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Opposition leader Raila Odinga addressing his supporters in Pipeline Estate, Nairobi, on March 30, 2023. Dennis Onsongo| Nation Media Group

Azimio la Umoja One Kenya coalition leader Raila Odinga says parliamentary process may not address their concerns. Proposes formation of a team akin to the 2008 National Accord. 

Mr Odinga said the coalition’s core issues on the table remain and must be addressed even has he revealed that he has not met President William Ruto and that only their emissaries met.

“We (Azimio) assure our people and Kenyans that our eyes are firmly on the ball, and reiterate that we shall go back to the people as the earliest sign of lack of seriousness by the other side,” he said.

The opposition chief also said there are attempts to tamper with the IEBC servers.

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The Inspector-General of Police Japhet Koome has said investigations into journalists’ attack by police officers during Azimio la Umoja demonstrations have commenced.

Speaking at the Kenya School of Government on Tuesday, April 4, Koome said police did not intend to harm journalists on March 20, March 27 and March 30 protests.

“It was not deliberate,” said the inspector-general, adding: “We have no intention of injuring fellow Kenyans.” 

“However, when the situation demands, I have a duty to intervene and ensure there is law and order in the country. To ensure that you are able to move freely, and that you can transact your business for the sake of our economy,” said Koome.

The inspector-general issued an apology to journalists injured during the clash between protesters and police officers in the recent demos. 

At least 20 journalists countrywide were either injured or robbed while covering the March protests, data by the Media Council of Kenya shows

Koome joined Kenyans in welcoming the move by President William Ruto and Azimio leader Raila Odinga to give room for dialogue on the contentious issues.

“They (Azimio la Umoja) called off the demonstrations and are [now] talking [with leaders in government]. This allows police officers to spend more time in crime prevention.” 

At the same time, Koome called for a fair review of police officers’ work.

“Don’t accuse the police of rioting, they’re not. Are they hurling any teargas now? They’re not. We are human beings, and we are not pleased when Kenyans get hurt.”  By Emmaculate Odhiambo, The Standard

US President Joe Biden (right) poses for a photo with Azimio Leader Raila Odinga (left) during a past event.  FILE
 

The United States Government, through its Ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman, released a statement following a truce between President William Ruto and Azimio Leader Raila Odinga.

The ambassador, who had been at the forefront of calling for a dialogue between the two leaders, revealed that the US welcomed the move. 

She further stated that the truce the two leaders announced in two separate statements and the subsequent dialogue would benefit Kenyans greatly.

"We welcome the agreement by President Ruto and former PM Raila Odinga to establish a bipartisan process to find solutions that benefit all Kenyans.  

"We commend both leaders for their commitment to peaceful dialogue and call on all parties to support this process," she announced in the statement. 

On Friday, March 31, Raila revealed that he had held a private meeting with the US ambassador centred around him calling off mass protests. 

Raila revealed that during the meeting, he had accused the ambassador of praising Ruto even though the elections were contentious.

“She was saying that Kenya had the most transparent election in the history of Kenya last year in August.

“I told her that she did not know what she was talking about. She was in the country a few days before those elections took place,” Raila stated back then. 

The revelation from Raila was made two days after a joint diplomatic message signed by Australia, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden, the United Kingdom and the United States called for a dialogue.

“We call on all leaders and all Kenyans to maintain peace, show restraint and work towards a swift resolution for the common good of Kenya,” the joint statement had read in part.

While calling off the protests, Raila acknowledged that the decision had arrived after dialogue between various parties.

"We have met with and listened to a diverse group of Kenyans including religious leaders from all faiths about the crisis facing our country and they have implored us to give dialogue," Raila stated on Sunday, April 2.

His decision to call off the protests was informed by Ruto's call to the opposition to explore bi-partisan dialogue through parliament.

US ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman announces the launch of more than Ksh12.9 billion investment to enhance water, sanitation and hygiene activities in Kenya on March 13, 2023.
US ambassador to Kenya Meg Whitman announces the launch of more than Ksh12.9 billion investment to enhance water, sanitation and hygiene activities in Kenya on March 13, 2023. By Kioko Nyamasyo, Kenyans.co.ke
 
 
 

 

The army court has denied bail to at least 28 supporters of the opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) who are facing trial of unlawful possession of ammunition. 

The General Court Martial presided over by Brig Freeman Robert Mugabe ruled that the suspects lacked substantial sureties. 

The accused, including Yasin Ssekitoleko alias Machete, Robert Christopher Rugumayo, Patrick Mwase, Simon Kikaabe, Muhydin Kakooza, Olivia Lutaaya, Abdu Matovu, Ronald Kijambo, Sharif Kalanzi, Joseph Muwonge, Mesach Kiwanuka, Abdalla Kintu, Umar Emma Kato, and Musa Kavuma, are alleged to have been found in illegal possession of 13 pieces of explosive devices between November 2020 and May 2021 in areas of Jinja, Mbale, Kireka, Nakulabye, Kawempe, Natete, and Kampala Central.

The group is part of 32 NUP supporters who made a second application for bail before the court but only four of the 32 have been granted bail this afternoon, namely Ronald Mayiga, Richard Nyombi, Kenneth Kamya, and Shafique Ngobi.

The four were granted bail because they had substantial sureties, fixed places of abode, and would not interfere with state witnesses or ongoing investigations according to Brig Mugabe. 

The prosecution, relying on the affidavit of Lt Elly Musinguzi, an investigator from the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence had opposed their release, arguing that the sureties were also not substantial. In his ruling, Brig Mugabe agreed with the prosecution that most of the sureties were not substantial, and only the four applicants qualified for release.

He asked each of the successful applicants to pay a cash bail of Shs 500,000 and for their sureties to execute a non-cash bond of Shs 2 million before they could also gain their temporary freedom. He also barred them from travelling beyond Wakiso and Kampala districts without permission from the court and ordered them to report to the court registrar twice a month and any time they are needed in court. 

Breaching any of these conditions will lead to the automatic cancellation of bail. Those denied bail have been further remanded until tomorrow April 4. They have been on remand in Kitalya and Luzira prisons since May 2021. The accused persons were arrested by CMI operatives after the police accused them of plotting to carry out petrol bomb attacks targeting government vehicles and buildings in various places in the country. 

Police claimed that the suspects masterminded attacks on Kasubi Royal tombs, on former Jinja resident city commissioner Eric Sakwa in Nakulabye, on Uganda Registration Services Bureau, and the Katwe police station, among others. They were reportedly planning to block President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni from swearing in for his sixth term of office. 

Some of the parents and relatives of those denied bail including elderly men and women who claimed to have fought with current government leaders while in the bush to bring in democracy and multiparty in the country were seen in tears. They expressed disappointment that these principles are not being respected. 

Last year in December, the Constitutional court in a 3-2 judgment ruled that it was illegal to try civilians in military courts and ordered that existing cases and trials be transferred to civilian courts. - URN/The Observer

Celebrating in style, Khosi was presented with the US$100,000 grand prize and loudly cheered on by the vibrant studio audience, marking the end of an unforgettable first edition of Big Brother Titans.

The highly anticipated, border-breaking #BBTitans was a fusion of Big Brother Mzansi and Big Brother Naija, featuring 20 housemates from both countries. With the whopping US$100,000 up for grabs, the housemates competed in various tasks and challenges, with the audience voting on who they wanted to stay in the game and ultimately win.

After several intense weeks, Khosi (South Africa), Ipeleng (South Africa), Ebubu (Nigeria), Tsatsii (South Africa), Kanaga Jnr (Nigeria) and Yvonne (Nigeria) made it to the finale – hoping fans who followed their journey would resonate with their game strategies and entertainment to win the competition.

In the end, Khosi emerged as the winner. She was overwhelmed with joy as she was presented with the prize money.

The Big Brother Titans season featured several gracious and bright characters who stood out from the others and made it into the finale.

First out of Biggie’s house during the finale show was this season’s Supreme Veto Power holder and first to make it into the finale, Ipeleng. Her exit was followed by that of Ebubu, Yvonne, Tsatsii and lastly Kanaga Jnr the runner-up to the grand prize.

As co-hosted by BBNaija’s Ebuka Obi-Uchendu and BBMzansi’s Lawrence Maleka – for this season of the much-loved franchise – the spectacular finale featured performances by Mayorkun, DJ Maphorisa, Visca, 2woshort and Stompiiey and the Bontle Modiselle Dance Studio.

Nomsa Philiso, Executive Head of Programming, M-Net Channels says: “Big Brother Titans has been an enormous success. We are delighted to have seen the housemates’ journey to the finale and we would like to congratulate all the housemates for giving viewers their best over the past few weeks. We are immensely proud to have brought Africa together for this incredible show.

As we has been the case with previous participants of this most loved show, we hope this competition will once again be a platform for the winner, Khosi, and her fellow housemates to gain access to greater opportunities and even go on to launching careers in their own spaces. We hope to bring even more exciting experiences like Big Brother Titans to our viewers in the future.”

Philiso adds: “We would also like to thank all our headline and associate sponsors for their partnership, and all our viewers who supported and voted for their favourite housemate. Finally, we thank all the housemates for making this season of Big Brother Titans an unforgettable experience.”

#BBTitans is sponsored by headline sponsors Lotto Star, Flutterwave and Bamboo, as well as associate sponsors Nigerian Breweries, Pernod Ricard, Pepsi, Tolaram, and Skechers. What a journey it has been … As the slogan says, ziyakhala wahala! By Audrey Ninsiima, Tower Post

 

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