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ODM senator and former AG Wako recognises Uhuru as the President of Kenya, crowd goes wild

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Former kenya’s attorney General Amos Wako and current senator for Busia County surprised the audience on Saturday  when he openly recognised Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta as the President of Kenya, despite most of his party members holding a different opinion.

Mr Kenyatta, who was accompanied by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda during the commissioning of the One Stop Border Post in Busia town, just smiled on as Mr Wako, an ODM member, gave his speech.

“I now welcome the two Presidents – Mr Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the president of Uganda and Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta, the president of Kenya  – to Busia,” said Wako.

“I would like to tell you that these two presidents are committed to the greater economic and social integration of East Africa,” he added as the audience rose in applause.

This is in sharp contrast to the position taken by his party leader Raila Odinga, who insists that Kenyatta is not the bona fide president of Kenya. This comes at a time when analysts say, cracks within the National Alliance (NASA) are getting wider by the day. Odinga and his co-principals have however denied any knowledge of divisions within the political outfit.

Wako became the first senator for Busia county in Western province of Kenya in 2013 and was reelected in 2017. Wako won the senatorial seat after defeating former minister of finance Chris Okemo. He won the senator seat on an Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) being led by Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

A lawyer by profession Amos Wako served as the Attorney General of the republic of Kenya for 20 years (from 13 May 1991 to 26 August 2011). during his reign as the attorney general Wako was an Advocate of the High Court of Kenya,a member of the International Commission of Jurists, Member Council of Legal Education, was a Member Council of International Bar Association. Legal Advisor to Young men Christian Association (Y.M.C.A.) and Kenya Boy Scouts Association.

According to the Kenyan government, the infrastructure project will ease the movement of people and goods across our two countries for the prosperity of our people.

During the event, Kenyatta  said the integration of the East African region will be achieved with the development of shared infrastructure and political commitment of regional leaders.

 

He said the region must integrate to be a truly bigger market, and economically attractive to compete with other economic giants.

“We want to compete with the economic giants of the world. If we have

to compete with giants we have to be giants ourselves,” said President Kenyatta.

President Kenyatta and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni were in Busia town to commission a one-stop border post to ease the movement of goods and people across the shared border. They addressed a public barasa on the Ugandan side of Busia town.

President Museveni spoke to Uganda’s commitment to integration, but, in reference to fishing disputes by Kenyan small-scale traders, called for radar and tech surveillance to grow fish stocks as well as tackle disputes.

The customs facility, straddling the border comprises offices and space for immigration processes and verification; warehousing and cold rooms for the goods traded across the border; and facilities for expediting trade.

The one-stop border facility is part of measures President Kenyatta and his counterparts from other EAC countries have spearheaded to ease the movement of goods and people within the region.

The One-stop border post concept combines two national border controls into one thereby reducing the time it takes to clear goods and people across the shared

borders. This reduces costs and overall time it takes to transport goods from one point in the region to another.

The first one-stop border post to be commissioned under the EAC integration plan was at Taveta/Holili on the Kenya-Tanzania border. Similar facilities will be set up in all border points all across the region.

President Kenyatta said the commitment of the leaders of the region is bearing fruit as substantial progress has been achieved in the integration process

“I am glad that the people and the leadership of the East African Community have taken this point to heart: wherever I go in the region, I find a new appreciation of the importance of integration, and a new commitment to bringing the people of East Africa together,” said President Kenyatta.

The opening of one-stop border posts and other projects aimed at easing trade in the region has reduced the time it takes to move goods across the EAC. While in the past it took a minimum of 27 days to move a container of goods from Mombasa to western side of EAC, it now takes a maximum of five days.

President Kenyatta was in Uganda from Thursday for an official visit during which he attended the 19th Ordinary Summit of the East African Community Heads of State. He also attended a Heads of State retreat that discussed funding for infrastructure development and health.

President Museveni said economic integration will bring prosperity, security and unity.

Additional reporting by PSCU

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VIDEO: New Chinese ambassador to Kenya presents her credentials to Uhuru

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President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday at State House, Nairobi, received credentials from China’s first female ambassador to Nairobi Ms Sun Baohong.

Ms Sun was among three new ambassadors who have recently been posted  to Kenya. The diplomats also included Sri Lanka’s Commissioner-designate Weerawardena Sunil Dharmasena De Silva and New Zealand’s non-resident ambassador-designate Mark Ramsden, who will reside in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

President Kenyatta told Ms Baohong that Kenya had enjoyed a strong mutual understanding with her predecessor, Dr. Liu Xianfa, and hoped that the partnership between the two countries will continue during her term in Nairobi.

On her part, the new ambassador pledged to use her new position to enhance Sino-Kenyan Relations to further promote the existing strategic partnership and deepen ties between Nairobi and Beijing.

Ms Baohong, the 15th Chinese Ambassador to Nairobi is also her country’s permanent representative to two global institutions-United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) and United Nations Human Settlement Programme (UN-Habitat).

China and Kenya have for many years enjoyed mutual collaboration in various areas including infrastructure development and manufacturing.

Kenya is keen to tap into Chinese investments in the manufacturing sector by harnessing Beijing’s technical prowess, capital and experience to promote industrial growth as outlined in the Vision 2030 blue-print.

This co-operation is aimed at creating jobs locally and boost Kenya’s export potential.

President Kenyatta told the New Zealand ambassador that Kenya wishes to prosper the relationship with the Australasia nation.

He singled out Geo-Thermal energy sector and sport especially Rugby as two areas where the two nations could co-operate for mutual benefit.

The Head of State called for stronger people-to-people ties with Sri-Lanka.

Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary, Ambassador Monica Juma was also present at the function.

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VIDEO: Why you should never buy potatoes in a rush

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BY BMJ MURIITHI

Are you always in a hurry when you buy stuff by the roadside? Think twice.

Investigations have revealed that many vendors trick their customers into thinking that they are buying overflowing buckets of potatoes – and indeed other commodities – only for the unsuspecting buyers to end up with half of their money’s worth.

Yes, it is true! Unscrupulous traders are on the prowl are literally stealing your potatoes. This is what the cameras found out. Watch:

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VIDEO: Angry pastor warns members against ‘seducing’ other attendees with their ‘near-naked’ dresses

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A pastor whose name we are yet to establish is warning his congregation against going to church while scantly dressed saying by so doing, they are seducing other members. “This is unacceptable,” he says, adding that even the guests at the royal wedding were all  “fully dressed.”

I saw all the stars who used to go naked were well covered, he adds.

“Today we have almost naked people singing on the pulpit, seducing the members of the church.”

The pastor is cheered wildly when he declares that neither fame nor money can save humanity.

“Whether you are a Hollywood star or whoever you are, nothing can save you except Jesus Christ.”

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