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“Soko ya fitina, uongo na chuki imefungwa” Ruto to those claiming rift in Jubilee

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President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy, William Ruto, have reassured the country that they are committed to uniting Kenyans amid claims that there are factions threatening to tear Jubilee Party apart over 2022 politics.

Instead, DP Ruto accused the media of peddling falsehoods over the ruling party’s alleged factions.

Speaking on Sunday at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Parish, Ridgeways in Kiambu County, President Kenyatta said the country’s attainment of its development goals depends on peace and unity.

“There is nothing we cannot achieve…because we are committed to bringing our people together,” Mr Kenyatta said.

The Head of State urged the church’s peace ambassadors to spread their efforts countrywide.

“Where people sow hatred, you shall sow love. Where people sow division, you shall sow unity because at the end of the day that is what shall ensure we take our country forward,” Mr Kenyatta said.

In his sermon, Cardinal Njue asked Christians to be instruments of peace in the family, community and country.

Mr Ruto and former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta also attended the Sunday mass which was conducted by Cardinal John Njue and also marked the official inauguration of the parish.

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Speaking later at the Joy Celebrations Centre in Naivasha, Mr Ruto insisted that the party was united under the leadership of Mr Kenyatta.

The DP maintained that there was no competition with the ruling party either between his allies or those of his boss Mr Kenyatta.

““There no divisions in Jubilee and only those with parochial beliefs are advancing this position,” announced the DP.

He said all the Jubilee leaders we be rallied towards supporting Jubilee’s Big Four Agenda and the fight against corruption.

He termed the ruling party as having a national outlook with strong democratic foundation, telling off powerbrokers.

Soko ya fitina, uongo na chuki imefungwa (the market for vendetta, lies and jealousy is closed) there is no room for naysayers.

“We are committed towards achieving our goals of uniting the nation, building bridges and taking our country to the next level,” said Mr Ruto.

He maintained that he was still the principal assistant to the President having taken the oath of office.

Hakuna mwingine amechukua kiapo kusema atakua msaidizi wa Rais Uhuru Kenyatta. “No one else has taken oath of office to say that he is the Deputy President.”

He, however, said the party will continue reaching out to like-minded leaders in a bid to spur economic growth and unify of the country.

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The DP started his 13-minute speech by quoting the Bible, saying those who know their God shall prosper.

Nakuru County, he explained, was a special place for Jubilee, reminding the faithful that the journey towards the formation of the party started in the area.

Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu too maintained that the party was still intact, adding that the leaders could not be dissuaded from engaging in politics.

“Politics is our cup of tea. We must engage in politics but I am calling upon my colleagues not to incite the public,” said the governor.

Early on, more than 40 lawmakers from the Mt Kenya region trooped to the lakeside town to welcome the Deputy President to show their support his 2022 presidential bid.

“We have listened to our electorate and they are fully behind the Deputy President that is why we are here, but we shall not do politics today,” said the MP who requested anonymity.

The MPs said they will employ a different strategy and avoid the 2022 politics on the national platform.

“Our sheer presence speaks volumes on where our support lies,” added the MP.

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Ramadhan dates stuck at port

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Labourers offload cartons of dates for distribution to poor Muslims in the Coast, Northeastern and Nairobi during the holy Month of Ramadhan, May 7, 2019. PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT | NATION MEDIA GROUP

A shortage of dates has been reported in Kenya despite the government’s announcement of a waiver of taxes on goods imported during the holy month of Ramadhan.

The demand for the dates has resulted in higher prices, with Muslim leaders attributing the circumstance to importation delays.

Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa, Organising Secretary of the Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya (CIPK), said importers were yet to collect their consignments from the port of Mombasa.

“We have tried to follow up on the issue … most of business people are yet to clear their cargo at the porT,” he said.

“This has resulted in a shortage. We are not in a position to supply the dates to those in need and to mosques.”

Sheikh Khalifa asked traders to consider the prices, not profit, as Islam does not tolerate exploitation.

“This should apply, not only in the case of dates, but also other food prices.”

In 2018, Treasury Principal Secretary Kamau Thugge said the government would pay taxes on dates imported during the holy month.

The announcement was in a letter signed by Mr Thugge and sent to Kenya Revenue Authority Commissioner-General John Njiraini, Mr Thugge.

The move, a gesture of goodwill to the Muslim community, came after previous attempts by the government to waive taxes on the importation of dates.

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Mohammed Mwaboza, a trader in Mwembe Tayari, sells a kilo of dates at between Sh300 and Sh500 depending on the grade.

Mr Mwaboza said there were no price changes despite the government’s directive.

“Prices are controlled by importers. We are yet to get tax-free dates despite the announcement of the waiver every year during the holy month,” he said.

“I shall only lower the prices only if the government implements its directive.”

A spot check by the Nation found the prices of food and clothing items increased as Muslims entered the third week of fasting.

Ramadhan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, during which Muslims fast from dawn to sunset.

The holy month, which starts with the sighting of the first crescent of a new moon, is marked to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to prophet Muhammad.

This year, Ramadhan began on the evening of May 5 and will end on the evening of June 4, upon confirmation by Chief Kadhi Ahmed Muhdhar.

During the period, Muslims largely eat dates, Mediterranean fruits, when they break their fast as it is easy to digest.

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Wetang’ula in China for anti-graft forum

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Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula, the high-profile person of interest in the fake gold scam, is set to attend an international anti-corruption meeting in Hong Kong, China.

The suspect, who is reportedly under the spotlight of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for his role in the gold scandal that saw the Dubai royal family lose Ksh400 million, is among leaders representing the Senate, a hallowed House, at the event.

On Tuesday morning, his colleague nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura shared photos showing them on excursion ahead of the conference.

“We paid a courtesy call at the Faculty of Law of University of Hong Kong where Prof Yash Pal Ghai taught for 10 years,” Mr Mwaura posted on his Facebook.

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The Bungoma senator has not been seen in public since his name came up during the investigations into the fake gold scandal.

Despite being mentioned adversely, Mr Wetang’ula, the Ford-Kenya party leader, has remained mute, completely avoiding to speak about it, and shunning any interaction with the media.

According to an audio clip shared on social media, a man believed be the lawmaker is heard mentioning names of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga to assure a Dubai gold investor, believed to be Mr Ali Zandi, a member of the Saudi royal family, that a gold consignment allegedly seized by Kenyan authorities would be released.

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Kenyans on social media have made fun of the fact that the senator is attending the anti-corruption conference.

“Is he supposed to be in that forum seriously?” Caroline Mayor asked.

“The irony and paradox in the caption is top notch from the conference to the names,” said Njoki wa Munyeki.

Some also took time to warn Mr Wetang’ula of the wrath of the Saudi prince.

Amos Ng’ongo advised Mr Mwaura: “Please do not expose the whereabouts of Hon. Moses Wetangula given his current standing with Prince Rashid Al-Maktoum, shingo itaenda (he’ll lose his head).”

Dennis Omooria Nyakeri shared in Ng’ongo sentiments: “So you just decided to betray Wetang’ula by exposing his current location…sad.”

source:nation.co.ke

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Boy stabbed to death as parents go to pray

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Family members Malik Moi, the standard one pupil at Bulimbo star who was killed in Matungu on Sunday evening. [Duncan Ocholla, Standard]

A seven-year-old boy died after a brutal attack on Sunday evening in Matungu sub-county, raising the number of people killed in the area to 21.

Malik Moi, a Grade One pupil at Bulimbo Star Academy, was attacked by unknown assailants, as he played with friends.

According to friends he was playing hide-and-seek with, Moi had hidden in an abandoned house where he was later found with stab wounds in the neck and stomach.

The incident happened at 7pm at Simba wa Nyika village when the boy’s parents had left for evening prayers at a nearby mosque.

His friends said they fled when Moi screamed for help.By the time the first rescuer came to his aid, the boy was dying.

A bloodied knife suspected to have been used in the brutal attack was found a few metres from the scene.“He was gasping for breath when he was found, still alive but in pain,” said Rashid Kweyu, the boy’s uncle.

Screaming neighbours

Malik’s mother, Miriam Kaloki, who had just returned from the mosque, said she was in the kitchen preparing the evening meal when she heard screams from neighbours and rushed outside.“I went out and saw people running to one of the houses close to the road. They told me my child’s intestines were spilling out,” she said.

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The family rushed the boy to St Mary’s Hospital, Mumias, where he was referred to Kakamega County Referral Hospital but died on the way.

The police were for the better part of yesterday at the boy’s home collecting evidence and taking witness statements.The killing happened in the same family that a man and his pregnant wife were murdered in late March.

Shiundu Kongangi, 29, and his wife Wanjiru Shiundu were on March 27 found stabbed and clobbered to death by unknown people.

The attack also happened on the night when four politicians were released after being held for two days for questioning on the recent Matungu killings.

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, Matungu MP Justus Murunga, Mayoni MCA Libinus Oduor and former Sports CS Rashid Echesa were held over the weekend.

Released on Sunday

They were released on Sunday night after the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji ordered further investigations.

Condoling with the family, Mr Murunga called on police to do more to arrest culprits behind the killings.

“The Government should act swiftly and ruthlessly to tame these killings that are even targeting children,” he said.

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