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Referendum a waste of time and resources, Kenya’s Deputy President declares

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Kenya’s Deputy President William Ruto has rubbished calls for a referendum over the Building Bridges Initiative report, setting the stage for a political showdown.

The Deputy President said the debate on the report that was made public on Wednesday should be anchored on solving problems for Kenyans and not on creating positions for politicians.

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga is for a referendum, but the DP on Saturday said after reading the report, he has seen no need to have one since most of the recommendations can be dealt with by various levels of Government.

Speaking when he attended a church service in Nairobi, the Deputy President, however, said he is open to expert’s opinions on how the report should be implemented.

“Let it not be that 99 per cent of Kenyan’s issues can be addressed by various sections of Government can be ignored to look for jobs for one per cent,” he said.

The Deputy President said the debate on the report that was made public on Wednesday should be anchored on solving problems for Kenyans and not on creating positions for politicians.

“If there are two or three men looking for a job, we can deal with that at a later stage,” he said. “The country cannot be paralyzed because some two or three men want a job. Our first job we must create is for the millions of Kenyans”

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This comes hours after the DP called for sobriety while debating the report, saying it should not “be us versus them.”

“Friends, bravado, hubris, and threats not necessary. BBI is ours all. Let’s agree on the implementation matrix. Institutions, departments, Ministries, Commissions, Parliament and Judiciary will handle relevant sections. Those requiring referenda if any be taken to people. No need for us vs them,” he said in a viral tweet on Friday.

His sentiments were shared by Senate Majority leader Kipchumba Murkomen, who accompanied him to the church.

Senator Murkomen said most of the recommendations are already covered within President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Big Four agenda.

“The report says we must improve our economy, create jobs for employment, create a conducive environment for our small business persons…it now requires the Government to seat down, review the Jubilee manifesto, and establish has been implemented and what is pending,” the Senator said.

“We should not shift the focus on creating jobs for the big boys and the rich. We will have committed a big mistake to the people of this country.”

Legislators Victor Munyaka and Millicent Omanga said leaders should avoid shifting the burden to Kenyans, who are already grappling with the effects of an ailing economy.

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The BBI report was released to the public on Tuesday, in a launch held at the Bomas of Kenya, by President Kenyatta and the former Prime Minister, in the presence of DP Ruto.

During the launch, Amani National Congress (ANC) party leader Musalia Mudavadi has called for sobriety while debating the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, cautioning leaders against seeing it as out to create posts for leaders.

He said any attempt to hijack the report, will be falling on a trap “again by making it look like the BBI is about sharing political positions.”

“Let us not convert the BBI (report) to a political elite document. Everybody here is talking about sharing political seats, what about motivating the civil servants, teachers, the private sector?” he said. “We are here today because there is a moment, we can seize to correct the shortcoming that were there.”

What is in the report?

The report covers on 7 thematic areas, that focus on empowering devolution, need for a lean government that invests on the people as the central mandate, inclusive and accountable politics that will see the creation of a ceremonial Prime Minister’s position, equitable distribution of resources and ways of empowering national ethics.

In an innovative approach to fight corruption, the single threat to Kenya’s unity, economy, and resources, the report proposes that whistleblowers are rewarded with 5 percent of recovered proceeds.

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The report recommends 6 measures, that the 14-member committee believes that they will help in slaying the graft dragon, which has seen billions of taxpayer’s resources embezzled.

On protecting the Judiciary independence, the report recommends that there is an effort to ensure “Increased public confidence in the Judiciary, by recognizing that the core constitutional principles in Kenya are the separation of powers, between arms of Government, and accountability to the people of Kenya. The independence of the Judiciary must be protected as a fundamental principle, and it should also be accountable to the people of Kenya.”

On the creation of a Prime Minister’s seat, the BBI report reads that; “Within a set number of days following the summoning of Parliament after an election, the President shall appoint a Prime Minister, an elected Member of the National Assembly from a political party having a majority of Members in the National Assembly or, if no political party has a majority, one who appears to have the support of a majority of MPs.”

The report is an outcome of the March 2018 handshake between President Kenyatta and his then political archrival Odinga, following a disputed election.

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Justin Muturi’s encounter with Uganda’s famous kneeling culture

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Speaker of the National Assembly, Justin Muturi, was recently treated to a famous Ugandan culture when a male adult knelt before him.

Muturi is currently leading the Kenya contingent that is competing at the East Africa Assembly Games in Kampala.

While on a tour of the Vipers Stadium, alongside his Ugandan counterpart Rebecca Kadaga, Muturi sat and watched as a smiling chap knelt before Kadaga in a bid to help her sign the guest book at the venue.

Kneeling before adults, especially prominent personalities, is a common occurrence in Uganda.

As part of the practice, women are encouraged to kneel before their husbands while exchanging greetings and when serving them food.

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Jowie to spend Christmas and New Year at Manyani Prison

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The family of murder suspect Joseph Irungu alias Jowie, has cried foul after he was moved from Kamiti Maximum Prison to Manyani.

Manyani Prison is in Taita Taveta County.

Jowie has been at Kamiti Maximu Prison since 2018 after he was arrested in connection to the murder of Monicah Kimani.

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He was arrested as police could not corroborate his claim of being shot in the shoulder at Langata which he reported at Lang’ata Police Station.

Joseph Irungu alias Jowie’s family members broke down in court on Tuesday as he is was denied bail.

Jowie has remained behind bars during the trial period.

Justice James Wakiaga said he agreed with the prosecutor that Jowie is a man with access to guns and therefore witnesses would be afraid to testify against such a person.

Below are reasons why Jowie was denied bail.

1 He might interfere with the case.

2. He is a threat to himself.

“THE FIRST ACCUSED IS NURSING A GUNSHOT WOUND WHICH ACCORDING TO THE PROSECUTION IS  SELF INFLICTED IN AN ATTEMPT TO COMMIT SUICIDE.

BUT ACCORDING TO THE ACCUSED IT IS AS A RESULT OF AN UNFORTUNATE INCIDENT AFTER HE WAS SHOT AT.

Jowie in court
Jowie in court

Wakiaga added,

WHICHEVER WAY YOU LOOK AT IT THE ACCUSED PERSON IS UNDER THREAT OF DANGER AND SHOULD BE UNDER CLOSE SUPERVISION AND THAT CAN ONLY BE ACHIEVED UNDER PROTECTIVE CUSTODY WHERE EFFECTIVE POLICING IS POSSIBLE.”

3. He has no permanent residence given the fact that Jacque Maribe’s house is now a crime scene so the court fears he might be a flight risk in layman’s language anaweza potea.

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4. He is a dangerous person for the fact that he owns a gun and some potential witnesses might feel intimidated.

5. There was no tabled evidence to show that Jowie could not be able to access specialized medical attention.

He had submitted that he was in need of specialized medical attention thus he be granted bail.

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Chile Military plane goes missing with 38 aboard

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A Chilean military plane board 38 individuals is reported to have gone missing just after takeoff from the country’s south for a station in Antarctica. It is believed to have crashed.

Crew members aboard C-130 were seventeen, and the others were passengers.

Chile air force statement on Tuesday added: “all national and international air and maritime means available in the area are continuing the search (for survivors) in the sector where communications were lost with the aircraft.”

The aircraft lost contact about over an hour after taking off. The plane took off Monday at 4.55 pm (19:55 GMT) from an airbase in Punta Arenas in Chile’s far south and contact was lost at 6.13 pm.

The onboard members were to sort logistical support roles at Chile’s Eduardo Frei Antarctic base — the country’s largest, the Air Force said.

The crew was as well being flown to examine the base’s floating fuel supply pipeline and carry out any anti-corrosive measures at the facility.

“The plane did have a satellite positioning system, but it did not appear to be working during the early morning search, “said Eduardo Mosqueira, Commander of the Fourth Air Brigade.

President Sebastian Pinera’s country has been facing severe civil unrest in decades. He said in a tweet, he would fly to the southern city of Punta Arenas with Interior Minister Gonzalo Blumel.

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Upon arrival, he would speak with Defense Minister Alberto Espina on how to conduct the search and rescue mission using aircraft and navy vessels.

This is the latest occurrence in the country. The Chileans have been protesting social and economic inequality as well as entrenched political elite for almost two months.  In a report by the Organization of American States, this crisis and its demonstrations have resulted in 26 deaths and over 12000 injuries.

 

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