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Meet the Harvard trained lawyer who said No to Uhuru’s ambassadorial appointment

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He is perhaps one of the best constitutional lawyers Kenya has ever had. Meet former Mandera Central MP Abdikadir Mohamed; Smart, articulate and well read.

This is President Uhuru Kenyatta’s advisor who turned down an ambassadorial appointment, it is now emerging. Kenyatta’s Constitutional and Legal Affairs advisor politely declined to take up his new posting as Kenya’s ambassador to South Korea.

He had been nominated by the President on February 13 including Attorney General Kihara Kariuki, Solicitor General Ken Ogeto and re-designation of Njee Muturi as deputy Chief of Staff. While Mr Njee took office immediately, Mr Ogeto’s name was sent to Parliament for vetting and has since been approved.

Justice Kariuki, new ambassadorial nominees, among them the one to replace Abdikadir’s are due for vetting by Parliament. Dedication to service “He courteously declined the position on personal grounds. It was a painful decision especially knowing his dedication to service of his country and the immense respect he has for the presidency,” a friend of his told Sunday Standard.

It is understood that the personal grounds which have since been accepted by the President include concern for his young family – with children at delicate stages of their life, career mismatch fears and his passion for private sector. “He also felt his expertise would be less suited or needed in that particular posting and that there were more suitable Kenyans to execute the task at hand,” the source added. In 2013 and at young age, Abdikadir became the first MP to announce retirement from politics after serving only one term.

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At the time, and although clan politics in Mandera are said to have influenced his decision, he said politics was choking his soul. He served as legal advisor to retired President Kibaki in the transition period before he was fully adopted by President Kenyatta when he was sworn into office in 2013.

Together with Isaac Awuondo, he chaired the taskforce on parastatal reforms whose report is yet to be implemented. During his term in the 11th Parliament, the Harvard trained lawyer served as the chair of the Parliament Select Committee on the Constitution which birthed the 2010 constitution.

He is credited for being the only politician who has ever defeated Deputy President William Ruto in a contest after he walloped him in the PSC election. At the time, Ruto had been fronted by Raila Odinga’s ODM to chair the make-or- break committee while Abdikadir, a Safina MP, was fronted by President Kibaki’s PNU.

Moderates from both sides of the divided closed ranks to elect him on account of his freshness and affability. “I am afraid I cannot comment on the matter of my nomination suffice to say I am most grateful to His Excellency for the trust he has bestowed on me now and in the past,” the ex-MP told the Sunday Standard. He joins a list of Kenyans who have in the past rejected presidential appointments or redeployment.

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Nairobi preacher repairs road after  government fails to act

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Pastor Godfrey Migwi who ministers at of House of Hope in Kayole has decided to act on his own and rehabilitate a public road using his own money.

The preacher has made a name for himself on social media for critiquing the government. Migwi recently called on president Uhuru Kenyatta to desist from taking Chinese loans.

Pastor Migwi has now decided to rehabilitate a public road after he got  tired of calling on the county government to fix roads around his neighborhood in Nairobi.

The city preacher has been imploring the county government to fix poor roads but since his calls fell on deaf ears he decided to dig deep into his own pockets to fix the roads himself.

Pastor Godfrey Migwi stands next to a heavy construction vehicle that was fixing a public road he paid for with his own money

Making our Home area a better place bila CDF ama msaada wa serikali for the glory of God, msaada wangu watoka kwa Yesu. You can use what you’ve to make your neighbours happy. Change starts with you. One step at a time. You can’t lead people with a greedy heart,” wrote Pastor Godfrey Migwi on Facebook.

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MP Naisula Lesuuda sets date for her grand wedding

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Samburu West MP Naisula Lesuuda is set to wed her fiancé Robert Kiplagat on November 17.

The MP, who got engaged on December 31, 2017, held a traditional wedding in August at her home in Samburu.

The couple is now set to wed on November 17 at Lesirai in Samburu County.

Their green, gold and beige invitation card features hotel rates for guests who will want to enjoy a mini-vacay during the wedding weekend.

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Lesuuda’s parents Rev Jacob and Dorcas Lesuuda will host Kiplagat’s parents Major (Rtd) Wilson and Gladys Koitaba and the couple’s guests.

Camping will also be available at the Lesuuda farm at between Sh8, 000 to Sh20, 000 depending on the tent one chooses.

Lesuuda’s friends including Yvonne Khamati who was in Samburu for the traditional wedding are expected in the white wedding.

Khamati recently got engaged and in September her Nigerian in laws visited her village.

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Recce Squad officer linked to Monica Kimani murder arrested

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A Recce Squad officer who has been on the run for the past month has been arrested.

Jennings Orlando Odhiambo was arrested in Nairobi on Thursday October 18,2018 evening and taken to Muthaiga police station for questioning.

Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) said that Odhiambo is a police constable in the elite Recce Squad currently attached to the US Embassy.

The suspect has been arraigned before Resident Magistrate Justus Kituku at the Kiambu Law courts and police given 14 days to detain him as investigations continue.

In his ruling, Magistrate Kituku further ordered that the suspect be brought to court on November 2, 2018.

Detectives have also searched his house at Recce Headquarters in Ruiru.

In the much publicized case involving Citizen TV journalist Jacque Maribe and her fiance Joseph Irungu alias ‘Jowie’, the suspect is said to have been with the 1st accused, Irungu, on the night of the incident.

Irungu and Maribe have since been charged with the murder of Monica Kimani whose body was found at her Kilimani apartment on September 19,2018.

The two pleaded not guilty to the charge and their bail hearing set for Wednesday October 24, 2018.

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