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Peace deal earns Uhuru and Raila US invite

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The architects of the peace deal, President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga, will be sharing a podium in the US on February 5 to tell their “personal journey of faith and reconciliation” during the International Lunch in Washington, DC.

The International Lunch will take place a day before the annual US National Prayer Breakfast, to which President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga have also been invited, according to a letter of invitation that the Sunday Nation has seen.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will be the guests of honour at the National Prayer Breakfast.

The International Lunch is one of the annual National Prayer Breakfast-related events and honours members of the Diplomatic Corps based in the US.

President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga will be the joint keynote speakers for the lunch, according to an invitation from the US Congress’ National Prayer Breakfast co-chairs, John Moolenaar and Thomas R. Suozzi.

In the invitation, the co-chairs ask Mr Odinga and President Kenyatta to “consider speaking at the International Lunch on Wednesday February 5, 2020, at 12.30pm”.

“As the keynote speakers for the lunch, we would like to ask you to share your personal journey of faith and reconciliation.”

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Mr Odinga had made reference to himself and President Kenyatta meeting in the US during a public rally at Bukhungu Stadium in Kakamega last Saturday to drum up support for BBI.

“The handshake has got many people talking. I was recently invited to Togo to help them find a way to work together with the opposition in that country. This time around, President Kenyatta and I have been invited to Washington, DC, in February to the National Prayer Breakfast so that we can tell them more about the handshake, because it is a unique thing,” Mr Odinga said.

It is still not clear if President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga will travel together to Washington or just link up there.

State House spokesperson Kanze Dena gave a “No comment” response to the Sunday Nation on the significance of the two handshake architects taking their reconciliation message across borders to the US. Mr Odinga’s office and the US Embassy in Nairobi did not respond.

The US has been a great supporter of the handshake and, according to ANC party leader Musalia Mudavadi in his biography, Washington was instrumental in having President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga announce the unity pact through carrot-and-stick diplomacy.

The day of the handshake in March 2018 coincided with the arrival in Nairobi of then US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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At a press conference later in the afternoon, Mr Tillerson announced that “the United States looks forward to supporting the process that was announced … to bring the country together and to address the various national divisions”.

The invitation to the two leaders comes at a time when there is acrimony between political leaders allied to President Kenyatta and Mr Odinga on the one hand and those allied to Deputy President William Ruto on the other.

The deputy president had initially opposed the public rallies organised by allies of the President and Mr Odinga to popularise the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, terming them a waste of public resources.

However, ahead of another BBI rally on Saturday in Mombasa, Dr Ruto’s allies announced that they would join the rallies.

“After consultations as leaders, we have decided that in order to pursue the original spirit of the BBI irrespective of our concerns against the use of public resources in a process that has been blessed with full nationwide consensus, we will participate and, where necessary, take charge of these public rallies,” the Senate Majority Leader and a confidante of Dr Ruto, Kipchumba Murkomen, said.

In an interview with the Nation on Friday, Dr Ruto had been cagey over whether he would attend the Mombasa rally.

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“It is not anybody’s business to invite me to Mombasa or compel me not to go. I will have consultations with my boss (Uhuru Kenyatta) and we will agree on the attendance of the meeting or subsequent ones,” he said in the interview.

He also accused Mr Odinga and ODM of hijacking the BBI process to start planning for 2022 General Election.

“There are people who have arrogated themselves the role of chaperons to be inviting people there. Who gave them that responsibility? We are neither guests, refugees nor visitors in Kenya to be ushered in and out by anybody. BBI must give space to ordinary Kenyans to give their views on how to move forward,” he said.

BY Nation


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VIDEO: Kenyan Woman Narrates How She Was Detained in the US for over a Year After Traveling to Visit a Friend

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A Kenyan woman says that  she landed in jail after a friend invited her to visit the US.

Speaking in an interview with a local TV Station, the lady identified only as Grace said he left the country after obtaining a visitor’s visa from the American Embassy in Nairobi but trouble began shortly after she alighted the plane at an airport in Seattle, Washington, and was excited to visit the US as she thought the trip would open the door to greener pastures.

A single mother who separated from her husband, Grace says she was unexpectedly interrogated by airport authorities about the friend who invited her to the US.

Unfortunately, she could not give the relevant details about the friend which led officers to believe she was in the country illegally.

“I didn’t have enough details of the person who had invited me to America. On the other hand, the person who invited me didn’t also have my details,” said Grace.

As a result, she was arrested and incarcerated for more than a year before she was eventually deported to Kenya having being denied bond on several occasions.

Grace described spending time behind bars in a foreign country as traumatizing and the fact that she had left her kids back in Kenya exacerbated her suffering.

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“Life was not easy for me knowing that I had left my children back in Kenya. Life of being detained is tough because you have no freedom and you are in a foreign country. Other people even committed suicide,” she recounted.

She added that she would not advise anyone to go and find greener pastures abroad.

 


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‘I thought she would marry ‘Jesus’ not a divorcee,’ Pastor Kanyari shades Betty Bayo

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Pastor Victor Kanyari has broken his silence after his ex-wife Gospel singer Betty Bayo got engaged during her 33rd birthday last week on Wednesday.

Sharing the news with her fans on social media, the Eleventh Hour crooner posted a cutout picture of her fiancé on one knee putting the engagement ring on her finger with the caption, ‘Taken’.

Speaking to Word Is, the controversial pastor said he is aware that the mother of his two children got engaged but was shocked to learn that the man she is currently dating is a divorcee.

“I thought she was going to marry ‘Jesus’ after all the hateful things she said about me,” he said.

“He is a man who left his family, a wife and two children somewhere. She did not look for Jesus, tell her to marry a ‘Jesus’ kind of a man so she can surprise us not a man who has been used somewhere.”

Kanyari hopes that his children will be well taken care of.

“I have given my children the best life and I promise to take them to the best schools in America. Now that there is another man in her life, I hope he will be chipping in.”

Betty is now planning for a grand wedding and Pastor Kanyari said he is invited.

“I can’t attend her wedding although I am invited. She should continue with her life.”

“I came before him and at least opened some way for him. He can continue with where I left although there were others before me.”

Asked how well he knows Betty’s new bae, Pastor Kanyari referred to him as a broke man.

“He is from Central Kenya, but can’t compete with my level. He is a hungry man, that is the best way I can describe him. I can buy them lunch only that they have not shown up.”

He continued and said that instead of attending to the wedding, he will offer to pay for their honeymoon.

“Hii ni mbio ya farasi na punda. I do not know why she has rushed things since I did not expect her to be with that kind of a man. I expected a different kind of man. I am cuter…”

On the other side, Kanyari says Betty is still his friend and they call each other.

“She calls me anytime she is in a problem or is stressed. I wish her well and we shall meet at the end of all these.”

Pastor Kanyari says he has no hurry in moving on.

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Word Is reached out to Betty Bayo who asked us to do a congratulatory story first, which we did.

She then declined to speak anything concerning her engagement.

“I am not ready to speak about it now.”

by Mpasho.co.ke


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Rapper Msupa S on US tour, residing in Virginia

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All the Way Up star Sandra ‘Msupa S’ Chebet is in the state of Virginia, United States of America (USA) for a much-needed break after living out an exhilarating, roller-coaster rap career.

The self-styled hip-hop queen, famed for Hello, Utatii and Watajua Hawajui hit featuring award-winning rapper Khaligraph Jones, has since September 2020 treated her fans to a heaven-on-earth glow of life in the East Coast including a tour of Sterling, Loudoun County.

Msupa S [Photo: Instagram @queenmsupas]
Msupa S [Photo: Instagram @queenmsupas]
Msupa S [Photo: Instagram @queenmsupas]
Msupa S [Photo: Instagram @queenmsupas]
Msupa S [Photo: Instagram @queenmsupas]
Msupa S [Photo: Instagram @queenmsupas]


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