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Kandara residents want all-female security team revised

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Pressure groups in Kandara Sub-county in Murang’a County want the government to review the composition of their security committee, saying it does not reflect gender parity.

A letter addressed  to the County Commissioner signed by three groups – Kandara Young Professionals, Gaichanjiru Avocado Youths and Kandara Rising Democrats, said their MP, Deputy County Commissioner, Police boss and Senior Assistant Commissioner are all female.

 “While we do not want to appear as though we are sexists, this is an issue of principles of the Constitution where it is very specific in article 27 (8) of the Bill of rights that “…not more than two-thirds of the members of elective or appointive bodies shall be of the same gender.”

While the groups acknowledge that merit can outshine gender parity, they said: “We are not also blind to the fact that insecurity is more masculine than feminine and a security committee that takes into cognizance the importance of pairing masculine and feminine human resource in tackling criminals, is the best way forward.”

“We do not want it to appear as if we are fighting women officers in our county…but again we do not want to appear discriminative by way of remaining silent when our security committee is a near all-women affair…Let us have a gender-balanced composition and we as subjects of governance will feel safe…there are serious concerns that women alone cannot deal with serious criminals in an effective way,” the letter reads.

Murang’a County Commissioner Mr. Mohammed Barre in response said he took great exemption on the part of the letter that reads; “area residents say their security maybe is such in tatters since all of their senior government leaders are women.”

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Echesa, Mumias OCS in brawl over a woman at a nightclub

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Former Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa was on Thursday involved in a brawl over a woman in Mumias East sub county.

It was reported by Rajab Munyendo that while they were drinking, someone touched a woman who was in the company of the OCS inappropriately.

During the commotion, Munyendo’s Mercedes-Benz which is white in colour was maliciously damaged by the OCS.

Munyendo also alleges that he lost Sh77,000 during the incident.

Police are investigating the incident.

Echesa has in the past been charged with conspiracy to commit a felony.

He is accused of conspiring to make a document with intent to defraud in the multibillion-shilling fake arms deal.

The former CS has been charged alongside Daniel Omondi alias General Juma, Clifford Onyango, Chrispine Oduor and Kennedy Mboya with six counts of making a false document.

They are also alleged to have obtained Sh11.5 million from Kozlowski Stanley Bruno by purporting that they would award him a tender to supply military equipment.

This act led to a brawl between the two groups.

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Xtian Dela & girlfriend Fatma Banj welcome their first child together.

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YouTuber, blogger and budding politician Aurther Mandera popularly known as Xtian Dela is expecting his first child with his girlfriend Fatma Banj.

The safe delivery of Ms Banj come months after the couple went public with their pregnancy.They shared photos on instagram from their pregnancy shoot, after keeping the pregnancy a secret for a couple of weeks.

Xtian expressed his love for Fatma and poured out his heart to her with a message filled with love, while expressing the changes he has undergone during the time they have been together.

The Blogger in a long post said:

“ Can’t believe it’s already 7 months down the line. You have CHANGED me a LOT @fatmah_banj. You’ve given me happiness, given me peace, made me laugh, cry, smile, challenged me mentally and business-wise,  you’ve become a true BEST friend and now you’ve given me the best gift a man can ask for… You’ve made me a DAD.

I’ve turned a new leaf. Clean shave, more mature and focused thanks to YOU. I’ve let go of all my negative old ways. Apologies to ANYONE I’ve wronged in the past. Starting a new chapter focusing on FAMILY and POLITICS. I MUST make Westlands and Kenya BETTER for my baby.” 

The blogger went on to apologize to all the people he has ever wronged saying he is a changed man whose focus will be on family and politics.

He noted that he is optimistic of clinching the Westlands parliamentary seat come 2022.

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Sudan protesters demand military coup as crisis gets worse

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On Saturday, pro-military demonstrators chanted “down with the hunger government” and called for General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan, head of the armed forces.

“We need military government, di current government don fail to bring us justice and equality,” one protester tells AFP.

Unlike previous demonstrations for di kontri, dem allow protesters to reach di gates of di presidential palace and little police presence na im bin dey.

Pro-government protesters don also call for rallies on Thursday in response to Saturday demonstrations.

On Friday evening, nearly a month after a failed coup, Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok denounced “deep divisions” between civilians and military but also within these two blocks. He also declared that the transition was going through its “most dangerous” crisis, saying that the path to democracy was threatened.

Around him, pick-ups are dropping off new waves of protesters, some of whom are chanting “One army, one people”, while the security forces have blocked many of the capital’s main roads since the morning.

“There is no stability and life is too expensive,” said the 50-year-old man, whose country, one of the poorest in the world, is caught between inflation approaching 400% and an austerity decreed by the International Monetary Fund (IMF).

For their opponents, Saturday’s demonstrators are supporters of the former deposed regime. Supporters of a complete transfer of power to civilians have already called for “a demonstration of one million people” on Thursday.

Sudan’s prime minister on Friday announced a series of steps for his country’s transition to democracy less than a month after a coup attempt rocked its leadership.

In a speech, Prime Minister Abdalla Hamdok called the coup attempt an ‘alarm bell’ that should awaken people to the roots of the country’s political and economic challenges.

Authorities announced the coup attempt by a group of soldiers on September 22, saying that it had failed.

They blamed supporters of the country’s former autocrat Omar al-Bashir for planning the takeover.

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