Fireworks as Raila and Ruto camps clash over BBI report proposals

ODM leader Raila Odinga and other leaders at BBI rally in Narok. The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally in Narok yesterday brought to the fore the underlying tension with leaders talking at cross purposes and others seizing the moment to oppose the proposals. ODM leader Raila Odinga and Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi were reading from different scripts even as Cotu leader Francis Atwoli let the cat out of the bag on the BBI’s end-game. Signs that all was not well were evident on Friday when Kipsigis leaders…

Fireworks as Raila and Ruto camps clash over BBI report

ODM leader Raila Odinga and other leaders at BBI rally in Narok. The Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally in Narok yesterday brought to the fore the underlying tension with leaders talking at cross purposes and others seizing the moment to oppose the proposals. ODM leader Raila Odinga and Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi were reading from different scripts even as Cotu leader Francis Atwoli let the cat out of the bag on the BBI’s end-game. Signs that all was not well were evident on Friday when Kipsigis leaders…

Minority communities that you did not know

A man wears a mask with the national flag colour at a past protest in Nairobi. KNBS yesterday released a breakdown of 2019 census results. [File, Standard] From fishermen to hunters and gatherers, most of the indigenous communities whose culture and identity forms part of the country’s rich history are on the brink of extinction. With the majority living along the coastal and northern parts of the country, the numbers released by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics show a major decrease in the population. It is some of these…

‘It’s wrong to force male governors to pick female deputies’

Budalang’i MP Raphael Wanjala (pictured) caused a stir when he warned against forcing male governors to name female running mate, saying leadership is not marriage.  Speaking at Narok Stadium during the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rally, Wanjala claimed that gender issues will undermine the very democracy that Kenyans are yearning for. “Even in marriages, people are not forced to live together running as county is not like running a marriage,” he said. He urged Kenyans to protect and guard their freedom of choice saying in democracy, people are allowed to make…

Narok County Stadium renamed William Ole Ntimama Stadium

High Representative for Infrastructure Development at the African Union Commission Raila Odinga (Centre), Sports Cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed, Environment Cabinet Secretary Keriako Tobiko among other leaders arrive at the Narok County Stadium – which has now been renamed to William Ole Ntimama Stadium [COURTESY] It is official. The Narok County Stadium has been re-named as William Ole Ntimama Stadium. In a colourful unveiling ceremony Sunday presided by Cabinet Secretary for Sports, Culture and Heritage Amb. Amina Mohamed, the 30,000-seater facility was dedicated to the memory of the late Maa Community leader. “Hon.…

DP Ruto allies skip Narok BBI rally

Politicians allied to Deputy President William Ruto have today skipped the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) forum in Narok Stadium, Narok county today. Some of the leaders instead took to social media to demonise BBI report, saying it is being used to plant discord and hate in the country. Even Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen, Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichungwa and his Gatundu South counterpart Moses Kuria who had attended the Kitui rally did not attend. SEE ALSO :Pro-democracy group now supports BBI report Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika claimed BBI will leave…

2019 census results: Tyranny of big tribes

[embedded content] Five “big communities” sit at the apex of Kenya’s numbers that determine political and economic trajectories the country takes. One more community, previously considered marginalised, is raring to break into this small club whose total population- at 30.8 million, constitutes 65 per cent of Kenya’s population. The 2019 population census results released yesterday show that the big five- the Kikuyu, Luyha, Kalenjin, Luo and Kamba have maintained their dominating grip on the rest of the country. SEE ALSO :It will be a different world in 2030 with unique…

The fraud who sat in Cabinet

 Unmasked: Rashid Echesa rose to the top of public service with one of the shortest CVs on record. A grassroots operator with a temper and quick fist, Echesa is a man scorned and feared in equal measures. How he was appointed and cleared for top office is the biggest joke of our times Former Sports CS Rashid Echesa at a Milimani law courts. [George Njunge, Standard] In his hometown of Mumias, where he ran for MP on a Jubilee ticket in 2017 and got a drubbing at the hands of…

Magoha’s shocker merger plan for public varsities

Vice Chancellors (VCs) will today meet Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha to adopt a document that will make it easier for the Government to merge universities. The Standard has established that after false starts occasioned by opposition from VCs, trade unions and protracted court battles, the new strategy will make it easy for the government to undertake mergers or acquisitions of both private and public universities. Under the new proposals contained in the amended universities regulations (2019), a sponsor of a university who intends to cause a merger will make…

Why more women than men are infected with HIV

There are twice as many women living with HIV compared to men, a report has revealed. The report also shows that HIV prevalence in women aged between 20 and 34 is nearly three times more compared to men in a similar age bracket. The grim numbers are contained in the recently released 2018 Kenya Population-Based HIV Impact Assessment report by the National Aids and STI Control Programme. According to the report, HIV prevalence in the general population stands at 6.6 per cent in women and 3.1 per cent in males.…