Meet The Mzungu Who Was The Late Jomo Kenyatta’s Long-Time Friend

Kenya’s founding father the late Mzee Jomo Kenyatta’s history is slowly unfolding as the years go by.

Did you know for instance how the late President was a carpenter before he became a president? Watu hutoka mbali kweli.

Jomo Kenyatta was born in Gatundu around 1894. Kamau as he was referred to, went to school in Church of Scotland Mission in Thogoto where he studied the Bible, English, Carpentry, and Mathematics.

So based on this history, he could certainly have made a lot of friends along the way, and one such friend revealed himself yesterday.

BABA WA TAIFA! Check Out Rare Pics Of Mzee Jomo Kenyatta From Back In The Day [PHOTOS]

A pastor by the name Dr. Morris Cerullo says he was very good friends with the late Jomo Kenyatta and the two pals used to pray together. This is where the late Jomo Kenyatta’s Bible studies came in handy.

Cerullo is in Kenya and visited President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House.

Cerullo shared photos while in the house on the hill, with the caption below;

“Sacred time of prophetic spiritual ministry with Kenya’s President, His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta. I have known and prayed with his father, President Jomo Kenyatta, back in the early 1960s. Africa belongs to JESUS!”

See more photos of his visit below;

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NYS pass out parade (Photos)

President Kenyatta spoke today during the pass-out parade for 10,736 recruits at the National Youth Service College in Gilgil, Nakuru County.

He also challenged youth, who are growing up in a fast-changing world, to rise and take charge of their destiny and that of the nation.

The President told youth to reach out to their MCAs, MPs, Governors and every relevant department in government to ensure that they get all the help they needed.  President Kenyatta affirmed Government’s commitment to empowering the youth with skills and knowledge that enable them participate in transformative economic activities.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta congratulates persons with disabilities after the passing-out parade of the National Youth Service Recruits at the NYS College, Gilgil, Nakuru County

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President Uhuru Kenyatta in a jig with graduates after the passing-out parade at the NYS College, Gilgil, Nakuru County

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President Uhuru Kenyatta escorted by Devolution by Director General, National Youth Service Dr. Nelson Githinji arrive for the National Youth Service (NYS) recruits pass-out parade at the NYS College, Gilgil, Nakuru County

 

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Mugabe says Africa must pull out of the ICC, Uhuru pledges a Sh92 million for African Court

The new African Union chairman Robert Mugabe said Saturday that Africa must pull out of the International Criminal Court. It must be on the agenda of next AU Summit in June in South Africa, said Mugabe who is also the President of Zimbabwe.

President Mugabe spoke during the closing ceremony of the 24th AU summit which ended in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Saturday.

Mugabe proposal came on the heels of yet another initiative by the AU member states to establish an African Court of Justice and Human Rights to handle African cases currently referred to the ICC , at the Hague, Netherlands.

President Uhuru Kenyatta earlier said the establishment of the proposed African Court of Justice and Human Rights is now unstoppable and announced Kenya’s commitment of Sh92 million for the new judicial institution.

The President said Africa is poised to establish a broader African transitional justice policy framework and an African Court of Justice to handle all criminal cases from Africa currently referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC) at the Hague, Netherlands.

The Head of State said he has already signed the Malabo Protocol on the African Court before the necessary instruments are transmitted to parliament for ratification.

 

Collapse of Uhuru ICC case is a victory for Africa – AU

The African Union has described the withdrawal of the ICC case against President Uhuru Kenyatta as a victory for the entire continent.

Speaking during its 24th summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, African leaders described the collapse of the case as a win against the forces of injustice.

“The victory for Kenyatta is victory for all Africa”, outgoing AU chairperson and President of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz said at the opening session of the summit attended by over 30 Heads of State.

Aziz underlined the urgency to operationalise the proposed African Court of Justice to provide “African solutions to African problems”.

He said that for the last six years, Kenya has pushed for the comprehensive overhaul of the Rome Statute to ensure that its mechanisms recognise African realities and socio-political context with regard to conflict resolution, justice, accountability and political stability.

“And because these efforts have not succeeded, Kenya has indicated that it will associate itself with the new initiative to establish an African International justice mechanism that handles African challenges from an African perspective,” he said

 

Kibaki, Kimemia, Mututho, Thuo linked to 2008 Mungiki attacks

Politicians and senior government officials helped to coordinate the massacre of ODM supporters in the 2007-08 post-election violence, according to an International Criminal Court document.

The 69-page Pre-Trial Brief was compiled by the office of Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda and posted on the Internet on Monday night.

It said President Uhuru Kenyatta, retired President Mwai Kibaki, Secretary to the Cabinet Francis Kimemia and the late Security Minister John Michuki were central in the planning of the attacks.

Bensouda also named Solicitor General Njee Muturi and former Embakasi MP Ferdinand Waitutu as among the powerful individuals who influenced her key witnesses to conceal Uhuru’s involvement in the bloodshed.

According to Bensouda, this team of senior PNU officials bankrolled the outlawed Mungiki sect that went on a killing spree, raped women, burnt houses and forcibly circumcised ODM supporters in Naivasha and Nakuru.

“Mr Kimemia explained that Mwai Kibaki, Kenyatta and Muthaura had identified Naivasha as the target for the attack,” Bensouda said of an alleged meeting between Kimemia and the Mungiki.

She said that during the violence, Kimemia transmitted Uhuru’s orders to the Mungiki, maintained regular contact with senior Mungiki commanders, and distributed money to them.

“Before the Rift Valley attacks, Mungiki members received automatic weapons, ammunition, grenades, camouflage uniforms and police handcuffs that the Accused [Uhuru] and Mr Muthaura had authorised PNU intermediaries, including Mr Kimemia, to supply them,” the Brief said.

Read more: http://www.the-star.co.ke/news/kibaki-kimemia-mututho-thuo-linked-2008-mungiki-attacks

President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP Ruto take 20% pay cut

The president and his deputy have finally taken a 20 per cent pay cut each that they promised last year. Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) chairperson Sarah Serem said that she could not reveal the actual amount deducted but an account had been opened for that purpose and wanted the funds used for development.

Serem also said that 20 senior government employees including transport secretary Michael Kamau, Health secretary James Macharia and senate majority leader Kithure Kindiki took a 10% pay cut from last year.

Uhuru and Ruto had pledged the pay cut in March 2014 in an attempt to help lower the public wage bill.

Bensouda releases evidence in Uhuru’s case

ICC chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Monday released the evidence that her office previously intended to use in the case against President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The allegations contained in the Pre-trial brief (redacted) link the President to Mungiki. The evidence alleges that Uhuru was responsible for an alliance between the PNU party and Mungiki before the 2007 general elections. Uhuru is also accused of organising funding for the Mungiki during the violence that followed the election.

In addition, the document links key members of the government as intermediaries in the “common plan” between Mungiki and PNU as well as during organisation during the violence in Nakuru and Naivasha.

Bensouda withdrew charges against the President on December 5 after ICC judges rejected Bensouda’s request for a further adjournment but told her to release her evidence before January 19. The full text of Bensouda’s evidence is available at www.jfjustice.net.

– The Star

Uhuru’s new party disowned by KANU and UDF

A number of Jubilee coalition parties have disowned the new Jubilee Alliance Party that President Uhuru Kenyatta hopes to use for re-election in 2017.

JAP brings together Uhuru’s TNA and Deputy President William Ruto’s URP. The Musalia Mudavadi-led UDF and Gideon Moi-led Kanu yesterday said they will not dissolve their parties to join JAP.

Mudavadi told the Star, “Cooperating with Jubilee does not mean that we are in a coalition”.

“UDF has never been in Jubilee, and I want to make it crystal clear, we only have three coalitions in the country – Cord, Jubilee and Amani.

UDF, the party that I lead, is in the Amani coalition that is so distinct from Jubilee. I believe that should be made very clear,” he told the Star on the phone.

Some Jubilee leaders, who include Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki, have urged all parties working under Jubilee to close shop and join the new outfit. Mudavadi has insisted his UDF will not dissolve itself.

Kanu secretary general Nick Salat said the oldest party in the country “is not involved in the new arrangements”.

He said no one has approached them to join JAP, adding the party that ruled Kenya for 39 years will not be dissolved.

“We are not party to the new party. Nothing is on the table for us now, but I want to assure Kanu members that we are not going to dissolve the party. This is the oldest party in the country, which has all the history of this country. We will only re-brand to bring the youth on board,” he said.

Towards the run-up to the 2013 elections, Jubilee was a four-party coalition – The National Alliance, United Republican Party, Charity Ngilu’s National Rainbow Coalition and the Republican Congress, led by Mining Cabinet secretary Najib Balala.

The coalition later on entered into a post-election agreement with a host of other parties, including the Amani coalition, which brought together the Mudavadi-led UDF, Kanu and the New Vision Party led by former Cabinet minister Nicholas Biwott.

Senator Kiraitu Murungi’s Alliance Party of Kenya also entered a post-election agreement with Jubilee.

Lugari MP Ayub Savula of UDF said his party leader Mudavadi should now pull out from the Jubilee coalition as he was not approached on the formation of JAP.

“Mudavadi, today your road is closed by Jubilee deciding to collapse into a party without consulting you. There is no need to remain there and watch as they organise themselves for 2017. Get out,” said Savula.

Meanwhile, a section of Jubilee MPs has criticised their colleagues who are unhappy with the TNA-URP merger into JAP.

Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto and Wajir Senator Billow Kerrow have come out opposing JAP, saying they were not consulted.

The two were elected on a URP ticket, with Rutto being the figurehead of a rebellion against his party boss, Ruto.

Rutto called on Kenyatta and Ruto to resign honourably as leaders of the ruling coalition and let the political parties be run by others “because their action is wanting”.

But Kericho Senator Charles Keter dismissed Rutto, asking him to keep off the affairs of the new party. Keter said Rutto has all along said he was not interested in Jubilee, claiming the party was formed without regard to the law.

“Rutto doesn’t know the law and he should read it. His calls on the President and Deputy President to resign are misplaced,” he said.

Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale said TNA and URP will not be dissolved until 2017, and that the merger is within the law.

“Rutto should not be worried, we are just preparing ourselves for 2017 and if he thinks the road ahead is tough for him, he can quit politics. All the elections ahead of us will be under the banner of JAP,” he said.

Kithure said the move to make one political party is meant to safeguard President Uhuru’s second term chances and Ruto’s prospects to take over in 2022.

– The Star

We are sorry for Bondo heckling, ODM apologises to Uhuru

The heckling of Defence CS Raychelle Omamo at Fidel Odinga’s funeral was “undeserving and unfortunate”, ODM Secretary General Ababu Namwamba has said.

Namwamba apologised on behalf of ODM to President Uhuru Kenyatta whose condolence message Omamo was forced to cut short.

A section of mourners booed Omamo nearly tearing her statement when they got onto the podium.

“Even if we are not party to this, I want to apologise to the President that he did not deserve that after supporting the programmes when we were preparing for Fidel’s burial.”

Namwamba said the “unappealing scenes and hostility” at the funeral of a person who unified parties were uncalled for.

“Since Fidel’s death we have been drumming up and amplifying the spirit of tolerance and accommodation which has been manifest even from the President when he attended the requiem mass,” Namwamba said.

“The President was more accommodative and even gave us a lot of support as we arranged for burial. For anyone to behave in a manner that appears to humiliate the President is shameful and completely out of order.”

He said the hecklers owe Raila an apology for causing disturbance while he mourned his son.

ODM further asked Jubilee to accept the spirit of dialogue “not as an event but as a culture” in which leaders cross ranks to consult on matters of national interest.

“We are not talking of an event over a cup of tea. The culture of dialogue places obligation on all of us – the opposition and even more premium on government – to demonstrate goodwill and commitment to consult,” Namwamba said.

 

Police impound matatus with Uhuru grafitti

Two matatus with President Uhuru Kenyatta’s graffiti portraits were among six impounded by Mombasa traffic police for flouting regulations on Public Service Vehicles on Wednesday.

The vehicles that were seized in a crackdown also included one with a picture of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho and another with the Coat of Arms.

One of them was released after the grafitti on it was removed.

The matatu operators noted that Uhuru permitted the use of graffiti on PSVs as a way for talented youth to earn a living.

They said they used his picture as a celebration of the gesture.

Regional Traffic Commandant Martin Kariuki argued that no amendments have been made to the Traffic Act following the directive, making graffiti use illegal.

Kariuki however said that the owners and operators of the matatus will not be prosecuted or fined but will be given time to strip their vehicles of the many colours and tints.

Uhuru called for the lifting of the ban on graffiti and artwork during the launch of the cashless fare system in 2014.

“I do not see anything wrong with artwork and creativity in matatus. We should surely support our youth to do business with their talents, as long as it does not interfere with the driver’s vision and other regulations,” he said.

He also ordered a review of the ban on the licensing of 14-seater matatus.

– The Star

President Uhuru nominates Joseph Boinet as Inspector General of Police

President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated long-serving policeman Joseph Kipchirchir Boinet to the post of Inspector General of Police to replace immediate former IG David Kimaiyo.

Boinet is a career policeman who joined the intelligence service in 1998 and has two Master’s degrees, one in security management and another in diplomacy. Boinet has also recently completed a course in Security Policy Analysis from Australia.

Boinnet is a former police officer who returns to the same service should his nomination be approved by the National Assembly. He left the police service to join NIS.

Boinnet served in the Kenyan missions in Harare and Rome as a desk officer & was later seconded to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as Head of Protocol.

Boinet is a beneficiary of the Security Law Act 2014 which amended section 12 of the National Police Service Act that detailed the procedure of appointing the head of the police service.

Section 12 of the NPS Act mandated the NPSC with the appointment of the IG but the new law states; “The President shall, withing fourteen days after a vacancy occurs in the office of the Inspector-General, nominate a person for appointment as an Inspector -General and submit the name of the nominee to the National Assembly.”

It is however unclear as to whether the nominee will be taken through a vetting process by the Committee on Administration and National Security, or whether the suitability will only be debated on floor of the House.

The office of the IG fell vacant after the immediate former holder David Kimaiyo, resigned on December 2 citing personal reasons. Deputy IG Samuel Arachi has assumed the duties of the IG until the a replacement is appointed. Kimaiyo has now been appointed the chairman of the Kenya Airports Authority.

Kimaiyo’s resignation came in the wake of the killing of over 60 people in Mandera by attackers believed to be members of the al Shabaab.

Along with Kimaiyo, the then Cabinet Secretary for the Interior and National Coordination Joseph Ole Lenku was relieved of his duties and has since been replaced by former Kajiado Central MP Joseph Nkaissery who was sworn in by the President on December 19.

 

First Lady bags KU doctorate

First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has been awarded a honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Kenyatta University.

She was recognised yesterday for her efforts to stop maternal deaths through the Beyond Zero Campaign.

Speaking during the institution’s 37th graduation ceremony, Margaret said the award encourages and inspires her to continue serving Kenyans with dedication.

“I dedicate the distinct honour to gallant Kenyans who join me every day in the fight to stop preventable deaths. It is not a choice but a necessity,” she said.

Margaret said she will continue with the campaign, which has taught her no goal is too great to achieve.

She said Kenyans can overcome most challenges facing the nation if they are focused.

“The fact that at my age, and as a mother of three, I can run a 42km marathon for the sake of our mothers and children speaks volumes. You, too, can overcome insurmountable odds to achieve your goals,” Margaret said.

During the ceremony, 5,947 graduands were awarded degrees, diplomas and certificates.

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Uhuru signs Security Law, urges public support to protect country

President Uhuru Kenyatta has assented the contentious Security Bill into law and urged Kenyans to familiarise themselves with it in order to establish their roles in securing the nation.

At the signing at State House, Nairobi on Friday afternoon, Uhuru thanked the National Assembly for expediting its reading.

He guaranteed that the law, which was passed by Parliament amid chaos on Thursday, will not infringe on the Bill of Rights and the Constitution.

Uhuru dismissed the opposition’s objections to it saying that enough consultation and public participation took place before the Bill was presented to Parliament.

He said the law will enable security organs to pre-empt terror attacks as they will be more equipped and better structured to deal with the challenges.

Blogger Robert Alai to appear before court today for sharing Uhuru’s contacts on Twitter

Blogger Robert Alai will this morning appear in court to answer to charges of misuse of social media. Alai was arrested Tuesday by CID officers from the Cyber Crime Unit after he tweeted President Uhuru Kenyatta’s cell phone number and that of his PA Jomo Gecaga last Sunday.

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Alai also tweeted the cell phone numbers of Deputy President William Ruto and noted in his tweet that the public can call the President and his aides about protests in Kainuk, Turkana.

Sources at the CID said Alai was to spend the night at MUthaiga police station.

 

Uhuru defends Security Law, says it will not curtail freedoms

President Uhuru Kenyatta has defended the Security Law Amendments Bill which has been termed as draconian by a section of opposition leaders, saying that it is part of institutional changes aimed at fighting terror.

The Bill which quickly said through the two-week publishing phase as well as the first and second readings albeit with opposition from Cord members among other things proposes a Sh1 million fine or a three-year jail term to anyone who publishes and distributes “obscene, gory or offensive material” likely to send the general public into panic.

The bill states that media houses which also publish text and photos on terror attacks and victims without the consent of the police or the families of the victims are liable to a fine of Sh5 million.

“Any person who advocates, glorifies, advises, incites or facilitates the commission of a terrorist act will be liable on conviction to a term of a maximum 20 years in prison,” reads a sections of the bill that will next come up for debate in February when Parliament returns from recess.

An agitated-looking Uhuru said the press is free to write anything on him, but said that if the media cannot regulate itself on security issues, laws will be drafted to check them. He added categorically that the bill was not a new law but was amendments of existing laws which are not infringing on anyone’s rights.

“Parliament sat to align our laws with the country’s security needs as well as the standards expected by the Constitution. Without creating a new law, we rationalized existing legislation to enable the country meet the challenge of our time. In conducting this urgently necessary process, no freedoms are being curtailed. No part of our Constitution has been violated. Indeed, by enhancing the assurance of our right to security of life and property, my Government is trying to enrich our freedoms. Our Constitution has not been undermined in any shape or form,” Uhuru said.

Uhuru said the law is rational as it will deny terrorists a chance at celebrating attacks that the media reports on. He said that other measures to curb insecurity are taking shape as part of his government’s mission to achieve insecurity eradication.

 

Uhuru pays hospital bill for man injured in Wajir

The family of the victim of an attack in Wajir was relieved from paying a hospital bill of Sh115,000 by President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday.

Rowland Kang’ethe, 44, had been admitted in the ICU at Kenyatta National Hospital for weeks after he was shot at close range by an unknown assailant on his way home from work.

He was a businessman based in Wajir town but hails from Mamumbu village in Murang’a East Subcounty.

“I am afraid to go back to Wajir because I don’t know the intention of the people who shot at us,” he said.

Kang’ethe had been discharged but could not leave the hospital because of the uncleared bill. He had reportedly been sleeping on the floor.

His plight was highlighted by the media drawing Uhuru’s attention. He was released immediately after his bill was cleared.

Speaking at his home, Kang’ethe thanked Uhuru saying his family would not have been able to raise the amount.

He explained that he was with three of his friends when the assailants approached and opened fire at around 5.30pm.

He said he ran away but one of them caught up with him and shot him four times.

“The assailant shot me on the right shoulder and before I could run, he shot me three more times. I fell and lost consciousness and when I came to, I was surrounded by passersby, some of whom took me to Wajir hospital,” he said.

He said one of his friends died on the spot.

Kang’ethe said the doctors at the hospital, unable to remove the bullets lodged in his body, referred him to KNH.

He said the injuries the incident left him with have made rendered him unable to carry on with his hawking business and appealed to the government for help with his children’s school fees.

MCA Joseph Njoroge who visited Kang’ethe’s home pledged to seek Governor Mwangi Wa Iria’s help in paying the school fees using part of the county bursary kitty.

– The Star

President Uhuru mourns Joseph Kamotho

President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent his message of condolences to the family, relatives and friends of former Cabinet minister John Joseph Kamotho, who died this morning in South Africa.

The President said he is deeply saddened by the death of a man he described as a “selfless political legend”. The Head of State described him as an amiable and extremely pleasant person.

For more than five decades, said the President, Kamotho gave an exemplary service to the people of Kenya both as a civil servant and apolitician. He was a true believer in our national values, and his energy, commitment and loyalty were beyond doubt. His rich legacy will live on.

“It was because of his outstanding leadership that former President Moi appointed him Higher Education minister in 1979. Later, he was appointed minister for Transport, Education, Trade, Environment and Local Government,” said the President.