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DPP goes for Linturi over ‘hate speech’ remarks

A section of leaders led by Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria have condemned the utterances by Linturi and want him prosecuted.

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The Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Hajji has directed the Inspector General of Police, Hillary Mutyambai to launch investigations into the utterances made by Meru Senator, Mithika Linturi in Uasin Gishu County today.

The Senator in a political rally streamed live on TV band social media stated; ‘Watu wa Uasin Gishu musicheze na Kenya, na kile nawaonba ni kwamba madoadoa Yale mlio nayo hapa muweze kuondoa’.

The DPP in a letter to IG Mutyambai said the utterances by the Senator could incite feelings of hatred, violence, and discrimination. He directed the IG to hand in a comprehensive report by 14th January 2022

“Pursuant to Article 157 (4) of the constitution, I hereby direct that you immediately institute comprehensive investigations into the said allegations and submit the resultant investigation file on or before 14th, January 2022,” part of the statement read.

A section of leaders led by Governor Lee Kinyanjui and Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria have condemned the utterances by Linturi and want him prosecuted.

Moses Kuria said it was unfortunate that such remarks were made a few kilometres from KAG Kiambaa where 36 non-locals were burnt to death at the height of the 2007/08 political violence.

“I am a close friend of the Deputy President. However, I am far. If you are in Eldoret and near there, tell him to rebuke this talk. It doesn’t matter whether it is said by a Linturi or an Oscar Sudi,” he stated.

The Governor said the ethnopolitical profiling of persons should be discouraged and called on the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to investigate the remarks.

“We may have our political differences, but peaceful coexistence is a common asset for all irrespective of political orientation,” he stated in a statement to media houses.

He added that the right to live, work or invest in any part of the country is not a favour from politicians, but a Constitutional right and political leaders should promote national unity.

However, Senator Linturi has said people are spinning what he said, insisting that he stands by his statement.

“My message was clear, I don’t owe anybody any explanation. Whoever does not support the DP @WilliamsRuto in the region should not be elected,” Linturi wrote on his Twitter account.

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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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