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Why key Ruto MPs won’t attend Uhuru’s meeting

They affirmed that the legislators who were recently removed from House committees will continue to hold meetings at Jubilee Asili Center.

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MPs Kimani Ngunjiri of Bahati and Oscar Sudi of Kapseret. Photo/Courtesy

Members of Parliament allied to Deputy President DR William Ruto have vowed to skip Jubilee Parliamentary Group meeting scheduled for Monday, June 22.

MPs Kimani Ngunjiri of Bahati and Oscar Sudi of Kapseret said President Uhuru Kenyatta has been insulting the legislators, especially those from the Tangatanga wing of the ruling Jubilee Party in such meetings.

They acknowledged receiving invites for the meeting at International Conference Center (KICC) with the President addressing the members via video link from Statehouse.

They accused the President of making unilateral decisions and their being there is only a formality and time wastage.

“Whether we attend or not, the President has made his decisions on who to remove and replacements are already picked. We have no problem with that neither can we influence him on the same,” said Ngunjiri.

Mr Sudi said it was apparent that their voice in the party no longer matters to the President.

He alleged that attendant lists have been used to mean that all the attendees agreed with the day’s resolutions.

“At my age, I won’t stand being insulted. I won’t attend the meeting,” stated Mr Sudi.

They affirmed that the legislators who were recently removed from House committees will continue to hold meetings at Jubilee Asili Center.

“Our new offices are open to any member who feels the Jubilee Party headquarters is not open to them. We have left it to David Murathe and Raphael Tuju,” he said.

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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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