The Jubilee government has set its eyes on how to first remain in power for the next 20 years by ensuring that President Uhuru Kenyatta is succeeded by Deputy President William Ruto.
A senator allied to Deputy President William Ruto has demanded the resignation of more than 10 top government officials whom he accuses of “coaching witnesses” to implicate Mr. Ruto at the International Criminal Court. In a statement likely to rock the Jubilee Coalition, Kericho Senator Charles Keter-one of Mr. Ruto’s closest allies-sensationally called for the resignation of the unnamed officials, threatening that if they did not, they will be forced out of office.
NAZI Fuhrer, Adolf Hitler whose CV includes gassing at least six million innocent Jews, gays, communists, disabled people and minorities; invading his European neighbours; unleashing the Second Imperialist War which lasted from 1939 to 1945 in a quest to put in place his 1,000 Year Reich Dictatorship before a combined force of French, Polish, Italian, Greek resistance fighters, Anglo-American invading troops and advancing Communist formations from the Soviet Union toppled this macabre, dastardly, inhuman and brutal Nazi force, which had the Italian fascist despot
Benito Mussolini as a junior partner.
“Conqueror of the British Empire” while his cartoonish, quixotic pal
Jean Bedel Bokassa with delusions of being the Central African reincarnation of yet another expired tyrant, Napoleon Bonaparte, in a surreal spectacle, crowning himself “Emperor” of his impoverished, tiny neo-colonial backwater banana republic in between storing uneaten human body parts in his royal refrigerator for a mid night snack.
Haiti’s Papa AND Baby Doc Duvalier as a bonus!
Which feverish, mentally confused, marijuana addled craniums are these delusions emanating from?
Charles Taylor and that William Ruto may be a chess partner for many years to come of Lubanga, Gbagbo or some shady Serbian with an impossible to pronounce surname consisting entirely of consonants and no vowels?
Parliament Tuesday evening passed a lop-sided law which strips women of the right to an equal share of family property in case of divorce.
Male MPs changed the Matrimonial Property Bill to say that a man and his wife will share matrimonial property according to each person’s contribution.
They also forced another change to the Bill which, if it becomes law, means that spouses are only entitled to a share of property which is in their joint names. Property which is in the name of only one spouse is no longer matrimonial property.
In its current form, the Bill is a blow to stay-home mothers who contribute to the family in non-financial ways. Also, family property is traditionally and as a matter of routine, registered in the father’s name.
Women MPs wanted a simple formula where the wealth is shared equally, irrespective of what each partner contributed.
But with only 34 women MPs in the House, they were beaten 87-28 in a physical vote.
The House — whose attendance yesterday was unusually high — also passed the Bill which, while requiring the couple to share wealth depending on contribution, says the burden of debt incurred by the family is to be shared equally by both partners. The debt will be shared so long as it was “for the benefit of the marriage”.
According to another amendment pushed by the MPs, matrimonial property is defined as “matrimonial homes, household goods and effects in those homes and any other immoveable or movable property jointly owned by both spouses”.
“If there is any property to be divided, it must be in accordance with the share of each spouse’s contribution to the matrimonial property. It ensures that no one person just sits and waits for the other person,” said Justice and Legal Affairs Committee chairman Samuel Chepkong’a, who proposed the amendment.
In the debate touched off by his amendment, there were impassioned speeches.
Dr James Nyikal (Seme, ODM) was among MPs who argued that property ought not to be shared equally irrespective of contribution.
“If it is taken for granted that just being in the marriage everything will be shared equally and there will be no question, I don’t think that will be fair,” said Dr Nyikal.
Ms Millie Odhiambo (Mbita, ODM) lost despite her argument that equal sharing is a constitutional principle and MPs had no business suggesting that the contribution of each partner should be determined.
“The Constitution is very clear about equal rights before, during and after dissolution of a marriage. It is not really anything we have a choice about and that is an argument that we would have had very well when making the Constitution but at this point, unless it is calling for the amendment of the Constitution, the principle is clear in the Constitution,” she said.
Ms Zainab Chidzuga (Kwale County, ODM) argued that women’s contributions to marriages are more than just the financial.
“Mwanamke akiolewa anaweza kuwa pengine hana kazi lakini mfahamu kwamba atakuja kwake kufagia, kumchemshia bwana maji amabayo pia ni contribution, na mengineo mengi ya kuwa waeze kupata equal share (A woman might be unemployed but remember she will clean her husband’s house, warm his bath water and many other things that may be considered a contribution that should enable her get an equal share of any matrimonial property),” she said.
Ms Esther Murugi (Nyeri Town, TNA), said: “Whether the woman has contributed or not, she has fed the man, she has cleaned the man, she has taken care of the family. She is entitled to 50 per cent.”
When Ms Rachel Shebesh, who was chairing the session, put the matter to the vote by acclamation, the amendment appeared to have sailed through, but the women MPs marshalled the numbers to force a physical vote. That was where the men won 87-28.
Mr David Ochieng (Ugenya, ODM) had the MPs return to the Bill after the Third Reading to include the provision that only property that would have been owned jointly would be shared equally.
This drew protests from Ms Wanjiku Muhia (Nyandarua County, TNA), who said that would be unfair to women because many of them are not jointly registered as owners of property acquired by their husbands.
She was supported by Ms Florence Kajuju (Meru County, TNA) who argued along the same lines.
“We don’t live in Utopia. We know that in our society, it is very rare for a woman to be registered as the owner of property,” she said.
The women were once again outnumbered by the men in the vote.
Mr Chepkong’a had to withdraw an amendment removing a provision which allows spouses to go to court to nullify a pre-nuptial agreement if it is determined that it was influenced by fraud, coercion or is manifestly unjust.
Before I delve further into the connection between the World Bank, the IMF and the new Jubilee administration, I want to take a temporary detour and talk briefly about the so called “Washington Consensus”.
Wait a minute!
I have some juicy gossip to share about
Henry Rotich, you know the middle ranking Ministry of Finance functionary who has been catapulted to become head honcho of the revamped Treasury portfolio.
According to page 5 of the April 26th edition of the Standard, Mr. Rotich was the Deputy Director in charge of macro economic policy at the Ministry of Finance since 2006.
That means he was FIVE LEVELS below the minister until just a few days ago. That means he was junior to the permanent secretaries, deputy secretaries, under secretaries and directors that he will now be coordinating and supervising.
Quite a meteoric rise eh?
We all saw the guy sputtering, stuttering, quaking and almost quacking when the President invited him to the State House lectern to say a few words to the wananchi gawking at his image on television screens across Kenya.
Now get this.
All his former bosses are there by dint of the Public Service Commission (the bulk of them at least). The ones who are not going to be relieved of their jobs, retire, or as they say these days, “move on”, will retain their titles and privileges in the Kenyan Mandarinate. It is going to be surreal contemplating the prospect of the relative equivalent of a senior clerk dressing down his former managers- if it comes to that, that is.
But that is NOT what tickled my fancy.
I am made to understand that according to the 50/50 arrangement between TNA and URP, the finance plum job had been RESERVED and GUARANTEED to Deputy President William Ruto.
Those who are assuming that Rotich, because of his Kalenjin surname was Ruto’s pick are in for a rude shock.
Who was Rotich’s Oberhaupt his Vorgesetzte when Uhuru Kenyatta was still in charge of Finance?
That was a rhetorical question.
Henry Rotich, in turns out, was a TNA pick!
My hard working moles , who must have been furtively eyeballing the tense vuta-ni-kuvute through the State House key holes, whispered in my left ear when I was not looking that the REAL POWER behind Uhuru (some well-connected Mt. Kenya Mafia have been cited, including one of the maternal relatives of very senior government officials) simply confronted a rather rattled Uhuru and told him, that despite the Gentleman’s Pact with the other half of the Dynamic Duo, the “House of Mumbi” simply had to keep control of the Treasury for well articulated strategic, ethno-comprador power considerations and interests.
If Uhuru was rattled, then Ruto was keeled over with stupefied astonishment!
It appears that Uhuru was coerced into going along with the assurance that he did not have to propose a Mgikuyu. The simple ploy was to pick an Uhuru loyalist-but from among members of the Kalenjin community. Kenyans would be then hoodwinked into thinking that Henry Rotich was Ruto’s pick. I was told that Ruto had his own nominee.
That is what I was told.
I was not there obviously, so this could be just one of those nasty Made in Nairobi rumours.
Anywayz, to conclude this little tattle tale.
Ruto was reportedly adamant that the cabinet selection process would be halted there and then.
No move until the Dynamic Duo reverted back to the original pact.
That I am told, is REAL REASON WHY THERE WAS SUCH A LONG DELAY in announcing the cabinet.
There was a tense tussle between TNA and URP over the composition and the balance of the Jubilee government with Ruto’s people crying foul as they struggled to unsheathe the dagger from their ambushed backs.
The drip drip announcement of four names today; twelve names a couple days later; that was basically management by crisis.
A circular had gone out to the media corps to be on hand for a 4 pm State House announcement and the hawk eyed Fourth Estate were parked in the Presidential lawns by 3 pm.
What to tell them?
What to tell the waiting nation?
Announce four names and that was it for the day. Give the media and the country a bone to chew on as heads were scratched, brows furrowed plotting of a Plan B in rolling out the new cabinet.
Is Onyango Oloo telling the truth or just mongering some wild, baseless fabrications?
"DON'T YOU TRY THAT MOVE. WE HAVE AN ACE UP OUR SLEEVE. IF I GO DOWN, I AM NOT GOING ALONE."
Who can rule out a Raila/Ruto ticket or a Uhuru.Kalonzo ticket in 2017?