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    All Offensive Language, Hate Speech, Threats Of Genocide And Must Cease – EAC leaders issue Tough Orders on DRC crisis…

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    Some of the East African Community Heads of State who attended the conclave

    East African Community Heads of State yesterday deliberated on the security situation in the Eastern DRC and on measures to promote peace, stability and development in the region.

    The Heads of State emphasized that all offensive language, hate speech, threats of genocide and other politically inciting languages must cease and must be discouraged by all parties.

    The Heads of State were invited by His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta, President of the Republic of Kenya for the 3rd Conclave of the East African Community (EAC) on the peace and security situation in the eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

    The Summit was attended by His Excellency Yoweri Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, His Excellency Paul Kagame, President of the Republic of Rwanda, His Excellency Salva Kiir Mayardit, President of the Republic of South Sudan, His Excellency Felix Antoine Tshisekedi  Tshilombo, President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and His Excellency Evariste Ndayishimye,  President of the Republic of Burundi.

    Tanzania was however represented by H.E. Amb. Dr. John Steven Simbachawene, the High Commissioner of Tanzania to Kenya.

    During the summit, they committed to contribute to reconciliation and lasting peace and determined to find a swift and lasting solution to the conflict in the Democratic Republic of Congo, particularly in the North and South Kivu as well as Ituri Provinces.

    They also appreciated the supremacy of the Constitution of the DRC and committed to maintain a unified and secure country, with coherence and credible institutions of central government, exercising full territorial authority and recognizing that peaceful means are the best way to resolve conflicts.

    The Heads of State also accepted and adopted the Concept of Operations (CONOPs), Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) and Rule of Engagement Agreement (ROE) as presented by the Chiefs of Defence Forces for immediate implementation.

    “In doing so, they instructed that the Regional Force should in cooperation with the military and administrative forces of the DRC seek to stabilize and secure peace in the DRC,” the statement read in part.

    The statement added,” The Regional Force should also cooperate in implementation of the disarmament and demobilization process.

    “The Regional Force which will be constituted as an East African Community force under the EAC Protocol on Peace and Security and the EAC Treaty Article 124 on regional peace and security and Article 125 on cooperation in defence.”

    The conclave received a written brief on the political track of the Nairobi process which detailed actions and activities that have been undertaken since the last convening of the second conclave including the convening of the consultations with various armed and rebel groups within the DRC as a follow up to the consultations undertaken by the DRC with the rebel groups in Nairobi.

    The Heads of State therefore directed that an immediate ceasefire should be enforced and cessation of hostilities should commence immediately, including withdrawal from recently taken positions.

    “In doing so, the political process should be intensified by all parties in order to allow the citizens of the DRC feel safe and secure and be able to pick up and continue their respective social, cultural and economic activities.

    “The conclave further agreed and reinforced that trust and confidence-building, cessation of hostilities, unconditional ceasefire, participation in the political processes in the country, prioritization and participation in the country’s development, citizenship, presence of foreign negative elements among others are critical issues that require concerted, urgent and durable resolution.”

     

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    Village Boy Swears In As President Of Kenya; President Ruto Delivers Emotional Speech After Inauguration…

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    President William Ruto has been sworn in as the 5th President of the Republic of Kenya today in an occasion that took place at Kasarani International Stadium in Nairobi, Kenya.

    “I, William Ruto, in full realization of the high calling I assume as President/Acting President/Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya, do swear/solemnly affirm that i will obey, preserve, protect and defend this Constitution of Kenya as by law established, and all other laws of the Republic and that I will protect and uphold the sovereignty, integrity and dignity of the people of Kenya. So help me God.”

    PRESIDENT KAGUTA MUSEVENI CONGRATULATES RUTO

    After the inauguration, Museveni congratulated President Ruto and thanked Uhuru Kenyatta on behalf of the Presidents who attended the occasion.

    Museveni said, “All the political class in Africa, I appeal to you to answer the question, Where does prosperity come from?

    “According to my experience of 60 years, I would advise Africans to know that prosperity comes from wealth creation. Wealth is not the same as natural resources. Wealth means commercial agriculture, services, manufacturing, hotels, and ICT, etc.”

    Museveni divulged that in order for Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Congo, and other countries to catch up with the United States, they need to work on the issue of regional markets.

    RUTO DELIVERS EMOTIONAL SPEECH

    In his speach after being sworn in as president, William Ruto said, “To the people of Kenya, this is a momentous occasion to our country, our politics and our elections have never failed to be a motive, engaging and dramatic.”

    Ruto further noted that this day comes on the back of a peaceful election, following an intense issue-based campaign in which major coalitions made up of strong political parties canvassed their agenda and took it for examination by the people of Kenya.

    “We have done well as a nation. We have come a long way in our nation’s journey to freedom, and going by our most recent performance in this election. We conclude in confidence that we are almost home,” he added.

    Ruto hailed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson, Wafula Chebukati for standing firm, resisting bribery, intimidation, blackmail and doing the right thing.

    “It is also important to celebrate our judiciary for sustaining its tradition of boldly giving much-needed guidance especially during allying post-election anxieties and resolving grievances in a sensitive, credible and authoritative manner.”

    He contended, “We have all, therefore, emerged out of this context stronger, more united and alive to the issues that are more common to all of us. We should remain conscious that we have all been elected to work together in ensuring that our children go to school, our people have food and decent health care and our young people have jobs and our workers have dignified livelihoods.

    “For we believe strongly that every hustle matters. Dreams and ambitions live in the hearts of Kenyans who struggle daily often with nothing except stubborn hope.”

    Ruto propounded that he stands with great humility and profound joy as a living testimony that with faith in God, willingness to work hard and commitment to a vision, dreams can become reality in the fullness of time.

    “I promise to throw open every door of opportunity and to keep every door open until success torries become the norm rather than the exceptional and urge all other leaders so that we can together expand the opportunity and chance for many of our citizens,” he maintained.

    RUTO TO SWEAR IN SIX JUDGES ON WEDNESDAY.

    Upon swearing in, Ruto immediately appointed six judges.

    “To further demonstrate my commitment to the independence of the judiciary, this afternoon I will appoint six judges already nominated for appointment to the court of appeal which was done three years ago by the judicial service commission,” he stated.

    Ruto added, “And tomorrow I shall preside over their swearing-in so that they can get on with the business of serving the people of Kenya.

    “As required by Article 245 of the Constitution, the Inspector General of Police is mandated to exercise independent command over the national police service.”

    Ruto also emphasized that his government commits to create a business-friendly environment, eradicate barriers that hamper business development and growth and make Kenya one of the most compelling and attractive business destinations.

    “We are an open democratic society founded on freedom and justice, we take pride in receiving visitors and offering them our legendary hospitality. Kenya is a land of immense natural beauty and unforgettable delight.”

    He concluded, “Ladies and Gentlemen I stand here on my day to make a commitment, I will make pronouncements that are going to better define the trajectory of my administration. I promise to make every Kenyan proud and to ensure the economic well-being of us.”

     

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    KENYA ELECTION: Supreme Court Puts Final Nail In Odinga’s Political Coffin; Ruto Tells Kenyatta Who Betrayed Him “You Will Be Treated Well”, Vows To End Politics Of Deceit, Betrayal And Conmanship…

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    L-R: President-elect William Ruto, Chief Justice Martha Koome and Raila Odinga

    Kenya’s Supreme Court on Monday unanimously upheld William Ruto’s presidential win in a scathing judgement that blasted opposition leader Raila Odinga’s accusations of cheating.

    In the presidential election that took place on 15th August, 2022, Ruto garnered 7,176,141 votes making 50.49% while Raila Odinga garnered 6,942,930 votes making 48.85%.

    Odinga challenged William Ruto’s win in the Supreme Court and alleged the tally had involved “criminality”.

    In his petition, Odinga asked the court to nullify the vote’s outcome on several grounds, including a mismatch between the turnout figures and the result, and alleges the election commission failed to tally ballots from 27 constituencies, rendering the result unverifiable and unaccountable.

    “We have enough evidence to prove all of the criminality that occurred. We are confident that in the end, the truth will be revealed,” Odinga said.

    In a televised judgement, Chief Justice Martha Koome, who heads the seven-member court, dismissed all the eight petitions challenging the elections.

    “The court found some of these petitions were based on forged documents and “sensational information”, Chief Justice Martha Koome said in a unanimous decision on behalf of the seven judges.

    “No credible evidence that the electronic voting transmission system had been tampered with by a supposed “middle man” was presented,” she said.

    Koome even raised the possibility of perjury, noting that two people who filed affidavits allegedly on behalf of polling stations agents had not spoken to the agents.

    “Swearing to falsehoods is a criminal offence,” she said.

    Ms. Koome also said that Mr Ruto had met the constitutional threshold of garnering 50%+1 of votes cast.

    “IEBC carried out the verification, tallying, and declaration of results in accordance with the provided constitutional law.”

    “This court upholds the election of the first respondent (William Ruto) as the president-elect,” Koome ruled.

    Kenya’s 5th President William Ruto will be sworn in on September 13th, 2022.

    WE RESPECT OPINION OF COURT BUT DISAGREE WITH RULING – ODINGA

    Meanwhile, Odinga has disagreed with the Supreme court ruling.

    “We have always stood for the rule of law and the constitution. In this regard, we respect the opinion of the court although we vehemently disagree with their decision today,” Odinga’s statement reads.

    He adds, “Our lawyers proffered irrefutable evidence and the facts were on our side, unfortunately the judges saw it otherwise. We find it incredible that the judges found against us on all nine grounds and occasion resulted to unduly exaggerated language to refute our claims.

    “This judgement is by no means the end of our movement, in fact it inspires us to redouble our efforts to transform this country into a prosperous democracy where each and every Kenyan can find their full belonging.

    “We thank our supporters and Kenyans across the country for standing with us. We will be communicating in the near future on our plans to continue our struggle for transparency, accountability and democracy,” Odinga adds.

    This is Odinga’s fifth attempt at the presidency; he blamed several previous losses on rigging. Those disputes triggered violence that claimed more than 100 lives in 2017 and more than 1,200 lives in 2007.

    THIS MARKS THE END OF POLITICS OF DECEIT, BETRAYAL AND CONMANSHIP – RUTO

    Reacting to the Supreme Court ruling, Kenya’s new President-elect Williams Ruto, accompanied by his wife  Mama Rachel Ruto and his running mate, and future deputy president Rigathi Gachagua with wife laid out his vision of a democratic Kenya.

    Ruto said he welcomes the Supreme Court’s decision to uphold his election victory with “tremendous humility” and praised the judges for their “neutrality” and “patriotism”.

    Even though it is well known that President Kenyatta and Mr. Ruto – who was his deputy – fell out several years ago, which saw Mr. Kenyatta backing his opponent Mr. Raila Odinga, Ruto said he will put a call to him.

    “I will shortly be putting a call to my good friend President Uhuru Kenyatta,” he said to laughter from all those watching on.

    “I haven’t talked to him [Kenyatta] in months…I know he worked hard in his own way… I take no offence that he decided to choose and support somebody else and therefore we will remain friends.”

    Mr. Ruto also said that Mr. Kenyatta will be treated well.

    “We will respect our president in his retirement… we are honourable people, we are not petty and we are not jealous. He has done a good job and he will have his place in the history of Kenya. Nobody should harbour anything against the president of Kenya.”

    Ruto promised to stamp out division in Kenya and forge a path of unity saying democracy should not be an “acrimonious enterprise”.

    He extended a hand of friendship to his political opponents, saying those who voted for his competitors all want what is best for Kenya and that he is committed to delivering that.

    “We are not enemies, we are Kenyans. Let us unite to make Kenya a nation of which everyone shall be proud to call home.”

    “This marks the end of the politics of deceit, betrayal and conmanship,” he said.

    “We want the politics of the Kenya of the future – every leader must be judged on what they say and what they say is what they do.”

     

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    William Ruto’s Political Journey: Ordinary Hustler Beats Raila To Become 5th Kenyan President…

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    William Ruto, the 5th president of Kenya

    William Ruto, who many call ‘the ordinary hustler’ has won Raila Odinga to become the 5th President of Kenya.

    According to results announced by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson Wafula Chebutaki, Ruto garnered 7,176,141 votes making 50.49% while Raila Odinga garnered 6,942,930 votes making 48.85%.

    Following his victory, Ruto noted, “I know there were predictions that we wouldn’t get here. But there is a God in heaven. without God we wouldn’t be here, I confess.”

    He added, “In this election, there are no losers. The people of Kenya have won. The hero of this election is IBEC.

    “Without informing anyone of us, you (IEBC) put all results on a public portal where any Kenyan could access. That became the game changer in this election.”

    He further appreciated his opponent, Raila Odinga for the campaign that they all dwelled on issues and they tried to sell an agenda to Kenyans.

    “I want to promise that I will work with all the elected leaders so that we can fashion a country that leaves nobody behind.”

    He pledged to work with the opposition so that they provide oversight to his administration.

    He also thanked his boss, Uhuru Kenyatta who has worked with him adding that he wants to commit that he will build on the foundation that Uhuru and he put together and take the country to the next level.

    Ruto however assured those who have done many things against them noting that they shouldn’t fear because there is no room for vengeance or looking back.

    “I know many are wondering especially those who have done many things against us. I want to tell them that there’s nothing to fear. There’s no room for vengeance or looking back.”

    He asserted, “I am aware that our country is at the stage where we need all hands on deck. We don’t have the luxury to look back, point fingers or portion blame. We must work together for a functioning democratic prosperous Kenya.”

    CHAOS BEFORE RUTO DECLARATION

    Before the decration of Ruto as winner, four (4) IEBC officials distanced themselves from results at the last minute.

    Addressing press today, at Serena Hotel in Nairobi, IEBC Vice chairperson Juliana Cherera said that four out of the seven commissioners have disowned results insisting that the tallying at the final stage has been opaque.

    IEBC has since gone mute at panic hour from 3:00 pm which was the hour of announcing results.

    According to different candidates, David Mwaire, who was in the race conceded defeat, George Wajackoyah said polls were rigged while Raila Odinga’s chief agent said polls were conducted in an opaque manner.

    “We are not going to accept the results, whether it is Raila winning, Ruto or me, we are not accepting until all results are tallied and verified,” he roared.

    WILLIAM RUTO’S POLITICAL JOURNEY

    • Born 21 December 1966
    • Holds Doctorate degree in Plant Ecology in 2018, UON
    • 1992: Member Youth for KANU ’92 (YK92)
    • 1997: Elected Eldoret North MP through KANU
    • 1998-2002: Assistant Minister, Office of the President, later Minister for Home Affairs and Director KANU elections
    • 2005: Elected KANU’s Secretary-General
    • 2006: Announces presidential bid ahead of 2007 election
    • 2007: Ditches KANU, co-founds Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) with Raila Odinga, was a member of ODM’s top organ – The Pentagon
    • 2008-2010: Minister for Agriculture in the Kibaki-Raila coalition government
    • 2009: Survives censure motion over maize scandal
    • 2008-2009: Ruto falls out with Raila Odinga over ICC trials
    • -Local tribunal formed to investigate 2007/8 Post-Election Violence, PEV
    • -Ruto pushes for trials at the ICC, opposes Kibaki, Raila call for local trials
    • 2010 – 2011: Appointed Minister for Higher Education
    • 2010: Opposes new constitution which sails through in a referendum
    • -Raila suspends Ruto from the Agriculture docket, and Kibaki later reinstates him
    • -Ruto among six individuals named as being behind 2007/8 post-election violence
    • 2012: Quits United Democratic Movement (UDM), launches United Democratic Party.
    • 2012: Teams up with Uhuru Kenyatta to form Jubilee Alliance
    • 2013: Becomes Kenya’s first elected Deputy President
    • 2013: Ruto trial at ICC in The Hague begins
    • October 2014: Becomes Acting President briefly while Uhuru attends ICC case in The Hague
    • -High Court orders Ruto to surrender a 100-acre farm and compensate a farmer who accused him of land grabbing.
    • 2016: Ruto case at ICC collapses
    • 2018: Graduates with PhD from the University of Nairobi
    • 2018: Ruto fallout with Uhuru following Uhuru-Raila handshake and BBI
    • 2019: Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) formed
    • -Ruto campaigns against BBI fronted by Uhuru and Raila
    • 2021: United Democratic Alliance (UDA), associated with Ruto formally registered
    • March 16, 2022: Ruto officially declares intention to vie for the presidency, gets UDA endorsement
    • August 15, 2022: Declared winner of Kenyan presidential election. Announced as 5th president of Kenya

     

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