Raila Odinga junior has congratulated her sister for winning EALA legislative seat.
Odinga took it to twitter to applaud her sister Winnie Odinga who together with Kalonzo son Kennedy Kalonzo won EALA MP seats.
Congratulations to my sister Hon. Winnie Irmgard Odinga as the new EALA MP representing Kenya Hongera 👏🏾 👏🏾 👏🏾 pic.twitter.com/zfHZM6goyI
— Raila Odinga Junior (@Railajunior) November 17, 2022
Kalonzo bagged 262 votes followed by Winnie Odinga who garnered 247 votes.
National Assembly completed the election exercise of Kenya’s representatives to the East Africa Legislative Assembly on November 17, 2022.
Azimio La Umoja will now be represented by Kennedy Kalonzo, Winnie Odinga, Former Kieni MP Kanini Kega and businessman Suleiman Shahbal.
Kanini Kega got 197 votes.
Former Nominated MP David Sankok and Former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar have been elected to the East African Legislative Assembly on the Kenya Kwanza camp.
The coalition was allocated five slots.
Omar garnered 253 votes, leading the race in the Kenya Kwanza camp.
Sankok followed closely and managed a total number of 223 votes.
Others are Kering Zipporah, Mwangi Maina and Iman Falhada.
Kenya Kwanza has taken Hassan Omar, Kering Zipporah, David Sankok, Mwangi Maina and Iman Falhada to EALA.
EALA Elections Act, 2011 provides that a new assembly is elected within 90 days before the expiry of the term of the subsisting assembly.
Prices of These Commodities Dropped in November
A report by the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) on the state of the consumer economy has revealed that the cost of living slightly eased in November.
KNBS, on Wednesday, November 30 placed the inflation rate at 9.5 per cent, a 0.1 per cent drop from the previous month of October.
Among the factors that contributed to the slight dip was the reduction in the cost of basic commodities. Cooking oil, recorded an average drop of Ksh21.93 per litre.
“During the same period, prices of cooking oil (salad), tomatoes and fortified maize flour dropped by 6.0, 2.2, and 1.0 per cent, respectively.
“The month-to-month Food and Non-Alcoholic Beverages Index increased by 0.6,” the statement read in part.
The cost of maize flour dropped by Ksh1.83 per two-kilogram packet while the same unit of tomatoes cost Ksh1.98 less.
Some of the non-food commodities whose prices dropped include the electricity bought on a small scale (Ksh46.48 per 50 kilowatts) and Ksh184.2 for 200 kilowatts.
The cost of fuel super petrol, diesel and kerosene also dropped by Ksh1.10, while a 13-kg cylinder of liquefied petroleum gas retailed by Ksh79 less. Commuters also paid less for their travel, according to the Bureau.
Kenyans coughed up more cash for rent, alcoholic beverages and fresh farm produce during the month under review. The consumer price index (CPI) increased from 127.86 to 128.31.
However, in comparison to the same period in 2021, the rate of inflation leapt by 3.7 points from 5.8 per cent.
“The rise in inflation was largely due to increase in prices of commodities under food and non-alcoholic beverages (15.4 per cent) transport (11.7 per cent) and housing, water, electricity, gas and other fuels (6.1 per cent),” KNBS disclosed
The Martyr? Preacher Jailed For 8,658 Years
A court has sentenced a televangelist, who surrounded himself with young women he referred to as his “kittens”, to 8,658 years in prison.
The court in Turkey sentenced Adnan Oktar, who has been described as a cult leader, and was convicted of sexual assault and abuse of minors.
Oktar, 66, fronted his own television channel, through which he delivered religious sermons.
He is a fierce opponent of the theory of evolution, and wrote a widely mocked book on creationism.
He was originally given a jail sentence of 1,075 years but an appeal court ordered a retrial involving 215 defendants.
Ten of them were also given 8,658 years in prison by the court in Istanbul. Many of the other defendants were given shorter terms.
Oktar and hundreds of his followers were arrested in 2018 from his home on a litany of charges, including running a criminal organisation, tax offences, sexual abuse, and counter-terrorism laws.
During his arrest, Oktar told journalists that the allegations made against him were “lies” and “a game by the British deep state”, a topic he had frequently spoken about in the past.
In January 2021 he was convicted of 10 separate charges, including leading a criminal gang, engaging in political and military espionage, sexual abuse of minors, rape, blackmail and causing torment.
He was also charged over alleged links with exiled cleric Fethullah Gulen, who the Turkish government accuses of masterminding a failed military coup in 2016 which killed 251 people and injured more than 2,000.
An upper court overturned that ruling.
Oktar’s views have earned him a degree of notoriety both in Turkey and abroad, having been arrested multiple times before 2018 and having spent time both in prison and a psychiatric unit over the years.
Multiple copies of his widely ridiculed book “the Atlas of Creation” were reportedly shipped unrequested to academics and libraries. In the book he claimed Darwin’s theory of evolution lay at the root of global terrorism.