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Former President Uhuru Kenyatta. [File, Standard]

President Uhuru Kenyatta is expected to officially close the EAC-led Nairobi Process. Kenyatta, the facilitator of the talks, is expected to conclude the talks at Safari Park Hotel, on Monday, December 5 at 4 pm.

“H.E. President (rtd) Hon. Uhuru Kenyatta, will tomorrow afternoon, Monday 5th December 2022, formally close the discussions that have gone on for a week at 4:00 pm in Safaripark Hotel, a press release by the office of the Nairobi-process facilitator reads. 

In August this year, Uhuru was appointed by the East African Community as the facilitator of peace talks in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

The announcement was made today during the 22nd Ordinary Summit of EAC Heads of state in Arusha, Tanzania.

At the time, Uhuru had just handed over the chairmanship of the community to his Burundian president Evariste Ndayishimiye, whose role is to oversee the implementation of the Nairobi process aimed at restoring peace.

Last week, Kenya hosted the third round of talks, on peace restoration in Eastern DR Congo.

“These consultations are a follow-up to the inaugural inter-Congolese peace consultation (Nairobi I) that was held in April 2022, the second inter-Congolese peace consultations a scoping and mapping mission in Ituri, North Kivu and South Kivu (Nairobi II) which took place in May 2022,” By Winfrey Owino, The Standard

 
  • Jubilee party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni at a past press event. TWITTER JUBILEE PARTY 
  • Jubilee Party has announced that it will join the planned countrywide rallies by Azmio One Kenya Coalition Party leader Raila Odinga if asked to. 

    Speaking on Monday, December 5, the party's Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni noted if required, the party members will join the public rallies scheduled to start on Wednesday, December 7. 

    According to Kioni, the former ruling party, along with other Azimio coalition parties, are awaiting a directive from Odinga on the details of the meeting.

    Azimio Party leader Raila Odinga during a rally in Utawala on Sunday, December 4, 2022..jpg
    Azimio Party leader Raila Odinga during a rally in Utawala on Sunday, December 4, 2022. RAILA ODINGA
     

    “If it is a rally that we will need to attend as members of the opposition then we will attend. I am sure we will get communication from Raila Odinga,” Kioni indicated during an interview with Spice FM

    Kioni also stated that he was going to reach out to Odinga to obtain the details of when the rally will take place and the coalition's plan going forward.  

    This is a change of tact by the former President Uhuru Kenyatta's party considering that it had indicated on Saturday, December 3, that it was not going to participate in Odinga's demonstrations. 

    In a statement, the Jubilee SG had clarified that the former ruling party would not participate in Odinga’s rallies scheduled to start at the Kamukunji Grounds in Nairobi.

    In addition, Kioni praised Raila’s intention to mobilize opposition to Ruto’s administration, stating that protests is a critical tool available to the opposition, which the opposition chief is effectively using.

    “Protesting is a tool that is available to the opposition and they should use it when they think it is appropriate. It is also provided for in the constitution,” he indicated. 

    Odinga rallied his followers for a gathering on Wednesday, December 7 to discuss how to hold the Kenya Kwanza government accountable.

    He maintained, Azimio will hold their first rally at Kamukunji grounds in Nairobi before proceeding to Mombasa, then Nakuru and Kakamega counties. 

    President William Ruto on Sunday, December 4 directed Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki to provide security to the opposition during their protests.

    Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof Kindiki Kithure during a security meeting in Wajir County on November 24, 2022.
    Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof Kindiki Kithure during a security meeting in Wajir County on November 24, 2022. MINISTRY OF INTERIOR

Photograph: Graeme Robertson/The Guardian© Provided by The Guardian/Photo Courtesy

Ten million people living in England and Wales were born abroad. Fewer than half of Britons call themselves Christians. For some, the two main takeaways from the 2021 census for England and Wales – a more diverse nation and a more secular one – provide something to celebrate. For others, “white decline” and the decline in Christian identity are developments to fear. 

 
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Only 46.2% of the population of England and Wales now describe themselves as “Christian”, down from 59.3% in 2011 and 72% a decade earlier. The main reason is a leap in the number describing themselves as being of “no religion” – more than a third of the population.

Meanwhile, the number of “white British” has also declined, falling to 74.4% from 80.5% in 2011.

Many have linked the two trends, viewing both the erosion of Christian belief and the falling proportion of “white Britons” as products of mass immigration undermining the traditional character of British identity. In fact, the decline in the white British population is acting as a brake to the decline of Christianity.

While the number of white Britons identifying as Christian has fallen (by almost 7 million), the numbers of black, Asian and “white other” Christians have risen. Immigration has become an important prop in sustaining Christianity, east European and African immigrants, in particular, helping fill church pews. The lowest proportions of people declaring themselves as being of “no religion” are largely in the major cities, which are also the most diverse. 

Just 3% thought that 'to be truly British you had to be white', a figure that had fallen by two-thirds since 2006

If critics such as Nigel Farage truly want to prop up Christianity, they would do well to argue for more immigration, especially from east Europe and Africa. Of course, none will do so, because the argument that immigration undermines Britishness is a claim more about immigration than about Britishness or Christianity. What is important to such critics is the symbolic value of immigration as a measure of unacceptable change. And, for all their insistence that their anxieties have little to do with questions of race, such critics often obsess about “white decline” as the keenest expression of the unacceptability of mass immigration.

The lament for “white decline” is a far-right trope that has seeped into mainstream conservative discussion, and is often expressed in straightforward Powellist terms (“Enoch was right”). The critics often get their facts wrong – London and Manchester are not, as Farage claims, “minority white cities”, though they are minority white British.

 

Why should it matter to such naysayers that there are, in some cities, more Britons without a white skin than with? Because, suggests one of Britain’s leading conservative voices, Douglas Murray, “we never voted for this. Quite the opposite in fact.”

It’s true that no party has had in its policy platform the demand that “we will turn white Britons into a minority”. But no mainstream party has had (in recent decades at least) a policy platform that demanded that “white Britons should always remain a majority”. Parties that have explicitly avowed such an aim – eg the BNP – have barely made a scratch on the electoral process.

In 2020, just 3% of people thought that “to be truly British you had to be white”, a figure that had fallen by two-thirds since 2006. Meanwhile, the census shows that in 2.5 million households in England and Wales – more than 10% of the total – there were two or more ethnicities, while a quarter of London households were of mixed ethnicity. Most people, in other words, are more comfortable with diversity, and less obsessed with skin colour, than the Murrays and Farages of this world. For sections of the right, “the voters” or “the people” provide a convenient alibi for their own prejudices. 

We have as a society become more consumed by questions of identity

If the debate over the census data exposed some of the uglier seams of conservative thinking about Britishness, the furore over royal aide Susan Hussey’s questioning of Ngozi Fulani, the black founder of a charity for victims of domestic violence, at a Buckingham Palace reception, was revealing, too, about contemporary anxieties over identity.

Few people with black or brown skins will not have faced the “But where are you from? No, where are you really from?” routine. Only once the interrogator has discovered your deep ancestry would they be satisfied that they had discovered the “real” you.

In the past, it was a line of questioning rooted in straightforward racism, the “real” you exposing why you could never be truly British. Some of that sentiment still remains – it’s at the heart of the fear of “white decline” – though most people now have little trouble in accepting as British those with distinct histories and heritages.

At the same time, though, we have as a society become more consumed by questions of identity, and with the desire to reframe one’s sense of belonging by rooting it in one’s cultural difference and heritage. It is a shift that often helps blur the lines of racist thinking.

Many apologists have suggested that in the conversation at the palace, Hussey was simply being curious about Fulani’s background. There is nothing wrong with asking someone about where they come from. But any reasonable reading of the exchange shows Fulani insisting that she is British and Hussey continuing to press to find the “real” Fulani behind her Britishness. Whether one reads that as racism or social maladroitness, it is not difficult to see why Fulani might have found it uncomfortable. Nevertheless, the idea that this should be a sacking offence, or that the incident should dominate the national conversation for days, reveals how tendentious have become debates about identity and belongingness today

It’s as if there are two different Britains in which discussions about diversity, belongingness and identity take place. There is the Britain revealed by the census data: a more diverse nation, in which there is friction and conflict and resentment, but also one in which most people have become more relaxed about diversity.

And then there is the Britain of the public debates, in which identity becomes more politicised and often more racialised. If we want to know from where much of the friction and conflict and resentment of the first Britain derives, it would help to look at the second.  By Kenan Malik, Observer columnist

  • Jubilee party Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni at a past press event. TWITTER JUBILEE PARTY 
  • Jubilee Party has announced that it will join the planned countrywide rallies by Azmio One Kenya Coalition Party leader Raila Odinga if asked to. 

    Speaking on Monday, December 5, the party's Secretary General Jeremiah Kioni noted if required, the party members will join the public rallies scheduled to start on Wednesday, December 7. 

    According to Kioni, the former ruling party, along with other Azimio coalition parties, are awaiting a directive from Odinga on the details of the meeting.

    Azimio Party leader Raila Odinga during a rally in Utawala on Sunday, December 4, 2022..jpg
    Azimio Party leader Raila Odinga during a rally in Utawala on Sunday, December 4, 2022. RAILA ODINGA
     

    “If it is a rally that we will need to attend as members of the opposition then we will attend. I am sure we will get communication from Raila Odinga,” Kioni indicated during an interview with Spice FM

    Kioni also stated that he was going to reach out to Odinga to obtain the details of when the rally will take place and the coalition's plan going forward.  

    This is a change of tact by the former President Uhuru Kenyatta's party considering that it had indicated on Saturday, December 3, that it was not going to participate in Odinga's demonstrations. 

    In a statement, the Jubilee SG had clarified that the former ruling party would not participate in Odinga’s rallies scheduled to start at the Kamukunji Grounds in Nairobi.

    In addition, Kioni praised Raila’s intention to mobilize opposition to Ruto’s administration, stating that protests is a critical tool available to the opposition, which the opposition chief is effectively using.

    “Protesting is a tool that is available to the opposition and they should use it when they think it is appropriate. It is also provided for in the constitution,” he indicated. 

    Odinga rallied his followers for a gathering on Wednesday, December 7 to discuss how to hold the Kenya Kwanza government accountable.

    He maintained, Azimio will hold their first rally at Kamukunji grounds in Nairobi before proceeding to Mombasa, then Nakuru and Kakamega counties. 

    President William Ruto on Sunday, December 4 directed Interior Cabinet Secretary Kithure Kindiki to provide security to the opposition during their protests.

    Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof Kindiki Kithure during a security meeting in Wajir County on November 24, 2022.
    Interior Cabinet Secretary Prof Kindiki Kithure during a security meeting in Wajir County on November 24, 2022. MINISTRY OF INTERIOR  By Denbis Shisia, Kenyans.co.ke

 

Fire razed stalls, vehicles and spare part shops at Juakali in Kisumu central business district on Friday night, December 2.

Police said four vehicles parked in one of the garages were completely destroyed.

The cause of the fire is yet to be established, police said.

Andrew Ochieng, who sells vehicle spare parts at Juakali, said his shop was ruined.

“Nothing was salvaged in my shop,” said Ochieng.

A mechanic said a Sh3 million car that was being repaired at his garage was reduced to a shell.

“I have lost a lot in the fire,” he said.

Magdalene Akinyi, who operates food business at Juakali, said her shop and foodstuff were razed.

“I lost two refrigerators, microwaves, cookers, gas cylinders, among other items,” she said.

The other stalls that were damaged include hardware stores and machine stalls.

Kisumu Central Sub-County Police Commander Anthony Maina said there were no casualties in the incident.

The fire brigade from Kisumu County managed to contain the inferno, though it was a case of too little too late.

“Only a few stalls and items were salvaged,” said Maina.

“At the moment, we can’t state with certainty the total value of property destroyed in the fire. However, I can confirm that a lot of items were razed. We’re investigating the cause of the fire and the extent of damage,” added the Kisumu Central police boss.

Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o has instructed city manager Abala Wanga to ensure speedy probe into the incident.

According to Nyong’o, the Wanga’s team will write a report on the damage, losses incurred, the needed repairs and preventive measures to be taken in the short and long term scenarios. - Sharon Owino, The Standard

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