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…

Why second term governors support regional governments

ODM leader Raila Odinga [left] is received by Mombasa County Governor, Ali Hassan Joho during Building Bridges initiative meeting at Mama Ngina Waterfront in Mombasa. [File, Standard] A proposal for the establishment of regional governments could be gaining popularity among second term governors because it gives them yet another shot at a powerful post. Some 22 governors are constitutionally barred from running for office again and the prospects of constitutional reforms that create another high-profile post are welcome, given vying for MP position would not be admirable as it is…

ODM stakes claim for more centres of power

Raila Odinga receives a memorandum from Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi in Mombasa last week. [Kelvin Karani, Standard] The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) has launched a fresh bid to re-introduce regional governments and the post of executive prime minister in the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report. The two proposals have become key talking points in the ongoing BBI consultative forums, particularly in Kakamega and Mombasa, which are under ODM governors. The Raila Odinga-led party had proposed the introduction of 14 regional governments and assemblies as well as the adoption of a…

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…

Party rebels tread fine line between ambition and ruin

Party leaders Raila Odinga (ODM), President Uhuru Kenyatta (Jubilee) and Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) are confronted by rebels. Leaders of major parties are battling internal rebellion after members refuse to toe the line as campaigns intensify in the lead up to the 2022 General Election. The path of rebellion, however, can be a mine field. There are politicians who defied political kingpins in the past and paid the ultimate price of being rejected by the electorate, who dismissed them as community traitors. Siaya Senator James Orengo, Kisumu Governor Anyang’ Nyong’o, Kitui…

Muthama claims BBI to extend term limit

Former Machakos Senator Johnston Muthama (pictured) has alleged a plot to use the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) to push through constitutional changes to create a transition period that extends the term of government. Mr Muthama claimed the ongoing BBI campaigns would lead to proposals to create additional posts, including that of an executive prime minister, and a clause to extend the terms by seven years of all leaders, including the president, governors, MPs and MCAs.   He claimed that was why governors are supporting BBI. Muthama spoke as a new…

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…

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…

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…