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Raila Odinga to use nickname ‘Baba’ on 2022 ballot papers

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ODM leader Raila Odinga could use the nickname “Baba” or “Tinga” in the 2022 presidential ballot papers if he will vie for the top job. Equally, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho could also use the moniker “Sultan” if he so decides. Joho has announced his interest in the presidency.

This will be possible after senators approve a Bill allowing politicians to use nicknames on ballot papers during elections. The Senate’s Justice and Legal Affairs Committee has already approved the Elections (Amendment) Bill, 2019 sponsored by Nyeri Senator Ephraim Maina.

Committee chairman Okong’o Mongare will move the amendments in the Bill which he will introduce in the House for third reading. In the Bill, Maina pushes for the inclusion of a candidate’s popular name on the ballot for the purposes of party primary or election.

The proposed law states that a candidate planning to use or include popular names shall apply to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission 21 days before the date of submission of official names.

In case of an independent candidate, such an application shall be made at the time of submission of the candidate’s symbol. The IEBC’s approval, according to the sponsor, shall ensure that this flexibility does not prejudice a free and fair election in any way.

Currently, the law only permits the use of a candidate’s official name as it appears in the register of voters and in the candidate’s identification documents.

Maina reckons that the current law limiting candidates to use only their official names disadvantages many people as they have to go through the lengthy process of officially changing their names under procedures set out in the Registration of Persons Act, Cap 107, Registration of Documents Act, Cap. 285 and rules and regulations made under the two Acts.

His argument is that candidates should not be unduly restricted in the way they present themselves to the electorate on the ballot and other election related material as this hinders the realization of the candidates’ wishes to contest in an election.

In the past, politicians were forced to swear affidavits to include their popular names in the official identification documents to allow their use on ballot paper. Nairobi Governor Mike Mbuvi and former Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu were forced to include the nicknames in their ID.

Mbuvi included the popular ‘Sonko’ and Waititu ‘Babayao’ to their official names for their supporters to identify them on ballot papers.

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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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