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Uhuru makes 92 trips in six years, almost triple the 33 Kibaki made in his entire ten-year reign

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On Thursday morning, President Uhuru Kenyatta jetted out of the country for the inauguration of Félix Tshisekedi as president of the Democratic Republic of Congo.

It was President Kenyatta’s 92nd foreign trip since he was sworn in for his first term in April 2013.

The 92 trips in his 69 months (5 years, nine months) in office is just seven away from tripling the 33 his predecessor Mwai Kibaki undertook in his 10-year reign.

Of these, President Kenyatta has gone on 49 State visits which the Foreign Affairs ministry has defended, saying they had brought “immense benefits” to the country.

The other 43 are those he attended either as treaty obligations like those of the East African Community, the African Union, Intergovernmental Authority on Development and the United Nations or as a courtesy to the host Head of State, like during swearing-ins.

In an interview with the Nation, Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Monica Juma defended the trips, saying Kenya “could not have been at a better place globally”.

While critics have questioned the frequency of the trips, and the huge delegations that often follow him, Dr Juma insisted that the tours were necessary to build an image and to actively market Kenya globally, with the President as its top diplomat.

“Out of these presidential trips, we have moved from a country where some countries were defining us as one where they deal only by limited essential contacts, to a most sought after global leader, whose premier diplomat is invited to the most prestigious global club, the G7, in a row, to being invited and hosting three permanent members of the United Nations Security Council in a span of 10 days,” Dr Juma said.

In his second term, the highlight of President Kenyatta’s global agenda so far were his meetings with US President Donald Trump in Washington DC, British Prime Minister Theresa May in Nairobi and Chinese president Xi Jinping in Beijing — all within seven days!

An analysis by the Nation showed that the chunk of the 92 trips were within the African continent, 12 in Europe, the United States (4), China (4), India (2), as well as one each in Israel, Cuba, United Arab Emirates, Qatar, and Jordan.

In the first year of his reign, President Kenyatta undertook 18 trips, five in the first month after he was sworn in, with 14 trips outside Kenya in 2014.

In 2015, the President went on 21 trips — the highest he’s taken in a single year. The trips went down in 2016 when he went on 16 international trips, 11 of them within the African continent.

In 2017, during the election year, President Kenyatta slowed down on his trips, this time undertaking only seven trips. He went on 12 trips in 2018, two of them in China, his newfound ally from where he has borrowed staggering amounts, with Kenya owing Sh5.1 trillion to the super power.

By the time he leaves office in 2022, projections show, Kenya will have racked up Sh7.17 trillion in public debt, up from Sh1.89 trillion in June 2013.

For President Kenyatta, Dr Juma said, the trips have become an essential part of the global diplomacy, with a clear focus on reciprocated benefits. “Every trip is bringing returns that are concrete and measurable” Dr Juma said.

Source: Daily Nation

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Gospel singer Ben Githae resurfaces with BBI song

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Celebrated Kikuyu Gospel musician Ben Githai is set to officially release a new song dubbed Tuungane na BBI aiming at promoting the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

Although Githae has not officially launched the song, he released a snippet of the music on Sunday the 25th of October 2020.

The short clip made rounds in social media and trended for the better part of Sunday.

Speaking with a local daily, the musician confirmed that the song was his and shut down rumours questioning its legitimacy.

“I recorded the song, that is my voice. I plan to release the full song soon. I will issue more details about the song in due time,’ Githae said.

Ben Githae is using the song to drum up support for the Uhuru-Raila brainchild in the GEMA region.

According to him, the report is set to solidify and unify Kenyans throughout the country.

He further claims that the report will be a breath of fresh air as it ushers in a new dawn. According to him, the BBI will help in reducing the social class that has always been an issue in Kenya.

Githae is famous for his hit song Tano Tena that broke the airwaves back in 2017.

The music helped garner more votes for President Uhuru Kenyatta for his second term.

Although previously Githae was a gospel artist, he has since changed tune and focused on political songs.

He recently released a song Gukuagira Gukira which heaps praise son president Uhuru.

In June, Githae also released a political song, Ruhiu Rwa Uthamakii that sparked controversies in the country.

The music centred on Uhuru’s success stories and seemed to support the Jubilee purge on Ruto allies.

This development comes as the Uhuru and Raila plan to officially launch the BBI on Monday the 26th of October 2020 at the Bomas of Kenya.

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70-year-old man chops off his private parts over infidelity

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BY KEVIN KOECH

A 70-year-old man in Kericho County is in critical condition after he used a kitchen knife to chop off his private parts.

He did so after his wife and children accused him of infidelity.

The incident happened in Chepkochun village in Getarwet, Bureti Constituency. Residents of the village are still in shock.

Relatives of the 70year-old say they had suspicions that he was engaging in extra marital affairs.

This is because the old man has been spending a lot of money that he earns from his tea farm.

They claimed that their relative was spending money on other women yet he had abandoned his own family.

The 70-year-old allegedly leased part of his land and used the money to construct a house for a woman in the village.

When his wife questioned him, the man allegedly rebuked her and continued with his extra marital affairs.

Angered by his relatives’ accusation, the 70-year-old went to the kitchen, sharpened a knife and headed to his bedroom.

He then locked himself inside.

“He locked himself in his bedroom and chopped off his private parts using a kitchen knife after the wife and children confronted him over his affairs,” Sylvester Sigey, the Getarwet chief said.

Moments later, the old man screamed for help. His wife rushed to the bedroom to see what was happening.

On reaching the bedroom, she found the man bleeding profusely and writhing in pain.

Neighbors rushed to the house to see what was happening.

They rushed him to AIC Litein Hospital.

Doctors at AIC Litein Hospital prepared him for surgery.

The surgery was an attempt to restore the organ he had chopped off.

This incident comes days after the case of a lawyer whose hands were chopped off succumbed to his injuries.

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Concrete slum? Why Pipeline residents cover wet clothes with plastic bags

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Though the Government banned plastics a few years ago, residents of Pipeline are not about to let go of them.

Plastics come in handy to those living in flats whenever they air their clothes out to dry. They use plastic covers to protect their clothes from dust or water dripping from the upper floors.

Most of the flats are up to seventh or eighth floor, each house built with a balcony, where one can tie a clothes line. During dry spells, the place is so dusty that hanging clothes without a plastic cover is a waste of time. They gather so much dust and end up looking unwashed.

It is for this reason that almost every storeyed building here has plastic covers covering clothesline. This might look strange to an outsider but for residents it is a normal occurrence.  Enock Mutua, a caretaker in one of the flats, said the practice is common and that tenants do it to keep their clothes clean.

“Here, there are flats of up to eight floors and people wash at different times. Some people have clothes that shed colour, others do not properly wring out excess water from the clothes and if you do not cover your clothes, you might find them ruined or wet long after you washed them,” said Mutua.

He added that when there are new apartments to be occupied, prospective tenants run for the top floors.

Love for top floors

“One is never sure unless you live in the top most floor. Some of the buildings have space on the roof tops for tenants to air clothes,” said Mutua.

He further said that many choose to put up with the “small problems” because houses are affordable.

“Most of the houses here are single rooms, bedsitters and one bedroom which range from Sh5,000 to Sh9,000,” said Mutua.

Derrick Chenge, a resident of Pipeline, said he would rather cover his clothes even if they stayed on the clothes line for three days than leave them uncovered to come and find them ruined.

“Have you seen the dust that is around here? I cannot allow it to go to my clothes, especially the white ones. I cover them all the time,” Chenge said.

He added that they were forced to do this because of insensitive neighbours who do not care whether others have clothes outside.

“The person who stays above you will not wait for your clothes to dry and ask you to remove them. It is up to you to protect your clothes,” Chenge said.

by standardmedia.co.ke

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