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Mudavadi, Wetang’ula differ – Weekly Citizen

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Musalia Mudavadi (right) and Moses Wetang’ula(left) during a political rally

What exactly happened to the much publicised yet now muted proposed merger between Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress and Moses Wetang’ula’s Ford-Kenya? This is the million-dollar question that has confounded political pundits and supporters in equal measure.
This comes against a backdrop of sustained political activities in both parties, with Ford-K busy organising grassroots elections on the one hand, and ANC dogged with internal disputes bordering on rebel legislators on the other.
Weekly Citizen has established that to date, neither ANC nor Ford-K has exhaustively deliberated on the matter, notwithstanding the much-hyped plans and previous reassurances on the political union that was designed to checkmate ODM leader Raila Odinga’s gains in Western region, a supposed fortress of ANC and Ford-K.
Insiders say the merger came a cropper as soon as soon as some ANC MPs maintained that their party leader lead the merged outfit because of his seniority, a suggestion that did not augur well for Wetang’ula allies and in effect fuelling suspicion and mistrust between Mudavadi and Wetang’ula allies.
That Mudavadi and Wetang’ula carry with them fairly serious presidential ambitions cannot be gainsaid. Such are the conflicting egos attributable the new platform’s leadership and its 2022 flagbearer.
What is more the historical differences between Mudavadi’s Maragoli and Wetangula’s Bukusu sub-tribes appears to have thrown the spanner into the works, negating the much sought after attempts at secure the populous Luhya vote basket.
It is instructive to note that the Nasa fallout in the wake of Raila’s controversial swearing in and the Bungoma senator’s ouster as leader of minority late prompted Mudavadi and Wetang’ula – both co-principals in the coalition – to seek a united vehicle on their journey to 2022.
It has since emerged that William Ruto planted then Ford-K deputy party leader Boni Khalwale in a joint technical committee formed to fasttrack the merger, and which he co-chaired with ANC secretary general Barrack Muluka to play dirty.
Having failed in his mission to have Ford-K dissolved at the DP’s behest, Khalwale openly went flat out campaigning for Ruto, culminating into his recent defection to Ruto’s Tanga Tanga faction of Jubilee.

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DP William Ruto with former Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale when he defected to jubilee meeting, Malinya

Only a few weeks ago, the former Kakamega senator admitted having been approached by Ruto to work with Jubilee ahead of the repeat presidential election. Sources say Khalawe’s brief in the joint technical committee was to force through his party’s dissolution and later have the new outfit ‘auctioned’ to Ruto ahead of the 2022 general election.
Having been beaten at his game before, Mudavadi put brakes on the merger initiative, with Wetang’ula also choosing to strengthen his party at the expense of the failed political union. A report the technical committee submitted to Mudavadi and Wetang’ula to guide their respective top party organs’ decision has been gathering dust.
The report should essentially have been discussed for adoption during subsequent meetings of the top party organs held separately in Kisumu and Nakuru. While ANC MPs subbed their party leader’s Kisumu meeting with delegates cautioning Mudavadi against trusting Wetang’ula, Khalwale was being roasted at Ford-K’s convention in Nakuru for using the platform to advance his personal interests.
As things stand now, Mudavadi is busy fortifying his ANC outfit in readiness for 2022, with a host of gubernatorial, senatorial, parliamentary and county assembly hopefuls in Kakamega and Vihiga counties lining up to grab the party’s ticket when the time comes.



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Garissa unable to pay inherited bills – Weekly Citizen

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Garissa governor Ali Korane has said paying contractors with outstanding bills by the end of this month will not be possible.
Korane said his administration inherited a Sh4 billion in outstanding bills from the previous regime which is about 50pc of total budget to the county.

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The governor said that despite the huge bills that his administration inherited, there is no infrastructure on the ground to reflect the same.
Korane added that his administration had to suspend its taskforce after the government took charge of the exercise.
The governor said even if it will be established that the projects are genuine, they will have to be budgeted for again.
Korane who has time and again lamented over the huge debts his administration inherited from the previous regime urged all those with pending bills to be patient and allow his administration to verify the projects awarded.
During former governor Nathif Jama’s administration, the contractors clashed on several occasions with his administration over nonpayment of pending bills.



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Arsenal

Out

Aaron Ramsey ( Juventus ) Free, Petr Cech (Retired), Danny Welbeck (Released)

Stephan Lichtsteiner (Released), Cohen Bramall (Released), Charlie Gilmour (Released) and Julio Pleguezuelo (Released)

Aaron Ramsey agreed to join Juventus (Image: AFP)

Chelsea

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Gary Cahill (Released), Todd Kane (Released), Rob Green (Retired), Kyle Scott (Released), Eden Hazard (Real Madrid) – £90m,Ola Aina (Torino) – Undisclosed and Fankaty Dabo (Coventry) – Free

Eden Hazard gives a thumbs-up (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Leicester City

Out

Shinji Okazaki (Released) and Danny Simpson (Released)

Okazaki won the Premier League with Leicester in 2016 (

Liverpool

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Daniel Sturridge (Released), Alberto Moreno (Released ), Adam Bogdan (Released) and Connor Randall (Released)

Sturridge celebrates Champions League victory (Image: PA)

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Manchester City

Out

Vincent Kompany (Anderlecht) – Free, Patrick Roberts (Norwich) – Loan, Tom Dele-Bashiru (Released) and Aaron Nemane (Released)

Vincent Kompany has become player-manager of Anderlecht (Image: NurPhoto via Getty

Manchester United

In

Daniel James (Swansea)- Undisclosed

Out

Ander Herrera (Released), Antonio Valencia (Released) ,James Wilson (Released), Matthew Olosunde (Released),and Regan Poole (Released)

Ander Herrera’s contract at Manchester United has expired (Image: AFP/Getty Images)

Tottenham Hotspur

In

Kion Etete (Notts County)- Undisclosed

Out

Dylan Duncan (Released), Michel Vorm (Released), Charlie Freeman (Released),Tom Glover (Released), Connor Ogilvie (Released), andJamie Reynolds (Released)

Wolverhampton Wanderers

In

Raul Jimenez (Benfica) – Undisclosed andHong (Yeovil Town)  – Undisclosed

Out

Ethan Ebanks-Landell (Shrewsbury Town) – Undisclosed ,Joe Mason (MK Dons) – Free Michal Zyro (Released) Carlos Heredia (Released) Ben Goodliffe (Released) Aaron Hayden (Released) Diego Lattie (Released) Enzo Sauvage (Released) and Christian Herc (Viktoria Plzen)- Loan.



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Newly released Sony Xperia 1 smartphone breathtaking – Weekly Citizen

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The Sony Xperia 1 is a solid improvement on most of Sony’s recent smartphones – it has a few mis-steps and annoyances, but it’ll be of  interest to many. It was announced on February 25 and released in May 29.

The Xperia one also known as J9110, is a dual nano sim smartphone that stands tall above

the rest. Its signature feature is the extra-tall, 6.5-inch AMOLED display with 21:9 aspect ratio and 4K resolution. It is also the first Sony flagship phone to feature three rear cameras:12MP  super wide-angle camera, a12MP telephoto camera for zooming, and 12MPmain camera for every-day use. The powerful Snapdragon 855 ticks on the inside next to a 3330mAh battery. Its OS Android 9(pie)

The pros of this phone over others include the 6.5 inch display,high quality triple cameras, high quality audio as it has 24-bit/192kHz DAC and Dolby Atmos sound , good connectivity(LTE, Wifi 5,NFC,Bluetooth 5.0)

Other features include fingerprint side-mounted, huge 6 GB RAM, and choose between 64GB and 128GB storage expandable to 1TB via sim slot2

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The battery life is good, that is,3330 mAh(24.8h 3G talk time, its lightweight  and thin (178g), waterproof, HDR video support, Scratch-resistant glass (Corning Gorilla Glass 6), Ambient light sensor, Proximity sensor and many others.

Based on the camera properties and the video technology applied  it is worth noting that its  aimed at movie-makers, with a specific movie creation app and range of settings for optimizing viewing(Optical image stabilization, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR), Time-lapse video, Digital image stabilization, Video calling, Video sharing).

Having mentioned some features and still many more, definitely this brilliant phone has a high  price of Ksh109,000.00 online.

Overall the phone is beautifully designed , fast and of good quality.



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