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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

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‘We started celebrating Eliud Kipchoge’s win at my brother’s graveside,’ Yvonne Okwara narrates

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Citizen TV’s Yvonne Okwara is among the millions of Kenyans who celebrated Eliud Kipchoge’s historic win in Vienna, Austria last Saturday.

The multi-talented media personality revealed that Kipchoge put a smile on her face after making history by finishing a marathon under two hours.

Speaking to her fellow panelist (News Gang) on Citizen TV on Thursday, Yvonne Okwara narrated how Kipchoge turned her sorrowful moments into a celebration.

Eliud Kipchoge

On the day Eliud was making history in Vienna, Okwara and her family were at her brother’s graveside holding a memorial service for him.

Emotional Yvonne narrated her story as her co-presenters listened.

This is a very personal moment for me. I lost my brother a year ago and Kipchoge’s feat found us at the most unlikely place. I will get emotional but I’ll try and tell this story.

On Saturday, October 12, we had a memorial for my deceased brother by the graveside, but we had our phones with us. We literally delayed the occasion as we were to start it at 11 am, ‘ Okwara narrated.

Just after Eliud Kipchoge finished the race, they started celebrating at the graveside instead of mourning.

My uncles, aunts, mum and cousins went wild with celebrations after Kipchoge won. We were literally celebrating by the graveside,” she added.

The family went ahead to celebrate their loved one’s memorial service.

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But they were not the only celebrating Kipchoge’s success, there was another family at the same cemetery, which celebrated.

There was another family at the other graveside. They came by our side to celebrate then went off to pray. What shocked me was that they never prayed at all.

One guy shouted 1:59 twice in honor of Kipchoge and then recited the Catholic prayer (In the name of The Father The Son and The Holy Spirit) and they walked away celebrating. That was a simple hilarious prayer in an unlikely place around the graveyard,’ she explained.

Yvonne concluded by thanking the marathoner.

I want to thank Kipchoge for making such a hard moment that easier,” she said.

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Fare thee well! Photos of Mariam Kighenda and daughter Amanda in their resting ‘houses’

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Bodies of Mariam Kighenda and her daughter Amanda Mutheu have already arrived in Salama, Makuendi county ahead of the burial later on today.

The two died after their car drowned in the Indian Ocean and took divers 13 days to retrieve their bodies. According to the autopsy reports, they both died of asphyxiation – the state or process of being deprived of oxygen, which can result in unconsciousness or death; suffocation.

Sonko rescue team transported the bodies from Jocham mortuary in Mombasa to their final resting place.

The Nairobi governor shared photos of the bodies and family members before departing for Salama on facebook.

To the widower, Mr John Wambua and the young son, Alvin, we are together brother during this difficult moment.

I know this is the moment you are really feeling the pain but TUKO PAMOJA,’ read Sonko’s message to Mariam’s husband.

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Mariam Kighenda's family
Mariam Kighenda’s family with Sonko rescue team

Mariam Kighenda's body

Likoni ferry victim

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Laleni Salama: Photos of politicians kids who have died in the past years

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Losing a child is never easy, but for some politicians, the death of their kids in accidents, murder and suicide is something they never planned on.

Below are politicians who have lost kids in the past years.

  1. Dalmas Otieno

Isaiah Otieno, 23, was killed on May 13 2008 when the Bell 206 helicopter chartered by BC Hydro crashed on a residential street in Cranbrook, landing on top of him as he walked to the post office to mail letters to family and friends.

Dalmas Otieno
Dalmas Otieno
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Iasiah Otieno late son to Dalmas Otieno

2. Njeru Githae

Robinson Njeru Githae’s son, 23-year-old Brian Karanga Njeru, a computer science student at the University Of Nairobi, was found dead in 2012 at his father’s home in Runda estate, Nairobi.

It was alleged he committed suicide.

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Brian Karanga the late son to Njeru Githae
Njeru Githae
Njeru Githae

3. James Ratemo

Three children of former Eldoret MCA aspirant James Ratemo Nyambane were found murdered and their bodies dumped in River Nzoia five days after they went missing.

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Clifford (seven), Glen (three) and Taya (five) were reported missing as they did not return home after leaving for Eldovil SDA Church.

He termed the killings as evil and the work of the devil.

Ratemo's kids who were found murdered.

4. Stephen Ondiek’s three children.
Three children of former assistant minister Archbishop Stephen Ondiek died in a grisly road accident.

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They were returning to Nairobi after helping their father win a nomination for the Ugenya parliamentary seat in November 2002.

Ondiek’s daughter died on the spot. His two sons were flown to Nairobi Hospital where they died immediately after being admitted into the ICU.

5. Julius Sunkuli

Former internal security minister Julius Sunkuli’s son was killed after he was hit by a blunt object on the head.

Julius Sunkuli's son
Julius Sunkuli’s son

The late Salaton died mysteriously and his body found at the mortuary his body on May 19, 2018, more than 10 days when police transferred the body to the morgue.

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Julius Sunkuli

6. Raila Odinga

Raila Odinga who is known by many as ‘Baba’ lost his son Fidel Odinga in 2015.

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7. John Nyangarama

Nyamira Governor John Nyagarama’s son Ndemo Nyangarama passed on after a two month battle with Acute Meningitis at the Nairobi Hospital.

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John Nyangarama
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