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Malala breaks down in court while speaking on “looming assassination” attempt

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala on Monday held back tears as he talked about five DCI officers seeking to kill him.

Malala was narrating the occurrences to Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and National Security, Defence and Foreign Relations Committee. Also present was Inspector General of Police (IG) Hillary Mutyambai and other officers.

The senator named the five officers as: Sergeant Kiprop, Benedict B, Adanus Chemtai, David Kutekha and Sylvanos Njeru.

“I am a husband and a young father. The most painful thing is that I am being accused of stage-managing my arrest on August 17,” he said.

He added that his continuous plea for beefed security has proven futile.

“I humbly request this committee and the Inspector General of Police to take action. I have written many letters and called many offices seeking help but they have not taken any action.”

Before adjourning the sitting, the committee asked the IG to appear before them with DCI George Kinoti to respond to the legislator’s claims.

According to Malala, the five officers were summoned to a Thika hotel where they met an inspector only identified as Wanjala who debriefed them.

“They were given a Subaru Forrester green in colour and then gave themselves code name Bravo Zulu Yankee,” he said.

He also revealed that the officers were given a Total fueling card and five rifles after surrendering their Ceska pistols.

“The rifles they were given are semi-automatic and are known as Scorpio. They are Israeli made,” he added.

Soon after he raised the issue in the media, the senator said that the officers were forced to go on a two-week leave with a Sh20,000 travel allowance.

The arms movement register was withdrawn soon after withdrawn, he continued.

“There is now a new arms movement register and the vehicle has been taken to Limuru,” he said.

The emotional legislator also hit out at ODM leader Raila Odinga who last week claimed that he (Malala) and others faked their arrests.

“The most painful thing is seeing very respected leaders saying I forged my arrest Mr Chair. After all this, somebody says I planned with the police to stage-manage my arrest and sent them a pin location, I carry a heavy heart,” he said.

The first time senator was on August 17 arrested at his Kitengela home after which he was charged with flouting COVID-19 rules while distributing sanitizers.

On the same day, Steve Lelegwe (Samburu) and Christopher Langat (Bomet) were apprehended.

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Likoni floating bridge to be ready in 6 weeks – KeNHA 

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Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) will complete the Likoni floating bridge by mid-November.

KeNHA said in a communique that all the steel material structures have been assembled, making it possible for the works to be completed ahead of time, KeNHA Director General Peter Mundinia confirmed the new forecast.

“We will complete the floating bridge construction ahead of schedule”, Mundinia said.

He said it was the mission and vision of KeNHA to move ahead of schedule, adding that their projects are enablers of the economy hence the need for quick turnaroune.

Mundinia said the Nairobi Expressway was progressing well and will also be completed ahead of schedule.

The Director-General said local engineers had been offered subcontracts as part of the Presidential directive to generate employment to locals.

“HE the President has issued directives on youth and professional engagements in the project which we are fully adhering to,” Engineer Mundinia said.

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Nyashinski speaks on life in US as truck driver 

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Kenyan rapper Nyashinski has recalled how he had it tough after he quit music and his family relocated to the United States of America.

During a sit-down with Nairobi County Senator Johnson Sakaja, the Tuendelee Tusiendelee rapper revealed that he quit music to become a truck driver something that was hectic and lonely as most of the time he was on the road for long hours, with only a few minutes to interact with people.

“Nilikuwa nishaachana na ngoma…2006 mpaka 2016 (10 years). Nilienda Steto na nilikuwa naendesha Lorry…nilikuwa naendesha Lorry nikitry ku-survive juu tuli-relocate wote as a family.

“The first two years I was in Delaware, alafu the last 8 years nikahamia Michigan. Hiyo experience ilikuwa noma na nili-learn nayo vitu mob. Kuna vitu mbili zenye zilihappen zenye naonanga ni life changing,” he said.

He disclosed that before he moved with his family to the USA he was already a shining star in the Kenyan music scene as he was doing what he loves.

He added that he went from being a star to a normal person who had to work hard to put food on the table as there were no favors in the US as no one knew him.

“Before nitoke hapa nilikuwa a star. Tulikuwa maceleb and we were doing what we Love. So you come from being a star, getting a bit of favors here and there to a place where no one knows you, hakuna special treatment, Lazima uwork, kama huwork haukuli na labda si kazi unapenda necessarily,” added Nyashinski.

He explained that long-distance driving was lonely as he only had 10 to 15 minutes of interacting with people.

However, he added that he always wanted to live a normal life and that was the good side of relocating to the United States of America.

The rapper and his wife Zia Bett were recently welcomed their firstborn child whom he revealed is a boy.

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DP Ruto hits at Raila, Atwoli in lengthy social media post 

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Deputy President William Ruto retaliated after Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga accused him of opposing the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report which is said to be aiming at bringing all Kenyans together.

In a statement, the DP accused Raila Odinga of being the beneficiary tribalism and poverty in the country adding that he was mad that the hustlers (his supporters) had had enough of his games.

“The lords of tribalism and poverty who are masters or beneficiaries of political violence are very mad at the unbowed hustler’s movement. Why? The hustlers have refused the tribe configuration and instead, they want a conversation on their individual hustles which are tribeless.

“Tribe has been hijacked by tribal chiefs to benefit themselves and their families to the detriment of hustlers and their children. And enough is enough,” he wrote.

He added that Kenyans were yearning for empowerment and not power and positions of the mighty.

He accused Raila Odinga of being the leader of the ethnic division with no respect of rule of law and democratic election outcomes.

He further added that he had a track record of chaos and anarchy and was re-introducing himself with the BBI report.

“The hustlers, as a minimum, want a nee conversation. Not about anyone’s tribe but about the hustles of each one of us. Not about power but about empowerment. Not about positions for the mighty but about jobs for the ordinary. Surely, that is not too much to ask! Is it?”

“But instead, known ethnic chieftains, with no respect for rule of law or democratic election outcomes, complete with track records of chaos and anarchy, are at it again. This time with the BBI. Threatening confrontation with anyone with an alternative or contrary opinion to theirs,” he added.

Ruto’s statement comes after Raila Odinga hinted that the BBI report was “around the corner”.

He went to claim that the DP was a “voice of impunity that thrives in corruption and outright lies”.

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