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Friday, August 29, 2014
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August 28Kenya’s top detectives are on the trail of a gang that carjacked a police officer linked to State House identified as David Machui in Ruai, Nairobi, on Wednesday night. According to the Standard , an inspector of police, but State House clarified that the vehicle was not in the official Presidential Escort pool. “We are aware of the incident involving a State vehicle. It was not one of the presidential cars,” said President Uhuru Kenyatta’s spokesman Manoah Esipisu in a text message to The Standard yesterday. Special police teams were combing the city and its environs to recover the high-end luxury limousine said to be an armoured BMW and apprehend the suspects. The massive operation involving officers from the Special Crime Prevention Unit and the Flying Squad was underway yesterday. Nairobi police boss Benson Kibue said his officers were informed that the car belongs to State House that has been carjacked. Kibue said the first report on the incident was made by Machui, who told Ruai police that the missing vehicle belonged to State House. “We are looking for the car and those behind its disappearance and we are making good progress so far,” said Kibue. The President was driven to Jomo Kenyatta International Airport earlier on Wednesday for his flight to Mombasa where he addressed a regional police chiefs’ meeting, and thereafter in the evening opened a Huduma Centre in Mombasa town. The official report indicated that Machui was attacked by three gunmen armed with AK-47 assault rifles as he drove to his home in Ruai. The hunt for the vehicle and the suspects began on Wednesday night and continued yesterday. Senior police officers were tight-lipped on the recovery progress but detectives involved in the operation, and who asked not to be named because of the sensitivity of the matter, said the last signal was picked yesterday at 2am in Muguga along the Naivasha-Nairobi highway. Kibue said the driver told them he was ambushed as he drove through a stretch from Ruai town towards the police lines where he lives. Police are puzzled at the decision by the attackers to target the German-made vehicle as carjackers prefer Japanese models because of their quick resale value. The President has a variety of vehicles at his disposal and dozens of specially-trained officers from the Recce Unit to guard him. His drivers and those of his immediate family are picked from this pool and are trained to handle VIPs.
- See more at: http://cnyakundi.com/shocking-how-uhurus-armored-car-was-stolen/#sthash.0AkapLXb.dpuf
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Thursday, August 28, 2014
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY EUGENE OKUMU
The ODM Parliamentary Group has resolved to send MPs and senators affiliated to the party and Cord to conduct signature collection drives across the country for the party’s referendum push.
The meeting held Thursday at Orange House in Nairobi’s Lavington area and chaired by party leader Raila Odinga said that since the referendum is “a people driven process” all party members should support the process to seal the loopholes in the constitution to cushion it from “further bastardisation”.
“That the referendum plane has already taken off and is unstoppable is no longer a subject of debate. ODM legislators will join their Cord family colleagues, the Civil Society, religious leaders and Kenyans of all walks of life in drumming up the support for the referendum now and during the campaigns for the same,” the PG resolved.
The PG further resolved that MPs and senators will work closely with the Okoa Kenya secretariat to mobilise, educate and create support for the plebiscite to succeed.
ODM took issue with the perks promised to MCAs by the Jubilee government which they alleged was a gimmick to derail the referendum process.
The party said that there is no financial provision to facilitate the perks that include car grants and ward offices, and said that Jubilee should stop intimidating the MCAs.
“There is no budgetary allocation to fund the members of the county assemblies by providing car grants and ward offices being promised by the Jubilee administration. The ODM PG has resolved to talk to the MCAs in a bid to support the referendum and strengthen the devolved units so that enough resources are decentralised for their roles and responsibilities,” the party resolved.
Among other issues that the party has resolved to address with the referendum are the 45 percent county budgetary allocations to counties which ODM has said should be enshrined in the constitution and not to the discretion of the president.
ODM also resolved to support the issue of reserving 30 percent of all public employment opportunities to minorities and capping to 10 to 15 percent maximum for any single ethnic community.
“This is to apply at all levels of employment and in every sector and department. All independent contractors doing business with government will also comply,” the PG resolved.
- See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-187127/odm-sends-out-mps-senators-drive-referendum-signatures-collection-push#sthash.ZiJuro9H.dpuf
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Thursday, August 28, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY FELIX OLICK
LET'S WORK TOGETHER: President Uhuru Kenyatta with Mombasa Deputy Governor Hazel Katana, Likoni MP Masoud Mwahima, Mvita MP Abdulswamad Nassir and Kilifi women?s representative Aisha Juma at Moi International Airport, Mombasa, yesterday.
PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy are working to win over Raila Odinga’s most loyal supporters.
Because of the Jubilee strategy, Raila has summoned his MPs today to a Parliamentary Group meeting to discuss, among other things, their referendum plan and how to respond to the ruling coalition.
"The meeting will be about the referendum and the signature collection exercise," said a notice from ODM yesterday.
As part of the wider strategy to isolate Raila and his referendum supporters, the Jubilee leaders are wooing leaders from Kisii, Western Kenya and Coast regions that voted for Raila almost to a man at the last election.
The President has already appointed Professor Sam Ongeri from Kisii an ambassador and multiple sources say he is set to appoint New Ford Kenya leader Eugene Wamalwa and former Speaker Kenneth Marende to key positions.
For the last two days, Uhuru and Raila have camped in Mombasa, where Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi has, in Ruto's presence, told Raila to stop the referendum campaigns.
In an interview with Citizen TV on Tuesday night, Raila warned of a Jubilee's strategy to wrestle away his traditional strongholds. He vowed to meet his coalition supporters to rally them to wholeheartedly champion the referendum cause.
The former Prime Minister warned of a wider plot by the ruling coalition to infiltrate the Coast, Western and parts of Nyanza – regions that the opposition chief is banking on to make the referendum happen.
During the PG meeting today, the lawmakers will take a common stand on the referendum push as they seek unity following recent cracks in the Orange party.
“Our main agenda will be on the referendum. But we shall also discuss party unity and the all- important party discipline,” said an MP who did not wish to be named.
Last week, leaders from Raila's Nyanza and Western strongholds exchanged bitter words over an alleged list that that elbows out Budalang'i MP Ababu Namwamba from the top leadership.
ODM executive director Magerer Lang’at revealed that during today’s meeting, lawmakers would take up specific roles to spearhead in the referendum, saying the plebiscite run-up was entering a critical stage.
“Part of the agenda for the meeting is that MPs and Senators will be getting a role to play in the referendum. It shall also be a session for briefing and debriefing on many issues,” Magerer said yesterday.
But speaking on Tuesday, Raila maintained that President Kenyatta and DP Ruto are pushing leaders from Coast, Western and parts of Nyanza to form their own political outfits to weaken his grip on the regions.
“I can share with you a Jubilee strategy document which says that Jubilee should focus on the three areas. They are encouraging leaders to form regional parties to balkanize ODM,” Raila said in a televised interview.
Raila spoke in an apparent reference to threats from a section of Coast leaders to ditch ODM and form a regional party, following the ouster of Kilifi North MP Gideon Mung'aro as Cord Minority Whip.
Last week, calls for Ababu and Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula to quit Cord intensified, with Amani leader Musalia Mudavadi warning the duo that Raila will not allow them to ascend to top national leadership.
There are unconfirmed reports that Uhuru is reaching out to former Speaker Kenneth Marende as well as former Westlands MP Fred Gumo.
- See more at: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/article-186957/uhuru-ruto-target-raila-strongholds#sthash.Etmj1Ax3.dpuf
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Diaspora Messenger | August 27, 2014 |
NAIROBI, KENYA: CORD leader Raila Odinga has accused Deputy President William Ruto of blocking President Uhuru Kenyatta from reaching out to and working with , adding that the President means well for Kenya.
Raila made the scathing attack on a late night television show on Tuesday but Ruto Wednesday took the fight to Raila’s backyard in Kisumu where he addressed a public forumKatiba Day, the fourth anniversary of the promulgation of the Constitution. He claimed the former Premier is leading a campaign to mutilate the country’s supreme law.
SpeakingPresident Kenyatta said he had no problem working with him, Raila accused a group of hardliners in Jubilee led by Ruto of working overtime to block any meaningful dialogue between the Government and the Opposition.
The CORD leader spoke hours after attending the burial of former Cabinet minister Njoroge Mungai, during which thesurprised many by saying he was ready to work with Raila to develop Kenya.
But speaking in Mombasa Wednesday, Uhuru asked Raila not to incite people against leaders opposed to CORD’s referendum campaign.
When asked if he shared Uhuru’s sentiments, Raila said: “What he (Uhuru) said is not new. You remember when I came back from the US in May, I offered anwhen I said the way forward is dialogue and the following day, on Madaraka Day to be specific, he (Uhuru) responded and said he was ready for dialogue. So I said hurrah! But then a day later the situation changed. He means very well, but he leads a Government with hardliners who are a major drawback. I am not even sure if he is going to control those hawks.”
Raila said the ‘hawks’ know themselves.
He added: “Some of them call us ‘watu wa vitendawili’ (people of parables). Some of them are people who contradict themselves. When we were fighting for the Constitution, they were raising a red flag.”
When asked if one of the hawks he was referring to was Ruto, Raila said he was surprised when the Deputy President wrote a piece in a local daily criticising the virtues of the Constitution that he said would be a disaster four years ago.
Wednesday, Ruto accused Raila of plotting to mutilate the Constitution to fit his personal interests, adding that the CORD leader and his allies rejected issues that were raised before the promulgation of the Constitution in 2010.
“What destroyed the Independence Constitution was parochial, partisan and political expedience carried out without due consideration. The same people calling for a referendum admitted to Kenyans that the document had gaps and that the gaps would be filled progressively. Why referendum now?” Ruto asked.
Wednesday Ruto’s communications director Emmanuel Talam, responding to this writer’s queries on Raila’s claims, said his boss would “look for an appropriate forum to respond to the ODM leader”.
But there was no shortage of the DP’s allies ready to hit back. First off the block was Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen who said: “CORD are running a divisive campaign and they are now trying to isolate President Uhuru so that they can rally against Mt Kenya region at the referendum and in his narrative, William Ruto is the stumbling block. It is a scheme that has been there for long. He is bitter that Ruto left ODM, and it’s not that he likes the President, but he knows that the person who made the difference was Ruto.”
Next was Ainamoi MP Benjamin Langat who said Raila’s utterances were not a surprise and claimed the former PM “is reeling from the loss of the 2013 General Election.”
“We know he is yet to recover from the humiliating defeat and he thinks it is Ruto who cost him victory. Such ancan be understood from that angle but he should stop blaming Ruto and blame himself for the loss,” Langat said.
However, Suna East MP Junet Mohamed, while welcoming President Uhuru’s gesture to the Opposition, said Uhuru would have to bear the responsibility of running the country.
“The principal and cardinal responsibility of running the country lies within President Kenyatta in spite of all these crowds who are shouting,” he said.
In July, at the height of calls fordialogue by CORD, Junet and National Assembly Deputy Minority Leader Jakoyo Midiwo accused the DP of leading URP to fight the implementation of “every proceeds of the new Constitution” and blackmailing Uhuru by suggesting that talks would threaten his Government.
Senator Murkomen said there were concerted efforts to isolate Uhuru from Ruto, saying Raila’s remarks are part of the wider plot.
“You have even seen lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi write about URP and Ruto being the stumbling block to reforms and this narrative is not new to us,” he said.
But Raila scoffed at critics of his ODM party over the botched February elections, saying the Orange outfit is the only party that has attempted an electoral process to pick office bearers, adding that critics have no moral.
“Some of the parties that are saying ODM cannot hold elections are themselves still under caretaker committees,” Raila said.
He once challenged ODM party rebels opposed to CORD’s referendum push to quit and seek a fresh mandate from their electorate to prove their popularity.
“Those talking of fighting from within should be brave enough to quit and seek re-election. I am not a hypocrite. I quit Ford Kenya and went through a by-election and was re-elected. I am not a coward,” he said.
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