Friday, May 10 designated a public holiday

Friday, May 10th, has been officially designated as a public holiday to commemorate National Tree Growing Day. Additionally, it will serve as a day of remembrance for the Kenyans who have lost their lives due to the widespread floods across the country.

Government Spokesperson Isaac Mwaura took to his X account to announce the decision, stating, “A gazette notice shall be issued to this effect. Honorable Soipan Tuya, Cabinet Secretary for Environment, Forestry & Climate Change, will hold a press conference today to provide further guidance.”

Ruto: On Monday, May 13, classes will resume

Following a directive by President William Ruto, all schools are set to reopen on Monday, May 13, after a recent suspension of the reopening date.

President Ruto made the announcement at State House, Nairobi, during a meeting with grassroots leaders from Laikipia North and Kajiado Central. The leaders, including Members of Parliament Sarah Lekorere and Elijah Memusi, were present for the announcement.

Last week, President Ruto directed the Ministry of Education to postpone the reopening of schools for the second term until further notice. This decision was influenced by warnings from the meteorological department about the worsening flooding situation due to ongoing rains.

“The Ministry of Education is directed to postpone the dates of the reopening of all schools in the country for the second term until further notice,” President Ruto stated.

He emphasized the urgency of the situation, citing meteorological reports indicating the persistence and intensification of rains, with the likelihood of disruptive cyclones.

Initially scheduled for April 29, the reopening of schools was delayed by Education Cabinet Secretary Ezekiel Machogu due to heavy rains and flooding. Machogu expressed concern for the safety of students and staff, acknowledging the adverse impact of the floods on some schools.

The decision to reopen schools on May 13 reflects a balance between ensuring educational continuity and prioritizing the safety of students and staff amidst challenging weather conditions.

Ruto purchases a second vehicle for his collection at Sh20 million

Kenya’s President William Ruto is renowned for his affinity for luxurious goods, including jewelry, shoes, clothes, and vehicles.

Often seen sporting watches worth millions of shillings, shoes valued at hundreds of thousands, and attire from prestigious fashion houses, President Ruto’s opulent lifestyle has drawn attention.

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His considerable wealth was highlighted when an opposition leader once suggested that he sell one of his expensive watches to compensate striking medical personnel locked in a pay dispute with the government.

Adding to his collection of luxury items, President Ruto recently acquired a second vehicle with a price tag of Sh 20 million.

On April 25, 2024, he debuted his new acquisition, a 2024 Lexus LX600, valued at $93,915. The vehicle is available in various colors, including “eminent white pearl,” “atomic silver,” “nori green pearl,” “caviar,” or “manganese luster.”

Equipped with a powerful 409 HP Twin Turbo V6 engine, full-time 4WD, and the Lexus Safety System+2.5, the LX600 promises both performance and safety. Its exterior design exudes sophistication and strength, complemented by an F SPORT Handling package for a more dynamic driving experience.

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President Ruto’s penchant for luxury vehicles is not new. In January 2023, shortly after taking office, he unveiled a Sh20 million Lexus LX 570. This vehicle boasts features like a sunroof, keyless entry, a power liftgate, parking sensors, and a 360-degree surround-view parking camera system. It is capable of navigating remote and rugged terrain while providing comfort and luxury.

In addition to his Lexus vehicles, President Ruto also has access to a Mercedes Benz Maybach S600 for official use.

While many Kenyans struggle with the high cost of living and unemployment, President Ruto’s lavish purchases may seem out of touch with public sentiment.

President Ruto: I didn’t want my daughter to speak or be present at the funeral for General Ogolla.

President William Ruto reflected on the profound influence the late Chief Defence Force General Francis Ogolla had on numerous individuals, including his own family.

Addressing the funeral service at Senator Obama Primary School on April 21, President Ruto shared a touching anecdote about his daughter, Charlene Ruto, who was deeply moved by General Ogolla during his tenure.

Recalling an amusing incident, he recounted his attempt to dissuade Charlene from attending the burial.

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“When my daughter called me last night expressing her wish to attend the burial, I told her, ‘Charlene, there is no way you are going, and there is no way you are going to speak anywhere.’ But as fate would have it, she found her way here, and before I knew it, she was at the microphone. That’s how influential Gen Ogolla was,” President Ruto remarked.

The head of state also mentioned how he initially suggested to his wife to focus on other engagements, but she opted to attend the burial instead.

“Again, I had suggested to my wife that since we were occupied yesterday at Lang’ata, maybe she could attend to other matters today.”

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President Ruto emphasized the significant loss felt by the nation, stating:

“General Ogolla was influential not only to those he worked with daily but also to those who understood his contributions to our country. Many may say various things because they do not comprehend what those of us who closely worked with General Ogolla know about his dedication to our country. I am certain the general here knows that we have lost a remarkable man, and I wish we could all honor him with a dignified sendoff.”

Kenya’s First Daughter, Charlene Ruto, delivered a poignant tribute to General Ogolla and conveyed condolences on behalf of the nation’s youth.

Sharing the platform with General Ogolla’s daughter, Lorna, Charlene extended heartfelt sympathies to the family, stating: “Our heartfelt condolences to the family of General Ogolla from the young people of Kenya. Kenya has lost a CDF, and as young people, we have lost a mentor and a champion.”

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Reflecting on her interaction with the late General Ogolla, Charlene recounted their conversation from last year.

“I met him last year, and he spoke highly of the Africa Youth Climate Assembly and inquired about how we could promote environmentalism and climate action within the defence forces. Perhaps we still need to do that in his honor,” she expressed.

Charlene also shared the contents of the general’s final message to her.

“…I recently read his last text to me, and it deeply moved me. He was truly our champion. May he rest in peace,” she concluded her address.

Ruto is listed as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most important individuals for 2024

President William Ruto has been named one of Time magazine’s top 100 influential people in the world, alongside fellow Kenyan Kennedy Odede, a philanthropist and the founder of Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO).

Time magazine highlighted Ruto’s role as a key advocate for Africa’s climate ambitions, noting his increasing prominence on the global stage. They mentioned Kenya’s successful hosting of the Africa Climate Summit in Nairobi, where Ruto’s call for lenders to ease debt burdens faced by some African countries garnered attention and support for climate solutions.

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However, Time also noted the domestic challenges Ruto faces in Kenya, such as protests against the rising cost of living and allegations of judicial interference. The magazine emphasized the importance of managing these challenges while continuing to make progress internationally.

This year’s list includes 51 women and features a diverse range of entertainers, including Kylie Minogue, Dua Lipa, Fantasia Barrino, Taraji P. Henson, Alia Bhatt, Lauren Groff, Kelly Ripa, Elliot Page, Burna Boy, 21 Savage, Jeffrey Wright, America Ferrera, and Maya Rudolph.

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President Ruto’s recognition by Time magazine is not new; he was also acknowledged last year for his contributions to addressing climate change.

President Ruto would pay Miracle Baby’s medical expenses from Mugiithi

President William Ruto has taken on the responsibility of covering the medical expenses for the ailing Mugiithi artist Peter, popularly known as Miracle Baby, and has instructed his transfer to Kenyatta National Hospital for further treatment.

Musician-turned-politician Charles ‘Jaguar’ Kanyi expressed concerns about Miracle Baby’s deteriorating health despite his recent discharge from the hospital.

Jaguar revealed that President Ruto not only committed to covering the musician’s medical bills but also provided financial assistance of Sh 100,000 to his girlfriend, Carol Katrue, to manage additional expenses at home.

“I am headed to pick him up from Kiambu Level Five and transfer him to Kenyatta National Hospital. The President will take care of the bills as of now. We have been raising funds to support the family, but the bills continue to soar even after he was discharged,” said Jaguar.

Miracle Baby has been hospitalized in a Kiambu hospital for the past two months and recently underwent his third surgery.

Comedian Eric Omondi led fundraising efforts to facilitate his discharge.

Jaguar highlighted the financial strain faced by the artist, stating that he incurs over Sh 20,000 daily to meet basic needs and tend to post-surgery wounds at home.

Carol Katrue, Miracle Baby’s girlfriend, provided updates on his condition, revealing the complexity of his surgery due to ruptured intestines, which necessitates the use of a tube for restroom needs for the next six weeks.

Miracle Baby earlier urgently appealed for financial support to settle his hefty hospital bill, amounting to Sh 1.6 million.

In a heartwarming show of solidarity, politicians and online well-wishers raised over Sh 1 million in January.

During a live Facebook session hosted by Kikuyu artiste Karangu Wa Muraya from the hospital, over 12,000 viewers tuned in, expressing hopes for Miracle Baby’s swift recovery.

Miracle Baby’s health struggles date back to 2018 when he underwent a misdiagnosed appendectomy.

CS Moses Kuria, Dennis Itumbi, KRG The Don, Cassy Pool are among public figures who have publicly fundraised for the artiste.

Mutahi Ngunyi forecasts a resounding victory for Ruto in 2027

Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi has refuted claims that President William Ruto will only serve one term, stating instead that Ruto is on track for a decisive victory in the 2027 elections, a “landslide win.”

As the 2027 elections draw nearer and various politicians declare their presidential ambitions, Ngunyi dismissed the notion that Ruto won’t seek re-election as wishful thinking. He argued that criticism directed at President Ruto, often labeled as lies or unfulfilled promises, represents the genuine aspirations of a sincere leader.

Ngunyi expressed his perspective, stating, “And for the record: Those saying that Ruto will be a one-term President are daydreamers. In 2027, Ruto will win with a landslide. I do not know how. But the trends are obvious to the objective eye. What you are calling lies are the dreams of a sincere man. And God will grant them.”

President Ruto has faced criticism for unfulfilled campaign promises and public dissatisfaction with the state of the country, including the high cost of living, heavy taxation, youth unemployment, and corruption. Ngunyi, however, remains optimistic about Ruto’s leadership and future electoral success.

Having previously served as a political advisor to retired President Uhuru Kenyatta, Ngunyi switched allegiance to President Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza Alliance camp just before the August 2022 general elections. This move surprised many, given his previous association with Kenyatta, who supported Raila Odinga’s presidential bid.

Let’s give Ruto an opportunity to prove himself – Huddah Monroe modifies his song

Socialite Huddah Monroe has shifted her stance, now expressing support for President William Ruto, months after branding him as the worst president Kenya has ever had.

On her Instagram stories, Huddah encouraged Kenyans to give Mr Ruto an opportunity to prove himself, especially in light of the recent decline in the dollar against the shilling.

With the shilling currently trading at Sh144, and some banks selling it as low as Sh139 for the US dollar last week, Huddah conveyed gratitude to President Ruto, urging people to celebrate the positive developments.

She posted, “Good morning beautiful people. I wanna thank God for life. And our President for whatever he did! This dollar rate is making me scream!!! I love you Mr Prezzo; may the Lord take him to Sh90/ one dollar. Sometimes let’s celebrate the small wins. We can’t always be complaining and expect change to happen. Let’s give Mr R the chance to redeem himself. From 167 TO 148 isn’t a joke on forex. It makes a huge difference!”

According to data from the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK), the shilling was stronger on Friday, trading at an average of Sh145.86 to the dollar, compared to Thursday’s opening average rate of Sh153.20 against the dollar.

This shift in Huddah’s perspective contrasts with her controversial remarks in September last year, where she declared, “Ruto will be the worst president Kenya has ever seen.” She further commented, “Lesson learnt, never give the son of a poor man the presidential seat,” referring to President Ruto’s humble background. Additionally, she expressed concerns about the country’s economic future, stating, “Kenya is going back 30 years… The worst is yet to come.”

Everything about the Sh 179k calf leather Christian Louboutin shoes that President William Ruto owns

During a meeting with Sultan Ahmed Al Jabar, the Minister of Industry and Advanced Technology of the United Arab Emirates, who also heads the Abu Dhabi National Oil Company and chairs Masdar on the sidelines of the World Governments Summit in Dubai on February 12, 2024, Kenya’s President William Ruto wore a pair of shoes costing Sh 178,620.

While burdening Kenyans with new and increased taxes to fund government operations, despite promises of austerity measures during his presidential campaign, Ruto’s lavish wardrobe remains a point of concern. Some Kenyans struggle to afford food, pay bills, and secure jobs while contributing to the government’s expenses, including civil servants’ salaries.

In Dubai, he donned $1,145 brown My Amor W Christian Louboutin Oxford shoes, described by the fashion house as a “sophisticated Oxford shoe.” The Maison Christian Louboutin recommends general leather care for their products, advising customers to keep leather clean and dry, store away from light and heat, protect from rain and moisture, and use the provided dust bag.

President Ruto was previously seen with a Sh 8.7 million rose gold Octo Finissimo Bvlgari watch in Meru County in January 2023. The nearest Bvlgari stores for this watch are located in various international cities.

Before that, he sported a Sh 428,000 ‘SR’ gold buckle crocodile skin belt. The president’s expensive wardrobe choices have drawn criticism given the economic challenges faced by many Kenyans.

Kenya Reels as Electricity Tariff Hikes Bite, Kalonzo Blasts Ruto

Kenya’s cost-of-living crisis deepened on Thursday as electricity prices soared by 16.5%, adding to the already heavy burden on struggling Kenyans. The opposition, led by Wiper Party leader Kalonzo Musyoka, seized the opportunity to lambast President William Ruto’s government, accusing it of failing to tame inflation.

Rising Costs, Angry Public:

In a fiery statement, Musyoka declared: “This latest increase is an unacceptable burden on tired, hungry, and angry Kenyans. It’s a clear example of the Kenya Kwanza regime’s inability to address the cost-of-living crisis.” He warned the government, “You want to leave us in the dark, but know this: kuna nuru gizani (there is light in the darkness).”

The price hike, effective January 2024, saw electricity unit costs jump from Sh3.98 to Sh4.33. The Energy and Petroleum Regulation Authority attributed the increase to a surge in the forex adjustment charge, reflecting the weakening Kenyan shilling against major currencies.

Kenyans React:

Musyoka’s statement resonated with Kenyans, igniting a range of reactions on social media. Many expressed frustration and disappointment with the government’s handling of the economy:

  • Captain Omondi: “We will overcome, but we will also learn that he (President Ruto) has failed Kenyans.”
  • Prof Wekesa: “Be bold. Come out daily and defend Kenyans. Just talk on taxes.”
  • Captain Allanoh: “Take action. We want to see you in court, challenging this decision based on foreign currency.”
  • Edwin Wafula: “The problem is just talking. Stand up today Kalonzo, we shall remember you.”

However, some Kenyans urged a more constructive approach, calling for solutions beyond mere criticism:

  • George Njoroge: “Instead of dwelling on the pain, let’s explore potential solutions to address forex charges and fuel costs. How would you have managed these challenges?”

With inflation showing no signs of abating, Kenyans look to both the opposition and the government for concrete steps to alleviate their burdens and bring light to the current darkness.

Kenyans Recall Ruto’s Free Healthcare Promise

President William Ruto’s ambitious pledge of free healthcare for all Kenyans, announced in November 2023, has encountered an initial hurdle as the proposed Social Health Insurance fund battles legal challenges.

Speaking at a church service in Bomet county, President Ruto declared that from January 2024, medical care would be free at all Kenyan hospitals. He outlined plans to adjust the existing National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) and introduce subsidized premiums for low-income earners, with the government covering costs for those unable to pay.

However, the rollout of these reforms has been delayed due to a court case. In December 2023, the High Court issued a temporary order suspending the implementation of the Social Health Insurance Act 2023, the framework for the promised free healthcare system. This suspension will remain in effect until February 2024, when the court will hear the case.

This legal obstacle poses a challenge to the immediate launch of the promised universal healthcare plan. While Kenyans await the court’s decision, concerns over the delayed implementation are likely to arise. Additionally, questions about the long-term sustainability of the proposed funding mechanisms and the impact on existing healthcare infrastructure remain unanswered.

Despite the initial setback, the government has reiterated its commitment to achieving universal healthcare access. It remains to be seen whether the Social Health Insurance Act will be amended or upheld, and how soon Kenyans can expect to see the full realization of President Ruto’s free healthcare promise.

Nairobi Expressway Tolls Rise: Ruto Lie about Expressway exposed

A new year brings a change of tune for Kenyans using the Nairobi Expressway. Despite President Ruto’s pre-election pledge to scrap tolls, his administration has announced significant price hikes effective January 1st, 2024.

Under Transport Secretary Murkomen’s explanation, the increased fees are attributed to currency depreciation and the need for infrastructure maintenance. He emphasized that tolls were necessary due to the lack of guaranteed traffic volume and the availability of a non-tolled alternative route.

The Gazette Notice details new rates ranging from Sh170 to Sh500 across different expressway sections, a hefty jump from the initial Sh100 to Sh310 range. Specific breakdowns show significant increases for various exit points, potentially doubling or even tripling the previous charges.

This policy shift stands in stark contrast to Ruto’s campaign promises of exploring alternative methods for loan repayment on infrastructure projects. During a town hall meeting, he declared roads like the Nairobi Expressway “place a substantial tax burden on the poor” and advocated for taxation on products, not highways.

While the government emphasizes the necessity of tolls for infrastructure sustainability, the sudden reversal of a key campaign promise is likely to disappoint and anger many Kenyans. This situation highlights the tension between infrastructure development, financial feasibility, and public expectations.

The rising tolls raise questions about affordability and potential economic burdens on citizens. While Murkomen mentioned alternative routes, their practicality and efficiency for daily commuters remain uncertain.

Ultimately, the toll increase signals a complex interplay of economic realities, political promises, and citizen needs. While justifying the fees, the government will need to address public concerns and ensure these infrastructure projects truly benefit all Kenyans.

Kenyans brace for tough times under Kenya Kwanza regime

President William Ruto’s administration has raised the cost of living by significantly raising taxes on almost everything, and now it appears to be increasing the cost of government services as well.

Since taking office in September 2023, the government has increased taxes on petrol, plus remittances in NSSF and NHIF. It has also introduced new taxes such as the housing levy.

Here are some of the standout services that Kenyans will now have to pay more for:

  • Visiting game parks and national reserves: The Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) announced in August 2023 that tourists entering national parks would have to pay Sh1,500 up from Sh500, with the new rates taking effect in January 2024.
  • Acquiring and renewing passports and lost IDs: The cost of acquiring an identity card for the first time has increased to Sh1,000, and the cost of replacing a lost ID has increased to Sh2,000 up from Sh100.
  • Marriage certificate: The cost of obtaining a marriage certificate has increased to Sh100,000, up from Sh30,000.
  • University fees: University education is likely to be out of reach for thousands of students, as the government has removed the automatic subsidy. Students who miss the government scholarship and loans will now have to pay the entire amount.
  • SGR fares: Kenya Railways announced in early November that it would be increasing train fare prices due to the rising cost of fuel in the country. Economy class fares on the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) will rise to Sh1,500 from Sh1,000, and first-class tickets will rise to Sh4,500 from Sh3,000.
  • Parking fees in Nairobi: The Nairobi County government increased parking fees last week. Saloon car owners are now required to pay Sh300, motorists parking vans or pick-ups will have to pay Sh500, and parking a truck weighing more than five tonnes will cost Sh3,000. Non-digital taxis will now also have to pay a monthly fee of Sh3,000 to park in Zone I.

The government has justified these increases by saying that they are necessary to raise revenue and finance its development agenda. However, many Kenyans are struggling to make ends meet in the face of rising inflation and unemployment. The increased cost of government services will only make their lives more difficult.

Ruto vows to honour his campaign promises

President William Ruto has denied claims by his critics that he has failed to fulfill his promises. He said that the journey to a better Kenya is ongoing, and that his plan has begun to bear fruit.

Speaking to a joint sitting of the National Assembly and the Senate, Ruto said that he is committed to implementing all of his promises to the Kenyan people.

“The journey of transforming Kenya for future generations is well underway,” he said. “The plan has started to bear fruit, and from the first day we have worked hard to move the country forward despite challenges.

Ruto did not provide specific details about the progress he has made on his promises, but he did mention some of his key priorities, including economic growth, job creation, and improving the lives of ordinary Kenyans.

He also acknowledged that there are challenges ahead, but he said that he is confident that Kenya is on the right track.

“We have a plan to make Kenya a prosperous and equitable country for all,” he said. “We are on the right track, and we will not be deterred.

President William Ruto Set To Address The State Of The Nation

President William Ruto will present his second State of the Nation address to a joint session of Parliament on November 9, 2023. The address is expected to cover a wide range of issues, including the economy, security, healthcare, education, and infrastructure. It will also outline the administration’s plans for the future and how it intends to address the challenges facing the country.

In his opening remarks, President Ruto commended Members of Parliament for their election and emphasized the importance of unity and collaboration for effective oversight of resources and service delivery. He urged lawmakers to live up to their constituents’ expectations and raise the bar in accountability and service to the nation.

Recognizing the diverse constitutional mandates of the National Assembly and Senate, the President called for cooperation in enacting progressive legislation. He also stressed the importance of re-establishing and realigning the National Government Constituency Development Fund (NG-CDF) within constitutional provisions and establishing the Senate Oversight Fund, following the recent Supreme Court ruling deeming the Constituency Development Fund Act, 2013 unconstitutional.

President Ruto also outlined a transformational agenda, including overhauling the country’s social security infrastructure for greater inclusivity. To address national debt concerns, he detailed measures to stimulate the economy without increasing borrowing, such as promoting domestic saving and reducing recurrent expenditure.

In a display of fiscal responsibility, the President directed the National Treasury to review the 2022/2023 budget, aiming to cut Sh300 billion from non-essential projections. He also announced a national savings drive to encourage the informal sector to establish retirement health plans, aligning with the goal of achieving Universal Health Coverage.

Drama as cracks in Ruto-Gachagua relationship become more evident

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has warned President William Ruto against betraying the Mount Kenya community, asserting that such a move would be met with hostility and hatred.

In a video that has recently surfaced online, Gachagua can be heard addressing a congregation in a church setting, where he emphasised the importance of trust and the aversion to betrayal within the Mount Kenya community.

“If you betray us, we will hate you,” Gachagua stated.

Gachagua also reflected on the circumstances that led to Ruto’s estrangement from the government that they had jointly participated in forming, the Jubilee government led by the now-retired President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Gachagua emphasised that the Mount Kenya community had wholeheartedly supported Ruto, even though he hails from a different region.

“We don’t like betrayal,” Gachagua said. “This is the one we will uplift to show you we don’t like betrayal.”

Gachagua’s statements appear to be influenced by speculations that President Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga may announce a reconciliation of their political differences, particularly in light of the forthcoming release of the report on dialogue between the Kenya Kwanza Government and Azimio la Umoja.

Gachagua has consistently expressed his opposition to the idea of a handshake and remains resolute in his stance.

Analysis:

Rigathi Gachagua’s statements are a clear indication of the political tensions that exist within the Kenya Kwanza Alliance. The Mount Kenya community is a key voting bloc in Kenya, and Gachagua’s warning to Ruto is a reminder of the high expectations that the community has of him.

It is also worth noting that Gachagua’s statements come at a time when there is growing speculation of a possible handshake between Ruto and Odinga. A handshake would be a major political development, and it would be interesting to see how Gachagua and the Mount Kenya community would react to such a move.

President Ruto Trademarks Phrase “Mambo ni Matatu”

President William Ruto of Kenya has officially trademarked the phrase “Mambo ni Matatu,” which means “things are three” in Kiswahili. The phrase has become popular in recent weeks after President Ruto used it as a warning to cartels in the sugar sector.

According to legal expert Adrian Kamotho, anyone wishing to use the phrase or the iconic three-finger gesture will now need to seek permission from President Ruto.

President Ruto has said that the phrase represents the three key elements of equitable development: securing significant resources, the necessity of specialized skills, and the importance of affordability.

The phrase has been widely used in merchandise, including T-shirts, and has become a rallying cry for Kenyans who are fed up with corruption and inefficiency.

Analysis

The trademarking of the phrase “Mambo ni Matatu” is a significant move by President Ruto. It shows that he is serious about cracking down on corruption and promoting equitable development in Kenya.

The phrase is also likely to become a symbol of President Ruto’s presidency. It is a catchy and memorable phrase that resonates with Kenyans of all ages and backgrounds.

It remains to be seen how President Ruto will enforce his trademark on the phrase. However, the move is likely to deter people from using the phrase in a way that is critical of the government.

Nonini apologises for supporting and championing Ruto

Nonini, a pioneer of genge music, has apologized to Kenyans for supporting the Kenya Kwanza administration. In a statement posted on social media, Nonini said that he regrets his support after seeing the direction that the country is taking under the new government.

Nonini’s apology comes as the Kenya Kwanza government commemorates its first year in power. The government has faced harsh criticism from Kenyans, with a recent survey showing that 53% of Kenyans believe the country is moving in the wrong direction.

The high cost of living and unemployment are the main reasons cited by Kenyans for believing that the country is headed in the wrong direction. These were also the main reasons cited by the opposition during their anti-government protests earlier this year.

In the survey, 89% of respondents said that the high cost of living is the reason why they believe Kenya is moving in the wrong direction. Unemployment was the second most common reason given.

Nonini’s apology is a reflection of the growing frustration among Kenyans with the Kenya Kwanza administration. The government has been unable to address the high cost of living and unemployment, which are two of the biggest challenges facing the country.

Huddah disowns her support for Ruto

Kenyan social media influencer Huddah Monroe has publicly denounced President William Ruto, reversing her long-standing support for him.

In a series of Instagram stories, Monroe accused Ruto of being the worst president Kenya has ever had and expressed grave concerns about the country’s economic state under his leadership.

Her comments come as Kenya grapples with rising fuel costs and essential food items.

Monroe’s shift in stance is particularly noteworthy given her previous fervent support for Ruto. In 2017, she had expressed her belief that he would make a commendable president, even suggesting that a dictatorship might be best at times.

In 2022, Monroe was at the forefront of congratulating Ruto for his triumphant win in the presidential race. She expressed her pride in being Kenyan and celebrated the dawn of what she believed was a new era for Africa.

However, Monroe’s recent comments suggest that she has become disillusioned with Ruto’s performance in office.

She now believes that he is leading Kenya backwards and that the worst is yet to come.

It remains to be seen how Ruto will respond to Monroe’s criticism. However, her comments are likely to resonate with many Kenyans who are struggling to cope with the country’s economic woes.

Pauline Njoroge reveals 300K was stolen from her account during government harrassment

According to blogger Pauline Njoroge, during her most recent detention, she lost Sh300,000 from her bank account.

The outspoken blogger who also serves as the deputy secretary general of the Jubilee Party claims that when she was being held in detention on August 3, 2023, around 7 p.m., she lost the money.

“The defense informed the court to put on record that on 03/08/2023 at 19:05:03 hrs there was theft of Kshs. 302,842.00 from the VISA bank account of Pauline Njoroge Njoki. Consequently, the defense also applied that an investigation be done by DCI alongside the current investigation and a report be filed in court on the grounds that; before the theft, the DCI officers were the only third parties who had actual possession and access to the said Bank Cards before the theft.”

Additionally, the Monday court hearing was conducted for mention in order to affirm the release of Ms. Njoroge’s iPhone and laptop.

The subject was to be discussed in court on Friday, August 18, 2023, so that the Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) may clarify its stance and reveal the evidence.

“DPP to answer to the defense’s request for a comprehensive inquiry into the theft of Sh302,842.00 from Pauline Njoroge’s VISA account.”

Ruto promises not to let down Mt Kenya

President William Ruto has vowed not to let down the people of Mount Kenya, whom he called the “real election heroes,” for voting for him despite his outsider status.

Speaking at Sagana State Lodge, Ruto praised the region for defying old ethnic biases and supporting his bid for power. He assured Kenyans that he would make sure to fulfill his obligations to all Kenyans, just as he had promised to do for the residents of Mount Kenya.

“Your sweat will not go in vain, we must work hard to justify the faith, the commitment and sacrifice you have made to make us who we are,” Ruto said.

The Mount Kenya region had never before overwhelmingly chosen a presidential candidate from outside the area. However, they supported Ruto’s bid for power with more than 90% of the vote in the most recent surveys.

Ruto said that he would meet with all of the regional leaders to develop a plan for the area, as promised in the Kenya Kwanza manifesto. He is also slated to begin a series of development projects in four counties—Kiambu, Nyeri, Murang’a, and Laikipia—during his visit to the region.

Ruto’s visit to Mount Kenya is seen as an attempt to consolidate his support in the region ahead of the 2022 general election. The region is home to a large number of swing voters, and its support could be decisive in the outcome of the election.

Ruto has revealed why sugar is so expensive

President William Ruto has blamed the recent increase in sugar prices on confusion and chaos in the sugar industry.

Speaking on Wednesday, Ruto said that the government has been working to streamline the industry, but that it has been difficult due to the lack of cooperation from some stakeholders.

“We’ve had confusion and chaos in the whole sugar sub-sector and we are streamlining that sector because the whole sugarcane sector has been riddled with all manner of confusion and poaching of sugarcane from one corner to another,” Ruto said.

He also said that some sugar companies have been harvesting sugarcane that is not mature, which has led to a decrease in the overall sugar supply.

Ruto said that the government has been reluctant to import sugar, as this has been used in the past to try and destroy Kenya’s sugar economy. However, he said that the government has now given permission for the importation of sugar, and that prices should start to decline in the next week or two.

“By mid of this month, we will see a different situation pertain sugar because that is when we expect the first stocks of sugar to come into the country,” the President said.

Ruto said that he has a thorough strategy for streamlining the sugar industry, and that he is confident that prices will eventually stabilize.

How Ruto plans to deal with Hustler Fund defaulters revealed

President Ruto has warned Hustler Fund defaulters that they will not be allowed to borrow money as a group.

The President said that the government has increased the amount of money available for borrowing, but that those who have defaulted on their individual loans will not be eligible.

“You’re the one to decide, if you want to borrow, first pay the amount you borrowed,” Ruto said. “You have nobody to blame, the opportunity you will destroy it yourselves.”

The President’s comments come as the government has stepped up efforts to crack down on Hustler Fund defaulters. In Kwale County, for example, 30 percent of borrowers have defaulted on their loans.

The Hustler Fund is a government-backed program that provides loans to small businesses and entrepreneurs. The program has been praised for its ability to help people start and grow their businesses. However, there have also been concerns about the high default rate among borrowers.

The President’s warning to defaulters is a sign that the government is serious about ensuring that the Hustler Fund is used as intended. If borrowers do not repay their loans, they will not be able to access the program in the future. This will help to ensure that the funds are available to those who need them most.

Raila refuses to hold talks with Ruto unless this one condition is met

The political crisis in Kenya is taking a new turn, with opposition leader Raila Odinga demanding the participation of a mediator in any negotiations with President William Ruto. Odinga has said that he does not trust Ruto and that a mediator is necessary to ensure that the talks are fair and productive.

Ruto has not yet responded to Odinga’s demand, but it is possible that he will agree to mediation. If so, the talks could follow the format of the 2007-2008 negotiations that led to the formation of the government of National Unity. In those talks, former UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan played a key role in mediating a settlement between Odinga and then-President Mwai Kibaki.

It is unclear whether Ruto would be willing to accept Annan or another mediator as a third party. However, if he is serious about resolving the political crisis, he will need to be willing to compromise and work with Odinga.

The involvement of a mediator could help to break the deadlock between Odinga and Ruto and pave the way for a negotiated settlement. However, it is important to note that there is no guarantee that the talks will be successful. Even if the two sides agree to mediation, there is still a risk that they will not be able to reach an agreement.

Only time will tell whether the political crisis in Kenya can be resolved through negotiations. However, the involvement of a mediator is a positive step that could help to increase the chances of success.

Azimio copy Ruto’s playbook, run to church and God

Azimio la Umoja – One Kenya Coalition will hold an interdenominational prayer service on Friday to seek divine intervention in the current political stalemate in Kenya.

The prayer service will be held at the Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Foundation in Nairobi, and similar services will be held in other counties across the country.

The coalition is seeking divine intervention to help resolve the political stalemate, which has led to weeks of anti-government protests. The protests have resulted in the loss of several lives and widespread destruction of property.

The coalition is also calling on the government to listen to the cries of the people and to uphold the law and protect human rights. They are also calling on the international community to stand with Kenyans against a “regime gone rogue.”

After the prayers, the coalition will give the way forward for their supporters.

The decision to hold an interdenominational prayer service is a sign that the coalition is committed to seeking peaceful resolution to the political stalemate. The prayers are also a way for the coalition to show their solidarity with the people who have been affected by the protests.

The coalition is hopeful that the prayers will help to bring peace and stability to Kenya.

Uhuru son targeted by Ruto regime moves to court over gun licenses

The High Court received a plea from hn Jomo Kenyatta, the son of former president Uhuru Kenyatta, contesting the government’s decision to withdraw his firearms license.

John J. Kenyatta, the son of former president Uhuru Kenyatta, has pleaded with the Milimani Law Courts to get involved in an urgent issue and prevent the state from revoking his gun license.

He begs that when the Chief Licensing Officer, the Firearms Licensing Board, and the Attorney General apply for his license, “the due process set out in the Firearms Act” be adhered to.

In court papers, he argues that the action to cancel his gun license is an infraction of section 5(8) of the Guns Act. He asserts this via attorney Fred Ngatia.

He claims that despite having a license, he has not been informed of the reasons for the impending revocation.

Police ordered that Jomo surrender his weapons on July 21, but no justification was given, according to Jomo.

When Jomo questioned the offices about the possible causes of the sudden demand for his weaponry, they pretended not to know.

He pleaded with the court to get involved because he is worried about possible strong-arm techniques being used.

Despite having a license, he contends that he has not been told of the reasons for the planned revocation.

“The grounds upon which a firearm license can be revoked are provided in section 5(7) of the Firearms Act, which when read with section 7 (2) (a) (v) of the fair administrative action act, cannot be invoked without being afforded an opportunity to be heard,”

Jomo claimed that his constitutional rights would be violated unless his application was promptly admitted for a hearing and the requested orders were granted.

His license is valid until April 27, 2024, per court records.

The case has not yet been heard.

Interior CS Kithure Kindiki announced on Friday that 23 firearms had been found in three homes in Karen, Nairobi, as a result of an operation that had been started after it was determined that the weapons used in the demonstrations had been provided by civilian gun owners.

“Today afternoon, an operation has been going on targeting three homesteads within the Karen area where a total of 23 firearms, some of which are suspected to have been used in illegal activities are kept,”

Former president Uhuru Kenyatta has since been in public to defend his family from the attack, daring the state to confront him rather than go after his family.

Uhuru swore he would protect his family at any costs.