Dear Editor,The life of the National Assembly ended on September 18, 2019, as a result of the non-extension of its life by a two-thirds vote as required by the Constitution for such extended period as determined by the National Assembly.Given the passage of the no-confidence vote in the Government on December 21, 2018, notwithstanding the frivolous appeal challenges in court on the validity of the no-confidence vote, the no-confidence vote was affirmed by the Chief Justice in the High Court earlier, and by the Caribbean Court of Justice (CCJ) on June 18, 2019, when the 90-day clock started to tick again for the life of the Government until September 18, 2019. These 90 days between June 18 and September 18, 2019, provided more than adequate time for President Granger and the Leader of the Opposition to confer in good faith consultations and negotiate a mutually agreed solution to avoid this constitutional crisis in the national interest.There was no constitutional extension by September 18, 2019. As a consequence, the National Assembly, the Cabinet, Offices of the Speaker and Leader of the Opposition are constitutionally dead and cannot be resurrected. The survivor is the caretaker President to proclaim a date for election and dissolve the National Assembly, but since the National Assembly is dead, there is no need for any dissolution. The constitutionally dead National Assembly cannot be called and convened into session on October 10, 2019The 90 days also between June 18 and September 18, 2019, was a reasonable constitutional time limit for GECOM to conduct the elections. In fact, the notice for elections was given since December 21, 2018, when the No-Confidence Motion was passed by the National Assembly.We now have to endure the shame of this constitutional crisis until free and fair elections are held and a new Government is elected, and this should be before December 21, 2019.Yours faithfully,Joshua Singh
Thika United merely survived the axe last season after beating Ushuru FC 1-0 in the relegation and promotion play-off, but their lack after flirting with the chop for the last two seasons seems to have run out.Nonetheless, Chemelil still remains in danger as the 16th spot they occupy is not a safe zone. If they finish in that slot, they will have to face the third placed team from the National Super League (NSL) in the relegation and promotion play-off.With two rounds of matches remaining, seven teams are in danger of slipping to the 16th spot hole. Sony Sugar (10), Zoo Kericho (11), Nzoia Sugar (12) Vihiga United (13), Posta Rangers (14) and Nakumatt (15) are all still mathematically within chop range.Sony, Zoo, Nzoia, Vihiga and Posta Rangers will however save themselves with a point in their next matches. Nakumatt who are on 36 points, one behind Chemelil will need to gather fight and win both their remaining games to assure themselves of safety.Nakumatt faces Sofapaka and Vihiga United in their final two games of the season while Chemelil has a home tie against Vihiga United and an away trip against Kariobangi Sharks for their final game of the season.0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Thika United’s Hansel Ochieng vies for the ball with Wazito FC’s Emmanuel Tienan during their Kenyan Premier League 1-0 win over Wazito FC at Camp Toyoyo on May 6, 2018. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluNAIROBI, Kenya, Sep 27 – Clifford Omondi struck the lone goal in the 37th minute as Chemelil Sugar beat Thika United 1-0 at the Thika Sub County Stadium on Thursday afternoon to officially relegate their hosts as well as Wazito FC from the Kenyan Premier League (KPL). The result took Chemelil to 35 points meaning bottom side Thika who are on 23 and Wazito who are on 28 cannot mathematically bridge the difference between them and 16th spot and therefore earn the automatic relegation axe.
1 Martin Skrtel is leaving Liverpool for Fenerbahce After eight years on Merseyside, Liverpool defender Martin Skrtel is leaving the club to join Fenerbahce in Turkey.The Slovakian centre back has played 242 times for the Reds but has fallen victim of Jurgen Klopp’s squad restructuring.He was signed in 2008 by Rafa Benitez for £6.5m from Zenit Saint Petersburg and has earned the reputation of one of the Premier League’s hard men during his time in England.However, that time is at an end and while many Liverpool fans are delighted to see the back of him, there are others who aren’t so happy.See below as Reds divide over their support of the Skrtel.