NOISY DIVORCE: Appointing Caroline Karugu As deputy governor was a big mistake

NOISY DIVORCE: Appointing Caroline Karugu As deputy governor was a big mistake

Nyeri governor Mutahi Kahiga reckons he made a mistake appointing Caroline Karugu as his deputy.

On Thursday, the county boss said his deputy is not involved in his administration as she is busy doing other things.

“She is not involved in my government at all. She is busy doing other things. She is just our deputy governor by name but we never see her. She never comes to work,” Kahiga said.

On her part, Karugu has previously complained that she always spent most of her time idling, drinking tea, and reading newspapers when she reported to her office, which she said has been the case for many deputy governors. The biggest assignments deputy governors are given, she said, are to attend burials or to console bereaved families.

Karugu said most governors have not been delegating to their deputies for fear that they may take the advantage to popularise themselves.

She has been saying that deputy governors and the deputy president earn hefty salaries for idling in office.

Karugu, who is the chair of the deputy governors’ forum, is now pushing for portfolios for deputy president and deputy governors.

She was earlier quoted as saying that each deputy governor earns Sh740,000 per month. This amounts to over Sh400 million per year and about Sh2 billion over five years for all deputy governors.

“A total of Sh2 billion is paid to people who do nothing for five years. Deputy governors are now doing charitable activities so that they have functions to do. A deputy president should also be a minister or Cabinet secretary,” Karugu said.

“We want a deputy governor to be in charge of a docket like Health. The money paid to one county executive committee member could be saved and this will go a long way in reducing the wage bill.”

According to the Constitution, a deputy governor should deputize the governor in executing her functions. The governor may assign the deputy governor any other responsibility or portfolio as a county executive.

Unknown to many, Karugu’s immediate previous job was at the Geothermal Development Company as an Independent Non-Executive Director, a position she was appointed to by President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2015 alongside other 87 parastatals appointees.

Secondly, worked as a Senior Investor Relations Manager at Britam where she joined in October 2013 so she was used to an actively busy schedule. At some point in her career, she also worked at Nairobi Securities Exchange as an Investor Relations and Communications Manager.

Besides, she is a Ph.D. holder with a Doctor of Business Administration Degree (Finance option) from USIU-A in collaboration with the Columbia Business School in New York.

Just recently, the two leaders have been spearheading the fight against Covid-19 on different fronts without involving each other.

Governor Kahiga secured 13,000 liters of hand sanitizer from Kibos Sugar Company and repackaged it into small containers bearing his image, for which he received backlash and criticism from his deputy.

“Jack Ma has donated PPEs and ventilators worth billions to Africa. We are forever grateful for his generosity. What baffles me more than the kind gesture, is how he chose to go about this donation with no publicity stunts, just a kind heart willing to help.

“Dear CS Mutahi Kagwe, once these donations get to you, kindly send them directly to the individual users. Please minimize the “in-between’” Karugu posted on her official Facebook page.

DP Ruto Endorses A ‘Hustler’ For Machakos By-election After Kalonzo Nominated Muthama’s Estranged Wife

DP Ruto Endorses A ‘Hustler’ For Machakos By-election After Kalonzo Nominated Muthama’s Estranged Wife

Deputy President William Ruto on Thursday, January 14 unveiled Urbanus Mutunga Muthama Ngengele for the Machakos Senatorial by-election on a United Democratic Alliance (UDA) ticket.

The decision was arrived after following a consultative meeting with Machakos County grassroots leaders at Ruto’s residence in Karen, Nairobi.

Ruto commended other leaders from the region for shelving their plans to instead support Ngengele.

“Grateful to witness the partnership forged by the Machakos Senate by-election hopefuls in favor of Urbanus Mutunga Muthama Ngengele, a hustler from the county.

“Our gratitude to them for their audacity and leadership to cede their aspirations and back Ngengele for the race,” noted Ruto.

The Deputy President urged other candidates to support Ngengele in the forthcoming by-elections.

Ruto, however, said that there is room for democracy for any of the candidates who would wish to still proceed as an independent candidate.

Following the unveiling by Ruto, the businessman is set to be given the UDA ticket before the end of the week at the UDA party headquarters.

Also in attendance at the meeting was former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama.

The seat was left vacant after former Machakos Senator Boniface Mutinda Kabaka died on December 11, days after he was hospitalized after collapsing at a restaurant in Nairobi.

Senator Kabaka was on December 4 rushed from Dee3 Hotel in Kilimani to Nairobi Hospital, where he was placed under intensive care.

Ngengele is set to battle it out with Agnes Kavindu who will vie on Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic Movement ticket.

Ruto, Sonko fallout; Angry Sonko to leak telephone call with DP Ruto after disagreement over Nairobi by election

Ruto, Sonko fallout; Angry Sonko to leak telephone call with DP Ruto after disagreement over Nairobi by election

Big fallout in Nairobi Tangatanga team. Apparently, Sonko complained about BMW candidature to WRS. So WRS suggested former Deputy Governor Jonathan Mueke but Sonko told off Ruto saying he doesn’t want to carry Ex-Governor Evans Kidero’s burden.

Sonko instead proposed his top aide Ben Mulwa should be the candidate but Ruto went ahead to announce that Bishop Margret Wanjiru was the ultimate HUSTLER candidate a move that infuriated Sonko bruising his ego badly. Sonko has promised to campaign against BMW and bring down the hustler movement in Nairobi.

Meanwhile, sources indicate that Sonko will be dropping a recording of his telephone conversation with both Ruto and Wanjiru!

Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has decided that he is not going down without a fight.

Sonko has now controversially dragged the first family into his current woes in his flailing attempts to claw back lost power following his impeachment last month.

Known for his fancy recording fingers, the former City Hall boss has now unleashed a phone recording lifting the lid on behind-the-scenes maneuvers preceding his ouster by Nairobi MCAs on December 3, 2020.

This came immediately after a Nairobi anti-corruption court declined his spirited attempts to file a cross-petition seeking to block vetting of Nairobi Disaster Management Chief Officer Anne Mwenda as deputy governor as well as setting aside recent cabinet reorganization by acting Governor Benson Mutura.

In the application, the former Makadara MP had listed petitioner Peter Agoro, Ms. Mwenda, Nairobi County Assembly, acting Governor Mr. Mutura and clerk of the Nairobi County assembly as respondents in the case. Kristina Pratt Kenyatta and Ms. Weru have been listed as interested parties.

Ms. Weru is part of a shortlist of four female candidates that Mr. Sonko had said he would consider for deputy governor following the resignation of Polycarp Igathe in 2018.

The others included Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, Karen Nyamu, and businesswoman Agnes Kagure.

In the sworn affidavit by his lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, Mr. Sonko claimed that Kristina Pratt Kenyatta, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s elder sister, allegedly contacted him prior to his impeachment seeking his favor of the appointment of Ms. Jane Weru as Nairobi deputy governor.

To prove his accusations, Mr. Kinyanjui said his client will rely on the transcript of the said conversation in proof of the averments of the allegations as well as the production of the recording of the conversation.

“Ms. Weru is the person recommended by Kristina Pratt Kenyatta to Mr. Sonko to assume the role and capacity of the Nairobi County Governor immediately prior to unlawful and sham impeachment of the cross petitioner by reason of which she is a relevant party,” read in part the affidavit.

In the leaked audio recording, a female voice can be heard telling Mr. Sonko that the President was to talk to him about a possible nomination of Ms.

Sonko has now controversially dragged the first family into his current woes in his flailing attempts to claw back lost power following his impeachment last month.

Known for his fancy recording fingers, the former City Hall boss has now unleashed a phone recording lifting the lid on behind-the-scenes manouevres preceding his ouster by Nairobi MCAs on December 3, 2020.

This came immediately after a Nairobi anti-corruption court declined his spirited attempts to file a cross petition seeking to block vetting of Nairobi Disaster Management Chief Officer Anne Mwenda as deputy governor as well as setting aside recent cabinet reorganisation by acting Governor Benson Mutura.

In the application, the former Makadara MP had listed petitioner Peter Agoro, Ms Mwenda, Nairobi County Assembly, acting Governor Mr Mutura and clerk of the Nairobi County assembly as respondents in the case. Kristina Pratt Kenyatta and Ms Weru have been listed as interested parties.

Ms Weru is part of a shortlist of four female candidates that Mr Sonko had said he would consider for deputy governor following the resignation of Polycarp Igathe in 2018.

The others included Bishop Margaret Wanjiru, Karen Nyamu and businesswoman Agnes Kagure.

In the sworn affidavit by his lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, Mr Sonko claimed thatKristina Pratt Kenyatta, President Uhuru Kenyatta’s elder sister, allegedly contacted him prior to his impeachment seeking his favour of appointment of Ms Jane Weru as Nairobi deputy governor.

To prove his accusations, Mr Kinyanjui said his client will rely on the transcript of the said conversation in proof of the averments of the allegations as well as production of the recording of the conversation.

“Ms Weru is the person recommended by Kristina Pratt Kenyatta to Mr Sonko to assume the role and capacity of the Nairobi County Governor immediately prior to unlawful and sham impeachment of the cross petitioner by reason of which she is a relevant party,” read in part the affidavit.

In the leaked audio recording, a female voice can be heard telling Mr Sonko that the President was to talk to him about a possible nomination of Ms Weru as deputy governor to replace Mr Polycarp Igathe who had resigned in 2018.

“Tell him (President Kenyatta) that I am the one who brought her and by that, he will remember. I told him that I brought her and recommended her to you,” said the female caller.

The former Makadara MP, in turn, told the woman on the other end that he had no problem with the proposition as long as the boss (the President) is aware of the issue.
Weru as deputy governor to replace Mr. Polycarp Igathe who had resigned in 2018.

“Tell him (President Kenyatta) that I am the one who brought her and by that, he will remember. I told him that I brought her and recommended her to you,” said the female caller.

The former Makadara MP, in turn, told the woman on the other end that he had no problem with the proposition as long as the boss (the President) is aware of the issue.

Jeff Koinange dumbstruck as fierce Millie Odhiambo tears apart combative Senator Kihika on live TV

Jeff Koinange dumbstruck as fierce Millie Odhiambo tears apart combative Senator Kihika on live TV

JK Live show host Jeff Koinange was dumbfounded on Wednesday evening, January 13, while conducting an interview between Suba North MP Millicent Odhiambo and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, who were constantly at each other’s throats.

Odhiambo, who is a supporter of ODM leader Raila Odinga and Kihika, an ally of Deputy President William Ruto, kept the host on his toes while discussing political issues.

Kihika indicated that the tanga tanga team was very clear that they wanted the DP to lead the Country in 2022.

Further, she accused the Kieleweke team of not fronting a candidate saying that they changed tune whenever they toured different parts of the country.

“On our side, it’s William Ruto. On their side we don’t know because they go to Vihiga, they are singing Mudavadi, they go to Kabarak, they are singing Gideon, they go to Kalonzo Musyoka’s place, they are saying it is Kalonzo, every other day it’s somebody else based on where the funeral is,” Kihika stated.

“Relax baby girl,” Odhiambo retorted, adding that the ODM party had entrusted Raila to lead because of the good that he had done for the country.

The duo had a heated argument about who between the two loved their leader more, as Koinange looked on in amazement.

“We don’t hate William Ruto, we may not like what he espouses as a person but should William Ruto and Raila Odinga decide that they are having a handshake and are coming on an agenda that is sensible to us we will work with them,” Odhiambo stated.

The two politicians discussed a short clip that went viral on Wednesday, where the ODM party leader was shouted down by a section of youth in the Burma market.

While Kihika hinted that the ODM leader was booed by the youth, Odhiambo said that she had a clip showing Raila being cheered.

“They can talk about all that they are talking, their handshakes or this or that but the people of Kenya will ultimately decide and the reason we hold our heads high is that we see it, like the booing in Burma,” Kihika said before she was quickly interrupted by Odhiambo.

“There is no big issue about booing. They can boo in Burma and someone can go elsewhere and he will be booed. He was not booed, that was your corner, he was cheered,” she stated.

Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka calls out DP Ruto for ethnic discrimination; his 50 percent share of jobs went to Kalenjins only

Wiper Leader Kalonzo Musyoka calls out DP Ruto for ethnic discrimination; his 50 percent share of jobs went to Kalenjins only

Kalonzo, in what appears to be an all-out war against the DP, said Ruto should stop portraying himself as a nationalist. The Wiper boss said Ruto’s true colors were laid bare on how he distributed his 50 percent share of government.

The Nasa trio of Kalonzo, Raila Odinga, and Musalia Mudavadi have in the last few days opened political fire against Ruto in what is likely to define the 2022 presidential contest.

For the first time, Kalonzo—a soft-spoken politician not known for combative politics—claimed Ruto went as far as pushing out some Cabinet Secretaries from other communities to pave the way for politically correct individuals.

The Wiper boss gave an example of former Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu, who was bundled out of the Cabinet after Jubilee’s reelection in 2017.

“Even Ambassador Mailu would be a minister today. I followed that story very closely with President Uhuru Kenyatta and I was told he [Uhuru] had no problem with Mailu. He would have continued as a minister,” Kalonzo stated.

He said the unceremonious exit of Mailu has left the whole Kamba land without a single Cabinet slot.

“You have a community with not a single minister and you really think you can come and confuse Wakamba with those monies of wheelbarrow economics?” the former Vice President asked.

“Since 1963 when this country had Independence, we used to have at least two Cabinet ministers from that community. This is not tribalism; it is the reality of the situation.”

“Who doesn’t know that President Uhuru Kenyatta got 50 percent of the government, William Ruto got 50 percent of the government to the exclusion of everybody else? At least President Uhuru took his 50 percent as a national leader,” Kalonzo said.

He added: “What did his counterpart [Ruto] do? Look at the structure of the government, you will be amazed.”

In what appears to be a simultaneous onslaught by Nasa bigwigs, on Monday ODM leader also questioned Ruto’s nationalistic ideology, saying the events of 2013 are still fresh in the memory of Kenyans.

According to the AU special envoy, all Ruto’s appointments were ethnic-based, especially in key parastatals and government agencies.

“When particular people are there [in power], the appointments that are made favor the people from their respective communities. If you go and look at the Cabinet of Jubilee in 2013, look at the PSs, look at the heads of the parastatals. Kenyans can see for themselves,” Raila said.

“You cannot be talking about being a nationalist and when given an opportunity then you basically appoint from your own community.”

Mudavadi’s ANC has also announced it will sponsor an impeachment motion against the DP when Parliament resumes sittings next month.

However, Belgut MP Nelson Koech – a Ruto man – defended the DP, saying the 2013 appointments met the constitutional threshold. He warned the Nasa leaders against what he termed retrogressive politics.

“I want to believe that every member who was put in the Cabinet had the qualification that was needed and was vetted by Parliament and every region represented,” Koech told the Star.

“Now that Kalonzo is in talking terms with Uhuru Kenyatta, maybe he can use that opportunity to tell Uhuru to shed off a section of Cabinet he is uncomfortable with and has members of his (Kalonzo’s) community considered.”

Speaking at his Wiper headquarters in Karen, Nairobi, Kalonzo backed Uhuru’s proposal that it is time for other communities to produce the next President.

“This is the way to go, accept that we can have unity in our diversity. People hide behind some call to confuse Kenyans so that their community can continue sitting on everybody else, already you are sitting on everybody. We shall speak this truth,” he said.

But Koech poured cold water on the suggestion, saying Kenya is not a monarchy.

“We are not in a monarchy for anyone to request for a rotational presidency. In this county it is a democracy, a president is elected based on the numbers of votes Kenyans would have cast,” he said.

“We don’t want to have a situation where we balkanize the country into regions.”

DP Ruto’s allies mobilize youth to disrupt Raila’s rally in Nairobi; plan backfires

DP Ruto’s allies mobilize youth to disrupt Raila’s rally in Nairobi; plan backfires

Deputy President William Ruto’s supporters on Wednesday joined a rally where former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was addressing residents in Nairobi.

The DP Ruto supporters chanted his name while others raised wheelbarrows during the brief rally at Burma Market along Jogoo Road.

The ODM party leader had been accompanied by Jubilee nominated MP Maina Kamanda and had been addressing a large crowd from the sunroof of his vehicle when the interruption took place.

Raila went on to address the crowd and spoke about the need to pass the BBI documents which he said was a result of the handshake.

“The handshake gave birth to BBI which has solutions to many problems that we face today,” he said.

On Twitter, Raila said he made a stop at the market ‘to say hello to the people’.

Earlier, Raila met youths to drum up support for BBI.

Taking to Twitter, he said, “I had a dynamic and insightful engagement with youth hailing from Nairobi county who pledged their full and unwavering support for the BBI process. The referendum train continues to garner speed unabated. It’s now all systems go!”

Raila has kicked off aggressive countrywide public engagements in what appears to be a tactical move to counter Ruto’s wave ahead of the 2022 election.

Raila’s tours that started a month ago came almost one month after DP Ruto scaled down his public engagements due to what he termed a surge in Covid-19 infections.

For instance, in a span of four weeks, the former Prime Minister visited seven counties, holding strategic meetings with local leadership as he drums up support for the Building Bridges Initiative. The engagements are also laced with 2022 politics.