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Raila-2 We'll not accept and move on, Raila says as he heads to courtThe National Super Alliance (NASA) has now resolved to move to the Supreme Court to challenge the declaration of Uhuru Kenyatta as the winner of the August 8 presidential contest.

NASApresidential candidate Raila Odinga also hinted as civil disobedience to protest the decision by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to call the election in favour of President Uhuru.

He said the declaration was null and void as the electoral agency relayed results without the physical Form 34A. He said Kenyans will not accept “computer-generated leadership.”

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“We have decided to move to the Supreme Court and lay before the world the making of a computer generated leadership,” he said while addressing a press conference at Okoa Kenya headquarters at Lavington, Nairobi.

For the third time in a row, the person who lost the General Elections has been declared the President, he added.

According to Raila, IEBC scrambled to manufacture 34Bs and cooked numbers to the extent that vote tallies exceeded registered voters.

He said the Supreme Court has a chance to redeem itself or, like 2013, compound the problem.

Nasa had initially said going to court is not an option, but, according to Raila, the raids on civil society such as Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) and African Centre for Open Governance (AFRICOG) made them change their mind.

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At the same time, Raila hit out at the police for using excessive force on innocent civilians, including a six-month-old baby, Samantha Pendo, in Kisumu.

He said Kenyans have a constitutional right to protest peacefully and boycott work.

This is the second time Raila is contesting a Uhuru win. In 2013, he lost after the judges threw out evidence his lawyers had compiled for being filed out of time.

Raila has until close of business on Friday to file his petition. According to Supreme Court registrar Esther Nyaiyaki, on the last day of filing the petition and the response to the petition, however, the registry will be open from 7 am to 12 midnight.

Within 14 days after the filing of the petition, the Supreme Court shall hear and determine the petition and its decision shall be final.

Here is Nasa’s statement in full:

NASA ADDRESS TO THE NATION ON 2017 ELECTION FIASCO: 
KENYANS SAY NO TO COMPUTER-GENERATED LEADERS 

My fellow Kenyans, 
For the third straight election in a row, the voice of the people has been stilled, and for the third time in a decade, the candidate who lost the election has been declared President. 

This year, Kenyans excitedly voted in a peaceful election that even the most democratic nations in the world would have been proud of.  But this democratic promise abruptly evaporated when those who wield power clung to their old, no-holds-barred script of rejecting the people’s democratic will and holding on to their rule by whatever means. 

Once the polls closed last Tuesday, the IEBC began streaming so-called provisional presidential results not backed by Form 34As as required by law. 

Yesterday, IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba finally made the stunning admission that the Commission was not able to supply all Form34As yet. This means that both the provisional and final results announced last week are null and void and that Uhuru Kenyatta was not lawfully declared winner. 

From the start, the IEBC was illegally releasing unverified results to create the expectation of an Uhuru Kenyatta victory. This was the equivalent of guaranteeing violence if the final verified results indicated Uhuru had lost. 

Then there was the bizarre phenomenon of Uhuru Kenyatta’s “lead” staying at around a consistent 11 percent throughout the release of the “results!” surprisingly, this same pattern also occurred in many gubernatorial races across the country. 

Such a fixed margin has never been maintained throughout any democratic election anywhere in the world. But it happened here because an algorithm had been introduced to rig the outcome. It happened in full view of all our people and all the election observers. 

Then finally, at midnight last Friday, we saw the IEBC announce that Uhuru Kenyatta had been elected president, even though the Commission continued to acknowledge that only about 29,000 of the 41,000 verified Forms 34As had been tallied! 

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Why was there this fanatical rush to judgment on the most vital matter that any democratic nation EVER faces, the election of its President for the next five years? And why did the IEBC refuse to address the set of questions about vote tallying that that NASA had submitted? 

IEBC might have declared Uhuru Kenyatta president, but a vast number of Kenyans have not accepted the legitimacy of the decision, and will not accept it until they have answers to profoundly disturbing questions that have been raised. Indeed, the Carter Centre, in its preliminary findings has questioned this rush and its overall impact on the outcome. The Centre says: 

“Although election day voting and counting processes functioned smoothly, the electronic transmission of results from the polling stations to the 290 constituency centers, where official results are tallied, proved unreliable. Unofficial results were also transmitted to the national tally center, where they were posted on its website. Unfortunately, the early display of vote tallies at the national level was not accompanied by the scans of polling station results forms as planned, nor labeled unofficial, leading to some confusion regarding the status of official results.” 

No one should believe, and especially not those behind this election fraud, that Kenyans are sheep who will willingly go along with democracy’s slaughter. This country is now divided between those prepared to live under autocracy and the forces of freedom and democracy. 

Most Kenyans do not agree that our democracy is a charade, a game, in which people campaign their hearts out for leaders they want, but are then given a winner pre-determined by the darkest forces in our society and beyond. 

We also have the no less bizarre situation where some observers grossly violated their mandate and started calling upon NASA to concede – even before the IEBC officially announced the election’s outcome. 

We Kenyans will not let such impunity continue any longer. We have the
right, and indeed the high responsibility to defend the Constitution and the people’s will. Peaceful assembly is guaranteed by the Constitution, so is civil disobedience. So is the right for labour to strike. 
And yet our people are being admonished not to protest an election they are convinced has been stolen. The State unleashed unprecedented violence against perceived NASA supporters in their homes and houses. The police have shot, bludgeoned, and cut short the lives of innocents like infant Baby Samantha Pendo at six months and Stephanie Moraa Nyarang’i a young girl of 9 years using crude weapons and live bullets. 

Yet as Kenyans are butchered and their civil liberties trumped upon, they are being told not to protest against a leader they believe is being imposed on them through a computer-generated fraud. 
The entire world knows that there were nationwide protests in the US after the last elections. We also know that to date, there are investigations going on by the Justice Department and Congress to establish whether the US elections were hacked by foreign agencies. 

Fellow Kenyans, 
We refuse to sit and watch the Jubilee turn our country into a banana republic and a playground. 
Accepting such a crime for the third election in a row would irredeemably entrench the triumph of anti-democratic impunity and the permanent death of democracy. Future elections would be a sham. NASA shall not be party to it. 

The Constitution gives us the incontrovertible right to protest injustice peacefully, and wage a peaceful campaign of civil disobedience. We will preach peace, and we have done so. But we will uphold our rights to assemble and protest. We shall hold vigils, moments of silence, beat drums and do everything else to peacefully draw attention to the gross electoral injustices being meted on our country and demand redress. Kenyans have no need to use violence to achieve justice. 

We also emphasize that the struggle here is not just about this moment or this election or this nation. It is about Africa and it is about democracy. 

If Kenya, one of Africa’s most vibrant democracies except at election time, can be so easily intimidated to surrender, then what hope is there for the rest of Africa? 
It is in this regard that we call upon all African democrats to publicly show solidarity with Kenyans. 

Fellow Kenyans, 
The merchants of State violence expected NASA to walk Kenyans into death traps. They dispatched merchants of death to carefully selected parts of the country. The people are held now under a hostage siege. The intent is murder and mayhem. Wanton murder, rape and violence are being committed against the people to pacify them against seeking justice. This is why the government is violently demobilizing civil society organizations for daring authoritarianism and seeking justice. 

We had said we will not go court. But with the raid on civil society and determination to silence all voices that could seek legal redress like AFRICOG and the Kenya Human Rights Commission, we have now decided to move to the Supreme Court and lay before the world the making of a computer-generated leadership. 

By going to court, we are not legitimizing misplaced calls by some observers for us to concede but are seeking to give to those who braved the long lines in the morning chill and hot afternoon on Tuesday August 8th 2017; mothers with their children tied on their backs; the sick, people with disabilities, old and young a chance to be heard. 

Furthermore, we act on behalf of those who have been blocked from seeking redress in courts such as the sustained clampdown on the civil society that have attempted to go to court. NASA wants to show the world what transpired in the fraud. 

Even as we go to Court, we are cognizant of the fact that ever since Uhru Kenyatta and William Ruto publicly warned the Judiciary, the IEBC has not lost a single case in court. We have decided to move to the Supreme Court despite the history and other recent circumstances. In similar circumstances in 2013, we moved to the Supreme Court to challenge the declaration by IEBC of Uhuru as President-elect. The manner in which the Court handled that petition was a travesty of justice. The Court decided all interim applications in favour of Kenyatta. The Court also allowed the counter petition filed in favour of Kenyatta but disallowed the two petitions against him. Uhuru won 100 per cent and we lost 100 per cent in court. 

Our decision to go to court constitutes a second chance for the Supreme Court. The Court can use this chance to redeem itself, or, like in 2013, it can compound the problems we face as a country. 

We will show how they shamelessly cooked results from non-existent polling stations and fake un-gazetted Presiding and Returning officers. They gave figures from non-existent Forms 34A and 34B; they scrambled to manufacture such forms; switched vote numbers; and how they openly swindled to reach predetermined consistent vote numbers. They cooked numbers to the extent that vote tallies often surpassed registered voters in polling stations. 

Kenya is always much larger than my individual ambition. But Kenya is definitely not too large for all of us to ensure that anyone who wins the people’s votes, and not the loser, is declared President. This is just the beginning. We will not accept and move on. 

RAILA ODINGA 

HON. KALONZO MUSYOKA 
HON MUSALIA MUDAVADI 
SEN. MOSES WETANGULA 
H.E. ISAAC RUTO 
15TH AUGUST 2017, 
NAIROBI.

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Christians from different denominations came together with the residents to pray at blackspot areas alongThika Super Highway on Friday November 17, 2017. PHOTO: Lorna Murithi/KNA

Church leaders and residents from Nyeri and Kiambu Counties Friday held prayers to cleanse and bless the busy Thika Super Highway, which has become a death trap, especially during festive seasons.

Christians from different denominations who have been holding prayers along the Nyeri-Nairobi highway, held prayer sessions to cleanse the stretch before heading to Witeithie and Njomoko area which are black spot areas.

The Christian Union members spent a couple of hours along the Highway, praying for divine intervention to reduce the high death rates that is believed to have had quite a number of people losing their lives, especially at Witeithie area.

Speeding of vehicles and reckless driving has been blamed for the frequent accidents. Maina Karanja, a resident and business Man at Witeithie, said that almost every week people lose their lives at Witeithie.

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“It’s really sad to see the high death rates that occur here, the government has acted minimally to improve the situation, these deaths are due to over speeding and reckless driving along this area since no safety measures are in place such as the Fly-overs and bumps where necessary,” said Karanja.

Residents of Witeithie have been complaining for quite some time now and are seeking for Government’s action to construct a fly-over along this stretches so as to reduce the deaths since Zebra crossing are not effective. They claimed that over speeding was due to lack of bumps and that the zebra crossing is often assumed by drivers hence causing accidents.

“Constructing a fly-over at this place will enhance the safety of not only residents but also children since the zebra crossing is not helpful as drivers assume it and recklessly drive past while over speeding and without caution,” said a resident.

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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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Kenyan priest charged over Sh104,000 theft

Father Alexander Mutua Munyao is accused of stealing from the Lismore Diocese in northern New South Wales, Australia

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A junior Catholic priest from Kenya has been forced to surrender his passport after being charged with stealing more than Ksh 103,749.94 (US$1000) from a charity.

According to Daily Mail, Father Alexander Mutua Munyao is accused of stealing from the Lismore Diocese in northern New South Wales.

He has been charged with stealing Ksh 28,012 (US$270) between November and June this year, and another Ksh 90, 262 (US$870) in July – with both amounts adding up to Ksh 118, 274 (US$1,140).

The 35-year-old priest, who was charged on September 19, appeared in Ballina Local Court on Thursday morning before magistrate Robyn Denes for a first mention, the Daily Mail quotes Australian newspaper, The Northern Star, as reporting.

Munyao remains on bail and has been ordered to surrender his passport. His conditions also require him to observe a curfew and remain at the St Francis Xavier presbytery in Ballina.

Police bail papers noted he had ‘few community ties and no family ties in Australia’.

His case was adjoured until November 30.

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Envoy urges SA firms to aid Kenya’s poor children

High Commissioner Koleka A. Mqulwana stressed the need to work closely with the communities in a bid to raise their standards of living

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Students from Carolina for Kibera perform a dance for diplomats and corporates during the commemoration of Nelson Mandela International Day held at the South African High Commissioner Koleka A. Mqulwana 's residence. She challenged corporates to support the development of ​the less fortunate in society.

South African High Commissioner to Kenya Koleka A. Mqulwana has urged South African companies in Kenya to  support the children in informal settlements in a bid to improve the economic development of the country.

Speaking during the commemoration of the Nelson Mandela International Day at her residence, the envoy stressed the need to work closely with the communities in a bid to raise their standards of living.

“Poverty reduction in Africa is a universal effort towards achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. We have joined forces with South African investors in Kenya to honour former President Mandela and also show our commitment to inspiring our children to achieve their dreams as we prepare them for positions of leadership in future,”said  Mqulwana.

The Nelson Mandela International Day which rallies South Africans and others around the world to dedicate 67 minutes to serving the needy in the community serves as a tribute to the late President Nelson Mandela and his legacy.  The event which is celebrated globally every July 18th at the request of the United Nations was postponed in Kenya due to August 8th elections.

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The event was graced by top leadership of, among others, ENGEN, South Africa Airways, MTN Business-Kenya, NED Bank, Nairobi Bottlers and Kansai Plascon Kenya Limited.

The United Nations recognised Nelson Mandela’s values and his dedication to the service of humanity, in the fields of conflict resolution, race relations, the promotion and protection of human rights, reconciliation, gender equality and the rights of children and other vulnerable groups, as well as the fight against poverty and the promotion of social justice. It acknowledged his contribution to the struggle for democracy internationally and the promotion of a culture of peace throughout the world.

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