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VIDEO: Uhuru to support Raila in 2022 – Prof Herman Manyora

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Kenyan political analyst Prof Herman Manyora says that Uhuru Kenyatta will support Raila for presidency in 2022 as a way of healing the nation. Manyora views the spectacular meeting held on Friday between the two leaders at Harambee House in Nairobi as the first steps towards a major political realignment which is likely to cause jitters within sections of Kenyan political class.

Manyora said this on Friday in his weekly commentary which he posts on his Youtube Channel.

Uhuru and Raila walked out of the private meeting at 12.30pm and took 17 minutes to address the nation before shaking hands, evoking memories of 2008 when Raila stood on the same steps of Harambee House with President Kibaki after they struck a deal to form a government of national unity following post-election violence after the disputed 2007 General Election.

In his nine-minute address to the nation, Raila said: “The time has come for us to confront and resolve our differences. As we fight ostensibly to save ourselves from each other, the reality is, we need to save our children from ourselves.” President Kenyatta, who spoke off the cuff, echoed the opposition leader’s sentiments, saying they had deep talks about the future of the country and had resolved to work together to build a united country.

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Heads turn in S. Africa as Kenyan President skips Ramaphosa’s inauguration attended by over 40 leaders

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66 year old Ceryl Ramaphosa was sworn in as the President of South Africa for a 5 year term Saturday at a ceremony attended by about 40 leaders from the African Continent. However, conspicuously missing wa Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta who has been known to hop onto his plane whenever the slightest opportunity to travel presents itself.

Tanzania’s John Pombe Magufuli, who hardly travels outside his country, was among those present. Uganda’s Ypoweri Museven, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame, DRC’s Felix Tshisekedi and Zimbabwe’s Emmerson Mnagagwa gravced the occasion.

Ramaphosa told South Africans on Saturday that ‘a new era’ had dawned as he was sworn in for a five-year term as president. More than 30,000 people gathered to witness the ceremony which included a flypast and military parade. Ramaphosa’s inauguration followed his ruling African National Congress party’s 57.5% victory in this month’s election.

Earlier in the week, reports had indicated that the President would travel with a delegation to South Africa, but State House spokesperson Kanze Dena yesterday confirmed Uhuru would not after all attend Ramaphosa’s inauguration.
“The President is not attending the event. There were no prior plans to attend the State function,” Ms Dena told The Standard when contacted on phone.
The South African parliament on Wednesday elected Ramaphosa, who has the majority in the House.
Dena said the President, presently, does not chair any regional economic bloc after he served as the New Partnership for Africa’s Development chair for a while.
“The President is not chairing any continental economic bloc for now,” she stated.
Among the dignitaries invited are Egypt’s president and chair of the African Union Abdel Fattah el-Sisi and chairperson of the African Union Commission Moussa Fakhi. Also invited is the United Nations Secretary General António Guterres.
The restricted invite list is attributed to austerity measures since the SA government is planning to spend less money on the event than it did on Zuma’s inauguration.
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“We all know there is economic difficulty in this country. The budget that we are going to spend on this inauguration is less than what was spent in the previous inauguration,” Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, minister in the presidency, is quoted as saying in the local press.

“We had to ensure we don’t spend as much as we did in the last inauguration… taking into account inflation,” she said.
Dlamini-Zuma said the previous inauguration, where former president Jacob Zuma was sworn in for his second term, cost in excess of R240 million.
The Standard, however, learnt that the Ministry of Foreign Affairs had already submitted its list, only to be cancelled at the last minute.
“There are some Jubilee party officials who will however be in attendance,” said a senior official in government.
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Deputy President William Ruto’s planned 10-day trip to the US and Canada was cancelled by State House on the premise that Uhuru and his deputy cannot be away at the same time.

 

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US official urges patience on Kenya graft cases

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A top US law enforcement urged frustrated Kenyans on Thursday to “be a little bit patient” concerning the outcome of corruption cases.

“Anti-corruption investigations are particularly complex,” Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Heather Merritt said in a press briefing.

“They tend to involve multiple jurisdictions because often corrupt officials are able to move assets amongst various jurisdictions both within your country and internationally,” Ms Merritt added.

She was speaking in response to a reporter’s question about the paucity of corruption convictions in Kenya.

Ms Merritt, who heads the State Department’s bureau of international narcotics and law enforcement, also cited US efforts to strengthen Kenya’s police service and to develop programmes intended to curb impunity.

She noted that she had co-chaired discussions on security and democracy as part of the recent US-Kenya Bilateral Strategic Dialogue held in Washington.

The US pledged in that forum to provide “technical and operational assistance” to the internal affairs unit of the Kenya police service as well as to the Independent Policing Oversight Authority.

Ms Merritt emphasised that corruption can most effectively be addressed through strong national institutions that enforce accountability.

“It is all about stopping impunity,” she said. “It’s about society’s demanding accountability, but most of all it’s about developing strong independent institutions that are able to combat corruption across the criminal justice sector.”

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The US official rejected arguments that corruption can be eliminated by increasing low salaries paid to law-enforcement personnel in poor countries.

“Adequate salaries are not enough,” Ms Merritt declared. “Even in countries where officials are very well paid, there are sometimes people who fall prey unfortunately to corruption and so we have got to do everything we can to strengthen institutions.”

She pointed to the example of the corruption scandal that shook the world football authority known as Fifa a few years ago.

“It’s not because (former Fifa head) Sepp Blatter was underpaid,” Ms Merritt said. “It’s not because the Fifa commissioners around the world were underpaid that they were susceptible to bribes… They made a decision to engage in corruption.”

The Fifa scandals were exposed because “there were institutions that were able to do investigations to hold accountable those who were involved,” Ms Merritt noted.

She also sounded an alarm about “burgeoning illicit markets” in Africa.

“Wildlife poaching and trafficking represents an escalating international security and conservation crisis,” Ms Merritt warned. “What we are seeing now in many of your countries is coordinated slaughter which was commissioned by armed and organized criminal syndicates.”

source:nation.co.ke

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Kenyans lose millions as Suraya housing project collapses

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A number of Kenyans have found themselves counting losses in millions of shillings after the Suraya projects failed.

This despite the off-plan investment gaining popularity in the country.

Lynx -Royal Estate, a development under the Suraya Properties Limited, is a real estate developer that has now earned itself a bad record.

According to Wairimu Thimba, an investor, the said property was to be completed in 2014, with the payment plan being in instalments.

The final instalment being after the keys were handed over to the investors.

“We have tried reaching out and they can’t answer… I go there and they do not do anything,” said Wairimu.

It was after a series of unanswered emails that forced her together with the other aggrieved investors to visit the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) on Thursday to record their statements as well as pay a visit to the Suraya properties offices to at least have the matter sorted. But all that was in vain.

Skyrocketing housing prices and unpredictable rent regimes have witnessed emergence of ‘smart’ investors in Nairobi who buy apartments off-plan at discounted prices, where one gets to investment or buys the property before it is completed.

It is a risk which despite offering flexible mode of payments, and an opportunity for an investor to own property at an affordable rate.

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Sometimes the developer might halt the project which according to Beatrice Wachuka, research analyst at the Cytonn Investments, should be a cause for alarm for any investor.

“You have to keep on visiting the sites to know, most times when it stops it is because, there is disagreement between contractors, or lack of capital,” said Wachuka.

“I feel they started these projects and then another without channeling our money where it was meant to build, it was just greed,” lamented Wairimu.

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