I have nothing personal against Ruto, Raila says

Opposition leader Raila Odinga (pictured) has said he has no problem with Deputy President William Ruto being elected president in 2022. In an interview on Sunday at his Karen home, Raila said he had no issue with Dr Ruto as an individual. He said if Kenyans voted freely and endorsed Ruto for president, he would abide by such a democratic decision. SEE ALSO :GEMA’s views of the BBI “If the people of Kenya decide to elect him president, I have no problem. Who am I to interfere with Kenyans exercising…

Jubilee retreat: MPs raise concern over BBI rallies

Jubilee MPs, Moses Kuria (Gatundu), Ndindi Nyoro (Kiharu) at the Naivasha retreat. [Kipsang Joseph/Standard] A section of Jubilee leaders has raised concern over how the ongoing Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rallies are being conducted. “We have noted with concern the manner in which the BBI rallies have been conducted so far. This is in contrast to the original agenda of the initiative,” said MP Didi Raso. The about 153 legislators were holed up in a closed-door meeting in Naivasha on Monday to plan resolutions on the ongoing BBI rallies. Elgeyo…

Kobe Bryant helicopter crash: All victims identified [Photos]

Retired basketball superstar Kobe Bryant [COURTESY] Retired basketball superstar Kobe Bryant and his daughter Gianna were among the nine people that died following a tragic helicopter crash in Calabasas, California on Sunday morning. The group was headed to Thousand Oaks, California for a basketball game where Gianna was expected to play, with her dad Kobe expected to coach. Los Angeles County sheriff Alex Villanueva confirmed everyone on board died during a news conference. According to Daryl Osby, the Los Angeles County Fire Department chief, the helicopter crashed 30 miles northwest…

Uhuru, Raila take handshake to US prayer talks

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga during the launch of Building Bridges Initiative report at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi on November 27, 2019. They are expected to share on the reconciliation gesture of March 9, 2018. [Stafford Ondego, Standard] President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga have been invited to share their experiences on their handshake at a key event in the United States. If they honour the invite, it will mark the first time the two leaders, who struck a political truce following the disputed 2017 presidential…

Uhuru and Raila take handshake to US meet

President Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga during the launch of Building Bridges Initiative report at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi on November 27, 2019. They are expected to share on the reconciliation gesture of March 9, 2018. [Stafford Ondego, Standard] President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga have been invited to share their experiences on their handshake at a key event in the United States. If they honour the invite, it will mark the first time the two leaders, who struck a political truce following the disputed 2017 presidential…

Fallout in Jubilee over BBI retreat in Naivasha

Jubilee Secretary General Tuju. He says the meeting was not sanctioned by party leadership. [File, Standard] A section of Jubilee MPs allied to President Uhuru Kenyatta have snubbed a retreat organised by the deputy president’s camp, arguing that it had been disguised as a forum on constitutional reforms. The lawmakers dismissed the meeting that opens today in Naivasha as selfish and out to divide the country through holding parallel gatherings to the ongoing Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) rallies. Some of DP William Ruto’s allies had claimed that the meeting planned…

Just who is after Ruto, and why?

President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) his deputy William Ruto (left) and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga during the launch of Building Bridges Initiative report at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi on November 27, 2019. (Stafford Ondego, Standard) Against glaring evidence, Deputy President William Ruto denies that there is bad blood between him and his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta. Every so often, the DP confesses his “very good working relations with the President.” He blames “conmen and charlatans who want to rock Jubilee” for the unending crises in the party.  All is…

Inside the long-drawn plan to cut Ruto down to size

President Uhuru Kenyatta (centre) his deputy William Ruto (left) and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga during the launch of Building Bridges Initiative report at Bomas of Kenya in Nairobi on November 27, 2019. (Stafford Ondego, Standard) Against glaring evidence, Deputy President William Ruto denies that there is bad blood between him and his boss, President Uhuru Kenyatta. Every so often, the DP confesses his “very good working relations with the President.” He blames “conmen and charlatans who want to rock Jubilee” for the unending crises in the party.  All is…

Mombasa BBI rally in pictures

Opposition leader, Raila Odinga addresses the crowd during Building Bridges initiative rally at Mama Ngina grounds in Mombasa. (Omondi Onyango, Standard) Leaders from across the country who have been trading barbs in the name of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), all converged at the Mama Ngina grounds in Mombasa today. Calls for constitutional amendment gained momentum as leaders supported the call for a referendum.   ODM leader Raila Odinga, Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho (right), Mombasa Senator Mohamed Faki (left) and Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir during the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI)…

BBI rally: Raila dismisses DP Ruto’s handshake remarks

ODM leader Raila Odinga has hit out on Deputy President William Ruto over his claims that the Orange party leader looked for him before reaching out to President Uhuru Kenyatta in 2018 for the handshake. While addressing the BBI rally at Mama Ngina Waterfront, Raila said he reached to President Uhuru and not anyone else. Raila said there were only two strong presidential candidates in the 2017 General Election and it was not possible for him to go through another person who did not contest in the polls. SEE ALSO…