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How Moi dealt with ‘rogue’ diplomats, he was no pushover

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Besides globetrotting and looking for new allies, former President Daniel arap Moi was no pushover and constantly clashed with western diplomats who tried to dictate to him.

Shortly after he took power, his Attorney General, Charles Njonjo, was implicated in the 1978 attempt to return deposed Seychelles President James Mancham back to power — a crisis that Moi handled swiftly.

The Cabinet termed the allegations “malicious and unfounded”, although it later emerged during the Charles Njonjo Inquiry in 1985 that the AG was privy to the coup.

In his presidency, Moi decided to work with the West and he received early accolades by being named the chairman of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU). He held the position for two terms after Muamar Gaddafi’s bid for the seat failed.

The row between Kenya and Libya — and Moi never hid his disdain for Gaddafi — escalated to the expulsion of the Libyan Charge d’Affaires, Ahmed Arrajel, who was given seven days to leave the country.

Wafula Buke jailed The expulsion followed court disclosures that the Libyan Embassy had financed the November 1987 Students’ Organisation of the Nairobi University (Sonu) election

where Wafula Buke had been elected chairman. Buke was jailed for five years for espionage, while some of his colleagues, including Miguna Miguna, escaped to exile via Tanzania.

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The Libyan mission was also closed.

In 1987, Kenya also expelled Ugandan High Commissioner Charles Katungi and his deputy, S. Bigombe, after a week of border fighting between Kenyan police and Uganda’s National Resistance Movement soldiers. Kenya accused Uganda and Libya of attempting to destabilise the country. Katungi was accused by the Foreign minister, Zachary Onyonka, of “insulting” President Moi.

The next salvo was a row triggered by former Nakuru North MP Koigi wa Wamwere after he went into exile in Norway, joining a small team of activists stationed in Oslo and other Scandinavian countries.

The group was accused by President Moi of being behind “subversive

leaflets” that were being sent to Kenya and the Norwegian Ambassador, Niels Vahl, came under pressure to have the “dissidents” returned home.

In October and November 1990, Kenya finally severed diplomatic relations with Sweden and Norway for “harbouring a number of Kenyans hostile to the government”. Kenya was the first country to sever links with Norway in peace time.

While the Scandinavian countries were the pioneer supporters of pro- second liberation movements in Kenya, the Americans entered the fray, albeit late, with the arrival of journalist Smith Hempstone as the US ambassador as Kenyans agitated for political pluralism.

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“I told President Moi that there is change coming. It is happening all over the world and the question is not whether change is going to come or not …”

As Hempstone helped push the agenda, and as he would later lament, the British diplomats in Nairobi were getting uncomfortable with him. He said: “I was a little suspicious (of their conduct) … the three British High Commissioners who during my time, Sir John Johnson, Sir Roger Tomskys, Sir Kieran Prendergast, I suspect they were always trying to undercut me a bit with Moi as to suggest my motives were not good. This was my feeling.”

Megaphone diplomacy Hempstone, who was christened “nyama choma envoy” by Kanu publication Kenya Times, would meet the UK diplomats and they would throw the typical line: “Well, we believe in quiet diplomacy, not in megaphone diplomacy … it is as if I did nothing but shout.”

The US ambassadors who followed Hempstone — Madeline Albright and Johnny Carson — took a similar pattern.

What worried Britain, and they quietly said as much, was that they had large investments in Kenya and their trade with Nairobi was much larger than that of the US. “Finally, they did not want 40,000 Indians dumped on them if things went as they did in Uganda…,” said Hempstone after he left Kenya.

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The only diplomat who shared his feeling was Germany’s Bernd Mutzelburg. While the Scandinavians were small countries with little muscle, Mutzelburg came to Kenya (his first posting as ambassador) as Kenya prepared for its first multiparty election since 1966. For demanding transparency and prosecution of the corrupt, he rubbed the Kanu mandarins the wrong way.

But it is not only Western diplomats who found themselves on the receiving end. In 1995, Kenya expelled Rwandan envoy, Major Jacques Nziza, and his replacement, acting Charge d’affaires, Mr Igiraneza Theodomir, as Moi openly took sides in the Tutsi-Hutu wars.

Britain picked “megaphone diplomacy” later and Moi dismissed Sir Jeffery James as a “meddler” when he went to bid him bye.

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Sarah Kabu surprises husband with retirement home on his birthday 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Bonfire Adventure’s Managing Director Sarah Kabu caused a stir on social media after she bought her husband Simon Kabu his dream retirement home at OlPajeta.

Simon took to his Facebook page praising his wife for the surprise. According to him, he was not aware of Sarah’s plan.

“Thanks so so much everyone who wished me a happy birthday today. now… I’m overwhelmed by what sarah kabu surprised me with today. imagine a retirement home!”

He revealed that he was aware they would celebrate his birthday at OlPajeta, however, saying thay he was not aware that Sarah had bought him his dream retirement home.

Simon went on to reveal that whenever they went for a holiday at the OlPajeta, he always told Sarah that he would like to have his retirement home there.

“Sarah… I’m over the moon… you are a proverb 31 woman… this is too much on me. . we have been visiting olpajeta many times, and every time we visit there, I always comment…. ningetaka kuretire hii place…. but this year we have been affected in hospitality and didn’t have hizo plans hivi karibuni

“She organized my birthday bash at olpajeta ( with my knowledge) as we normally visit with bonfire adventures and events sept babies..but today…. I thought we were going for a bush lunch….. shock on me and my cubs… we got a surprise of our lifetime,” he said.

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Simon then went on to confess his love for Sarah Kabu and promised to support her. He further appreciated her for taking a loan with Stanibic’s DADA program to finance the house.

“Sarah… I will continue supporting you in anything you do and will always make you happy. I will make sure you get a surprise of the century. thank you 1000000 times,” Simon added.

Further adding that;

“Sarah, I’m not sure why you want me to retire early 🤷‍♂️. I named the house after austin kabu and is known as #mtaliiparadiseolpajeta and is we will put it kwa #bonfiredeals.”

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Chris Kirubi says marriage is enslavement, urges men to be careful

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BY KEVIN KOECH

City businessman and tycoon Chris Kirubi has given his opinion on marriage claiming that it is enslavement.

Speaking in an interview on Churchill Show, Kirubi explained that men have to be careful when it comes to marriage, or else they will be sentencing themselves to imprisonment for life.

He went on to compare some women to the military army as they are always in a fighting mood.

He, however, pointed out that it is always a pleasure to marry a good woman but some women.

“Marriage is enslavement, you have to be careful. You have to agree to go into slavery, to go to jail, and not to go there to test it and get out. It is a permanent affair you are jailed for life

“If you marry a good woman, it is such a pleasure. But there are some women, it’s like they first went to the army then came back for you to marry them; they are always in a fighting mood. Good has to bless you,” he said.

The father of two went on to praise Kenyan a section of women noting that if a man wanted to become rich, they need to marry Kenyan women.

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He added that if they are not always bringing drama, they will make money for the family. He explained that it is an inheritance Kenyan women have.

Kirubi also talked about his two children saying that while his daughter works as the Managing Director for one of his companies in the country; Haco Industries, his son refused to come back and works in Brussels.

While praising his two kids, he disclosed that his daughter does not fear him as someone he hired from outside and argues with him.

“My son is in Brussels, he works for DHL. I think they pay him so much money he refused to work for me but it’s good he has also accumulated a lot of experience,” Kirubi narrated.

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Maraga advises Uhuru to dissolve Parliament over two-thirds gender rule

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Chief Justice David Maraga has advised President Uhuru Kenyatta to dissolve Parliament.

The CJ said the Parliament should be dissolved over its failure to implement the two-thirds gender rule.

This is following six petitions filed by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) , Margaret Toili, Fredrick Gichanga Mbugua’h, Stephen Owako, Johnn Wangai, Aoko Bernard and David Sudi.

The petitioners fault parliament over failure to pass the laws in accordance with Article 27(3) read together with Articles 81(b) and 100 of the 2010 Constitution despite four Court orders.

In a statement issued on Monday, CJ Maraga said Parliament should be held accountable for failing the Kenyan people.

“Your Excellency, the two-thirds gender rule is an acronym for the constitutional imperative which prohibits any form of discrimination in the appointive and elective positions in our country on the basis of one’s gender.

“It is grounded on the declaration in Article 27(3) of the Constitution that Women and men have the right to equal treatment, including the right to equal opportunities in political, economic, cultural and social spheres, ” said Maraga.

“Let us endure pain if only to remind ourselves that, as a country, being a democracy that has chosen to be governed by the rule of law, we must say no to impunity and hold everyone accountable for their actions or omissions.

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“Your Excellency, it is my constitutional duty to advise you, the President of the Republic of Kenya, which I hereby do, to dissolve Parliament in accordance with Article 261(7),” the statement added.

In his statement, Maraga says that National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and his Senate counterpart Kenneth Lusaka argued that the six petitions were “incomplete”.

“The Speakers contend that the six petitions are incompetent and bad in law for the reason that no court order was ‘transmitted’ to either the CJ or to the Parliament as required by Article 261(6)(b),” it added.

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