David Murathe resigns as Vice-chairman of the Jubilee party for the fifth time. Kenyans hoping that president Uhuru Kenyatta will accept his resignation this time round.
On a post seen trending on Twitter,Murathe postedas I quote “I’m now a free man. I have quit my position so that I can have enough time to move to court and block William Ruto from ascending to presidency. We shall not handover power to a thief. We can’t.” ~ David Murathe
After chest thumping, “We will kick them out of Jubilee party” David Murathe tenders resignation letter as Jubilee vice-chair. This comes after his security was withdrawn and chased from State house, days after Jubilee Party lost in by-elections. Power is temporary
The 5 Judges of the High Court rules that BBI is Unconstitutional. Judges unanimously say that the BBI process is unconstitutional, null, and void. Kenyans are excited about the high court ruling today on BBI.
Court rules that a sitting President can’t initiate popular initiative constitutional amendments. BBI taskforce was a presidential taskforce and not the people’s initiative. Judges say that the BBI steering committee is an unconstitutional body.
The High Court has ruled that Mr. President Uhuru Kenyatta is PERSONALLY responsible for ALL public funds he wasted during the illegal BBI process!
How BBI Reggae died a natural death
The BBI Reggae has died a natural death following the High Court judgment on the BBI Bill. Below are the 10 unconstitutional actions that led to the fall of the BBI Bill.
The president, government, or any state organ cannot initiate a popular initiative to amend the Constitution.
The Constitution of Kenya (Amendment) Bill, 2020 was initiated by the President.
The BBi Steering Committee was an unconstitutional outfit.
The BBI Steering Committee did not avail adequate copies of the Bill to the public.
The attempt to distribute Constituencies in the BBI Bill is unconstitutional.
IEBC was under obligation to make sure there’s proper public participation.
Owing to how the BBI process was structured and conducted, there’s nothing legitimate that can come out of it.
No evidence the BBI Steering Committee used public funds but the Auditor General can audit.
The President overstretched his powers by proposing amendments outside his clear mandate.
Amendments in the constitutional Bill should be subjected to a referendum and voted on separately.
DP William Ruto Celebrates the Fall of BBI after High Court JudgEs say BBI is Unconstitutional
As seen on Twitter, Kenyans are very happy and expressing their happiness after the High Court Judges say BBI is not constitutional. The Deputy President of Kenya Dr. William Ruto was not left behind. He wrote on his Twitter Page as I quote “There is GOD in heaven who loves Kenya immeasurably. May GOD’S name be PRAISED forever.”
China wants to punish Kenya with Coronavirus for acquiring at least $9.8 billion between 2006 and 2017, making it Africa’s third-largest recipient of Chinese loans, according to the Economist. Kenya’s total public debt is currently around $60 billion, or 61 percent of the GDP.
As Kenya’s Jubilee government trumpets the opening of its new, Chinese-built train line to the Rift Valley, critics say the railway serves little purpose and is plunging Kenya into massive debt. It’s been lampooned as the railroad to nowhere – 120 km (75 miles) of gleaming new railway tracks that snake from the capital city Nairobi, climb the trenches and escarpments of the Central Rift Valley to stop dead at a remote village. And now China wants to punish Kenya with Coronavirus.
SGR from Mombasa to Nairobi fails to generate profit, calling for Coronavirus punishment
The poor performance of the Mombasa to Nairobi line makes it evident Kenya “is already struggling with the SGR,” he told DW.
The railway has had difficulty attracting cargo because it is more expensive than hauling freight by road. Reuters puts the cost of trucking a container from Mombasa to Nairobi at about KSh. 80,608 , whereas the railway costs KSh. 110,836 – mainly due to extra charges for moving goods from the inland depot in Nairobi.
As a result, the SGR is moving less than half of the freight it needs to carry per year to make it profitable. In its first full year of cargo operations (to May 2019), it generated $57 million in sales, far below the annual operating costs of Ksh. 12,091,200,000 and much lower than original projections, according Kenya’s Business Daily news site.
There is one bright spot: the Mombasa-Nairobi line has proved a hit with travelers because of its speed and comfort. The smooth train journey takes around 4.5 hours compared what can be a 12-hour, bone-rattling trip by road.
But the passenger service only runs twice a day, and generated less than Ksh. 1.7 billion in sales – a small figure compared to what cargo is bringing in. Or as the Economist magazine succinctly puts it: “Shuttling passengers is not what the new line was built for.”
Concerns about the SGR’s viability are compounded by the massive Six trillion and forty-five billion six hundred million Kenyan Shillings, loans that Kenya, East Africa’s biggest economy, took out with China’s Exim Bank to fund them.
And they’re not Kenya’s only infrastructure loans form China. The country has acquired at least $9.8 billion between 2006 and 2017, making it Africa’s third-largest recipient of Chinese loans, according to the Economist.
Kenya’s total public debt is currently around $60 billion, or 61 percent of the GDP. In other words, it owes more than half the value of its economic output.
World Bank economist Peter Chacha recently warn Kenya against piling up more debt than it can repay.
“It is important that future debt management adopt measures to ensure debt is not accelerating,” he told The East African.