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Raila to face Ruto in 2022 polls

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Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Saturday day gave the clearest indication yet that he will contest the presidency in the 2022 election, explaining that it was the reason he resolved to work with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

Speaking in Gem, Siaya County, at the burial of his aunt, Eva Donde, Mr Odinga also announced that the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) was revamping itself in readiness for the 2022 General Election and asked party members to prepare for grassroots elections next year.

The late Mama Donde was the mother of former Gem MP Joe Donde.

Mr Odinga sought to explain his handshake with President Kenyatta, saying it was intended to take Kenyans to the “promised land”.

He said he realised it was time to change strategy as he waits for the opportune time to ascend to power. “You have seen me change tack. This is a strategy. There are several ways that can lead us to where our ambition is,” he added.

Mr Odinga told his supporters that he is still optimistic they would get what they have struggled for over the years.

“We will eventually get to Canaan — the land of plenty where our youth will get jobs, schools, health facilities, water, electricity and roads will not be a problem. That is where we seek to take the country,” he added.

Mr Odinga has kept Kenyans guessing about his future political ambitions, with his critics asking him to retire from active politics.

But his allies, especially from Nyanza region, have repeatedly urged him to take a shot at the presidency for the fifth time come 2022. He has previously contested the seat four times — in 1997, 2007, 2013 and 2017.

Whenever he has been urged to go for the top seat come 2022, Mr Odinga has downplayed the matter, instead stating that his priority and that of President Kenyatta was to unite Kenyans.

In what was deemed as his final shot at the presidency during the last General Election, Mr Odinga went out of his way to rally other presidential hopefuls — Kalonzo Musyoka, Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetangula — behind his bid under the National Super Alliance (Nasa), but fell short at the ballot.

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He moved to the Supreme Court to challenge the results, terming them “computer generated”.

He was vindicated by the ruling that the polls were not conducted in accordance with the law.

The Supreme Court in a 4-2 vote in favour of the petitioners ordered a repeat election within 60 days, but which Mr Odinga boycotted, saying the playing field was tilted in favour of President Kenyatta, the Jubilee candidate.

The repeat election went on and President Kenyatta was declared the winner. A dissatisfied Mr Odinga then “swore” himself in at a hurriedly convened event at Uhuru Park, Nairobi, in January last year, sparking a serious confrontation with the government.

It therefore came as a surprise to many when on March 9 last year, Mr Odinga’s handlers sent out messages to the media inviting them to a briefing by the opposition chief and President Kenyatta at Harambee House, an event which gave birth to the “handshake”.

If his latest pronouncement means he is going to contest the top seat one more time, Mr Odinga becomes Deputy President William Ruto’s most formidable opponent, given the massive support he enjoys in various regions especially Nyanza, Western, Coast, lower Eastern and Nairobi.

Whether he will be able to rally other presidential hopefuls, including Mr Musyoka, Mr Mudavadi, Mr Wetangula and governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Ali Hassan Joho (Mombasa) and Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), to his side remains to be seen.

It also remains to be seen who between Mr Odinga and Mr Ruto President Kenyatta is likely to back come 2022.

Announcing the party polls, Mr Odinga said: “I want to ask all the current party officials to know that all the positions will be declared vacant, and we invite those who wish to be elected as new officials to prepare as we conduct the exercise next year,” he said.

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He also reminded supporters of the party to remain steadfast and unwavering in their support for ODM.

“I want you to know that we have only one party that belongs to us and the party is ODM. I ask you to continue supporting it,” he said.

On Saturday, Siaya Senator James Orengo assured the opposition leader that the party is fully behind him. “We are with you fully and in every step you take, you can be assured of our support,” he said.

Speaking in Dholuo, Mr Odinga said he wasn’t going to abandon the pursuit of the dream established by Kenya’s founding fathers, which included the fight against illiteracy, poverty and poor health.

“That is the reason why I decided to work with my brother President Uhuru Kenyatta to ensure we fix the problems facing the country, such us politics of exclusion, negative ethnicity, electoral injustices and corruption,” he said.

He asked Kenyans to support the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI), which he claimed was the only credible process that has fully engaged the country through a consultative method that saw Kenyans in the 47 counties give views on how the country should be governed.

Mr Odinga claimed that the Punguza Mizigo drive was sponsored by those who are against the BBI initiative to scuttle it.

“I have asked several Kenyans whose signatures are purported to have been collected by the Punguza Mizigo team but they are saying they never met them,” he claimed.

He said the BBI team will soon hand over their report to President Kenyatta and himself.

Once they receive the report, a bill will be taken to Parliament for adoption then referendum questions will be crafted, which will be taken to the people.

“We will take back to the people all the recommendations made by the team and Kenyans will have the final say through a referendum,” he said.

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Speaking earlier in Vihiga County during the burial of Aids researcher Sobbie Mulindi, Mr Odinga asked Kenyans to remain patient as the country awaits the BBI report.

Mr Odinga, while rubbishing the contents of Punguza Mizigo petition, reminded Kenyans that the BBI committee went around the country and collected views from people in all the 47 counties.

Mr Odinga said the recommendations by the BBI team will arise from proposals made by the public during public hearings, unlike the Punguza Mizigo Bill, which he described as a one-man show that did not seek views from Kenyans.

The ODM chief said the recommendations made by the BBI committee will help solve myriad challenges facing the country. He said Punguza Mizigo Bill, 2019, did not go through public participation.

“We want to eradicate tribalism and refuse to classify each other based on our tribal names. We want to restore sanity in our electoral system and ensure justice is upheld. We seek to fight corruption and plunder of public resources.”

But ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi, who addressed the same gathering after Mr Odinga had left, warned against frequent changes to the Constitution.

Mr Mudavadi said it was ridiculous for the country to keep subjecting the Constitution to amendments.

He was however quick to say that should there be a referendum, it should not be intended to benefit politicians.

“We had a Constitution from Lancaster. It was mutilated. We came up with the Constitution 2010 but already there are initiatives to change it.

“If we must have a referendum, let us ensure we consider the views of the people. The biggest problem we are facing is corruption, unemployment and poverty.”

He added: “Let us not be seen to be changing the law to benefit politicians. Let us put strength on accountability, transparency and devolution.”

by nation.co.ke

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Chris Kirubi advises fans against rushing into marriage, says they’ll get wrong partners

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Chris Kirubi recently admitted having cancer brought him closer to God

Now, he feels like marriage should never be a rushed endeavour

The businessman advised his fans to always proceed with moderation and wait for the blessing of marriage to come at its own time

Kirubi added rushing into matrimony might cause people to marry the wrong partners

Chris Kirubi is a business mogul, an astute entrepreneur and a man after God’s heart.

However, people have always wondered how a successful guy like him chose not to search for his missing rib after being single for nearly two decades.

During an interview with Business Daily, the Cytonn Investments boss chose to clear the air on why his marital status has always been stuck on single.

The 79-year-old billionaire said he is not willing to chase after the idea of marriage just to please the society.

According to him, rushing into holy matrimony can only lead to a massive heartbreak.

Apparently, when people rush into marriage without sitting back and being patient, they end up getting hitched to the wrong person.

The tycoon reckons that marriage is a blessing but still insists everything happens in its own time.

“Marriage comes to you and it is a blessing, but you do not go chasing it around because you will get the wrong partner. If I am blessed then I will be blessed,” Kirubi said.

Not too long ago, the wealthy businessman admitted his battle with cancer brought him closer to God.

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He has learnt God is the most powerful being who never abandons his children even at their lowest moments.

“It is a shame we always go to God when we need Him, but God will never turn you away because you came to Him later rather than earlier,” Kirubi noted.

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Prince Harry: It brings me great sadness that it has come to this – VIDEO

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Britain’s Prince Harry conveyed “great sadness” on Sunday after he and his wife Meghan royal titles were taken away as part of their agreement with the Queen.

Harry says he saw this as the only way for him to go in the aim for “a more peaceful life” with his wife and young son Archie.

“It brings me great sadness that it has come to this,” Harry told supporters of his Africa-based charity in London.

These were his first emotional remarks since the exit from the royals whose goal was to calm the crisis shaking Britain’s ancient monarchy.

Harry was also frank in that he has been faced with some uneasiness and anxiety since taking the big step of resigning from his royal duties and embarking on a new journey and life abroad.

He was mentally prepared to lose the lavish lifestyle supported by the public money. But what pained him the most was losing his military titles and patronages he got after serving two tours in Afghanistan with the British Army.

The couple agreed to pay back approximately taxpayers money $3.1 million used to renovate their home near Windsor Castle.

“I know I haven’t always gotten it right but, as far as this goes, there really was no other option,” Harry said.

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PHOTOS:Raila preparing fish excites Kenyans

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Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga on Sunday, January 19, 2020, excited several Kenyans on the internet after he posted photographs of himself preparing fish.

The photos contained images of Raila and his wife Ida Odinga standing next to a sink holding a knife and fish while surrounded by other people.

The two were dressed in kitchen attire.

In the post, Raila boasts that he is teaching his wife how to prepare the fish.

“Ida thinks she was teaching me but really I was teaching her. Happy Sunday from the Odinga’s!” read the caption.

Kenyans online were quick to react with a majority expressing their excitement.

Gideon Kitheka – Hahaha Hahaha, next time invite me Baba. Blessed Sunday Sir.

Mbuku Michael – Jakom Kumbe unajua kupika Samaki na Omenga Pia Mimi Napenda Samaki Kama wewe Ukimaliza kupika Tupe….

Salama – Well done sometimes a man has to get to the kitchen and make a meal for his family.

Simon Omondi – Who am I to refuse preparing a dish if baba can.

Wesley Cheruyot – why do I have a feeling that you were doing nothing but just dressed and holding kitchenware for photo session?

On Christmas in 2019, a video went viral of the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader preparing breakfast for his family.

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