March 2019

Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina, gospel singer Kevin Bahati and  Father Peter Mburu of St. Matias Mulumba Catholic Parish in Makongeni receive a cake from the newly weds, Mr. & Mrs. Ben Odundo on Saturday.
Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina and Father Peter Mburu of St. Matias Mulumba Catholic Parish in Makongeni Thika have strongly condemned the recent Court of Appeals ruling that the allowed the registration of the National Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission (NGLHRC) as a Non-Governmental Organisations (NGO).

While speaking during the wedding of the MP’s bodyguard Mr. Bernard Owino Odundo and Tina Owino over the weekend, the two leaders described the decision as a tragic decision for marriage and the nation.

They said that Kenya was committed to strengthening traditional marriage between a man and a woman as the best and only environment for nurturing children.

“Gaysim and lesbianism is unnatural and a culture being forced to us by the western countries. Anyone who believes in God can easily see through such superficial functions,” said the MP.

He appealed to parents to offer parental guidance to their children especially those joining secondary schools where such foreign sexual orientation took place in the guise of civilization.

Fr. Mburu noted that the Bible only recognised the union between a man and a woman as this was God’s way when he brought together Adam and Eve.

“Same sex marriage will only bring a curse on us that will have adverse effects on our future as a people. It’s very sad that even those advocating for this vice don’t practice nor believe in it. They are just misleading other people’s children,” he said.

He pleaded to Kenyans to dedicate this Easter Period to pray for the country otherwise such immorality will only attract the wrath of God against his people just as it was in the days of Sodom and Gomorrah.

On March 22, the Court of Appeal denied an appeal of the NGO Coordination Board that sought to deny an LGBT group’s registration.

Three judges out of five on the Court of Appeal in Mombasa dismissed the appeal and agreed with the lower court’s ruling that “ALL, including LGBT persons, should be allowed to form an organisation and that what is criminalised is the act (in the penal code) and not the person, the Kenyan.”

They said that the penal code does not criminalise the LGBT’s ability to form a group and that they have a constitutional right to freedom of association.

The Ministry of Agriculture plans to table a bill in Parliament that will bar farmers from buying or selling to unregistered dealers (brokers) with any farmer breaching this rule liable for a Sh10 million fine or be imprisoned for five years or both.

It will also be illegal to use raw animal manure to produce food crops if the Crops (Food Crops) Regulations draft Bill is passed into law.

It will also be illegal for any farmer to sell their produce away from those markets designated by county governments. They will also be barred from using fertiliser that is not on the list recommended by the county government.

“A grower shall not use raw animal manure for the production of food crops... next to sewage sites or locations with heavy metal contamination,” states 87-page document.

The bill, which is to be checked and fine-tuned by the Attorney-General, creates the position of a crop inspector who will have powers to enter any farm and search premises.

Any farmer who stops the inspector from assessing their land will be liable for imprisonment of three years or be fined Sh3 million.

The Food Authority (AFA) will be allow to randomly sample and test food crops in stores, warehouses, depots or processors. It can also destroy food products that do not conform to safety standards.

Farmers would be required to maintain records of their activities to be produced on demand.

Among the crops to be regulated are maize, barley, millet, wheat, oat, rye, triticale, grain amaranth, soya bean, pea, bean, sweet potato and cassava. The rules also affect tea and coffee.

We are once again warning Thika residents to be wary of all these "HOUSE TO LET" adverts being pinned on trees and electric posts and in the vicinity of new buildings coming up all across the town.
Some conmen have perfected the art of coning people and are now duping people with these fake adverts.
These are mostly youth, either still in college or have just completed and are hustling to eke a living. And since they know the challenges students joining colleges face in getting proper accommodation, they will trick you into believing that they are actually real estate agents, landlords, sons of landlords or caretakers of residential houses.
These people have a very good geography of the area and know almost every new building coming in the area or where there is a vacant house to let therefore anytime you call them, they will have an idea of the place and how to trick you into believing their story line.
Once you call the numbers on the advert, they at times pretend to be either the caretaker or the son of a landlord (like one who is very notorious who pretends to be the son of a bishop landlord). They will also tell you that the house in question is actually in very high demand and the and then send you very beautiful photos of houses via WhatsApp.
They will cook up a story that "in fact kuna mtu anaingia leo leo so ukitaka tushike hiyo nyumba send deposit in advance".
They at times will give you a different number to call "the landlord" so as to confirm if the purported new tenant has already vacated into the new house.
If you call the second number, the recipient (who is actually the same guy or an accomplish) will fake the accent of an old Kikuyu mzee who will give you the same story.
Once you send this cash Piuuu.... both lines go off or you get blocked and you are no longer able to reach these conmen..
Majority of the victims are usually new students in town or freshers wa town who are desperately looking for accommodation.

Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina and his Gatundu North counterpart Wanjiku Kibe join members of Kiambu County Poultry Farmers Co-operative Society in celebrating the success of their first poultry feeds production.
Poultry farmers in Kiambu County have formed a co-operative society to help them solve the challenges that have been stifling the poultry industry in the country and driving most of them into bankruptcy.

While speaking during the launch of Kiambu County Poultry Farmers Co-operative Society in Thika, founder member Zachary Waweru Munyambo said that the society was formed to address the common challenges they faced to enable them effectively compete in a market that was currently flooded with cheap poultry products.

“We saw the need to come together to enable us speak in one voice and collectively tackle our common challenges such as the high cost of production and the unavailability of ready markets to our products,” he explained.

Among the numerous challenges they faced, the farmers cited the influx of poor quality poultry feeds in the market that were sold at high prices. This they noted, affected the production and quality of their eggs and meat thus making poultry farming an uneconomical venture.

They also said that some of the ingredients used by some of these manufacturers exposed their chicken to diseases and other health complications.

“We also face a very big challenge with the middlemen who buy our eggs at throw away prices due to our vulnerability. The police and county government enforcement officers are another very big hindrance to our growth as the subject us in all manner of harassment in the guise of checking public health precautions,” explained Paul Kamau, a poultry farmer from Juja sub-county.

The farmers also cried foul about the poor services they received from the veterinary officers which at times resulted to some of them losing their entire flock of birds.

Good News.

However, barely three months after registering their association, these farmers have now started manufacturing their own chicken feeds that is retailing at Sh. 2,500 per a 70kg bag of layers mash, sh. 300 less than what the other manufacturing are selling.

They say that their feeds has improved egg production by about 1.5% and they were hopeful that with time, they will continue improving on quality and work out more cost effective measures that will eventually scale down the cost of the feeds to the bare minimum.

Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina however challenged them to think outside the box and begin their own hatcheries, feeds manufacturing plants and slaughterhouses to enable them effectively compete for the East African market.

He donated an incubator capable of hatching 1,000 chicks and promised to give them a feeds mixer once they started their own feeds manufacturing plant.

“Instead of lamenting about these challenges you are facing, you should instead view them as opportunities that call for exploitation. Don’t restrict yourselves to just poultry feeds production. Think big. Start making all animal feeds. Hatch your own chicks and even employ your own vets. This way you are guaranteed of quality and improved sales,” Wainaina challenged the farmers.

He promised to help them in the logistics necessary for the success of their business including availing funds for growth and improvement.

His Gatundu North Counterpart Wanjiku Kibe challenged the farmers to start thinking about value addition to both the poultry meat and the eggs so as to beat the market.

“This is your chance to dictate the market. Seize every business opportunity that is related to poultry farming to kick out middlemen who are currently taking advantage of your vulnerability. You can even start your own hotel to sell your value-added poultry products and also contract some farmers to grow corn for your own raw materials so as to cut production costs,” said Wanjiku.

She appealed to the Executive through the Ministries of Agriculture and Trade to cancel all permits allowing traders to import poultry produce from overseas.

“These are the people killing the poultry industry with these cheap and at times substandard products,” she said.

The driver whose bus  rammed into a stationary trailer and killed 14 people in Matuu yesterday morning has turned himself to the police.

He had disappeared into the thin air immediately after the accident that left 27 others with serious injuries.

He is set to appear in court this morning to face various charges.

Those killed include 13 adults and a child, while more than 10 others have been taken to Matuu Level Four Hospital.

According to Yatta police boss Njoroge Karanja, the accident occurred when the bus heading to Nairobi from Mandera rammed into a stationary truck.

Mandera Governor Ali Roba said the victims of the accident are set to receive support from a Sh6 million kitty set aside by his county government.

The money, being part of the county disaster fund, will assist families of the dead and 27 others who were injured.

Roba said Sh3 million will be used to support families who lost their loved ones, while the other half will cater for medical bills of the survivors.

He added that majority of the victims were residents of Mandera including his own bodygyard who was heading to Nairobi on official duty.

Isuzu East Africa and Co-operative Bank have signed a deal that will allow Kenyans make daily payments towards owning a motor vehicle.

Through this partnership, customers will get up to 95% financing to purchase the vehicle of their choice, and in addition be given a whole two months to use the vehicle before they begin repaying the loan.

The partnership will offer customers an option to repay their loans on a daily basis in the process making it one of the easiest and most affordable way to own Isuzu pickups and trucks.

This will give customers space to generate cash to service the loan, which is to be repaid over an extended period of five years every day. For those Isuzu customers who also wish to boost the working capital of their business, the company is providing an additional loan of Sh300,000 to be repaid in 12 months.

The offer comes with a comprehensive insurance package priced at 4.75% of vehicle value that includes political violence and terrorism. In addition, insurance premium finance is available to allow customers to pay insurance premiums in easy installments.

The partnership has currently financed Isuzu pickups and trucks worth Sh1.7 billion in two  months with prospects to finance more assets for SMEs.

Detectives from the Transnational Organised Crime have arrested three suspects and rescued 25 female victims of a possible human trafficking syndicate at a home in Gwa-Kairu area in Ruiru, Kiambu County.

The officers, acting on a tip off, raided the home of Nicholas Mugambi Waigwa and rescued the victims – all Burundians aged between 24 years and 33 years who were being held hostage pending transit to Asian countries.

The three suspects arrested are Mercy Kaaia, Lydia Wairimu and Susan Nyambura Ng’ang’a.

Hours of heavy rainfall that hit Thika town and its environs on Wednesday night into Thursday might have characterized the end of the dry season that has been causing so much discomfort to the residents.

The first signs of the rain were witnessed Wednesday evening when the town was treated to some light drizzles that immediately fizzled out after a few minutes. However, at around midnight, the residents welcomed heavy downpour that went through the night, only stopping some minutes past 5am on Thursday.

This break in the weather made true the weather forecasters' predictions that there would be widespread rains across several regions of the country starting from the middle of this week.

The rain drops are a sign of relief to the residents especially at a time like this when their only sources of drinking water, Rivers Chania and Thika, have completely dried up.

The rain will also soak the dust which has been choking the residents for the last few months. Just yesterday, bodaboda riders operating between the BAT junction in Makongeni and Kiganjo estate demonstrated citing the dusty road that is under construction.

The Inspector General of Police has approved The Bail and Bond Charter that stipulates that noone should be arrested, put in custody (police cells) or forced to pay cash bail if they have committed petty offences punishable by a only fine or by imprisonment for a period not exceeding six months.

This means that the police will no longer arrest anyone found drunk and disorderly, loitering, being found without national identity card which has been common with uniformed officers who conduct arbitrary swoops in a bid to extort money from innocent wananchi.

Besides freeing the petty offenders who have been turned into “petty cash” sources for some officers, the guidelines will also decongest police cells, prisons and remand institutions currently choking with such individuals — and reduce extortionist swoops.

Most traffic offenders, apart from those accused of serious offences like causing death, will either be given free bonds or released unconditionally. They will instead be informed to appear in court, on convenient dates, after being issued with free police bonds.

The new charter was developed by the Bail and Bond Implementation Committee on the request of the National Council on Administrative Justice.

In case a suspect is issued with cash bail, it shall be availed to court or refunded to the suspect in a timely and expeditious manner.

“We shall refund the full cash bail amount to you immediately if no charge is preferred against you, or surrender to you in court upon your first court appearance,” Clause 7 of the charter reads.

The MD Kevian Limited Kimani Rugendo (centre) takes the German Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Dr. Gerd Muller through the stages of fruit juice production during a tour of the German delegation to the company in 2017.

Thika-based Kevian Kenya Limited has now ventured into the production of energy drinks.

The producer of Afia and Pick N’ Peel juice brands will now be producing three variants of its new ‘Afia Energy Drink’; apple, classic and strawberry flavours to compete with RedBull from Australia and America’s Monster Energy.

The company’s Managing Director Kimani Rugendo says that a can will retail at Sh120.

“The market response has been very inspiring for the few weeks the new product has been in the market. Our end-game has been on quality, accessibility and affordability,” said Rugendo.

Following support of the German Investment Corporation, Kevian, which also has a plant in Nairobi, has ventured into production of non-alcoholic malt drinks, tomato sauce and ready-to-drink coffee.

The new production line is expected to create about two hundred new jobs both directly and indirectly.

UWEZO Fund and all other government affirmative action funds will no longer extend loans to groups whose objective is social welfare.

Speaking during a sensitisation workshop for chairpersons of all the self-help groups within Thika East and Thika West sub counties at Thika High School Chapel Hall on Tuesday, Officer In-Charge of the Thika Women Enterprise Fund Mr. Samuel Thuo said that the government had reviewed its policy to only finance group projects, especially those aligned to the BIG 4 Agenda.

Thuo noted that even though the repayment rate in Thika was very successful, majority of these groups could not show anything tangible for all the monies they had received over the years.

“Our repayment rate is about 103% but the situation on the ground does not reflect the amount of money that these groups have received over the years. Most of them borrow for Merry-go-rounds and for table banking, activities that rarely improve their standards of lives,” he explained.

He told the participants that going forward, the prime qualification for any financing by the Women Enterprise Fund, Uwezo and Youth Funds will strictly be project-based and the beneficially have to show what they are doing with the money.

“I challenge you to change your mindset and begin viewing yourselves as entrepreneurs. Those who have kept their saving in bank account should use the same to start income generating projects which will attract funding from the umbrella fund that will constitute the three previous funds,” he said.

He also set out a warning that groups that have previously defaulted their loan repayment have been blacklisted and will not qualify for any financing in the new arrangement before clearing their loan arrears.

Thika Town MP Eng. Patrick Wainaina appealed to his constituents to avoid being carried away by the current wave of negative politics in the country but instead focus their minds on other constructive activities that would improve their lives.

“There is a lot of negative energy across the country that does not really help anyone. Leave those who want to play politics to do so but let us, as Thika people, concentrate on the kind of activities that will uplift our standards of living,” he told the over 100 participants.

He encouraged them to develop and nurture a culture of saving and use these savings only for investments for this was their only way to unwind themselves from the yokes of poverty.

He promised, through Jungle Foundation, to supplement the government’s efforts by funding more and more groups as he geared towards reviving Thika’s mantle of being the country’s business and industrial hub.

Some residents share dirty water trapped in a pan at River Ndarugo with their livestock on Monday morning  (left) as their colleagues stare at a dry river bed as a result of large-scale irrigation upstream(right).
Some quick intervention from the office of the Thika Town MP, Eng. Patrick Wainaina, prevented a bloody conflict between the residents of Munyu and Komo areas on one side and some thriving irrigation farm owners who had blocked River Ndarugu upstream, leaving the residents without water for more than a month.

Armed with crude weapons, more than 100 residents travelled for more than 10 kilometers to Juja Farm, Ndarugu and Nyacaba areas in Juja Constituency forcefully unblocking sections of the river where these farmers had diverted the water into their farms.

In total, they unblocked about six water points that had completely cut off the water flow, leaving the areas downstream without even a drop of water.

At one point, one of the farmers had completely blocked the river with very huge boulders which neighbours claimer were deposited on the course of the river using trucks and bulldozers. It took the effort of more than 30 youth to at least remove a few rocks in order to allow the water to flow downstream.

The residents trying to remove huge boulders that had been deposited into River Ndarugu to block the course of the river and enable one of the farmers irrigate his farm.

In another spot, the ungrateful farmers had clogged the free outlet at a water point left for water flow especially during the dry seasons with stones and about a hundred sacks filled with sand, leaving not even a drop flowing downstream.

Contrary to the scenes downstream where we witnessed people sharing dirty water with livestock,  areas upstream were green and full of life with farmers owning over a hundred acres of land engaging in large-scale irrigation farming.

One farmer in particular was said to be the biggest supplier of tomatoes in Githurai market with another one supplying trucks of cabbages and other vegetables to the same market and Marikiti Market in Nairobi.

One of the farmers in Ndarugu area forced to unblock River Ndarugu to allow water flow downstream.

The residents of Komo, Githima, Munyu, parts of Gatuanyaga and Magana areas lamented that ever since these farmers blocked the water upstream, life has been so unbearable especially to nursing mothers and those who reared poultry and other livestock.

“Ever since our people were settled in Munyu village in 1968, Ndarugu River has never dried up and has been always our source of water even during the dry season. Now these people have blocked all the water just to earn millions at the expense of the lives of all the people living downstream,” lamented Joseph Kiboro, a resident of Munyu.

The residents accused the Juja farm chief of colluding with these farmers, allowing them block the water and intimidating anyone who threatened to interrupt with these farming activities.

Some of the irrigation activities at one of these farms and bumper harvest being packed for the market.

They said that life downstream was a living hell as they were now being forced share unclean water remaining at few water pans on the riverbed with animals, exposing them to an outbreak of waterborne diseases.

“To get a jerry can of clean drinking water now is costing us between sh. 70 and 100 as it has to be collected from as far as Muguga and Makongeni areas. This is way beyond the reach of most of us here who are merely casual workers in quarries and institutions around here,” explained Rose Ndinda who was born in Munyu in 1960.

Ndinda said that she has never experienced a situation like the one they were in ever since she was born.

“It is rather unfortunate that even after our MP (Eng. Wainaina) donated a water pump to help us draw water from the river, we still cannot access the precious commodity due to the actions of a few greedy people who have blocked this water upstream,” she added.

The residents unclog one of the water points that had completely locked out the flow of water downstream at River Ndarugu.

The Personal Assistant to the area MP John Mwangi Njuguna and the MP’s legal Advisor Chege Gathu who represented the MP said that the residents called   them seeking solution to their problem and after learning of the tension in the areas affected, they decided to respond immediately just to quell any possible skirmishes or damage of property.

Otherwise, they supported the residents’ resolve to unblock the water saying that it was illegal for anyone to block river water for their own individual use without considering the fate of those living downstream.

After more than eight hours of toiling, the residents went home happy as the water streamed downstream with velocity, a sign that their hard times were over.

The Kenya Dairy Board has suspended the proposed draft dairy Bill 2019 after it generated so much heat in the country.

In a notice to the press by KDB Managing Director Margaret Kibogy said that they have reached that decision “to allow for consultations and wider public participation.”

The decision was reached after eight hours of closed door meeting by KDB officials at their NSSF Building offices in Nairobi.

“It is noted that some comments made through various media outlets are misinterpretations of facts and intentions of the regulations. We wish to inform stakeholders that the processing of the regulations has been suspended to allow for consultations,” Ms Kibogy said.

The suspension is good news to many small scale dairy farmers who had claimed that the proposed rules were aimed at eroding the gains they had made in the sector over the years.

Executive Director of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) Mr. Mithika Mwendwa addressing the media during Africa Climate Week that took place at Accra International Conference Centre in Accra / Ghana. 
Kenya as a country has been named as one that has the best policy on climate change which are not implemented, hence its people continue to die of starvation, a case study in Turkana County.

Speaking at the Africa Climate Week Conference held in Accra – Ghana, Executive Director of the Pan African Climate Justice Alliance (PACJA) Mr. Mithika Mwendwa said its saddening for Africa in general to having not realized the effects of climate change at this level.

Mwendwa who was named among the “World’s 100 most influential people in Climate Change Policy 2019” on Wednesday, said the starvation that is facing Turkana County residents could have been easily eluded at if only the government implemented the climate change policy, Act 2016.

He sais that African continent accounts for very minimal emissions in the atmosphere that are most impacted.

He called for the industrial countries who release a lot of emissions to the air to do the most at their domestic levels.

Mithika contradicts the conference’s declaration of creating carbon zincs in Africa will not help if the countries will not own up the problem, which he said was agreed even at the Qiotal protocol and the Paris agreement.

He said that the carbon market collapsed long time ago due to this emission and so it must be produced in massive sales for all the communities to benefit.

Mithika regrets that the best climate change policy in Kenya has been lauded by all African countries yet no action has been done to help Kenyans in terms of climate change.

He reveals that Kenya has been getting a lot of money in climate finance but the money has never been accounted for, an issue that has not being going well between governments and civil societies.

On his being name being global recognition, Mithika terms it as a phenomenon recognition and gives thanks to all stakeholders.

However, he is concerned that out of 100, only 6 Africans has been recognized terming it as a disproportionate of participation of all the work that has been done on climate change, leading to 
Africa lagging behind in financing on climate change matters.

On his part, ECOWAS Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (ECREE) Executive Director Mr. Mahama Kappiar, said it has been hard for most African countries to implement their policy despite having formulated it.

He however calls for Africa to invest much on promotion of renewable energy and energy efficiency projects which are pet subjects for World Bank and other international banks that are willing to fund Africa for.

Kappiah noted that over 1.3 billion people in the world are yet to get connected to affordable and efficient power where 700 million come from Africa continent.

He encouraged Africa to focus on renewable energy for the 700 million people remaining to be connected with electricity, adding that 80 percent of Africans rely on traditional cooking methods that are hazardous to both health and environment.

Kappiah said that in a bid to achieve Africa’s targets to get everybody connected to efficient and affordable power supply, ECREE has come up with two ways; Solar kits to supply 10 million 

Africans funded by world bank and has mobilized 4000 mini grids in terms of hydro power to get to Africans.

He cautions Africa against using the traditional methods of cooking saying that the rate of harvesting forests is far ahead of regeneration process, leading to deforestation. He terms financing of African projects as the main challenge.

Mount Kenya University will this weekend be the anchor sponsor of The 2019 Ruiru Sports Club Chairman’s Prize tournament at the club in Kiambu County.

Recent winners led by Patrick Miitii and Dominic Mathu will lead the charge during the tournament that has attracted over 250 golfers.

 The 2019 Ruiru Sports Club Chairman’s Prize will be the highlight of golfing action this weekend.

A huge field of golfers has been drawn for the Engineer James Muraguri tournament tomorrow as his one-year term comes to an end at the Thika-Road based Club.

Mount Kenya University is the anchor sponsor of the event that has attracted other brands such as regional lender KCB Bank, events firm PSAV Audio Visual and Swahili Beach Hotel among others.

In a signature gesture, MKU will use the event to announce its partial sponsorship towards the course irrigation project that the club has embarked on. The institution is expected to help the complete the project that is meant to raise the club’s profile as a championship course.

Golf captain Peter Mwaura, who has kicked off his second one-year term, said over 250 golfers are lined up for the tourney. This comes at the back of the highly successful Captain’s and Lady Captain’s tournaments hosted within this month.

The competition will draw in over 10 pros, five juniors, 70 caddies and 200 amateurs, heightening the run for the top honours.

Recent winners led by Patrick Miitii and Dominic Mathu will lead the charge for the over 30 categories of prizes. The special prizes include the Media, Clergy, Reciprocating Clubs and Detour Golfers.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has offered a cash reward to any member of public who will assist with information leading to the dismantling and arrest of the cartels at the county land rates department.
On a social media post on Friday, Sonko said that the department was riddled in conspiracy to deny the county revenue by tampering with land rates records at a fee.
“The same applies to the cash office where one Cooperative Bank banking slip receipt is used to issue multiple licenses to the public,” he wrote.
This, he said was in line with his quest to rid off corruption practices at the devolved unit.
The governor was reacting to reports of the arrest of five county employees nabbed taking bribes from the members of public in Mowlem yesterday.

The five officers are;- Paul Odera Jabuya, Jane Wamarwa Wachina, Cecilia S. Mwashigadi, Stephen Anjawa Onyango and Onesmus Cheruiyot Kirui.
He requested Nairobians to report all corruption related cases by texting to 0722886600, 0738 886 600 or 0739 555 555 or by calling 0730 997 000 or 0709 781 000.
“You can also send recorded clips of any county officer asking for bribes to the same numbers.” 

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday deactivated all his social media accounts minutes after he posted on corruption while in Namibia.

Hawk-eyed netizens noticed this new developments and questioned why.

“Sorry, that page doesn’t exist! You can search Twitter using the search box below or return to the homepage,” read his Twitter page.

A moment later, his Chief Of Staff, Nzioka Waita, wrote on his Twitter account: -

“On account of unauthorized access to the official social media handles of H.E the President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta .All official social media handles for the President have been temporarily suspended to allow for the necessary remedial measures to be undertaken.”

“It seems the President’s stand on corruption has generated all manner of reactions,” he continued.

Business at the Kiambu County Assembly was interrupted on Thursday afternoon when Members of the County Assembly (MCAs) turned the chambers into a combat zone.

Two warring factions clashed over a proposal to reconstitute the Finance Committee and increase the county’s recurrent expenditure by Ksh.1.2 billion in the 2019 supplementary budget.

Hell broke loose immediately after Kiuu MCA Daniel Ngugi, who is the chairman of the Adhoc Committee on Finance, tabled the supplementary budget bill for debate.

A section of the members protested the move, accusing Speaker Stephen Ndichu of sneaking the bill through the backdoor without following the house Standing Orders.

The MCAs in the Budget and Finance committee questioned why the committee was split in a hurry. The committee had presented a report on the executive's spending. The report said money was misappropriated and the county Finance chief and the Finance executive had failed to honour summons to explain.

“The Speaker is allowing breaking of house rules to introduce a document which has not followed proper procedures and we cannot allow that. We read a sinister motive of passing a document that has misappropriation of public funds,” said Kihara MCA Kabau Muthondu.

Limuru East MCA Peter Ngige, who was the Budget and Finance committee chair, accused the speaker of colluding with a section of MCAs to have the committee split “so it can be replaced by more friendly members who will not ask the executive questions on spending of money, and pass the supplementary budget bill with ease.”

The speaker was forced to adjourn the session after his efforts to bring the house to order failed, prompting the intervention of sergeants at arms.

For more than 20 minutes, MCAs from opposing camps exchanged blows, turning the assembly into a war zone. Bottles of water were thrown across the assembly floor and water poured on the seats.

Following the standoff four MCAs representing Ndenderu, Sigona, Ndeiya and Ikinu were suspended for three house sittings.

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