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VIDEO: I’m ready to die for ‘treason’ after being sworn-in, declares Raila Odinga

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has dared Attorney General Githu Muigai to go ahead with plans to charge him with treason while insisting he will be sworn in as ‘the people’s president’ even if it meant losing his own life.

“Let me respond to Githu Muigai together with his boss …if we have to lose our lives so that voter rigging stops, we will be sworn-in and are ready to die,” Odinga told thousands of mourners Tuesday during the burial of former Kitui West MP Francis Nyenze in Kabati, Kitui.

 

In his tribute to the fallen Francis Mwanzia Nyenze, Odinga said the former MP, who was once a  cabinet minister in the Moi Government,  “leaves a great void in the people of Kitui West, the NASA fraternity and the country at large, given the countless ways in which he served the nation as MP, Minister and Minority Leader in Parliament.”

The former Prime Minister said Kalonzo is not interested in a parliamentary seat. “Kalonzo atakwenda kwa bunge namna gani na ili hali yeye ni naibu wa rais wa jamhuri ya Kenya (how can he be a member of parliament and yet he is the deputy president of the republic of Kenya)?” he wondered aloud.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta andhis deputy, William Ruto skipped the event. However, the Speaker of the National Assembly, JB Muturi, was in attendance.

Muturi paid glowing tribute to the former legislator terming him a peace maker. “Francis had a way of getting my attention and I had a great time working with him as the leader of minority,” said Muturi.

Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka’s tribute was read by Makueni governor, Kivutha Kibwana.

Others in attendance included Nasa co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula as well as Kitui governor, Charity Ngilu.

Some of the leaders who attended the burial of former legislator, Francis Nyenze in Kabati, Kitui on Tuesday Dec 19, 2017. PHOTO|COURTESY

 

Odinga rekindled the controversial  debate over his planned oath of office after failing to show up  for a planned “People’s assembly” even which had been planned to coincide with this year’s Jamhuri Day celebrations.

On Tuesday the United States reiterated its opposition to Raila Odinga’s announced intention to swear an oath as Kenya’s “people’s president.”

“Forming a separate or parallel government is really unhelpful,” said Donald Yamamoto, the acting assistant secretary of state for African affairs who was in Nairobi a week ago in an attempt to dissuade the opposition from acts which could exacerbate the already volatile political situation in the East African nation.

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President Kenyatta was sworn in on November 28th following a repeat presidential contest which was boycotted by Odinga who sought reforms in the electoral body, IEBC, among other things.

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VIDEO: Man gives “free” advice to the Kikuyu Community

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A man who introduces himself as  John Ndung’u has recorded a video  – which has gone viral – in which he advises his tribesmen and women to be ‘street smart.’ Mr Ndung’u is emphatic on the need for unity especially in business ventures.

He singles out the Somali community in Nairobi as an example worth emulating,  saying that it has been able to own hundreds of businesses in prime locations due to unity of purpose.He concludes by telling the viewers that he would soon convene a meeting to address pertinent issues facing  members of his community. Watch:

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UNSUNG DIASPORA HEROES: Mwakilishi, Jambonewspot, Ajabuafrica

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BY MAHUGU NUTHU

“Fake news!” “Fake news!” Sadly, we are now used to waking up to anti-press rhetoric. It’s the new catchphrase. Trump’s old “you’re fired” shtick has lost its mojo. His unrelenting attacks on members of the Fourth Estate is something one would only expect from authoritarian leaders. For us Africans, harassment of media is something that sounds too familiar.

For years we have come to appreciate press freedom as the lifeblood of democracy and ironically looking up to USA as the beacon of these ideals. But that’s another story for another time.  That’s not the subject of this piece, but it makes a good backdrop. Everybody understands the power media outlets, but probably less appreciated is the power of the Mwakilishi, Jambonewspot, Ajabuafrica and dozens other online based newspapers. Today, these are the unsung heroes in our community.  The proof is in the pudding.

In a recent case in my own backyard, a family lost a young son in a road accident out of state. By Gosh, no parent should have to bury a child. We know it is not the natural order of things. That’s pain. Excruciating pain and sorrow. But God giveth and God taketh away.

It’s even worse when this happens abroad. As if death is not enough a blow, its followed by unimaginable bureaucratic tangle of paperwork and logistical nightmare. Consequently, the family needed assistance to move their son hundreds of miles to their state for a memorial service and then send him thousands of miles to his final resting place in Kenya.

Mr Mahugu Nuthu. PHOTO/COURTESY

The committee had to reach out quickly to raise the funds though social media and traditional ways. Unsurprisingly Mwakilishi, Jambonewspot and Ajabuafrica opened their pages. They responded quickly. Cases like this proves the importance of community press and the useful role these websites play in supporting the information needs of the Kenyan in USA.

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When it comes to tragedy, they do things that you won’t get from a monolithic newspaper in terms of turnaround time, reach and cost. Their results are very tangible and observable almost instantly, something you won’t get from the so called mainstream media.

These community websites do not usually charge for death notices and you reach a lot of Kenyans. Consider that one-day listing of four lines in a “national newspaper” will cost you several hundred dollars. And you might end up not reaching the people you are targeting.

Don’t get me wrong, this is not actually about money. It’s comforting to know that you don’t have to deal with the advertising department of a soulless intractable entity.  Mwakilishi, Jambonewspot and Ajabuafrica operators understand our community because they’re a part of it. Nobody is immune to tragedies. For the record I don’t know these people personally. But their actions show that they do not merely serve as information providers. Sometimes “death announcement” means “financial help is needed ASAP”.

Only a Kenyan living in USA would understand that and urgency of the situation. New York Times might not. That’s how we handle things. We scream across the country albeit digitally. We are the ones who discovered the “digits” by sending smoke signals piece by piece across the ridges thousands of years before it became “on” and “off” that computers use today. It was stolen. But I digress. I will leave the “alternative facts” to the “post truth experts!”

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While we are on the “appreciation” subject, I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the role of Kenyan Churches in USA. They have become the glue which holds our community together. In times of tragedy, hardship and sorrow, as in the above reference case, the local churches become sanctuaries of hope. Allow me to pull another Kansas City Metro backyard example.

Neema Community Church is rooted deeply in its community, and has its membership operating as de facto public servants. Located in Olathe, Kansas, it’s a huge beautiful sanctuary with classrooms, meeting rooms, offices, recreation areas, a large fellowship hall and huge kitchen attached to it. Well, and lots of parking to boot. Under Pastor, Rev. David Nzioka, it’s a community center dealing with needs that go beyond the mission of a traditional church.

A place of worship where local homeless escaping freezing nights often get free food. In a time of crisis thousands of miles from home you are bound to find fellow compatriots here looking for the elusive answers to their many “whys” and seeking comfort in each other. It’s the iconic sacred tree where Africans worship, meet and greet

.  After a year of polarizing elections that rekindled ethnic tensions, it’s very encouraging see Kenyans remaining united at that level. Tribal lines become effectively blurred.  It takes a dynamic, charismatic and inspirational leader to accomplish this. I hope you find your own fashion of “Dr. David Nzioka” in your neck of the woods.

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Back to my subject as I conclude. I understand there are many diaspora news websites whose primary mission is to cover the important issues that affect the Kenya community in USA. Many showcase community businesses for a fee. Yes, they are businesses themselves. They are not obligated to carry your message, however sad. They choose to do it.  While I did not mention them all by name, my biggest hope is that you will continue to support them.

These media outlets make our community better just because of their dedication to it.  Same case applies to our community churches and pastors. We should let them know that we do appreciate what they do. Although we are spread across this continent-size country, sea to shining sea, they make us a cohesive Kenyan community.

By Mahugu Nuthu | nuthology@gmail.com. Mahugu is the author of the book Nuthology.

 

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VIDEO: Kenyan Woman tried to rob a bank in Texas, use baby as a shield – Police

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A Kenyan woman tried to rob a bank in Murphy, Texas on Wednesday.

Police say Evelyn Misumi, 36, walked into a Bank of America branch armed with a hammer, gasoline and lighter fluid. She poured gasoline and lighter fluid on the bank’s lobby and demanded cash from the tellers while waving the hammer. Bank employees called 911, forcing Evelyn to run outside towards her car, says the police report.

When police arrived at the scene, they tried to use pepper spray to subdue her, but she pulled a 9-month-old baby from her car and “attempted to use the child as a shield,” police say.

Evelyn was taken to Collin County jail. The child was taken to Children’s Medical Center as a precaution.

Evelyn faces robbery and child endangerment charges.

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