Tough battle looms over leadership as assembly resumes

The unending fight among ODM MCAs over Nairobi County Assembly leadership is likely to halt house operations when the legislators resume duty on Tuesday after a week-long recess. A bid by a section of the MCAs to replace the minority leader and chief whip has already triggered divisions in the party’top brass and this could still spill to the assembly and committee sittings. While ODM chairman John Mbadi and executive director Oduor Ong’wen have been caught at the centre of the spiralling siege, the speaker Chege Mwaura is insisting that…

Sonko rescues conjestina

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Friday came to the rescue of the ailing former Kenyan female boxer Conjestina Achieng’, who is ailing in her rural home of Siaya. Sonko said Conjestina, who has won many titles for Kenya, will be airlifted to Nairobi and taken to Eden Home Rehabilitation Centre. “She will be received in Nairobi. We shall buy her new clothes and take her to rehabilitation centre for care because she needs urgent medical attention,” said Sonko. According to a video that has surfaced online, things are not going…

Nairobi county liquor board on illicit brew

RESIDENTS of Kibra wants Inspector General of Police to crack the whip on rogue officers to end the sale of illicit brew in the area. They told IG Joseph Boinett that a section of police officers deployed in the area are engaging in the illicit brew, commonly known as Chang’aa trade along Ngong River. A woman leader in Sarang’ombe ward who sought anonymity for fear of victimization said the brewing business under the watchful eye of law enforcers is the order of the day. “Police officers own the chang’aa depot…

Greenpeace Africa Calls on China to Maintain the Ban on Rhino Horns

Conservationists in Kenya are worried by China’s decision to reverse the ban on trade in tiger bones and rhino horns.  Experts have also condemned the move as one that could have dire repercussions for the endangered species.  Reacting to these developments, Greenpeace Africa’s Senior political advisor, Fredrick Njehu has said: “China’s decision to reopen trade on rhino horns and tiger bones will not only reactivate the demand for rhino products, but also contribute to a rise in poaching and other illegal activities. This also reverses steps that have been made…

Sonko:We must protect devolution at all costs  

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko welcoming Visiting Namibian president Dr Hage Gottfriend Geingob who is on a state visit to Kenya. With him are Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma and other state officials . Photo/Samson wire. By Erick Ludeya Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has warned against any plans to delist Nairobi from the 47 counties and has instead called on politicians to support devolution. Sonko has told Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruiyot to drop his proposal through a bill targeting to scrap Nairobi County and revert its leadership to the national…

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 tells Elachi to accept impeachment and move on

Leader of Majority in the Nairobi County Assembly Abdi Ibrahim Guyo (Left) and other Jubilee MCAs during a party meeting presided over by the Secretary General Raphael Tuju By Adieri Mulaa Jubilee Party has sealed the fate of dethroned Nairobi County Assembly speaker Beatrice Elachi. The party now wants her to withdraw the two suits she has filed against the County Assembly. Elachi was overwhelmingly elected on Jubilee ticket following her endorsement by President Uhuru Kenyatta. However, she was impeached last month by MCAs who accused her of abuse of…

Innovative Kenyan entrepreneurs to battle out for 5 million

Total Kenya has announced that entries for the second edition of Startupper of the Year Challenge will include 55 countries up from the previous 34. The competition that that seeks to promote creative ideas and entrepreneurship among young citizens will see 3 winners from each country get an opportunity to make their dream a reality. The 2018/19 Total Startupper Challenge is building on a successful first edition held in 2015/16 that attracted over 800 applicants from 34 countries, 40 of them from Kenya. READ ALSO: Importance of innovation and digitization in…

Sonko to sign NHIF deal targeting residents in informal settlements

Sonko said his administration will not relent in its efforts of attaining accessible and quality health services in county hospitals. By Erick Ludeya Poor households in Nairobi’s informal settlements will soon enroll to an easy to pay medical scheme to be unveiled by Governor Mike Sonko in partnership with the National Health Insurance Fund (NHIF) The new medical scheme, once unveiled will cushion vulnerable groups in the city to ensure they get quality and free medical services in county hospitals. Speaking on Friday during the ground breaking ceremony for the…

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…