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What’s Sabina Chege’s leadership position in the National Assembly?

Jubilee faction allied to Eala MP Kanini Kega and nominated MP Sabina Chege got a shot in the arm after National Assembly Speaker said she cannot be removed from her position as Minority Whip over a technicality committed by the opposition coalition (Standard, May 5, p.8). National Assembly Speaker Moses Wetang’ula will rule today whether nominated MP Sabina Chege will continue to be deputy minority whip (People Daily, May 4, p.2). So, is Sabina Minority Whip or Deputy Minority Whip? National Assembly Minority Leader is Opiyo Wandayi. Sabina is the deputy.

 Hundreds of parishioners of New Life Prayer Centre and Church yesterday broke into celebrations after their embattled pastor Ezekiel Odero, defending himself after being linked to deaths in Shakahola, was released on Sh1.5 million cash bail (Standard, May 5, p.3). Pastor Ezekiel’s followers are called “parishioners”. Is that church a “parish”? How?

 Ruto’s university funding shocker (Standard, May 4, p.1). Intro: It is a major win for students from poor households whose parents struggle to pay fees in primary and secondary schools as the government creates a path for free university education. So, how is this “university funding shocker”? Under the new plan, students assessed to be “vulnerable” and “extremely poor” will be fully funded. Those categorised as “needy” and “less needy” will get partial scholarships and apply for Helb loans. Shocker?

Closing ranks (Nation banner, May 4, p.1). Ruto, Raila men close ranks on PM, Leader of Opposition offices (Star, May 4, p.7). Scribes see the same thing – on a good day.

The government and opposition have struck a compromise to revive stalled bipartisan talks and avert protests planned for today, even as the factions separately closed ranks on contentious proposals (Nation, May 4, p.4). The factions (government and opposition) can’t close ranks (unite, work together) “separately”, come on. What was being said here?

The National Assembly would require a supermajority to stop monthly pension and other benefits enjoyed by former President Uhuru Kenyatta for engaging in active politics after his retirement (Nation, May 4, p.5). Is it the National Assembly that is trying to stop Uhuru’s pension? Nah. It is Kenya Kwanza coalition that requires a supermajority after Uhuru’s MP Gabriel Kagombe (Gatundu South, UDA) filed a motion to stop the pension. See the confusion?

 The chances of getting to the bottom of the death of former Catholic priest Fr John Kaiser has [have] gotten slimmer with the death of former government pathologist Alex Olumbe (Star, May 3, p.3). Three points, one, Fr Kaiser died a Catholic priest, he hadn’t quit to become “former”. Two, he died 22 years ago and the case of his murder is no longer active. And three, the death of a former government pathologist who first conducted an autopsy on Kaiser doesn’t in any way reduce “the chances of getting to the bottom of the death”. Aje?

His brother Godfrey Indago said the man had colon cancer since 2010 but it was not clear what actually caused his death. Strange. Colon cancer doesn’t cause death, or what?

Businesses and investors could soon get some relief as the government proposes to limit the power of Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) to effect annual excise tax reviews (Nation, May 5, p.6). Are “businesses” and “investors” different groups?

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