How David Maraga ruled in the murder of ODM MP David Kimutai Too says a lot about his character.

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Raila Odinga, leader of the Orange Democratic Movement, right, along with colleagues pay their respects to David Kimutai Too, a politician who was shot in the western town of Eldoret, as his body lies in Nairobi, Kenya, on Friday, Feb.1, 2008. United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon arrived in Kenya to bolster peace talks aimed at ending post-election violence that has killed more than 800 people. Photographer: Boniface Mwangi/Bloomberg News

Court of Appeal Judge David Maraga has been grabbing headlines for the past one week after he floored revered justices to top the Chief Justice interviews.

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David Maraga was nominated for the position of chief justice despite questionable way in which he handled some cases including post election 2007 violence cases including the death of ODM MP late David Kimutai Too.

However, those who have been following court cases and especially that involving the murder of a member of parliament in 2008 at the height of the post-election violence remember the judge pretty well.

Ainamoi MP David Kimutai Too was gunned down by a police officer who rode on a motorbike on January 31, 2008, in Eldoret town. He was accused of having an affair but the real motive was politics due to the buggled 2007 elections. Mr. Too was a die hard supporter of ODM and the Kenyan government at the time was trying to reduce the numbers in parliament to tame the opposition. Many cases handled by Hon. Judge David Maraga were severely buggled beyond repair.

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Ainamoi MP David Kimutai Too was gunned down by a police officer who rode on a motorbike on January 31, 2008, in Eldoret town.

The police officer, Andrew Moeche Omwenga, also killed a woman who was in the company of the MP.

She was Constable Eunice Chepkwony who was said to be Omwenga’s girlfriend.

Omwenga was apparently irked by Eunice allegedly having an affair with the MP.

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Former police officer Andrew Maoche (in white shirt and court jacket) when he appeared in a Nakuru court. Mr Moeche was accused of murdering former Ainamoi member of parliament David Kimutai Too. High Court Judge David Maraga delivered the judgement.

Justice Maraga, who was then a judge at the High Court in Nakuru, handled the case where Omwenga was accused of murder.

However, the judge surprised many when he acquitted Omwenga of murder but found him guilty of manslaughter.

He then sentenced the suspect to 10 years in jail.

During the CJ interviews, Maraga was at pains to explain how he reached the decision to sentence the accused to 10 years in jail.

He admitted that he is human and prone to err but said the government had appealed his ruling.

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Maraga with Uhuru Kenyatta.
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David Kimutai is being laid to rest. Photo: Alamy
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The late Eunice Chepkwony who was shot alongside David Too in January 2008. Photo/FILE
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Late Ainamoi MP David Too who was gunned down.
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DP Ruto reveals source of his ‘questionable’ wealth

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Ruto has risen from being a son of a poor peasant to the deputy president of Kenya in questionable circumstances.
Deputy President William Ruto has once again opened up about the source of his ‘questionable wealth, and why some people believe he acquired it illegally.

Ruto has been accused of land grabbing and corruption that has seen him rise to become one of the richest people in the country and around the world.

He owns the Weston Hotel, notably, which is situated along the Lang’ata Road near Lang’ata Primary school. The hotel was accused of grabbing a playground belonging to the primary school, something that prompted massive protests by pupils and activists in 2015. As the poor students were demanding he leave their compound, he conspired to have them clobbered by police. Many of them were injured as he denied everything.

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Ruto’s residence in Karen. It is the home of the deputy president of Kenya.

The deputy president was also ordered by the High Court in June 2013 to return a 100-acre piece of land he had apparently grabbed from a farmer in Uasin Gishu, and pay the farmer KSh 5 million compensation.

Among those who have questioned Ruto’s source of wealth are former ally and Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo who at some time employed the deputy president as his ‘mtu wa mkono’.

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Ruto couldn’t control tears in 2013 when Uhuru Kenyatta won the presidency and he became deputy president.

However, addressing Kenyan journalists in the United States of America where he is attending a UN conference, Ruto exonerated himself from any wrong doing in acquiring his wealth and said it is due to hard work.

“I am very proud of my record. I understand that many people have a problem with the son of a peasant getting this far because normally it does not happen. But we have to wake up to a new reality that this is a Kenya where every child, irrespective of their background, where they come from, data of their parents, whether they are poor or where they come from, has a chance,” Ruto said.

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Ruto and Cyrus Jirongo were pals and worked under the YK 92 barner that supported former president Daniel Moi. Image: The Standard.

He added that he understands why some people have issues with his wealth and added that it all goes down to planning well.

“I understand some people have a problem with how far I have come. I have seen people complaining how did William Ruto get here? So I understand perfectly the people who believe that the only way to get anywhere is through shortcuts. We must all have an equal chance. It cuts both ways,” he added as quoted by Standard.
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Ruto attending the UN conference in New York, America.

Ruto has declared interest in the 2022 presidency. But the question is, can someone who has mismanaged public funds for personal gain and build major houses in an endless scam lead a country to prosperity?  This is the man Jacob Juma accused of planning to murder him and his prophesy turned to be true.

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RUTO subjected to frequent screening by police! He was mistreated like a thief at Intercontinental, New York

image.jpegSunday September 25, 2016 – Deputy President William Ruto has reportedly written a protest letter to the United States Government accusing the administration of not respecting him as Deputy President of the Republic of Kenya. However, Ruto refuses to recognize New York has faced terrorist attacks and that they have a right to screen everybody.

Ruto, who was in the US to represent President Uhuru Kenyatta at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) meeting in New York was shocked to learn that he was consigned and designated as a normal Kenyan like the rest of the citizens despite being the second in command in Kenya.

Though he was using a diplomatic passport, Ruto was subjected to frequent screening by police who were guarding the UN building and the hotel where he was staying.

In one instance, Ruto was almost thrown out of Inter Continental New York Times Square Hotel after he refused to be screen and searched.

Ruto had just arrived from a UN meeting when security staff ordered him to accept to be screened and searched.

He refused and this forced the no nonsense security to bar him from accessing the hotel.

He was later allowed after he agreed to be screened.

Over the last one week, US authorities have ordered all hotels in the country to be on red alert and screen everybody including Presidents and Deputy Presidents.

This is after Sunday’s bombings where 29 people were injured after terrorists planted bombs in different places in New York and New Jersey.

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I will not leave ODM, Funyula MP Paul Otuoma declares after skipping Ababu event

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Funyula MP Paul Otuoma with Cord leader Raila Odinga on Saturday. /COURTESY

Funyula MP Paul Otuoma has said he will not leave ODM for any party.

Otuoma, John Waluke (Sirisia) and Budalangi Mp Ababu Namwamba had resigned from ODM claiming they were “frustrated” by the party’s leadership.

It had been said the three were behind the ‘mulembe consciousness’ movement aimed at uniting Western residents and securing their place in politics.

“I am one of the founder member of ODM party. I cannot quit when almost all of our grievances have been met ranging from devolution to IEBC,” Otuoma said on Saturday.

The Funyula MP said he reached the decision after consulting with party leader Raila Odinga when they met on Friday.

“I am not leaving ODM and I am ready to retain my seat as the party’s vice chairman. I did not go anywhere,” Otuoma said in Siaya during the funeral of former Harambee Stars Assistant Coach James Siang’a.

He asked the party to discipline rebel MPs to restore peace.

“At times we need to solve some things at home. The rift in Budalangi and ODM should stop. If there is a fight in a household, it should be solved in the household,” he said.

On Thursday, Waluke and Otuoma skipped the launch of Ababu Namwamba’s Labour Party of Kenya.

Ababu quit his ODM secretary general post, at the same time that Otuoma and Waluke they will quit.

But following their absence at the launch in Nairobi, Ababu wrote on Twitter: “Cowards never write history…not even footnotes. History is written by the edge of the sword of valour,”

It is not clear why he posted the comment after unveiling Labour Party of Kenya, in reference to his ‘missing friends’.

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Why I skipped UN general assembly trip, Uhuru explains

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Uhuru Kenyatta

President Uhuru Kenyatta has explained why his last-minute cancellation of his trip to the US.

Uhuru, on Thursday, September 15, called off his trip to the United Nations General Assembly in New York but did not give any reason at the time.

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It is said that everything had been finalised for President Uhuru Kenyatta’s trip to the UN general assembly.
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The logistics for his trip had already been laid out and his protocol team was already at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA).

The president then delegated the duty to his Deputy William Ruto. Ruto flew to New York on Friday, September 16.

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Deputy President William Ruto with UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon. Ruto was sent to represent Uhuru at the UN general assembly. Image: DPPS

Uhuru, through his spokesman Manoah Esipisu, said there were pressing issues that he had to address in the country and the region.

“The reason for the cancellation, Manoah said, was because after the IGAD summit in Somalia, on September 13, there would be a series of follow-up sessions that the president needed to personally attend to,” NTV reported on Wednesday, September 21.
Manoah added that Uhuru had to stay in the country to address the issue of former South Sudan’s vice president Riek Machar’s asylum. These, according to State House, could not let Uhuru make the 10-day trip to Canada and US.

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However, the explanations did not seem convincing to some Kenyans.

First of all, other leaders from the region (who are also affected by the Somalia and South Sudan issues) attended the meeting.

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Other members of IGAD, Ethiopia Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn and Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni, attended the UN general assembly. Image: PSCU

Ethiopian prime minister, Hailemariam Desalegn, and Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni travelled to US for the UN assembly.

Secondly, there are no publicly known follow-up meetings after the IGAD summit in Somalia that Uhuru has attended.

READ ALSO: Mudavadi to join Raila Odinga before the 2017 General Election

Apparently, the only “notable” thing that the president has done since the cancellation of the trip was going for nyama choma at Kenyatta Market in Nairobi.

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President Uhuru Kenyatta at Kenyatta Market in Nairobi. Image: PSCU

According to David Kikaya, an international relations expert, there are possibilities that Uhuru cancelled the trip to avoid the talks on refugees following US President Barack Obama’s call.

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US President Barack Obama is said to have called President Uhuru Kenyatta to talk about refugees. Image: PSCU

The Kenyan government has maintained their decision to repatriate refugees mostly because they have become a security threat.

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Robert Alai claims Raila Odinga is a Jubilee mole to the dismay of Kenyans

Controversial blogger Robert Alai, has sensationally claimed that CORD Leader Raila Odinga is a Jubilee mole.

Robert Alai claims Raila Odinga is a Jubilee mole. Many kenyan suspect Robert Alai might have been compromised after he paid a State house Nairobi visit at the invitation of Uhuru Kenyatta.

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Blogger Robert Alai

The blogger shared his sentiments on his Facebook page, claiming the opposition leader is being used by the Jubilee administration to frustrate reforms in the country.

He further claimed that Raila Odinga had no intentions of vying for the presidency in 201 general elections.

Baba is being used effectively to scuttle reforms. As long as he makes his money, he doesn’t worry about actually securing the win of CORD/ODM,” read his post.

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0fgjhs5dfarck1pn9.1c260b73.jpgThe blogger indicated that the Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) party leader is only playing politics to make money.

Alai, widely known as a strong ODM supporter caused a storm on social media earlier when he said that Raila will not win in 2017.

The blogger later shared pictures with Raila Odinga after he had a meeting with him, probably to quell his sentiments.

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Robert Alai Onyango– a previous CORD 001 BLOGGER At state House Nairobi for the Energy Summit presided over by His Excellency Uhuru Kenyatta after he was comprised.

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Obama phones Uhuru, calls for free and fair elections and strong bilateral relations

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Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, right, watches as President Barack Obama, center, hugs his half-sister Auma Obama, after he arrived at Kenyatta International Airport, on Friday, July 24, 2015, in Nairobi, Kenya (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

President Uhuru Kenyatta received a calls from US President Barack Obama (pictured) on Monday, urging him to ensure elections are free and fair.

“The President [Obama] reiterated the importance of peaceful, free, and fair elections in Kenya in 2017 and his desire to continue his strong partnership with Kenya on a range of issues, including the effort to deliver a lasting defeat to al Shabaab in Somalia,” a statement from the White House said.

It said Obama made the call to discuss “issues of mutual importance during this week’s UN General Assembly meetings”.

The statement from the White House said the two also discussed “the strong US-Kenya bilateral relationship”.

“President Kenyatta offered his strong support for the objectives of the President’s Refugee Summit and the US-Africa Business Forum. The President [Obama] reiterated the international community’s appreciation for the efforts of long-term refugee hosting countries,” the statement said.

The White House said Obama appreciates Uhuru’s commitment to improve refugee access to education in Kenya.

“The leaders also discussed the importance of securing the entry into force of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change this year,” the statement said.

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