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IDPs call for peace,unity ahead of 2022 polls

Addressing media in Nakuru,they observed that more work needs to be done by investigating and peace bodies in monitoring hate in the country to avoid a repeat of the 2007/08 post-election violence.

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The Patron of Kenya National Internally Displaced Persons Network Peter Tena at a past press conference in Nakuru.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Post-election violence victims in the country have warned that the current political environment risks polarizing the masses.

Addressing media in Nakuru,they observed that more work needs to be done by investigating and peace bodies in monitoring hate in the country to avoid a repeat of the 2007/08 post-election violence.

Led by Kenya Internally Displaced Persons Organisation Patron Peter Tena said, “the NCIC needs to hit the ground running and kickstart peace preaching in mapped hotspots areas in the country.”

He called on the commission to come up with measures to sensor notorious leaders ahead of next year’s polls saying the commission has no conviction of prominent leaders over hate.

Tena said this has allowed a number of leaders to continue preaching hate at the expense of Kenyan peace saying the same has to be stopped.

He called on the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to take charge of such cases and aid in investigating and producing suspects in court.

Meanwhile,he called for an independent police service saying there is massive interference from the political class.

According to him, leaders should embrace peace saying they are fully in support of the handshake between the president and former prime minister.

He called on the president to fulfill all Jubilee promises to IDPs saying they are still optimistic for the same.

Ruth Wanjera from TransNzoiaCounty, a victim called on the government to allow police to conduct their duties independently without interference ahead of next year’s polls.

She noted that police interference by the government and political leaders within regions has led to demoralization of the officers on the ground who work with free in line with the law for them to be independent.

“Unregulated theft in the country ignites a lot of conflicts which escalates to violence.Issues of cattle rustling in the country needs to be tamed ahead of the polls” she said.

She called on politicians to preach peace and constructive politics while crisscrossing the country to avoid polarizing the citizenry.

Sentiments echoed by Lucy Londoria who said peace was the only thing ahead of next year’s polls and that the current political environment is igniting memories of 2007/08 among victims.

She said Kenyans should not be polarized adding that youths have become more intelligent in voting.

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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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Madaraka Day

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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