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Raila new found status

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Raila Odinga’s new-found status within the Jubilee government remains as mysterious as it is intriguing.

Just 16 months back, the opposition leader was an outcast, political rival, and sworn enemy to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He would barely be spotted near any government office.

The ruling party’s MPs and senior government officials, including President Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, all took turns to have a go at him in public.

How things have changed.

Nairobi News takes a close look at the rebranded Raila Odinga.

1. On Wednesday, Odinga announced he had hosted Public Service, Youth and Gender Affairs Cabinet Secretary Margaret Kobia. That meeting, Odinga clarified, was meant to brief him on the preparations being undertaken for the upcoming International Youth Day.

2. On Tuesday, Odinga had put out a statement on Twitter confirming his meeting with officials from the Lamu Port, South Sudan, Ethiopia Transport (LAPSSET) Corridor Development Authority. In the meeting, Odinga said, he was ‘briefed’ on the mega project which consists of seven key infrastructure projects in the region.

3. On July 23, Odinga confirmed he had hosted the Chairman of the National Police Service Commission, Eluid Kinuthia, who was accompanied by Commissioner Dr Alice Otwala.

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“We had a discussion regarding the key role they play as an institution in furtherance of their constitutionally mandated functions,” said Odinga.

4. On July 11, Odinga received a briefing from officials of the Strategic Food Reserve Trustee Fund on the food situation in the country with a particular reference to maize.

5. On June 19, the opposition leader met with stakeholders in the forestry sector and discussed interventions aimed at increasing forest cover in Kenya including engaging County Governments.

6. In April this year, Odinga accompanied President Kenyatta to China to attend the Belt and Road initiative (BRI) forum.

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Ruth Matete allowed to bury husband

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Gospel singer Ruth Matete has finally been allowed to bury her Nigerian husband Beloved John Apewajoye, who died on April 12th, 2020.

The news was made public by Radio Citizen Presenter Jerida Andayi, who appealed to the public to help Matete give the late Pastor Beloved John a good sendoff.

“Finally! My lookalike and little siz Ruth Matete can now bury her husband . God is good . Kindly support her to give Pastor Beloved John a good sendoff through paybill 891300 Account number 39659.

“Thank you for your thoughts and prayers. It’s been tough. God has shown Himself” Jeridah said.

Matete was barred from burying her husband by the Nigerian embassy, on grounds that they wanted to ascertain the actual cause of his death before he is laid to rest.

The stand-off between the embassy and Matete’s family is what resulted to body of Pastor Apewajoye staying at KNH Mortuary for almost three months now.

On April 23, Chief government Pathologist Johansen Oduor revealed that Matete’s husband died due to multiple organ failure after suffering 60 per cent burns.

“He died because of burns, which were mixed degree burns estimated at 60 per cent. In burns, what kills are the complications that arise. In this case there was sepsis, multiple organ failure and all that” said Pathologist Johansen Oduor

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On the other hand, Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation questioned the singer twice over Apewajoye’s death.

Matete was questioned for about six hours after homicide detectives collected samples from her house, where the gas explosion that left her late husband with severe burns took place.

In November last year, the singer got married to the love of her life, John Apewajoye (now the late) in a colorful ceremony that was attended by close friends and family.

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Clergy held for defiling five girls

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A church elder has been arrested following claims of sexually molesting five girls in Kakamega town. Kakamega Central Sub County Police Commander David Kabena while addressing the media in his office yesterday, said the suspect has been luring the girls aged between two and five with freebies into his rented house in Amalemba estate where he commits the indecent acts.

He said the girls have undergone medical check-up. “We are also hunting down another accomplice who works in cohorts with the suspect. The information we have gathered on the ground is that the young man who is at large is the one sent to lure the girls to the suspect’s house,” said Kabena.

Kabena said they are also interrogating the suspect to help them determine whether he is part of the syndicate that has been kidnapping children in Kakamega town.

According to Kabena, parents had abdicated their parenting responsibility during the Covid-19 pandemic. He noted that most of the children who went missing are those sent by their parents to hawk fast foods in the streets.

“We are on the lookout for any underage girls hawking bananas, groundnuts and vegetables in Kakamega town. We will arrest their parents and have them prosecuted for abdicating their responsibilities as parents,” said Kabena.

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Hawking foods

He also revealed that gambling was on the rise during the Covid-19 pandemic when most people are at home. He said two days ago, they set ablaze over 40 gambling machines valued at Sh3.28 million as a single machine goes at a street value of Sh80,000.

Kabena said only the Betting Control and Licensing Board (BCLB) is mandated to license betting firms that engage in legal business.

“These lottery joints are a hiding place for criminals and they are the major cause for the high dropout rate of school going children and teenage pregnancies. We have also received cases where university and college students lose money meant for paying school fees to gambling,” said Kabena.

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Akothee to settle rent arrears for comedian thrown out of his house

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Celebrated singer Esther Akoth popularly known as Akothee has once again extended her philanthropic hand to a local comedian said to be going through a rough phase in his life.

The singer revealed how a Kenyan comedian whose identity she withheld has been living in a very cold hall because his house had been locked over rent arrears.

”As we are talking right now ,there is a comedian sleeping in a hall, kicked out from his house, I don’t know how long he has been sleeping there with this Nairobi cold.

“I have asked to go fetch him, I will send him rent arrears today so he can go back home , people are suffering,” she wrote

Akothee said she had already rolled out plans help the comedian by paying his rent.

”I will call a few government officials who are my friends and see if they can assist me with something I top up with what I have and see if we can save the celebrities who are not able to feed for now ,” she added.

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