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President Uhuru Kenyatta has revealed how he was left seething with anger after the Supreme Court ruled against win and called for a fresh poll on September 1.

Speaking to a delegation of about 5,000 leaders from the Gusii community at State House, Nakuru, Uhuru said he has no problem with the community but rather Chief Justice David Maraga and “his people” for overturning his victory.

Wengine wetu tulikuwa na uchungu mwingi…hata mimi ni binadamu na nilikuwa nimekasirika sana (Some of us were in a lot of pain…I am human and I was very annoyed).”

He likened the cancellation of his victory to losing a bull after buying it.

Hata wewe ukienda kwa soko ukanunua ngombe akaibwa, halafu polisi apate huyo ng’ombe. Kisha hiyo kesi ipelekwe kortini na kwa sababu haukuwa na p3 form unanyimwa ng’ombe. Huo ni ungwana (If you go to a mark and buy a cow and then it is stolen…police find it and there is a court case but you are not allowed to take the animal because you don’t have a p3 form…Is that sensible?”

Wewe ungesikia namna gani? Mimi sina shida na wakisii but niko na shida na uamuzi ule (How would you feel? I don’t have a problem with Kisiis but I have a problem with the verdict).”

Unaibiwa mchana na unaona. Afadhali korti ingesema wafungue masanduku wahesabu ballot papers. Kwani walidhani nitacheka nikisikia huo uamuzi? Lazima ujitetee…si ni ukweli..ama si ukweli (They steal from you during the day as you see them. It would have been better if the court had ordered a recount of ballot papers. Did they think I would laugh after the determination? You must defend yourself…isn’t that the truth)?”

He acused Nasa leader Raila Odinga of seeking to exploit his reaction to incite the community against him.

“Ndio huyo amekimbia Nyamira na Kisii, huyo mganga… Nikikataa kujitetea si watasema kweli huyu mtu aliiba? (He is now running to Nyamira and Kisii, that witch… if I don’t defend myself won’t they say I truly stole (the election)?”

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The Jubilee leader said his party wants peace in the elections period.

“We want one Kenya and we want peace. Hata kama tuliibiwa wacha tukubali. Vile Mungu alitujalia August 8 ndiyo vile atatuongoza October 17 ndiyo wakenya waendelee na maisha yao (Even if they stole from us, let us accept (reality). The same way God favoured us on August 8 is the same way he will favour us on October 17 so Kenyans can return to their lives),” he said.

He noted that when the IEBC announced him the winner, the Opposition started fighting and burning kiosks. “I will not allow this,” he emphasised.

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Wenzetu walianza kuchoma kiosks vile nilishinda…wenzetu walianza kuchoma vitu…Sasa jameni basi imekufanyia nini? Mwenye kiosk amekufanyia nini (Our opponents started burning kiosks when I won…they started burning things…surely, what has a bus done to you? What has the kiosk owner done to you)?“he posed.

Kama kuna kitu sitakubali ni mwenye ataleta fujo..hatutaruhusu kamwe (If there is anything I will not allow it is chaos and its perpetrators).” – Additional reporting by BT reporter 

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Three NASA MPs arrested ahead of rally

According to Homa bay Women’s Representative Glady Wanga, MPs Babu Owino, TJ Kajwang and Steve Mbogo, were taken to Kilimani police station after being arrested.

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Three NASA MPs have reportedly been arrested while on their way to a rally in Nairobi ahead of their leader Raila Odinga Friday from a tour of the United States.

According to Homa bay Women’s Representative Glady Wanga, MPs Babu Owino, TJ Kajwang and Steve Mbogo, were taken to Kilimani police station after being arrested.

“Hons Babu, TJ Kajwang’, Steve Mbogo already arreated and taken to Kilimani. Crime: Planning to welcome RAO tomorrow. ,” she tweeted.

NASA MPs led by Siaya Senator James Orengo and former Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama had earlier attempted to hold a press conference at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport but were barred by security officers.

Police also sealed off the historic Kamukunji Grounds where the opposition formation intended to hold a curtain-raising rally forcing them to shift to Kibera.

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Speakers at the Kibera rally led by ODM Senator John Mbadi criticised Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet, saying he had no power to stop them from accessing the JKIA.

Mbadi said Raila was the winner of the August 8 election and claimed President Uhuru Kenyatta was no longer the legitimate President of Kenya. Muthama and Orengo addressed the rally by phone before joining the supporters at the venue.

NASA leader have hinted they plan to swear-in Raila when he returns to the country.

The Supreme Court yesterday finalised hearing petitions filed against Uhuru’s win with the Supreme Court expected to render a verdict by November 20. The Kibera rally is currently ongoing.

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Mugabe under siege as military takes power

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Military says President Robert Mugabe, 93, and his family are “safe and sound”.

Zimbabwe’s military on Wednesday confirmed that it had seized power in a targeted assault on “criminals” around President Robert Mugabe, but gave assurances that the 93-year-old leader and his family were “safe and sound”.

Military vehicles took to the streets of the Zimbabwean capital and prolonged gunfire was heard near the presidential residence early Wednesday as questions mounted over Robert Mugabe’s grip on power, even as the army denied a coup in a state broadcast.

Tensions between the 93-year-old leader and the military that has helped prop up his reign have intensified in recent days, with Mugabe’s Zanu-PF party on Tuesday accusing army chief General Constantino Chiwenga of “treasonable conduct”.

The military’s actions have been seen as a major challenge to Mugabe, but Major General Sibusiso Moyo went on state television in the early hours of Wednesday to deny the army was targeting the increasingly frail leader. “It is not a military takeover of government,” Moyo said, reading a statement.

In a short broadcast on national television, which was seized overnight by soldiers, a spokesman for the military said it expected “normalcy” to return as soon as it had completed its “mission”.

According to a government source, Finance Minister Ignatius Chombo among those detained by army.
Chombo was a leading member of the so-called ‘G40’ faction of the ruling ZANU-PF party, led by Mugabe’s wife Grace, that had been vying to succeed the 93-year-old president.

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Following is the text of an address made by Zimbabwe Major General SB Moyo, Chief of Staff Logistics, on national television after the military seized power:

“We wish to assure the nation that His Excellency the President of the Republic of Zimbabwe, and commander in chief of Zimbabwe Defence Forces, Comrade RG Mugabe, and his family are safe and sound and their security is guaranteed. We are only targeting criminals around him who are committing crimes that are causing social and economic suffering in the country in order to bring them to justice.

As soon as we have accomplished our mission, we expect that the situation will return to normalcy. To the civil servants, as you are aware, there is a plan by the same people to influence the current purging that is taking place in the political sphere to the civil service. We are against that act of injustice and we intend to protect every one of you against that.

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SOLDIERS STAND BESIDE MILITARY VEHICLES JUST OUTSIDE HARARE, ZIMBABWE, ON NOVEMBER 14, 2017. PHOTO | REUTERS

To the judiciary, the measures underway are intended to assure that as an independent arm of the state you are able to exercise your independent authority without fear of being obstructed as has been the case with this group of individuals.

To our members of parliament, your legislative role is of paramount importance, of peace and stability in this country, and it is our desire that a dispensation is created that allows you to serve your respective political constituencies according to democratic tenets.

To the generality of the people of Zimbabwe, we urge you to remain calm and limit unnecessary movement.
However, we encourage those who are employed and those with essential business in the city to continue their normal activities as usual. Our wish is that you will enjoy your rights and freedoms and that we return our country to a dispensation that allows for investment, development and prosperity that we all fought for and for which many of our citizens paid the supreme sacrifice.

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To political parties, we urge you to discourage your members from engaging in violent behaviour. To the youth, we call upon you to realise that the future of this country is yours. Do not be enticed with the dirty coins of silver, be disciplined and remain committed to the efforts and values of this great nation.

To all churches and religious organisations in Zimbabwe we call upon your congregations to pray for our country and preach the gospel of love, peace and unity and development.

To both our people and the world beyond our borders, we wish to make this abundantly clear this is not a military takeover of government.

What Zimbabwe defence forces is doing is to pacify a degenerating political, social and economic situation in our country which if not addressed may result in violent conflict.

We call upon all the war veterans to play a positive role in ensuring peace, stability and unity in the country. To members of the Zimbabwe Defence Forces, all leave is cancelled and you are all to return to your barracks with immediate effect.

To the other security forces, we urge you to cooperate for the good of our country. Let it be clear we intend to address the human security threats in our country. Therefore any provocation will be met with an appropriate response.
And to the media, we urge you to report fairly and responsibly.

We thank you.” (additional reporting by Reuters)

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US observer group joins calls for dialogue

The Carter Center’s statement came a day after NASA leader Raila Odinga called for formation of a six-month coalition government to pave way for review of the Constitution

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A section of the observers enlisted by The Carter Center to observe this year's electoral process.

US Observer Group, The Carter Center, has called for constructive dialogue to end the political dispute in the country resulting from NASA’s withdrawal from the October 26 fresh presidential election and subsequent rejection of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win.

In a statement, The Carter Center urged Kenya’s political leaders to bridge the gap between the opposition and ruling parties, and their respective supporters, following a tense electoral period.

It said the fresh presidential election, which resulted from the Supreme Court’s annulment of the August 8 race, unfolded in a context of heightened tensions stemming from the protracted electoral process, confrontational tactics and harsh verbal attacks by key political leaders, and outbursts of violence around election day.

“These problems severely undermined the ability of Kenya’s electoral and judicial institutions to implement the fresh presidential elections. Rather than consolidating support for a national political programme, the election polarised the country and exposed the deep tribal and ethnic rifts that have long characterised its politics,” the statement read in part.

“Regrettably, the actions of Kenya’s political leaders served to weaken its democratic and independent institutions, constrain the ability of citizens to participate in the civic affairs of their country, and damage the nation’s democratic development. In the days ahead, it is incumbent on political leaders to put personal agendas aside and take steps to heal the country while maintaining the country’s constitutional order,” The Carter Centre added.

It said Wednesday’s statement provides an initial summary analysis of political and electoral developments between the August 8 elections and the fresh election held on October 26, based on the reporting of the Center’s core team of experts and long-term observers who were on the ground for the October 26 poll.

“We note that the electoral process is not yet complete, as electoral disputes are pending in the Supreme Court. The Carter Center will release a comprehensive statement on the overall election process after its completion. A detailed final report will be published in early 2018,” the observer group said.

The statement came a day after Opposition leader Raila Odinga, in an interview with Reuters, said he is willing to dialogue with President Uhuru but insisted on a six-month interim government to provide for a constitutional review aimed at lowering the risk of violence from minority groups who feel excluded from power.

“A pure presidential system enhances ethnicity because each community believes that they are not safe unless their man is at the top,” Raila said in the interview with the news agency in his office.

Though the Constitution of Kenya 2010 sought to disperse power from a centralised presidency by, among others, creating counties, Nairobi continues to wield a lot of power, including controlling the national budget.

Raila says it is time to revisit the supreme law to further slice the powers wielded by the presidency and strengthen the electoral agency.

“We had a new Constitution that we enacted in 2010; we think that now it is time to revisit it. We think that maybe six months will be required to carry out all these changes that we need in this country,” the NASA leader said.

President Uhuru has previously said he is willing to dialogue but only after the political process, including the petitions before the Supreme Court, is concluded.

He and his deputy William Ruto have, however, ruling talks on the formation of a coalition government, which Raila also said he is not interested in.

Several people were killed in Nairobi and parts of Western Kenya before and after the fresh election piling pressure on both sides to find a way out of the dispute.

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NASA has also launched a revolutionary movement that will use various means, including street protests, picketing and economic boycotts, to undermine the Jubilee leadership.

The political formation has also initiated a process of establishing people’s assemblies in the counties to provide alternative mechanisms of governance until a “legitimate” government is established in the country.

Religious leaders and some key Jubilee leaders, including senators Kiraitu Murungi and Kithure Kindiki, have proposed the creation of other positions such as those of prime minister and official leader of opposition to accommodate those who lose in elections.

Raila is currently in the US where he is scheduled to meet key congressional leaders to explain the situation in Kenya.

 

 

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Kenyans mourn Governor Gakuru, a visionary leader

Many described him as a visionary leader who was keen to translate lessons learnt from his time as the first director general of Kenya Vision 2030 to transform Nyeri county

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The body of Nyeri Governor Dr Wahome Gakuru arrives at Lee Funeral Home in Nairobi

Kenyans took to social media platforms to mourn Nyeri Governor Dr Wahome Gakuru following his untimely death in a grisly road accident early Tuesday at Kabati near Kenol on the Nyeri-Thika highway.

Dr Wahome was rushing to Nairobi to take part in a morning talk show on Kameme TV when the accident occurred. His Mercedes Benz official car hit a side railing, which teared through it from end to end giving the governor who sitting on the back left with no chance of survival. Police say the accident occurred following a tyre burst. His driver and personal aide are admitted at Thika Level V Hospital in critical condition.

Dr Wahome succumbed to injuries sustained in the accident as the Council of Governors was preparing to airlift him to Nairobi Hospital. His body was transferred to Nairobi’s Lee Funeral Home by Kiambu governor Ferdinand Waititu and his Murang’a counterpart Mwangi Wairia.

It is the second time Nyeri is losing a governor after the first occupier of the office Nderitu Gachagua also died a few months to the end of his term following a long illness.

Dr Gakuru’s deputy Mutahi Kahiga will now take over for the remainder of the term, as stipulated in the in Article 182 of the Constitution.

Many of those who mourned the late governor described him as a visionary leader who was keen to translate lessons learnt from his time as the first director general of Kenya Vision 2030 to transform the county.

President Uhuru Kenyatta described the late governor as committed, visionary and tireless leader.

“Governor Gakuru was a great leader and an action-oriented man who – upon his victory in the August 8 election – did not waste time but embarked on serving the people of Nyeri with diligence and commitment,” President Uhuru said.

Others who expressed shock at his demise when fellow governors Ali Hassan Joho, Mike Sonko, Wycliffe Oparanya, Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr, National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi, Education Cabinet Secretary Dr Fred Matiang’i and MPs Gladys Wanga and Otiende Amollo.

Senate Minority Leader Moses Wetang’ula tweeted: “I have learnt with extreme shock and consternation the tragic accident of Gov Gakuru of Nyeri. He was a friend who stood for unity of Kenya.”

Former Nyeri Women Representative Priscilla Nyokabi tweeted: “Sad news on the loss of our Governor Gakuru. In Uhuruto Team 2 we were calling him Mtoto wa Mau Mau. Ametuacha. RIP. God Bless Nyeri.”

Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja had this to say: “A calm gentleman, an erudite economist, a visionary leader, a down to earth politician. We have lost a great man in Dr. Gakuru. Go well bro.”

Journalist who have had encounters with Dr Gakuru were not left behind.

KTN News anchor Betty Kyalo tweeted: Just yesterday morning I had an interview with the late Dr. Wahome Gakuru he spoke passionately about plans to revive trade. This Life1f614 Kenyans mourn Governor Gakuru, a visionary leader.”

People Daily business reporter Gitahi Ngunyi wrote on Facebook: “Can’t stop the tears… He was a good man.. Loved his country and his work… Every time we met he kept reminding me that he owed a special duty to his PhD students at UoN School of Business… RIP Dr Wahome Gakuru, my friend.”

Radio Africa Group Business Editor Peter Kiragu also wrote: “Exactly one week to the August 8 polls, I travelled all the way to Nyeri for an interview with the incoming governor (he had won the Jubilee nominations) Wahome Gakuru. The man had such great vision for the county. Being the pioneer Vision 2030 director general, his dream was to replicate the aspirations of the national economic blueprint in Nyeri. In his words, Nyeri was going to become a model county where all the others would come running for lessons on how to manage a county. I believed him, partly, because i had seen his stellar performance at Vision 2030 and Equity Bank.”

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“I was to go back after the election for a strategy on how we could help him achieve some of these dreams. I called him after he won the hot seat but he never picked. Neither did he respond to my congratulatory SMSes. But he was always a busy man, perhaps explaining why he could not pick my calls or SMS. I had hopes that with time, he was going to pick my phone and we could finalise on our plans. Well, i was wrong. He will never pick my calls!! We shall never implement our plan! I will never join his communications team! But such is life…RIP Daktari!! Meanwhile, the Deputy Governor takes over from Dr. Gakuru!” he added. 

Former People Daily Magazines Associate Editor Millicent Muthoni wrote: I will always remember Dr Gakuru as the man who restored my hope in this country. I woke up one day in 2008 to hear him speak on TV about Vision 2030 and the future foreseen for this country. For once, I felt happy to be a Kenyan ‘youth’. There was a future and it was in the hands of critical thinkers. Go well Dr Gakuru. You did your part, at least for some disillusioned young Kenyan.”

 

 

 

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