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Kenyan Police ready to arrest, charge Raila with treason – Spokesman Charles Owino

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Police are ready to arrest and charge NASA leader Raila Odinga with treason if he is sworn-in as President on Tuesday, ‘The Star’ Newspaper is reporting.

Sources at Vigilance House said police will abide by the advice of Attorney General Githu Muigai on the matter, who said this would be treason and that the punishment is death.

The sources said police will not disrupt Raila’s meeting “but we cannot allow what is unlawful so what matters is for his meeting to be lawful…if it is a lawful meeting we will have no problem. We only take action in accordance with the law”.

Lawful or unlawful?

Police spokesman Charles Owino declined to share details of terms on which Raila will be allowed to hold a public meeting without a swearing-in.

“I don’t have jurisdiction to comment on that. The Attorney General was clear….The AG is the chief adviser to the government and we work for the government. The AG has advised us on what the law provides for,” Owino told The Star on phone.

“Police enforce laws and regulations of the land. We respect Kenyans and what they do but if you commit an offence, we have to act within the law. If the law dictates that you have to be arrested then our hands are tied – we have to act within the law.”

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Owino said police don’t anticipate that Raila will commit an offence, or do anything unusual, because he is experienced and will act within the law.

Two plans are being tossed – stopping Raila from holding a meeting or allowing it but disrupting it immediately it turns out to be an inauguration.

Gunshots and tear gas filled Donholm on November 28 when police disrupted Raila’s announcement about the plan.

A source noted: “Every lawful assembly is authorised. If you authorise an assembly then it turns out to be unlawful, then in becomes riotous and therefore you have to request it be dispersed. But if a person has out-rightly told you that the activity he is going to carry out is unlawful, can you authorise it?

“Kenyans know what happens. If the activity Raila wants to carry out is lawful, we will authorise it, but if it is not, we cannot. Is the meeting that Raila wants to have lawful or unlawful? if you see us authorise it, it is lawful. if we don’t authorise it, it is unlawful. If an activity is lawful, we provide security but if it is not, we don’t.”

‘Raila volatile political statements’

Owino said Raila’s statement on the swearing-in contained political allegations and police have no obligation to respond as their primary role is to enforce the law.

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“We don’t react to those kinds of allegations because they are volatile political statements. We don’t need to react to political statements. Our duty is to enforce the law…we are not supposed to respond to political questions. We only act in accordance to the law.

“A policeman is an officer of the law; a person who enforces law and order. If the activity you want to carry out is not lawful, as provided for in the constitution, then we cannot provide security.

“If the activity he is going to carry out is lawful and is provided for in the constitution of Kenya, we will provide security. We have no problem with him. We serve everyone.”

But another officer said Raila cannot come up with another activity as he stated he will become President of the People’s Republic of Kenya come December 12, which is Jamhuri Day.

The senior officer noted police were not aware of an activity other than what the NASA principal specified.

“Our duty is only to watch and see if he carries out the activity of being sworn-in. If he does, we will follow the law. If the law says he be charged for treason, then we can only arrest and charge him and leave the rest to courts. He is not above the law. If he does what is right, we will have no problem.”

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“Our duty is to enforce the law and regulations. If Raila wants to do anything within the law there is no problem but if what he wants to do is illegal, then we don’t give authority.”

-The Star

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University of Botswana to offer Brexit course

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A course about Brexit, the UK’s plan to leave the European Union, is to be offered as an option by the University of Botswana’s history department.

The course, called Modern Britain, will “study the crisis” as it happens, a notice shared on Twitter said.

Students will, however, not sit for an exam.

Bruce Bennett from the university confirmed to the BBC that the course will be offered.

“[It] is intended to link the present crisis, which is of interest to many people, to the historical background,” he said.

He said that as an elective course students from other departments would be able to take it.

“There has been interest from students from across the university, including of course political science but not limited to them.”

He added that other major events in British history would also be covered.

“This semester the British history course will focus on the Brexit crisis, as it happens, in combination with relevant British history. This historical background includes both relatively recent events such as the Northern Irish Troubles and the Good Friday agreement, and the deeper background.”

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Igathe ditches Equity Bank and Kenyans wonder whether he can ever keep a job for long

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Equity Bank Managing Director Polycarp Igathe has rejoined Vivo Energy as Executive Vice President of Sales and Marketing.

Igathe will assume his new role from September 1, barely a year after joining the lender.

“I am pleased to announce that Polycarp Igathe will rejoin Vivo Energy as the Executive vice president Sales and Marketing, a newly created role that is being added to the Vivo Executive Management (VEM),” Vivo Energy CEO Christian Chammas said in a statement.

In his new role, Igathe will be responsible for sales and marketing across the group.

Igathe was first named as Equity Bank’s Chief Commercial Officer in May 2018. The appointment came four months after he quit as Nairobi Deputy Governor citing lack of trust with his boss Mike Sonko.

He was promoted to the Equity MD position in September.

Igathe was the Vivo Energy Kenya MD before resigning to join politics.

His latest move sent Kenyans on Twitter into a frenzy, with many terming him a lucky guy whom “employment looks for.”

jeff_Elvtwin@JElvtwin

Some of us are seeking employment whereas employment is seeking Polycarp Igathe.

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just STEVE !!!@just_STEVE___

I pray to be as fortunate as one of these guys. Polycarp Igathe, Julius Kipngetich
Able to resign at breakfast and have another job by lunch time

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A.F. Abbott@MrPhyc

Alafu Polycarp Igathe aanze story za “create employment, don’t just wait to be employed..”

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@nicky🇰🇪@Dennoh0

Next year time like now,Nairobi governor Sonko reappoints polycarp igathe as Nairobi county deputy governor

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JOE MUHAHAMI@Muhahami

Polycarp Igathe has left Equity Bank and rejoined Vivo Energy.

Damn this guy change jobs like baby diapers 🙊

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Kevoh Alexis@kevinkarobia1

The rate at which Polycarp Igathe is switching jobs makes us wonder what he studied at school@polycarpigathe

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Lazooj@Lazooj

Polycarp Igathe can switch employers at will, you try switching employers yearly, and in your next job interview utaskia “You don’t seem loyal to your employers, 4 jobs in 2 years? why should we hire you? What guarantee can you give that you won’t leave before the year closes”.

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erick odhis@erickodhis

“Polycarp Igathe” somebody once told me up there the top of the pyramid they are very few and lonely never be surprised when an individual heads multiple organizations and grace all events invited

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John Muse@John__muse

Kwani Polycarp Igathe anakuanga na Rocket science degree?

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VIDEO: Hope for Stateless Shona Community in Kenya as they are set to be given Birth Certificates

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Imagine living all your adult life as a stateless person. This is the case with at least 4,000 members of the Shona community who live in Kenya. Originally from Zimbabwe, Botswana, Malawi, Zambia and South Africa, they came to Kenya in the 1960s to spread the Gospel and although recognized by Kenya’s founding fathers, they were never granted citizenship. This situation has continued todate denying them basic rights including education and employment.

88 year old Mofat Ngwabi, sits comfortably in his chair in his home in Kinoo in the ouskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. Mofat is one of the few still alive who remembers when the Shona people of Zimbabwe arrived in Kenya in the 1960s.

He was part of a group of around 100 missionaries, who came to establish the Gospel of God Church. When they arrived they were met and welcomed by the first post-independence President of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta. Mofat looks on proudly at a photo of the encounter with the President that hangs on the wall in the church office.

Despite the meeting, and receiving the blessing of the President to establish a church, the Shona could not be registered because under the first post-independence constitution, there was no provision for people not of Kenyan descent to be registered as citizens.

“We can’t enjoy services that nationals enjoy.”

It has rendered them stateless today, meaning without Kenyan citizenship or nationality.

As a result, Mofat, his seven children, nine grandchildren, and two great grandchildren who were all born in Kenya, have never had the right to become citizens. Though they speak the national language, Swahili, and local Kikuyu dialect spoken where they live. Though they are deeply ingrained in Kenya culture, from food to music. Though none of them has ever left Kenya to travel abroad, the fact that they are not recognized as Kenyans has left the family feeling a deep sense of despair.

It’s a problem affecting over 4000 Shona people in Kenya who descended from the church.

Mike Moyo, a Carpenter in nearby Kiambu County just outside the capital, is in the same situation as Mofat. All of Mike’s 10 children and 7 grandchildren were born in Kenya but are stateless.

“We are like dead men walking.”

“All my 10 children do not have birth certificates, and the older ones do not have identity cards. It’s awful,” says Mike.

Ramik, Mike’s eldest son says the effects have been dreadful.

“We can’t enjoy services that nationals enjoy. We don’t have mobile banking and going to the hospital is also a challenge. Birth certificate are needed for class 8 registration for our children who are in primary school so sometimes we are forced to ‘buy’ parents so that our children can continue with education. We cannot even save money.”

And so the vicious cycle of statelessness continues to the next generation in the Moyo family.

Some Shona people have married Kenyans which has helped their children acquire documents such as birth certificates. But the Shona say marrying nationals is not the solution. They say they deserve to be recognized as Kenyans.

The situation has meant that thousands of Shona people can’t be employed formally, and so survive doing informal work.

Many Shona women  weave baskets and do bead work to put food on the table they say. A lack of documents has forced them to sell their products for far less than they are worth through middle men.

Ben Kapota, a stateless father of eight who also lives in Kiambu says;

“I have been arrested several times because of moving around without an identity card. My community members had to bail me out. We are like dead men walking. If anything happens to us far from home, people will not be able to identify you just because you do not have an identity card.”

“I have been arrested several times because of moving around without an identity card.”

“If I got an ID card today, the first thing I will do is to get a driver’s license, then get a passport and start doing business.” Says Ben.

Kenya. The stateless Shona community still waiting for citizenshipShona women weave baskets on the floor of their home in the town of Githurai on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya. It’s their only source of income. UNHCR’s #IBelong campaign is committed to ending statelessness for an estimated 10 million people worldwide. UNHCR/T.Jones

Despite the situation, many Shona are however hopeful that the Kenyan government will give them citizenship soon.

Shona community leaders and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency in Kenya, have met with the government to try and find a solution for Shona people.

The Makonde community, originally from Mozambique were recently recognized by the government as Kenyans and given nationality, as the 43rd tribe of Kenya. This act has revived hopes that there will be a speedy solution for the Shona.

Read our statelessness report, “This is our home”: Stateless minorities and their search for citizenship” here. The report was released to mark the third year of the #IBelong campaign to end statelessness.

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