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Kenyan newspaper ‘The Star” is reporting that Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko has rejected a cabinet post offered to him by president Uhuru Kenyatta apparently in exchange for quitting the Nairobi governor’s race in favour of Peter Kenneth.

According to a report published Thursday, Sonko has said he is determined to go the top job, aiming for the Jubilee Party ticket in primaries on Friday.

“Multiple sources close to the presidency yesterday told the Star that a Cabinet position has been offered and rejected several times, wrote “The Star.”

Kenneth will face off with Sonko.

“Sonko could have been CS for the Nairobi Metropolitan Region, a new post created for him. He would oversee Kiambu, Kajiado, Murang’a and Machakos counties,” wrote Star reporter on Wednesday.

“We have given up on Sonko. We wanted him to back Kenneth and we even offered him many other options, but he has rejected all of them,” the paper quotes a source it says is familiar with the matter.

The new development comes a day after Jubilee Party secretariat denied media reports that president Kenyatta had endorsed Mr Kenneth for the City’s top job. Mr Kenyataa had, while on his way to the burial of the father to former Gatanga MP David Murathe, asked thge residents of Kirwra village to “pray for Kenneth to win the Nairobi seat.”

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VIDEO: Trump meets Uhuru at White House, announces plans to negotiate Trade Agreement with Kenya

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President Donald Trump met Thursday with Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at the White House and announced the United States plans to initiate trade agreement negotiations with the Republic of Kenya.

Kenya continues to be a vital partner to the United States in Africa and beyond. Since President Kenyatta’s August 2018 visit, when the two leaders established the United States-Kenya Bilateral Strategic Dialogue, the two countries have expanded partnership across many areas.

“President Trump looks forward to building on this momentum and discussing new opportunities to advance cooperation and trade,” said a statement from the White House.

“Kenya is a recognized leader across the continent, an important strategic partner of the United States, and there is enormous potential for us to deepen our economic and commercial ties,” said U.S.Trade Representative Robert Lighthizer. “Under President Trump’s leadership, we look forward to negotiating and concluding a comprehensive, high-standard agreement with Kenya that can serve as a model for additional agreements across Africa.”

Kenya is strategically important to the U.S., as the U.S. tries to offset the influence of China. China eclipsed the U.S. as Africa’s largest trading partner more than a decade ago.
Kenyatta’s visit to Trump’s White House is rare for an African head of state. Kenyatta met with Trump once before in August 2018, when as the White House said Thursday, “the two leaders established the United States-Kenya Bilateral Strategic Dialogue.”


Trump has not shown much interest in African countries since he has been in office. The U.S. has free trade pacts with 20 countries, but none in Africa.

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The U.S. State Department announced Wednesday, however, that Secretary of State Mike Pompeo would visit Africa for the first time from Feb. 15 to 19, with stops scheduled in Angola, Ethiopia and Senegal.

Trade between the U.S. and Kenya stands at about $1 billion a year.  Over 70% ($466 million in 2018) of Kenya’s exports to the U.S. entered under African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA).

Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga were on Wednesday the key note speakers at a luncheon organised to mark this year’s US National Prayer Breakfast in Washington DC.

The President recounted the distabilising impact post-election conflicts have had on the country’s growth over the last thirty years saying the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) is aimed at finding a homegrown solution to the divisive nature of Kenyan politics.

A poster announcing the invite to the White House. PHOTO|FILE

 

He noted that divisive politics and the resultant ethnic tensions negatively affect the country’s development trajectory saying, “once the election comes, everything stops…business stops one year before an election and restarts one year after an election”.

“It is impossible to bring prosperity and longterm economic stability that’s required for a nation to develop and grow without stable peace.

“Everybody used to plan their businesses around the election cycle,” President Kenyatta told the international audience that comprised mostly of senior American officials.

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President Kenyatta, who retraced Kenya’s history of electon related ethnic conflicts since the adoption of multiparty democracy in the early 90’s, said his coming together with his main political challenger Raila Odinga was motivated by the realisation that the disruption of the economy by electoral tensions every so often was not sustainable.

He narrated the tense and long process leading to the “handshake” with Mr Odinga saying they went against the hard-line positions held by their supporters.

“We sat in a room and it took almost six hours for us to even begin talking anything…it was, what you call, excruciating silence because nobody wanted to be the first to say anything,” President Kenyatta said.

The Kenyan leader expressed satisfaction that millions of Kenyans have joined and are participating in the BBI process saying democracy cannot thrive in an environment of political uncertainty.

“We shook hands and embraced and that one single moment changed the whole country. Because nobody would ever have imagined that we would shake hands and embrace,” the President said.

He continued: “Since then, we have walked as brothers, we have brought onboard (Kenyans) and said that this process that we’ve started is not a political process but rather a process that seeks to entrench our democracy.”

The President said through the BBI, Kenya had began the process of reconciliation and national healing adding that his greatest desire is to leave a peaceful and united country.

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“The greatest gift that me and my brother (Raila Odinga) can possibly ever leave the people of Kenya is the gift of peace, the gift of love and unity of all our people. And that’s the mission that we are on,” he said.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga said he shares the President’s determination and committment to achieve national cohesion through the BBI process by building trust and unity among Kenyans.

The opposition leader said BBI is a historic journey to a united and stable Kenya adding that the process will also help address several challenges facing the country including youth unemployment, corruption and negative ethnicity.

“We discovered that there were no national ethos. We talked about shared prosperity or disparity in terms of regional development, ethnicity as a factor that divides our people. We talked about issues of corruption as a cancer in our society,” Mr Odinga said.

President Kenyatta was introduced to the distinguished audience by Senator Christopher Coons who is the Chairman of the Subcommittee on African Affairs of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

The Delaware Senator spoke glowingly of President Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga saying the determination by the two Kenyan leaders to unite their country by reaching out to each other and closing ranks makes them global role models.

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VIDEO: Watch live as Kenya reacts to President Daniel Arap Moi’s death

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Following the demise of Kenya’s second president Daniel arap Moi, President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed that the following be observed:

1. That in testimony of the respect in which the memory of the Late Daniel Toroitich arap Moi is held, the nation will observe a period of national mourning from today until the day of his funeral.

2. The former head of state will be accorded a State Funeral, with all appropriate Civilian and Full Military Honours being rendered and observed.

3. That as an expression of public sorrow the Flag of the Republic of Kenya shall be flown at half-mast at State House, State Lodges, all Public Buildings and Public Grounds, all Military Bases, Posts and Stations, on all Naval Vessels of the Republic of Kenya, and however elsewhere throughout the Republic of Kenya; from dawn on February 4, 2020 Until sunset on the day of the burial.

4. That Kenya’s national flag shall be flown at half-mast for the same length of time at all High Commissions, Embassies, Consulates, Diplomatic Offices and other facilities of the Republic of Kenya abroad.Moi died on Tuesday morningMoi died on Tuesday at the Nairobi Hospital at 5.20am. His son Senator Gideon Moi was by his side.

“It is with profound sadness and sorrow that I announce the passing of a Great African Statesman, H.E. Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, the Second President of the Republic of Kenya. His Excellency the Former President passed on at the Nairobi Hospital in the presence of his family,” Kenyatta said.

 

“His Legacy endures in Kenya even to this day, encapsulated in the Nyayo Philosophy of ‘Peace, Love and Unity’ that was his mantra throughout his tenure as our Head of State and Government.”

He was 95 years old.

In his day, political activists and others who dared oppose Moi’s rule were routinely detained and tortured, the report said, noting unlawful detentions and assassinations, including the killing of a foreign affairs minister, Robert Ouko.

“The judiciary became an accomplice in the perpetuation of violations, while parliament was transformed into a puppet controlled by the heavy hand of the executive,” the report said.

Corruption, especially the illegal allocation of land, became institutionalized, the report said, while economic power was centralized in the hands of a few.

In 1991, Moi yielded to demands for a multi-party state due to internal pressure, including a demonstration in 1991 during which police killed more than 20 people, and external pressure from the West.

Multi-party elections in 1992 and 1997 were marred by political and ethnic violence that critics asserted were caused by the state.

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By the time Moi left power in 2002, corruption had left Kenya’s economy, the most developed in East Africa, with negative growth.

Moi often blamed the West for bad publicity and the economic hardships many Kenyans had to endure during his rule.

As with his predecessor, Kenyatta, many government projects, buildings and currency notes and coins were named after Moi.

 

 

PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION
-With Respect ToTHE DEATH OF H.E. DANIEL TOROITICH arap MOI, C.G.H.
Second President of the Republic of Kenya
SOLEMNLY ISSUED AT STATE HOUSE, NAIROBI
ON THE 4
th DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2020
To the People of the Republic of Kenya, the Sons and Daughters of Africa,
and the World at Large;
IT IS with profound sadness and sorrow that I announce the passing of a
Great African Statesman, H.E. Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, the Second President of
the Republic of Kenya. His Excellency the Former President passed on at the Nairobi
Hospital on the early morning of this 4
th February, 2020 ; in the presence of his
Family.

OUR NATION and our Continent were immensely blessed by the dedication
and service of the Late Mzee Moi; who spent almost his entire adult life serving
Kenya and Africa in a number of capacities. The Late Mzee Moi served us as an
Educator, a Teacher, a Legislator, Member of Parliament, a Cabinet Minister, the
Vice-President and finally as the President of the Republic of Kenya.

UPON HIS RETIREMENT from State Office, and in keeping with the
seemingly boundless energy that characterized his many decades of Public Service,
the Late Mzee Moi continued to serve Kenya and Africa by mentoring leaders in
Kenya and beyond, continued participation in development projects and charitable
works, and advocating for Peace, Love and Unity throughout Africa and the World.
AS A LEADING FIGURE in the Struggle for Kenya’s Independence, and an
ardent Pan-Africanist; the Late Mzee Moi’s Legacy undoubtedly positions him as one
of Africa’s Greatest, a Man who made his Nation and the Continent immeasurably
better. Following the sudden death of the First President of the Republic of Kenya,
the Late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, the Late Mzee Moi stepped into apex leadership in
1978 and immediately brought calm and confidence to a Nation reeling in shock,
following the unexpected death of the Head of State.

THE LATE MZEE MOI’S steady hand guided Kenya through the restoration
of multi-partyism and many other challenging periods; culminating in the peaceful
transfer of power in December 2002, a then rare occurrence in Africa and one which
set an example that has been emulated across the Continent and beyond ever since.
His Legacy endures in Kenya even to this day, encapsulated in the Nyayo
Philosophy of ‘Peace, Love and Unity’ that was his mantra throughout his
tenure as our Head of State and Government.

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AS WE MOURN THE PASSING of an African Icon, our heartfelt
condolences go out to his Children, Relatives and Close Friends. We will never forget
that even as he served Kenya, Africa and the World; the Late Mzee Moi remained a
deeply committed family man, a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and earnest
Friend to so many. While they undoubtedly grieve his passing, I wish to assure them
that Mzee Moi lives on in the hearts of the Millions of Kenyans who benefited from
his servant-leadership, and in the peaceful, harmonious and united Kenya that was
built in large part by the works of his hands.

ABOVE ALL ELSE, the Late Mzee Moi was a devoted Christian, who
nevertheless championed the rights of all persons of all faiths to observe their
religion without discrimination or impediment. Daniel Toroitich arap Moi ran a good
race, kept the faith, and now he is enjoying his reward in heaven.

IN HONOUR OF THE LIFE AND TIMES of the Late Great Mzee Daniel
Toroitich arap Moi, and on behalf of a grateful Nation forever indebted to our
deceased Second President for all his many years of steadfast public service, I,
UHURU KENYATTA, under the authority vested in me as the President of the
Republic of Kenya and the Commander in Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, do
hereby ORDER and DIRECT: –

I. THAT in testimony of the respect in which the memory of the Late Daniel
Toroitich arap Moi is held, the nation will observe a period of national
mourning from today until the day of his funeral;
II. THAT the Late Daniel Toroitich arap Moi shall be accorded a State Funeral,
with all appropriate Civilian and Full Military Honours being rendered and
observed;
III.
IV. THAT as an expression of public sorrow the Flag of the Republic of Kenya
shall be flown at half-mast at State House, State Lodges, all Public Buildings
and Public Grounds, all Military Bases, Posts and Stations, on all Naval Vessels
of the Republic of Kenya, and however elsewhere throughout the Republic of
Kenya; from dawn on 4
th February, 2020 Until sunset on the day of the
Burial; and
V. THAT our national flag shall be flown at half-mast for the same length of
time at all High Commissions, Embassies, Consulates, Diplomatic Offices and
other facilities of the Republic of Kenya abroad.

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May the Late Mzee Daniel Toroitich arap Moi Rest in Eternal Peace.
ISSUED under the HAND AND SEAL of the President, on this 4
th Day of
February, 2020.
UHURU KENYATTA,
President.

 

Moi was born on 2 September 1924 and was the President from 1978 to 2002. He became president as a result of the death of the then president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. Through popular agitation and external pressures, he was forced to allow multiparty elections in 1991; he led his party, KANU, to victory in the 1992 and 1997 elections. Prior to becoming President, he served as the third Vice President of Kenya from 1967 to 1978.[3]

Moi is popularly known to Kenyans as Nyayo, a Swahili word for “footsteps”, as he often said he was following in the footsteps of the first President, Jomo Kenyatta. He also earned the sobriquet “Professor of Politics” due to his long rule of 24 years, the longest in Kenyan history to date.[4] At 95, he was currently the oldest living former Kenyan president.

 

 

Moi was born in Kabarak village, Sacho division, Baringo County, and was raised by his paternal uncle Kimoi Chebii following the early death of his father. He was from the Tugen sub-group of the Kalenjin people. After completing his secondary education at Kapsabet High School, he attended Tambach Teachers Training College in the Keiyo District. He worked as a teacher from 1946 until 1955.

In 1955 Moi entered politics when he was elected Member of the Legislative Council for Rift Valley. He was the chosen replacement of Dr. John ole Tameno, the former representative who had had to quit due to heavy drinking and suspected connections to the freedom movement.[5] In 1957 Moi was re-elected Member of the Legislative Council for Rift Valley. He became Minister of Education in the pre-independence government of 1960–1961.

In 1960 he founded the Kenya African Democratic Union (KADU) with Ronald Ngala to challenge the Kenya African National Union (KANU) led by Jomo Kenyatta. KADU pressed for a federal constitution, while KANU was in favour of centralism. The advantage lay with the numerically stronger KANU, and the British government was finally forced to remove all provisions of a federal nature from the constitution.

 

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Terryanne Chebet lands prestigious job outside Kenya

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Former Citizen news Anchor, TerryAnne Chebet has being appointed as a patron for Pan African Business Women’s Association (PABWA) in South Africa.

The media personality took to Instagram to share the good news with her followers saying that she was grateful for the opportunity to serve the organization which main aim is to enable African women in business optimize opportunities within the continental Free Trade Agreement.

“What an incredible honour to be appointed yesterday as a patron for the new @pabwa_afcfta (Pan African Business Women’s Association) This association seeks to enable African women in business to optimize opportunities within the continental Free Trade Agreement” Said Ms Chebet.

The borders are falling, our businesses should now look to scale outside our borders, no matter what size your business is! Truly, the future is Female, and the Future is African. 🙏🏾🙏🏾🙏🏾 thanking @yavimadurai and @piweza for the opportunity to serve. From Kitale to the world” read her post.

Her fans went ahead to congratulate her for the appointment stating that she deserved the job.

Here are some of the comments;

wycliffenjoroge Big Up’s Well Deserved 🇰🇪🙏

davidgithu1986 You are an incredible African woman , keep rising .

mscharityw And they couldn’t have appointed a better person, congratulations 👏👏

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muthonijames20 Congratulations dear ..keep souring😍😍

valentine.njoroge Congratulations 🎉🎊🍾🎈 so proud of you 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

caromoige From Kitale to the world! I like that.. keep soaring higher

irene_oduor Congratulations, you are not only an inspiration but a blessing to this generation.👏👏

newmind_kourouma , you are an inspiration and a real blessing, no more only for Kenyans, but now for all africans !!! I’m so proud of you ! ❤️

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