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Following the demise of Kenya’s second president Daniel arap Moi, President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed that the following be observed:

1. That in testimony of the respect in which the memory of the Late Daniel Toroitich arap Moi is held, the nation will observe a period of national mourning from today until the day of his funeral.

2. The former head of state will be accorded a State Funeral, with all appropriate Civilian and Full Military Honours being rendered and observed.

3. That as an expression of public sorrow the Flag of the Republic of Kenya shall be flown at half-mast at State House, State Lodges, all Public Buildings and Public Grounds, all Military Bases, Posts and Stations, on all Naval Vessels of the Republic of Kenya, and however elsewhere throughout the Republic of Kenya; from dawn on February 4, 2020 Until sunset on the day of the burial.

4. That Kenya’s national flag shall be flown at half-mast for the same length of time at all High Commissions, Embassies, Consulates, Diplomatic Offices and other facilities of the Republic of Kenya abroad.Moi died on Tuesday morningMoi died on Tuesday at the Nairobi Hospital at 5.20am. His son Senator Gideon Moi was by his side.

“It is with profound sadness and sorrow that I announce the passing of a Great African Statesman, H.E. Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, the Second President of the Republic of Kenya. His Excellency the Former President passed on at the Nairobi Hospital in the presence of his family,” Kenyatta said.

 

“His Legacy endures in Kenya even to this day, encapsulated in the Nyayo Philosophy of ‘Peace, Love and Unity’ that was his mantra throughout his tenure as our Head of State and Government.”

He was 95 years old.

In his day, political activists and others who dared oppose Moi’s rule were routinely detained and tortured, the report said, noting unlawful detentions and assassinations, including the killing of a foreign affairs minister, Robert Ouko.

“The judiciary became an accomplice in the perpetuation of violations, while parliament was transformed into a puppet controlled by the heavy hand of the executive,” the report said.

Corruption, especially the illegal allocation of land, became institutionalized, the report said, while economic power was centralized in the hands of a few.

In 1991, Moi yielded to demands for a multi-party state due to internal pressure, including a demonstration in 1991 during which police killed more than 20 people, and external pressure from the West.

Multi-party elections in 1992 and 1997 were marred by political and ethnic violence that critics asserted were caused by the state.

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By the time Moi left power in 2002, corruption had left Kenya’s economy, the most developed in East Africa, with negative growth.

Moi often blamed the West for bad publicity and the economic hardships many Kenyans had to endure during his rule.

As with his predecessor, Kenyatta, many government projects, buildings and currency notes and coins were named after Moi.

 

 

PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION
-With Respect ToTHE DEATH OF H.E. DANIEL TOROITICH arap MOI, C.G.H.
Second President of the Republic of Kenya
SOLEMNLY ISSUED AT STATE HOUSE, NAIROBI
ON THE 4
th DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2020
To the People of the Republic of Kenya, the Sons and Daughters of Africa,
and the World at Large;
IT IS with profound sadness and sorrow that I announce the passing of a
Great African Statesman, H.E. Daniel Toroitich arap Moi, the Second President of
the Republic of Kenya. His Excellency the Former President passed on at the Nairobi
Hospital on the early morning of this 4
th February, 2020 ; in the presence of his
Family.

OUR NATION and our Continent were immensely blessed by the dedication
and service of the Late Mzee Moi; who spent almost his entire adult life serving
Kenya and Africa in a number of capacities. The Late Mzee Moi served us as an
Educator, a Teacher, a Legislator, Member of Parliament, a Cabinet Minister, the
Vice-President and finally as the President of the Republic of Kenya.

UPON HIS RETIREMENT from State Office, and in keeping with the
seemingly boundless energy that characterized his many decades of Public Service,
the Late Mzee Moi continued to serve Kenya and Africa by mentoring leaders in
Kenya and beyond, continued participation in development projects and charitable
works, and advocating for Peace, Love and Unity throughout Africa and the World.
AS A LEADING FIGURE in the Struggle for Kenya’s Independence, and an
ardent Pan-Africanist; the Late Mzee Moi’s Legacy undoubtedly positions him as one
of Africa’s Greatest, a Man who made his Nation and the Continent immeasurably
better. Following the sudden death of the First President of the Republic of Kenya,
the Late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, the Late Mzee Moi stepped into apex leadership in
1978 and immediately brought calm and confidence to a Nation reeling in shock,
following the unexpected death of the Head of State.

THE LATE MZEE MOI’S steady hand guided Kenya through the restoration
of multi-partyism and many other challenging periods; culminating in the peaceful
transfer of power in December 2002, a then rare occurrence in Africa and one which
set an example that has been emulated across the Continent and beyond ever since.
His Legacy endures in Kenya even to this day, encapsulated in the Nyayo
Philosophy of ‘Peace, Love and Unity’ that was his mantra throughout his
tenure as our Head of State and Government.

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AS WE MOURN THE PASSING of an African Icon, our heartfelt
condolences go out to his Children, Relatives and Close Friends. We will never forget
that even as he served Kenya, Africa and the World; the Late Mzee Moi remained a
deeply committed family man, a loving Husband, Father, Grandfather and earnest
Friend to so many. While they undoubtedly grieve his passing, I wish to assure them
that Mzee Moi lives on in the hearts of the Millions of Kenyans who benefited from
his servant-leadership, and in the peaceful, harmonious and united Kenya that was
built in large part by the works of his hands.

ABOVE ALL ELSE, the Late Mzee Moi was a devoted Christian, who
nevertheless championed the rights of all persons of all faiths to observe their
religion without discrimination or impediment. Daniel Toroitich arap Moi ran a good
race, kept the faith, and now he is enjoying his reward in heaven.

IN HONOUR OF THE LIFE AND TIMES of the Late Great Mzee Daniel
Toroitich arap Moi, and on behalf of a grateful Nation forever indebted to our
deceased Second President for all his many years of steadfast public service, I,
UHURU KENYATTA, under the authority vested in me as the President of the
Republic of Kenya and the Commander in Chief of the Kenya Defence Forces, do
hereby ORDER and DIRECT: –

I. THAT in testimony of the respect in which the memory of the Late Daniel
Toroitich arap Moi is held, the nation will observe a period of national
mourning from today until the day of his funeral;
II. THAT the Late Daniel Toroitich arap Moi shall be accorded a State Funeral,
with all appropriate Civilian and Full Military Honours being rendered and
observed;
III.
IV. THAT as an expression of public sorrow the Flag of the Republic of Kenya
shall be flown at half-mast at State House, State Lodges, all Public Buildings
and Public Grounds, all Military Bases, Posts and Stations, on all Naval Vessels
of the Republic of Kenya, and however elsewhere throughout the Republic of
Kenya; from dawn on 4
th February, 2020 Until sunset on the day of the
Burial; and
V. THAT our national flag shall be flown at half-mast for the same length of
time at all High Commissions, Embassies, Consulates, Diplomatic Offices and
other facilities of the Republic of Kenya abroad.

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May the Late Mzee Daniel Toroitich arap Moi Rest in Eternal Peace.
ISSUED under the HAND AND SEAL of the President, on this 4
th Day of
February, 2020.
UHURU KENYATTA,
President.

 

Moi was born on 2 September 1924 and was the President from 1978 to 2002. He became president as a result of the death of the then president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. Through popular agitation and external pressures, he was forced to allow multiparty elections in 1991; he led his party, KANU, to victory in the 1992 and 1997 elections. Prior to becoming President, he served as the third Vice President of Kenya from 1967 to 1978.[3]

Moi is popularly known to Kenyans as Nyayo, a Swahili word for “footsteps”, as he often said he was following in the footsteps of the first President, Jomo Kenyatta. He also earned the sobriquet “Professor of Politics” due to his long rule of 24 years, the longest in Kenyan history to date.[4] At 95, he was currently the oldest living former Kenyan president.

 

 

Moi was born in Kabarak village, Sacho division, Baringo County, and was raised by his paternal uncle Kimoi Chebii following the early death of his father. He was from the Tugen sub-group of the Kalenjin people. After completing his secondary education at Kapsabet High School, he attended Tambach Teachers Training College in the Keiyo District. He worked as a teacher from 1946 until 1955.

In 1955 Moi entered politics when he was elected Member of the Legislative Council for Rift Valley. He was the chosen replacement of Dr. John ole Tameno, the former representative who had had to quit due to heavy drinking and suspected connections to the freedom movement.[5] In 1957 Moi was re-elected Member of the Legislative Council for Rift Valley. He became Minister of Education in the pre-independence government of 1960–1961.

In 1960 he founded the Kenya African Democratic Union (KADU) with Ronald Ngala to challenge the Kenya African National Union (KANU) led by Jomo Kenyatta. KADU pressed for a federal constitution, while KANU was in favour of centralism. The advantage lay with the numerically stronger KANU, and the British government was finally forced to remove all provisions of a federal nature from the constitution.

 

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Feds: Nigerian scammer arrested in $50M scheme that targeted Chicago companies

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A man from Nigeria has been arrested after being accused of running a $50 million scheme that targeted Chicago companies.

Olalekan Jacob Ponle allegedly got an unnamed Chicago-based company to wire transfer more than $15 million. Another local company lost $2.3 million, but investigators believe the scheme is worth more than $50 million.

Sources pointed WGN Investigates to his Instagram feed which looks like a lifestyle of the rich and famous.

Here’s how prosecutors said the alleged scheme worked.

Either he or his co-conspirators were able to gain access to company’s email accounts through a phishing attack.

In one of the Chicago cases, they allegedly sent an email that appeared to be from the company’s Chief Accounting Officer to another employee ordering the a transfer.

The criminal complaint says “The fraudulent email was almost identical to a prior, legitimate email” right down to the name on the bank account. But the account “number” was different.

Federal agents said Ponle’s scheme spanned at least 9 months last year.

During that time, one of his Instagram posts read: “Money don’t make a man, a man makes money.”

Ponle is a Nigerian national and was taken into custody in the United Arab Emirates. UAE expelled him and federal agents brought Ponle to Chicago Thursday night for an initial court appearance Friday morning.

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A detention hearing is schedule for late next week.

By WGN

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Kenya ‘raring to go’ on free trade deal with US, Uhuru says

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Kenya’s negotiations with the US on an unprecedented two-way trade deal are on schedule to begin on July 7 despite difficulties posed by the coro-navirus pandemic, President Uhuru Kenyatta said on Friday.

“Our team is raring to go,” he assured an online forum sponsored by the Washington-based Corporate Council on Africa.Kenya is aiming to create “sustainable jobs for our people” through what would be the first bilateral free-trade agreement between a sub-Saharan country and the nation with the world’s biggest economy, the President added.

The US also has much to gain from concluding such an arrangement, Mr Kenyatta suggested.Kenya is part of a continent that “requires everything from toothbrushes to machine tooling,” he said.

Mr Kenyatta also sought to allay concerns that a bilateral deal with the US could undermine the African Con-tinental Free Trade Area that is due to be implemented at the start of 2021.The Africa-wide initiative is “very important to us,” the President said, noting that Kenya has worked hard to ensure its success.

He suggested that a Kenya-US bilateral pact can complement the continental trade agreement and could serve as a model to be replicated by other individual countries.

“If we are successful in these negotiations, Kenya can act as a lead or guide,” the President said. “We will be the guinea pig so that many other African countries can follow suit.”

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But Ghana President Nana Akufo-Addo, who also spoke at Friday’s forum, said the US has paid more attention to the possibility of a bilateral deal with Kenya than to the multilateral Africa trade agreement that will soon come into force.

While hailing the significance of a US-Kenya trade deal, Mr Akufo-Addo lamented that “the emphasis of America on exploring opportunities on the continent has not been quite as intense as some of us would have wished.”

Florizelle Liser, chief executive of the Corporate Council on Africa, said in an interview following the forum that the US has in fact worked to facilitate the Africa-wide trade agreement.A bilateral deal with Kenya is not an impediment to Africa’s efforts to forge a multilateral free-trade grouping, she added. The US side “understands that Kenya is part of the EAC,” Ms Liser said.

“They’re already looking at ways they can pull in other East African countries.”It could take as long as two years to conclude a Kenya-US trade deal, she added.

President Kenyatta noted in his remarks to the forum that Kenya was especially keen to start bilateral negoti-ations with the US because the existing multilateral preferential trade package known as Agoa is due to expire in 2025.

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But President Akufo-Addo is not prepared to acquiesce to that projected termination date for Agoa. African countries that have benefited from Agoa should “look at the possibility of extending it,” he said.

Ms Liser, whose 27-year-old association includes most US companies operating in Africa, pointed out that it is up to the US Congress to decide whether Agoa’s scheduled expiration in five years will actually come to pass.The still-spreading pandemic is in-tensifying Africa’s need for increased trade and investment, the Kenyan and Ghanaian heads of state agreed.

Kenya managed to save many lives through swift implementation of virus-containment measures, Mr Kenyatta noted.

But, he acknowledged, those moves led to a sharp economic contraction and widespread loss of livelihoods.President Akufo-Addo pointed out that Ghana has recorded one of the lowest virus-related death rates in the world.His country has counted 15,473 cases of coronavirus, resulting in 95 deaths.Kenya has reported only about one-third as many cases but has seen 135 lives lost to the pandemic.

At the same time, Kenya Airways (KQ), grounded for the past three months by the coronavirus pandemic, will resume domestic flights in “the next couple of days,” President Kenyatta said.

The return to in-country service will coincide with the lifting of Kenya’s lockdown on travel between counties, Mr Kenyatta noted.The government will soon set a date for KQ to resume flying internationally, the President added.

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“We’re doing everything we can to make sure we are back in the skies,” Mr Kenyatta said.“We’re eager to open up, but we have to make sure we all stay safe.”

The President’s announcement came on the same day that KQ chief executive Allan Kilavuka revealed that the airline has lost an estimated $100 million so far this year due to the pandemic and related lockdowns.Losses could approach $500 million by the end of 2020, Mr Kilavuka added.KQ had been struggling financially long before the coronavirus emerged.

It lost about $122 million in 2019, compared to $71 million the previous year.

By Sunday Nation.

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Somali ‘incapable’ of removing Shabaab – US

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Somalia’s army remains “incapable” of ousting Al-Shabaab from its strongholds, enabling the insurgents to exercise continued control over large parts of the country, the US State Department said on Wednesday.

As another indication of failure to stifle Shabaab militants after 13 years of counterinsurgency warfare, the Al-Qaeda-affiliated group last year carried out more than 1,000 attacks inside Somalia and in northern Kenya, the State Department noted in its Country Reports on Terrorism 2019.

The Somalia section of the annual global survey estimates that Al-Shabaab has between 7,000 and 9,000 members.

FUNDING

The group funds its actions through “illegal charcoal production and exports, taxation of local populations and businesses, and by means of remittances and other money transfers from the Somali diaspora,” the report adds.

The State Department does not offer an estimate of the size of Shabaab’s war chest.

Targeted operations carried out by Somali military units trained and equipped by the United States are said to stand as exceptions to the national army’s ineffectiveness.

But the report makes no mention of the intensified campaign of air attacks launched by the US Africa Command (Africom) against Al-Shabaab targets.

Africom carried out 63 such strikes last year, compared to 47 in 2018 and 35 in 2017.

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SECURITY REFORMS

Somali officials “failed to implement vital national security reforms and pass legislation that could help enhance the government’s capacity to secure and govern effectively at all levels,” the report observes.

But it finds that the federal government “remained a willing partner to US efforts to improve the quality of policing entities throughout the country.”

The Kenyan government is also described as a “willing US partner” in investigating, prosecuting and responding to terrorist attacks.

However, the report notes that Kenyan security forces were reported to have engaged in human rights violations in their counter-terrorism operations. Alleged abuses included extra-judicial killings, disappearances and torture.

DUSITD2 ATTACK

But the Kenyan police and army are lauded for their response to the January 2019 DusitD2 Hotel attack. Their performance on that occasion was “in line with international standards for protection of human rights in response to terrorist threats and attacks,” the report says.

Kenya’s prosecution of suspected terrorists exhibits both progress and shortcomings, the US finds.

“Terrorism case trials often proceeded slowly and inefficiently,” the report states, noting that the three remaining defendants in the 2013 Westgate Mall attack were still on trial at the end of 2019.

“Significant victories” achieved last year included the reinstatement of convictions and 15-year sentences of two Iranians involved in a disrupted bomb plot in 2012.

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Also last year, a Kenyan court found three of four defendants guilty of the 2015 Garissa University massacre.

By Nation.co.ke

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