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VIDEO: Miguna Miguna speaks to VOA’s BMJ Muriithi, wants presidential election before August

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A Kenyan attorney deported to Canada this week on charges of treason is challenging his removal in court, seeking a return to the African nation while insisting that its rightful leader is opposition figure Raila Odinga and not President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Miguna Miguna, who holds dual citizenship in Kenya and Canada, was sent to Toronto on Tuesday after participating in a mock presidential swearing-in ceremony for Odinga in Nairobi on January 30. Miguna also is one of Odinga’s attorneys.

“Today, my lawyers filed a petition seeking to invalidate the whimsical, illegal decision” to deport, Miguna said in a phone interview Friday with VOA’s Swahili service. He spoke from his home in a Toronto suburb.

Miguna was arrested last Friday at his home in Runda. On Tuesday, Kenyan authorities forced Miguna onto a late-night KLM flight from Nairobi to Toronto via Amsterdam. His removal flouted a Kenyan high court’s order that Miguna be presented to a Nairobi judge on Wednesday, five days after his arrest.

Kenya’s interior ministry contended in a Twitter post that Miguna had renounced his citizenship years ago and had become a Canadian citizen, after being granted political asylum in Canada while attending the University of Toronto and law school.

The Kenyan-born Miguna disputed the idea that he had forsworn his homeland, asking for evidence of a “document of renunciation. It does not exist, because I would never have done that.”

FILE - Lawyers Miguna Miguna, right, and Tom "T.J." Kajwang attend a mock "swearing-in" ceremony for opposition leader Raila Odinga at Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, Jan. 30, 2018.

FILE – Lawyers Miguna Miguna, right, and Tom “T.J.” Kajwang attend a mock “swearing-in” ceremony for opposition leader Raila Odinga at Uhuru Park in downtown Nairobi, Kenya, Jan. 30, 2018.

He added that his rights as a Kenyan citizen had been violated because “a court must be able to make the determination” both on the treason charge and on deportation. “I’ve not been convicted, so how do they put me in a plane?” Miguna said. ” … The fact is, the Kenyan authorities have acted rogue, have employed draconian measures against legitimate critics and opponents, and must be exposed.”

Election ruled invalid

Miguna and other Odinga supporters maintain that Kenyatta, who has governed the East African country of 47 million since 2013, used fraud to win a second term last August. The Supreme Court ruled that election invalid on procedural grounds; Odinga then boycotted an October rematch, saying Kenya’s electoral commission could not conduct a fair election. Kenyatta won 98 percent of the vote then.

Miguna has identified himself as a general in the National Resistance Movement (NRM), which Kenyatta’s government in January declared was a criminal group.

The lawyer rejected the criminal label, telling VOA, “Our objectives are not violent. … Our objectives are not illegal.”

He suggested his NRM affiliation was a factor in his deportation. “When they arrested or abducted me from home,” he said of authorities, “… why didn’t they take me to court if they believe that I had committed a criminal offense? … I’m a general in NRM Kenya, the movement, and I have no apologies to make about that.”

Here is an interview with CBC News Network in Canada:

In the interview, Miguna called for new presidential elections “even before August. … Uhuru Kenyatta should not be the president of Kenya, and we should have a credible election held as soon as possible.”

Asked about Kenyan authorities’ move to temporarily halt transmissions from three Kenyan television stations that had covered Odinga’s mock inauguration, Miguna called it “a demonstration of desperation.”

“They are scared to death. They are desperate. They are fearful, and eventually they will have to be removed from power,” he said, adding that authorities didn’t want Kenyans to see “the multitude of people that attended our [Odinga] rally at Uhuru Park.”

Miguna also was asked about speculation that he might succeed Odinga in a presidential bid against Kenyatta.

“That’s not something I’ll comment on,” he responded. “It’s not up to me to decide who steps into whose shoes, who gets into what positions. That’s up to Kenyans to decide.”

SOURCE: Voice of America

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  1. General Jabba

    February 11, 2018 at 5:46 am

    Miguna is a brilliant Kenyan born in Kenya, raised in Kenya, schooled in Kenya and will remain to be a Kenyan. We shall fight for his rights the despots are peeing on.

  2. Realmadrid

    February 11, 2018 at 6:38 am

    Perfect post please continue on that note

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Body of doctor who died in Cuba arrives

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The body of a Kenyan doctor who allegedly committed suicide due to frustrations in Cuba has arrived at the Moi International Airport in Mombasa.

After arrival, the body of Dr Ali Juma was scheduled to be taken to the Coast Provincial General Hospital for a second post-mortem examination.

Family, relatives, friends, politicians and senior officials of the Mombasa County government were Friday morning at the airport to receive the body.

Likoni MP Mishi Mboko, who is the doctor’s sister, could not contain herself as the body arrived.

The family said Thursday that they were yet to receive a reports on the post-mortem which was done in Cuba.

“Post-mortem to ascertain the cause of death was conducted in Havana. However, as a family we are yet to get the details of the findings; we are still in the dark,” said a family member.

“The body of the late Dr Ali Juma arrives in the morning (Friday). Burial [will be] in Shikadabu Likoni after Friday prayers, post-mortem [will be done] at CPGH in the morning. We are doing an independent post-mortem here,” said a family source.

Changamwe MP Omar Mwinyi, Rabai’s William Kamoti were among politicians at the airport who went to receive the body for burial.

County Chief Health Officer Khadija Shikely, Director of Media Services Shem Patta were among senior doctors in Mombasa at the airport.

Dr Juma was undertaking a postgraduate diploma in family medicine in Cuba.

His colleagues, friends and relatives are yet to come to come to terms with the fact that he could have taken his own life.

The Kenya Medical Practitioners, Pharmacists and Dentists Union (KMPDU), led by Deputy Secretary-General Chibanzi Mwachonda, called for immediate termination of the doctors training in Cuba.

But in her tweet, Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki said she had dispatched a team to Cuba to facilitate the ongoing investigations on the death.

“[I] held a meeting with the Cuban Ambassador to Kenya, Ernesto Gomez Diaz, on the circumstances pertaining to the death of Dr Hamisi Ali Juma in Cuba. I have dispatched a team from the Ministry of Health to facilitate ongoing investigations in Havana,” Ms Kariuki said.

In a statement, KMPDU Secretary-General Ouma Oluga said that doctors had expressed their frustrations over non-payment of allowances.

Dr Oluga said the Kenyan embassy exhibits high-handedness when concerns are raised.

“It is ironical how Cuban doctors in Kenya receive royal treatment with chauffeured transport and lavish living funded by taxpayers’ money,” Dr Oluga added.

The union, which says the programme has not benefited the health workers, has recommended that the sponsorship be provided in Kenyan universities.

Governor Hassan Joho is expected at CPGH during the post-mortem examination.

source:nation.co.ke

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PHOTOS: Here’s the heartbreaking update of the Sh1b #KenyansForKenya initiative

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The Kenyans for Kenya hunger initiative in Turkana has come a cropper after projects developed under it were abandoned long time ago.

The famed project sponsored by the Kenya Red Cross in 2011 and supported by a number of corporate organisations and celebrities – and boosted by millions of Kenyans who contributed as little as Sh10 –  ran for only three years before it grounded.

More Sh700 million in cash and Sh300 million in kind were collected from the initiative and most of the money was invested in farm projects that were to serve as a long-term solution to the often deadly hunger in the arid county.

PR CAMPAIGN OF THE YEAR

Later, the initiative won Kenya Red Cross Society, Gina Din Corporate Communications, Safaricom Foundation and KCB Foundation the overall PR Campaign of the Year 2011 Award for their joint entry.

James Ngorpus shows a signpost at the Kenyans for Kenya Turkana North Food Security and Livelihood Project at Nakinomet. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA

Nation journalists visited one of the abandoned farms in Nakinomet in Kibish Sub County on Thursday and found hundreds of rusting poles that once held shade nets for flourishing crops beneath them.

Black pipes that once let flow millions of litres of water into the farm have been destroyed and were strewn all over the farm. A wire mesh around it went down years ago.

Camels have since made the farm their home as they feed on the shrubs that have sprouted from it since it grounded in 2017.

Residents of Nakinomet village who benefitted from it said they had been thrown into starvation since the project went down.

“We cannot lie that we did not benefit from the project because we made money from the crops we planted here. We had enough for ourselves and then extra to sell,” said Mr James Ngorupus, who said he once made Sh12, 000 from crops he planted within the farm.

At least 30 residents were roped in by Red Cross to put up farms within the site. They planted tomatoes, sorghum, kales and some maize.

PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA|NMG

TANK MALFUNCTIONED

The residents said the nets that were protecting the crops from the scorching sun were torn and were not replaced. A pipe that let in water from a nearby tank also malfunctioned.

They are now using the torn nets to cover the rooftops of their manyattas.

“There were no deaths from hunger here when the project was on, now deaths are back. So far we have lost eight people to hunger this month alone,” said Mr Richard Ekal, one of the beneficiaries.

Eyanai Hezron (left) and Eyanai Elim show a water pipe at the abandoned Kenyans for Kenya Turkana North Food Security and Livelihood Project at Nakinomet. PHOTO | JARED NYATAYA

 

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Uhuru is offline. This is why

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You will not be able to follow, like or comment on President Kenyatta’s social media accounts, at least for now.

This is after the head of state suspended all his social media handles on Friday morning over hacking by some staff in his office.

The first to go was his Twitter account, @UKenyatta, with its 3.62 million followers and 12,300 tweets.

Moments later, his verified Facebook account, #Uhuru Kenyatta, was blacked out.

This sparked off speculation that one of Africa’s Twitter presidents had been suspended by the microblog.

But Mr Kenyatta had not violated any of the rules and Twitter was not giving that explanation for the missing account.

“Sorry, that page doesn’t exist!” that is the response Twitter was giving.

The rumours of Twitter taking action against the president were fanned by the fact that hours before the suspension, he had tweeted a stern warning on corruption.

“If you are corrupt we will fight you. You can be my brother or my sister or my closest political ally, but if you are corrupt we will fight you,” Mr Kenyatta tweeted from Windhoek, the Namibian capital, where he is on a state visit.

Analysis of comments by Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) shows that many believed an administrator with ill intentions had fired the tweet to put Mr Kenyatta at loggerheads with his deputy William Ruto.

Mr Ruto, Mr Kenyatta’s close ally and marriage partner in the ruling Jubilee Party, has made it clear that the ongoing war on grand corruption and brazen theft of public resources is targeting him and his 2022 presidential ambitions.

But after hours of speculation, his Chief Of Staff Nzioka Waita tweeted that the accounts had been deactivated.

“On account of unauthorised access to the official social media handles of H.E the President of the Republic of Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta .All official social media handles for the President have been temporarily suspended to allow for the necessary remedial measures to be undertaken,” he said.

It is not the first time social media accounts associated with the president, State House and his office are being hacked and misused.

In July 2018, two Twitter accounts; @PresidentKE and @PSCU_Digital, which had been used for disseminating information to the public on behalf of the president, were pulled down.

“In this regard and with immediate effect the only official digital media channels that will convey information for and on behalf of the President, Her Excellency the First Lady and State House are as detailed below: Twitter: @StateHouseKenya, @UKenyatta, @FirstLadyKenya @KanzeDena; Facebook: State House Kenya, Uhuru Kenyatta, @Office of the First Lady Kenya,” Mr Waita said then.

President Kenyatta is the most followed leader in Sub-Saharan Africa on Twitter with more than three million followers.

This is according to a study released last year and dubbed Twiplomacy by Burson Cohn & Wolfe (BCW), an international communications agency.

SOURCE: nation.co.ke

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