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Former Cabinet Minister William Ole Ntimama is dead

Former Cabinet Minister William Ole Ntimama is dead.

Ntimama aged 86 died at his rural home in Narok on Thursday night, according to police quoting the family.

He is reported to have died peacefully in his sleep.

“It is true we can confirm that Ole Ntimama is dead,” said a senior police officer from Narok, “We were called to the home by the family and the reports we have is that he died from natural causes.”

Police said the body was transported to the Lee Funeral Home, Nairobi on Friday morning.

As a former Narok North Member of Parliament, Ntimama was an influential Maasai leader who was widely respected—having been in government and politics for long.

Among his last public appearances was at State House, Nairobi on August 9 when he led a group of Maasai leaders to join the Jubilee Party.

AG warns of possible dissolution of Parliament

Attorney General Githu Muigai is warning of a possible dissolution of Parliament for failing to adhere to orders by the Supreme Court to enact a legislation implementing the 2/3rd gender principle.

According to Githu, the legitimacy of the incoming 12th Parliament will be questionable if the gender rule is not attained.

In a letter addressed to the Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, and Speaker of the Senate, Ekwee Ethuro, the Attorney General Githu Muigai strongly recommended the two to take note of the potential risks and consequences of not implementing the 2/3rd gender principle question.

Despite the constitutional requirement to ensure gender balance in Parliament, a Bill seeking to entrench the 2/3rd principle was lost after failing to garner the requisite 233 votes in the National Assembly.

The AG also noted that “the Senate Constitution Amendment Bill by Senator Judith Sijeny of a similar intent has twice not been debated due to lack of quorum.”

The deadline for the attainment of the gender principle lapsed on August 27th and in the case of the National Assembly such a bill can only be reintroduced after six months.

Nyeri MCAs vow to impeach Governor Gachagua

Members of the Nyeri County Assembly have vowed to proceed with the impeachment motion against Governor Nderitu Gachagua today.

The MCA’s are accusing the governor of misappropriation of public funds and abuse of office following recent revelations by the controller of budget that over 800 million shillings from the last financial year cannot be accounted for.

The MCAs have also accused the governor of dictatorial leadership claiming that he has refused to be questioned over his financial improprieties.

MCA’s are also aggrieved by the Governor’s refusal to assent to the county’s 2016/2017 finance bill. They say Gachagua is using Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission officials to sabotage their efforts impeach him.

MCAs led by majority leader Duncan Gituanja said there was no backtracking on the move since they have enough grounds to impeach him.

 

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