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Bodyguards Kept At Bay In Uhuru, Raila, Ruto ‘Lunch’ Meeting

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Deputy President William Ruto hosted President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga for lunch.

The three gathered at Ruto’s home in Karen, immediately after attending the requiem mass of the late former Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation chairperson Jane Kiano at the St Francis ACK church, Karen. Kipchumba Murkomen also accompanied the leaders.

Despite several photos being shared online, the details of the ‘lunch’ meeting remain tightly guarded as bodyguards and aides were kept at bay during the meeting.

Of late, the the three leaders have not been reading from the same page, seemingly Ruto having been kept at the dark of the country’s development at the helm.

It is said that Ruto could have been leading a silent revolt from the government, and the meeting was supposed to calm down things.

The revolt has been witnessed openly, with MPs allied to DP Ruto’s camp walking out of a president’s function in Bomet.

Leaders from Rift Valley have been pressuring the President to declare support for Ruto’s 2022 presidential bid. However, while in Central Kenya, the president that his candidate for 2022 will be a shocker to many Kenyans.

On his side, Ruto has been seen to consolidate support for 2022, recently bringing to his camp Senator Moses Wetangula and Bonnie Khalwale.

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Early this week, the DP visited his nemesis Isaac Rutto, with pundits predicting that he (Rutto) is set for a government appointment.

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Latest from the attack in Westlands, Nairobi

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  • The attackers arrived using a car, KCN 340E, and another vehicle that advanced further in.
  • They forced their way into 14 Riverside Drive and forced security guards to open the gate by shooting at them.
  • They then advanced and hurled explosives into vehicles at the parking lot before making their way into Dusit D2 Hotel which houses several offices and hotels.
  • The vehicle used by the attackers has been cordoned and the Bomb and Hazardous Disposal Unit is preparing to scrutinise it to establish whether it has explosives.
  • Response teams including the Recce Squad, Flying Squad, Anti-Terrorism Police Unit and the bomb squad led by Director DCI George Kinoti have responded.
  • Currently, police are trying to establish exactly where the attackers are using a map of the building so that they can advance into the Dusit D2.
  • One suspect has been arrested and many people rescued in the ongoing operation as police comb DusitD2 Hotel for more attackers.
  • The area has since been cordoned off and motorists are advised to use alternative routes to facilitate smooth operations by the Police.
  • The whereabouts of the attackers, whom witnesses said are about six, is still unknown.
  • Three people with gunshot wounds from the attack have been rushed to the Aga Khan University Hospital and Kenyatta National Hospital.
  • Attack comes exactly three years after the El Adde attack in Somalia where over 100 KDF soldiers were killed.
  • Other injured people have been taken to M P Shah and Avenue hospitals.
  • Many of those who were trapped inside different apartments near the scene attack continue being rescued.
  • Avenue Hospital in Parklands has so far received eight casualties, one in critical condition while another one is a pregnant woman.
  • The Aga Khan Hospital also reports having received four casualties – three men and one “non-African” woman.
  • The biggest challenge so far is getting those injured to hospitals as there is heavy traffic preventing ambulances from leaving the scene of the attack.
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Source: Daily Nation

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BREAKING LIVE VIDEO: Police respond to gunshots reported at Dusit Hotel in Riverside, Nairobi.

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

There are reports of gunshots at 14 Riverside office park in Nairobi’s Chiromo area.

14 Riverside Office Park houses  Dusit D2, Commission for Revenue Allocation, PR firm Media Edge and many other offices.

According to witnesses, it started with an explosion.

“Were lying on the floor in our offices can’t look out,” said one Twitter user @bnsearcher.

 

 

Screen grab of situation at Dusit Hotel

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READ ALSO:   VIDEO: "Ambia hao washenzi waachane na mimi" Uhuru responds to ignoring Central region
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Meet Murang’a woman who helps addicts quit alcohol and marry

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A woman from Kangema in Murang’a County has endeared herself to residents through her initiative of “saving a generation” by assisting drug addicts leave the vice and venture into agri-business.

At the same time, Julia Nyokabi is helping the reformed addicts get spouses and pay dowry.

Ms Nyokabi has brought together men who are not married and have been taking alcohol into self-help groups, giving them seedlings to venture into agriculture.

Interestingly Kangema Constituency and its neighbouring Mathioya Constituency will be under sharp scrutiny by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as they are said to be underpopulated.

The philanthropist says she decided to rescue “the Kangema generation” which she says is on the verge of becoming extinct since they do not marry hence they do not reproduce.

She said the move will assist the men to get busy in the farms, giving them a sense of responsibility so that when they marry they will look after their families well.

Speaking in Kenya Njeru on Monday when members of Kihoto-Mwihoti Self-Help Group harvested potatoes, Ms Nyokabi said the proceeds from the sale of the produce will be saved in the group’s account and will assist them continue farming.

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“I talked with the authorities and that’s how I was given consent to use public land for the groups to do farming.

“The members will rotate the earnings amongst themselves and when one gets a spouse, I will chip in and assist him pay dowry and each member will also contribute Sh200,” she said during the potato harvesting.

She revealed that the group has 96 members with 56 of them being under 35 years and are not married.

In Gitugu village, the group has 76 members and none of them is married.

She said those from Gitugu village are bodaboda riders, mostly graduates, whom she has assisted start a chicken rearing project.

“We want them to raise their self-esteem and impact them with the knowledge that they can be self-employed instead of waiting for white collar jobs.

“Riders are also blamed for all manner of vices including insecurity and are often arrested by police on patrol and we want them to have alternative sources of income,” she said.

Mr Ibrahim Menju, the chairman of the Self-help group, said the initiative has helped them quit alcohol and ventured into agri-business and are hoping to do better.

“Today we have harvested three sacks and we intend to plant cabbages to diversify. This has kept us busy and away from alcohol. We plan to have families and to widen the scope of farming,” he said.

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