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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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BREAKING: Legendary jazz musician Oliver Mtukudzi has died

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Veteran jazz musician Oliver Mtukudzi has died, TshisaLIVE can confirm.

Mtukudzi’s record label Gallo Records confirmed the news on Wednesday afternoon but said there were no details available.

The musician’s family is set to release a statement later this afternoon.

An outpouring of tributes has already flooded social media.

During an interview with TshisaLIVE a year ago, Mtukudzi spoke about his excitement of releasing his 67th album.

He said the most significant thing about his upcoming album, Hanya’Ga (Concern) was the message.

“My 67th album is meant to share a message of introspecting and I’m hoping people learn a thing or two from it. It’s an album I wrote last year after I realised that the world keeps getting tangled up in ‘unnecessary’ problems.

“All because we are focused on competing and being better than the next person. In so doing we keep stepping on each other’s toes but that is not how God created us. God meant for us to compliment each other, that’s why he didn’t duplicate talent,” he said at the time.

Source: www.timeslive.co.za

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FBI agents arrest three Kenyans in US over links to Isis

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Three Kenyans were on Tuesday arrested in the United States for their links to terror group Islamic State of Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS).

The three were nabbed by Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) agents. They were identified as Mohamed Salat Haji, Mohamud Abdikadir Muse and Muse Abdikadir Muse.

The three were arrested in Lansing, Michigan. They are said to have pledged allegiance to the Islamic state.

Mr Muse Abdikadir Muse was nabbed while on transit to Somalia.

“He was checking in for a flight on his way to Mogadishu, Somalia when he was arrested,” a statement by the FBI released on Tuesday stated.

Mr Muse Abdikadir Muse had earlier this month purchased air tickets to travel from the Gerald R. Ford Airport in Michigan.

CO-CONSPIRATORS

The US Department of Justice said his other two friends, described as co-conspirators, had assisted him in getting the ticket.

“They aided in the purchase of the ticket and drove Muse Abdikadir Muse to the Grand Rapids airport, each knowing the true purpose of the travel was for Muse Muse to join and fight for ISIS,” read the statement.

According to the FBI, the three recorded videos pledging allegiance to the group where they narrated their desire “to kill non-believers, and even to potentially use a car for a martyrdom operation to run down non-believers in the USA.”

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Despite their arrest, the American Government is yet to find them guilty of the charges.

Their arrest comes exactly a week after terrorists led by a Kenyan identified as Salim Gichunge attacked dusitD2 hotel and killed 21 people.\

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‘Please help me return home,’ Kenyan legend runner living in the US pleads

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Kenyan distance running legend Henry Rono a broken man. He has been living in the United States of America for the last 32 years, in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Rono who is now 66, on Tuesday reached out to Nation Sport and sent a passionate appeal:

“I wants a ticket back home, please.”

“Yes, I would like the government to help me get back home by getting me a ticket… I can’t afford living in the USA. I’m getting old… Also, being away from home for over 32 years is too long,” added the legend.

The legend is currently a security guard at the Albuquerque airport.

“Yes, I did retire, but these other jobs are stressful and I’m too old,” he said. “Like now, I’m sick from working hard. Many of my fellow Kenyans are dying from stressful hard working jobs,” said Rono, who was given a lifetime achievement award by the International Association of Athletics Federations in 2008.

“I have been given another award in Belgrade but I’m able to attend because of stressful work. Like now, I’m in the bed and I’m unwell.”

But Rono’s daughter Maureen confirmed she had spoken to the legend, and that he has been unwell since last week. “He has been coughing for the last week, and I’ve been in touch with him. If he asked you to send out an appeal for help, you can go ahead and publish,” she said.

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Athletics Kenya President Jack Tuwei, meanwhile, said his association would be ready to help the legend.

“He did a lot for this country and we can’t fail to get help for him,” said Tuwei. “We need information such as costs of tickets, who he could be travelling with and other details, and then see how we can support.”

The Washington State University star alumnus had taken up coaching after his running career, this after alcoholism dented the highlight years of his spell that saw him shatter world records in the 3,000 metres (seven minutes, 32.1 seconds), 5,000 metres (13:08.4), 3,000 metres steeplechase (8:05.04) and 10,000 metres (27:22.47), all within 81 days across USA (California and Seattle) and Europe (Vienna and Oslo).

Source: nation.co.ke

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