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Sisi si ‘Vifaranga vya Kompyuta!,’ Uhuru tells Raila as he files response to petition

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President Uhuru Kenyatta Thursday night gave a detailed response to Opposition leader Raila Odinga’s claims of electoral irregularities in the Supreme Court petition challenging his victory. In his 10-page affidavit, Uhuru took issue with Raila for disparaging his win and alleging that he and his deputy William Ruto are “computer-generated” leaders, saying that the huge margin of over one million votes left no doubt that he won fair and square.

“Despite such a clear poll victory, the 1st Petitioner (Raila) has continuously disparaged the electoral win and coined such demeaning remarks as ‘computer-generated leaders’. The Deputy President and I are not computer-generated leaders (“vifaranga vya computer”).

The electoral victory was effected by the Kenyan voters,” Uhuru swore. The President said the difference between his votes and Raila’s was 1,401,286, a significant margin that demonstrated the sovereign will of the people. To show the performance of his party as a sign of his win, the President illustrated in his affidavit the map of Kenya with almost two-thirds of it presented in red showing Jubilee Party wins and one-third in blue showing areas where Raila and the National Super Alliance won.

Aggressive campaigns Uhuru attributed his victory to aggressive campaigns with his deputy that saw them attend more than 600 rallies across the country. “In addition, during the campaign period, the Deputy President and I made significant inroads in areas hitherto regarded as Opposition zones,” Uhuru said. He said Jubilee won a majority of positions in the other five elections for governor, Senate, woman representative, National Assembly, and Members of the County Assembly.

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The President submitted a map of Kenya showing large swathes painted in the ruling coalition’s colours to demonstrate Jubilee’s resounding victory across all seats. ALSO READ: Ken Lusaka: NASA was built on shifting sands Uhuru explained Jubilee Party won 25 seats each for the positions of governor, senator and woman representative. In addition, the ruling coalition secured a majority of seats in the National Assembly (140), with the second party, ODM, garnering 61 seats. Uhuru explained Jubilee had 582 elected Members of the County Assembly against the second party, ODM’s 338. He explained that the electoral victory was consequent to the great efforts made to transform the country; delivery of promises in the Jubilee manifesto and the inclusive government that he presided over.

Uhuru described Jubilee’s victory in the General Election as “remarkable, demonstrable and cannot be assailed in any democratic society”. “Our strategy succeeded as demonstrated by the electoral results in all the six elections as depicted by the various graphs in paragraph 7 and 8 above,” Uhuru argued. Contrary to claims by Raila that the election was not free and fair, the President stated that the polls were conducted peacefully and in accordance with the law and international practice.

He swore that the vague and general accusation made against him by Raila were untrue, without any backing and could not be proved in any court. “I deny that I contravened the rule of law and the principles of the conduct of a free and fair election through the use of intimidation, coercion of public officers and improper influence of voters as pleaded by Mr Odinga.

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The allegations are devoid of any evidentiary or legal basis,” he swore. The President further tore into the claims of electoral malpractice made by one of Raila’s witnesses, Nyangasi Oduwo, saying none of his claims were true. He denied ever corruptly influencing voters as claimed by the NASA leader, and accused Raila of dragging the Deputy President into the claims without giving him opportunity to respond as one of the respondents in the petition.

Government officials The President said he did not intimidate any Government officials on the campaign trail, and also denied violating the electoral code of conduct by launching projects and dishing out goodies to the public during the campaigns. “I deny that while addressing campaign rallies in Makueni, I threatened local chiefs who were allegedly not campaigning for me. My remarks on that occasion were reported out of context. The true position is that I was cautioning chiefs not to depart from their obligation to maintain political neutrality,” said Uhuru.

He added that he was not aware of any Cabinet secretaries who actively campaigned for him and that in any event, Section 23 of the Leadership and Integrity Act exempted Cabinet secretaries from the requirement of political neutrality. The President also defended a massive media campaign launched by the Government during the elections to promote Jubilee achievements over the last five years, saying that they too, (Opposition) had freedom of expression to tell the public what they had achieved.

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He reiterated that the work of Government, including launching projects and compensating citizens affected by the 2007-2008 post-election violence, was continuous and not suspended during the election period, and could form a basis for challenging his election victory. Deputy presidential chief agent Winifred Guchu argued that there were no significant numerical discrepancies between Form 34A (polling station results) and Form 34B (constituency tally) as alleged by Dr Oduwo in his affidavit in support of Raila’s petition.

“I now produce a report that demonstrates that after reconciling discrepancies in the forms attached to Oduwo’s affidavit, the net effect is that the petitioner’s tally improves by 595 votes while that of JP candidates decreases by 1199 votes.”

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US warns Kenyans over fake marriages, says they won’t be allowed to fly out

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The US embassy in Nairobi on Monday issued a warning to Kenyans getting duped into fake marriages to acquire a visa.

Through their official social media pages, the embassy advised caution in the event somebody offers to get you a green card using dubious means.

“Has anyone ever told you they can get a green card for you? Don’t believe them! They are lying and just trying to steal your money. Don’t believe them when they say you can have a fake marriage and still get your green card.

“If you apply with a fake marriage, you will get caught and you will not get your green card. You will become permanently ineligible to ever go to the United States, and you will never be able to get a U.S. visa or a green card,” the embassy warned.

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Kenyans were further urged to apply for a visa or the green card lottery by themselves.

The statement conveyed: “You don’t need to use a fixer to apply for the diversity visa or green card lottery. You can do it yourself and pay the required fee.”

The embassy stated that one should only apply through the Embassy’s official website.

“If you know about anyone promising they can get a green card for you if you enter into a fake marriage, go to the police and report them. You should also report them to the U.S. Embassy,” the statement concluded.

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Earlier last week, US Ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec announced that the United States government was gearing up to fight fake news in Kenya adding that it had eroded confidence in Kenya’s real news media.

Speaking during an interview, Godec stated: “Fake news is being weaponized. It’s undermining democracy in Kenya.”

President Uhuru Kenyatta with US Secretary of Transport Anthony Foxx (C) and Ambassador Robert Godec when he led a US business delegation to State House, Nairobi on June 25, 2015. PHOTO | PSCU

He further remarked: “We’re not asking them to believe any particular thing. We’re just urging people not to take everything they see on their phone via WhatsApp as the truth because it may not be.”

Source -Kenyans.co.ke

 

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VIDEO: Former Kenya’s head of Civil Service Francis Kimemia speaks to VOA

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Former Kenya’s head of Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet who is the current governor of Nyandarua County, Francis Kimemia, has told the Voice of America (VOA) that contrary to a position taken by some naysayers, the devolved system of government is fast transforming Kenya in a myriad ways.

During an interview at VOA’s headquarters in Washington DC Thursday, Kimemia hailed the “good relations between Kenya and the US,” as well as the assistance extended by the latter over the years to the East African nation in support of good governance.

“I am very proud of the role I played in ensuring that the constitution was changed to pave way for the county system of governance,” he said. Kimemia also spoke on several topical issues, including Corruption, national reconciliation and eviction of Kenyans from Mau Forest, Kibera and other areas.

Earlier in the day, he was a guest at an online live-streaming event organised by Voice of America’s Student Union, an online community and news site for international students who study or wish to study in the United States.

Kimemia was among Kenyan Governors, their deputies and Senators who attended this year’s annual United States National Governors Association (NGA) Summer session in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

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23  Kenyan governors, several senators and other government officials joined the general secretary of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s ruling party, the Chinese and Japanese ambassadors to the United States, and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s national security adviser, who also attended the event.

International leaders talked about the relationship between sub-national governments and the federal government. Speakers included the governor of Kenya’s Turkana County, Josphat Nanok – who is also the Chairman og Council of Governors in Kenya, as well  the general secretary of Germany’s Christian Democratic Party.

NGA is an organization consisting of the Governors of the states, territories and commonwealths of the United States which acts as a collective voice for Governors on matters of national policy, as well as allowing governors to share best practices and coordinate inter-state initiatives.

 

Former head of Kenyan Civil Service and Secretary to the Cabinet, who is the current Governor, Nyandarua County, Francis Kimemia during the interview at VOA Studios in Washington DC. PHOTO/VOA

This year’s attendees held discussions on international development and diplomacy.

Later, the Council of Governors Peace Committee held  a meeting with the National Democratic Institute in Washington DC, where they discussed possible areas of partnerships and support for peace and reconciliation efforts.

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The Kenyan delegation also visited several US Cities, including Dallas, Texas, where a number of governors attended a Diaspora Conference organized by Kenya Diaspora Advisory Council.

 Voice of America is the U.S.’s largest international broadcaster, reaching 236.8 million people weekly in more than 40 languages. For more information, you can visit our website.

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Kenyan scientist George Njoroge receives another prestigious award in US

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A US-based Kenyan research scientist has been honoured at a banquet in New York for his discoveries of drugs used to treat cancer and other life-threatening diseases.

Dr George Njoroge was presented with a “pioneer award” from Face2Face Africa, a pan-Africa media company, for his sustained impact on science and medicine.

The 64-year-old Kiambu native holds more than 100 patents for his work on cancer and immunology.

Currently a senior research fellow at the global pharmaceutical company Eli Lilly, Mr Njoroge plans to move next year to Naivasha, where he is establishing a biotechnology institute.

He said he hopes to attract 100 doctoral degree-holders from around the world to take part in the institute’s work on malaria, Aids, diabetes and cancer.

“Africa has to step up the plate and get involved by participating in the global scientific platform,” Mr Njoroge said in accepting the Face2Face Africa award on Saturday.

“We cannot afford to be left behind. In Africa, we have great brains and abundance of resources — we just need to embrace the power of biotechnology.”

He added in an interview that the latest of his numerous awards is particularly meaningful because it specifically honours persons of African origin.

Dr Njoroge credits his now-deceased mother, Alice Nyaucha, for having inspired his interest in science through her work as a practitioner of herbal medicine.

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Dr Njoroge received his undergraduate degree from the University of Nairobi and earned a PhD in organic chemistry at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio.

He is married to Esther Nyambura, who works at Eli Lilly as an accountant. The couple have two adult children, both of whom are studying for medical degrees.

-Nation.co.ke

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