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Raila dares those against his swearing in to arrest him

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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.

READ ALSO:   Irate youths storm ODM headquarters demanding Raila be sworn in

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:   Kenya’s CJ dismisses letter cautioning judges against swearing-in Raila and Kalonzo.

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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BREAKING NEWS: Cyrus Jirongo arrested

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Former presidential aspirant Cyrus Jirongo has been arrested. Sources have told KSN News that Jirongo, who is also a former member of parliament for Lugari Constituency in Kakamega County was arrested for failing to pay a Ksh.20 million debt owed to a Nairobi businessman.

Jirongo was arrested on Tuesday afternoon and taken to Muthangari Police Station where he was being held by the time of going to press.

Kenyan media reported that the High Court in Nairobi issued a warrant of arrest against the politician in August this year over the Ksh.20 million loan balance owed to businessman Brian Yongo.

The deputy registrar, in a letter addressed to Muthangari OCS on August 7, directed police to arrest the former presidential aspirant for reportedly failing to pay the amount.

The registrar further directed Jirongo to pay the expenses of the executing officers including fare and fuel.

“These are to command you to arrest the said J/D and unless the sum of Ksh 20 million as noted in the margin, together with the executing officers expenses fees. If any, to bring the said debtor before the court with all convenient speed,” reads the order.

Businessman Yongo has accused Jirongo of failing to pay him the balance of a loan he advanced him. He allegedly loaned Jirongo Ksh.25 million between 2014 and 2015 but the former politician has since paid only Ksh.5 million.

READ ALSO:   Kenya’s CJ dismisses letter cautioning judges against swearing-in Raila and Kalonzo.

According to the businessman, the entire loan was to be settled in three installments. He says Jirongo’s failure to settle the debt forced him to reason to move to court in order to recover the money.

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VIDEO: Nasa backs Uhuru Kenyatta’s 8pc fuel tax with conditions

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The National Super Alliance (Nasa) has offered conditional support to President Kenyatta’s memorandum to Parliament cutting VAT on fuel from 16 percent to eight percent.

A parliamentary group meeting of the Raila Odinga-led coalition on Tuesday resolved to support the tax, which is set to substantially raise the cost of living, for a year.

The backing came after a three-hour meeting at Orange House in Nairobi, chaired by Mr Odinga.

The meeting was attended by MPs from all Nasa-allied parties — Mr Odinga’s Orange Democratic Movement, Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper and Moses Wetangula’s Ford-Kenya.

“In light of the need to address the suffering of the people while ensuring that development is also delivered, we recognise and appreciate that there was bilateral support for our attempt to remove VAT altogether and the president was able to meet us half way by lowering the tax from 16 to eight percent,” the MPs said in a joint statement read by National Assembly Minority Whip Junet Mohammed.

“Nasa therefore offers its conditional support for the initiative to cut VAT from the initial 16 percent to eight.”

The coalition, however, wants the government to eliminate wastage and be economical with the resources.

The opposition also wants Mr Kenyatta’s administration to be sensitive to hard financial times facing Kenyans and live within its means.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Nasa backs Uhuru Kenyatta's 8pc fuel tax with conditions

On expiry of the 12 months, the lawmakers said in the joint statement, the tax will be subject to review and possible scrapping.

Their statement comes hours to the a special sitting of the National Assembly to debate Mr Kenyatta’s memo.

Last week, President Kenyatta announced that he had rejected the bill deferring implementation of the tax until 2020 and slashed the 16 percent tax by 50 percent.

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Kenyan singer Eunice Njeri explains her 24-hour marriage in Texas.

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

 

Gospel singer Eunice Njeri has opened up on her 24-hour marriage to gospel rapper Isaac Bukasa, alias Izzo, which took place in Texas in  2016.

Njeri claims that a medical condition forced her to hurriedly get married.

Close to two years later, Njeri explains why she decided to get married in the first place and what prompted her to end it on the day of their wedding .

“I wasn’t going with my heart at the time, also at the same time I was very sick. I had fibroids. Bleeding a lot and at the same time I thought I should get married. I was like maybe I should do this, why am I saying no? I have been saying no for 20 year maybe it’s time to say yes,” she narrated.

“And in that mix of being sick, being in the hospital and getting all these transfusions, I had a whole confusion time. Confusion made me rush into decisions I wouldn’t have made.”

The gospel singer underwent a successful surgery last year to remove the fibroids.

The two announced their engagement in September 19, 2016  via Instagram. Two months later, they invited friends and family for their wedding on November 27 at Neema Gospel Church in Texas where Izzo’s family lives.

READ ALSO:   VIDEO: Kalonzo shocks Raila after saying Uhuru should rule for two and a half years

Photos of the ceremony were shared online by those who attended.

Gospel musician Eunice Njeri and rapper Isaac Bukasa aka Izzo during their wedding at the Neea Gospel Church in Texas. PHOTO | COURTESY

The marriage however ended barely 24 hours after they had tied a knot, a shameful divorce that was wrapped in secrecy by friends and family.

Few months later, Njeri took to her Instagram to finally break the news on how the marriage ended on the day of the wedding. She explained that her heart was somewhere else (not in United States) and that place was Kenya.

She immediately left the States to return home.

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