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Clergy warns politicians against polarizing the country

According to Thuku, there was a need to have sober politics to avoid sliding back to post election violence as witnessed in 2007/08.

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Bishop Naftaly Thuku during the Sunday service.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Politicians have been warned against polarizing the country.

African Independent Pentecostal Church of Africa (AIPCA) Nakuru North Bishop, Naftaly Thuku says the current  mood in the country is uncalled for.

The clergy said the Political class have a role to ensure peaceful country ahead of 2022 succession politics.

Speaking at Menengai Church during Sunday service, Bishop Naftaly called for sobriety among the political players saying it may risk dividing Kenya to tribal lines.

“We are pleading with the politicians that let us have some sobriety because we don’t want to go that where Kenyans are divided on tribal lines” he said.

The clergy noted that Rift Valley being a cosmopolitan region there was a need to bring an end to divisive politics and the cycle of election-related violence.

According to Thuku, there was a need to have sober politics to avoid sliding back to post election violence as witnessed in 2007/08.

He said, “Kenyans are tired of violence and economic instability at every election and the nation deserves an end to the trend.We know very well the region has been volatile and prone to violence after every five years.”

On the Building Bridges Initiative, Thuku noted that the push for a referendum was premature as the country was facing a number of challenges.

He added that with the pandemic and unstable economy, the government should seek to find a lasting solution on what’s ailing Kenyans at the moment.

 

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Bahati residents give a clean bill of health to Constitution amendment Bill 2020

Speaking on Friday during a public participation forum on BBI held in Kiamaina Ward, the local cited the increased revenue to counties as well as the additional constituencies for Nakuru as a plus.

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Dundori MCA Michael Machembu addressing during Bahati Sub county Public Participation meeting held at Kiamaina.PHOTO/Jackson Okata.

Residents of Bahati sub County in Nakuru County have given a clean Bill of health to the Constitution amendment Bill 2020.

This Sub-County has five wards: Dundori, Kabatini, Kiamaina, Lanet/Umoja and Bahati.

Speaking on Friday during a public participation forum on BBI held in Kiamaina Ward, the local cited the increased revenue to counties as well as the additional constituencies for Nakuru as a plus.

While noting that the Bill will go a long way in addressing several challenges in the country, they called on all the MCAs from Bahati Sub County to vote for the Bill come Tuesday next Week.

“I support BBI from Alpha to Omega because it has great benefits for us” said Peter Gutu- a resident.

On his part John Mbugua Honest while giving a clean bill of health to the Bill, called on leaders and locals to separate 2022 politics and BBI process.

He said the Constitution Amendment Bill 2020 2020 is all about empowering the Kenyans by ensuring resources at grassroot as well as addressing other electoral injustices.

“People are now enlightened on BBI.We should however stop linking BBI with the 2022 succession politics” he stated.

Residents living with disability challenges form Bahati Sub County also lauding the BBI Bill citing various clauses that will address their challenges.

Through their representative former nominated MCA Emmah Mbugua, the PWDs submitted their memorandum on the same.

She added that the BBI Bill has come but only to strengthen the gains in the 2010 constitution hence as PWDs they will support.

“BBI has a lot of stake for the PWDs. We have additional slots even in national assembly and that is a plus to us” said Emmah.

Dundori MCA Michael Machembu who spoke to this writer after the public participation meeting lauding locals for having an understanding on BBI.

He noted that once the Bill comes before the Assembly, they will vote to pass the Bill as per the wish of the people of Bahati Sub County.

Machembu also lauded the increase in revenue allocation to counties saying this will ensure more development.

“It has come out clear from the locals of Bahati Sub County and as MCAs we shall pass the Bill as per their wish. But sincerely speaking BBI will help empower people through the more resources allocation” said Machembu.

Nakuru County ToTs Chairman on matters BBI sensitization Mr.Samuel Githaiga stated that they will continue with sensitization forums so that every Kenyan can understand the Bill.

He noted the challenge of misconception and political myths on BBI that they are now trying to address through the sensitization forums.

“We have had challenges of people who spread wrong information about BBI.But with proper sensitization Kenyans have now begun to understand and that is why in public participation forums they have endorsed” said Githaiga.

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Parents storm Kiamaina Primary School over pupil’s death

Nakuru North Sub county Police Commander Bernard Wamugunda, who addressed the media over the matter, faulted the family for failing to record statements by the time their son was injured.He was however quick to add that following the new development, the matter is now under investigations to ascertain the cause of the death.

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Nakuru North Sub county Police Commander Bernard Wamugunda addressing media at Kiamaina.PHOTO/Elijah Cherutich.

Irate parents of a pupil at Kiamaina Primary in Bahati who died after he was allegedly beaten by a teacher joined other parents on Friday in protests at the school demanding justice.

Police had to lob teargas in the air to disperse them.

John Waithaka-brother to the deceased told journalists that his brother had been hit by a teacher over shaggy hair and developed head pains complications.

He added that, when the matter was reported, the head teacher of the school tried to bribe the mother to go silent on the matter.

The pupil was then taken to hospital with medical reports indicating that he had a fracture in the head that led to internal bleeding into the brain leading to his death.

“My brother was hit on the head by a teacher just because of shaggy hair leading to his complications. We went to hospital but unfortunately the doctor told us there was a fracture on the head that had led to bleeding into the brain that led to his death” said Waithaka.

The parents at the school are now demanding justice for the deceased by ensuring the brutal teacher at the school is interdicted.

Nakuru North Sub county Police Commander Bernard Wamugunda, who addressed the media over the matter, faulted the family for failing to record statements by the time their son was injured.

He was however quick to add that following the new development, the matter is now under investigations to ascertain the cause of the death.

The officer while calling on parents to be patient, said the main suspect in the case shall also be arrested to record a statement with the police over the incident.

“The parents should be patient as we investigate so that we can know the cause of the death. We will have to involve even a pathologist so that the truth can be known” said Wamugunda.

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DP Ruto allies ask President Uhuru to fire Kinoti over 2007/08 PEV remarks

DP Ruto and President Kenyatta were among six Kenyans who were charged at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, with instigating the 2007-2008 violence that left at least 1,200 people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced

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Director of Criminal Investigation George Kinoti. Photo/Courtesy.

Legislators allied to the Tangatanga wing of the ruling Jubilee Party now want President Uhuru Kenyatta to sack Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti over his recent remarks on the 2007/2008 Post-Election Violence.

Led by Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, the legislators allied to the Deputy President William Ruto said President Uhuru castigating the DCI over reviving the PEV cases remarks was not enough and should go ahead and fire the police boss.

In his address on November 25 at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre during the launch of the collection of signatures for the Building Bridges Initiative, the Head of State noted that the process amounted to “reopening of old wounds”.

“Kinoti would either already have been fired or like a decent human being, he would already resign. A man like that with no credibility should not be leading investigations in this country,” Kihika said during the burial of Edith Kimani, mother to Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri at Kabatini, Nakuru.

She said the President firing the DCI should serve as an example to other civil servants in the country that Kenyans have zero tolerance to the people trying to take the country back to 2007/08 as the country gears for the 2022 general elections.

Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi said whatever Kinoti was about to bring out was a mess. He said legislators would not allow anyone to mess peace in the country, “I want to tell off Kinoti and the likes that if they want this country to go back into war, then we will not allow.”

Mathira MP Rigathi Gachagua echoed the President’s words, asking Kinoti to think before taking such actions. He said Kinoti may not be aware of the struggles President Uhuru and his deputy underwent while trying to bring peace in the Rift Valley region.

DP Ruto and President Kenyatta were among six Kenyans who were charged at the International Criminal Court in The Hague, Netherlands, with instigating the 2007-2008 violence that left at least 1,200 people dead and hundreds of thousands displaced.

However, the crimes against humanity cases against the accused were dropped between 2014 and 2016 for lack of sufficient evidence. However, the ICC warned that it would revisit the case once new evidence comes fore.

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