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Sonko Gifts Man Who Cycled 223km to attend Moi’s Burial

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has bought a new motorcycle and a Posho mill for a 76-year-old man who made the headlines after cycling for 223km from Butere to Kabarak to attend the burial of the late President Daniel Arap Moi.

Sonko, in photos posted on social media said he had bought the old man Nathan Ambuti a motor bike to make his movement as a peace ambassador much easier.

The Governor also bought the man a brand-new posho mill, to help him in making money to take care of his family and meet his needs.

“Today my family donated a Posho Mill machine which he requested from me to start his own business in Butere, it’s a diesel powered machine which can Mill with electricity and diesel. We have already fueled his machine and ready to Mill,” Sonko wrote on social media.

Ambuti joined mourners in attending Moi’s burial last Wednesday because of his adoration for the departed late President which led him in cycling from Butere to Kabarak ahead of the final send-off.

Dressed in a vintage KANU-flag tie and pinstripe suit, Ambuti embarked on the journey that lasted for four days.

The old man left his home on his pimped-out bicycle adorned with national flags from different countries different messages inscribed in white ink.

At Kabarak, Ambuti told Kenyanewsonline.com, that since he did not have any money for a hotel room, he would sleep on verandahs and then resume his journey at the crack of dawn.

I didn’t imagine on missing the funeral of the man who I adored and respected so much as an icon of peace not only in Kenya but across Africa,” he said.

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IEBC:Nairobi Deputy Governor Position is Vacant

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The elections body has cleared the air over the status of the Nairobi County deputy governor’s position.

Media reports had earlier indicated that the former holder of the position, Mr Polycarp Igathe, could still be the deputy governor after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) said it was unaware of his resignation.

According to IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati, the position is vacant.

“On January 22, 2020, the Commission received a letter from Governor Sonko nominating a deputy governor, thus indicating there was a vacancy, in compliance with Article 180(5) of the Constitution,” Mr Chebukati said yesterday.

The IEBC boss pointed out that the commission has no legal obligation to gazette the resignation of an outgoing holder of an elective office but has one to gazette a new holder.

“Therefore, the insinuations in the media to the effect that IEBC stated that Mr Igathe is still a deputy governor and that there are two deputy governors is not only mischievous and malicious but is meant to discredit the commission,” he said.

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IEBC Not Aware of Igathe’s Resignation

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The 2018 exit of Nairobi Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe was not formally communicated to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), it has now emerged.

The poll agency stated the position in a January 9 response to a request for an advisory opinion by the Nairobi County Assembly made public on Thursday, March 5.

IEBC was responding to a letter from the County Assembly Clerk and Speaker Beatrice Elachi who were seeking advice on governance at the devolved unit, after Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko who is facing graft charges was barred from accessing his City Hall office.

Through Nairobi County Assembly lawyer John Diro, the County Assembly Clerk and the Speaker had written to IEBC seeking advise on the governances of the County.

“On the vacancy of the Deputy Governor, Nairobi City County, the Commission has not received any formal communication to the alleged vacancy in the office of the Deputy Governor, Nairobi City County other than information in the media,” IEBC stated.

Igathe resigned in January 2018, on grounds that he had failed to earn the trust of Governor Sonko.

In a bid to fill the gap, the Governor first nominated exiled lawyer Miguna Miguna who was rejected by the County Assembly.

After being barred from office in December last year, Sonko went ahead to nominate Ann Kananu Mwenda to the position of the Deputy Governor.

The court however barred the County Assembly from vetting Ann Mwenda. 

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Nakuru BBI Meeting Postponed for Preparation

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The eighth Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) public rally that was to be held in Nakuru County this coming Saturday has been postponed to March 21.

Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui Tuesday said the move is meant to allow further preparation of all the 10 counties in the Rift Valley region whose leaders will converge in Nakuru to submit their views.

“As the host county, we urge for tolerance and inclusion for the best interest of the Rift Valley residents. In addition, sobriety and objectivity in tackling the key issues outlined in the BBI will be greatly encouraged,” Kinyanjui said.

Kinyanjui was quick to note that sideshows that have been witnessed in previous regional BBI meetings where intolerance has often degenerated into name-calling will not be condoned in Nakuru.

He said the Nakuru rally will issue-oriented and devoid of unnecessary drama.

“We have learnt from previous BBI events, and the Nakuru rally is expected to be issue oriented and devoid of sideshows and character assassination, attention seekers and spoilers are well advised to take note accordingly,” Kinyanjui advised.

Politicians attending BBI rallies have often engaged in political rhetoric intended to malign leaders seen to be voicing divergent views.

Former Jubilee Party Chairperson David Murathe last Saturday told the Meru forum that President Uhuru Kenyatta, “will not hand over power to a thief,” referring to a heated-up succession race in which Deputy President William Ruto is keen to succeed his boss.

Kinyajui further pointed out that Nakuru comprises of people from different cultures and their view and recommendations ought to be respected.

The rally will bring together Uasin Gishu, Nakuru, Nandi, Elgeyo Marakwet, Baringo, West Pokot, Samburu, Turkana and Kericho.

Leaders allied to Deputy President in Nakuru County and in the Rift Valley region at large have time and again opposed the BBI rallies saying they are dividing the country even further.

Some political leaders have even accused ODM leader Raila Odinga and his close allies of propagating their own political agenda through BBI.

The Nakuru rally will be monitored closely given the interest it may attract from Ruto-allied politicians, Rift Valley being considered the DP’s stronghold.

On February 29, during the Mt. Kenya region rally that was held in Meru County, Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen told off leaders fueling propaganda against Ruto amid wild cheers by a section of the crowd.

Murkomen accompanied Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria with whom they jointly walked out of the venue with a sizeable crowd. 

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