Why Uhuru Took Over Sonko’s Duties; Showdown Looms as Mt Kenya Leaders Clash Over Meru BBI rally & Autopsy on Ruto Guard Set for today

Good morning,

Day in and out, the Kenyan political class makes us believe that our problems are brought about by generational issues, like tribalism.

What our leaders do not tell us, though, is that there are only two tribes in Kenya: The rich, and the poor.

Have you ever heard of the term ‘rich people problems?’

If not, one Phyllis Ngirita, of the National Youth Service (NYS) scandal fame, serves as the perfect example.

On Monday, the member of the scandalous family, believed to have been paid over Ksh400 million for goods not delivered to the NYS, broke into screams and tears outside the Milimani Law Courts, lamenting that she had been left languishing in poverty after her assets were frozen.

You would expect the lack of basic needs to dominate Ngirita’s list of grievances, but, no. Rich people’s problems are ‘worse’.

According to the drama queen, the biggest struggle brought about by the lack of access to her assets was that, her son had apparently forgotten how to speak German, since she could no longer afford to send him to prestigious schools.

This, according to her, had reduced him into a chokoraa (a street urchin).

If the inability to speak German warrants screams of desperation, what should the rest of us, who can barely feed our families three meals in a day, do? Speak in tongues?

Here are the stories making headlines on Opera News:

Why Uhuru took over Sonko’s functions

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko after being arrested on December 6, 2019.

President Uhuru Kenyatta made an unprecedented decision to take over the functions of Nairobi county because of the chaos and mismanagement it suffered.

Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa told The Star that Uhuru was concerned key services would stop yet the county gets billions from the government.

“The state of Nairobi county is well known to all. Something needed to be done urgently,” Wamalwa said.

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Showdown looms as Mt Kenya leaders clash ahead of Meru BBI rally

Nyandarua Governor Francis Kimemia addresses the press after Central Kenya governors held a consultative meeting with ODM leader Raila Odinga ahead of Meru BBI meeting.

A political showdown looms in Meru county after Mt Kenya governors warned anti-BBI leaders not to attend the initiative’s meeting set for Saturday, February 29, at Kinoru Stadium.

The rift in Jubilee seems to be widening after two separate camps said they will present their agenda to the BBI steering committee on behalf of the region.

Speaking when they met former prime minister Raila Odinga on Tuesday, February 25, at his Capitol Hill office, the county bosses led by Meru Governor Kiraitu Murungi and his Kirinyaga counterpart Anne Waiguru said they will not allow “sideshows” in the meeting.

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Autopsy on Ruto guard set for today

John Chesang (left), father of Sergent Kipyegon Kenei (inset), with a relative at his home in Rongai, Nakuru County. [Kipsang Joseph, Standard]
Guards at the estate where an officer attached to the deputy president’s office used to live have said they last saw him three days before his body was found.

The six guards who were questioned by police yesterday said Sergeant Kipyegon Kenei was seen carrying mangoes on February 17 at about 4pm.

But they could not say whether any strange vehicles had driven into the estate or unknown people had accessed Kenei’s house in Villa Franca through two main gates.

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ODM leader Raila Odinga was on Monday spotted attending a state banquet organized by President Uhuru Kenyatta, in honour of German President, Frank-Walter Steinmeier. Also in attendance was Deputy President William Ruto. Do you think Raila has finally gotten what he has always wished for, power and being close to the throne?

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