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Fix Your Failures, Raila Tells Electoral Commission

By Samwel Owino

The opposition has maintained that systemic failures in the electoral agency that led to nullifying of the August 8 presidential election must be addressed before the October 26 repeat poll.

National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga said the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission must respect the directives given by the Supreme Court to guarantee a fair election.

“I am not afraid of facing Uhuru Kenyatta. However, I will not go into an election until IEBC rectifies the mistakes pointed out by the court,” Mr Odinga said in Nairobi.

“The baggage that can dent the credibility of the fresh poll must be addressed so that there is a level-playing ground.”

The opposition leader insisted that Safran Morpho and Al Ghurair should not be contracted to supply the electronic materials and ballot papers for the election.

“There is enough time to look for alternatives,” said Mr Odinga.

SUPREME COURT RULING

IEBC communication manager Andrew Limo said the agency was studying the Wednesday detailed Supreme Court ruling “and will communicate how the recommendations will be implemented”.

“The chairman is reading it. It is only fair that we give him time,” he told the Nation.

Siaya Senator James Orengo said IEBC owed the country a credible election.

While delivering the judgment, Chief Justice David Maraga said though the court found institutional problems in the commission, blame could not be laid on anyone.

The court nullified the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta on September 1, citing irregularities and illegalities.

NULLIFIED ELECTION

Justices Maraga, Philomena Mwilu, Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola made the majority decision that nullified the election.

Justices JB Ojwang and Njoki Ndung’u said Nasa had not shown that there were irregularities in the August 8 election.

Meanwhile, Mr Odinga told observers that they had another chance to play their role effectively in the presidential election rerun.

In a statement to newsrooms after meeting with representatives of the National Democratic Institute and the Carter Center, Mr Odinga told the observers to be vigilant and pay attention to what the court found to have gone wrong on August 8.

FREE AND FAIR POLLS

“We believe in observation and see it as a critical part of ensuring free and fair elections. Observers should focus on the right things,” Mr Odinga told the Carter Center delegation.

The lobby sent former US Secretary of State John Kerry to lead its team of observers last month.

Mr Kerry heaped praise on the IEBC “for conducting free and fair elections” despite concerns by the opposition and the civil society.

Mr Odinga said the endorsement of the election by Carter Center “is now water under the bridge and the focus should be on the coming poll”.

“In the glowing compliments to the IEBC and talking of how Kenya was leading the continent in the path to democratisation despite our protests, the Carter Center went too far. But to err is human. We hope it does not happen again,” said Mr Odinga.

Supreme Court Ruling a Set Back to Democratic Ideals, Says President Kenyatta

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has said the Supreme Court ruling nullifying the August 8Presidential election sets back the democratic ideals for which Kenyans fought over many years.

He said the ruling by the Supreme Court was inconsistent with the spirit of the constitution which Kenyans passed in 2010. He said that when Kenyans passed the new constitution, they wished their will to prevail, and not that of a few individuals.

The President, accompanied by the Deputy President William Ruto, was addressing a delegation of leaders of pastoral communities from eight counties: Garissa, Isiolo, Kajiado, Marsabit, Mandera, Narok, Samburu, and Wajir.

“What happened is a judicial coup,” President Kenyatta said. “We have a constitution which has placed the interests of wananchi far above those of individuals; we have a constitution which has curtailed the powers of the Presidency, so that the will and wishes of the citizens would be respected,” said the President.

The President said it was unfortunate that in a democratic country, which had long encouraged respect of citizens’ rights, a few individuals could overturn the will of Kenyans, clearly expressed in their vote.

“In a democratic and free nation, where citizens’ rights are to be respected, we are now being told their will doesn’t matter; … wananchi who thought that the constitution guarantees their sovereign will are being told it doesn’t matter; it’s only few individuals who can decide for the 45 million people who their leaders can be,” said the President.

The President pointed out that the new constitution was expected to entrench democratic ideals, where the will of the majority would be respected, and where resources would be devolved to improve the lives of all Kenyans.

The President said the new constitution aimed to ensure that no one was powerful enough to silence anyone who wished to express themselves freely. He faulted the Supreme Court ruling, saying it amounted to a judicial coup, in which a few individuals had overturned the will of the majority.

“As Kenyans, we have witnessed what has never happened in any democratic country in the world. We thought we were instilling democracy as a result of our new constitution; we were entrenching devolution to ensure equity in the disbursement of national resources so that no Kenyan is left behind,” said the President.

The President singled out Germany, whose Supreme Court has ordered that its election be conducted manually so that the will of its people is accurately reflected.

He said that if Germany, which is a more advanced democracy than Kenya, could conduct its election manually, there was no reason for Kenya’s Supreme Court not to recount the ballots, instead of overturning the will of Kenyans on technological processes and formalities.

“If then there was a problem, then let them also cancel election[s] of other candidates,” said the President.

“They refused to check on the source document which would have shown the truth. The source document was the ballot paper”, he continued.

President Kenyatta assured Kenyans that the country was intact, and that the government was working; he insisted that he looked forward to the repeat election whose date has been announced by the IEBC.

The President urged the pastoralist communities to ensure they came out in large numbers to exercise their democratic right during the repeat election.

“We need to show them nobody can override the will of the people; we will not do it through violence but … by casting votes on the date to be announced by IEBC,” said the President.

Deputy President said the ruling, which was read yesterday, left Kenyans with more questions than answers, as the judges who had all the documents did not go through them to check the facts.

“The court said yesterday they had no problem with numbers: you won fair and square. If numbers had no problem, even these forms which were said [to have] had no serial, signature and rubber stamp were okay, then why annul the Presidential election?” asked the Deputy President.

The Deputy President added that to claim that a voter’s decision had to be qualified by the Judiciary before it counted was to give way to judicial tyranny.

Aden Duale, leader of the Jubilee majority in Parliament, maintained that the ruling was laced with misguided politics: the opposition, he said, had misled themselves and the country by forgetting that the President’s term continued until another was sworn in.

“Article 142 (1) says the President shall hold office for a term beginning on the date on which the President was sworn in, and ending when the person next elected President in accordance with article 136 (2) (a) is sworn in” said the leader of Majority.

Other speakers included Narok Governor Samuel Ole Tunai, Isiolo Senator Fatuma Dulo, Eldas Mp Adan Keynan, and Samburu Women Rep Maison Leshomo who assured the President of their support.

Joho-Omar Sucked into Diamond-Zari Marital Drama

By Nahashon Musungu

Former Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar has requested the county governor Ali Hassan Joho to intervene and save Bongo flava singer Diamond Platinumz’s troubled union with socialite Zari Hassan.

Mr Omar, who lost to Mr Joho in the Mombasa gubernatorial contest in the August 8 elections, made the suggestion on Twitter on Thursday.

The is message was without doubt a cheeky jibe at Governor Joho who is known to be particularly close to a clique of Tanzanian artistes.

MARITAL CRISIS

This Zari/Daimond stuff might require some ‘high level’ intervention from Mombasa. Bro, it ‘ s getting out of hand🙏 – Senator Hassan Omar (@HassanOmarH)

Omar, who has vowed to petition his loss, has in the past criticized Joho for ‘wasting county ‘ s resources on inviting artistes such as American star Chris Brown to the coastal city, funds which, in his opinion, could be diverted towards more serious matters.

Diamond is meanwhile starring at a marital crisis of massive proportion following his much publicized confession that he cheated on his partner and fathered a child with model Hamisa Mobetto.

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Duale to Seek MPs Approval of Sh11.5 Billion for Poll

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Odinga Says He’s Confident of Win in Repeat Presidential Poll

By Samwel Owino and Brian Moseti

National Super Alliance (Nasa) leader Raila Odinga has exuded confidence that he will win the fresh presidential poll set for October 17.

However, Mr Odinga maintained that he will only participate in the poll if all the orders by the Supreme Court are adhered to.

“I am not afraid to face Uhuru Kenyatta in the repeat poll. However I will not go into an election until IEBC rectifies all the mistakes pointed out by the Supreme Court,” Mr Odinga said.

He was speaking Wednesday evening after the top court delivered its full judgement on the presidential election petition he had filed.

The opposition leader insisted that Safran Morpho and Al Ghurair should not be contracted again to supply the ballot papers and electronic materials for the poll.

“The court found out that there were forgeries in the forms used in the transmission of results and therefore Al Ghurair and Safran should not be contracted gain. There is enough time to look for an alternative,” Mr Odinga said.

“The vote of millions of people who wake up in the morning must count and IEBC should not waste the time of people who are ready to be part of change,” Mr Odinga added.

JOURNEY TO CANAAN

The Nasa leader told his supporters not to despair, saying they are still solidly in the “journey to Canaan”.

“Our journey to Canaan was sabotaged but we are definitely headed to our destination, keep the hope alive. To our supporters, we shall reach our destination, we shall overcome all the hurdles on our way,” Mr Odinga said.

Jubilee lawyer Kipchumba Murkomen described the majority judgement of the Supreme Court as underwhelming, promising that the party will Thursday give a comprehensive statement on the ruling.

“Looking at the positions and decisions made in court, you can say we clearly have a problem,” Senator Murkomen said.

“We have been vindicated that the things we have been saying in public have been confirmed in a court of law,” he added.

Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi maintained that the nullification of the presidential result had no merit.

“We are now convinced that the case had no basis in law and that nobody did anything wrong except just the clerical mistakes like failure to sign forms,” Mr Abdullahi said.

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You’re Not Off the Hook Yet, Orengo Tells IEBC Officials

By Samwel Owino

Siaya Senator James Orengo has told senior IEBC officials that they are not yet off the hook yet despite the Supreme Court finding that none of them committed an election offence in the August 8 polls.

Mr Orengo clarified that the Supreme Court found illegalities and irregularities in the nullified presidential poll and those who were part of the illegalities must be punished.

“The court found that there were illegalities and irregularities on how the election was managed. It is now upon the Director of Public Prosecutions to act on the individuals that committed them,” Mr Orengo said.

IEBC SERVERS

The Siaya senator said the only way IEBC would have absolved itself from any offence as far as the illegalities and irregularities pointed out by the Supreme Court were concerned was for the commission to open its servers.

“The electoral commission failed to open their servers to prove that they conducted a fair election,” Mr Orengo said.

“We cannot have criminals running an independent institution. Something must be done in line with the ruling of the Supreme Court,” Mr Orengo said.

Another Nasa lawyer, Dr Otiende Amollo, said senior IEBC officials ought to be charged because they failed to follow the law hence the nullification of the Presidential results.

“If the IEBC officials are allowed to conduct another election without any action taken against them for the illegalities and irregularities they committed, then they will do the same mistakes,” Dr Amollo said.

INSTITUTIONAL PROBLEMS

While delivering the full judgement Wednesday, Chief Justice David Maraga ruled that although the court had found systematic institutional problems within the commission, there were no finger prints of any individuals.

“There was no criminal intent on the first or second respondent, commissioner or member of staff of the first respondent,” said the CJ.

Nasa has named a number of officials including Commissioner Abdi Guliye, CEO Ezra Chiloba, ICT Director James Muhati, voter education director Immaculate Kassait and legal director Praxedes Tororey as the people who must leave the commission before the repeat election.

Mr Orengo maintained that IEBC offices must from now be treated a “crime scene” in order to allow the DPP to conduct investigations.

“IEBC offices should be treated as a crime scene. All documentations should be preserved for investigations,” Mr Orengo said.

Mr Tobiko had also been waiting for the judgment to point him in the direction of people he could bring charges against.

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Duale to Seek MPs Approval of Sh11.5 Billion for Poll

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Liberia: President Sirleaf Breaks Ground for Modern Clinic in Bomi

Photo: Liberian Observer

President Sirleaf breaks ground for a modern clinic in Towon Town, Suehn Mecca District.

By Webmaster Admin

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has broken ground for the construction of a modern clinic at the River Bank in Towon Town, Suehn, Mecca District, Bomi County. She commended the River Bank Women for their resilience and commitment in working to bring the clinic project to fulfillment.

According to an Executive Mansion release, President Sirleaf made the statement at the ground breaking which she chose to attend instead of the Unity Party’s formal launching in Monrovia last Saturday.

The President thanked the legislature for the cooperation in support of development projects in Liberia. She noted the persistence of the River Bank Women in ensuring the realization of the project. She termed the project as a great relief to the people, especially of River Bank and adjoining communities in the district.

Paying tribute to former Deputy Internal Affairs Minister Hon. Varney A. Sirleaf who accompanied her for the grounding-breaking ceremony, she described him as an honest and trustworthy person who anyone can rely on.

The head of the River Bank Women’s Association, Madam Maimi Dargbeh, commended President Sirleaf for a promise fulfilled.

In separate remarks, Bomi County Superintendent Samuel Brown and Senator Sando Johnson praised President Sirleaf for her continued development initiatives and engagement with the people of Bomi County.

The ceremony was attended by Acting Foreign Minister Elias Shoniyin; Liberia’s Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francis N. Kateh; former Deputy Internal Affairs Minister, Hon. Varney A. Sirleaf – also a son of Bomi; J E. Goll, District Superintendent; citizens and well-wishers.

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President Says 60-Day Timeline Cannot Change in Repeat Polls

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President Uhuru Kenyatta today said he expected elections to be held within the 60-day period set out in the Constitution after the Supreme Court annulled the Aug 8 pol, and that the electoral agency IEBC would conduct it.

The President said no one had the right to impose conditions on the IEBC before the repeat elections were held, and that threats by the opposition coalition NASA amounted to bullying, intimidation, and rogue politics, but would amount to nothing.

President Kenyatta spoke when he received a 8,000-strong member delegation from Narok County, at which former gubernatorial candidate Patrick ole Ntutu and 10 MCAs pledged full support for his re-election campaign.

“The election must be done within 60 days (of the Supreme Court decision) and two, the election must be conducted by IEBC as required by the Constitution,” President Kenyatta said.

President Kenyatta was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto and Narok Governor Samuel ole Tunai.

The President said “noises” by the opposition that they would boycott + or block the election amounted to empty banter.

“We are telling our opponents to stop intimidating Kenyans. Nobody can block the election. And we will not give in to any kind of intimidation from anybody,” President Kenyatta said.

He told the opposition to seek votes from the electorate countrywide instead of focusing on issuing threats. He argued that threats and press conferences in Nairobi had yielded no votes for the opposition in the August 8 elections.

The President also poured cold water on opposition claims that there would be a vacuum or constitutional crisis if NASA skipped the repeat polls. If no election was held, the President said he would divert the savings to development, such as the flagship energy programme “last mile”.

Deputy President Ruto trashed the opposition’s demands on the repeat presidential election, saying no one has the authority to interfere with the right of Kenyans to exercise their democratic will.

“Our competitors should stop telling us that there will be no election. Who else has powers and authority to tell Kenyans that they cannot exercise their constitutional right?” asked the Deputy President.

“We must all follow the law for the country to progress,” the Deputy President said.

He told off the opposition leaders, saying they should not take Jubilee for granted thinking that its leaders are weak just because they have accepted to abide by the law.

The DP said Kenyans will not allow individuals to continue using unconstitutional means to interfere with independent organizations.

“The opposition used unconstitutional means to remove Samuel Kivuitu from office, a similar method was used to remove Isaac Hassan from office and now they want to use unconstitutional means to remove the IEBC secretariat. This will not be allowed,” said the Deputy President.

The Deputy President said Jubilee agreed to accept the Supreme Court ruling so as to abide by the rule of law but that should not be misconstrued to mean that the party is weak or its members are stupid.

“As Kenyans, we have agreed to follow the Constitution. Not because we are weak but because we love peace and respect the Constitution,” said DP Ruto.

Mr. Ole Ntutu said he decided to concede defeat for the sake of unity and peace in Narok County so as to allow the residents to continue with their development programmes.

He thanked the President for initiating several development projects in Narok county which would ensure prosperity for the residents.

All Narok leaders assured the President that they will conduct door to door campaigns with the aim of delivering over 90 per cent votes to Jubilee in the repeat election.

Narok Governor Samuel Ole Tunai said the leaders – both elected and those who lost in the August election – agreed to work together for the sake of the re-election of President Kenyatta.

“All those who won electoral seats both at county and national Assemblies have agreed to work together to ensure you win the seat,” the Narok Governor assured President Kenyatta.

“We are determined to make sure you get over 90 per cent of the Narok votes,” Governor Tunai said.

Other speakers included MPs Soipan Tuya (Women Rep), Andrew Sunkuli (Senator), Korei Lemein (Narok South), Lemanken Aramat (Narok East) and Gabriel Ole Tongoyo among others.

Nigeria: Nurses to Join Other Health Workers in Shutting Down Hospitals Thursday

By Senator Iroegbu

Abuja — The nurses and midwives in federal health institutions across the country are set to abide by the decision of the Joint Health Workers Union (JOHESU) to embark on industrial action tomorrow if the federal government fails to accede to its demands at the expiration of the ultimatum given to the government by midnight today.

Rising from a stakeholders’ meeting in Abuja tuesday, the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives (NANNM), as a bonafide collaborator with JOHESU, called on its members in federal health institutions which include teaching hospitals, research centres and federal medical centres to down tools and stay away from hospitals and other health facilities nationwide on the order of the umbrella body.

The National President of NANNM, Abdulrafiu Adeniji, while briefing journalists on the development said: “By yesterday’s expiration of our ultimatum, all federal health institutions will remain closed.”

By extension, he said: “All states and local government health institutions are hereby put on red alert. If nothing is done after one week that the strike might have commenced, they should also go on strike”, adding that the only language that the Nigerian government understands is the strike.”

According to him, the meeting, which had in attendance members of the national executive council of the association, representatives of the chairmen’s forum, executives of NANNM in federal institutions as well as state executive officers, was “occasioned by the looming crisis in the nation’s health sector with a view to review the situation and come up with resolutions.”

Stressing that the federal government has taken the association for a ride, the president vehemently said NANNM was not satisfied with the condition of healthcare infrastructure in the country and as a result, asked the government to implement the report of the December 2016 Inter-Ministerial Committee in which contains the solution to industrial crisis in the health sector.

The association, therefore, called on the government to expedite action of the proposed gazetting of a well-deserved scheme of service for nurses and midwives who have to bear the pains and brunt of remaining on the same salary scale for long, while it also asked for the commencement of the scheme of Internship for nurses and midwives. “If this is not done, it will demotivate nurses and other health workers.”

Other resolutions reached at the meeting he said, the association condemned in entirety the non-inclusion of nurses in the position of decision-making by the Federal Ministry of Health and federal health institutions, saying such position of Directorate cadre should be created for nurses and such be filled with qualified candidates.

Adeniji blamed the festering of quackery in the health sector especially the nursing profession on the inability of the government to recruit more nurses to fill existing vacancies and to fill the job deficit gap.

He said out of about 170,000 licensed nurses and midwives turned out by training institutions across the country, only about 22,000 are gainfully employed in federal institutions, while a majority of Nigerian trained nurses and midwives work outside the shores of the country.

While charging non-governmental organisations and faith-based organisations to desist from engaging non-qualified nurses for health related campaigns and programmes, he said, “there must be a red alert on the issue of quackery. We must join hands together to ensure that quackery is reduced to the barest minimum.”

Abduction for Political Motives?

By Pierre Emmanuel Ngendakumana

In the morning of Tuesday, 12 September, Léopold Habarugira, Executive member of UPD-Zigamibanga party, not officially recognized by the Government, was abducted. His family is worried. Reactions over his kidnapping arise from all sides.

Written by Agnès Ndirubusa & Rénovat Ndabashinze and translated by Pierre Emmanuel Ngendakumana.

It was in Nyakoni Avenue, near the Institute of Health Sciences and Community Development, in Mutanga Nord, Gihosha area, Ntahangwa commune where the abduction took place. Sources on the spot say Léopold Habarugira, aged 54, was walking with his wife. “It was around 7:30 a.m,” says a student from Université Lumière de Bujumbura who was going to study.

Suddenly, he continues, a blackish car with tinted windows pulled up in front of the couple. “We thought they were friends who stopped to greet them as the couple did not seem worried. There was a heavy traffic, pupils and students going to school, etc.” he said.

Four men, three in plain clothes and one in police uniform and armed with a rifle, got off the car, said a carpenter. He was going to his workshop at the place called Ku Kasoko. “These men caught the husband and brutally took him into their car in the eyes of his stupefied companion and passers-by.” The carpenter fears for Habarugira’s safety considering the way he was arrested. “It is sad! It’s high time such acts stopped in our country, “he said, before continuing his journey.

Another passer-by deplores the fact that such acts happen in the middle of the day while there are policemen in every corner of the city. “How do cars without number plates pass through all the police checkpoints? For him, there is little doubt that there would be an involvement of some police officers in this kind of operation.

” Shoot! “

Witnesses of the kidnapping say Mr. Habarugira tried to resist. “Stunned, some passers-by wanted to help him,” said another eyewitness. One of three men in plain clothes ordered the armed policeman: “Shoot! With this order, passers-by retreated, and the car started off towards Gikungu area.

Libérate Nzitonda, wife of Léopold Habarugira, said the car did not have a license plate. “Afterwards, I alerted the police, the International Committee of the Red Cross and the National Independent Commission on Human Rights (CNIDH).” Contacted in the morning of Wednesday, she said neither the police nor CNIDH approached her to inquire about the situation. “God alone knows the fate of my husband.” May God forgive those who abducted him.”

However, the police spokesman said on that day that they were not aware of the disappearance.

The witnesses speak of a scene of panic after this abduction. “I was coming out of my plot. I saw a woman screaming out loud: ‘They’ve just kidnapped him. “She was running towards Mount Zion sanctuary in Gikungu area, in tears and shivering,” said a man met near the Institute of Health Sciences and Community Development. He said he tried to stop the car to find out who the victim was, but to no avail. “This woman was trying to call, unsuccessfully, because she was trembling uncontrollably.” Later, he said he learned that it was a kidnapping of a politician.

Other sources said Habarugira had just returned from a three-day visit to Tanzania.

As a reminder, Zedi Feruzi, president of UPD-Zigamibanga party was assassinated on 23May 2015, in Ngagara, with his bodyguard. Two months later, Patrice Gahungu, spokesman for the same party, suffered the same fate at about 20 meters from his home, on 7 September 2015, in Gisandema area of Gihosha in Ntahangwa commune.

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His party fears the worst

“All these cases of kidnapping orchestrated by Bujumbura are in line with the execution of a physical elimination plan of opponents,” says Chauvineau Mugwengezo, chairman of UPD-Zigamibanga party, a wing not officially recognized by the government. He asked the population to help locate the place where Léopold Habarugira would be. He urged the police to do their best to secure his immediate release. This opponent finally asks the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Burundi to do whatever it takes to find the traces of Léopold before anything worse occurs.

” Léopold Habarugira should be found. “

For Abdoul Kassim, president of UPD-Zigamibanga, “life is sacred and must therefore be protected. This politician close to the government asks the defense and security forces to do all they can to find him so that he can return to his family.

Police appeal for witnesses

Police spokesman, Pierre Nkurikiye, said Léopold Habarugira’s wife went to the police station on Thursday to file a complaint. According to him, investigations are underway and the police appeal for witness: “Anyone who has information about this case is asked to notify to the nearest police station.”

Who is Léopold Habarugira?

Léopold Habarugira, 54, is a businessman and treasurer of UPD Zigamibanga party not recognized by the government. His family speaks of a jovial man. Politicians speak of someone who listens to everyone. He is a fervent Catholic, but very close to the Muslim community. Very successful in business from a young age, he decided to drop out at the end of the primary school to engage in commerce.

His business quickly prospered. He was born in 1963, in Kamenge area, Ntahangwa commune, north of Bujumbura and is the eldest of 7 children. He went into politics with the rebel movement CNDD-FDD.

He did not join the resistance movement in the bush but became one of the key fund-raisers for the party of the eagle (CNDD-FDD). A strong friendship links him with the former boss of that party Hussein Radjabu.

His wife became the private and confident secretary of the latter before becoming a senator in 2005. In 2007, Hussein Radjabu fell from grace. Léopold Habarugira, father of five children including three boys, and several other dignitaries close to Radjabu, left the ruling party to join UPD-Zigamibanga party in 2007.

His family said it was devastated by his kidnapping. His sister says she doesn’t know the motives behind his abduction: “My brother is a reputable trader and politician. We have no idea why he was kidnapped.” The whole family, she says, is waiting for his return.

Kenyatta Asks Nyeri MP to Drop Maraga Petition

By Grace Gitau and David Mwere

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday told Nyeri Town MP Ngunjiri Wambugu to drop a petition seeking to kick out Chief Justice David Maraga.

Addressing leaders from Central Kenya at Sagana lodge, President Kenyatta asked the MP to “to leave the Judiciary alone.”

“We have agreed to go back to the voters and go to the ballot,” he said.

He however called on the Judiciary and electoral agency to facilitate smooth elections on October 17 as ordered by the Supreme Court.

FORCE

“Don’t think that just because we will are silent you will force things down our throat,” he said.

To the Independence Electoral and Boundaries Commission, President Kenyatta asked its officials to stop holding night meetings.

“We do not want night meeting, we just want an election,” he said expressing confidence that he will win.

The President seemed to echo claims by his deputy, William Ruto who has in the recent pasty claimed that IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati has been holding night meetings with the opposition.

The President also took a swipe at the opposition, accusing its leaders of plotting to get a share in the government by sabotaging elections.

CAMPAIGNS

He said IEBC is an independent body and should be allowed to work without interference.

He asked each county to set up an all-inclusive committee that will lead the presidential campaigns in their region

The President spoke even as Jubilee Party parliamentary leadership reached out to Mr Wambugu to drop the petition against the CJ.

Speaking at Parliament buildings Friday, the leaders of majority Mr Aden Duale (National Assembly) and Mr Kipchumba Murkomen (Senate) said the petition belongs to Mr Wambugu as an individual and not the jubilee party.

“We have had a discussion with Wambugu and other Jubilee MPs with a possibility to withdraw the petition. We also want to categorically state that the petition is not a jubilee affair,” Mr Duale, who is also the Garissa Township MP.

Isiolo Senator Ms Fatuma Dullo (deputy majority leader) and her Nakuru counterpart Ms Susan Kihika (majority whip) also attended the briefing.

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Duale to Seek MPs Approval of Sh11.5 Billion for Poll

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