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January 21, 2019

Kuria stopped from resigning, Sonko's mess exposed, unacceptable disco matanga: Your Breakfast Briefing

Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria addressing the press at Parliament Buildings yesterday. /JACK OWUOR
Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria addressing the press at Parliament Buildings yesterday. /JACK OWUOR

Good Morning.

Twenty acres of the Mama Ngina Water Front Park in Mombasa have been grabbed, National Land Commission chairman Mohammed Swazuri disclosed on Thursday.

The acreage of parcel set aside by the government in the 1970s was 26, according to documents at the Ministry of Lands and the National Land Commission.

Swazuri told journalists in Mombasa that 13 private entities and individuals were irregularly allocated the 20 acres between 1985 and 2012.

Here are the stories making headlines in the Star this Friday morning.

Murathe, Njee stopped Kuria from quitting 

Close confidants of President Uhuru Kenyatta stopped Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria from quitting yesterday before he could deliver a resignation letter to National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi.

Kuria, according to multiple sources close to him, had decided to resign following the backlash against his remarks that President Kenyatta was taking development to opposition areas, excluding Central.

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Sonko's City Hall theatrics exposed

Governor Mike Sonko appears popular in Nairobi but his antics belie a critical management crisis in one of the world’s most important cities.

Many stories have been told about Sonko’s chaotic administration at City Hall but it is only now that Nairobi residents – and all Kenyans – can have a clear picture of the mess.

Former county Education executive Janet Ouko painted the picture in an exclusive interview with the Star yesterday. 

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Raila is a serial divider turning Uhuru against Ruto - Ngunjiri

Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri burst into the limelight after taking President Uhuru Kenyatta’s ‘washenzi’ slur personally.

Thought to be in hiding as police sought him, he has come out to deny claims he was being sponsored by Deputy President William Ruto.

In a tell-all interview with the Star, he said the President has substituted his assistant with Nasa leader Raila Odinga, warning him that ‘people are watching’.

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Teenagers turn disco matangas to Kilifi’s Sodom and Gomorrah

Introduced to offer consolation and raise funds for a bereaved family, disco matangas have turned to the ‘Sodom and Gomorrah’ of Kilifi.

The night vigil, also known as usiniriche from the popular Mijikenda gospel song Usiniriche by Dickson Nyamawi, has greatly been abused.

Education stakeholders and area leaders say disco matangas have done more harm than good. Today teenagers dominate these night vigils. 

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Families in Kayole seeking compensation after demolition of houses

Families whose houses were demolished at Nyama Villa estate in Kayole have sued Muthithi Investments Limited for compensation.

Through lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, the families claim Muthithi invaded their properties without giving them an opportunity to salvage valuables.

They said the demolitions left them homeless.

In an affidavit filed at the High Court, the families said they were entitled to reasonable notice before the eviction was carried out. 

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