Waititu beats Kabogo in Kiambu county Jubilee primaries

All the focus yesterday was on the Kiambu county jubilee party primaries where the incumbent governor, William kabogo was facing off Kabete MP Ferdinand Waititu.

It was a race christened the clash of the titans owing to the influence both candidates command while at the same time factoring in Waititu’s massive popularity everyone was certain that indeed the race was not just going to be a walk in the park for the incumbent.

What many spectators did not see coming, however, was the immense votes Waititu alias Baba Yao garnered against his rival, giving him an unforeseen humiliating defeat.

Early provisional results began to show Waititu leading by over 10,000 votes and even before the tallying officially closed, Kabogo called a press conference and “conceded” defeat.

“To the people of Kiambu County, it was great serving you” Kabogo said.

“I wish Ferdinand Waititu all the best. But what I will tell him is that managing a county is not easy. There is a lot of work that has to be put into running a County Government,” he said.

He, however, maintained that he was not really conceding defeat and went ahead to cite irregularities in the exercise, saying it was “shambolic” and further citied that “someone at the top of the jubilee party did not want him as governor”.

“I have not conceded defeat. I am not going to waste my time arguing things that are bloody obvious. You can read between the lines, “said a visibly distraught kabogo.

The Punjab Derby: Waititu Vs Kabogo

Kenyans, as usual, took to social media to air their reactions on the surprising turn of events with many comparing the Waititu win against Kabogo to that of Trump Vs Hillary in the US elections.

The Punjab Derby as they wittingly referred to the battle between the two rivals, in reference to the assertions that they both went to Punjab university in India, had come to a close.

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26 killed in Kambu accident

26 people have died and several injured in the wee hours of today morning after a Malindi bound bus collided with an oil tanker at Kambu, Kibwezi County on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway.

The driver of the bus is said to have been overtaking at Kalulu bridge when he collided with the trailer but according to a post shared on facebook by the bus company, the accident was caused by a tire burst that made the bus lose control.

The accident reportedly occurred around 3am and the injured were taken to Makindu level 5 hospital.

According to the area OCPD Leonard Kimaiyo, the accident involved a bus that was bound to Malindi belonging to Buscar Company and a tanker transporting vegetable oil that was headed to Nairobi from Mombasa.

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Rosemary Odinga bows out of kibra parliamentary race

Rosemary Odinga has bowed out of the Kibra parliamentary race citing health issues.
Ms Odinga, in a video message posted on her Facebook page assured her supporters that she is recovering well and thanked those who have been praying for her.

“It is following my doctor’s advice, that for the time being, I will continue serving my community in other capacities and regrettably bow out of the race for Member of Parliament. I would like to thank each and every person that supported my bid and the people of Kibra for opening their hearts and homes to me. I will forever cherish your outpouring love and prayers,” Rosemary said in her post.
She told Kibra constituents that she will still remain a strong and active member and will continue to serve the community in other capacities.

“To The People of Kibra Constituency,
Over the past 30 years I have fallen in love with the people of Kibra. You have walked hand in hand with my family, we have laughed together, and we have mourned together. I must say, the past two years have been the honour of my life getting to engage in the place known as the ‘Heart Beat’ of Kenyan politics, not only as a voter but also as a competitor. The spirit of the people of Kibra and their passion for justice has always inspired us as a family to champion their interests both in and out of parliament” she said.

Ms Odinga was taken ill last month and flown to South Africa after spending eight days at the Aga Khan University Hospital. She said in her video clip that she had suffered a stroke while in Naivasha for a short trip but is recuperating well in South Africa. Ms Odinga also promised to work with the candidate who will be elected by the people of Kibra.

Rosemary Odinga Best Bet for President- Mutahi Ngunyi Declares

Political analyst Mutahi Ngunyi, famed for the “tyranny of numbers” analysis has said that Rosemary Odinga is the best bet for president and not her father Raila Odinga.

“The ODINGA’s best bet is not the OLD RAILA. It is the Young Rosemary. The First Luo President will be a WOMAN. She will be “Rosemary Odinga” Mutahi Ngunyi tweeted.

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Safaricom countrywide network outage

Kenya’s giant telecommunications firm Safaricom has suffered a countywide outage earlier today that has affected voice calls, data and M-Pesa services.

The outage, which the firm attributes to a technical hitch, made it impossible for Safaricom’s subscribers to access the above services for the better part of the morning.

Users took to social media to air their frustrations as the firm made efforts to assure them that they were working to solve the issue. By the time of posting this article, the hashtag Safaricom was trending on twitter with 17k tweets.

“We wish to notify the public that starting from 9:30 am today, we experienced a system outage affecting a number of core services in our network. This outage affected Voice, Data, SMS, M-PESA and Enterprise services.
We have identified the root cause of the outage and are working to resolve this in the shortest time possible. In the meantime, Voice, Data, SMS, M-PESA and Enterprise services will be available intermittently until the issue is fully resolved.
We will continue to update customers on the progress to restore services. We apologize for any inconvenience caused,”
Safaricom posted on their social media sites.

Safaricom accounts for more than 70 per cent of mobile service subscriptions in the country.

Below are some of the tweets shared under the #Safaricom

Apollo Mboya: The Safaricom Network Outage today was a dry run on how the network will be incapacitated on the Election Day

David Macharia‏: Seriously? Tried to call Safaricom customer care representative and I got the “mteja hapatikani.”

Fred oluoch anuroh‏:   nwhat is happening with safaricom? Call drops every time. Ama wao pia wameenda nomination

Nzisa‏:  My calls on Safaricom are dropping is anyone else experiencing the same?

Atanas‏: What’s wrong with Safaricom Kenya network in Nairobi?

El Mucho Ding-Dong‏:  Alas @Safaricom_Care si you guys send me a pigeon, I need to send a text message to someone in Meru.

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Kuki Gallmann shot

Italian born author and conservationist Kuki Gallmann was shot and injured yesterday by Pokot bandits near her lodge in Laikipia county.

73-year-old Ms Gallmann, famed for her best seller novel, “I Dreamed of Africa”, is reported to have been driving in her car when the bandits laid an ambush.

She was shot in the stomach and is recuperating at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi where she was flown for treatment. Her driver managed to escape unhurt.

In March, MS Gallmann and her daughter escaped unhurt when bandits fired at them after burning down her luxury lodge just weeks after Tristan Voorspuy, 61, a former British army officer and Sosian ranch co-owner was shot dead by herdsmen in the area.

The Gallmann family own the 400-square-km Laikipia Nature Conservancy and employ 250 Kenyans on the luxury lodges, ranch, and other businesses on the land.

They also run the Gallmann Africa Conservancy and Gallmann Memorial Foundation, conservation groups focusing on bringing people and wildlife together sustainably.

Ranch owners at Laikipia County have been under attack by herders, who have invaded their farms, allegedly in search of pasture for their cattle due to the looming drought. The ranchers, however, maintain that this time round, the invasions are politically instigated.

“Private ranchers have in the past welcomed pastoralists, allowing them to graze their cattle inside the ranches during drought periods. However, last year, the matter took a political angle,” one rancher said.

The private ranch invasions are by pastoralists, mainly from Samburu, Isiolo, Baringo and west Pokot counties.

The government launched a security operation in the area last month but sanity is yet to be restored.

President Uhuru Kenyatta condemned MS Gallmann’s shooting

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