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Western MPs Sharply Divided Over Night Travel Ban

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Western MPs Sharply Contrast Over the Night Travel Ban by NTSA

By ALLAN TAWAI

Besieged National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has received rare support from an MP from Bungoma who has backed the ban on night travel.

Bungoma County Woman Representative Catherine Wambilianga has supported NTSA over the ban on night travel and blamed drivers for causing road accidents. Majority of the reported road accidents occurred at night because of the driver’s exhaustion due to being overworked, she said.

Speaking at Chwele market on Wednesday, January 3, Wambilianga said that since the ban was enforced by NTSA, there had been fewer reports of accidents occurring during the night.

Bungoma is one of the most affected by the travel ban with hundreds of passengers being stranded at various bus termini and transport operators hiking fare by three times above the normal rates inconveniencing travelers.

Chief Justice Maraga blamed reckless driving for the rising number of fatal accidents

“Majority drivers are not given time to rest, they drive all the way from Bungoma to Nairobi and back. They are human beings and their bodies get exhausted. Let the vehicle owners allow drivers to rest or let other drivers be stationed at the destination so that they can drive back,” he said.

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Chief Justice Maraga blamed reckless driving for the rising number of fatal accidents

Chief Justice Maraga blamed reckless driving for the rising number of fatal accidents

Wambilianga sharply contrasted with those calling on the agency to lift the ban saying that it should be enforced fully instead.

“Let NTSA also stand firm, I know it is hard to implement the directive but they should not be swayed by cartels in the transport sector, let them stand firm and save Kenyans,” she said However, Mt Elgon MP Fred Kapondi differed with Ms. Wambilianga arguing that banning night travel will just affect the country’s economy and will hurt the transport industry.

“An accident can occur at any time, let NTSA man the known black spots especially on Eldoret-Nakuru highway so that they can reduce the accidents,” he said.

The legislator called on NTSA to ban night travel for heavy trucks because majority accidents have been caused by trucks plying those routes.

 

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Rapper Kanye West announces he is run for US president

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BY KEVIN KOECH

American rapper Kanye West, a vocal supporter of U.S. President Donald Trump, announced on Saturday that he would run for president in 2020.

Kanye’s move is in an apparent challenge to Trump and his presumptive Democratic rival, former Vice President Joe Biden.

“We must now realize the promise of America by trusting God, unifying our vision and building our future. I am running for president of the United States,” West wrote in a Twitter post, adding an American flag emoji and the hashtag “#2020VISION”.

It was not immediately clear if West was serious about vying for the presidency four months before the Nov. 3 election or if he had filed any official paperwork to appear on state election ballots.

The deadline to add independent candidates to the ballot has not yet passed in many states.

West and his equally famous wife Kim Kardashian West have visited Trump in the White House.

At one meeting in October 2018, West delivered a rambling, profanity-laden speech in which he discussed alternative universes and his diagnosis of bipolar disorder, which he said was actually sleep deprivation.

Elon Musk, the chief executive of electric-car maker Tesla and another celebrity known for eccentric outbursts, endorsed West’s Twitter post:;

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“You have my full support!” he wrote

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Echoes of reggae as Rastafarian admitted to Bar

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When Buju Banton sang the lyrics, “only Rasta can liberate the people,” in his popular 1997 song Hills and Valleys, he did not have in mind the kind of liberation that the Rastafarian community could have years later upon their admission of one of their own to the Bar.

On Friday, Mathenge Mukundi, donning a blue turban set history when he walked to the Supreme Court building where he was admitted to the Bar becoming Kenya’s first advocate of the Rastafarian faith.

“As a diehard human rights and fundamental freedoms enthusiast, I will work towards fighting for the rights of minorities and marginalised groups,” he told the Nation Saturday.

Mr Mukundi did his KCSE in 2012 at Othaya Boys High School before joining Kenyatta University for a law degree.

“According to our policy to give opportunities to diverse members of the society, Mr Mathenge Mukundi, a practicing Rastafarian, did pupillage with us last year and was admitted to the Bar as an advocate yesterday. Congratulations to him,” Kenya’s National Council for Law Reporting tweeted.

Mr Mukundi was admitted alongside 197 new advocates who included Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed.

Although CS Mohamed was gazetted in 2013 after finalising her studies at the Kenya School of Law, she was yet to sign the Roll of Advocates, a requirement before one is officially allowed to become one.

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Mr Mukundi’s admission to the Bar is historic as most countries including neighbour Uganda do not allow Rastafarians to become advocates.

But liberalism in the conservative law practise is not just growing in Kenya but also other countries. Newly appointed Malawi Attorney-General Chikosa Silungwe was trending on the social media not because of his vast law experience but rather his dreadlocked hair style.

Locally, lawyer Bob Mkhangi also spots deadlocks.

Since independence, Rastafarians have been fighting for their rights.

Rastafari is an Africa-centred religion, which can be traced to Jamaica in the 1930s after Haile Selassie I (1892-1975) — referred to as the king of kings, lord of lords, the conquering lion of the tribe of Judah — was coronated as King of Ethiopia.

Many of their teachings are also developed from the ideas of Jamaican activist Marcus Mosiah Garvey.

But it is only until last year when the courts ruled that Rastafarianism is a religion just like any other and they should be treated as the rest.

Justice Chacha Mwita made the judgement in a case in which a minor was chased away from school in January 2019 for having dreadlocks.

The judge based his ruling on Article 30 (1) of the constitution which states that every person has the right to freedom of conscience, religion, thought, belief and opinion.

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Rastafarians follow biblical teachings found in various books, including Numbers 6: 1-6 and Leviticus 21: 5 – 6, which among others prohibit eating certain foods and cutting of the hair, as a sign of their dedication to God’s teachings.

Consequently, they keep their hair as a manifestation of their faith.

Rastafarians say that they keep “rastas” and not “dreadlocks” arguing that rastas is a sign of faith as opposed to “dreadlocks” which is one’s choice or style.

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Baringo Woman Rep Gladwell Cheruiyot’s husband succumbs to COVID-19

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Baringo woman representative Gladwell Cheruiyot’s husband has succumbed to COVID-19.

Isaac Cherogony breathed his last on the evening of Saturday, July 4, in an Eldoret hospital where he was receiving treatment after developing breathing complications.

The legislator was also tested for the virus and is set to receive her test results soon while their home was sealed off.

At the same time, reports indicate contact tracing is still ongoing.

Gladwell Cheruiyot’s husband

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