UDA chairperson, Johnstone Muthama, has broken his silence after he missed out in the cabinet line-up unveiled by President William Ruto on Tuesday September 27, 2022.
Muthama was William Ruto’s point person in the larger Ukambani region but wasn’t among those nominated to the Cabinet.
Ukambani had three nominees who featured in the Ruto’s first cabinet.
Former Machakos Governor Dr. Alfred Mutua, was named foreign affairs Cabinet Secretary while former Kitui deputy governor Penninah Malonza was nominated for tourism sector.
Former Energy cabinet secretary Monica Juma, was retained as a national security advisor, are the three nominees from the Ukambani region.
With many Kenyans wondering why Muthama missed a slot, he has finally spoken and congratulated Ruto for unveiling his cabinet, which he said is full of competent men and women.
“I want to thank and congratulate President William Ruto for establishing a competent and fair-minded government for Kenya.
“We are confident that these ladies and gentlemen will keep our election pledge to the people of Kenya,” Muthama’s statement on social media read.
See what Kenyans on Twitter popularly known as KOT said;
Looking for Johnstone Muthama in Cabinet Secretaries list! Kwani Kunaenda aje! Alah. Muthama deserves an appointment.
— Makau F. Muli 🇰🇪 (@MakauWaMuli) September 27, 2022
Next appointments will include Johnstone Muthama,Cleophas Malala,Millicent Omanga,Charles Keter,Hassan Omar etc.
Political rejects will be rewarded
— Kinara (@Kinara45) September 27, 2022
What happened to early bird loyalists such as Johnstone Muthama and Victor Munyaka( former MP for machakos town) instead of late comer Alfred Mutua and Benjamin Washiali who even didn't defend his Mumias East seat for cabinet slot and Josphat Nanok?
— Patrick Nganga (@ngangapatrick30) September 28, 2022
Alfred Mutua sneaked in late and stole Johnstone Muthama's spot.
— TJ (@VallarMorrgulis) September 27, 2022
Meanwhile, Ezekiel Machogu could be another man to watch in President William Ruto’s Administration following his appointment as Cabinet for Education.
Machogu becomes the third individual from the larger Gusii Region to be appointed to the Education Docket which is one of the most powerful dockets in Government.
Machogu unsuccessfully vied for the Kisii Governor seat on the UDA party ticket where he lost to ODM’s Simba Arati.
He mounted a spirited campaign for his bid and that of President Ruto despite having complained of harassment and intimidation from state agencies.
During his tenure as MP Nyaribari Masaba (2017-2022), Machogu was credited for having funded several schools in his Constituency to completion.
The Education Docket nominee takes over the Ministry at a time when the Country is facing a defining moment in the implementation of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC).
After being sworn in President Ruto said he will put in place a task force to collect views from Kenyans and all education stakeholders on the way forward. His sentiments came after an outcry from parents and other education stakeholders on how CBC was being implemented.
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.