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Raila dares those against his swearing in to arrest him

By ALLAN TAWAI

The National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga has dared those against his swearing in to arrest him, dismissed claims that he is afraid of being sworn-in as president.

Mr. Odinga, accompanied by his deputy Kalonzo Musyoka, assured their supporters that the January 30 ceremony will proceed as planned.

“On January 30, I will be sworn in and this time it’s a real deal and anyone one saying its treason let him come and arrest us.” Said Raila.

Attorney General Githu Muigai had earlier told the Opposition leaders that the oath amounts to treason since President Uhuru Kenyatta has assumed office.

“The event is not only about carrying the Bible and saying ‘I swear’, we want to make it real,” Raila said during a rally in Kakamega on Sunday.

“We want this swearing-in process to be inclusive of all Kenyans. That’s why we are discussing before we go ahead.”

NASA principal Raila Odinga lifts the Bible presented to him as a birthday gift from Western leaders in Kakamega, Sunday, January 7, 2018.

NASA principal Raila Odinga lifts the Bible presented to him as a birthday gift from Western leaders in Kakamega, Sunday, January 7, 2018.

Raila and other leaders who spoke at the event took a swipe at the Jubilee government for harassing NASA supporters during and after the presidential elections.

He alleged that the government has murdered over 300 people following the dispute over the August 8 election.

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The Opposition chief called for the constitutional reforms on sections of the 2010 Constitution that have ‘grey areas’.

NASA has been pushing for electoral justice on grounds the October 26 vote, which they abandoned, did not reflect the will of Kenyans.

Raila said the repeat election was not legitimate hence their withdrawal from the contest, adding that the Wafula Chebukati-led IEBC was being controlled by Jubilee.

He met with leaders from the Western region at Kakamega Golf Hotel before holding rallies around the town to drum up support for his swearing-in fete.

Mr. Musyoka, who returned to the country recently after a long stay in Germany attending to his sick wife, said he is still strong in the coalition.

“This serious business that we are involved in and we won’t give up easily,” Kalonzo said.

He took swipe at the foreign governments that rubber-stamped the disputed election.

“We have a meaningless democracy and we tell foreign governments to respect our decision,” the Wiper leader added.

The leaders called upon their supporters to remain calm and avoid any violence.

“We won’t destroy our nation. Let them be the one to take the blame. What we need is self-purification,” Kalonzo said.

The leaders resolved that the Western region will not recognise the Uhuru Kenyatta presidency.

READ ALSO:   WATCH LIVE: Raila addresses the nation on his next course of action

Raila was accompanied by co-principals Musalia Mudavadi (ANC), Moses Wetang’ula (Ford-K), governors, a host MPs, and Senators.

Mudavadi said Kenyans were bitter because their right to vote democratically was stolen.

“Our movement wants to make sure that the future elections will be fair and free of manipulation,” he said.

For his part, Wetangula said they want to make the country a better place under Raila’s leadership.

“We won the August 8 election but the results were manipulated to favour Jubilee Party,” Wetangula said, “We can’t keep on seeing a nation that stands on a lie in each of the government policy.”

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala said all elected leaders under NASA coalition will sign an affidavit to recognize Raila as Kenya’s president.

“Any MP who won’t sign the affidavit will be seen as a traitor and a Jubilee mole,” Malala said.

NASA coalition’s strategist David Ndii said the current regime forced its way into office through electoral prejudice.

 

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VIDEO: Uhuru posts 13 new ambassadors to different countries

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President Uhuru Kenyatta today urged 13 newly appointed envoys to promote friendly, broad and solid partnerships with all the countries they have been accredited to.

He told the new ambassadors and High Commissioners to go beyond the routine diplomatic relations and seek greater opportunities that create jobs and training opportunities for the youth and greater markets for value-added agricultural commodities from Kenya.

President Kenyatta told the new diplomats to leverage on their knowledge and understanding of our country to promote the Big Four agenda that focuses on manufacturing, universal healthcare, affordable housing and food security.

The Head of State spoke at State House, Nairobi where he hosted the new envoys to a luncheon before bidding them farewell to their new stations.

“I expect a great deal from you to achieve our agenda. We expect much more than the routine diplomatic relations. I expect results that are better,” the President told the new ambassadors.

He added: ‘You are the voice of our country through engagements that promote good partnerships in trade, investment and the blue economy,”

The President told the new ambassador-designate to Belgium Prof, Jacob Kaimenyi to ensure Kenya retains the big market it enjoys within the European Union.

READ ALSO:   WATCH LIVE: Raila addresses the nation on his next course of action

Watch Foreign Affairs CS Monica Juma:

Turning to Cuba whose 100 specialist doctors have already arrived in the country, the President told ambassador-designate Anthony Muchiri to continue the ongoing partnership to enable training of more Kenyan doctors in the Island nation.

The President told the new envoys to Netherlands and France , Lawrence Lenayapa and Prof Judy Wakhungu respectively to seek greater partnerships with their respective countries of accreditation over the blue economy initiative and which Kenya will be host an international conference later in the year.

The President said France also remains Kenya’s great partner in the green Energy sector and told Prof. Wakhungu to pursue further partnerships with the same zeal she used to eradicate the menace on plastics when she served as Cabinet Secretary for Environment.

He told the new High Commissioner to New Delhi Willy Bett to use his huge knowledge and skills in Agriculture to open the Indian market for Kenya’s products, training for the youth and value addition for our agricultural commodities.

On her part, Foreign Affairs and International Trade Cabinet Secretary Ambassador Monica Juma noted that the new ambassadors had been taken through vetting and training and she was confident they would deliver on the objectives and pursue national interests expected of them.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Uhuru to support Raila in 2022 - Prof Herman Manyora

“We expect you to promote, project and protect Kenya’s national interest all the time. In your endeavor to build mutually beneficial ties and strategic partnerships, you are expected to preserve the dignity and honour of your homeland,” the CS told the diplomats.

The other High Commissioners were Kiema Kilonzo ( Uganda), Dr. Willy Machage (Nigeria) ,Mohammed Shidiye ( Botswana) and Dan Kazungu (Tanzania).

Former Health Cabinet Secretary Dr. Cleopa Mailu will represent Kenya at the UN-Geneva as a Permanent Representative, Dr.Hassan Wario at UN-Vienna as the ambassador designate and Richard Ekai as the new ambassador to Russia.

Ambassador Phyllis Kandie proceeds to Paris as Kenya’s Permanent Representative to UNESCO.

PCSU contributed to this story

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Kenyan in Atlanta counts blessings as he owns two successful businesses

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Meet Wilson Kimani Wanguhu. He has lived in the US for 22 years where, besides getting an education, he has also learnt the ropes. Just like many who have relocated from Kenya to US, it was not easy at the beginning. When he landed in the US in 1996, he struggled to pay his fees and sustain himself. “I used to flip burgers and later sold petrol at a gas station,” he says.

But now those are distant memories. His entrepreneurial streak has seen him venture into business and he now sells insurance in the Atlanta, Georgia and water in Nakuru, Kenya.

Wanguhu has put up systems that enable him to run businesses in both cities effectively and his story is an example of the impact of remittances from Abroad. He  says having lived in a country where systems function like clock work, setting up shop in Kenya has had its fair share of challenges.

The former CEO of Kim Media Group and publisher of Kenya Empowerment Newspaper is however upbeat and quite happy with what the has achieved so far. He co-owns Ameritrust Insurance Group and has teamed up with his mom and his younger brother, Ezekiel Manyara, as the co-proprietors of Riftdrops Limited, a water bottling Company with its headquarters in Nakuru.

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“If you are doing well in Kenya, stay there…,” he advises would-be migrants. He spoke to Alex Chamwada in this week’s episode of  Daring Abroad. Here is his story.

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I’d never live in US again even if they gave me $1M a year – Koinange

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Kenyan media personality Jeff Koinange and his co-host Jalang’o on Hot 96 FM took time on Tuesday to discuss how Kenyans in the US live in their new home and how they act when they go back home to Kenya for holidays.

In a discussion that began with Jeff saying that he had met an old friend who has been living in New Jersey for 30 years, the conversation turned to why he would never return to America and slowly veering into the tribulations faced by Kenyans in the US.

“I will never go back to stay in America even if they gave me a million dollars a year,” Jeff proclaimed. “Nowhere be like Africa”

The duo also discussed what they thought were the reasons that Kenyans get “stuck” in the US. They at one point speculated that many in the US go back home only to find that their peers are doing pretty well and feel like they are no match.

Listen to the whole conversation here.

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