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Ruto: I won’t stop raising church funds

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Deputy President William Ruto has vowed to continue supporting churches.

Dr Ruto, who raised funds for more than 20 churches in Turkana County on Sunday, said that his critics must know that going to church and making contributions for their development is voluntary and no one should feel offended.

“We will continue to support churches and all religious groups. Those who are against church contributions will face God on judgement day,” the DP said at Naperebei Kingdom Sanctuary at Nakwamekwi in Lodwar town.

He advised leaders to be selfless and remain united for the benefit of all citizens.

He said that early this year, he helped raise Sh400 million for churches to ensure that at least 24 tribes have the Bible translated in their local languages.

Led by Governor Josphat Nanok, area MPs James Lomenen (Turkana South), John Lodepe (Turkana Central) and Mohammed Ali Lokiru (Turkana East) praised Dr Ruto’s efforts in contributing to the development of churches.

The leaders criticised Orange Democratic Movement leader Raila Odinga of only thinking about Turkana during electioneering period.

Mr Nanok said Dr Ruto, like other God fearing leaders, was contributing his own money towards the development of churches.

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“I will also continue attending church fundraisers whenever I am invited and I urge all leaders to follow suit,” said Governor Nanok.

Mr Lomenen said politicians must contribute to the development of churches and asked the Deputy President to continue supporting them.

“Any leader who does not support Turkana residents during the hour of need will not get votes from here,” Mr Lomenen said.

Dr Ruto will on Monday finalise his tour of Turkana by launching key projects that include the construction of a Sh7.5 billion road in Turkana West. The road links Kenya to South Sudan through Nakodok border centre. He will also launch the Sh1.5 billion Kainuk bridge.

Turkana leaders vowed to work with the national government.

The DP began his development tour of the county in Turkana South Sub County on Saturday where he launched the construction of a Sh50 million Aroo Teachers Training College in Ekamarese centre within Lokichar Ward.

The Dr Ruto said the college will help address the issue of teacher shortage as well as provide an opportunity for youth in Turkana and the country at large.

He also opened the newly constructed Turkana South CDF office in Lokichar town before heading for Super Women Group-organised fundraiser at Baraza Park.

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Dr Ruto also visited Lokori in Turkana East Constituency where he opened Lokori Technical Training College.

Three more technical colleges are being constructed in Turkana North, Turkana Central and Loima constituencies.

“The four technical colleges in Turkana County will ensure that youth acquire relevant skills, competence and knowledge to drive country’s development programme in achieving our Big Four Agenda” Dr Ruto said.

source:nation.co.ke

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Why you can’t have consensual gay sex in Kenya – High Court

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The High Court on Friday declined to decriminalise sections of the Penal Code that make it illegal to have consensual same sex in Kenya.

Judges Roselyn Aburili, Chacha Mwita and John Mativo noted that phrases used in the law are clear and disclose offences known in law.

They further said a statute is not rendered vague for lack of a definition and that the petitioners failed to prove discrimination and violation of rights.

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Petitioners wanted the court to quash sections 162 and 165 of the Penal Code.

The law states that a person contravening the sections, whether in public or private, is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for five years.

 

Section 162 reads: “Any person who – (a) has carnal knowledge of any person against the order of nature; or (b) has carnal knowledge of an animal; or (c) permits a male person to have carnal knowledge of him or her against the order of nature, is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for fourteen years.

Section 165 reads that any male person who, whether in public or private, commits any act of gross indecency with another male person, or procures another male person to commit any act of gross indecency with him, or attempts to procure the commission of any such act by any male person with himself or with another male person, whether in public or private, is guilty of a felony and is liable to imprisonment for five years.

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The petitioners argue that the State has no business regulating matters of intimacy; they told the judges that gay feelings are natural and that the State should not interfere with the private matters of two consenting adults.

It is their argument that the two sections are discriminatory and contravene various provisions of the Constitution such as the right to equality, freedom from discrimination, human dignity, freedom, security and privacy.

However, religious groups say such matters should be guided by the country’s values.

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said in the past that gay rights are a “non-issue” in Kenya, as same-sex relations are not an issue of human rights, but of “our own base as a culture”.

During a visit to Kenya in 2015, Barack Obama, the then US president, directly challenged Mr Kenyatta, on the need for equality for the LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender) community, suggesting that “bad things happen” when countries do not accept their citizens’ right to be homosexual.

Mr Kenyatta bluntly shut down Mr Obama’s discussion on gay rights terming it “a non-issue” and that Kenya is not keen on embracing homosexuality.

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Waititu mum on alleged family’s hand in Kiambu graft probe

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Besieged Kiambu Governor Ferdinand Waititu has left the public guessing on the alleged involvement of his family members in theft of millions of shillings from the county coffers.

The governor, who is accused of presiding over the alleged loss of close to Sh600 million, has neither denied nor admitted claims that his daughters did business with the county.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) has accused him of conflict of interest after it emerged that some of his relatives got tenders.

“Preliminary investigations show that contractors paid monies to senior county officials, their companies or relatives through proxies,” the statement reads in part.

But in an interview with the Nation on Thursday evening after his release from police custody, Mr Waititu said “anybody is free do business with the county government of Kiambu”.

“I want to state clearly that any Kenyan has a right to do business with the county government of Kiambu so long as he or she is qualified,” he said without elaborating further.

Unconfirmed reports had said that one of Mr Waititu’s daughters was among the 15 people being targeted in the ongoing investigations by the EACC detectives.

The outspoken governor, popularly known as Baba Yao, is also being investigated over alleged corruption in a number of his county programmes, including ‘Kaa Sober’, which was aimed at rehabilitating alcoholics.

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The initiative was said to have gobbled close to Sh700 million before it was terminated.

His arrest on Thursday came hours after the Kiambu County Assembly rushed and passed a supplementary budget in which it approved an expenditure of Sh722 million under the controversial programme.

The approval of the budget was widely seen as a scheme to regularise the controversial expenditure in which millions of shillings are suspected to have been stolen.

Mr Waititu was released after being granted Sh500,000 anticipatory bail.

Kiambu Principal Magistrate Brian Khaemba ordered the governor to present himself alongside his lawyers to a police station.

source:nation.co.ke

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VIDEO: Machakos First Lady ‘Tetema’ dance moves leave Kenyans asking for more

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Machakos County First Lady Lilian Ng’ang’a has excited the online community after showing off her dancing skills during a meeting with students.

Lilian, dressed in a flowered green dress, put her best foot forward as she jammed to Tanzanian bongo star Rayvanny’s hit song ‘Tetema’.

In her speech, she urged the students to embrace their talents in addition to fulfilling their academic dreams.

The online community had a lot to say about her dancing skills, with a section expressing their disappointment for her underwhelming dance moves.

“NTV do you even know what dancing is, this is like a pliers fitted in a trouser, very rigid and dry,” said Killy Emmanuel.

“Leave alone mutua thing. The mama in black skirt is doing the real tetema,” wrote Innocent Favoured Nzola.

“The only thing ina tetema hapo ni salary Na allowances,” commented Abdul Aziz Mohammed.

“Sijaona mtu anadance hapo labda anafanya mashoweshi,” stated patience Ashley.

“Am not a good dancer but I can do better than this,” added Ann Karanu.

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