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VIDEO: Does BBI stand for “Beba Baba Ikulu?” Susan Kihika trashes Uhuru’s project

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Nakuru Senator, Susan Wakarura Kihika, on Friday, September 6, rubbished the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) championed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga saying it did not reflect the wishes of Kenyans since few, if any, participated in it.

Speaking at a public function in Nakuru, the senator complained that the Building Bridges Initiative was wasting a lot of money, yet Kenyans did not understand what it was about.

“We would want to tell senator’s Yusuf Haji and Amos Wako to stop using billions of money to stay in five-star hotels and invite people a few people to discuss BBI matters,” Ms Kihika stated.

“BBI does not represent Kenyans’ views but those of a few individuals. There was no public participation and Kenyans were not given the opportunity to give their recommendations,” she added.

“We all know that we have one problem with the constitution. It is known that every time after elections, the opponents claim that elections were not conducted in a free and fair manner,” she remarked.

Kihika was speaking from the same script as Deputy President, William Ruto, who at a public rally in Naromoru, Nyeri County on Sunday, September 1, lamented that the initiative was a waste of time for Kenyans

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“Let us not be fooled that there is a problem in the country. Only one person (Raila) has a problem and his issue is refusing to accept when he loses an election. The committee has wasted time travelling around the country lying to us that they are finding out the opinions of Kenyans,” Ruto remarked.

Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika(M)
Nakuru Senator Susan Wakarura  Kihika(Middle)

Raila and Uhuru came up with the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) after the famous handshake and created a committee to write a report on what Kenyans proposed towards the change of the constitution.

Ruto stated that Kenyans did not have a problem with the constitution arguing that failure to accept election results was the real reason behind the BBI.

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Turkana dancing shrine where the wayward turned into stones

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Some 30km on the north-west outskirts of Lodwar town, enroute to Lake Turkana, is Kalokol shrine.

The shrine, also referred to as Namorutunga by the locals, is believed to be home to the ancestors of the Turkana community, who lived over 4,000 years ago.

The Namorutunga shrine is considered one the greatest Turkana heritage sites and sacred place, and folklore has it that the ancestors were joined by their earthly god for a renowned traditional dance, Edong’a, which is performed at nightfall to celebrate their economic gains.

Elderly members of the community, both male and female, take part in the dance, which includes admiring their fattened bulls.

They also have to follow stern instructions from the lead dancer, lest a curse befalls them.

Among the instructions is caution against mocking the earthly god, including his dressing code and dancing style.

But in one of the dances at Namorutunga, the villagers are said to have defied the orders and ridiculed their god, with some of them fouling the air while he danced and they were turned into stones.

The smooth stones are in different positions; some standing, others believed to be running away and some lying on their bellies or squatting.

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“These are our frozen ancestors who were transformed into stones after they ridiculed our god as he danced,” said Mr Titus Ekiru, a culture expert in Turkana County.

The stones evoke images of ancestors up to date and there are plans by the county government to market the site as a Turkana cultural and historical site and tourist destination.

“Whoever visits the site is expected to place four stones on top of the frozen ancestors to appease them and whoever takes away the smooth stones invites a curse,” Mr Ekiru said.

But the historical and cultural site is facing a threat from individuals who have been assembling the stones for building and construction purposes.

“This shrine forms our rich heritage and measures need to be put in place to protect the stones from being taken away by individuals who consider them a source of income,” said Mr Eroo Lotokoromoe, an elder at Namoturunga village.

According to the elder, the Turkana used to erect large stones in which they buried their dead but culture has since changed and they now bury their loved ones in coffins.

“The increased demand for stones for construction purposes is proving to be a major threat to the survival of this shrine and the current generation should sensitised on its values,” said Mr Lotokoromoe.

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Lodwar town and its environs are experiencing rapid transformation with the mushrooming of high-rise buildings, whose building material are sourced from the Turkana basin, including Namorutunga village.

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Police retrieve bodies of five pupils

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The bodies of five children who drowned in Murang’a County at the weekend have been retrieved. Two of them drowned in Kandara on Saturday while the other three drowned in Kiharu on Sunday.

In the Kandara incident, bodies of Silvan Chege, 11, and that of a girl, 16, were retrieved and moved to General Kago mortuary in Thika on Saturday.

Chege drowned as he tried to rescue the girl after she was swept away by the rising waters of Thika River.

He was a Standard Six pupil at Waitua Primary School.Kandara Sub-county police commander Paul Wambugu said the two drowned during an expedition.

In Kiharu, bodies of the three children who drowned in Mukungai River during a school swimming expedition, were retrieved on Monday.The three, aged between 11 and 13, were pupils at Weithaga Primary School.

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Four in Briton’s murder case blame Saitoti

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The lawyers of four police officers charged with the murder of British aristocrat Alexander Monsoon have claimed the deceased’s family exerted political influence to force their trial.

Naftali Chege, Charles Muganda, Ismael Baraka and John Pamba have been charged with the murder.Alexander, 28, the son of Lord Nicholas Monson, was arrested for allegedly smoking cannabis in the Diani Beach Resort in May 2012, and died at a hospital after falling ill at Diani police station.

A postmortem showed he died from blunt force to the back of the head and scrotum.The Monsoon family has maintained that their son was killed by police, while the four officers claimed he died of a drug overdose.The four were charged with the murder on May 19, 2012, at Diani.Yesterday, defence lawyer Daniel Wamotsa said the Monsoons approached the then Internal Security Minister George Saitoti (now deceased) to help them unravel the mysterious death of their son.

Institute investigationsMr Wamotsa told Judge Eric Ogola that Saitoti ordered then Commissioner of Police Mathew Iteere to commence investigations and he (Iteere) in turn ordered inspector Mohamed Amin to institute investigations.

“The family of Alexander went to Saitoti to seek assistance and was referred to Iteere, who ordered police officer Mohamed Amin to investigate the matter. There was an element of exerting political pressure on the case,” said Wamotsa.

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Wamotsa poked holes in the investigations report produced by Independent Policing Oversight Authority (IPOA) officer in charge of investigations Jeremiah Arodi, which implicated the four officers.

He said Alexander had died out of drug overdose and that his family tampered with the body in an attempt to divert attention by claiming that he died by an injury inflicted on the head at the police station.While testifying, Mr Arodi (pictured) said the four officers were culpable.

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