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Mt Kenya politicians urged to be united ahead of 2022 polls

He further called on Mt Kenya Senators to be cautious on revenue sharing citing that a win for Mt Kenya counties does not mean a win for communities living in the region.

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Subukia parliamentary aspirant Simon Ngugi

Politicians from the Mt Kenya region have been urged to remain united as they strategize on President Uhuru Kenyatta’s succession.

This follows a meeting by leaders from the region convened at a Murang’a hotel by Interior Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho on the weekend.

Subukia parliamentary aspirant Simon Ngugi urged the politicians not to gamble with the choice they make on Uhuru’s succession saying this will have a major impact on the region’s development.

Ngugi who addressed the press in Nakuru urged the leaders to align the region with a candidate whom they are assured of support once they get elected.

“Any miscalculation might land the region in the opposition thereby denying it the power to lobby for national government projects. Our leaders must be cautious and with our interests at heart,” said Ngugi.

Deputy President William Ruto is among the presidential hopefuls who have managed to make inroads in the Mt Kenya region.

This has, however, come with opposition from a section of Mt Kenya leaders-Kieleweke faction who do not back his presidential bid.

“Ruto remains a formidable force and a candidate with a head start in acceptance across all regions in the country as President Uhuru’s successor,” he said.

Ngugi faulted the leaders who met on Friday for attempting to put conditions on Ruto for the region to back him saying that it was already late.

“Ruto has already won the hearts of Mt Kenya people who do not need coercion to maintain or change their stand. They should be negotiating to have a bigger say in his government should he win the polls,” said Ngugi.

He further called on Mt Kenya Senators to be cautious on revenue sharing citing that a win for Mt Kenya counties does not mean a win for communities living in the region.

“According to 2019 census, Mt Kenya communities have the highest population. It should however be noted that most of them live outside Central Kenya. Disadvantaging other counties will be disadvantaging their own people living outside the region,” said Ngugi.

He urged them to focus on delivering the Jubilee manifesto-Big Four Agenda saying that continued politicking had derailed the dream.

Ngugi noted that a considerable number of Kenyans are yet to get connected to water and electricity despite promises by the government to connect all households before the next general elections.

He singled out Subukia as one of the marginalized areas on development projects under national government despite it being inhabited by communities from the Mt Kenya region.

On this, he urged the legislators to ensure counties such as Nakuru and Laikipia which are inhabited by Mt Kenya communities but fall outside the Mt Kenya region benefit from the national cake.

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  • Subukia parliamentary aspirant Simon Ngugi addressing the press at a Nakuru hotel on September 23, 2020. Photo: Courtesy.

  • Subukia parliamentary aspirant Simon Ngugi addressing the press on September 23, 2020 at a Nakuru hotel. Photo: Courtesy.

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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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