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Supreme Court’s decision upholding the re-election of President Kenyatta has touched off violent demos in some perceived opposition strongholds.

Supporters of the National Super Alliance (Nasa) and its leader Raila Odinga on Monday took to the streets to express their disappointment with the judgment.

DEMOS

The demos turned violent in some parts of Nyanza, Mr Odinga’s home turf, and Kibera and Mathare slums in the capital Nairobi.

In Kisumu, a car was set ablaze in Kondele slums moments after chaos broke out in the lakeside city in the wake of the apex court’s judgment.

Youths barricaded roads leading into and leaving Kisumu central business district with burning tyres and rocks.

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Some were stopping and inspecting public service vehicles for unknown reasons.

Youths block roads leading to Kondele on November 20, 2017. PHOTO | RUSHDIE OUDIA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

They accosted three occupants of a saloon car, beat and mugged them before vandalising and setting the vehicle alight.

The trio ran to the Kondele Police Station to save their lives.

KURIA

Businesses around Kondele and Kibuye closed in a huff out of fear of looting.

Parts of Kisumu CBD were, however, calm after the court’s decision.

In Migori county, residents expressed disappointment with the apex court’s decision.

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They said since they did not cast their ballots in the fresh presidential poll, they will not recognise the administration of Mr Kenyatta.

“We are waiting for our leader Raila Odinga to give us direction…if it will come to secession, then so be it,” said Mr John Onyango, a Jua Kali artisan.

A retired civil servant, Mr Barack Otieno, wondered how the divisions in the country will be addressed.

CALM

“Tribalism and hatred are getting entrenched by the day and the two major political divides continues to pull apart,” he said.

But most parts of Nyanza and western Kenya were calm as others, perceived to be pro-Jubilee Party, erupted in celebrations.

Scores of residents in Kuria in Migori county, for instance, celebrated the court’s verdict.

Protesters take to the streets of Kondele on November 20, 2017. PHOTO | RUSHDIE OUDIA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The residents, most of whom discussed the decision in groups, said they were happy that there will be no other election.

“We will forget about a possibility of another election and move on. We are tired of the incessant politicking. Let Uhuru continue. It is time to move on,” said Mr Chacha Burigiri, a resident of Kehancha.

They further called on the opposition leader Raila Odinga to respect the court’s decision.

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‘INJUSTICE’

“We ask Nasa leader Raila Odinga to accept the ruling and allow the country to move on. The current political grandstanding has really affected our economy and now lives are being lost because of chaos. We need to put this behind us,” said Ms Robi Jacky, a resident of Kegonga.

However, they are those who were displeased with the judgment, arguing that it has entrenched electoral injustice.

“I am not happy. The October 26 repeat poll was clearly a sham and I expected the Supreme Court to nullify it and give the nation another chance to hold a free and fair poll but this is not to be. Electoral theft has been legitimised,” said Mr John Robi Kehaga from Isibania.

In Kakamega, the town remained calm as residents went about their businesses normally.

But celebrations broke out in Mumias East, a Jubilee stronghold, shortly after the court’s decision.

KAKEMEGA

Some traders in Kakamega had closed their businesses fearing there would be an outbreak of violence and protests but later re-opened.

There was no heavy presence of security officers on the busy streets as the was the case on September 1.

Western region police chief Moses Ombati said the region was largely peaceful.

“We have not received any reports of protests but our officers are on the alert and closely monitoring the situation,” said Mr Ombati.

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The busy Kakamega main county market and the bus terminus were bustling with activity as residents went about their businesses.

VIHIGA 

Vihiga County, the home of Nasa principal Musalia Mudavadi, also remained largely calm.

Businesses in Mbale, Majengo and Luanda remained open as normalcy prevailed.

A spot check by the Nation revealed people went on with their activities as usual.

Sabatia MP Alfred Agoi, who had called for calm before the decision, later said the country was going through tough times.

“Transmission of results was manipulated. We will soldier on with liberation calls,” said Mr Agoi.

“We have our plan to redeem and reclaim our country. We want to restore electoral justice.”

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Jiweke Tavern owner collapses, dies in his house

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Jiweke Tavern Restaurant owner John Keige has died.

The city tycoon collapsed and died outside outside his home in Nyari Estate, Nairobi.

He was quickly rushed to Nairobi Hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

According to his domestic employees, Keige had just completed taking lunch, and decided to take a walk but collapsed moments after getting out of his house.

“Boss had just finished having lunch when he decided to go jogging. A few steps outside the gate, he collapsed,” One of his workers told The Standard.

Confirming the businessman’s sudden death, Keige’s sister Elizabeth Keige said his brother died on Tuesday afternoon, July 7 and he will be laid to rest on Tuesday, July 14.

He will be burried at a private funeral at the family rural home at Muruka in Kandara, Murang’a county.

Rumours had it that the tycoon died from COVID-19 but his doctor dismissed the claims saying he died of a heart attack.

Jiweke Tavern is located off Ngong Road in Nairobi.

In April, the entertainment joint made headlines after it reportedly refused to host a group of atheists on Easter Weekend.

The club is hailed for its consistent good service provision from the bartender to the bouncers.

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Amani welcomes 1st child 10 months after miscarriage

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Gospel singer Cecilia Wairimu alias Amani together with her Nigerian husband Chinasa Udeala have welcomed their first child.

On Saturday, the singer revealed how she had a miscarriage in 2019 which broke her heart because she had been trying to have a baby for a while.

She shared an old picture on her Instagram page and narrated how extremely sad and disappointed she was but chose not to give up despite the challenges.

“When I took this picture last year, I was pregnant but lost it. It hurt but in that moment I chose not to grumble or murmur or get angry. Though disappointed, I chose not to give up and lose faith,” the singer said.

Despite the miscarriage, she said that she was still hopeful that she can still conceive.

“I had conceived after failing to conceive for a while. So I realized that my season had come and it was just a matter of time. I thanked God in advance and the following month I conceived again and this time the pregnancy was sustained.”

“Today I hold my gift from God in my arms. My baby. It is still so surreal. Yahweh is a faithful God who is always on time. All the glory goes back to him,” she said.

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During her days in the secular world, the award-winning artiste featured in some of the best known Kenyan songs with the likes of Nameless in the song Ninanokiand also released Tamani, Missing my Baby and Tonight.

In 2010, she was featured in a song written and produced by R Kelly, Hands Across the World. Other artists who were featured in the song include Ali Kiba, Fally Ipupa, 2face Idibia and Navio.

Amani later transitioned to gospel music and went on to release songs such as Upendo and Jina Lake Yesu.

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How once vibrant Nakuru estates have turned into criminal dens

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In the good old days, Kivumbini, Kaloleni, Flamingo, Paul Machanga, Baharini and Ojuka estates in Nakuru town were the most sought after residential areas for low income earners.

This was for a good reason.

Unlike other estates, these had all the amenities including round-the-clock water supply at a subsidised cost and a consistent supply of electricity.

Garbage collection was done weekly, making the estates some of the cleanest in Nakuru town, perhaps one of the reasons why it was regarded the cleanest in the region.

In addition, the houses were repainted at least twice a year and security was guaranteed with massive street lights strategically placed.

Residents of the golden 1980s and early 1990s era also remember well-maintained playgrounds for their children.

Over time, however, heaps of garbage started to appear and today, they have the areas an eyesore.

The estates are now a case study of poor planning and the social and economic implications have made life more difficult for residents.

Thanks to a booming population that has eaten up all the open spaces once reserved for backdoor gardening, makeshift iron sheet structures are a common sighting as some youths live in cubicles away from the parents they shared bedsitters with.

In the estates have arisen some of the deadliest gangs in Nakuru town, including one known as ‘Confirm’, whose members have turned some of the cubicles into their dens.

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A view of Flamingo Estate, Nakuru town, where one of ‘Confirm’ gang’s hideouts is located. PHOTO|FRANCIS MUREITHI |NATION MEDIA GROUP

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INSECURITY

For many residents and visitors to the town, the estates are now no-go zones.

Save for a few cobblers and people roasting maize along roads, the once vibrant shopping centres at Kivumbini and Flamingo estates are lifeless.

“The more disheartening thing is that no investors can put their money here because of the gangs. They will demand a protection fee and there is nothing you can do about it,” said a resident who operated a kiosk in one of the estates.

Other residents, who also refused to be named, blamed security agents and politicians for the increase in crime.

“More worrisome is the nonchalant attitude of security agents in dealing with the criminals, who reign supreme,” said a resident of Flamingo.

“Some politicians offer to pay bonds for criminal gangs and storm police stations demanding for their release,” said a resident of Kivumbini.

“Some bad elements in the police service have turned the gang into A cash cow. Once they arrest them they demand bribes and later release them,’ said a resident of Bondeni.

Nakuru County Commissioner Erustus Mbui Mwenda absolved security agents from blame and cited frustration in their efforts to nail politicians and the criminals involved.

“There is a case in court against a politician who wanted to burn a petrol station. The matter is still pending even though police did their work. You can’t blame police for justice delayed or denied,” said Mr Mbui.

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Kaloleni ‘C’ and Flamingo Phase Two estates in Nakuru twon, which stand next opposite each other and are barricaded with iron sheets due to a surge in crime in the area. PHOTO |FRANCIS MUREITHI |NATION MEDIA GROUP

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NEW TACTICS

During a recent county engagement forum organised by Midrift Human Rights Network, to discuss how to prevent and counter violent extremism among the youth, Mr Mbui said the government was aware of all of the gangs’ tricks.

The administrator said members of the “Confirm” gang were using drones to disrupt law enforcement but noted that security agencies were taking the matter seriously.

As authorities seek solutions, residents continue to live in fear that their children will join the gangs.

“You can imagine the mental and psychological trauma most parents face, seeing their children being recruited into these gangs,” said Mr James Kanyotu, a resident of Flamingo Estate.

He said that with the Covid-19 pandemic, and the suspension of learning and other activities, many pupils were being targeted.

“This is a trying time for parents. With the reopening of schools pushed to next year, many are bound to join the gangs,” said Ms Jennifer Achieng’.

Authorities have expressed concerns that primary schools neighbouring the estates, such as Bondeni, St Theresa, Kisulisuli, Flamingo, Kimathi, St Paul’s, Bondeni and Baharini, are easy targets for radicalisation.

A boy in Kaloleni, who identified himself only as Tony, said the inconsistency in county and national government policies surrounding the matter and lack of political goodwill contribute to increased crime in the region.

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“Nearly all these estates were constructed before independence and have outlived their usefulness due to a bursting population, but you only hear the government talking big from a distance about expanding affordable housing for the poor. On the ground things are different,” he said.

Another youth said, “These ‘Confirm’ gangsters are smart and well educated youth who cannot even access the Kazi Kwa Vijana initiative because of corruption. This forces them to look for alternative means of survival. The only readily available ones are through criminal gangs.”

Midrift Executive Director Joseph Omondi said that to make Nakuru safe and tame crime, the county must implement the action plan for preventing and countering violent extremism.

“These criminal gangs whose membership increases by the day is a ticking time bomb that will explode if no action is taken, particularly as we hit the homestretch to the 2022 General Election,” he said.

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