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DP Ruto vows to oppose BBI if there will be no negotiations

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Deputy President William Ruto has put proponents of the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) on notice, saying he will oppose the recently unveiled constitutional reform proposals if they do not stop chest-thumping.

In the message delivered in the heart of central Kenya, Ruto (pictured left) said he and his supporters would stop the BBI process if its supporters turn a deaf ear to his offer for negotiations to avoid a contentious referendum.

“If they do not stop their reggae, and if they do not stop their bravado, the people will stop this reggae,” Ruto said. “Do not force us and do not tell us nobody can stop reggae. If you use force, Kenyans will reject it.”

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Speaking in Nyeri and Kirinyaga counties where he held separate events, the deputy president said he did not need to explain himself to anyone on what he was doing in the region.

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He instead reminded the crowd that he was elected on the same ballot with President Uhuru Kenyatta. “I am the servant of the people, voted for by Kenyans, and I can go to any corner of this country,” he said.

Ruto said he was rooting for a national conversation that will lead to a consensus in line with the wishes expressed by President Kenyatta at the Bomas of Kenya. “We should not coerce Kenyans to support a document that they have not even read. Copies should be made available for them to carefully read before making their informed decisions.”

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He said those opposed to changes in the document are intent on creating division among Kenyans. His opponents, he added, are also seeking to benefit from the funds set aside for the referendum.

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“We have no problem with the BBI report but what we are asking is the inclusion of issues affecting ordinary Kenyans. This is just like the way it has addressed the concerns of leaders through the proposed creation of positions of prime minister and two deputies,” the DP said.

In Mathira, Ruto defended MP Rigathi Gachagua saying the criminal justice system was being used to harass and intimidate him. “Those using the system to carry out a political agenda should come to the political arena. It is criminal to use the justice system to further a political cause. You should stop and come battle politically.” 

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Gachagua also spoke on his recent arrest over alleged tender scandals and Sh12.4 billion that was deposited in his accounts.

“I have voted for the president four times. How is it that I am now being harassed by the same Government that I have supported with my own resources? I will answer all the questions about how I made the money, but I will not tell them how I spent it because it is my money,” he said.

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Al Shabaab Suicide Bomber Kills Six At Somali Cafe In Baidoa

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Six civilians died and seven more were injured on Saturday when an Al-Shabaab suicide bomber blew himself up outside a cafe in Somalia, police and witnesses said.

The attack happened in the central town of Baidoa, 250 kilometres (190 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu and police said the target was the regional governor, who was inside the cafe taking tea.

“A terrorist suicide bomber blew up himself at Suweys cafeteria and killed six people, he was targeting the governor Ali Wardheere but he survived the attack,” local police officer Mohamud Adan told AFP by phone.

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Uhuru contributes Ksh. 1 Million towards rugby icon Ayimba’s medical expenses

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IN SUMMARY:
– President Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged Ksh. 1 million towards rugby legend Benjamin Ayimba’s medical expenses
– Senator Sakaja disclosed Uhuru’s contribution in a message posted on his Twitter account
– Kenya Rugby union had disclosed that Ayimba was critically ill
– Ayimba is a former Kenya Sevens and 15s captain, who was first appointed Shujaa Head coach in 2006

President Uhuru Kenyatta through Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja has contributed a sum of Ksh. 1 million towards the medical expenses of ailing rugby legend, Benjamin Ayimba.

On a Tweet posted on his Twitter handle, Senator Sakaja disclosed that the head of state had promised Ksh. 1 million that will go into Ayimba’s medical expenses.

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“Let’s keep at it #TurnUpforBenja. Thank you H.E Uhuru for the KES 1m. Kindly @RailaOdinga @WilliamsRuto @MusaliaMudavadi join in,” said Sakaja in the Tweet.

Kenya Rugby union had disclosed that Ayimba was critically ill and that his condition had drastically deteriorated. The union called on Kenyans to make their contributions via the Paybill number 8021673 with the name BENJAMIN OTIENO AYIMBA MEDICAL towards the rugby icon’s medical bills.

Ayimba is a former Kenya Sevens and 15s captain, who was first appointed Shujaa Head coach in 2006. He went on to guide Kenya to her first ever World Series Cup Final in Adelaide, Australia losing 26-7 to South Africa.

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In 2011, he left the job under controversial circumstances after he openly opposed the fielding of Kenya’s main players at the Safaricom Sevens.

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Kirinyaga: Middle-aged man found dead inside a lodging in Ndia

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IN SUMMARY:
– The middle-aged man was found dead inside a lodging in Ndia area, Kirinyaga
– Police are in pursuit of an unidentified woman who was in the company of the deceased
– His body was moved to Kutus Funeral home, Kutus

Police in Kirinyaga are investigating the death of a middle-aged man who was found dead inside a lodging in Ndia area.

According to the lodging caretaker, the man  booked a room at around 1pm in the company of unidentified woman who latter went missing.

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The incident was confirmed by agio town’s Nyumba Kumi Chairman, Daniel Kangangi who is also a brother to the caretaker.

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The caretaker is my brother. When he called me I informed officers based at Kagio Police station,”  said Kangangi.

Police are now in pursuit of the unidentified woman asking people in the hotel business to ensure that they take details of their customers.

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The body has been moved to the Kutus Funeral home Kutus pending further investigations.

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