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Didmus: Luhya ministers a threat to regions unity, development

Governor Oparanya and CS Wamalwa have been traversing the region after a recent meeting at COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli’s Kajiado home. The two have also sought blessings from Luhya elders.

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Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa. Photo/Courtesy

State appointees from Western Kenya are solely to blame for the region’s underdevelopment and the elusive Luhya unity, Kimilili Member of Parliament Didmus Barasa has stated.

The vocal MP allied to Deputy President Dr William Ruto’s camp says the region rates low on development despite having sons and daughters in high positions in governments since independence.

He said it was hypocritical for the Cabinet Secretaries and other region’s top leaders to now start vouching for development whereas some have been fingered in shady deals leading to collapse of some industries.

“The sugar, cotton and maize industry did not start ailing this year. It has been suffering for over two decades under their watch and no one made any deliberate effort to save the sectors,” he pointed.

In an apparent swipe at Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa, the MP says the leaders are engaging in is yet another round of selfish politics to hoodwink voters ahead of the 2022 general elections

Governor Oparanya and CS Wamalwa have been traversing the region after a recent meeting at COTU Secretary General Francis Atwoli’s Kajiado home. The two have also sought blessings from Luhya elders.

“We know who these Cabinet Secretaries are campaigning for. We will de-campaign them at whatever cost. Our region will not be used again,” he stated in a statement to newsrooms.

Mr Didmus said the leaders criticized DP Dr Ruto when he toured the region commissioning tangible development project adding that the people of Western Kenya are wiser and know who is for development and who is doing politics.

“In any case what development will be done in the remaining two years of this government?. Where are the resources in the middle of the Covid19 pandemic?,” he quipped.

This comes at a time Amani National Congress leader Musalia Mudavadi and Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula are still battling the ongoing party coups.

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Atheists fault petition seeking to deregister society

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

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President of the Atheists in Kenya Society, Harrison Mumia

Atheists in Kenya have protested a petition that they say seeks to create a notion that Kenya is a nation by and for believers in God only.

Former Juja MP, Dr Stephen Ndichu has moved to court seeking to have the Atheists in Kenya Society suspended on grounds that its continued existence is unconstitutional.

In a statement, the society’s president, Harrison Mumia says the petition is an assault on religious freedom and an insult to the diversity of the Kenyan people.

“We find the petition repugnant to a good conscience,” he stated adding that Dr Ndichu is a Christian fundamentalist who seems to harbour paranoid fantasies about the dangers of atheists existing in Kenya.

He further accused Dr Ndichu of seeing enemies where there is none and that the society was surprised, but not shocked as religion has historically inhibited progress.

He vowed that the society would do everything within its power to defend its right to remain a registered society and urged Kenyans to support fighting the petition.

On Sunday, the society said it will be writing to President William Ruto seeking an invitation to State House, just like the evangelical denominations.

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Uhuru Gardens ready for Madaraka Day fete, says PS Kibicho

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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This year’s national Madaraka Day celebrations at Uhuru Gardens in Nairobi County will be open to 30,000 people, up from 10,000 in 2021.

Permanent Secretary in the State Department for Interior, Dr Karanja Kibicho, said this follows the relaxation of COVID-19 containment measures.

“Children will also be allowed in on the celebrations this year, and we expect county celebrations to happen too,” the PS said while on an inspection tour of the venue.

The PS said the government decided to move the celebrations from the County rotational back to Nairobi because it will be the last event for the current administration before it exits office.

“Because of the significance of this particular Madaraka day, being the last for this regime, we decided to celebrate it at Uhuru Gardens to break the tradition of celebrating it in counties,”

He revealed that preparations were currently at 90 percent complete and expressed confidence that all will be set for the event as the country marks 59 years of self rule.

The principal secretary said they would be visiting the gardens every Thursday until June 1 to ensure all loose ends are tied up properly, promising that the celebrations will be very colourful.

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Queen Elizabeth mourns Kibaki as a great Statesman with commendable legacy

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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Queen Elizabeth II has mourned former President the late Mwai Kibaki eulogizing him as “a great statesman”.

“I was sorry to receive the news of the death of Mwai Kibaki. He had a lifelong record of service to the Kenyan people. It will be of deep sadness to your country to have lost a great statesman, but Kenya can take pride in the legacy of his leadership. I send you and the people of Kenya my condolences at this loss,” the message read.

The British High Commission further affirmed its close ties to Kenya and renewed its assurances to the country’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

“The British High Commission avails itself of this opportunity to renew to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Kenya the assurances of its highest consideration,” the High Commission said.

The late Kibaki passed away on 21 April 2022, aged 90.

President Uhuru, who issued a proclamation that he would be granted a state funeral with full civilian and military honours, announced his death.

Kibaki will be buried at his home in Othaya, Nyeri County on Saturday.

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