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VIDEO: Raila did not withdraw from Oct 26th Presidential election – Supreme Court



The Supreme Court on Monday ruled that Nasa candidate Raila Odinga did not formally withdraw from the election but only declared his intention to do so.

The judges said Nasa and Mr Odinga did not fill in the requisite forms to officially pull out of the election, nor did they communicate the same to the IEBC as required by the electoral law.

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And even if Mr Odinga withdrew from the election, the move would not have necessitated a cancellation of the poll, the judges added.

When reading the judgment, Justice Smokin Wanjala said the validity of an election cannot be challenged on the basis of whether the election was held in all the 290 constituencies.

This was in response to the question on whether failure to hold elections in all constituencies would void the poll.

The apex court was explaining why it dismissed two election petitions challenging the October 26 repeat election.


According to the six judges, there were nine issues for consideration from the two consolidated petitions.

One issue was whether the petitioners had the right to challenge the outcome and whether the case was a public interest litigation.

In a decision read by Justice Isaac Lenaola, the judges ruled that the petitioners had the right to sue.

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They said any Kenyan is free to challenge the presidential poll.

The court also ruled that there was no need for fresh nominations for the repeat presidential election after the first poll was voided.

On September 1, the Supreme Court had annulled President Uhuru Kenyatta’s win in the August 8 election.


Justice Lenaola also said the inclusion of Mr Cyrus Jirongo in the poll was okay because the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission was guided by the law and court decisions.

“We therefore find no fault on the part of the commission to include Mr Jirongo in the repeat poll because they were guided by the court,” he said.

The judges also said the IEBC was guided by a court order in including all the parties in the repeat poll. All the presidential candidates in the August 8 election were included in the ballot in the repeat election.



The judges said they were not intimidated by President Uhuru Kenyatta’s statements that were made after they annulled the August 8 election.

The court also dismissed the claim that the Jubilee Women’s Brigade intimidated people by wearing military-style clothes during campaigns.

On claims of irregularities, Justice JB Ojwang said the petitioners made general allegations without proving the claims.

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He said the IEBC cannot be faulted for shifting some polling stations in Kibra and Mombasa because, as they noted, there was violence in some parts of the country that made it impossible to hold the poll in some areas.

All claims of irregularities have been effectively rebutted by the respondents, the judge said.

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Omanga’s lonely hour in the dock



Poor Millicent Omanga  Just as she had dared them, they brought it on and they paraded her like a criminal. While she might have seemed to have a clear target in mind when she made the threat, her submission to the Jubilee Party disciplinary committee revealed that it might have been an open challenge.

“Perpetrators,” she responded when asked for whom the threat “bring it on baby” was meant, leaving it open for whoever dared to face her.

Sadly for her, the disciplinary committee took up the challenge. And boy did the ‘baby’ bring it on. The duel was sufficiently publicised and the media called in to capture every moment. It wasn’t going to be a press conference and no one would be flanking her. There would be no buffer between her and the ‘perpetrators’.

Fat paycheck

There she was, all by herself, faced by masked men and women intent on ridding her of her fat pay cheque. She had noticed the first sign of trouble when, as she had said, a meeting meant to exonerate her turned into a retributive one. She sat quiet, meek as a mischievous child awaiting punishment, uncertain of whether or not to speak. She would have done anything to save her skin. Yet, she appeared to embrace all the blunders.

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“I did not see the message,” she said when asked why she had skipped a Jubilee Parliamentary Group meeting at State House a fortnight ago. She should have stopped talking, but her mouth had other plans. So she went on, rambling as a cornered – again to borrow her words – ‘perpetrator’ would.

“I have more than 7,000 texts,” she claimed. Yet in the same breath, she couldn’t receive any messages as “sometimes unapata simu yako imekatwa kama uko postpaid (sometimes you find your phone disconnected when you’re on postpaid).” Poor Omanga. The nominated senator, despite her tribulations, made sure to cater to everyone’s needs.

She spoke in English and when those who only understood Kiswahili felt slighted, she switched things up. And she was there for francophones too. “Pardon,” she asked a question be repeated in a seemingly French accent, making sure the ‘n’ at the end of the word was silent.

She did not tremble but no amount of shaking would upstage her eyes. They appeared alert and sorry at the same time. She had them wide open and kept her blinking to a minimum.

It was as though she was afraid she would miss something, maybe another text, if she blinked. When she eventually blinked, her eyes fluttered uncontrollably, perhaps keeping stock until the chance would present itself next. The first-time senator insisted on wanting to clarify matters and assured that she was happy to be before the disciplinary committee. Her mouth could say what it wanted, but her eyes had already let out the truth. She wanted the hearing to end.

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Soon.Anyone with an ounce of empathy would have ended the grilling in the first 10 minutes as she was already sorry for her truancy. But not the disciplinary committee. ‘Sorry’ wasn’t good enough for them. They wanted her shaken enough to avoid repeating her offence. They had paraded her for the public for this sake, and so that everyone would see her defeated. They wanted her humiliated.

They took turns at her, bullying her from all sides as they tore open the bag full of excuses Omanga had brought with her. Her face was stripped of the confidence she wears when defending her allies and she occasionally looked like she would cry the next minute.

Her hands couldn’t stay still. One minute they were reaching for something on the table, the next, they were reaching for some hand sanitiser. Her eyes, too, kept wandering, scouting for signs of remorse from faces that were hidden behind masks. Her voice didn’t fare any better. She sounded nothing like the fiery senator from a few months ago.

No vulgarities escaped her tongue. Her repeated pledges of loyalty to the party appeared to have worked when her prosecutor, Senate Majority Whip Irungu Kang’ata, pleaded that she be spared from expulsion. And while the experience may have been emotionally draining, it must have taught her one or two things about politics and even more on loyalty.

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Size 8: miscarriage nearly broke my marriage



Gospel singer Size 8 has revealed how her miscarriage in 2018 almost ended her marriage with DJ Mo.

In an interview with Parents magazine, the singer admitted that the experience taught her the value of life, family and friends.

“The miscarriage really affected us. We fought a lot and we blamed each other since we did not know how to deal with it. It was very bad; but with our son, we were able to come together and support each other,” she said.

Despite the tragic nature of the miscarriage, in the end, she says, it brought them closer as they leaned on each other for support during the difficult time.

“It has actually brought us closer as a couple, which is something we realised later,” she said.

Size 8 said that she opened up about the miscarriage, but her husband was very quiet and did not talk about the topic at all but inside, the experience was hurting him too.

Their marriage was not perfect

“When you lose a baby, things change. It was very hard on me but I knew I had to be strong for Linet (Size 8) and Wambo. If we let our grieving take over, it would have affected Wambo because we wouldn’t be able to give her attention,” explained the seasoned gospel DJ.

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The couple said their marriage was not perfect. What made it work was their relationship with God.

“Even before you try to resolve issues, the fear of God helps you see where you have gone wrong and it makes solving things easier. We’ve also learnt to see our mistakes first before pointing out the speck,” the mother of two said.

She also admitted that after the marriage, she did not want to submit to her husband.

The couple got married in their twenties and submission was one problem she was struggling with, Size 8 said.

“I’m an alpha female and I had the wrong concept of submission so we had a couple of fights over it. To me, it sounded like slavery,” she said.

However, after talking to JCC pastor Rev. Kathy Kiuna, she understood submission was about recognising the power and importance of her husband’s role in marriage.

“Reverend Kathy Kiuna explained to me that it was simply about recognizing the authority of my husband as the head of the home. I think I just lacked the wisdom on how to handle things,” said the Mateke hit-maker.

On the other hand, DJ Mo was also having issues while trying to adapt to marriage life. He had to learn to share his thoughts with his wife without holding back.

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“I never used to open up, even when we had issues. I was not mature enough to realise that the wall I had put up also affected my partner. There are just some things you learn when you are in the marriage,” the DJ said.

Size 8 said the marriage was easier when they did not have children but now that they do, they are happier as a family.

“They bring us joy but it has also been a tough balancing act to be able to have time for them and also for themselves as a couple. It needs a lot of wisdom from God to crack it,” said the gospel artiste.


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Murang’a: Outrage as body of a Covid-19 victim is buried at night



The burial of a Covid-19 victim in Kangema, Murang’a County on Saturday has sparked outrage after it emerged that County health officials delayed close to midnight.

The body arrived from Thika Level 5 hospital in Kiambu County, and was scheduled to be buried by 3 pm.

After waiting in vain for over seven hours for the County Health officials to arrive, the family members took the body of the deceased to a police station prompting an outcry on social media.

A few minutes past 10pm, Murang’a county health officials arrived with protective equipment and laid the body to rest.

Murang’a Health CEC Joseph Mbai blamed Thika Hospital for not notifying the County that the deceased had died of Covid-19.

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Critics blamed health and County officials for discrimination in handling Covid-19 cases. They said only the rich families are accorded dignity.

John Pianist wrote; “your people are buried like dogs especially those from poor backgrounds”


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