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ODM Leader Raila Odinga Speaks On Reports Claiming Removal Of Orengo On Top Senate Seat.

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ODM Leader Raila Odinga has rubbished reports that the party is planning to remove Siaya Senator James Orengo from his Minority Leader position at the Senate.

In a statement of Wednesday evening, Raila’s Spokesperson Dennis Onyango termed the reports as baseless, noting that they should be ignored completely.

Following changes effected yesterday to the representation of the Orange Democratic Movement in the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly, there has been unfounded and widespread speculation that the Party is about to change its Minority leadership in the Senate.“We wish to clarify that Rt. Hon Raila Odinga, the ODM Party Leader, and the Orange Democratic Movement have no plans to replace Senator James Orengo as the Leader of Minority in the Senate,” Onyango’s statement read.

Early this week, ODM made changes to its composition in the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly replacing Rarieda MP Otiende Amollo with his Ruaraka counterpart TJ Kajwang.

It is believed that Otiende was replaced because of his stand on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) where he has been calling for amendment of the document by Parliament.

Following Otiende’s ouster, many expected ODM to move to the Senate and kick out its Leader of Minority Senator James Orengo who’s also been pushing for amendment of the BBI Bill.

On several occasions, Senator Orengo is on record stating that Parliament cannot be used as a conveyor belt. His stand is, however, against that of ODM which maintains that the Bill should be passed as it is.

In view of the above, many believed that Orengo would be ousted, but it now appears that the party still has faith in the Senior Counsel.

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High Court Judges Aggrey Mchelule and Said Chitembwe Arrested

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The two judges are accused of receiving bribes for various cases they previously handled.

In a statement on Thursday, the director of public prosecutions Noordin Haji said he was not aware of the reason leading to their arrests and questioning, and that his office had not received any files concerning them.

Mchelule is among President Uhuru Kenyatta’s “Rejected Six”, who were denied promotions due to “integrity issues”, according to the Head of State.

President Uhuru Kenyatta appointed 34 judges out of 41 who were recommended by the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) for an appointment, citing intelligence reports indicting them on a number of issues that he did not disclose.

In June, Chief Justice Martha Koome appointed Justices Justice James Wakiaga, George Nduru, and William Musyoka to hear and determine two petitions challenging the decision of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s refusal to appoint six judges.

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‘I’m the father,’ Senate Speaker Lusaka admits after woman sues him for Ksh.25M

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Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka has admitted to be the father of an unborn child he sired with a woman who sued him last month, demanding Ksh.25 million in child support.

During the mention of the case on Wednesday, the court was told that Lusaka had agreed to cater for the child’s pre-natal care adding that other issues would be settled once the baby is born.

It’s not correct that my client can’t make prenatal expenses ….that has been sorted …And we are saying let’s wait for the baby to be born… who can buy a house within seven days?” said the Speaker through lawyer Peter Wanyama.

The woman, through lawyer Danstan Omari, sued the speaker and is seeking child support of Ksh.200,000 monthly or a lump sum pay of Ksh.25 million. She had claimed that Lusaka had declined to take up his responsibility by providing for her and the needs of the unborn child.

However, Lusaka through his lawyer Peter Wanyama told the court that there were a couple of issues including accommodation expenses which have to be addressed.

The court was also told that parties in the case have engaged in serious discussion with a view of entering a final consent.

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President Kenyatta commissions five new hospitals in night operation

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The hospitals launched by the Head of State in the four-hour night operation were two-level 2 hospitals at Gichagi in Kangemi and Gatina in Kawangware as well as level 3 hospitals in Mukuru Kwa Rueben, Tassia Kwa Ndege, and Our Lady of Nazareth in Mukuru Kwa Njenga.

“The dispensaries and level 2 health facilities should operate 24 hours services in order to decongest Kenyatta National Hospital and Mama Lucy Hospital. Instead of someone using money to go and seek medical services at Kenyatta National Hospital, they need to access these services at the facilities which are near them,” President Kenyatta said.

Further, the Head of State said the operation was aimed at enabling him to assess the population of city residents, especially those in informal settlements where the hospitals are located, seeking healthcare at night so as to enable the Government to resource them adequately.

Addressing journalists who accompanied him during the night operation at State House, Nairobi after the exercise, the President said he chose to commission the new hospitals at night so as to adhere to Covid-19 containment protocols.

Besides opening the new health facilities, President Kenyatta said the night tour was aimed at inspecting the ongoing road construction projects within the informal settlements saying so far a total of 400kms had been completed while another 450kms was underway.

“The other thing we wanted to see was the roads. We embarked on a program where we are doing 400kms of roads in our inner cities. We have been able to travel in those informal settlements without challenges. These are roads we have been constructing over the past one year and we are now constructing 450kms and we want to increase the same with another 300kms in this financial year,” the President said.

The Head of State said the Government is keen on providing quality services to all Kenyans regardless of their status in life and pointed out that ongoing city sewerage expansion works, financed by the African Development Bank, will also benefit Nairobi slums.

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