News headlines-June 19 2017 Raila defiant as he faces heat over Kajiado ‘hate speech’ remarks

News headlines-June 19 2017 Raila defiant as he faces heat over Kajiado ‘hate speech’ remarks

I have no apologies to make, the truth must be spoken: Raila

Opposition leader Raila Odinga on Monday, through his party Secretary General Agnes Zani, made it clear that he has no apologies to make over remarks he made while campaigning in Kajiado on Thursday, June 15.

Raila who has been accused of spewing hate speech for urging the Maa community to not to sell off their ancestral property while acknowledging what was lost to them through historical injustices as captured in the Truth, Justice and Reconciliation report, defended his sentiments as truth.

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NASA flagbearer Raila Odinga holds a notice barring customers from buying 2 packets of unga at Uchumi supermarket in Nairobi on June 18 2017 (Photo: Citizen TV)

“The TJRC report clearly indicated how these communities would have their historical injustices addressed. Its recommendations have not been implemented during this term,” Zani stated in a press statement.

Odinga’s statements, Zani stated in defence of her party leader, were made with the social and economic empowerment of the community in mind. “No amount of twisting words will negate this noble intention. Many other communities including those in the Coast need empowerment, something the Jubilee government has not been able to do.”

A hate pamphlet on an electric pole in Ngong on Saturday night,June 17. Police are now collecting them in Kitengela and Ngong towns. (Photo: The Star Kenya)

Communication workers lobby govt for Posta bailout plan

The Communication Workers Union on Sunday, June 18 urged the government to consider a bailout plan for the financially struggling Posta Corporation of Kenya.

The Union Secretary General Benson Okwaro opposed the retrenching of some 1,280 workers saying the cash-strapped agency needs financial support to enhance its transformation.

READ ALSO: Posta Kenya migrates from analog to digital

A Posta Kenya mailbox in Nairobi

“They must also encourage PCK to do the business of communication in a manner that embraces technology and I think the best way is also to introduce the issue of a bailout plan and give them a 1-2 year time frame, with which to turn this country about,” he said.

“We reject the insinuation that if you take members home, then we shall make profits, it has been done in the Kenya Airways, Kenya Railways but it has not yielded out any profits.”

Government imports rice from China for famine relief

The government has announced further intervention into the acute food shortage experienced in parts of the country after the inadequate rainfall experienced in the long rainfall season.

Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri has revealed that the government has imported 50,000 metric tons of rice from China to be distributed as relief in areas hard hit by drought. He said the consignment which has already arrived at the port of Mombasa will be distributed from next week.

READ ALSO: Ministers commit to ensure food security as Kenya eyes drought recovery

Agriculture CS Willy Bett addresses the media at the Port of Mombasa where Kenya received 29,900 metric tonnes of imported maize, May 12, 2017. (Photo: The Star Kenya)

Speaking in Bamburi in Mombasa the Cabinet Secretary said that he has been traversing the Coast region to ensure that the people facing starvation are well catered for.

He also noted that he was closely monitoring availability of the ninety shillings 2kg Unga to the Mwananchi at the same time assessing if millers have began receiving maize to process the much needed commodity.



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