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Waiguru out! Kirinyaga MCAs begin collecting signatures to dissolve County Government



Kirinyaga Members of County Assembly have set the stage for a renewed battle with the County Executive after they began collecting signatures to dissolve the Governor Anne Waiguru-led administration.

Speaking on Monday evening, a section of ward representatives led by Majority Leader and Kerugoya MCA Kamau Murango said they are collecting signatures in all 24 Wards in Kirinyaga.

Mr. Murango said they will collect over 60,000 signatures instead of the required 30,000 signatures to dissolve the executive.

“Already I have collected over 1000 signatures in my ward,” said the Majority Leader.

The MCAs were speaking after Governor Waiguru released a press statement accusing the county assembly of refusing to approve the 2020-2021 budget.

Waiguru appealed to the Senate, the Controller of Budget and Jubilee Party leadership to intervene and save her county from grinding into a halt.

She claimed that instead of the County Assembly approving the proposed budget presented before it, the MCAs submitted a completely new budget with a variation of over 30%, going against the requirement of regulation 37(1) of the Public Finance (County Government ) Act, 2015 which limits the assembly variations to 1% of the set limits.
However, Chairman of the County Assembly Budget Committee David Mathenge dismissed the Governor’s claims

“We have been asking for some papers from her office in vain and we did not remove any money from the budget,” said Mathenge who is also Baragwi MCA.

The Kirinyaga Governor vowed not to approve the specific alterations done to the budget, pointing out that the Assembly moved over Ksh.300 million meant to pay salaries for health workers to construction of ward offices.

She further noted that the Assembly removed from the budget Ksh.20 million meant for payment of casual workers’ wages whom she said are critical in cleaning health facilities especially during the current period when the country is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic.

“The assembly also removed Ksh.14.6 million meant for fueling ambulances, water bills and acquiring oxygen for Kirinyaga hospitals, and this is unacceptable since it means paralyzing operations in my health sector,” an angry Waiguru added.

The Governor also accused the county assembly of removing from the budget funds allocated for statutory obligations. She noted that Ksh.58 million meant for payment of taxes to the Kenya Revenue Authority had been struck out of the budget adding that this will result in the county government being penalised.

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



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 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



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



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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