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Supreme Court clears air on City Hall petition

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The Supreme Court on Friday clarified that the advisory opinion filed before it by the Speaker to the Nairobi County Assembly is not a bar to Governor Mike Sonko from discharging is constitutional functions.

Through the Deputy Registrar Daniel Keiwua , the court has further clarified that it hasn’t given any orders restraining the appointment of Ms Anne Kananu Mwenda as deputy governor.

In the communication sent to Sonko’s lawyer, the Chairman of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission Wafula Chebukati and the Nairobi County Assembly Clerk, Mr Keiwua said “the court has not given any directions on an advisory opinion filed by the Speaker to the Nairobi County Assembly”.

Mr Keiwua further said the advisory “does not act as a stay of any duties or obligations sought for clarification.”

“Therefore the reference filed in the Supreme Court of Kenya should not be visited upon by any party to act as a stay of their duties,” Mr Keiwua said in the correspondence dated February 7, 2020 sent to Mr Sonko’s lawyer Joseph Kiarie.

Mr Kiarie had written to the Registrar of the Supreme Court on February 3 seeking clarification whether the petition by the Speaker stopped or barred any office, commission, authorities to perform its duties as stipulated by the law.

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Mr Keiwua has said the court not made any decision about the appointment of the Deputy Speaker Ms Ann Kananu Mwenda.

The petition is slated for March 5 for further directions. The court directed all the parties to file evidence within 21 days.

In the petition. the speaker is seeking an advisory opinion from the Supreme Court regarding a lacuna in the law in the absence of both the governor and the deputy.

In a petition filed at the apex court by the assembly’s advocate John Diro, the Assembly wants the court to give direction whether there is a vacuum in the office of the governor and whether Governor Mike Sonko can appoint a deputy in the current circumstances.

This comes after the arraignment and indictment of Sonko before the anti-graft court last December.

The assembly also sought for a Constitutional interpretation on whether the speaker of the assembly can assume the office as per the law with full powers vested in the governor in the absence of both the governor and the deputy. In addition to an opinion on what happens when the speaker declines to assume the office.

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“The request is meant to seek your wise counsel on the grey areas of the law for the purpose of guiding the functioning of constitutional sphere of the devolved government.

Subsequently, the advisory opinion sought in this reference will help in establishing the jurisprudence and give clarity regarding the current unique situation facing the county of Nairobi….,” read in part, the application.

The application lists the county assembly speaker and the clerk as applicants and Nairobi County government, the attorney general and the chair of IEBC as intended interested parties.

The county government lawyers led by senior counsel Prof Tom Ojienda and lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui stated in court that there is a lacuna in the manner in which the law is being interpreted in the current scenario of Nairobi County.

Prof Ojienda said Mr Sonko “is still actively in office and the constitutionally elected Governor of Nairobi County”, however, the case by Elachi raises a very serious constitutional question “as to how the office of the governor of Nairobi County can be assumed in the absence of a sitting governor.”

“As far as we are concerned Sonko is still the Governor of Nairobi County and there is no vacancy which can be filled or assumed by the Speaker,” said Prof Ojienda.

He, nonetheless, called for the expeditious determination whether a Speaker can assume the office of the Governor in the absence of a deputy governor.

“The question for determination is how the office of the Governor Nairobi County can be assumed in the absence of a sitting governor, and whether the Speaker can assume the position of governor or whether a speaker of any other county can assume that office in the event there is no governor in office,” he said.

Prof Ojienda also said it should also be decided whether a Speaker can discharge the functions of two offices – that of the Governor and that of the Speaker simultaneously.

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¨Life had lost meaning…¨ Ben Pol narrates dark days before his son´s birth

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Bongo flava artiste, Ben Pol has spoken of days when alcoholism was the order of the day, leading a life without meaning and reckless in his ways.

The Tanzanian musician has for the first time opened up about his life battles that saw him turn to alcohol, to give him comfort and strength to push on.

During an interview with Tanzania´s Simulizi na Sauti, Ben Pol spoke of dark days before the birth of his son – which turned his life 360 degrees.

It got to a point, life lost meaning – Ben Pol

When in public, he would put on a brave face and to many, he seemed like he was living a life full of butter and milk.

But the minute he was alone, a cloud of sadness creeped into his being.

Ilifika wakati kila kitu hakina maana. Unafanya show unashangiliwa na watu wanomba kupiga picha lakini hauna vibe yoyote. Ukirudi hotelini unaweza hata ukalia. Unapigiwa simu na promoter yaani unongea naye vizuri sana mpaka kazi unapata lakini ukitulia mwenyewe, sadness moja hatari.

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He would drive back home, but under the influence of alcohol and when he arrived safely, he could not understand how that could be.

Nakumbuka nilifika kipindi nilikuwa mpaka natumia vilevi nikiwa nakunywa sana. Unajua ile unaendesha gari ile unatoka Moroko mpaka Mwenge alafu hujui umepitaje. Hukumbuki katikati na wewe ndio uliendesha gari.

It got so bad, despite owning a house at Mbezi Beach, he would instead sleep in his car, at the parking lot of malls.

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My son, Mali´s birth, gave life meaning – Ben Pol

But with his son, Mali´s birth, life became meaningful and Ben Pol had a reason to live.

Ilifika kipindi nilikuwa nimepanga nyumba nzima Mbezi Beach, lakini nilukuwa naweza park kwenye mall nikalala kwenye mall mpaka asubuhi. So Mali alipozaliwa akaleta kama nuru fulani nikaona kama kila kitu kina maana.


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‘Are you really a doctor?’ Vera Sidika’s ex, Jimmy answers fans

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Vera Sidika’s man, Jimmy Chansa is on the hot seat as Kenyan fans on his social media pages are questioning if he really is a doctor.

He was introduced to us with his title Dr. Jimmy Chansa, Vera’s new bae and the ladies on social media could not keep calm. So many of them congratulated her for the upgrade, I mean a cute, rich doctor? Definitely.

Vera Sidika and Jimmy Chansa

During his Instagram segment, ‘Ask Me A Question’ a curious fan -who seemed like s/he was Kenyan- asked him about his career schedules.

“I thought you should be in hospital saving lives.” He asked

Vera Sidika and Jimmy Chansa

He was quick to respond was short and straight to the point. Jimmy Chansa said,

saving them too😊 its just how u fix your timetable.

According to the rumors circulating on social media, it seems like the two have broken up. The first step to a break up is unfollowing each other on social media and deleting the good old times on social media memories.

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The two met in Tanzania after when she was high and she says they started talki8ng and next thing they started dating.

Jimmy Chansa replies to rumors Vera Sidika dumped him

Vera  Sidika We have so many things in common and he is the love of my life. I really do love him. We have been dating for five months now.

“When you meet someone, you feel like he is the one. It´s not a matter of time but respect and understanding. I´m 30 and I think I am ready for kids.” She said.

Fans even asked him to post pictures of him in his hospital uniform to prove manz is still a doctor. So much pressure.

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Six benefits of self-love – Evewoman

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When you encourage yourself more, you’re able to filter the things you don’t like about yourself (Photo: Shutterstock)

Having more compassion and being kinder to yourself has many benefits. It makes you radiate positivity and creates a huge impact on those around you.

ALSO READ: Best quotes on self-love you should read

There are many ways you can practice self-love including saying daily affirmations, taking care of your body, choosing to be your own cheerleader and being mindful of the people you choose to relate with.

With these small adjustments, you will reap all the wonderful benefits that come with it.

Let’s look at some of the powerful benefits of self-love you may not know about.

i. You appreciate yourself more

To be honest, there are some days you find it hard to notice anything good about yourself. You look in the mirror and criticize yourself for that small pimple or for the little extra weight gained. When you encourage yourself more, you’re able to filter the things you don’t like about yourself and focus on the things that you do. And with time, you’ll learn to appreciate your flaws too and work on them without being too hard on yourself.

ii. You’ll be better at damage control

There are times when things don’t work out the way you expect them to. It could be a time when something embarrassing happened during the day which would normally put you down. But, the power of self-love will help you forge through those tough and discouraging days while being more compassionate towards yourself. Your general attitude towards life changes because you’re now less critical of yourself.

ALSO READ: Four ways to practice self-awareness for a happier life

Self-love helps you become more purposeful while dating (Photo: Shutterstock)

iii. You realize your potential

When you practice self-love, your confidence in your abilities grows giving you that much needed push to achieve your goals. Thus, you become more productive working hard so that you can reap better results at work/school.

iv. You’re able to date confidently

Well, well, well, the experts have been right all along. You must love yourself before you can love anyone else. You can’t give what you don’t already have, right? A cycle of self-hate prevents you from choosing suitable partners and the end result is break-ups. Before you put yourself out there, you must ensure that you have healed from past trauma, hurt and pain so that you’re fully able to play your part.

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If at all you experience a break-up you’ll keep your emotions intact and avoid beating yourself up for things you have no control over.

You will stand out and others will look at you as a role model (Photo: Shutterstock)

v. You become an inspiration to others

People love to emulate those who love themselves. One who practices self-love is more confident, focussed and happily living their best life. With majority of society looking for validation elsewhere apart from themselves, the person who practices self-love is self-assured and self-accepting. These are traits that will make you stand out and others will look at you as a role model.

ALSO READ: Five ways social media makes you lack self-love

vi. You’ll notice the toxic people in your life

Setting healthy boundaries when dealing with people is an essential part of self-love. Your eyes are open and you start to realize your true value. People who struggle with self-love often keep toxic company around them to fill a void. The deep fear of being alone or not feeling worthy of love can make you look for it in all the wrong places. Instead, self-love inspires you to see your worth and have the courage to burn some bridges or walk away from harmful relationships if you need to. And if you ask me, this is one of the best gifts you can ever give yourself.

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