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Gospel singer Reuben Kigame warns Uhuru, Raila over BBI report 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Gospel singer Reuben Kigame has warned President Uhuru Kenyatta, Orange Democratic Movement party leader Raila Odinga and Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) boss Francis Atwoli against pushing for the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) referendum when the country is still fighting the COVID-19.

In a 10-minute video clip, Kigame pointed out that the push for a referendum only proved to be irresponsible and the leaders should focus on the plight of Kenyans.

He mentioned that President Uhuru, ODM leader Raila and COTU boss Atwoli were losing credibility very fast by pushing for something that can wait till the pandemic is over.

“The sheer push for collection of signatures right now and even have a referendum at large, I believe is truly irresponsible and indifferent to the plight of many Kenyans.

“You are losing credibility, very quickly, by pushing for something that can wait during a pandemic unless this is not a pandemic.

“You are the same people who are telling us to wash our hands, sanitize, and work from home to ensure distance yet you are the same ones telling us to start a process that will make a lot of people infected. The people you claim to be fighting for are dying,” he said.

The singer went on to hit out at President Uhuru Kenyatta’s government for neglecting the healthcare workers who were getting infected with COVID-19 while treating patients without proper equipment.

He added that the healthcare workers were being overworked and do not get any allowances.

“In some cases, they are operating without water, without enough places to put patients, without enough Oxygen machines, without enough ICU beds. My friends if you insist that we must have it, then you are totally indifferent,” he added.

Kigame compared the Country to the famous Titanic ship which sank because it was leaking.

He urged President Uhuru Kenyatta to stop everything else and save the country before it is too late.

He added that the Head of State should listen to Kenyans and stop dividing them.


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Sonko arrested

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko arrested at Office Park, Nairobi, during a meeting with MCAs; he is facing impeachment by the Nairobi County Assembly.

In what seemed like a cat and mouse chase, police had gone to arrest Sonko in Office park on Riverside drive only to miss him there. The governor had planned to hold a press conference together with Nairobi MCAs allied to him at the location only to change his mind at the last minute.

The police then surprised them 113 Riverside drive later after storming in and arresting the governor while the MCAs scattered.

Last week, Nairobi County Assembly initiated the process to impeach the Governor on grounds of gross violation of the law; committing a crime under the national and international laws, and lacking the capability to run the county.

The MCAs present during his arrest had come to offer their support and reject the signatures appended for the impeachment motion slotted for Thursday, December 3, 2020. The motion was set rolling after 86 of 122 MCAs signed in support of the petition. This will be the second time in less than a year that Sonko has faced impeachment.

It is still unclear where the governor has been taken following his arrest but police have remained at the scene to control any commotion that would arise.

-Standardmedia.co.ke


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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.

“I remember it was around 2pm when he stormed into the house where I was sitting with my two children. Without any warning, he descended on me and started hacking me with a panga — he first cut me on the head and as I screamed for help, he chopped off both my arms. I remember my children fleeing while calling for help before I passed out,” Ms Wairimu narrates as she holds back tears.

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

“When you lose both hands it’s an awful situation, I had initially lost the meaning of life and had at times thought of committing suicide. I have never undergone any psychological counselling but my children have motivated me to hold on to life, I love them and I would not want them to suffer in my absence,” she says.

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.

By nation.africa


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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.

“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.

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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