News highlights- March 23 2017 Uhuru accuses Raila of role in 2008 post-poll violence

News highlights- March 23 2017 Uhuru accuses Raila of role in 2008 post-poll violence

Uhuru accuses Raila of role in 2008 post-poll violence

President Uhuru Kenyatta has opened up fresh controversy with CORD leader Raila Odinga after linking him to the 2008 post-election violence in which more than 1,000 people were killed and thousands more displaced.

Speaking Wednesday in Kisii County during a series of rallies, President Kenyatta said “it is Raila who ignited the violence”.

“He has started it all over again…it is 40 against 2 (tribes) this time. What kind of politics is this?”

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From left: Moses Wetangula, Presidnet Uhuru Kenyatta, Raila Odinga and DP William Ruto

President Kenyatta and William Ruto – now his deputy – were charged at The Hague-based International Criminal Court, ICC with financing and planning the violence but were later acquitted due to lack of evidence.

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President Kenyatta cited the 2013 election where the Abagusii voted for the Opposition because they thought the former Prime Minister and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka would win the election.

As many as 1,400 people died in violence after Kenya’s last presidential elections in 2007 (Photo:Getty Images)

5 dead, 40 injured in London terror attack

Five people have died and at least 40 were injured after an attacker drove a car along a pavement in Westminster, stabbed a policeman and was shot dead by police in the grounds of Parliament.

The dead officer has been named as PC Keith Palmer, 48, a husband and father.

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PM Theresa May said the attack was “sick and depraved” and struck at values of liberty, democracy and freedom of speech. The attacker has not been named by police.

A picture obtained from the Twitter account of James West, shows a car stopped on the sidewalk in front of the Palace of Westminster which houses the Houses of Parliament in central London on March 22, 2017 during an incident © Handout/AFP / James WEST

Acting Deputy Commissioner and head of counter terrorism at the Metropolitan Police, Mark Rowley, said they think they know who he is and that he was inspired by international and Islamist-related terrorism, but gave no further details.

Police surround suspected attacker on the courtyard in front of Parliament (Photo: BBC)

Man, 30, hangs himself over sports bet gone wrong

A 30-year-old man from Narok Town known as Kariuki on Tuesday evening hanged himself after allegedly losing a Sh9,000 sports bet.

On Wednesday morning, neighbours discovered the body of the father of two hanging from the truss of his house after his sports bet went wrong.

The body of the deceased was taken to Narok Referral Hospital morgue. Kariuki, also known by the fictitious name Scorpion, had hoped that his sports bet will be successful, and would use the money to service a bank loan, pay rent for his business premise and house.

According to neighbours, Kariuki’s children live with their mother in Naivasha.

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Kariuki ran a business of selling audio-visual compact discs and public address equipment in Narok Town.

According to his friends, Kariuki was a disciplined man. However, they said, he had attempted suicide early 2015 after floods swept away his business premise and house.

 

 

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