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Raila allies slam Uhuru’s administration over Njiru demolition

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ODM MPs Hassan Zuleikha (Kwale MP), TJ Kajwang' (Ruaraka), and Antony Oluoch adressing a press conference at parliament buildings on 8th April 2021 | PHOTO: The Star)

IN SUMMARY:
– The legislators accused a prominent family of grabbing the expansive land
– Kajwang said that the fact that ODM was working with the Jubilee administration does not amount to the muzzling of opposition voices
– The Ruaraka MP further said that they had intelligent reports that the eviction order had originated from Harambee house
– Early this week, a demolition squad accompanied by armed Police officers destroyed property and brought down houses in the area rendering hundreds of people homeless.


Leaders allied to ODM party leader Raila Odinga have come out to criticize President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration over what they termed as inhumane Njiru demolition.

While addressing a press conference at parliament buildings,  ODM MPs Hassan Zuleikha (Kwale MP), TJ Kajwang’ (Ruaraka), and Antony Oluoch claimed that the demolitions were orchestrated by the state terming the Jubilee administration as cruel government that has lost touch with it’s people.

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The legislators accused a prominent family of grabbing the expansive land which has been home to more than 5,000 households for years.

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“You are a big person and you have got so much (land) and you come for the little folks and demolish their houses in the cruelest manner,” said Ruaraka MP, TJ Kajwang.

“This is  public land inhabited by these people for a long time. As a lawyer there is something we call adverse possession. This country is coming from a colonial era and a period where people enriched themselves unjustly.” he added.

Kajwang said that the fact that ODM was working with the Jubilee administration does not amount to to muzzling of opposition voices on issues directly affecting the people.

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“If you think that just because we share a political philosophy then you think we can be muzzled. I can tell you that we are the voice of the people. We will criticize what is wrong when we be at the back of front benches.” he said.

The Ruaraka MP further said that they had intelligent reports that the eviction order had originated from Harambee house asking the ministry of interior to issue an explanation on the same.

“We want to know who exactly owns this land, why evictions became necessary at this difficult time and why the people were not given notice to move out.” said Kajwang.

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On his part, Mathare MP Anthony Oluoch said that the government went against international laws while conducting the eviction.

“Kenya is signatory to international instruments which are part of Kenya’s law, these include instruments that obligate not to evict Kenya in an unjust and inhumane manner,” Oluoch said.

 Early this week, a demolition squad accompanied by armed Police officers destroyed property and brought down houses in the area rendering hundreds of people homeless.

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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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