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Kenyans in US raise Sh 2M for Raila campaign, set up Gofundme account

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Raila Odinga’s supporters in the Diaspora have raised over Sh2 million within a week to boost the former Kenyan Prime Minister’s election campaign kitty following the establishment of a Gofundme account.

GoFundMe is a crowdfunding platform that allows people to raise money for a variety of causes.

Kenya Satellite News Network (KSN) learnt that NASA supporters – mostly from the United States – had raised $18,895 (Sh 1,927,290) by  Sunday evening (EST).

The coalition’s Diaspora committee, led by Ms Debra Akello of California, had set a target of Sh 5 Million for the demographic.

Through the campaign, which is likely to raise more, Kenyans in the Diaspora are requested to make their contributions online at www.gofundme.com/for-the-change-we-want. Although the service is not available in some parts of the world, it is popular in the US and some other developed countries.

Soon after the fund was set up, the first donor, Dan Mugubi, contributed $1,000 (Sh 100,300).

Last week, Mr Odinga made a public appeal  for well wishers in and outside the country to come to his aid.

In a move that has been criticised by som people, Raila, accompanied by his running mate, Kalonzo Musyoka, asked well wishers to contribute to the kitty through Pay Bill number 991444.

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Odinga is facing President Uhuru Kenyatta in a repeat poll slated for October 17, after the August 8 vote was nullified.

Uhuru’s win as announced by IEBC was anulled by the Supreme Court, the highest court in the land.

On Sunday, while speaking in Machakos, Deputy President, William Ruto made fun of the duo.

“Kwa nini mtu wa kitendawili anabebesha kalonzo Musyoka bakuli ya kuomba msaada?” Wondered Ruto.

On social media, Kenyans were divided on the issue. Some expressed support for the initiative while others castigated the move by the former Prime Minister.

John Njoroge, a Jubilee supporter based in Raleigh, North Carolina wrote on Instagram: “Raila situletee aibu ndogo ndogo hapa Diaspora. If he has ran out of money he should quit the race.”

Leader  of the majority in Kenyan parliament Aden Duale on Friday told Kenyans not to donate towards the cause.

“He’s just fleecing his supporters. There are people who use the elections to make money. They don’t go to elections to win,” Duale said.

“Kenyans must ignore these fraudsters. They are masquerading themselves as liberators, so we are telling Kenyans to be very very careful.”

Duale challenged Raila and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka to – instead of asking for maoney – traverse the country in search of votes.

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However, Mr Odinga has defended the fundraiser arguing that even Jubilee raised money for the campaigns. “Si walifanya harambee na kuokota shilingi bilioni tano kwa muda wa masaa mawili pale Safari Park Hotel?” asked Odinga while on the campaign trail on Sunday.

NASA announced Sunday that it was recruiting over 40,000 agents in preparation for the repeat poll although the coalition still insists that key changes within the electoral body, IEBC, must be carried out before they can participate in the presidential election.

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Kenyans shocked as Chief Justice is seen at a rally attended by President & his deputy

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Kenyans have hit out at Chief Justice David Maraga, accusing him of embarrassing and dishonouring the legal profession after he attended a public rally addressed by President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto in Kisii.

President Kenyatta, Dr Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga on Wednesday toured Kisii County, where they launched new facilities at the referral hospital, and Mr Maraga attended the event.

Critics, including senators, have raised questions why the CJ attended the meeting which they termed a ‘political function’.

“There is no day in the history of this country that a CJ attended a political event. In terms of decorum, it is a very bad manners,” Senate Minority Leader James Orengo said.

Mr Orengo said the CJ had brought dishonour to the courts.

“When you have a situation where the Chief Justice is turning in line in a crowd and waiting to be recognised, in terms of judicial decorum, it is very bad manners,” Mr Orengo said.

Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula expressed disappointment at the CJ for thanking the Executive “for bringing development to his area”.

“He is not the Chief Justice of Kisii. He is the Chief Justice of the Republic of Kenya,” Mr Wetang’ula said.

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Other Kenyans took to social media to express their anger. Nairobi Lawyer Nelson Havi posted on Twitter: “It is going to be difficult for CJ David Maraga to extricate himself from the public perception that he has been taken hostage by the Executive or has willingly joined it. A CJ cannot be doing this. Not under The Constitution of Kenya, 2010.”

Abuga Makori tweeted, “I am a disturbed man simply because of our judiciary. CJ Maraga travelled from Nairobi to Kisii on Wednesday to attend to a roadside rally. I expected him to tour only Kisii Teaching and Referral Hosptial but saw him with politicians in town.”

Another Twitter user said, “Maraga’s high office demands all impartiality in all arenas. He stooped so so low by presenting himself as one of the mtu wa mkono in Kisii.’

Source: Daily Nation

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PHOTOS: See how gay couples turned up in court for their hearing

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Kenya’s LGBT community on Friday turned up in large numbers at the High Court for the ruling on decriminalisation of gay sex which was postponed to May.

Same sex couples were present, some donning matching outfits while holding hands, hoping for a ruling, Nairobi News reported

Gays were all dolled up with makeup and wigs as dapper partners suited up and wore bow ties for the occasion.

The LGBT community hugged and chit chatted outside the court moments before the court session begun.

Members of LGBT community at the High Court on February 22, 2019 during landmark ruling on the decriminalisation of gay sex in Kenya. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE

LOVEY-DOVEY

They were hopeful that the colonial-era laws which criminalise homosexuality would be scrapped off.

When it was time to enter the courtroom, the lovey-dovey couples walked hand in hand and sat side by side as Judge Chacha Mwita conveyed his colleagues’ apologies and consequent postponement of the ruling.

Members of LGBT community at the High Court on February 22, 2019 during landmark ruling on the decriminalisation of gay sex in Kenya. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE

Source: Nairobi News, photo credits, JEFF ANGOTE

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VIDEO: See Uhuru give Margaret nice cheek smooches on World Thinking Day

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

President Uhuru Kenyatta and his wife, Margaret Kenyatta, were caught on camera as they engaged in public display of affection during the World Thinking Day at Statehouse.

The video, posted on Twitter shows President Uhuru walking after concluding his speech and goes to shake Margaret Kenyatta’s hand, and then turns to kiss her on both cheeks much to her amusement.

He then shakes the hands of other people in the high table and then leaves.

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World Thinking Day, formerly Thinking Day, is celebrated annually on 22 February by all Girl Guides and Girl Scouts.

It is a day when they think about their “sisters” and “brothers” in all the countries of the world, the meaning of Guiding, and its global impact.

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