President Uhuru Kenyatta has commended parties to the South Sudan peace process for the progress achieved in recent months despite the health and economic difficulties posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
The President underscored the setting up of the executive arm of the Revitalized Transitional Government of National Unity (TGoNU), the agreement on responsibility-sharing at the state level as well as the appointments of state Governors as key success indicators in the peace process.
“I wish to note that in the last five months, we have witnessed positive political momentum in the South Sudan peace process. Through significant compromises made by the parties, a number of important milestones and breakthroughs have been achieved,” President Kenyatta said.
The President spoke today at State House, Nairobi during a virtual meeting of the 36th assembly of IGAD Heads of State and Government.
The Summit was convened by the Prime Minister of Sudan Dr Abdalla Hamdok who is also the current Chairperson of the IGAD Assembly of Heads of State and Government to among other matters assess the South Sudan peace process and review regional Covid-19 response measures.
On the security situation in South Sudan, President Kenyatta said it was encouraging that the permanent ceasefire is holding.
He, however, cautioned against an increase in communal violence saying the insecurity risks worsening the already dire humanitarian situation in the country.
“If the situation remains unchecked, these seasonal and perennial conflicts could have wider repercussions on larger security environment,” President Kenyatta said.
The President appealed to South Sudanese leaders to work towards strengthening institutions of governance so as to attain sustainable peace and stability in their country.
On Covid-19, President Kenyatta commended joint response measures adopted by IGAD member states for helping slow down the spread of the virus in the region.
The President also spoke about Kenya’s election to the UN Security Council saying the country “will carry the aspirations of all (UN) member states and continue to prioritize regional and African issues during its tenure.”
In his remarks, the Executive Secretary of IGAD Workneh Gebeyehu said the region’s socioeconomic stability has been strained by several current challenges among them the desert locust invasion, floods and the Covid-19 crisis.
Dr Gebeyehu said the multilateral approaches adopted by IGAD member states were helping alleviate adverse effects of these challenges on regional economies.
On the South Sudan peace process, Dr Gebeyehu applauded the steady progress achieved despite the challenge posed by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Besides President Kenyatta and Prime Minister Hamdok, other Heads of State and Government who addressed today’s summit were Presidents Ismail Omar Guelleh (Djibouti), Mohamed Abdullahi (Somalia), Salva Kiir Mayardit (South Sudan), Yoweri Museveni (Uganda) and Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (Ethiopia).
Also present was Kenya’s special envoy to the South Sudan peace process Dr Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka as well as representatives of the African Union, the European Union and other IGAD partner institutions.
Foreign Affairs CS Amb Raychelle Omamo and Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua also attended the virtual meeting.
Beledweyne (HOL) – A plane belonging to a regional operator based in Nairobi has crashed at Ugas Khalif Airport in Beledweyne.
The de Havilland Canada DHC-8-400, turboprop plane operated by Bluebird Aviation crashed during landing with three occupants – two pilots and one ground engineer – who have survived the accident.
The aircraft is destroyed and unsalvageable.
The flight crew are expected to remain within Somalia and meet with Somali Civil Aviation authorities to investigate the accident, as per aviation regulations.
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HOL contacted Somalia’s Director of Civil Aviation, Ahmed Moalin Hassan, who said that the plane, registration number 5Y-VVU, was charted by the US Department of Defense in support of the AMISOM mission near the area. He added that the flight manifest suggested that the plane was carrying food supplies.
The Civil Aviation Director added that the airport in Beledweyne is now temporarily closed.
A separate source close to the investigation had told HOL that the plane was travelling with another Bluebird Aviation cargo plane before it crashed. The second plane was redirected to Mogadishu.
This is the fourth aviation accident in Somalia in the last four months.
The registration number of a bus that was involved in a grisly road accident in October 2018 has mysteriously resurfaced on a lorry.
The strange happening has come to light after Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya posted on his Twitter account a picture of himself flagging off a lorry at a site in Shinyalu, Kakamega County where a water project worth Sh90 million is to be put-up.
However, Kenyans quickly raised concerns after it emerged that the lorry’s registration number (KBX 092J) is identical to that of a bus that was involved in a grisly road accident two years ago in Kericho.
The accident claimed more than 55 lives and a day after it happened police officers said that they had arrested the owners.
It remains unclear what really happened after the owners of the ill-fated bus were arrested and how the number plate was fitted on the lorry.
Being a politician in Kenya on the digital age is not easy. Records of pledges are easily pulled out and juxtaposed to what has been delivered. The days of standing at podiums and pledging to make mountains of ice on the blistering sun are all gone.
For instance, Kenyans on social media today took to Twitter to vent their frustrations and ridicule DP William Ruto for dividing Kenyans into tribal groupings, and for politicking over 2022 at the expense of development.
Using the hashtag #CongratulationsRuto, KOT has created mockery campaign posters for the second in command, listing his ‘achievements’ mentioning that they will vote for him in 2022.
Kenyans put DP Ruto to task criticizing him for only engaging in politics instead of assisting President Uhuru in realizing the Jubilee dream for Kenyans.
Visibly angry netizens have had enough of the corruption scandals in the country, and are coming up with new brilliant hashtags to at least help in fighting the vice that has ailed Kenya for years.
Here are more comments on the hashtag;
In many and almost every situation there are usually two sides of the coin. It may be the heads or the tails, the high and the low or with the commonality of the good and the bad. As a country we are blessed with leaders who endeavor to have the interests of Kenyans. One such leader is Deputy President William Ruto whose actions and reactions have done Kenya great good, almost redefining the path of the country.
We choose to recognize Ruto’s efforts in fighting corruption having pocketed billions of shillings meant for development of dams. Development that was meant for his community and surrounding neighbours especially in the Kimwarer – Arror dams scandal; but for now they had to wait because having the said amounts was of national importance as Ruto builds his empire. Whether Sh7 or Sh21 billion, the difference was the same for Ruto as he had hit a major jackpot defining his loot as some ‘mere’ billions that would in his views be hardly notice.
The DP has done great good in ensuring the close suffocation of the country’s bread basket to ensure maize farmers get no returns for their harvests. He did well in the National Cereals Produce Board when he instructed the payment of ingenuine farmers – a cartel – to be paid up for their ‘air harvest’ leaving out maize farmers in Uasin Gishu and the surrounding regions to cry with their rotting maize. As a word of encouragement, Ruto saw it fit that they should turn to other alternative food and cash crops and leave him merry making with his cartels to import maize unfit for human consumption. And indeed Kenyans did consume maize with aflatoxin back in 2017 which has had a ripple effect with a rise in cancer cases in the country.
Ruto deserves accolades for taking away the lives of innocent Kenyans who appeared as obstacles to his goals and objectives. Kenyans who would have done the Deputy President wrong by offering information that would be lethal for his political career of theft and wanton killings. He skillfully eliminated witnesses of the Kiambaa church that would have spoiled his name and reputation. He deserves a glass of champagne, for his involvement in the Sh39 billion arms scandal where he ensured Sergeant Kenei would never speak against him as he was meticulously murdered and made to appear as a suicide. Being a friend and confidant, Ruto knew that Kenei would do anything for him including giving up his life to protect Dr.Ruto.
Ruto has been the ultimate man of unity throughout his political career, flying around the country with tax payers money while engaging in divisive politics. Divisive politics that has catapulted him to leadership complementing it with manipulation and blackmail after isolating parties, communities and groups. He has done this as well in the backdrop of churches where he has donates millions in public but taken it back and a lot more of it in private. Holding the church in high esteem, Dr Ruto has doctored all his undertaking in churches and harambees are a source of income through loot and deception.
With his justified actions, Ruto is well able to take the country to the next level of turmoil, underdevelopment and poverty as he grows his empire. This deserves an honorary doctorate as Ruto is indeed a man of means and power.
Ivory Coast’s Vice-President Daniel Kablan Duncan has resigned.
His resignation follows the sudden death of the Prime Minister Amadou Gon Coulibaly last week.
The secretary-general of the Ivory Coast presidency, Patrick Achi, said that Kablan Duncan was leaving “for personal reasons.”
Deputy President William Ruto, Ivory Coast Prime Minister Daniel Kablan Duncan and Mali President Ibrahim Boubacar during the closing the Energy Gap in Africa at the World Economic Forum in Davos Switzerland. January 23rd, 2015 Picture Charles Kimani\DPPS
Deputy President William Ruto at the Federation of Kenya Employers (FKE) Inaugural Chief Executives’ Luncheon held at InterContinental Hotel. 29th January 2015
In 2016, Deputy President William Ruto travelled to Abidjan twice where he met Mr Kablan one time on official duty to represent Uhuru at the Africa CEO Forum and the other time on personal business where he was hosted by Mr Kablan.
Unverified reports indicate they are business partners.
The vice-president had put in his resignation letter to President Alassane Ouattara in February, Mr Achi noted.
“After several communications, the last of which took place on Tuesday 7 July 2020, the president of the republic took note of his resignation and proceeded to sign the decree terminating Daniel Kablan Duncan,” Mr Achi said in a statement.
Mr Kablan was appointed as vice-president in 2017, the first to occupy the new position created by a new constitution the previous year following a referendum.
He had previously served as prime minister.