NASA principals read from different scripts on PM post

Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka flanked by the party deputy leader Shakila Abdala and vice chair Mutula Kilonzo Jr make their submissions to the BBI taskforce at KICC, Nairobi . [Elvis Ogina,Standard] National Super Alliance (NASA) affiliate parties appear to be have sidelined ODM in their proposals for the creation of position of prime minister. In submissions to the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) task force, Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi and Wiper’s Kalonzo Musyoka fronted an executive president. This is in contrast to the Orange party’s preference for an executive…

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…

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…

Forget tribal card, only a chosen few call the shots in Kenyan politics

DP William Ruto in a conversation with former PM Raila Odinga, former VPs Musalia Mudavadi and Kalonzo Musyoka flanked by Rachel Ruto during the Mashujaa Day celebration in 2018. It is when this elite pact ruptures, as it did around the 2007 General Election that violence and unrest come to the fore. [DPPS] Kenyan politics is often depicted as a battle between different ethnic “Big Men” who can mobilise their supporters with a click of their fingers. The ability of successive generations of the Kenyatta family to rally the support…

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.…

Teachers to back BBI, says Sossion

Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) secretary general Wilson Sossion (pictured) has said all teachers and workers will back the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report en masse at the refewrendum. Speaking during the fifth BBI forum at Narok Stadium on Saturday, Sossion who is also a nominated MP said the proposed expanded executive will ensure that all communities have a stake in government. “With the BBI, all tribes will have a stake in government and the country will be peaceful,” he said. He urged the BBI task force to come…

Protect our land, Maa leaders tell BBI team

The Maa community has urged the Building Bridges Initiative to look for speedy resolutions into land issues. In resolutions read by Kajiado Governor Joseph Lenku at the opposition leader Raila Odinga-led rally, the community further praised the government for protecting the Mau Forest. He spoke at the Nakuru Stadium, which leaders said will be renamed Ole Ntimama Stadium. Some of the leaders who attended the fifth BBI rally included governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), host Samuel Tunai (Narok), Anne Waiguru (Kirinyaga) and Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), MPs Babu Owino, Katoo ole Metito,…

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…