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17 Mar 2018

Raila Odinga Speaks on Moses Wetangula's Removal as Senate Minority Leader

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Raila Odinga on Friday distanced himself from the removal of Moses Wetangula as Senate Minority leader.

Addressing a crowd at Oyugis Town in Homa Bay County, he stated that it was purely a Senate affair adding that he had nothing to do with the plans to oust Mr Wetangula.

Reports also indicate that he told NASA Co-Principal Kalonzo Musyoka that he was unaware of the plans to remove the Bungoma Senator.

However, he stated that such actions by the ODM leaders should not be used to deepen the rift within the Opposition.

"In a house with many wives, jealousy is inevitable. For instance, what happened to Wetangula in Senate is a very small thing," he stated.

The Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader also revealed that his meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta on March 9 was one of the most difficult things he has had to do.

The former Prime Minister went on to bemoan that the meeting with the Head of State was the only option left to create a united nation.

"I'm no fool, I  had no choice but to make a painful decision to work with Uhuru in a bid to realize a unitary State," he declared.

He also refuted claims that his agreement with President Kenyatta meant he had crossed over to the ruling Jubilee party.

“Nasa has not joined Jubilee. Nasa is still strong. It is me who went to meet with (President) Uhuru Kenyatta for the sake of Kenya.

"I spoke to him because he is the President of Kenya, and I am the people’s president, not so? So we needed to end the injustices in our country and take Kenya forward,”,”he stated.

Raila Explains Why Uhuru Has Been Quiet Since Harambee House Meeting

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NASA leader Raila Odinga on Friday stated that President Uhuru Kenyatta has not spoken publicly since their Harambee House pact because they had agreed to wait and see how Kenyans would respond to their deal.

Speaking in Kisii County during a meeting with leaders in the region, Odinga also stated that soon he would make formal trips with the Head of State in a bid to unite the nation.

"We have not spoken publicly since we signed the MoU. We agreed with Mr Kenyatta to wait and see how the country reacts to its contents.

“That’s why the President together with the people's President have not spoken," he revealed.

While addressing a section of Kisii leaders, among them Governor James Ongwae, his deputy Joash Maangi, Senator Sam Ongeri, MCAs and Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati, the opposition chief added that Kenya had witnessed bloodshed for long and it had to end.

"We have been seeing blood all the time. From 2007 to date. At least 350 innocent lives have been lost in our country since August 8," he lamented.

This was the first time Odinga was publicly commenting on his meeting with President Kenyatta which drew various reactions from all over the world.

His counterparts in NASA put him on the spot for excluding them in the talks but reports indicate that he explained it was the best move for the entire nation.

ODM Director of Strategy Wafula Buke, on the other hand, clarified that the pact made by the two leaders will only serve a purpose that they happened to share.

"The deal is not a merger of ODM and Jubilee it is only a unity of cooperation. These working relations will have an impact on 2022 politics.

"Some of the agenda that we share in common include national priorities of leading the nation, dealing with corruption, addressing past injustices and crime," the Director stated.

Mr Buke went on to explain that the Orange party had not given up its place as the official Opposition, rather, they had only found a way to gain power ahead of the next General Election.

"Jubilee dominance is evident and we know that. For the playing field to be levelled, one of the parties had to act normal and that is why Raila moved in to make the deal - to create a friendly Opposition.

"Take the illustration of planting a tree and waiting to see the fruits. That is what ODM has done and we will know soon enough what we have planted," Mr Buke told Kenyans.co.ke.

Building Collapses in Nairobi, Several Trapped

A four-storey building collapsed on Saturday morning in Ruai area.

Reports indicate that several people are still trapped inside and rescue operations are underway.

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16 Mar 2018

ODM Now Disagrees With Jubilee

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Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) deputy leader Wycliffe Oparanya on Friday asserted that the party will not form a coalition with Jubilee Party.

Speaking during a presser in Kakamega County by some of the Western leaders, Oparanya stated: "ODM is not entering into a coalition with Jubilee. We are still ODM as a party.

"We are only cooperating with Jubilee so that we have peace and development in the county," affirmed the Kakamega County boss.

He, further, explained that there is no need for the leaders to constantly have conflicts yet their people have problems that they need to address.

However, the Majority Leader of the National Assembly, Aden Duale, on Wednesday announced that Jubilee Party was ready to form a coalition with ODM for the 2022 General Election.

Speaking during a House session, Duale stated that the ruling party was willing to join forces with any group that will want to merge with them.

Kakamega legislators, led by the former Minister, also reiterated their support for the historic pact made between President Uhuru Kenyatta and National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga.

Mumias East MP, Benjamin Washiali, who was also in the forum, noted that the Western region leaders have resolved to work together following the example of the two principal leaders.

The Chief Whip of the Majority party in the National Assembly added that the unity pact will help better relations between counties.

He urged other politicians to bury their political party differences in order to push the country forward.

It Was Painful for Me to Meet Uhuru - Raila Speaks Out

Opposition chief Raila Odinga on Friday reveled that he had to make the toughest, yet painful decision to work with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Speaking in Kisii County when he attended the burial ceremony of the late Prof. Tumbo Oeri at his home in Mosocho, Mr Odinga said the decision was for the benefit of Kenyans, even as his Nasa co-principals held a separate meeting in Nairobi over brewing in senate.
playRaila Odinga arrive at Kisii Sports Club on his way to the funeral of them late Prof. Tumbo Oeri at his home in Mosocho. (Courtesy)
“I had no choice but to make a painful decision to work with Uhuru Kenyatta in a bid to realize a unitary State,” said Mr Odinga, a week after meeting President Uhuru Kenyatta at his Harambee House in Nairobi.

This was the first time Odinga was speaking in public after the Athi River meeting with his colleagues in NASA, a meeting in which all the principals backed the initiated conversation between the Opposition and the ruling Jubilee.

Wetangula's ouster

Meanwhile, NASA co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi have disagreed with Raila Odinga led ODM party over the eviction of Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula as Senate Minority leader.
Speaking shortly after their Friday morning in Karen, Nairobi, the two leaders declared their unwavering support for Mr Wetangula, who is being sought after by Mr Odinga's ODM.
"The principals have reaffirmed their total confidence in Hon Wetangula as the official leader of the minority in Senate. Their support for Wetang’ula in this regard is unwavering," the statement read.
playNasa principals Moses Wetangula, Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi in Karen on Friday. (Courtesy)

On Thursday, the Ford Kenya Party leader was an embattled man after Minority Whip and Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr introduced the motion of his removal through a letter as per the House rule.
Mr Kilonzo presented the letter following a Parliamentary group meeting attended by 16 senators affiliated to the ODM Party. 

Sonko Gives 1,000 Govt Jobs to Nairobi Youth

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Friday announced that he had successfully recruited 800 county constables and 200 firefighters to join the county teams.

The candidates were taken through a rigorous day-long recruitment exercise at Kasarani Stadium on Thursday where the 1,000 successful participants were selected.

The recruitment exercise was open to members of the public despite difficult weather conditions in a day that saw most city streets flooded with rain waters.

"For the first time in many years, the Nairobi City County government today (Friday) competitively and transparently employed 200 Firefighters and 800 Constables. This is in line with my pledge to create employment for the youth.

"The County’s Security, Compliance and Disaster Management Sector has been experiencing challenges in executing its core mandate of security, enforcement, compliance and disaster management due to the shortage of staff," the Governor's statement read in part.

He went on to assure residents that the recruits would be taken through the necessary training for their roles before they are posted.

"The recruits will undergo intensive and professional training in their respective fields and upon graduation will be deployed to boost the two departments.

"It is expected that the new recruits are up to the task and will work hand-in-hand with the current team to ensure service delivery is improved," Sonko assured.

The Governor noted that the new firefighters would help the county fire department to improve its services during major fire incidents within the city.

"The training will be conducted by professionals and will prepare them to work with the county’s fastest responding fire service considering that Nairobi has of late witnessed a number of fire outbreaks.

"As for the constables, the new batch is going to be trained on modern security matters and upon completion, the constables will treat people in a humane way," the statement explained.

Kalonzo & Mudavadi issue new statement over Wetangula

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National Super Alliance (NASA) co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka and Musalia Mudavadi have disagreed with Raila Odinga led ODM party over the eviction of Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula as Senate Minority leader.

After their morning meeting in Karen, the two leaders declared their unwavering support for Mr Wetangula.
On Thursday, the Ford Kenya Party leader was an embattled man after Minority Whip and Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr introduced the motion of his removal through a letter as per the House rule.
Mr Kilonzo presented the letter following a Parliamentary group meeting attended by 16 senators affiliated to the ODM Party. 
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First photo of Daniel arap Moi in Israel where he is being treated

Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has thanked Kenyans for praying for his father former President Daniel arap Moi who he said was recovering well in Israel.

Gideon on Thursday revealed that his father was in high spirits after being discharged from Ichilov Hospital in Tel Aviv, Israel.
Gideon also posted the latest photo of the former President looking energetic.
playFormer President Daniel Moi (seated) with his son Gideon (left) and his doctors (Twitter)

In the photo, the Baringo senator is seen with two of his father's doctors.
The elder Moi is expected back to the country in a few days after his communication revealed that he would also use the medical visit to tour historical sites in Jerusalem.
The former President has recently kept a low profile, his last public appearance was on October 26, 2017 when he cast his vote at Kabarak University polling station.

Coca Cola reveals worrying contents in Dasani water

Kenya Golf Open Limited Chairman Peter Kanyago (centre) addresses the press at an event sponsored by Dasani

Giant soft-drinks company Coca Cola has come clean on the presence of micro-plastics in Dasani bottled water.

The company responded after researchers at the State University of New York (SUNY) established that Dasani is among the numerous bottled water products that are contaminated by small pieces of plastics.
Dasani water manufactured in Kenya has about 335 pieces of micro-plastics per litre.
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The company responded through an Interview on BBC where it explained that it observed some of the highest quality standards which involves numerous filtration processes.
Coca Cola, however, admitted that micro-plastics “appear to be ubiquitous and therefore may be found at minute levels even in highly treated products”.
Av similar study had last year sought to establish the level of micro-plastics in tap water.
The latest survey follows a tap water study released in September last year showing the level of plastic pieces concentration.
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We found roughly twice as many plastic particles within bottled water as compared to tap water on average,” the study observed.
Scientists have been carrying out extensive research to establish the effect of plastic pollution on the body and on the ecosystem.
As of yet, there is no evidence that supports that ingesting small pieces of plastic is harmful.

The unusual habit taking root in Uhuru & Ruto’s private meetings

The unusual habit taking root in Uhuru & Ruto’s private meetings

Kenyans on Twitter have been keen to notice a rather queer habit taking root during high profile meetings led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto.

The meetings attended by high ranking officials and sometimes foreign delegates have formed a topic of discussion on social media as Kenyan heads have been spotted casually attending the meeting with no notebooks.
playDeputy President Willaim Ruto meeting with women MPs at the Karen office (Facebook)

Meetings which are mostly synonymous to gatherings where ideas are shared and decisions made require some form of note taking by those in attendance.
But Kenyan leaders have seen no need to carry any notebooks.
In a series of photos taken during these official meetings, Kenyan leaders have been outscored by foreign delegates who proceed to the meeting armed with a pen and notebook ready to document important points during the discussions.
playPresident Uhuru Kenyatta hold talks with Held talks with President Raúl Castro Ruz of the Republic of Cuba at the Presidential Palace in Havana. (Facebook)
Probably one could say that a notebook is a traditional way of taking notes but from the photos Kenyan leaders are not seen with their smartphones taking notes.


This comes days after President Kenyatta held an all-men meeting meant to discuss the economy sparking outrage among Kenyans on social media.
playPresident Uhuru Kenyatta chaired the meeting on the economy's recovery at Harambee House on November 22, 2017 (PSCU)

Mr Kenyatta had gathered his team of economic advisers and development partners to discuss the future of the economy after the 2017 General Election.
Only three women were present at this meeting held at his Harambee House office but they did not have space at the main table.

Why NASA Governor Accompanied Uhuru To Cuba

The Presidential Strategic Communications Unit (PSCU) which is with President Uhuru in Cuba for a three day visit revealed that Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong'o accompanied the president for the event, in the interest of fostering Health in Kenya.

The ODM governor accompanied President Uhuru, with his Marsabit County counterpart Mr Mohamud Mohamed, the PSCU said in statement.
"The President’s delegation includes Marsabit Governor Mohamud Mohamed and Kisumu Peter Anyang Nyong’o. Health being a devolved function, governors are a key factor in the delivery of the President's health agenda,” PSCU said in a statement.
State House Spokesperson Mr Manoah Esipisu, prior to President Uhuru’s flight, revealed that Trade, Health, sports, heritage were at heart of the bilateral talks.
President Kenyatta who in the company of Governor Nyong’o visited Cuba’s leading research and pharmaceutical group, Labiofam on Wednesday, announced a collaborative engagement with “Cuba to significantly improve Kenya’s fight against malaria, with a sharp focus on near eradication,” the Head of State said on Twitter.

Mzee Jomo Kenyatta bust

Meanwhile, President Uhuru Kenyatta, accompanied by Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Amb Monica Juma, Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Achesa Mohamed and Health Chief Administrative Secretary Dr Rashid Amani, on Friday, laid a wreath at the monument of the National Hero “Jose Marti” in Havana.
Cuban leadership said the unveiling was significant as it goes a long way in demonstrating the rich history Kenya and Cuba have in terms of liberation struggles.
The park was built for heroes who relate to the liberation struggle of African independence from the colonial powers.
Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s bust is the 17th of African Heroes on display at the park. The recognition of Kenyatta as one of African Heroes is a clear manifestation of his premier place among others in African history.

Speaking during the ceremony, Uhuru thanked Cubans for their selfless and persistent solidarity with the African people.
The President said Africa and its people will forever be grateful to Cuba as they have been the biggest benefactors of its revolutionary stance.  
 “Africa will forever cherish its relationship with Cuba. Together we will continue to forge mutually beneficial partnerships for the prosperity of our peoples and nations," he said. 
“I take this opportunity to thank you for your solidarity and comradeship in the African liberation movements against colonialism, settler imperialism and apartheid."
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