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Raila: This is my problem with William Ruto

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ODM Party leader Raila Odinga on Sunday opened up on his relationship with Deputy President William Ruto, accusing the country’s second-in-command of unethical practice.

Mr. Odinga claimed that DP Ruto lied about the March 9, 2018 handshake by claiming that he (Raila) had first approached him before reaching out to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“I can swear. I never ever talked to William Ruto,” said Odinga, adding that it was “very unethical” of Ruto to claim that the ODM party leader approached him before the handshake.

In April last year, Ruto, in an interview on Citizen TV, alleged that Odinga approached him four times after the 2017 elections, before the opposition chief went ahead to engage President Kenyatta in what would culminate in a much-publicised handshake at the steps of Harambee House.

“I was shocked and surprised when he (Ruto) mentioned that I had approached him. That is very unethical. Why would I call Ruto, I would rather call the President. I can swear. I never ever talked to William Ruto but the good Samaritans know themselves,” said the ODM leader in a Sunday interview on NTV.

Odinga says he reached out to the President after some “good Samaritans” convinced him to do so.

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“Some good Samaritans talked to me and I told them that under these conditions I’m ready to talk. Ultimately, the conditions were met and we talked. We met just the two of us,” he added.

Odinga says his relationship with DP Ruto is “basically cordial” and that they don’t talk much but they “greet each other.”

“Do you talk with DP William Ruto?” Odinga was asked in the interview.

In response he said: “We greet each other. Our relationship is basically cordial. I have no serious issues with him.”

“Would you say you are friends with William Ruto at the moment?” he was further asked, to which he replied: “I don’t hate him as a person. There are certain things he does or has done that are basically contrary to what I would think is the correct way of doing things.”

The former prime minister says his main problem with the deputy president is “corrupting the political process.”

“You see, for example, he is the deputy president and he knows very well that in this country we had conducted an investigation. Parliament had a Select Committee led by Koigi Wa Wamwere that conducted investigations about Harambees and it was established that Harambees are a source of corruption and they should be banned… That is why under my administration with Kibaki, there were no Harambees.

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“Then he (Ruto) decides to resurrect Harambees and he is running around donating money whose sources are dubious. In my view this is corrupting the political process,” said Odinga.

“What kind of business does William Ruto own that makes those millions he produces every week. 52 weeks in a year, he contributes not less than Ksh.5 million every weekend. If you do a lifestyle audit of Mr William Ruto, you will find that the source of that money is questionable. And that is the issue I have with him. Otherwise I have no serious personal issues with him.”

Odinga further claimed that sometimes DP Ruto lies during Harambees when he claims the President has given him his share to contribute on his behalf.

“The president himself sends donations to some of these events. Is he also doing something wrong? asked the interviewer.

Odinga responded: “I know for a fact that the president does not produce a penny. Ruto produces the money and says he has been sent by the president but I know that is not true. The president feels very embarrassed.”

He says that the numerous fundraisers DP Ruto attends are meant to “corrupt the political process to show that this man is a God fearing man… he loves the church and the people and that’s why he is coming with money to donate.”

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The ODM leader says that while he does not rule off the possibility of DP Ruto becoming the President of Kenya, he (Raila) would be reluctant to work with him.

“Can you see a day when he might possibly become the president?” Odinga was asked. To which he replied: “Why not? If the people of Kenya elect him as president, who I’m I to say No.”

“Would you work with him?” he was further asked and in response Odinga said: “My values are very clear so before I get into any kind of relationship I will have to question.”

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Lucky to be alive: How the man I loved nearly killed me

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Through sheer determination and willpower, Ms Rhoda Wairimu, a mother of two and a survivor of gender-based violence, is gradually reclaiming her life after her “dear husband” — now serving a life imprisonment —  chopped off her hands 12 years ago.

She says she is lucky to be alive to tell the tale, but the horrible scars will remain a lifetime, a bitter reminder of how the man she loved most almost ended her life.

Ms Wairimu from Kiamabara Village in Mathira East, Nyeri County vividly remembers that fateful day in 2008, when the man she had trusted to spend the rest of her life with descended on her with a machete, slashed her several times; severing both her hands and inflicting injuries on the head, leaving her for dead.

She says she suspects that her only ‘crime’, which could have enraged her husband to the point of attempting to kill her, was asking him where he had spent the previous night since he never came back from work as usual.

Condition deteriorated

She would later spend more than six months at Nyeri Provincial General Hospital and Nairobi Women’s Hospital after she was transferred from Karatina District Hospital when her condition deteriorated.

“I never thought the man I had trusted so much would turn into a killer. Perhaps one of the worst parts of this whole story is that he almost killed me, I spent several weeks in a coma, but thankfully God and doctors were able to revive me,” she says.

After being discharged from hospital, Ms Wairimu, who has since joined an organisation of people living with disabilities in Mathira, says she initially lost the meaning of life owing to her condition and almost thought of committing suicide.

 She, however, changed her mind when she remembered she had been left with the responsibility of raising her two children after their father was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Her former husband was sentenced by a Karatina court after he was found guilty of causing grievous harm and attempting to kill Ms Wairimu.

Awful situation

Despite losing her arms, Ms Wairimu, through her meagre resources and without support from any quarter, has taken to second-hand clothes hawking as she struggles with the challenge of not having hands to single-handedly support her children, who are now both in high school.

She has some advice for couples: “At the beginning of most relationships, couples are bound to be too infatuated to spot the obvious red flags of violence. ‘Oh, but he didn’t mean to do it,’ you always find yourself defending him even when everyone around you is trying to open your eyes. Stuck in the honeymoon phase, to you everything seems perfect.”

“By the time things get severe, victims are often in a dilemma of either staying or walking away from their abusive partners. Owing to this attachment and other factors such as financial dependency and children, many end up staying, only to aggravate the situation,” she says.

Ms Wairimu says although she has with time accepted her situation, she would not turn down any assistance coming her way as she struggles to put food on the table for her children.

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Criminal gang’s revenge attack leaves four dead

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Two rival criminal gangs turned Nakuru town into a battlefield that left four people dead.

In a brazen 3pm attack in Kivumbini slums on Saturday, members of the outlawed Confirm gang faced off with its splinter group Wazito wa TZ, which has shifted its base to Kwa Rhonda slums.

According to community policing leaders, the attack occurred minutes after the splinter group buried one of their members at South Cemetery.

“Wazito gang passed through Kivumbini slums riding on more than 10 boda bodas. They ambushed unsuspecting members of the Confirm Gang and killed one of them,” said a Nyumba Kumi leader.

The two groups engaged in fistfights before the splinter group vanished to the neighbouring Bondeni area after police officers were deployed.

At around 4pm, the splinter group resurfaced baying for blood and blaming Confirm gang for the death of their peer.

“In the second attack, the gang mistakenly killed one of their own who had friends in Confirm. He was a disabled young man taking cover from the heavy rains at one of the shops,” he said.

In a retaliatory attack, the Confirm gang cornered a boda boda rider whom they claimed was among those who ferried their rivals to Kivumbini during the day.

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“At 7pm, Confirm caught up with a suspected member of the Wazito gang at Makuti area. They slashed and stoned him before the police rescued him. We have established he has died at a local hospital,” said the Nyumba Kumi leader.

He said a fourth youth was stabbed several times in the cover of darkness along Kanu Street as the Wazito gang retreated to their homes in Kwa Rhonda slums.

“The gang members are high school students or those who recently completed studies. One of the victims is a 21-year-old and another one known to me is a Form Three student at a local day school. They are young but brutal in their attacks,” said a resident who sought anonymity.

The residents say they have lost count of the number of youths killed in attacks and counter-attacks between the two gangs since the year began.

They expressed fear of the continued rivalry between the gangs known for mobile money transfer scams, but who recently moved to town where they are engaging in robbery with violence.

In June, the two gangs clashed at Flamingo Estate where they killed a man who police identified as Alphonse Ogae. He was an innocent bystander.

“During the June attack, they also burned down two homes and destroyed dozens of others as they fought. When they can’t get members of either gangs to attack, they indiscriminately attack anyone they find in their way,” said Mary Waiganjo, a trader.

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Nakuru County Commissioner Erastus Mbui said some suspects had already been identified and were being pursued.

Heavy rains

“The gang from Kwa Rhonda took advantage of the heavy rains. They arrived at Kivumbini on motorbikes, executed their rivals and left. We have identified some gang members whom the police are tracking down,” said Mbui.

He attributed the deadly attacks to a continued police crackdown that has destabilised the gang from its operating bases

by Standardmedia.co.ke


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Bodaboda chama grows into a multi-million shilling housing cooperative

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A journey of a thousand many miles starts with a single step. A Nakuru-based bodaboda operator’s self-help group proved this in its growth. Driven by the ambition to have something to take home once they couldn’t ride any more, ten bodaboda operators from Barut, Nakuru West in 2015 formed Kianjahi Group, pooling a minimum savings of Sh100 per week per person.

“Being a bodaboda operator is a risky job and has serious effect on one’s health especially if you don’t dress properly for the cold. After attending a seminar in Machakos we decided to start making savings,” said Benson Sigei, the group chairperson.

The group grew as more members joined in 2016. After evaluating their progress, the members increased their weekly savings to Sh200 and eventually to Sh1,000.

“Before the year ended we were nearly 100 members. Our savings were growing and we had to come up with plans which some members considered as too ambitious and pulled out,” says Sigei. With savings of nearly Sh2 million, they bought a 1.6-acre piece of land which was previously a sand quarry.

“It cost us Sh2.1 million in buying the land and rehabilitating it to usable standards. We embarked on making savings for constructing houses which would be of similar design,” he said.

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To make this possible they converted the group into Kianjahi Housing Cooperative Society Limited and introduced Sh15,100 registration fee and minimum share capital of Sh60,000 payable in Sh500 weekly instalments.

AmpThe group started the construction of two-bedroom houses in a gated community model.

“Every member now contributes a minimum of Sh1,500 for savings every week. Those yet to clear their share capital make an additional payment of Sh500. This amount does not exert great pressure on the riders since the majority make nearly KShs1,000 per day.

The group then started the construction of two-bedroom houses in a gated community model where four houses sit on every 50 by 100 feet plot. The cooperative completed the construction of the first 50 units majority of which have already been occupied.

“We took a Sh15 million loan and in addition to our savings we bought an additional acre of land at Sh2.1 million. In the first phase, we have constructed 52 housing units. 35 members have already moved in,” said the vice-chairman.

The cooperative has bought a third parcel of land on which they intend to set up houses for all members. Members who moved in during the first phase like pay Sh2,000 per month. Sh200 goes to savings and Sh1,800 going towards offsetting the cost of construction. The payment for the houses is spread over seven years.

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by Standardmedia.co.ke


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