Political Sentiment

Tricky role for Gachagua in new order

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua was this week handed the responsibility of handling relations between the county and national governments, putting him in charge of a tricky but important role. The Deputy President is by default the head of the Inter-Governmental Budget and Economic Council (IBEC),

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Dennis Itumbi the New Media and Digital Sheriff in town

When the new list of executive officers attached to State House was unveiled by former Head of the Public Service Joseph Kinyua last October, observers noted that the prolific and sometimes maverick digital chieftain Dennis Itumbi was missing. Perhaps as a measure of his reverence

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As it starts working, Ruto administration walks a fine line

A familiar scenario has played out in the last two weeks. Trade and Industry Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria said he would be issuing the legal instruments needed to allow duty-free maize imports and a few days later, a ship with 10,000 tons of maize docked

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Kenya Kwanza’s big opportunity and risk with Hustler Fund

The Kenya Kwanza administration is now set to roll out its first big pledge bylaunching the Hustler Fund. The launch event is set to happen on November 30, withPresident William Ruto presiding. In an administration that faced difficult issues from the first day – drought,

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Deputy President enjoys “bad cop” role

If they were two policemen on the beat, President William Ruto would be the quietauthoritative officer while Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua would be theaggressive “bad cop”. That awareness was apparent in Mr Gachagua’s criticism of the business sector at ameeting of the Kenya National Chamber

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Disbandment of police unit opens a Pandora’s Box

The decision by the new administration to terminate a crack police squad has the potential to become one of the first big issues the Kenya Kwanza government has to tackle. Dubbed the Special Services Unit, the squad was reported to have been created by George

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In the Opposition, action will be in Parliament, not out.

Raila Odinga has accepted that his Azimio coalition is the Opposition party in the National Assembly, the more powerful of the two Houses of Parliament. While the coalition heads in the National Assembly had said they would seek a judicial review of the decision by

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Gachagua gaffes his way in

Shortly after midnight last Sunday, the Central Bank of Kenya sent out a press release.It was to correct the assertion by Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua had made a fewhours before, in an interview with Citizen TV, relating to the availability of foreignexchange.While the Deputy President

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As he hits the ground running, President Ruto treads a fine line

President William Ruto has hit the ground running at a fast pace that has left many impressed at his energy and commitment to execute his manifesto. In the past week, President Ruto has signaled a different approach to life at State House by inviting clergymen

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The journey, and the challenges, begin for Raila

Ahead of the much-hyped ‘big announcement’ by Raila Odinga on Friday, December 10, the team organizing the event at the stadium in Kasarani, Nairobi, were worried. While the event’s outcome was known well in advance, there were hitches evident in the fact that none of

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As action on corruption resumes, a test of the commitment

Two incidents on Thursday and another one on Friday morning have swung the spotlight back on corruption.  The Thursday ones involved Justices Aggrey Muchelule and Said Juma Chitembwe, whose officers were stormed and searched by officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations before they were

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Political quake at the core of Jubilee

The heat in the Jubilee Party has been building up and this week, the beginnings of the end of the vehicle President Uhuru Kenyatta used to win two elections could be seen. It started with a meeting by more than 100 MPs supporting the faction

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After the latest death, reflection

The death of Dr Stephen Mogusu from Covid-19 complications once more exposed massive gaps in the way the Government treats its essential workers.  Red tape could have been blamed for the fact that he had remained unpaid for five months – some civil servants wait

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BBI: Rollout starts but big questions remain

With a Deputy President threatening to oppose the proposal to amend the Constitution and the proponents seemingly unprepared to
accommodate or start the consensus-building process, it is evident that the BBI process will need more time.

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The EACC is on a good roll

The Directorate of Public Prosecutions this week approved charges in three big cases: against the former ports boss, the Migori governor and his family, and against the MP for Malindi. All three appear to be quite straightforward, if the press reports are anything to go

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Why Ruto’s Options Are Dwindling …. For Now

Deputy President William Ruto entered the year 2018 on a comfortable political footing. He had his sights on the 2022 presidential campaign, given his understanding with his boss – President Uhuru Kenyatta – and public pronouncements about his support in 2022. Fast-forward to mid-2020 and

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Committee reorganisation on hold

1.     . Committee reorganisation on hold Despite the agreement between their principals and the common antipathy towards the Deputy President, the reorganisation of House committees was reported to have stalled because of disagreements between the Majority and Minority heads. With one side looking to shoot

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BBI is back

1.    BBI is back Raila Odinga’s treatment in Dubai was last week reported to have been the reason the release of the final Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report would not be released. With the former Prime Minister this week declaring that he is fit and ready,

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A DANCE FOR THE KING?

“Salome the daughter of Herod danced so well for Herod. When Herod asked her want she wanted, she asked for the head of John the Baptist. Today, some people have danced so well. They are not looking for justice, but for somebody’s head. That head is not for Salome, but for somebody.Gov. Waiguru’s head is being asked for, not by the County Assembly; I can tell you that and I have the evidence. The people looking for Waiguru’s head is not the County Assembly.”

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BACK TO THE FUTURE FOR JUBILEE

Deputy President William Ruto and his allies this week unveiled Jubilee Asili, an office in Kilimani that the deposed Senate Majority Leader, Kipchumba Murkomen, said would be a meeting point for the Jubilee Party MPs allied to their faction. Accompanying the centre, which has been

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EXECUTIVE ORDER CAUSING DISORDER …

On June 1, as he read his Madaraka Day speech, the President took a historical journey through some of Kenya’s significant governance and constitutional moments to create the doorway for his moment of discernment.

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