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VIDEO: Kalonzo’s swearing in could be done in Germany – Committee

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

NASA Co-principal and former presidential running mate Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka may have to be sworn in  in Germany as Mr Odinga’s deputy, the People’s assembly organising committee said Saturday.

“We are still working out the modalities and we will soon decide whether he will be sworn in in Germany or he will come here briefly and then fly back,” said Oduor Ong’wen, a member of the committee.

Mr Musyoka, the Wiper Party leader, has been missing in action since early October. He has been in Germany where his wife, Pauline Musyoka, is said to be hospitalised and receiving specialized treatment.

During a press conference held in Nairobi, the members, who included controversial economist, David Ndii, promised their supporters that the venue of the inauguration event would be announced on Sunday. They however said they would not preempt the day’s itinerary.

In spite attempts to dissuade him from going ahead with the “swearing-in” ceremony slated for Tuesday, Mr Odinga has insisted that it is within the law as he does not recognise  Uhuru Kenyatta’s presidency.

The diplomatic community does not think it is a good idea for Odinga to go on with the plans while the country’s Attorney General, Githu Muigai, has termed “any swearing in of a person not declared the winner of a presidential contest by the electoral board” as committing high treason whose punishment – if proven – is death.

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The organising committee said plans are in top gear for the event which has created unprecedented anxiety in the country.

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Akothee to settle rent arrears for comedian thrown out of his house

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Celebrated singer Esther Akoth popularly known as Akothee has once again extended her philanthropic hand to a local comedian said to be going through a rough phase in his life.

The singer revealed how a Kenyan comedian whose identity she withheld has been living in a very cold hall because his house had been locked over rent arrears.

”As we are talking right now ,there is a comedian sleeping in a hall, kicked out from his house, I don’t know how long he has been sleeping there with this Nairobi cold.

“I have asked to go fetch him, I will send him rent arrears today so he can go back home , people are suffering,” she wrote

Akothee said she had already rolled out plans help the comedian by paying his rent.

”I will call a few government officials who are my friends and see if they can assist me with something I top up with what I have and see if we can save the celebrities who are not able to feed for now ,” she added.

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Doping: Wilson Kipsang digging in for a fight with World Athletics

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Former World marathon recorder holder Wilson Kipsang’s management, Volare Sports, has announced it will appeal the ban issued to their athlete on Friday.

Kipsang was handed a four-year ban for anti-doping rule violations (ADRVs) that included using a fake photo of a traffic accident to justify one of four missed whereabouts appointments, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said.

Volare Sports said it had been informed of the decision of the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal in the case between Wilson and World Athletics. The Disciplinary Tribunal found Wilson guilty of violating the anti-doping rules.

“In January 2020 World Athletics accused Wilson of alleged Whereabouts Failures (article 2.4) and alleged (attempted) tampering (article 2.5). The Disciplinary Tribunal found Wilson guilty of violation of both,” Volare Sports said in a Facebook post.

Kipsang’s management said the two-time London Marathon winner will appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

“The decision is not final and conclusive yet. Wilson has the opportunity to appeal the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

“We will study and analyse the decision of the Disciplinary Tribunal and consider the further legal steps. Pending this process we will not communicate anything more about it,” said Volare Sports.

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The management emphasised that there is no case of use of doping and no prohibited substance was ever found.

“Volare Sports and Wilson strongly believe in a clean sport and support anti-doping measures for a 100%. The accusation regarding alleged/attempted tampering (article 2.5) concerned an explanation that was given in the results management process regarding a possible Whereabouts Failure and did not concern tampering with a doping test itself,” read the post.

Kipsang joins a list of popular Kenyan athletes who have been sanctioned in recent years, including 2008 Olympic 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop, former Boston and Chicago Marathon winner Rita Jeptoo and 2016 Olympic marathon champion Jemimah Sumgong.

Athletics – Virgin Money London Marathon – London – 26/4/15. Kenya’s Wilson Kipsang, Kenya’s Dennis Kimetto, Kenya’s Eliud Kipchoge and Kenya’s Stanley Biwott during the Men’s Elite race.[Reuters / Paul Childs]

Kipsang’s ban came a day after the Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) charged Florence Jepkosgei Chepsoi with the offence of presenting false documents to the agency as defence against an anti-doping rule violation.

Jepkosgei was arraigned before the Chief Magistrate’s Court in Eldoret on Monday and charged under section 42 (1) paragraph (e) of the Anti-Doping Act.

The athlete pleaded not guilty and was released on bail. The case will be heard on August 13, 2020.

Current Kenyan law stipulates a jail term of up to three years for support staff found guilty in connection with doping, but not for athletes.

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Sports Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said last week they will pass legislation to criminalise doping offences.

During a meeting with veteran athletes, CS Mohamed said that they were working closely with ADAK to present the document to Parliament for debate.

If the Bill is passed, offenders will serve jail terms as the country intensifies its fight against the vice.

From 2004 to August 2018, 138 Kenyan athletes tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, according to a WADA report published in September 2018.

With their high number of dopers, Kenya was placed under category A on the list of countries being watched together with Nigeria, Ethiopia, Bahrain, Morocco, Ukraine and Belarus.

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Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma arrested in Ethiopia

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Kenyan journalist Yassin Juma was on Friday, July 3 reportedly arrested in Ethiopia for covering the protests that erupted in Oromoo following the killing of musician Hachalu Hundessa.

Hundessa who was perceived as an activist for the Oromo ethnic group was shot dead while driving in Adis Ababa on Monday.

81 people have been killed since the protests erupted.

While reason behind Hundessa’s killing remains unclear, the deceased had apparently been receiving death threats.

Other reports indicate that Juma was arrested at Ethiopian activist Jawar Mohammed’s residence.

Jawar is a fierce critic of Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.

In 2016, the freelance journalist cum blogger was arrested by Anti Terrorism Police Unit (ATPU) after he blogged about the Al Shabaab attack on the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) El Adde base.

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