WHY RAILA WON MADARAKA DAY
We all know the story of the physically insecure bully who leverages on his ‘older brothers’ or his home town gangs to waylay his hitherto tough opponents. Such a coward often lurches onto ‘dirt’ or other undue advantages to score meaningless points in a battle that if fought on a levelled playing field, they stand zero chance of winning.
And so the President and his deputy displayed such cowardice on a day that was supposed to be a day of celebrating national comity and what brings Kenyans together as a people.
That Raila Odinga chose to attend the celebrations in Nyeri comes as no surprise to nobody given his knack for putting Kenya first.
However, the ‘tough guys’ steering the national ship saw an opportunity to double down on chest thumping and relegated the next president of Kenya to the periphery.
The unforced political faux pas, not only yielded dividends for the enigma, but it also exposed the unbelievable naivete of the ruling duo. All the gobbledygook that they coughed on the occasion ended up being treated as political hokum that it was. On the contrary, everyone is talking about the enigma!
The humiliating show clearly proves that Jubilee is still in disbelief. How can a man that they thought had expired, still be on a national political rampage giving them sleepless nights? The only way that they could feel important was to lock out the enigma out of the program and in essence, commit a juvenile protocol blunder not seen since the ‘tawala Kenya’ days!
Not a single sentence from the bellicose duo could match the enigma’s total silence! Picture that! Put differently, the enigma dominated the function without uttering a single word! It was a classic case of a MAN teaching young boys some much needed lessons without moving a muscle!
But how long will these amigos use the state apparatus to score juvenile political points? When they are not using GSU with big guns to intimidate Governor Joho in Mombasa, they are busy making bone-headed maneuvers to silence RAO in a function that’s supposed to be about Kenya.
Any student of history knows that powers derived from officialdom are temporary and can easily warn any mammal with a fraction of a brain to go slow on pulling the trigger.
To make it worse, they cannot pin this on the pliable civil servants in charge of protocol because we all know that under a schizophrenic administration like Jubilee, orders come from ‘above’ and trust me, they are not from God.
Thank you for giving Raila and NASA more airtime and while at it, we regret that you had the guts to mangle a national holiday just to settle political scores. 8.8.17 can’t get here soon enough.
Maraga, 65, will take over from Willy Mutunga, who retired in June 2016 if approved by President Uhuru Kenyatta and the National Assembly.
The Judicial Service Commission announced on Thursday that the CJ will assume office with immediate effect.
The Kisumu-based judge was the third to be interviewed for the
position of the next Chief Justice .
He was among 11 judges shortlisted by the Judicial Service Commission.
During the interviews, Maraga found himself at pains to demonstrate his expertise in applying the law in conflicting suits .
Attorney General Githu Muigai, one of the panelists, put him to the test, seeking to know how he would pass judgment in suits where two or several laws were at conflict.
He used a case study of a surrogate mother who decided not to give a child to its separated biological parents, who were both seeking custody.
Maraga admitted that the question was tricky but answered: “In this scenario, the child’s interest is paramount.”
NEW York .At least 29 people have been injured in an explosion in a crowded district of New York City.
The cause of the blast late on Saturday in Chelsea remains unclear. Mayor Bill de Blasio described it as “intentional” but said that there were no known links to terror.
The force of the blast blew out windows and could be heard several blocks away.
Another device, reportedly a pressure cooker rigged with wires, was later found in the same district.
None of the injuries is life-threatening but one is serious, New York’s fire commissioner said.
Most of those hurt suffered cuts and other minor injuries from glass and other debris.
The explosion occurred around 21:00 (01:00 GMT on Sunday). Witnesses said people ran in all directions following the “incredibly loud” blast.
Unconfirmed reports said the blast went off in a dustbin. Several blocks have been closed down by police.
“The initial indications is this was an intentional act,” Mr de Blasio said.
But he added: “We also want to be upfront saying that there is no evidence at this point of a terror connection to this incident.”
Law enforcement officials said that the device found at the second Chelsea location appeared to be a pressure cooker attached to wiring and a mobile phone. Police said it had been removed safely.
Chelsea is among the most fashionable districts of Manhattan and its bars and restaurants are usually crowded at the weekend.
Rudy Alcide, a bouncer at a nightclub in the area, said the blast was “extremely loud, almost like thunder, but louder”.
RJ Demello, who was nearby at the time, said “we were in disbelief while it was happening, saying like how, why would anybody do this on purpose, especially in this part of town”.
President Barack Obama is being kept up to date on the investigation, a White House official said.
Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton told reporters she had been in touch with New York officials.
“Obviously we need to do everything we can to support our first responders and pray for the victims,” she said.
“I’ll have more to say about it when we actually know the facts,” she added.
Speaking at a rally in Colorado before police had commented on the cause of the blast, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump told supporters that a “bomb” had gone off.
He said: “Nobody knows exactly what’s going on, but boy, we are living in a time – we better get very tough, folks.”
The blast comes after a pipe bomb explosion in neighbouring New Jersey hours earlier along the route of a planned charity race.
No injuries were reported, and Mr de Blasio said there was no evidence of a link.
Professor Ojienda : this is my last question to you: I can confirm that your allegiance to this country is palpable and that you are ready to be sworn in as Chief Justice By President Kenyatta,
Professor Makau: Correct
Professor Ojienda : Why do you then keep referring to President Kenyatta as “Mr Kenyatta?”
Professor Mutua: That is my choice. The same way you can refer to me as Mr. Mutua and not professor Mutua or refer to the commissioner next to you as Mr. Githu Muigai as opposed to Professor Githu Muigai. It is the choice of title and it is absolutely constitutional.
Professor Ojienda: I am satisfied Mr. Mutua.
Githu Muigai: Does that mean that you do not recognize him as your President?
Makau Mutua: The question of my recognizing Mr Kenyatta as President doesn’t arise. There’s no constitutional predicate that requires a citizen to bow down to Mr Kenyatta just because the IEBC and the Supreme Court declared him the validly elected President. That’s the opinion of those institutions, with which I disagree with all due respect to them.
Citizens must obey their conscience and my conscience tells me that the election was so flawed that I would be untruthful to myself and abusive to my conscience, if I was to refer to refer to Uhuru Kenyatta by any other salutation except Mr Kenyatta.
Githu Muigai: Can you call Uhuru Kenyatta- President Uhuru Kenyatta, or will you forever stick to your normal Mr Uhuru Kenyatta?
Makau Mutua: I believe Uhuru Kenyatta’s gender is male. That’s why I address him as Mr Kenyatta. I don’t call him Uhuru or Kenyatta, but Mr Kenyatta, which is what proper educated protocol requires. I have never disputed that the IEBC declared Mr Kenyatta President of the Republic of Kenya, a declaration that was affirmed by the Supreme Court. In that sense, Mr Kenyatta was declared by those two bodies the de jure and de facto the President of the Republic of Kenya. I publicly stated and tweeted after those declarations that “As a matter of freedom of conscience and thought, I can’t accept Uhuru Kenyatta as President of Kenya. I can’t and won’t.” My views haven’t changed, and won’t change. That’s because I believe the election was compromised and not free or fair.
Overall Professor Makau Mutua defended a tweet he wrote in 2013 saying he will have no problem working with President Uhuru Kenyatta if appointed Chief Justice shaming Prof Githu Muigai who in the interview seemed determined to bring down the Harvard trained professor.
The tweet read: “As a matter of my freedom of conscience and thought, I can’t accept Uhuru Kenyatta as President of Kenya. I can’t and won’t.”
He told the Judicial Service Commission panel on Wednesday that the tweet was his personal view as a citizen.
“I never said Uhuru is not fit to serve. I dissented with the Supreme Court decision. My view was that ICC suspects should not offer themselves to vie for office,” he said.
He said as CJ, there will be a difference between ‘citizen Makau Mutua’, who has a right to dissent, and “Chief Justice Makau Mutua”.
“I regard the CJ’s job as one to lead, inspire, provide vision for the Judiciary. I don’t regard the CJ’s job as that of a legal mechanic, I regard it as that of a judicial leader.
Mutua further noted that his interest as a lawyer has not been courtroom experience but the relationship between the state and the individual.
“We teach and train our students as lawyers to perform many functions in society. Knowledge is not mechanical and I am very proud of my legal experience,” he said.