constituencies, county governments and the national government. If Rigathi has already pocketed billions and is just one individual, a cumulative figure would mean that TangaTanga MPs loot are in TRILLIONS. Need I not mention that Sirisia MP John Waluke who is a die hard Ruto MP was found guilty in a Sh314 million maize scam. What about Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa who has a pending court case having embezzled Sh58 million worth of public funds from her own constituents? What about the Aden Duale deals in Garissa?
Do we get the drift of the Ruto allied MPs? This is the trend and this is exactly what they want to do if they ever get to power after 2022. Kenyans be warned!