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It’s do-or-die for Raila, Ruto in Kibra



With less than 48 hours to the Kibra parliamentary by-election, focus has now shifted from the campaigns, with leading political parties now focusing on vote protection strategies.

The race, which is seen as a do-or-die between Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga and Deputy President William Ruto, is hotly contested, based on the spirited campaigns that have been staged by their parties.

Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula have also promised a bruising battle in bid to win the seat.

The four parties are leading the pack in the battle for the 118,658 votes.

ODM has fielded the late MP Ken Okoth’s brother Bernard Imran Okoth while Jubilee is fronting football star McDonald Mariga.

ANC has thrown its weight behind ODM leader Raila Odinga’s former aide Eliud Owalo while Ford Kenya backs Khamisi Butichi.

The constituency has five wards including Sarang’ombe, which has the majority of registered voters at 30,754, Woodley/Kenyatta Golf Course (28,066), Makina (25,695), Laini Saba (17,455) while Lindi has 16,688.

But while there are 24 candidates, including six independents seeking to grab the seat, the race is shaping up into a do-or-die affair between Mr Odinga and DP Ruto who is also the Jubilee deputy party leader.

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The two political heavyweights have traversed the constituency chasing votes in what is shaping up to be a rehearsal for the 2022 presidential race.

Political analyst Herman Manyora says the race is a major battle for the two leaders describing it as “too close to call”.

“Anyone can win. I cannot place a bet on this race,” Prof Manyora told Nation.

“The moment Ruto entered this race in Kibra, it became obvious that it was going to attract a lot of attention. It was always believed that the main reason why Ruto was entering the race, if you want to be crude, you could say was to embarrass Raila.”

He argues that the DP wants to show that “Raila is not as powerful as he is believed to be. That is why they keep saying they have raided his political bedroom”.

“So really, for Raila it is a do-or-die because in the event he is defeated, that will send a very bad signal that the Raila we know is not as strong as he has always presented himself. So to Raila, it is very critical that he wins this seat,” added Prof Manyora.

The Nation has learnt that ODM will deploy MPs and MCAs across the constituency to monitor the poll.

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ODM Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna said that they are determined to bag the seat “as it belongs to us”.

He said they have laid down strategies to protect their votes and ensure they secure a landslide victory.

According to Prof Manyora, the Orange brigade is not leaving anything to chance “going by the way he (Raila) has summoned all his troops and sought assistance from the likes of Charity Ngilu, Kivuthat Kibwana, Alfred Mutua, Anne Waiguru and a lot of other people.”

For Dr Ruto, Prof Manyora argues, he wants to prove a point in the Kibra contest.

“He wants to prove that he is a politician beyond the Rift Valley. That he can campaign anywhere in this country,” he said.

“The better way to prove this is to go right to Baba’s bedroom as they are saying and to cause havoc. So it is really a matter of life and death to these two gentlemen.”

Mr Mariga and the Jubilee team have also stated that they will leave nothing to chance as they seek to prove Mr Odinga wrong.

Lang’ata MP Nixon Korir has been tasked with the mobilisation of agents who will man Mr Mariga’s votes on Thursday.

“The agents will be paid handsomely and will remain vigilant to ensure Mariga’s rightful votes get into his basket,” a source privy to the Jubilee campaigns told the Nation.

But President Uhuru Kenyatta, who is the Jubilee Party leader, has not been in Kibra to campaign for Mr Mariga.

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TV siren Lulu Hassan says she’s also victim of online shopping fraudsters



Lulu Hassan and her husband Rahid Abdalla wanted to buy a new television set

They contacted an online seller who offered to sell them TV that was bigger than the one they had at that time

Lulu left the house to pick the TV while Rashid was to prepare space where it would be fixed

– She returned home empty handed after handing over the money to the fraudster

Swahili news anchor Lulu Hassan has narrated a painful experience with online fraudsters who lured her to buying a television set that was nowhere.

While narrating the horrendous experience during the Sunday, January 19, news on Citizen TV, the fluent Swahili speaker said they wanted to buy a new television set, larger than the one they were using at that time.

Being a tech savvy, she and her husband Rashid Abdalla quickly looked for sellers via social media and got connected to a trader who offered to sell them the TV at a relatively cheaper price.

The two agreed to meet up for the transaction and since the TV was huge, she decided to go in a pickup for her to ferry it home with ease.

“I showed up for the meeting to transact with the trader, I went with a pickup car. I gave him the money and he told me just wait here shortly, let me go to the latrine. I never saw him again,” said Lulu.

Interestingly, all along her hubby was at home preparing the house for their newly acquired “huge TV”

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To Rashid’s disappointment, his humble soft spoken wife showed up at home empty handed. No TV.

“I had removed the TV that we had and prepared space for the new one. To my surprise, she showed up at home with red eyes, I knew things were not good, the TV I had waited for was nowhere,” said Rashid.

Although she did not disclose how much she lost, Lulu suggested some of the fraudsters may be using same unorthodox means to lure their victims and steal their money without the customer suspecting anything.

“I don’t know how these people do it or what they use but from experience things are bad…However, not all of them are bad, there are others who genuinely sell quality products,” she said.

There is a tremendous rise in online shopping not only in Kenya but also across the world.

However, the more people join the online shopping, the more the risks and the higher the number of fraudsters.

Experts advise that you should not pay for a product until you see it. Check around and verify authenticity of an online shopper.

Stop shortcuts and go for genuine dealers or suppliers of products as majority of the fraudsters sell their products at very cheap prices to lure customers.

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



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.

By Tuko

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




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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