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I will be in 2022 race, says Kalonzo

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Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka said on Saturday that he is still in the 2022 presidential race.

He noted that the handshake between opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta has not affected his ambition.

“The journey to Canaan is still there,” Mr Musyoka said in Wundanyi, Taita Taveta County, during a thanksgiving meeting for member of parliament (MP) Danson Mwashako.

He added: “My friend Raila said they reached River Jordan and saw crocodiles. Recently, Mr Ruto said that nowhere in the Bible does it say there are crocodiles in River Jordan.”

The Wiper Democratic Movement leader noted, however, that he will continue working with the government to transform the country.

Mr Musyoka said his party recognises the leadership of President Kenyatta. He said Wiper resolved to embrace the handshake for peaceful coexistence, which he said had been on the verge of falling apart due to the disputed general election.

Regarding the war on corruption, the politician said he fully supports the president’s resolve as he will deliver the country against the vice which has robbed Kenyans of development.

“I told President Kenyatta that if he blinks now, he cannot talk of a legacy,” he said, adding the president should stand firm and leave no stone unturned in the bid to see the guilty punished.

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“Nobody should be spared. Nobody should be above the law.”

At the function, Mr Musyoka launched the constituencies’ strategic plan for 2018 to 2022.

A section of Wiper legislators have asked Mr Odinga to support Mr Musyoka’s 2022 presidential bid.

Mr Mwashako and National Assembly Deputy Minority Leader Robert Mbui piled pressure on the ODM leader not to vie for the presidency, saying he should instead pay back Mr Musyoka for supporting him in the 2013 and 2017 elections.

Mr Mbui, who is Wiper’s organising secretary, said, “Mr Kenyatta is the country’s president and Mr Odinga the people’s president. Why don’t we allow Mr Kalonzo to be the next president?”

Mr Mwashako asked Mr Odinga to abide by the parties’ agreement for support for his co-principal in the National Super Alliance (Nasa).

He said Mr Odinga, who is Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) boss, should concentrate on his new role as an African Union envoy and leave politics to Mr Musyoka.

“We are surprised because ODM members are moving around campaigning for their party leader yet there is an agreement which says he pledged to support my party leader,” he said.

He noted that he and his Wundanyi constituents will not support Mr Odinga’s presidential bid.

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Meanwhile, a section of Coast MPs have criticised ODM for summoning defiant MPs who have pledged to support Deputy President William Ruto in the next race for the top seat.

Coast Parliamentary Group Vice Chairperson Saidi Hiribae said they resolved to work with the government to bring development to the Coast region as it has been lagging behind.

Mr Hiribae told off ODM for “notoriously issuing threats” to members who have openly declared support for the government, saying they embraced the spirit of the handshake.

“We have never seen other parties saying they are considering disciplinary action against members who have resolved to walk together,” he said.

“I have never been summoned by my party leader Musalia Mudavadi to be asked why we are moving together as Coast parliamentarians.”

Mr Hiribae said the movement will chart the way forward for the Coast region come 2022.

 

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Every Christmas season, Bob made sure I had plums: Wambui Collymore

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Wambui Kamiru Collymore, widow of former Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore, has said every December, Bob made sure she had plums as she loved them very much.

In an Instagram post, Wambui said the person Bob was buying plums from has made sure they deliver the fruit now that Bob is not there to do so.

See the Instagram Post below:

Wambui has been posting snippets of her life with the former telecoms executive.

She recently celebrated his birthday where he would be turning 63 years old.

In his memory, his widow Wambui Collymore shared a picture and a touching message on social media to celebrate the man she spent almost five years together with.

The couple got married in April 2016 and stayed together until Collymore lost a long battle with blood cancer on the morning of July 1, 2019.

A short period before the cruel hands of death snatched him from her embrace, but also a period through which they also created memories worth cherishing and holding on to forever.

Collymore managed to keep his personal life so private that even in death little was written about his life before coming to Kenya.

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KDF pilot killed in crash months before wedding

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Like many ambitious young men, Lieutenant Adams Rhova had big plans for the New Year.

Exactly 30 days from today, he was due to reveal the date he would have walked down the aisle with the love of his life Sandra Kadzo.

An inspiration, a mentor, a role model and a philanthropist, many poor families in Kulesa village, Garsen, Tana River County, also looked forward to a good year, thanks to his alms.

But the dreams were shattered on Tuesday morning when Rhova, 30, perished in a Kenya Air Force plane crash inside Tsavo East National Park, some 15 kilometres from Voi town.

The aircraft, a Harbin Y-12 model that was being flown from the Kenya Air Force Moi Air Base, Nairobi, claimed the lives of three other military personnel who were on an undisclosed mission in Taita Taveta County.

When the Nation visited Kulesa village yesterday, pain was written all over the faces of his family, neighbours, friends, local leaders and even strangers. His mother, Yunia Hadulo, who received news of her son’s sudden death, was still in shock and could not talk.

A holiday

 

Just 20 days ago, the lieutenant had taken his entire family for a holiday in Malindi where he announced his future plans.

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“He was planning to marry his fiancée, whom he introduced to the family early this year. He had many other big plans for Kulesa people and as matter of fact, he was the family’s mentor,” Alpha Rhova, Adams elder brother said.

Reached for comment, crestfallen Kadzo said she needed time to mourn her loss. “Kindly I’ve no strength to comment or say anything. The death has robbed me of my life too. He was my everything and this has happened when our relationship is at its peak,” she said amid tears.

Many remembered the lastborn in the family of three as a humble man who helped many poor families with school fees and ran campaigns against violent extremism.

In Kulesa, Rhova had a team of youth who provided him with intelligence on local security matters.

“He was [more] informed of the activities in the village than anyone else. He was a man of the people and his presence here elated many lives, both the youth and the elderly,” Alpha said.

Primary school

 

Born on December 12, 1990, Rhova went to Kulesa Primary School before proceeding to Garsen High School.

He later joined the University of Nairobi in 2012 for a Bachelor’s degree in Education, but dropped out in his second year to join the military.

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In 2016, he secured a chance to train as a cadet and was taken for aviation training in South Africa where he graduated in 2017. He had only served the Air Force for three years.

Salama location chief Peter Jilo said Rhova was the only military man in his village and surrounding areas. “His death has broken my heart into many pieces; it feels like I’ve lost my own flesh and blood. Only God knows our pain,” he said, tears welling in his eyes.

A brave and humble person

The chief eulogised Rhova as “a son and a torch” that will take a lifetime to replace.

Wise man

Eric Bonny, a former schoolmate of Rhova’s and one of his best friends, is heartbroken.

Rhova carries lots of “secrets and wisdom” to the grave, he said.

“The accident has robbed us of a brave and humble person, who could create time to help anyone in time of need,” he said.

The Kenya Defence Forces is yet to release details and possible cause of the crash of a plane model that has been involved in several similar accidents in recent years.

Last August, a Harbin Y-12 craft came down at Dhobley Airstrip in Somalia.

The 10 occupants on board did not suffer any injuries but the aircraft was seriously damaged. The landing gear as well as the left-hand wing were mangled.

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In 2014, one person was killed and 11 others injured when a plane of the the same model crashed shortly after taking off from El Wak airport in Mandera County.

In 2006, another military aircraft of the same model crashed on a hill in Marsabit, killing 14 people.

Last year, KDF announced plans to acquire three Italian-manufactured Spartan aircraft to replace the aged Harbin Y-12s. The first one was delivered late last year.

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Ex-Chelsea star Drogba drops his 10-year-old marriage for ‘positive’ young woman

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Chelsea football legend Didier Drogba has revealed his ten-year marriage to Lalla Diakate is over, after appearing in an intimate video in bed with a mystery woman.

The two, who have three children together, have always had a discreet private life in order to shield their loved ones from the limelight.

However, Drogba was forced to confirm that he had split from wife Lalla after photos and videos went viral on social media of him with another woman.

The 42-year-old met Lalla in Paris in the 1990s and formalised their union in 2011.

In the film, according to The Sun, which a representative claimed had been hacked, Drogba was seen bare-chested in bed with the near-naked young woman, sparking headlines in his home country.

The two appear extremely playful as she jokingly bites his shoulder before he cries in French: “She’s positive! She’ll infect me by biting me!”

The scenes left tongues wagging back in Ivory Coast and the Blues’ icon was forced to respond.

“But, because of speculation in the media today, I can confirm that sadly, after 20 years together, Lalla and I took the difficult decision to separate last year.

“We remain very close, and our main priorities have been to protect our children and our family’s private life. May God bless you.”

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Drogba spent an initial eight years at Chelsea, before briefly returning in 2014, scoring 104 goals in 254 Premier League games, winning four league titles and the Champions League in 2012.

The 42-year-old is also the all-time top scorer and former captain of the Ivory Coast, boasting 65 goals in 105 caps.

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