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Nairobi MCAs resume sittings amid fears of more drama

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Nominated Nairobi MCA Mary Njambi during a protest at Speaker Beatrice Elachi’s office on September 10, 2018. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO

By COLLINS OMULO, [email protected]

Nairobi County Assembly resumes sitting on Tuesday amid fears of another round of showdown over the fate of Speaker Beatrice Elachi.

The Ward Representatives have been on a month-long recess.

Top of their agenda will be how to deal with Ms Elachi who was impeached on September 6 during a special sitting, but obtained court orders reinstating her temporarily to her position.

SONKO’S IMPEACHMENT

The other business will be the planned impeachment of Governor Mike Sonko over his reluctance to appoint a deputy governor and his refusal to shift his operations from his Mua home back to his office at City Hall.

Despite Ms Elachi getting a reprieve from the Labour Court two weeks ago giving her more days in her seat, all is not rosy as the MCAs insist that ‘she must go.’

Minority Whip Peter Imwatok has told Nairobi News that Ms Elachi’s case is closed and there is no way she can reclaim the Speaker’s seat.

He argued that even if she comes back, then she must be voted in again as the Speaker according to the Assembly rules and procedures.

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“Hers is a done case. If Elachi has to come back to the office, she must be voted back again into the office. The office is not a toilet where you just walk in and out as you wish. This is an institution. The same procedure that brought you in is the same one that brings you in again,” said Mr Imwatok.

ACTING SPEAKER

The Makongeni MCA explained that the Assembly will not suffer any vacuum as, in the meantime, the deputy speaker John Kamangu will be holding forte in an acting capacity until the matter is resolved.

“So far we do not have a substantive Speaker but we have a deputy Speaker who can preside over the running of the House and so there is no vacuum,” he said.

There have been reports that some MCAs have softened their stance over Ms Elachi’s possible return to the Assembly. But the ODM MCA laughed off the claims, saying that the matter was decided by the entire Assembly and not respective political parties .

“It is the assembly which made a decision and not political parties. It is the same assembly that has to sit down to resolve everything if it has to. And this I have not seen,” he said.

Reached for comment, Ms Elachi said the matter is before Court and would not wish to comment on it.

“I am in Eldoret and I will not be around tomorrow (Tuesday). I am not fighting anything so it is a non-issue at the moment as it is in Court until Friday maybe. They will have to come and start with house business. They have to create the business. And there are those motions and businesses in the order paper that we left while we were closing the Assembly they will proceed with,” said Ms Elachi on Monday.

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Security team recovers 200 cows stolen in Laikipia County – KBC

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A multi-agency security team has recovered about 200 cows stolen from Laikipia and taken to the neighboring Baringo County by armed bandits.

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Laikipia County Police Commander Maxwell Nyaema, said the on-going security operation in the region will track down bandits and livestock raiders in a bid to end the menace.

He noted that the bandits fled after realizing that the police were in hot pursuit.

Nyaema said the multiagency operation in the two Counties has in the recent past recovered about 72 illegal firearms from unlicensed gun holders.

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The police commander said the heavy police presence will continue to be a feature in the area to enhance security in the region.

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He warned parents abetting the vice saying those not taking their children to school and allowing them to indulge in criminal activities will be held accountable.

The residents praised the move by the Government to recover the animals saying livestock theft has left a majority of them poor and sick as they try to come to terms with the perennial cases of banditry attacks and livestock raids.

They claimed that the bandits were too daring saying they commit the raids in daylight and at night with total disregard of the heavy presence of security personnel drawn from various units among the RDU and GSU.

The residents said the return of the cattle was a good sign saying there is hope more animals will be recovered.

 

 

 

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Starlets pooled in Group A of 2022 AWCON Qualifiers

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Harambee Starlets has been drawn in Group A of the 2022 Africa Women Cup of Nations qualifiers in the draw hosted by the CAF Headquarters in Cairo, Egypt.

The first round will see Kenya play against South Sudan as Uganda faces off against Ethiopia, Eritrea against Burundi, and Djibouti up against  Rwanda.

Should Starlets proceed past South Sudan, they are set to face off against either Uganda or Ethiopia in the second round. The winners on aggregate will qualify to join hosts Morocco in the regional showpiece.

The first and second leg fixtures of the first round will be played between June 7 and June 15th, 2021 with the second round’s first and second leg fixtures will be held between October 18 and October 29, 2021.

Meanwhile, the Kenya U20 women team has also been pooled in Group A alongside Uganda, Burundi, Malawi, Namibia, Angola, Botswana, and Zambia, in the second round of the 2022 FIFA U20 Women World Cup qualifiers.

Kenya will play against Uganda and before being one of the two African representatives in the 2022 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup in Costa Rica, they will have to go through three more rounds

The women’s U20 continental showpiece first leg fixtures will take place between January 13, and January 15, 2021, with the second leg fixtures to be held between January 27, and January 29, 2021.

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Mike Sonko celebrates as his adopted son Gift Osinya scores a B- in KCSE

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Ex Nairobi governor Mike Sonko is a proud dad after his adopted son Gift Osinya attained a B- in the just concluded 2020 KCSE.

Gift was adopted by Sonko and his family 7 years ago alongside his brother Satrine Osinya after their mother was shot dead in a terror attack.

Taking to his social media, Sonko thanked everyone who has supported them in this journey adding that celebrating his son is not a PR strategy.

THE LORD HAS DONE IT AGAIN! WACHENI MUNGU AITWE MUNGU.

As usual a few haters will say this is PR but I want to prove them wrong by telling them there’s a God in heaven and the Devil is always a liar, today my family and I are overwhelmed with joy as we celebrate the KCSE results of our beloved son Gift Osinya.

When terrorists struck a church in Likoni on the Sunday of 23rd March, 2014 taking the life of his mum and other worshipers, Master Gift Osinya was left traumatised, terrified and hopeless with a bullet lodged in the head of his younger brother, Master Satrine Osinya.

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However, since they joined our family seven years ago, we have seen God’s miracles in their lives.

After scoring an impressive 399 marks in KCPE 4 years ago, he proceeded to Lenana School in Nairobi for his secondary education where he has made us proud again by scoring an impressive B – (minus) in his KCSE.

Even though as a family we were expecting an A from him, we thank God for his good grades that now guarantee him a place in one of the public universities where he can pursue the career of his dreams.

On behalf of my family especially my beloved wife Primrose, I wish to thank you all for the continued support and prayers, and invite you to join us as a family in celebrating the achievements of our son, while thanking God for his mercies upon his life.

Congratulations to him.

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