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Jubilee, NASA hit deadlock on the much anticipated national dialogue

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Jubilee and NASA hit a deadlock on the much anticipated national dialogue

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  • Jubilee and NASA leaders have hit a gridlock on the much anticipated national dialogue to end the political stand-off brought about by last year’s elections.
  • Ruling coalition says opposition leaders are only interested in sharing power but NASA’s team dismisses allegations, saying talks must be focused on electoral justice
  • American ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec said the Opposition coalition and the ruling Jubilee should give national dialogue a chance.

 

By ALLAN TAWAI

The ruling party, Jubilee,  and National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders have hit a gridlock on the much anticipated national dialogue to end the political stand-off brought about by last year’s hotly contested polls.

Politicians from both sides are already dismissing each other’s agenda for the proposed dialogue that is being championed by diplomats,  religious and the business community.

On Thursday, American ambassador to Kenya Robert Godec said the Opposition coalition and Jubilee should give national dialogue a chance, noting that discussions between the two sides on the structure of the talks are ongoing.

However, his statement that talks were ongoing was immediately disputed by politicians from both NASA and Jubilee, in a classic example of what happens when parties cannot trust each other, and how far political henchmen would go to protect their turfs. Kenyans, unfortunately, are caught in the middle.

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Interviews with politicians from across the political divide reveal a fractured, fidgety approach to the conversation about electoral and judicial dialogue, with either side arguing that the other wants to swindle the process.

Jubilee majority leader in the National Assembly, Aden Duale, said he cannot understand the incentive for dialogue yet the electioneering period is already behind Kenyans.

“Kenyans long picked their leaders,” he said. “What else does somebody want us to dialogue over? If we must talk with the opposition, it must be about achieving universal healthcare, affordable housing, food security and manufacturing. Nothing else.”

Duale held that when the opposition took up positions in parliamentary committees and minority and whip positions, it inadvertently recognised President Kenyatta’s win.

But then, Kitui Senator Enoch Wambua, who is a close ally of Kalonzo Musyoka, the NASA running mate in the August 8 presidential elections, said such talks must be on electoral justice, and that its agenda must be endorsed by Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka.

“In the event of such talks, we will insist on achieving electoral justice, not a boardroom deal. We are not interested in anusu mkate (coalition government) arrangement. We want talks that will return victory to its rightful owners — Raila and Kalonzo,” he said.

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These positions point to a stillbirth at the negotiating table as neither side trusts the other, and so the environment does not give room for agreement on the dialogue’s agenda.

Jubilee party vice-chairman David Murathe said President Kenyatta has been very clear that he wants healing, inclusion and focus on his four pillars to deliver to Kenyans, and “if there is need for any dialogue, it will be directly with the people”.

“NASA is having dialogue directly with their people’s assemblies, na hata sisi tutaongea na wananchi (we will also engage the public directly),” he said, posing: “Who said we must sit around a table with a few select people?”

Mr. Murathe added that NASA has tried hard to “externalise” the political tussle. “They were even calling for the United Nations to supervise elections and we refused. We said as long as these are Kenyan issues, only Kenyans will solve them.”

The vice- chairman dismissed those pushing for dialogue between NASA and Jubilee as “busybodies”, adding: “The envoys have talked to the clergy, the private sector, and even Raila and his team. I do not know whether the President is in the loop, but I know there are people imagining that there will be a caucus in terms of dialogue. That is wishful thinking.”

He said the diplomatic community has no business minding Kenya’s internal affairs.

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“If Kenyans need international participation, it will have to follow the correct channels, and the right channel is for Raila to talk directly to Uhuru and suggest the areas they need to tackle. But to get stuck like a broken record singing the same electoral justice tune… what is election justice? When they win?”

The American Ambassador to Kenya had earlier in the day said that “dialogue is important”, and that “the country must be as strong and united as possible”.

“The elections are over,” he continued during a meeting with Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka and majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen at Parliament Buildings in Nairobi, where they also discussed the promotion of devolution. “They are now behind Kenyans. It is now time to move forward.”

As a result of the standoff, the opposition coalition NASA said it will swear in Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka as president and deputy president, respectively, this month.

Speaking in Nairobi on Thursday, Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) executive director Oduor Ong’wen said that Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka have formed, and are set to unveil, an assumption to office committee that will work on the modalities of their swearing-in ceremony, tentatively set for the end of January.

 

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VIDEO: Atwoli brags about his prowess in bedroom matters with his latest wife Mary Kilobi

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COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli has for the first time spoken about his relationship with KTN news anchor Mary Kilobi after their marriage came to light a week ago.

Speaking during an interview at Citizen Tv with Jeff Koinange on JKL, Atwoli revealed that he met Kilobi 13 years ago when she was 21 and vowed to marry her.

“When I met her about 13 years ago, that’s in 2005 in Kampala and she was at that time with Uganda Broadcasting Corporation (UBC) and I was in the company of my second wife whom I have released to go and do politics and she has taken over.

“At that particular time we talked and she was still young at around 21 years old and I told her when you mature even if it takes 1000 years I will marry you. After her stay in Uganda she came back to Kenya, got a job with KTN.

“And because of the nature of work I do, you need somebody to assist you, you want somebody to rush and get you something and it must be a person you trust. She is my assistant, she is my lover, she is my wife and she got to take care of me. I’m a stupid lover,” said the COTU boss.

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Asked to comment about his wife Mary Kilobi, who was watching the show at home, Atwoli described the Kiswahili anchor as a nice lady who is taking good care of him.

“I tell her she is a nice lady, she is taking care of me, she is committed to our relationship and that’s all. But that does not mean I don’t respect my elder wife. She is a wonderful mama she has kept my family together and she is doing a commendable job,” added Francis Atwoli.

When asked about the age difference he responded, “There is no age limit between a man and a woman, everywhere in the world.’’

Atwoli is 36 years her senior.

“Na kazi unaweza? Bado unasoma katiba?” asked Jeff. Watch:

In a candid interview with the Nairobian, the pretty media personality revealed that they met while she was in Uganda where she was working as an intern with Uganda Broadcasting Corporation.

Atwoli was in the station for an interview and upon hearing of a Kenyan girl who was working there, he insisted on meeting her.

They exchanged numbers and in 2016 he won her heart.

‘’He proposed to me but I said no. But he insisted. He persistently stated that he was serious and would wait for even 1000 years for me to say ‘yes’ and marry him,’’ said Kilobi.

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VIDEO: I have lost many friends because of bomoabomoa – President Kenyatta

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has reassured Kenyans he would not relent in his fight against impunity and rampant corruption and not even his friends would be spared in the ongoing crackdown on illegal properties erected on wetlands. The president disclosed he had lost many friends in the past few weeks due to the demolitions, but he was not bothered by it.

Addressing a congregation at the Faith Evangelistic Ministry in Karen, Nairobi, on Sunday, August 12, Uhuru advised Kenyans not to be afraid of losing friends because of doing the right thing in the eyes of God. “I have lost many friends. Many have called me asking ‘how can you be watching when all the destruction is going on?’ I say a time has come to fight impunity. Let us lose our friends and do what is right in the eyes of God. Let us create a society that respects and treasures hard work and integrity, a nation with a conscience,” he said.

 

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Anglican priest ‘busted’ at city lodging with married woman dies

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Anglican priest, Reverend Elijah Githinji, fell prey to a similar gang that allegedly blackmailed Kirinyaga Deputy Governor Peter Ndambiri in 2014 and later died in India after suffering a sudden ailment said to have been triggered by the dehumanising ordeal that left hima at the mercy of his followers.

He was buried at his rural Kabaro home, Ndia, Kirinyaga West Sub-county the same Monday Ndambiri identified the third suspect.

Ndambiri who arrived at the burial after 6pm told mourners that he was late for Githinji’s funeral as he was held up at a police identification parade in Nairobi.

“Although our brother has left without justice having been served, those who set him up will certainly be punished since we believe they were the same ones who subjected me to the dehumanising condition after falling into their trap,” he said.

Mourners at Githinji’s funeral recalled how the gang allegedly busted him from a lodging in Nairobi where he was a priest with a married woman leading to a thorough beating from the ‘husband,’ but Githinji maintained his innocence until his death.

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