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New revenue formula must not hurt any County

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The ongoing revenue formula debate is unnecessarily divisive, Deputy President William Ruto has said.

Ruto on Monday said that the Constitution envisages fair and equitable sharing of all our resources and challenged Parliament to play its rightful role in the process.”The legislature must as per its mandate structure a win-win formula that is sensitive to proposals made without hurting any county. Inawezakana,” the DP tweeted.

The senators have failed to agree on a formula despite weeks of negotiations. The stalemate has stalled the passage of county allocation of revenue Bill. Before the Bill is passed and signed into law by the President, counties cannot get money.This has caused division in political parties with members taking different stands.

Over the weekend, Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata’s threat of “no new revenue sharing formula no BBI” laid bare the length to which President Uhuru Kenyatta’s team is prepared to go to get its goal.

Kang’ata’s ultimatum over the revenue formula standoff has been interpreted as a part of the plan to sabotage ODM Raila Odinga’s political ideals.

The Murang’a senator, a key Uhuru ally, said on Saturday that the president’s camp will abandon the BBI process if the Senate shoots down the new revenue allocation formula which pegs the distribution on population.

Raila allies have claimed there was a scheme to throw him under the bus over the stalemate. Key Raila confidants said that Uhuru’s allies want to blackmail the ODM leader by projecting the BBI process as a Raila project. Part of the blackmail plan, according to Raila’s lieutenants, is to attempt to forcefully push through the contentious new revenue sharing formula, which proposes major funding cuts to counties in Raila’s bases.

The new formula, according to some of Raila’s allies, is part of a political plot to destabilise the ODM leader and spoil his political fortunes ahead of 2022. Raila held a virtual meeting with a key ODM party organ, the Central Management Committee last Friday, where a decision was made to reject the revenue formula.

During the meeting Raila told his troops not to accept the new revenue formula, setting the stage for a showdown with Kenyatta’s team. ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi called for the shelving of the proposed revenue sharing formula to give room for more consultation.

But Ruto allies seemed to be enjoying the grandstanding in the Uhuru and Raila camps.

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He is a very dangerous man! Sonko’s daughter accuses senator of attempting to kill her

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Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip and Saumu Mbuvi, daughter of former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko, have announced their separation following wrangles and disagreement.

The reports were fuelled by photos and videos of Senator Loitiptip hanging out with a female friend.

Saumu, on Instagram, announced that the two have separated, claiming that she has undergone domestic violence under Loitiptip.

“These are the things he did to me,” wrote Saumu, in one of her photos showing a swollen face and bruised lips.

“He almost killed me. I will forever fight for women to stand for their rights. Never allow a man to be violent to you.”

She also claimed that the senator had neglected their child, leaving Saumu as the primary caregiver.

Loitiptip told Kenyans.co.ke that Saumu shared her father’s traits and was suffering from bipolar disorder, threatening to expose her past to prove his claim.

The two have been dating for months and at one point planned to get married. However, Sonko’s daughter clarified that the two had split before officiating their union.

“Wedding date confirmed,” she captioned a picture of herself and the senator in June 2020.

Her previous relationship with businessman cum politician Ben Gatu also ended after she accused him of being violent.

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US raises alarm over Covid-19 cases surge in Tanzania

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The US government has revealed that there are significant cases of Covid-19 in Tanzania.

This is just a week after it advised its citizens against travelling to the East African country.

“The US Embassy is aware of a significant increase in the number of Covid-19 cases since January 2021,” the Embassy said.

In a Health alert, the US said the practice of Covid-19 mitigation and prevention measures remains limited.

The Tanzanian government has not released aggregate numbers on Covid-19 cases or deaths since April 2020.

“Healthcare facilities in Tanzania can become quickly overwhelmed in a healthcare crisis. Limited hospital capacity throughout Tanzania could result in life-threatening delays for emergency medical care,” US said.

The Department of State’s travel advisory level for Tanzania is Level 3.

The US Centre for Disease Control and Prevention says that travellers should avoid all travel to Tanzania.

The Embassy continues to recommend that all individuals take caution in day-to-day activities.

President John Magufuli assured the 58 million inhabitants that they need not worry about observing Covid-19 preventative measures.

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Siwachii wezi! Uhuru vows not to leave the country to thieves in 2022

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday made a surprising stop to lecture Nairobi residents after finishing his engagement at the National Cargo Deconsolidation Centre (NCDC-Nairobi).

The Head of State said he was angry at Nairobians for being against the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) Bill stating that the report has given Nairobi more constituencies.

“If we have a BBI that says the people of Nairobi will have more constituencies and if it’s bursaries a child in Mathare who today receives Ksh500, how will that child study up to university level,” President Kenyatta said.

“But there is another child who gets Ksh100,000 in Busury per year is that right?… BBI is not for helping Raila or Uhuru it is for you,” he continued.

Uhuru went on to disclose that he has no plans to rule after his term is over and his interest is in finishing the job that Kenyans elected him to do.

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