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How Westgate Mall terror suspect was abducted moments after being freed 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Liban Abdulle Omar, the Westgate terror suspect recently acquitted, was on Thursday, October 8 abducted.

Omar was the only one of the three suspects to walk away free.

According to the Nation, five hooded men abducted Omar as he went home with his sister and aunt.

According to the sister, Suhra, a black Subaru waylayed them at KCB tower.

Five hooded men in civilian clothing then jumped out and ordered Omar out of the taxi.

“They were not very young, we demanded to know their identity and they said they were security officers. They went for Omar and threw him in the boot of the car and then drove off and left us stranded there,” she said.

Indeed, the men left with the car keys to ensure that the family would not pursue them.

Omar had been cleared by the ATPU by 9 AM yesterday and was on his way home after six years in custody. Omar is from Somali.

However, he had lived in Kakuma camp.

Muslims for Human Rights (Muhuri) lobby group, pointed an accusing finger to the police over the abduction.

They said rearresting someone after a court acquitted them was tantamount to disrespecting the court.

“Rearresting a person after the court gives it’s verdict amounts to disrespecting court orders. If the police are not satisfied with the ruling, they should appeal and follow the laid-down procedures.” Muhuri said.

The family reported the abduction at the Capitol Hill police station. Nairobi Police boss, Wanjala also said he knew nothing of the abduction.

Speaking to the Nation, Omar’s lawyer, Mbugua Mureithi, said that he feared they would deport his client.

Mureithi said a similar thing happened when he represented terror suspects of the Jomo Kenyatta Airport attack from 2014.

The court released the terror suspects in 2018. Mbugua said they then went missing shortly after leaving the ATPU headquarters.

They called him eight months later, saying they were in Somalia.

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Rapper Khaligraph Jones, wife welcome second born baby

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Kenyan rapper Brian Omollo aka Khaligraph Jones and his wife Georgina Muteti have welcomed a new born baby into their family.

Reports indicate that the couple welcomed their second born baby two weeks ago, but kept the news a secret.

Taking to Instagram, Muteti mentioned that she gave birth to her second born through normal delivery, despite having an emergency Cesarean Section (CS) for her first born, baby Amali.

“I did it! I got my VBAC! 11/10/20 12:58AM, After having a caesarean birth *emergency* with my first child(Amali),I had a safe vaginal delivery with my second. Baby Lu

“That was only after changing hospitals twice,switching doctors last minute and believing in myself! Through prayer and screaming during labour I delivered my son. I’m a happy and tired mum of two now!” Read Muteti’s post.

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DP Ruto calls out NSAC over public gathering rules

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Deputy President William Ruto lashed out at the government for restricting public gatherings in the country.

Ruto was speaking on Sunday the 25th of October 2020 while at a church service in Our Lady of Assumption, Indangalasia Catholic Church, Kakamega.

The second in command blasted the National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) further condemning the restriction on visiting churches.

“We will not accept the restriction of church services in the country; worship should not be restricted in any way. You cannot be restricted to worship, hold prayer meetings until someone issues a go-ahead,” Ruto said.

Further adding,

“That is not possible. I want to tell those who think our constitutional right to worship God in the manner that we please is going to be conditioned in permission from whoever.”

Not one to sway from what he believes, Ruto defiantly announced he would continue visiting churches.

According to him, he does not need to seek permission to attend church services.

Ruto further added that he attends church services because he believes in God.

He then condemned the government for limiting citizens’ right to worship.

The second in command went on to note that it is impossible to negotiate on religion matters.

“I want to remind government officials, the jubilee government was formed after prayers for I and Uhuru, we cannot be the same government announcing restrictions on worship

“I want to ask public officers, to keep off matters of worship because they are not negotiable, we cannot negotiate on matters to do with worship with anybody or any law,” Ruto said.

Ruto’s visit to the Our Lady of Assumption, Indangalasia Catholic Church was supposed to be on March.

However, he had to postpone it after the coronavirus pandemic hit the nation.

The police also recently refused to approve Ruto’s visit to the church.

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Chebukati weighs in on BBI report  

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairman Wafula Chebukati has given his two cents on the controversial BBI report.

Chebukati criticized ODM leader Raila Odinga and other stakeholders who came up with the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) report, for portraying the election body as single handedly being the issue in every divisive election cycle.

He further lashed out at the BBI team for using the IEBC as a scapegoat through a statement on Friday the 23rd of October 2020.

He also condemned the changes the BBI report is proposing on the IEBC.

“IEBC notes that it has been singled out as the only independent commission and indeed entity whose establishment is sought to be removed by way of the proposed changes in the bbi report under divisive elections thematic area,” he said.

According to Chebukati, the BBI is counteracting some of Kenya’s gains in the election process.

“Additionally, the report claws back on the gains made over the years on electoral management in kenya. This targeted onslaught against the commission is not new as it has been occurring after every general election since 1992.

The sustained campaigns weaken and interfere with the independence of the commission which is guaranteed under article 88 as read together with article 248 and 249 of the constitution of Kenya 2010,” he added.

Raila has repeatedly called for changes on IEBC starting with commissioners.

According to him, this will increase people’s faith in the independent Commission.

The ODM leader also proposes that IEBC officials should only be in the office for only a three-year term.

They can, however, renew it only once if their tenure was transparent and effective.

The BBI also proposes to do away with the IEBC vice chairperson post who acts when the chairman is absent.

The report also proposes the change of titles to fewer titles such as Head of Department instead of the Director.

Returning officers should also only serve for one general election according to the BBI.

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