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Kenyan opposition leader opts out of presidential repeat polls

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NASA principals at a press conference

 

The opposition leader in Kenya, Raila Amolo Odinga has abandoned his bid for the presidency in the presidential repeat polls scheduled October 26 this year. The national Supper Alliance (NASA) flag-bearer withdraws his candidature amid accusations of the Independent, Electoral and Boundaries Commission by the opposition in Kenya. The NASA team is saying that IEBC is not willing to provide promising solutions to its ill operating system to curb the dubbed irregularities that made the Supreme Court nullify August 8, 2017, general poll. The electoral commission had declared incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta the winner by a margin of 1.4 million votes with his opposition counterpart.

 

NASA flag-bearer, Raila Amolo Odinga

Speaking at a press conference at Okoa Kenya offices in Kenya’s capital city Nairobi, Raila said that he is not seeing fairness in the forthcoming elections and is now decrying lack of unity among Kenyan leaders towards the creation of free and fair electoral system. Raila expressed that the oppositions’ demands were set to reinforce the Kenyan Supreme Court ruling directing for fresh presidential polls under strict conditions. He said Jubilee bid to amend electoral law was not a fair game between the two players, Jubilee and NASA in the Kenyan political arena. Recently President Uhuru Kenyatta told Raila to withdraw his candidature if he was not ready for the fresh polls.

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Breaking: At least 100 Palestinians shot and killed by Israeli troops in Gaza protests ahead US Jerusalem embassy opening

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Twenty-eight Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire Monday as tens of thousands protested and clashes erupted along the Gaza border against the US transfer of its embassy to Jerusalem, the Gazan health ministry said.It was the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 war between the Jewish state and Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas.

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Surabaya Attacks: Family of five bomb Indonesia police headquarters

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A suicide bombing at a police headquarters in the Indonesian city of Surabaya on Monday was carried out by a family of five riding on two motorbikes, police state.

It came after another family carried out bomb attacks on three churches on Sunday . Police blamed an Islamic State-inspired network.

An eight-year-old daughter survived the latest attack, police say.

Indonesia is the world’s most populous Muslim-majority country.

The archipelago, home to 260 million people, has seen a resurgence of Islamist militancy in recent years but the scale of the attacks in Surabaya has raised fresh concerns about the potency of jihadist networks.

Video footage of the latest attack on the police headquarters shows two motorbikes approaching a checkpoint just before the blast. Six civilians and four police officers were injured, the authorities say.

The young girl who survived had been wedged between her mother and father on the motorbike as they carried out the attack. CCTV footage shows her stumbling around after the blast.

What preceded the latest attack?

Indonesia was on high alert after bombings on Sunday by a single family targeted three churches in Surabaya, the capital of East Java province.

The mother targeted one church alongside her two daughters, aged nine and 12, while the father and two sons attacked two other churches.

The incident represented the first time a female suicide bomber had successfully carried out an attack, national police chief Tito Karnavian said. A 28-year-old woman had planned to bomb the Presidential Palace last year but was caught and jailed, he added.

The authorities originally said the family of six were among hundreds of Indonesians who had returned from conflict-hit Syria but have since said the family did not actually travel there.

The coordinated attacks killed 18 people, including the bombers, and injured more than 40. They were the deadliest bombings in Indonesia in more than a decade.

Police say the father, Dita Oepriarto, was the head of the local branch of Jemaah Ansharut Daulah (JAD), an Indonesian IS-inspired network.

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Leaders Unite To Affrim Uhuru-Raila pact

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President Kenyatta (left) NASA Leader Odinga (right) Mr Odinga said Kenyans “cannot remember why and where they disagreed in the first place”.

Parts of Ukambani govern electives gave glad tidings to the President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga assembly and requested their followers to assist it. The electives who also blanketed the previous Senator for Kitui David Musila, former MPs Gideon Ndambuki, John Munuve, Itwiku Mbai, Regina Ndambuki amongst others known as the assembly a “historical milestone” and a step inside the proper route for the sake of the state’s improvement.

“This historical milestone requires the unqualified support of all proper questioning Kenyans which include electivs of all political formations and political events. We call on the Kamba country to rally in the back of this noble ancient initiative for the good of our people,” stated Musila.

Musila added,

“The politics that has lately characterized our political underdevelopment need to be shunned. gone are the times when one man or woman appropriated the taking into consideration a community to themselves.”

The leaders known as upon all political leaders, non secular and civil society establishments from Ukambani to embody this “historic opportunity” to steer their people to include this new countrywide development. “We also strongly dissociate ourselves from leaders from the place who aren’t helping this historical reality.

We invite them to enroll in different Kenyans on this national reconciliation effort as charted by using the awesome leaders,” stated Musila adding that individualism is not going to paintings. I think the way forward for this country to transport forward and forget what has passed off. “We want to shape a country this is inclusive, in which people can talk, work collectively and neglect tribal hatred as Kenyans,” said Munuve. Former Kaiti MP Gideon Ndambuki stated the us of a wishes harmony and reconciliation after an extended political and electioneering period. “Politics got here however it’s over now and our nation needs to move ahead however we cannot try this if our state is split.

President Uhuru Kenyatta seeks to depart a great legacy of a united country and that’s why he reached Raila Odinga. Our country is vital than any person. organizations are doing poorly and there may be no improvement however we are hoping this may nowchange,” said Regina Ndambuki, former Kilome MP.

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