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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.”

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.

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“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.

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”.

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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.

“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.

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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.

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Asbel Kiprop quits athletics, takes up rallying

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Banned middle distance athlete Asbel Kiprop says he has quit athletics to try his hand in motorsport.

Th 30-year old former world and Olympic 1500m champion made the announcement on Facebook.

“I am ready to begin again in a sport that doesn’t have doping conspiracy. I will be patient again to be able to be champion. I will be climbing the ladder hoping to learn the next game,” he wrote

The move was also confirmed by veteran rally driver Abdul Sidi who says Kiprop is ‘desperate’ to make the career switch.

“The former world and Olympic 1500m champion is looking at the Abdul Sidi Rally Advisor (ASRA) to help change his famous career to become the next rally driver,” said Sidi.

Kiprop, who dominated the middle distance races during his prime, is currently serving a four-year ban slapped on him last year after failing an out of competition test.

The athlete who is also a police officer has protested his innocence but the world doping body maintains both his ‘A’ and ‘B’ urine sample tested positive for EPO.

Kiprop then treated his fans to off the track drama when he filmed himself groping and kissing his manager’s girlfriend, an incident that led to the collapse of his marriage.

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He then courted more controversy by posting a message in social media threatening to take his own life.

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Police hunt clergyman who allegedly killed his son

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Police in Murang’a County have launched a manhunt for a retired Anglican Church of Kenya clergyman who allegedly killed his own son with the assistance of his other son.

The incident took place on Sunday morning when the father and his elder son picked their kin at home where he was sleeping and tied him around a tree in their homestead and beat him to death.

DISCIPLINE

An eyewitness, a grandchild to the clergyman, gave a blow-by-blow account of what happened, saying the father to the deceased had on Saturday called his other son who lived some kilometres away and instructed him to report to his home early in the morning for an assignment.

“I overheard my grandfather call my uncle urging him to report early in the morning to assist him with some chores. When he arrived, he was informed that they needed first to discipline my uncle (the deceased) and that’s when they picked him… they tied him around and descended on him with sticks until he died,” the witness said.

He said the deceased kept screaming and making distress calls but none of the neighbours came since there is bad blood in the neighbourhood.

An eyewitness said the suspects decided to ‘discipline’ the deceased after he was accused of stealing farm produce.

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The suspect’s mother was in the homestead when the incident happened.

INJURIES

“She made desperate efforts to have his father, my grandfather, not kill him. I was also threatened not to go near the scene or else I would be disciplined too. After the incident I called my parents who live in Nyeri and informed them of the matter,” he said.

Locals described the deceased as a peace loving, hardworking and social man who farmed tomatoes for them.

They said the main suspect retired from service last year after serving as an evangelist with the ACK diocese of Mt Kenya Central.

“The deceased was social but had issues with his father emanating from a land dispute, John Kiiru, a resident said.

The body of the deceased had severe injuries.

BY NN

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“I am carrying Lamu Senator Anwar’s baby” an excited Saumu Mbuvi reveals

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Just Valentine´s, Saumu Mbuvi surprised us with a grown baby bump and she reveals the father is Lamu Senator Anwar Loitiptip.

The two have been dating since 2019 though it was gamble letting the cat out of the bag, on who was warming her bed until fans unveiled his face.

So now, the Nairobi Governor´s daughter confirmed she is indeed pregnant and due to deliver in a few months.

Saumu Mbuvi proudly flaunts second pregnancy

However, baby´s gender is not known to her yet.

Speaking of the pregnancy, Saumu affirmed that Lamu Senator-cum-lover, Anwar Lotiptip is her baby´s father.

Saumu and Senator Anwar expecting first child together

Adding that Anwar is pretty happy and excited about the pregnancy.

BY Ghafla

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