There is excitement all over Kenya that a 5 Bench Judge declared BBI Bill unconstitutional. Furthermore, it declared that as soon as the Auditor General completes audit of all the costs, the President and Raila Odinga will have to bear the costs of the manifestly illegal BBI Process. Sounds to good to be true. It can only happen outside KENYA.
The court findings were as follows: √ BBI Steering Committee is unlawful. √ BBI is an hybrid initiative unknown to the constitution, therefore it is our finding that the popular initiative as means to amend the constitution under article 257 of the constitution is a power reserved for Wanjiku. Neither the president nor any state organ can utilize article 257 of the constitution to amend the constitution. √ A constitutional amendment can either be initiated by a Parliamentary or Popular initiative.’ It is clear that BBI Bill is an initiative of the President. The President is not an MP, cannot directly purport to initiate a constitutional amendment (Justice Jairus Ngaah)
√ Kenyans committed to protect to the structure of their 2010 Constitution from erosion public participation over elite consensus. There are limits to Constitutional amendment powers High Court finds: the basic structure doctrine is applicable in Kenya Popular Initiative to a med the Constitution can only be started by the people not by the government (Justice Odunga)
Truth is, what the court said is truth and nothing but the truth. But that is just a ruling. A RULING like the one that annulled a presidential election. Then? A RULING like the one that declared that the NAIROBI metropolitan Services was unconstitutional and illegal. Alafu?
Rulings in Kenya that hold water are on petty thieves who steal chicken. That RULING is null and void. The next stage of reggae starts now
Concern over poor showing by 7 counties- At least seven counties did not register a single A plain in last year’s Form Four exams, even as the number of candidates who scored the top grade rose nationally.
All eyes on Uhuru in road to referendum as Senate Passes BBI- Focus is on President Uhuru Kenyatta in the country’s path to a referendum after parliament overwhelmingly passed proposed changes to the constitution yesterday.
Kenya stops flights to Somalia in fresh row- Kenya suspended flights to Somalia yesterday after Mogadishu rejected Kenya’s scheduled cargo deliveries.
Kenya’s top 100 schools revealed – An extensive analysis of select schools put Kapsabet Boys at the apex of the 2020 KCPE performers chart followed by Kenya High, with Alliance High bagging the prize for highest numbers of As.
It’s business as usual for Mwaura despite axing from Senate – The intrigues informing the axing of Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura from Senate played out yesterday after he was allowed by Speaker Ken Lusaka to vote, despite a Gazette notice on his removal.
Low uptake of Covid-19 jabs blamed on misinformation – Covid-19 can be transmitted through air after exposure to very fine droplets and aerosol particles containing the infectious disease.
Kagwe: We have ordered 30m doses of Johnson – Health Cabinet Secretary Mutahi Kagwe yesterday warned Kenyans that there were no miracles in the acquisition of Covid vaccines. The CS said the nationalisation of the Astrazeneca vaccines by the Indian government has forced 93 countries around the world to look for alternatives elsewhere.
Key allies abandon Ruto in BBI vote – Key allies of Deputy President William Ruto abandoned him in the Senate vote against BBI as the handshake brigade moved to demonstrate its grip on Parliament.
Ruling on petitions to halt BBI referendum set for Thursday – The ruling on the petitions seeking to stop IEBC from conducting a referendum to implement the BBI is set for Thursday. The judgement will be delivered virtually at 2:30pm, deputy registrar at the High Court’s Constitutional and Human Rights Division Njeri Thuku said on Tuesday.
Alliance Boys top with highest number of As- Alliance Boys High School leads the pack in the number of students who scored Grade A plain in the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams whose results were released on Monday.
US regulator approves Pfizer vaccine for 12 to 15-years-olds-The United States drug regulator has authorised the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine for children aged12-15 as the country aims to speed up its Covid-19 recovery, but the huge outbreak in India persisted with known coronavirus deaths approaching 250,000 on Tuesday.
New Kemsa board takes over, faces tough house cleaning task-The new board of the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) faces an uphill task of restoring faith in the body after formally taking office yesterday.
Sen. Fatuma Dullo – YES Sen. Issa Juma – YES Sen. Mercy Chebeni – YES Sen. Samson Cherargei – NO Sen. Aaron Cheruiyot – NO Sen. Christine Gona – YES Sen. Abdulkadir Haji – YES Sen. Farhiya Haji – YES Sen. Abshiro Halake – YES Sen. Hargura Godana – YES Sen. Iman Falhada – NO Sen. Gertrude Musuruve – YES Sen. Moses Kajwang – YES Sen. Margaret Kamar – YES Sen. Irungu Kang’ata – NO Sen. Sylvia Kasanga – YES Sen. George Khaniri – YES Sen. Charles Kibiru – YES Sen. Susan Kihika – NO Sen. Mutula Kilonzo Jr – YES Sen. Kimani Wamatangi – YES Sen. Kindiki Kithure – NO Sen. Ephraim Maina – YES Sen. Lelegwe Ltumbesi – NO Sen. Linturi Mithika – NO Sen. Petronilla Were – YES Sen. Stewart Madzayo – YES Sen. Mahamud Mohamed – YES Sen. Beatrice Kwamboka – YES Sen. Cleophas Malala – YES Sen. Naomi Shiyonga – YES Sen. Michael Mbito – YES Sen. Alice Milgo – YES Sen. Okong’o Mogeni – YES Sen. Gideon Moi – YES Sen. Philip Mpaayei – YES Sen. Beth Mugo – YES Sen. Kipchumba Murkomen – NO Sen. Agnes Kavindu – YES Sen. Paul Githiomi – YES Sen. Johnes Mwaruma – YES Sen. Mwinyihaji Faki – YES Sen. Nderitu Kinyua – YES Sen. Ndwiga Njeru – YES Sen. Rose Nyamunga – YES Sen. Ledama Olekina – YES Sen. Millicent Omanga – NO Sen. Sam Ongeri – YES Sen. James Orengo – YES Sen. Fred Outa – YES Sen. Judith Pareno – YES Sen. Samuel Poghisio – YES Sen. Victor Prengei – YES Sen. Johnson Sakaja – YES Sen. Mary Seneta – ABSTAIN Sen. Amos Wako – YES Sen. Enoch Wambua – YES Sen. Naomi Jillo – YES Sen. Moses Wetang’ula – YES Sen. Agnes Zani – YES Sen. Ali Abdullahi – YES Sen. Ochillo Ayacko – YES Sen. Wario Golich – YES
The Senate passes the Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020 by majority vote.
While the discourse around the perceived and real low performance is valid, it’s worth noting:
Every grade attained by a learner is valid. We need to accept these grades as ours and indeed an indicator of our investment in education in our subcounty.
While we would all celebrate quality grades, indeed the quality grades are not an indicator of future success in life. 3.As we interrogate the quality of performance, in addition to other factors identified, the entry behaviour of learners in most of our school is low. This coupled with quality of facilities and the level of motivation, commitment of our teachers plays a critical role in overall performance.
Going forward we need a more inclusive concerted approach to improving the performance of our schools. We must move to improve quality of our school facilities and retooling of teachers for school effectiveness. School effectiveness studies reveal that the most important factor in a child’s performance is the teacher. Teachers indeed must be ready to sacrifice and burn the midnight oil for quality performance. Indeed a teacher is like a candle. They must burn to provide light for the learners.
QUALITY, ENOUGH WELL TRAINED, PAID FACILITATED AND COMMITTED TEACHERS IS KEY TO CHANGE KHWISERO FROM AN ACADEMIC DWARF INTO A GIANT
Do we have enough science teachers in Khwisero?
Are they trained and registered by TSC?
Are teachers in Khwisero committed to their work? Do they teach? Or are they all over in markets, political meetings and in changaa dens?
Do these teachers have facilities to teach? Labs, libraries, stationary,
KNUT and KUPPET leaders in Khwisero are informing me that many schools have NO ENOUGH TEACHERS. Science subjects are worst hit.
No quality labs.
If this be the case, it does not matter how many billions are poured to Khwisero schools via CDF. WE MUST equip our schools
We must CHANGE the attitude of teaching.
We must recommend DELOCALIZATION IN KHWISERO. Transfer all those local teachers who are not performing due to involvement in local Politics and bussineses. Then and only then shall we turn Khwisero from an academic DWARF to an academic GIANT.
I find the ongoing discourse authentic and healthy. Going forward we can use this as a basis for more inclusive strategies to have real centres of excellence in Khwisero where we can expect real competitive performance.Indeed the road to academic excellence is permanently under construction. As we discuss, we have KCSE in March 2022 and December 2022.
THE SIGNIFICANCE OF MUSALIA MEETING HON WANGWE, MAJORITY WHIP OF NATIONAL PARLIAMENT
By Amunga Peter.
BBI. Musalia Mudavadi remains steadfast on whipping his support base to have the BBI process move smoothly to it’s conclusive stage.
The Party Leader Hon Musalia W Mudavadi met with Hon Emmanuel Wangwe MP Navakholo, Hon Benard Shinali MP ,Ikolomani, and Hon Malulu Injendi MP for Malava at the MM Centre.
Hon Wangwe is also the Majority Whip of the National Assembly and convener of the Western Kenya Parliamentary Caucus whilst Hon Shinali is the Vice Chairman of the Budget and Appropriations Committee in the National Assembly and the Chairperson of Kakamega Parliamentary Caucus.
Their consultations centered on the BBI Process which has now successfully gone through the National Assembly and is headed for the referendum phase. It was agreed that they should work together in conjunction with leaders from all over the country to see this process to its final and successful conclusion.
The leaders further agreed to consolidate their political and economic efforts for the benefit of the country and the Kenyan people.
Due to the ban on POLITICAL rallies in Kenya did to covid 19, Musalia Mudavadi has been MEETING several leaders across the country mobilising for BBI. Just this weekend he met Keses Mp Hon Mishra at his ELDORET home. In the ELDORET MEETING, Musalia also met Hon Kuttony the former chair of the Kenya chamber of commerce.
The ANC Party nominated Senator who is also the Vice Chair of Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians and a member of the Senate Standing Committees on ICT and of Energy , Hon. @SEN PETRONILA WERE , today paid a courtesy call on the Chief Administrative Secretary , National Treasury and Planning, Eric Simiyu Wafukho.
Senator Were challenged Treasury not wait for budgeting time in order to engage Parliament but to continually engage the oversight body on critical matters through such platforms as Speakers Forum and others. Hon. @SEN PETRONILA WERE has been very vocal in Parliament on protection of local businesses, streamlining procurement processes and operationalising IFMIS System. On his part, Wafukho urged Parliament to support the Treasury’s efforts to align spending to Government’s development prioriries and long-term policy directions. The instruments such as Vision2030, MTPs, SDGs, AU Agenda 2063 needed to be given focused attention in funding priorities. Failure to observe this alignment between Planning and spending would.see Kenya take a wild gamble into the woods.
I feel saddened when BBI is reduced to UhuruRuto rivalry with media houses making milage over how many votes Ruto got vs Uhuru side.
Remember Ruto will lose nothing if BBI passes or not. The person to effect BBI, pay for it and live with it is you and I Wanjiku.
BBI is about us wanainchi who will bear the burden with blotted executive and parliament. It is us the rest of Kenya who will discover that one or so region benefited most with extra Constituenies, meaning more resources and presence in govt.
So let no one think that BBI is about punishing Ruto.
For all he cares he can sit and enjoy life somewhere complete with state paid expenses as deputy President and may still end up in a coalition in 2022 that may use BBI to it’s advantage, while we who thought BBI was about punishing gnash our teeth in regret.
Wacha niseme hivi. KENYANS, let us stop being led by drama, innuendo and media haughtiness. Let us think, interogate and do things with our brains, not our emotions especially at the ballot.
1978, the year Jomo KENYATTA died my dad, who was working for KIE, got transferred to Nyeri from NAIROBI.
Due to financial constraints, he decided my mom and younger siblings go to our village home in Eshibinga. But he chose me to go with him to Nyeri. I was in class 3, barely 10 years old.
That is when I begun life without a mother. For 1 and a half years, I stayed in Nyeri with my dad. Dad was a good parent. Doing his parental work as a dad. Put me in the best school in Nyeri at the time. Temple Road primary.
But dad never ensured I showered, or cleaned my clothes. My worst hit was my underclothes.
I had one underwear for the entire period. Due to lack of proper hygiene, it was dirty, and worse, infested with bed bugs ( chawa)
Chawa ate my body. In class other kids called me charcoal dealer. I was dark, dirty and unkempt.
My dad was a big shot. Had a company car, with little time to check on me.
December 1980, my mom arrived in Nyeri, with our last born baby sister at the time… Susan. Mom was a house wife. Never been to school.
In two days… Mom changed me.. washed me, bought me new pants. For the first time in 2 years, I slept, like a baby.
I was taken for a proper shave.
Girls at Temple Road could now smile at me.
When it was time for her to go back to the village, I REFUSED. I WAILED, I TOLD DAD… IF MOM GOES.. I GO..
THAT is how my other siblings were brought to Nyeri. We were family. Mom, dad, my brother, my sisters. Family.