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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.

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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.

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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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PHOTOS: Jeff Koinange’s elder brother emotional burial

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It has been a tough for news anchor Jeff Koinange’s family following the loss of his brother David Waiganjo Mbiyu.

The news anchor’s brother who died in a road accident was laid to rest on Friday, September 18.

Taking to his social media pages, Jeff shared emotional photos as the family paid their last respect to Mbiyu.

Captioning the photo with sorrowful message affirming that they all loved Waiganjo and will be missed.

“Farewell, my Brother! We loved you but God loved you more! You Will be MISSED!” he wrote.

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Sossion daughter celebration: MP reveals child’s enviable journey to top Law Company

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Nominated Member of Parliament Wilson Sossion on Saturday held a thanksgiving ceremony at his Motigo Village home in Bomet County to celebrate his daughter, Rosemary Chepkorir Sossion, for achieving admirable academic feat.

Rosemary holds two undergraduate degrees from the University of Nairobi (UoN), and is an Advocate of the High Court after she was admitted to the Bar in February 2020 following her successful completion of her post-graduate education at the Kenya School of Law (KSL).

Speaking at the event, which was attended by among others, ODM leader Raila Odinga, COTU chief Francis Atwoli, KANU Secretary-General Nick Salat, Senate Minority Leader James Orengo, Sossion said he was proud of his firstborn child, who overcame turbulence of losing a mother, to still post top grades in school.

Sossion’s first wife-cum-Rosemary’s mother, Monica Sossion, died in a road accident in 2010.

“She (Rosemary) has graduated with two degrees: a bachelor’s degree in Law from the University of Nairobi and a Bachelor’s of Arts in International Relations from the University of Nairobi. She also successfully completed her post-graduate diploma at the Kenya School of Law, and was subsequently admitted to the Bar in the month of February [2020]. She was, thereafter, taken up by one of the most reputable law firms in Kenya, Oraro & Company Advocates. She is now a practising lawyer,” Sossion said while addressing invited guests at the ceremony.

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“Mine as a father, is to congratulate and thank her. She is my firstborn [child]. When her mother died, she was in Form Two. She has been a very strong girl in every way. When she graduated with her first degree, Bachelor of Law, I rewarded her with a car. When she graduated with a degree in International Relations, I paid for her trip to the United Kingdom. Today, I am not giving you any gift; I am handing you over to the public so that you can serve the public. Deliver justice to the people that you will represent,” added Sossion.

“This country’s democracy and human rights must be promoted, and it is lawyers who are supposed to do it, and you are one of them. As a father, I can tell you that I have presented a competent lawyer to you. Parents, let us not be shy to celebrate children when they do well.”

About Rosemary Sossion’s employer, Oraro & Company Advocates

Rosemary Chepkorir Sossion is an employee of Oraro & Company Advocates. [PHOTO | COURTESY]

Oraro & Company Advocates on its website describes Rosemary Sossion as “an associate in the litigation department, who specialises in dispute resolution, employment law, family law, environmental and land law”.

“She (Rosemary) is part of a team acting for a renown commercial bank (under receivership) in a recovery suit after massive theft and embezzlement of funds worth USD 220 million (Ksh23.8 billion) from individuals and companies,” says Oraro & Company Advocates on its website.

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“She is also part of a team representing directors in a Kenyan company concerning the fraudulent and unlawful transfer of the shares which resulted in the unlawful transfer of the company’s property.”

Established 38 years ago, by George Oraro SC (one of Kenya’s top litigators), Oraro & Company Advocates is a top-tier, full-service Kenyan law firm.

The firm’s areas of strength include Corporate & Commercial, Dispute Resolution, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Conveyancing & Securities and Tax.  Its partnership includes some of Kenya’s best legal minds and its lawyers are recognised by several international leading legal directories.

The firm is also well-recognised for its contribution to Kenyan jurisprudence (through its formidable dispute resolution team), work on some of Kenya’s largest deals and its significant contributions to Kenya’s legal profession.

In April this year, Oraro & Company Advocates achieved a top ranking in the 2020 edition of The Legal 500 EMEA rankings.

The company was ranked a Top Tier Firm in the Dispute Resolution and Employment practice areas. The firm’s banking, finance and capital markets practice area was also highly recommended by the directory.

500 EMEA affirmed the company’s ‘exceptional record in big-ticket disputes’ and noted that it remained a notable name in insolvency and tax disputes.

The firm’s senior partner, George Oraro, and managing partner, Chacha Odera, were ranked as ‘Leading Individuals’ in law.

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Mututho escapes death by a whisker after being attacked by armed gunmen

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Former Naivasha Member of Parliament John Mututho last night escaped death by a whisker in Nakuru Town West sub-County.

Mututho said he was driving from Bomet when he was accosted by armed men at Jua Lako area on Saturday around 1950hrs.

“I was engaged in a shooting incident with two individuals on a red motorcycle who both wore helmets,” said Mr Mututho.

He explained that the motorcycle pulled alongside the car on the driver’s side and opened fire on him.

Mututho who is a licenced gun holder said the unknown people only managed to shoot once before repulsing them.

“I engaged them successfully before driving Central Police Station Nakuru where I recorded a statement vide OB.67/12/09/20,” he said.

He was alone at the time of the incident, he said in a Facebook post, driving towards Racecourse Estate.

In 2012 in an interview with The Standard, Mr Mututho said he had been shot at twice in a bid to silence him over his stand on the production, sale and consumption of alcohol.

The Alcoholic Drinks Control Act of 2010 stopped production of illicit liquors and gave drinking window leading to the closure of liquor making enterprises.

“I’m not one who is easily intimidated when fighting for what I believe is right for the country,” said Mututho.

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