Babu Owino dismisses proposal to scrap Nairobi County as empty talk

Embakasi East MP Babu Owino   By Erick Ludeya Embakasi East MP Babu Owino has told off Kericho senator Aaron Cheruiyot over a proposal to delist Nairobi as one of the 47 counties. Babu has told the senator to stop wasting his time on things that have no legal binding and geared towards downplaying the benefits of devolution “He does not understand Nairobi very well and that is why he is trying to come up with imaginary stuff about the capital city. He needs to read the law very well,”…

Jubilee party intervenes to end wrangles in county assembly

Nairobi county MCAs led by the majority leader Abdi Guyo during a press conference By Adieri Mulaa Jubilee Party MCAs in Nairobi County have been summoned to a crucial meeting at the party headquarters today. Agenda for the meeting has not been disclosed or formal invitation made to the media by the ruling party. However, communication to the MCAs which was seen by the CEO read in part: “Hon. Member, you are notified that there is a scheduled meeting of all Nairobi Jubilee Party Members on Monday 8th October, 2018…

Supremacy wars will paralyze devolution, Ojiambo tells stakeholders

Former Commonwealth Deputy Secretary General Josephine Ojiambo makes an address during a past event   By Abednego Mwikya Ambassador Josephine Ojiambo has said sour relations among players in the devolution implementation process will capsize the process prematurely. Citing the supremacy conflict recently witnessed between the National Assembly and the Senate over the question of duplicity of roles, Ojiambo said the two arms of the legislature played totally different roles anchored in the constitution and called for respect for institutions established by the supreme law. “Both institutions are critical for the…

Ngara ward MCA Chege Mwaura elected acting Nairobi County Assembly Speaker

Ngara ward MCA Chege Mwaura has been elected as the Nairobi County Assembly Speaker in an acting capacity. Chege who is also serving as the majority Chief Whip was elected unopposed, following the withdrawal of two other contestants Mary Njambi and Mary Ariviza. Deputy Speaker Kamangu Nyumu declared Chege validly elected as per the guidelines of article 178 (2)(b) of the Constitution and section 9 (4) (b)  of the County Government Act. The process was however marred with drama after the sudden appearance of Mary Ariviza who shouted that her…

Nairobi MCAs dismiss EACC summons, insist Elachi’s fate is done

By Tobby Otum and Erick Ludeya Nairobi Members of County Assembly (MCAs) have dismissed the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) circular demanding them to appear before it. They insisted that they had not committed any crime by impeaching the county Speaker Beatrice Elachi. The MCAs led by Majority Leader Ibrahim Abdi want the EACC to deal with corruption involving theRuaraka land before engaging itself in other affairs of the county. NASA,Jubilee MCAs team up to kick out Elachi over corruption claims He said the county has lost over Sh 1.5 billion over the Ruaraka land saga yet the…

City residents dismiss petition to dissolve county government

A group of Nairobi residents have come out to oppose a petition to dissolve the Nairobi City County Government. The residents, under the Umbrella of Bunge La Mwananchi lead by their president; Henry Shitanda and Nairobi Chapter National Youth Chairman Edward Githaiga, have termed the petition by Patrick Githinji and Muthurwa residents association as mischievous and unwarranted. The group has submitted its own petition to President Uhuru Kenyatta, outlining to him some of the projects   Governor Mike Sonko has done since taking over office. The group is specifically citing improved…

COURT withdraws Rodgers Ochieng case

Rogers Okuta Ochieng a prominent business man East Africa  region  has withdrawn a  criminal case at milimani law court nairobi County Kenya , where he  filed a complaint against Elsbon Mwangi for unlawfully using his motor vehicle registration number KCG 414E, Nissan Blue Bird after paying him his dues.  WHY POWER-SHARING IS SETTING A WRONG POLITICAL PRECEDENCE Mwangi is alleged to have committed the offense on diverse dates between 24th November 2018 and 24thFebruary 2018 at an unknown place within Kenya. The businessman had further accused Mwangi of issuing a bad cheque.…

Samburu leaders: Arrest Aukot over incitement

Samburu political leaders have called for the investigation of Thirdway Alliance leader Ekuru Aukot over utterances he made in Baragoi over the weekend. Addressing journalists in Nairobi, the lawmakers said Dr Aukot’s statements amounted to ‘incitement to violence of two ethnic communities who have been coexisting peacefully for a long time’. “After the visit, he went into social media and made allegations that are geared towards inciting the Turkana community against the Samburu community living in Baragoi and its environs in Samburu North,” said Samburu North MP Musa Lentoimaga. Identifying If…

Defiant Sonko tells off MCAs

By Samson Wire. Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has told off those insisting that he move county operations from his home in Machakos back to Nairobi saying he will not be blackmailed. Speaking to journalists in Mua after a memorial service for his late father on Friday, the Nairobi County boss maintained that he will not relocate to City Hall. He was responding to an ultimatum from MCAs through their Majority leader Abdi Guyo that he move back to Nairobi within two weeks. Sonko remained defiant stating that he will not…

Elachi’s court order deemed to have been overtaken by events

By Adieri Mulaa A court order purporting to restrain the Nairobi City County Assembly from impeaching Speaker Beatrice Elachi was overtaken by events. It has now emerged that a prohibitory order issued by the Labour Relations Court on Thursday to block the assembly from debating a Motion on removal of the speaker was served on Friday morning, a day after the business had transacted and the speaker accordingly impeached. A copy of the order which was seen by CEO Africa has stumps indicating it was received by the county assembly…