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VIDEO: I may form a government in exile, says Raila

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Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga insisits that the swearing in is still on and that he could even have a “government in exile.”  He spoke to Voice of America during an interview in Nairobi, Kenya. Watch:

He spoke as 13 opposition MPs said they will have all the National Super Alliance (NASA) affiliated lawmakers to support the oath by swearing affidavits declaring they will only recognise Mr Odinga as president.

In an interview with Voice of America, the opposition leader said his oath of office will be based on the results of the August 8, 2017 election, which he claims he won.

He said he will form a cabinet and run a government even if it will be from exile.

“This is no joke. An illegitimate government is in office, and the one that the people actually wanted to be there is outside. On January 30, we will end this. We will be sworn in with the August 8 results that shows we won,” he said.

President Kenyatta has warned that the law will take its course if Mr Odinga acts against the Constitution while Attorney-General Githu Muigai has said the oath will attract a charge of treason, which attracts the death penalty.

In the August 8 election, the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared President Kenyatta the winner with 8,203,290 votes (54 per cent) followed by Mr Odinga’s 6,762,224 (43 per cent). Nasa declared the election a sham and went to court to have it nullified.

At that time, the opposition believed that the entire election was tainted by “non-compliance, irregularities  and improprieties” and did not ask the Supreme Court to order a manual recount of the votes which would have established if there was an error — or manipulation of computers — in declaring Mr Kenyatta the winner.

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Instead, Nasa asked the court to quash Mr Kenyatta’s win and order a fresh election. The Supreme Court found in favour of the opposition and ordered a repeat poll, which Mr Odinga boycotted, citing lack of electoral reforms.

The Nasa leader says his January 30 oath is a protest against what he terms lack of electoral reforms and the failure by Jubilee to initiate dialogue over it. Asked what he will do after the oath, Mr Odinga said he will form a government.

EXILE

“We can even be a government in exile, one that works from outside. It has happened in other countries. What we are saying is that Kenyans can no longer allow an illegitimate government not elected by the people to rule them. We will work like a government, we will form a Cabinet and we will work as a government,” Mr Odinga said in the Swahili interview recorded at his Capitol Hill office, Nairobi, on Tuesday.

Mr Odinga dismissed as far-fetched claims of differences between him and his co-principals Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang’ula.

Nasa insiders say the three principals have called for a stop of the swearing-in ceremony, preferring dialogue to avoid the confrontation that would come with taking the presidential oath when President Kenyatta has already been sworn in. But Mr Odinga said the Nasa team is fully behind him.

“There is no rift in Nasa at all. No problems whatsoever. My brothers are fully behind the course,” he said.

On disagreements over the sharing of parliamentary committee leadership positions in the coalition, Mr Odinga said the differences were normal.

RETREAT

“In a large family like Nasa, these things are bound to occur. There will be cases where one family is demanding a fish and vice-versa. That is normal,” he said.

Yesterday, it emerged that two meetings by the Nasa principals had not yielded fruits over the swearing-in ceremony and that they had scheduled a retreat on Friday at Maanzoni Hotel in Machakos.

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At Parliament Buildings on Wednesday, 13 lawmakers led  by Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala and National Assembly Minority whip Junet Mohammed started a campaign that they said would see all the coalition’s MPs, governors and MCAs sign a legal instrument binding them to a resolution to swear in Mr  Odinga and Mr Musyoka as “people’s president” and deputy. Nasa has 154 law makers — 127 MPs and 27 senators.

The MPs said they do not recognise Mr Kenyatta as President.

“We are bound by a solemn belief in the sanctity of the vote and respect for the democratic will of the people. And we stand here before you to say enough is enough. Enough with “accept and move on”. Enough with Jubilee’s electoral theft. Enough with the diplomats and their dialogue. Kenyans want nothing short of electoral justice,” said Mr Malala.

ELECTED LEADERS

“It is in this spirit that we as elected leaders representing the people have resolved to come together to further demonstrate that we do not recognise Uhuru Kenyatta as President,” he said.

However, none of Wiper and Ford-Kenya MPs attended the press conference that came just a day after the coalition’s four principals failed to agree on the modalities of the oath after two days of secret meetings.

The leaders first met on Monday at Karen Country Club and at a private residence in Lavington on Tuesday. In the affidavits, the leaders recognise Mr Odinga as the people’s president, having been elected as the president during the August 8 presidential election. They affirm that the poll, won by Mr Kenyatta, was not free, fair, transparent or verifiable.

The affidavit further trashes the October 26 repeat presidential election as a nullity because it was conducted by an electoral commission that was in contempt of the Supreme Court orders and that it was not conducted in strict compliance of the constitutional provisions and all other applicable laws.

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ACCESS SERVERS

“Had the IEBC complied with the Supreme Court orders and provided access to its servers, the results would have shown that the winner of the first presidential election was Mr Odinga,” the affidavit reads.

However, during yesterday’s press conference both Mr Malala and Mr Mohammed rejected claims of disquiet in the coalition over the oath and the manner in which the committee leadership positions reserved for the opposition parties had been shared out.

“There is no fallout in the coalition and nobody has been forced to sign the affidavit. It is one of our programmes to ensure the swearing-in ceremony takes place,” said Mr Mohammed.

Mr Odinga, on the other hand, told VOA that while foreign diplomats were welcome to help Kenya as friends, the current stalemate could only be addressed by Kenyans themselves.

“This is a fire that is for us Kenyans to put out. We have stated our agenda for dialogue.” he said.

WARNED ENVOYS

“If they do not, sisi hatubembelezi mtu (We will not plead with anybody). We will do our things, let them do theirs and then we will see where we will meet,” he said and warned the envoys to keep off the push for dialogue, accusing them of siding with Jubilee.

Mr Odinga is particularly upset by US ambassador Robert Godec who recently asked Nasa to drop the “unconstitutional” swearing-in for a structured dialogue.

“They are our friends but they cannot force us. Kenya is not a colony of America. We are a free country. We will do as we want. It is not us Nasa that have breached the Constitution because they have created an illegitimate government,” he said

-nation.co.ke

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Size 8, DJ Mo on the spot for Sh10K Valentine’s Day dinner event

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Gospel singer Size 8 Reborn and her husband DJ Mo have been called out by their fans for planning an extravagant valentine’s day dinner event.

The couple have been advertising for their planned event set for February 14 at a hotel in the city where the main focus will be celebrating love among the married people.

Couple are being persuaded to register and attend the but the amount being charged for the dinner is what has made of their followers upset.

Both DJ Mo and Size 8 had a humble beginning and have accumulated a big fan base as they grew.

“HALLELUJAH the details are finally out!!!! DINE WITH #THEMURAYAS 14th of February A fun red carpet affair. Couples affair (dating, courting or married),” wrote Size 8.

But the dinner is going for kSh7,000-Ksh 10,000, an amount that seems too much.

Hio ndoo ni mob,” said Alice.ngatia.

“That amount ,” wrote shazzie_Iddah. “Like me I want to come but cannot afford that kind of money,” commented Winnie.

“Rent ya kasingle room pale junction ya Kayole,” stated foiwdci. “Hiyo pesa ni mingi sana,” remarked Brownian_baibz.

 

 

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Instagram declares war on photoshopped images

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Instagram is rolling out a new feature on the app to detect forged pictures. The founders are also aiming at cracking down and reducing the spread of misinformation and fake news through their website.

The Facebook-owned social network unveiled the new system where it’s counting on “a combination of feedback from our community and technology” to spot photos that have been passed through independent third-party fact-checkers.

If the fact-checkers detect a fake photo, it will have a warning message before you can view it.

The warning will prevent the image from being accessed before the viewer can give express permission. The viewer has to go through several warnings clicks to get to the original image. 

The flagged photos will be wiped from the explore tab, and they won’t appear when searched through any used hashtag.

The new tough measures are aimed at reducing misinformation and online propaganda. 

 

 

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Roselyn Akombe retorts at Moses Kuria’s statement on Msando

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Former Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) commissioner Roselyn Akombe has reacted to a press conference held by Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria over the murder of the electoral agency’s ICT boss Chris Msando.

Ms Akombe took to social media and stated Kenyans were not satisfied with what Mr Kuria had said about the murder and it was time justice prevailed.

Addressing the media in Parliament, Mr Kuria, who is serving a second term, threatened to sue anyone who linked him to the death of Mr Msando. But Ms Akombe does not agree with the legislator.

“To #moseskuria and your buddies: ‘No, no, we are not satisfied, and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream’,” she posted on her official Twitter account.

A portrait of the late Christopher Chege Msando during his funeral service at the Consolata Shrine on August 17, 2017. PHOTO | EMMA NZIOKA
A portrait of the late Christopher Chege Msando during his funeral service at the Consolata Shrine on August 17, 2017. PHOTO | EMMA NZIOKA

Mr Kuria, in a Facebook post last week, had threatened to spill beans over what really transpired and led to the death of Mr Msando.

However, his press conference focused more on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) and he said that the government should stop intimidating other law makers.

Mr Msando was murdered in July 2018 and his death was linked to Mr Kuria after he took a photo of the deceased’s vehicle.

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