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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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Long serving US Supreme court Judge and cultural icon Ruth Ginsburg dies at 87

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US Supreme court judge Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the second woman to serve on the apex Court and a pioneering advocate for women’s rights, who in her ninth decade became a much younger generation’s unlikely cultural icon, died on Friday. She was 87.

RBG, as she was popularly known, died in Washington DC  Friday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer.

Born on March 15, 1933, she served on the court  from 1993 until her death in 2020. She was nominated by President Bill Clinton on June 14, 1993.

Ginsburg became the second of four female justices to be confirmed to the Court after Sandra Day O’Connor, the two others being Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, both of whom are still serving in 2020.

Following O’Connor’s retirement in 2006 and until Sotomayor joined the Court in 2009, she was the only female justice on the Supreme Court.

During that time, Ginsburg became more forceful with her dissents, which were noted by legal observers and in popular culture. She was generally viewed as belonging to the liberal wing of the Court. Ginsburg authored notable majority opinions, including United States v. Virginia (1996), Olmstead v. L.C. (1999), and Friends of the Earth, Inc. v. Laidlaw Environmental Services, Inc. (2000).

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Ginsburg was born in Brooklyn, New York. Her older sister died when she was a baby, and her mother, one of her biggest sources of encouragement, died shortly before Ginsburg graduated from high school. She then earned her bachelor’s degree at Cornell University, and became a wife and mother before starting law school at Harvard, where she was one of the few women in her class.

Ginsburg transferred to Columbia Law School, where she graduated tied for first in her class. Following law school, Ginsburg entered into academia. She was a professor at Rutgers Law School and Columbia Law School, teaching civil procedure as one of the few women in her field.

Ginsburg spent a considerable part of her legal career as an advocate for the advancement of gender equality and women’s rights, winning multiple arguments before the Supreme Court. She advocated as a volunteer attorney for the American Civil Liberties Union and was a member of its board of directors and one of its general counsels in the 1970s. In 1980, President Jimmy Carter appointed her to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, where she served until her appointment to the Supreme Court. Ginsburg received attention in American popular culture for her fiery liberal dissents and refusal to step down; she was dubbed “The Notorious R.B.G.”, a play on the name of the rapper known as “The Notorious B.I.G.“, in reference to her notable dissents.[3]

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She died at 87 years of age on September 18, 2020, from complications of metastatic pancreatic cancer at her home.\

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ODM announces plans to reconsider its policies

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BY KEVIN KOECH

A day after ODM party leader’s son Raila Junior made controversial remarks on the conduct of ODM politicians, the party has issued a statement on the same.

Speaking on behalf of ODM, Secretary General Edwin Sifuna announced that the party has plans to reassess its policies and make changes. Mr. Sifuna acknowledged that ODM needs to review its strategy.

He also noted that the party had initiated changes in its top organs. Additionally, he said that the changes are focusing on the 2022 general elections.

“We honestly looked at ourselves and even commissioned a task force to deliberate on internal issues. The team’s report, whose recommendations we have implemented, came with some indictment,” Mr. Sifuna stated.

“We wanted the task force to indicate our problems based on the report tabled before the National Executive Council (NEC) and adopted in its entirety,” he added.

The ODM Secretary-General also said that the party disbanded its National Election Board (NEB). Additionally, they disbanded the National Disciplinary Committee after it failed to discipline rebellious Malindi MP Aisha Jumwa.

Oduor Ong’wen, ODM’s Executive Director, also pointed out that they based the philosophy of ODM on fighting for human rights and devolution.

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Senators want TikTok regulated in Kenya 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Nominated Senator Iman Falhada Dekow now wants the government to regulate the usage of social media app TikTok.

Speaking at the Senate, the Senator accused the platform of collecting user data, location, phone number and other private information.

“There have been serious allegations against the application on the issue of data privacy, the application gathers information on a user’s country location, internet address and type of device if allowed.

“It will also ascertain the user’s exact location, phone contacts and other social media network connections as well as age and phone number,” she said.

TikTok is already under investigation over privacy concerns by U.S. and the European Union over its security.

“The question does arise to the safety of the data that Kenyans unknowingly provide to the application regarding themselves,” said Falhada

“The application has created a culture of violence, hate speech, bullying and exchange of sexually explicit content which in some cases are part of the trending topics with millions of posts.

“This has raised ethical concerns about the app and has contributed negatively to Kenyan society especially during COVID-19 pandemic era when schools have remained closed,” she added.

Nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura and Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei said that all social media platforms need to be regulated.

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Mwaura said that American social media brands have also been sued across the world over data security breach.

“Ukiangalia zile kampuni ambazo zimeweza kuanzishwa kule Amerikani, zenyewe pia zimeshtakiwa katika anga za kimataifa kwa sababu ya kutokua na usiri wa data ambayo wanatoa kutokana na watu wote duniani,” he said

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