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Raila salutes medics, calls for cooperation in war against COVID-19 pandemic

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Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga delivering his Madaraka Day message. Photo/Courtesy

Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has commended healthcare workers for their unwavering dedication in the battle against COVID-19 pandemic.

At the same time, he thanked President Uhuru Kenyatta for mobilizing the Nation to stand firm against the global pandemic.

In his Madaraka Day address his social media accounts, Mr Odinga said healthcare workers’ selflessness has made all the noticeable difference with regards to containing the spread and saving lives.

He regretted that the pandemic has ‘turned lives upside down’ such that for the first Madaraka Day is being celebrated without the usual physical ceremonies and funfair.

Mr Odinga particularly thanked Cabinet Secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe for leading his team in the ministry in such a gallant struggle.

“The civil servants have kept us informed and safe by analyzing the trends and providing us with accurate information to win the battle,” lauded Mr Odinga.

He advised Kenyans to take personal responsibility by strictly following government guidelines on how to defeat the Coronavirus.

“On this unique Madaraka Day, you, the health workers, the dedicated civil servants and the obedient citizens are my heroes,” saluted Mr Odinga.

He, however, stated that there is room for improvement especially in personal responsibility and more cooperation with the Government.

Mr Odinga asked Kenyans to reflect on patriotism, sacrifice, personal responsibility, the dignity of the people and respect for the nation as ‘the goals against the pandemic’.

“If our parents resorted to excuses, chose easy life and lamented rather than fight, self-governance would not have come when it did,” he stated.

He said Kenyans’ resilience will see the country triumph over what he called a treble tragedy; COVID-19 pandemic, floods devastation and locusts invasion.

“We need to work together as one people and one nation so that we can rise again, as a nation” he advised.

Kenya registered 74 more coronavirus cases yesterday bringing the total number of registered infections to 1,962.

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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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