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NASA sends out invitation cards for Raila’s ‘inauguration’

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The National Super Alliance (NASA) has sent invitation cards for the inauguration slated for December 12, which will also be Kenya’s 54th independence day celebration.

The countdown to Opposition chief Raila Odinga’s self-declared big day began yesterday with the creation of a team to oversee his swearing in as the people’s president.

The appointment of the seven-member organising committee comes in the wake of Raila’s announcement on Tuesday that he will be sworn in as the people’s president through the people’s assemblies, which the Government as termed unconstitutional.

The digital invitation cards with Raila’s names appended do not however indicate the venue of the event. “You are invited. Come witness the swearing-in of the peoples’ president Raila Amollo Odinga on 12th December at 12 noon.

Location to be communicated after vetting of RSVP,” reads the card, which strictly admits one. Though details of the swearing-in are still scanty, NASA leaders said they are preparing for the event. It is not clear who will conduct the ceremony, its constitutional threshold, what instruments of power Raila will have, what kind of ceremony it will be and if a guard of honour will be mounted by defence forces as happens at the presidential swearing-in ceremony.

That notwithstanding, NASA has indicated the event will be graced by regional and international leaders — but their identity has also not been revealed. The coalition insists the event will be done constitutionally and will be bloodless, in seeking electoral justice in Kenya.

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The committee, which also doubles up as the People’s Assembly National Steering Committee, will be led by economic strategist Dr David Ndii. Free and fair election It comes just days after President Uhuru Kenyatta started his second term in office amidst protests from NASA leadership, which has vowed not to recognise his re-election.

Making the declaration yesterday, former senators Boni Khalwale and Johnstone Muthama said the team will deliberate on and produce the road map towards the achievement of NASA’s goals through the peoples’ assemblies.

They said the assemblies will lead the country to a free and fair election or a path to secession. They also lashed out at the police over the brutality meted out on opposition supporters and demanded that culpable officers be punished accordingly. “The work of the organising committee will be to guide, facilitate and coordinate the programme of various assemblies across the country,” said Dr Khalwale, who read the statement on behalf of the NASA leadership at Okoa Kenya office in Nairobi. “It will further set up a national secretariat that will be the centre for the activities of these assemblies, among other duties.”

The former Kakamega senator told the Saturday Standard that they have set on a mission to deliver Kenyans to the “promised land”. “We have put in place an elaborate plan. There is no more accept and move on. We also want our activities to be within the law. We are aware the Government is waiting with baited breath to arrest us if our activities are unlawful,” said Khalwale.

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The team comprises Dr Ndii, former Senator Judy Sijeny, Hamida Kibwana, Dr Mutakha Kangu, Oduor Ong’wen, Koitamet ole Kina and former East African Legislative Assembly MP Peter Mathuki. Already, 10 counties aligned to NASA have passed the motion to form the people’s assemblies, with the latest being Kwale County. Others are Kisumu, Homa Bay, Siaya, Busia, Kakamega, Vihiga, Kitui, Makueni and Migori counties.

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Though the High Court issued conservatory orders barring the formation of the assemblies, NASA has termed the orders unconstitutional, insisting that its activities are well within the law. On November 22, Justice Lillian Mutende granted the orders suspending the formation of the assemblies until January 25 next year when the matter will be heard inter-party between the petitioner and 50 respondents in the civil suit.

Justice Mutende’s orders followed the petition filed by Counties Development Group, an NGO that sought the county assemblies and MCAs to be restrained from constituting special colleges for the appointment or election through the assemblies. “We assert that as per Article 1 of the Constitution, the right of citizens to exercise their sovereignty at the county level is not subject to supervision or veto by the national government,” said Khalwale, flanked by the committee members. “We have embarked on the final pillar of restoring democracy, just Government and legitimate leadership and the selected individuals will lead the way.”

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He added: “We wish to make it clear that Kenyans cannot and shall not accept the blatant usurpation of power by the Jubilee administration and its determination and efforts to revert this nation to an authoritarian rule and the attendant abuse of our human rights.” The task force will also look into the systemic governance weaknesses that have precipitated the unfolding political impasse, said Khalwale. The leaders also took a swipe at the killing of NASA supporters who went to welcome Raila at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport when he came back from the US, saying it was unashamed abuse of power which was plain for the whole world to see.

“Their only crime was to welcome Raila upon his return from the US. The State unleashed terror on the citizens again on Tuesday 28 during President Kenyatta’s inauguration costing five more lives, including that of a seven-year-old,” said Khalwale. The boy was shot dead by a stray bullet in Pipeline, Embakasi, when NASA supporters engaged police in running battles after the opposition attempted to hold prayers for those killed at Jacaranda grounds.

Raila said in October that the people’s assemblies would be a broad-based forum consisting of elected leaders and the leadership of other sectors of society, particularly workers, civil society, religious leaders, women, youth and economic interest groups.

-Standardmedia.co.ke

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Sh18 million? DP Ruto bashed over launch of ‘outdated’ computers

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Deputy President William Ruto and Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen over the weekend were at Sambirir Girls in Marakwet to launch the schools ICT and Resource Centre and the pictures taken during the launch have sparked fury on the internet.

The two leaders who were present to officiate the opening of the centre were trolled all over social media for what Kenyans term as a mediocre project.

Deputy President William Ruto and Elgeyo Marakwet Senetaor Kipchumba Murkomen at were at Sambirir Girls in Marakwet to launch the schools ICT and Resource Centre [Courtesy]

The initiative which was funded by the government of Kenya, Ministry of Education and National Government Constituencies Development Fund raised 18 million for the school to acquire new equipment for the ICT Centre including computers to replace the obsolete ones.

Sambirir Girls ICT and Resource Centre [Courtesy]

Coming to the leaders’ defence, blogger Abraham Mutai took to Twitter to explain that the pictures taken were of the old computers that are yet to be replaced.

The Elgeyo Marakwet Senator retweeted the blogger’s tweet on his official handle:

Lord Abraham Mutai [Twitter]

@ledamalekina My Good Lord … the computers are from the 19th century!LOL Mutatuonesha mambo!

@PeratoN_Senior If you are true and genuine leaders,  you should have bought brand new computers put them in your v8s. How could you even take a photo of such computers,?  you guys fear to think.

@proudMamasgirl African leaders never fail to amaze me ????????What kind of computer is that?

@jjogola ‘…funded by GOK through MOE & NG-CDF…’

‘…You raised 18M for equipping the centre…’How do you reconcile those 2? What exactly was the GOK funding? If you don’t come out with as much detail as you did for the dams, we are prone to misinterpret the whole exercise…

@JimmyJa89756016  Talk about launching computer’s museums

@gitongaraymond_ So they open a new lab and even cut the ribbon,,,, did the computers come with the new lab? Were they transferred from the old one?, why not buy the computers before launching the new lab, but who are we to answer such question

@glennkaruga Yaani computers ziko na kisogo ndio mmenunua na 18M???????????? Nyinyi wote mnafaa tu mkue situation ya designated survivor tuanze a fresh with young leaders wenye wanajielewa!

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MP Mishi Mboko’s brother, Dr Ali Juma dies in an apparent suicide

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The brother to Likoni Member of Parliament and ODM deputy director of election Mishi Mboko is dead following alleged suicide.

The family of the deceased, Dr Ali Juma, was informed of the incident on Sunday and is awaiting a postmortem report to be done on Monday in Cuba.ODM party, through their Twitter handle, has sent its condolences to the family in this trying moment.

“Condolences to the family of Likoni MP and deputy director of elections Hon @mbokomishi following the death of her brother Dr Ali Hamso in Cuba where he had gone to pursue Masters Degree in Medicine. We pray for God’s fortitude in the family during this sad moment.” Tweeted ODM.

Dr Ali Juma was among the 50 Kenyan doctors sent to Cuba to pursue further studies at the University of Medical Sciences in Havana, to specialize in Family Medicine.

The sponsored medics have been on record decrying harsh living condition and failure by the Kenyan government to provide them with the agreed stipend to meet their daily expenditure.

It was reported that an exercise book costing Sh30 here in Kenya goes for Sh800 in Cuba.  Majority of them were reportedly unable to afford a cup of tea due to its costly price of Sh600.

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According to the agreement that saw them leave the country, they were to be paid a stipend of Sh36,000 monthly. However, complaints emerged over the failure by the government to be consistent in settling the allowances.

The medics are expected to undergo two years of training in Cuba with the government expected to cough sh215 million shillings in the program.

source:standardmedia.co.ke

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Patient stranded at JKIA after being ejected from plane

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A patient scheduled to travel to India for specialised treatment has been left stranded at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) after she was ejected from the plane.

Wangari Ndumia, 25, was whisked out of an Etihad flight EY 642 together with her sister after differences emerged on her fitness to fly.

While her sister, Ann Ndumia insisted that she was in a stable condition to board the plane that was making a stop in Abu Dhabi before connecting to Delhi, India, the officials of the airline claimed she was not fit.

This is despite the two having boarded the plane, already seated and was just waiting for the flight attendants to allocate her sister a favorable seat with enough leg room.

However, as soon as all the passengers had boarded, a call was made and what followed was the security officers directing them to leave the plane.

Ann said this was the second time they were being denied a chance to travel. The first time was on Tuesday where Air Arabia also did not allow them to check in.“And they (Air Arabia) refused to refund us the cash we paid a total of Sh116,870,” said Ann, almost breaking down.

According to an email seen by The Standard addressed to a local booking agent, Prudential Travels the airline laid blame on the agent.“For all medical reasons travel you ought not to issue tickets before medical clearance with a fit to fly remark,” read the email in part from Air Arabia.

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It added: “Kindly note your ticket was within 24 hours we cannot cancel, only airport taxes can be reversed and credit note issued under the same passenger names. No cash fund is given on Air Arabia. You may cancel the inbound flight.”After this mail, Ann said she was forced to go back to the same agent to try a secure another flight, which she said, she was instructed to add Sh50,000 more.

She only had Sh25,000 and so  reached an agreement that she will pay the rest once she is back from India.This is when the agent booked another flight with Etihad that was scheduled to depart on Sunday 2:15pm via Abu Dhabi before connecting to Delhi.

This time round, the agent had all the papers right including a medical certificate signed by Dr Diane Mclvor of Etihad.On the flight ticket too it was indicated that she was a medical case described as ‘wheelchair all the way seat-confirmed.’

Plane tickets of Epharus Wangari Ndumia. The patient was going to India for medical reconstructive surgery accompanied by her sister Ann Wambui Ndumia. [David Gichuru/Standard]

But as soon as the plane was already boarded, Ann and her ailing sister, whose right leg is being held together with screws due to massive loss of bones, were instructed to leave the flight.

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An exchange ensued between the Etihad officials and the family who wanted answers on why they could not be allowed to travel.

“We called Medilink, which is the global agent on medical issues for all airlines based in Singapore and they said she was not fit to travel,” said the Etihad official in charge, who also claimed that Wangari was screaming in pain when she was being assisted to board.“But she is sick. What did they expect her to do?” posed Ann.

source:standard.co.ke

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