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WATCH LIVE: Raila addresses the nation on his next course of action

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When Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga speaks to supporters Tuesday, his words have the power to ease or deepen the crisis triggered by his rejection of last week’s presidential election result.

The 72-year-old insists he is the rightful winner of a “stolen” election that handed victory to incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta.

But after days of sometimes violent protests and several deaths following the announcement of results last Friday, life showed signs of returning to normal across the country on Monday.

Mr Odinga has lost three previous elections and has claimed he was cheated of victory in the last two.

POST-POLL CHAOS

After the 2007 election, his supporters took to the streets during months of politically motivated tribal violence that left over 1,100 dead.

Finally, an internationally brokered compromise led to a coalition government in which Odinga served as prime minister in President Mwai Kibaki’s administration.

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In 2013 he challenged the presidential results in the Supreme Court and lost.

But this time, Mr Odinga has so far defied pressure to take his complaints to the court.

NOT DONE YET

On Sunday he told cheering supporters, “We are not done yet. We will not give up. Wait for the next course of action” — and promised to speak again on Tuesday.

But after nearly a week in which businesses stayed shut and workers stayed home, the capital Nairobi came back to life on Monday, with many unable to afford more time away from their jobs.

“I came to work because I need to eat, I need my children to eat, and I need my grandchildren to eat,” said Margaret, 62, a hairdresser in the Kibera slum, an Odinga stronghold.

“They can call us to strike, but at the end of the day, they’ll be eating and we won’t.

“You know, I am very sad that Raila did not win, but what can he do now? It’s over and we want peace,” she added.

THE ELECTION IS OVER

Speaking Monday, President Kenyatta tried to draw a line under the election and its aftermath.

“Kenyans have said that the election is behind them, the majority have returned to work,” he said.

He also reached out to Mr Odinga, offering a “hand of peace” and urging him to use legal means to express his grievances, including peaceful demonstrations if he chooses not to go to court.

“Just do it peacefully, orderly… As a government we will not allow loss of life, destruction of property and looting because many, many millions of Kenyans also are desirous to go about their business as before,” he said.

DEATHS

At least 16 people have been killed since Friday night, according to an AFP tally, including a nine-year-old girl hit by a stray bullet in Nairobi’s Mathare slums.

Police have denied innocent protesters have been killed, saying those shot dead had been armed and attacked officers, many while carrying out criminal acts such as rape and looting.

Kenya is now on tenterhooks as it waits to see what Mr Odinga’s next move will be.

“I will do whatever he asks,” said one supporter, 50-year-old Polycarp Orinda, a resident of Kibera slums.

“I will go to the streets if he wants us to go there.”

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Man deported back to Kenya moments after landing at his destination

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A Kenyan has been deported back to his country after being found to have secured his Visa through underhand methods. Francis Kimani alias ‘Yehudah Kimani’ was deported to Kenya from Israel after immigration officers from the Israeli Interior Ministry denied him entry into an Israeli airport on Monday evening.

The 31-year-old had traveled to the Jewish state for a three-week study program. The Times of Israel reports that Kimani managed to secure a visa on his second try, in time for the Conservative Yeshiva’s winter break program after first visa application was denied.

However, upon landing at Ben Gurion Airport, authorities at the passport inspection said his visa was not valid as it was fraudulently acquired and ordered he be deported. He was booked in the next flight to Ethiopia, but lost his bag in the mix.

“They just told me to go back, I feel like I’m not a human,” Kimani said from the Addis Ababa airport.

Rabbi Andy Sacks, director of the Conservative movement’s Rabbinical Assembly in Israel termed the extradition as “an act of outright racism.”

“Let’s be honest, he was not let into the country because he was black, and this is not the first time our converts from Africa have been given the run-around.”

Kimani is allegedly the leader of 50-member Kehilat Kasuku, a small group of families in Kenya who decided to abandon Messianic Judaism in the early 2000s. A retired judge Justin Philips had invited Kimani to study at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem for a short program.

“There was no question on the visa form asking for that, and if they want that information they should ask for it. This is naked racism,” Philips said.

Kimani is a tourism graduate and hopes to one day operate a kosher safari firm in Kenya.

Mwakilishi.com

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Gado’s cartoon on ‘Emperor drunk with power’ causes online stir

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BY BMJ MURIITHI
Some think the cartoon is too harsh. Others say it reveals the truth on the ground. Although it doesn’t name many names, most Kenyans online think they know what Godfrey Mwampembwa (Gado) had in mind when doing the caricature. Upon seeing the cartoon, one Ngugi Mbugua wrote: “Gado is actively wooing deportation. Same way Magufuli would declare any TZ-based Kenyan cartoonist “prohibited immigrant” and deport him posthaste!”
What do you think?
 Here are some of the reactions in the social media:

Lusenaka Masinde: Try ask your child which leader is that you’ll be shocked…………. but do we say!

 Steenie Njoroge: We don’t know until we ask them. Right?

Eduardo Waigwa:  Was it published ?

Steenie Njoroge: It is here.is it not?

Emmah Mwoche:  Isn’t this illegal

Ngugi Mbugua:  Gado is actively wooing deportation. Same way Magufuli would declare any TZ-based Kenyan cartoonist “prohibited immigrant”, and deport him posthaste!

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trick:  Wa!

Gilbert Mwangi:  Go Gado go!

Duncan Langat:  Steenie. Mtafungwa hapa

Ndungi Githuku:  Dere ni mlevi
Makanga ni mwizi

Kebaya Moturi:  Absolute faith corrupts

Isaac Mugunda Wueeeh!!!!!

 

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VIDEO: Uhuru has filled the civil service with Kikuyus, claims Bonie Khalwale

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has done it again, says former Kakamega senator Boni Khalwale. Members of one ethic community have taken up the lion’s share in public appointments in his government, he claims. Khalwale gave an example of a recent gazette notice in which he says only members from the Mt Kenya region were appointed. Khalwale, who spoke on NTV’s  AM Live Show on Tuesday, said even members of the deputy president’s community had been sidelined despite having formed a coalition in the previous government.

“This is certainly not the face of Kenya,” he said. Khalwale’s position was supported by MP and lawyer Otiende Amolo and former MP Jakoyo Midiwo. However, Kiambu MP Kimani Wamatangi and Kerich Senator Aaron Wamatangi did not agree with the assessment, arguing that the three were cherry picking the names for political expediency. “Even Kikuyus are Kenyans..but we should look at all the appointments across the board before making allegations that one substantiate,” said Wamatangi. Watch:

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