Kibra Voters Should have last say on MP; Blame KRA for high Fuel Cost-Senators told; The Sorry State of NYS Buses

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The race to succeed Ken Okoth takes center stage in Kibra

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We are just six days into August and we can already feel the difference. The day has started with the sun smiling down on us, which is far better than the dullness and cold that was July. We hope this is a sign of better things to come.

Should leadership be hereditary? What happens in the event of a leader dying in office, like the case of Bomet Governor Joyce Laboso and Kibra MP Ken Okoth. In Bomet, the Deputy Governor -Hillary Barchok- is set to be sworn in as the governor this week. Things are a little complicated in Kibra where a by-election is on the way. There have been calls for Ken Okoth’s brother to be endorsed by ODM but is it the way to go?

Here are the top stories in Opera News:

Kibra People Must have the last say on MP

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Ken Okoth’s younger brother Imran Okoth has emerged as a favorite to take over as the next Kibra MP. The Okoth family has requested ODM leader Raila Odinga to give Imran a direct nomination, Imran was a personal assistant to the deceased and helped manage the constituency in the last two years that Ken was on his sickbed.

But whereas Imran can make a good leader, it is necessary that the people of Kibra are allowed to choose who represents them in parliament.

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Blame KRA for High Fuel Prices

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A fuel attendant at a Petrol Statio/ PHOTO COURTESY

The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority has blamed the Kenya Revenue Authority for the increase in fuel prices.

Director general Pavel Oimeke said the 5.15 percent adjustments of excise duty by the taxman led to the increase in prices witnessed last month.

“The adjustment increased the excise duty on super petrol by Sh1.02 per litre while the diesel and Kerosene increased by Sh0.53 per litre respectively,” he said.

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Auditor General Questions the Feasibility of NYS Buses

Commuters queue to board an NYS bus at Kencom bus stop.

In March 2018, the government came up with an ambitious plan to operate public service vehicles in Nairobi. The project dubbed Okoa Abiria was to serve commuters at a standard of sh20 fare. Kenyans viewed this as a game-changer in public transport.

But the Auditor General has some bad news for you. It has now emerged that only 9 out of the 27 buses that 18 out of the 27 buses have stalled since the project began. The NYS is operating only 9 buses. What is wrong with government projects?

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It is a precedent in Kenya that when a politician dies the family proposes their kin to succeed the deceased. The family of the late Kibra MP Ken Okoth wants Raila Odinga to endorse one of them for the seat, a move that has elicited mixed reactions from the public. Who do you think should have last say on Okoth’s successor? Give us your views in the comment section

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