Intrigues of Sonko bid to scuttle his removal

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko (above) yesterday hosted 53 MCAs for “lunch” at his Upper Hill office in Nairobi. The lunch was seen as part of his efforts to frustrate his planned impeachment following reports that some 89 MCAs had signed a petition to oust him. The embattled governor is facing corruption charges and has been barred, by the court, from accessing City Hall. The Standard established that Sonko hosted the MCAs from both sides of the political divide during which he sought to convince them to drop their bid to…

Fact Check: Was CS Munya right on ageing locusts?

Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Peter Munya on Monday, February 17, claimed most of the locusts ravaging crops and grazing land in Kenya are destined to die of old age and are no threat to the fragile food security. CS Munya held that the swarms were mostly comprised of harmless yellow locusts that will soon die, including due to cold weather. “Don’t be worried. They are going to die,” he said at Gakurune Primary School in Meru, “They are yellow in colour. It means they are old locusts. They cannot harm crops. Their…

Coronavirus scare: Test results of two Chinese nationals out

Two Chinese nationals who were quarantined over Coronavirus scare have tested negative for the virus, the Ministry of Health has said. One Chinese man had arrived in the country four days ago and had been quarantined at his house in Nakuru and another was working for Sino Hydro Construction Company in Kitui County. The two cases bring to thirteen the number of coronavirus alerts in Kenya and have all tested negative. SEE ALSO :China virus cases spike, 17 new infections reported “Two of the cases investigated yesterday in Mutomo, Kitui…

Was DCI detective on Sh39 billion arms scandal killed?

Standard Fact Check Desk conducted a reverse search of the image and discovered that the photo has been numerously used by various blogs to propagate fake news. [Standard] An alarming story has been making rounds on social media alleging that an officer investigating the fake arms deal scandal was killed. The scandal involves under fire former Sports and Heritage Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa. He was charged alongside three others with forgery in a case involving the alleged Sh39 billion fraudulent arms deal which is linked to a very senior government…

Mudavadi spells conditions for re-introducing PM post

File photo of ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi addressing the press at Convent international hotel in Nairobi. [Edward Kiplimo, Standard] Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi has supported the Building Bridges Initiative’s (BBI) proposal of a Premier position, but with a defined role. “The responsibilities of a Prime Minister must be clearly defined and safeguarded. If need be, the Prime Minister can have a deputy or two deputies,” he said. Mudavadi emphasised that the roles of a PM must be defined to avoid a tug-of-war similar to the one witnessed…

Salat: We are rebranding Kanu to fight for our stake

Kanu Secretary General Nick Salat (pictured) has revealed that the party is on a revival path to recapture its past glory. While speaking at a morning show on Spice FM, Mr Salat said that executive leaders of the oldest party have been considering options to rebrand it as they team up with like-minded individuals. He said that they are working with the youth to accommodate them as they seek a new party outlook to attract the vast population of young people. He said some of the changes may affect the colours…

Anxiety in Kitui as Chinese isolated over suspected Coronavirus infection

Anxiety has gripped residents of Mutomo town in Kitui County following reports that a Chinese national has been isolated at a nearby camp over suspected Coronavirus infection. The County chief officer in charge of Health Richard Muthoka confirmed that the Chinese national, who works for Synohydro Corporation which is constructing the Kibwezi – Kitui road, has been quarantined at the company’s site, about 3km from Mutomo town. Muthoka said the victim was among 18 Chinese workers who returned to Kenya recently after a holiday in China. “However he is the…

Tullow Oil: The big lie

Perhaps Tullow Oil Plc, the company at the heart of Kenya’s much-hyped oil fortune, is a fraud. Perhaps the British oil explorer is just unlucky – business in the world of oil and gas exploration has not been impressive. In fact, the sharp drop in the global prices of crude oil has cast a dark shadow on Tullow’s financial prospects. SEE ALSO :Kenya should invest in people and harness technology The result has been a violent shake-up of its C-suite, which has in turn led to a bloodbath at its…

Changing fortunes: Tullow’s fall from grace

In February last year, Tullow Oil’s growth strategy heavily banked on Kenya. The multinational believed that, along with Uganda, the two East African nations would soon be major players in the lucrative oil industry. A year later, however, these prospects have dimmed on the back of Tullow’s unproductive business deals. SEE ALSO :Crude oil pipeline to employ 7,000 It is now believed that the firm is planning to sell its stake in Kenya. One of the rumoured buyers was Total, but its Chief Executive Patrick Pouyanne last week shut down…

Never-say-die: Aukot returns with new ideas to change law

Thirdway Alliance Party leader Ekuru Aukot during a press conference at party headquarters in Nairobi on Monday, February 17, 2020. [David Njaaga,Standard] Thirdway Alliance party leader Ekuru Aukot yesterday launched a fresh initiative to amend the Constitution, four months after a similar plan flopped. Dr Aukot had earlier said the new Punguza Mizigo Kenya contained lessons learned from the failed Punguza Mizigo Bill 2019 that failed to be endorsed by 24 of 47 counties in October last year. Changes to the Constitution will once again be proposed by a popular…