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Rarieda MP comes to aid of residents : The Standard

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Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo has bought Sh1.8 million worth of maize to be distributed among the less-privileged members of his constituency.
Mr Amollo said the maize would help mitigate the effects of coronavirus on his constituents.
The beneficiaries included orphans, elderly persons, widows, widowers, the disabled and other vulnerable groups.
“There is no longer market days and all market activities have been seriously minimised in Rarieda sub-county due to the outbreak of coronavirus. Those who depend on sale of goods are already feeling the pinch”, said Amollo.
County officials have closed markets in the area to contain the spread the pandemic.
The MP said that he found out that most homesteads in Rarieda had resorted to food rationing, with many people already going without meals due to food shortage.
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“Many children go without breakfast while some are already on a single meal a day,” he said.
The legislator said he had personally been monitoring the food situation in the constituency for the last six months and noticed that the corona menace had worsened the situation.
“l decided not to take a pay cut, but instead used the equivalent of my two-month salary to provide a stop-gap measure to cushion the vulnerable groups in my constituency,” he said.
The distribution of the maize is still going on and is being coordinated by Rarieda Constituency Development Fund chairman Paul Saoke, who is also the convener of Siaya Professionals Caucus.

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Three ‘police officers’ charged with violent robbery : The Standard

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Rift ValleyThey each will alternatively pay Sh300,000 as cash bail.

Three police impostors have been charged with violent robbery before a Nakuru Court.
 
Daniel Muthike, James Njuguna and Henry Kiarie appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Yvonne Khatambi and denied robbery, preparation to commit a felony, possession of government stores and making documents without authority.
 
The charges stated that the trio robbed James Kamau of Sh393,800 and threatened to use actual violence against him if he didn’t cooperate.
 
The robbery occurred on May 28, 2019, at Kabazi trading centre in Subukia Sub County within Nakuru County.
 
The three were arrested on May 29, 2020 at Chavakali trading centre in Vihiga County as they allegedly attempted to commit a felony. 
 
They were transferred to Subukia Police Station in Nakuru county where they were booked.
 
The court documents states that they were found in possession of a pair of handcuffs, fake certificate of appointment, a pocket phone and a metal key, indicating that they wanted to commit felony.
 
“The accused persons had a pair of handcuffs, a fake certificate and a pocket phone,”  reads the charge sheet.
 
Muthike on his part faced two counts. He allegedly had in possession a suspected stolen government store namely a pair of handcuffs of National Police Service at Chavakali.
 
He is also accused of making a letter without authority and with intent to deceive, purporting it a genuine letter issued by the Nursing Council of Kenya.
 
Njuguna faced charges of making a a fake certificate of appointment on May 29, 2020, at Chavakali, purporting it a genuine certificate issued by the National Police Service.
 
He was also charged with making a practice license number without authority, purporting it to be a license issued by the Nursing Council of Kenya.
 
Khatambi released the accused on Sh500,000 bond each, with a surety of similar amount.
 
They each will alternatively pay Sh300,000 as cash bail.
 
The case will be mentioned on June 25.

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Ford Kenya wrangles deepen Luhya Disunity: The Standard

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NairobiEvery time the Luhya community leaders have come to push for the unity of the region, members always ended up pulling towards the opposite directions.

“Ford Kenya! Simba, Ford Kenya, Usawa Haki na Ukweli (Equality Justice and Truth)” 
So they struggled to sing, with voices forcibly high but evidently laced with indefinite uncertainty. The heavy blows in the Party had threatened to squeeze life out of the lion party.
The party coup, has thrown their mantra in disarray. Both sides crying foul over inequality, injustices and mischief. 
Political struggles between the Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati and his Senator Moses Wetangu’la seem to sink the boat, threatening to end the party in Ford Kenya.
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This situation now becoming just one of the countless futile efforts by the Mulembe nation to ‘unite’, a situation that has become an elephant in the luhya room. 
Every time the Luhya community leaders have come to push for the unity of the region, members always ended up pulling towards the opposite directions. 
According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, the tribe is the second most populous, just some steps behind the Kikuyu community.
However, notwithstanding this fact, when it comes to voting, their seven million population, never seem to add up in the political matrix. 
For more than four General Elections in the country, the Luhya community has been a house with different fathers. This being witnessed in recent turn of events. 
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The wrangles at Ford Kenya’s headquarters is the recent, among a myriad of unending divisions in the Luhya house, which has made them a laughing stock.
Recently, a faction in the Party led by Secretary General Dr. Eseli Simiyu launched a coup that ended at the Registrar of Parties’ office. This is after all sides claimed control of the Party.
These efforts, according to political pundits, will surely throw the region’s ambitions off the hook two years to the 2022 General polls.  
The latest circus has forced the lion party to be run from two centers. One at the Party’s official residence at Ole Dume road and the other at Radisson Blue hotel. 
In a recent rejoinder, the Moses Wetang’ula led camp belaboured on the reasons why they are the legitimate owners of the Party. 
SEE ALSO: Wetang’ula pushed out as season of coups hots up
“Ford Kenya is still alive and is being run at its headquarters, “cried Chris Wamalwa, who later proclaimed himself the interim Party Secretary.

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This contradicting his previous statement that status quo remains in the party as directed by the Registrar of Parties, meaning Dr. Eseli Simiyu is the still the substantive Secretary.  
“He is a rebel! We cannot have power vacuum. That is why I now come in, “added Wamalwa. 
The sharp voiced Kiminini legislator who was lately ousted as Minority whip in the National Assembly had earlier mentioned that a communique from Anne Nderitu who is the Registrar of Parties had directed the stay of the status quo.
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 “The leadership of the Party remains as it is until the Registry makes a substantive decision on the Party wrangles, “said Wamalwa. 
 It first started after a group led by Bungoma Governor Wycliffe Wangamati and the Party’s Secretary General Dr. Eseli Simiyu, decided to change the Party Leadership.
The camp accused the Senator Wetangula of gross misconduct and failing to champion unity in the party.
“Party members have lost trust in the party leader hence the need to replace him to develop the party,” said Dr. Eseli during a press conference. 
The former Minority Leader in the Senate was also accused of failing to provide inspiring leadership to the party contrary to Clause 49 of the party’s constitution.
Also thrown out during the changes is party Organizing Secretary Chris Mandu in a meeting which Wetangula allies stormed out of the venue.
SEE ALSO: I’m still Ford Kenya leader, Wetangula maintains after ouster
In place, Kanduyi MP Wafula Wamunyinyi was enthroned as the Party Leader, in an alleged special National Executive Council sitting.
Recently, the Wamunyinyi side said they had submitted a dully signed document to the Registrar of Parties of those members who approved Wetang’ula’s ouster.
The team however, blamed their counterparts of issuing threats on the legislators allied to the Wangamati side saying they would lodge a complaint to that effect.
“We are going to the Police immediately to launch a complaint over threats meted on our members. Some have even been subjected to physical assault,” lamented Dr. Eseli.
This comes as a meeting was also held in Kitale that declared Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa as the community spokesmen.
The blessings of Luhya elders, has essentially been touted to give an exit notice to the current regional kingpins.
Former Cabinet Ministers Muskari Kombo, Noah Wekesa and Fred Gumo as well as Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong and Trans Nzoia Senator Michael Mbito also accompanied the duo on the tour.
“We want Oparanya and Wamalwa to be at the negotiating table and work with President Uhuru Kenyatta. However, we respect other leaders but if they digress, we shall just replace them like we have done and continue with our journey,” said Gumo.
Wamalwa and Oparanya said they would be meeting elders from all communities in the region to seek their blessings. 
“We have a mission to put together the people of western, and our mission is to ask our people to support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga in their efforts to unite the country,” Oparanya said.

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Matiangi: Report on reopening of churches ready, to be handed to Uhuru: The Standard

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NairobiThe CS says the report has been compiled after consulting various agencies with necessary Covid-19 data

Interior and Coordination CS Fred Matiang’i has said a report on whether to reopen churches or not is ready and will be handed over to President Uhuru Kenyatta today.

Speaking on Friday after meeting religious leaders at KICD in Nairobi, Matiang’i who was accompanied by CSs George Magoha (Education) and Mutahi Kagwe (Health), said the report was compiled after engaging Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) and the University of Nairobi (UoN) schools of medicine and Kemri team who have got the Covid-19 data.
“After engaging JKUAT, UoN schools of medicine and Kemri team, and most importantly our security team, we have a report that will be handed over to President Uhuru,” he said.
Matiang’i (pictured) said the report will be handed over to Uhuru who will then inform the country on what next as far as reopening of our churches are concerned.
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“We have prepared a report but cannot divulge its details because we were sent by the President, we will hand it over to him.”
He said they had a consultative and fruitful meeting with religious leaders, adding that it is only through such consultations will the country move forward
Outgoing CITAM Bishop David Oginde said as the clergy, they are doing everything possible to support the government’s efforts to combat Covid-19.
He urged all religious leaders to take responsibility and make sure that the masses adhere to the Covid-19 containment measures.
“To win the war, everyone must take responsibility, and as religious leaders, we are buttressing the government’s efforts.”
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The government banned church services and mosque prayers in additional measures to combat the spread of coronavirus on March 22.
The National Emergency Response Committee (NERC) suspended all churches, mosques, and other religious gatherings over non-compliance of religious institutions to the social distance requirement.
The meeting comes ahead of June 6, a date on which the partial lockdown and dusk to dawn curfew were extended to contain the spread of coronavirus in the country.

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