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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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Remains of victims of Ethiopian Airlines crash flown home

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The remains of thirty-two Kenyans who perished in the tragic Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 plane crash on March 10, 2019, have been flown to Nairobi today.

An Ethiopian Airline plane carrying the fragments of the deceased landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Monday morning.

The remains arrived in specialised caskets and a brief function was held after arrival. Only close family members are to be given the caskets bearing the fragments.

The bodies were severely damaged beyond recognition prompting Ethiopian Airlines to consider DNA analysis to identify their remains.The 32 victims are among 157 people who were killed in the plane crash at Bishoftu town, shortly after taking off to Nairobi.

It is after the International Police through its Incident Response Team revealed on September 12, 2019, that it had successfully identified the 157 passengers who boarded the plane.The team declared the exercise a success saying “six months on after the plane crash, every single victim has been successfully identified.”

Family members of the victims of the Ethiopian Plane crash that killed 157 people from different nationalities visited the crash site to give their last respect and prayers to their departed one at Tulu Fera in Ejera. [ Maxwell Agwanda, Standard]

“The INTERPOL Incident Response Team (IRT) deployed following the crash of the Ethiopian Airlines plane in March has completed its task, assisting with the successful identification of all victims of the deadly disaster,” the Interpol noted on its website.It noted that the identification exercise was prompted by a request from the airlines’ company.

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It stated: “At the request of the Ethiopian authorities, two days after the accident INTERPOL sent an IRT to assist with the operation. The team’s role was to coordinate the international police disaster victim identification (DVI) response and coordinating the antemortem data supplied by member countries.

”Interpol further revealed that the process was aided by a team of 100 DVI experts drawn from 14 countries in Africa, Europe and America. The exercise took 50 days.

Fingerprints and DNA samples were extracted from 48 people, Interpol noted.Also in September, the US-based Boeing planes manufacturer had announced that it had set aside USD2 billion as Financial Assistance Fund for assisting families of victims of the plane crash, which involves the Ethiopian Airlines crash.

The Ethiopian Airlines Flight 302 nosedived just six minutes after leaving Bole International Airport to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport killing all on board.In the incident, Kenya was the worst-hit country losing 32 victims in the crash.

By Standard

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Ethiopia plane crash victims to be buried Thursday

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Families who lost loved ones in the ill-fated Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on March 10, 2019 will begin receiving their remains on Monday for burial, the Nation has learnt.

The Nairobi-bound Ethiopian Airlines flight ET-302 crashed in Bishoftu, a few minutes after take-off from Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa.

On Sunday, the family of John Quindos Karanja, who lost five relatives, told the Nation that they will be ferrying the remains ahead of burial on Thursday.

“We thank all Kenyans for the overwhelming emotional, spiritual and financial support towards our family. On Monday we shall be ferrying the remains of our loved ones after they were successfully identified. We plan to have the burial on Thursday, October 17,” said Mr Karanja.

The International Criminal Police Organisation (Interpol) announced in September that it had positively identified all the 149 passengers and eight crew who died in the crash.

Interpol Secretary General Jürgen Stock said the organisation had to rely on accurate DNA sampling from close blood relatives of the victims to make correct identification, which took the group six months.

The Nakuru family’s five members, among them Mr Karanja’s wife Ann Wangui Karanja, daughter Caroline Quinns Karanja and three grandchildren Ryan Njoroge (7), Kellie Wanjiku (5) and Rubi Wangui (9 months) perished in the plane crash.

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The family from Kwa Amos village in Kabatini, Bahati in Nakuru County intended to slaughter three goats to celebrate the return.

Mr Karanja’s wife was to bring home her grandchildren who had been living in Canada when the tragedy struck.

A relative of another family from Kipkelion that lost their son – Cosmas Kipng’etich Rogony – also confirmed some members had travelled to Ethiopia to pick his remains.

“The family of the late Rogony travelled and are expected back this week,” said the relative.

Mr Rogony, who until his death was an employee of General Electric’s healthcare division, left behind a one-year-old daughter and a 27-year-old widow Miriam Wanja.

He hailed from Saoset village in Kipkelion West Sub-County.

In March, the families held prayers for their departed relatives but there were no caskets or bodies.

by Nation.co.ke

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Ethiopian Airlines jet makes emergency landing

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An Ethiopian Airlines jet made an emergency landing in Dakar with one of its engines on fire, though all 90 passengers and crew were unharmed, airport and airline officials said.

The Boeing 767 aircraft had just taken off from Dakar airport en route to Addis Ababa when the pilot asked to return and make an emergency landing, Tidiane Tamba, a spokesperson for the Senegal airport said.

Ethiopian Airlines confirmed one of its jets had suffered a “mechanical problem” and had safely returned to its point of departure, without giving more details on the cause.

The airline said all those onboard were safe.

The Dakar incident came after an Ethiopian Airlines Boeing 737 MAX crashed in March shortly after taking off from Addis Ababa, killing all 157 people onboard.

BY AFP

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