Kenya: Defiant Odingo sworn in as president

Govt blocks live transmission of event In a ceremony that Kenya’s government warned would be treason, opposition leader Raila Odinga

Govt blocks live transmission of event

In a ceremony that Kenya’s government warned would be treason, opposition leader Raila Odinga yesterday was sworn in as “the people’s president” during a mock inauguration protesting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s new term after months of deadly election turmoil.

The government cut live transmission of the country’s top three TV channels as a huge crowd of tens of thousands gathered in a Nairobi park for the event. Kenyatta had “expressly threatened to shut down and revoke the licenses of any media house” that aired live broadcasts, the Kenya Editors Guild said in a statement.

Though police were withdrawn without explanation at Uhuru Park, a heavy police presence remained in the capital’s slums, which are opposition strongholds. Odinga said he felt vulnerable attending the “swearing-in” after his security was withdrawn.

The 73-year-old Odinga took an oath holding a Bible over his head, amid cheers. The opposition leader called the ceremony a step toward establishing a functioning democracy in Kenya, East Africa’s economic hub.

“We are seeing the return of an authoritarian, imperial presidency in our country and rule by fiat, and this must be resisted,” he told the Kenya Television Network ahead of the ceremony. Afterward, he updated his Twitter profile to call himself “President of the Republic of Kenya.”

There was no immediate response from Kenya’s government. Kenyatta was expected to speak to the media later Tuesday.

The mock ceremony came after months of political uncertainty. Kenya’s Supreme Court nullified the August election after Odinga claimed that hackers infiltrated the electoral commission’s computer system and changed results in favor of Kenyatta.

The ruling was the first time a court had overturned a presidential election in Africa. The court cited irregularities and illegalities and said it ruled against Kenyatta because the electoral commission refused to open its computer system for court scrutiny.

The court ordered a fresh election in October that Kenyatta won and Odinga boycotted, claiming a lack of electoral reforms. Last week the opposition released what it called “authentic” election results showing Odinga won the August vote, but it refused to say how it obtained the information from the electoral commission’s computer servers. The electoral commission called those results “fake.”

Police at first had vowed to block opposition supporters from attending Tuesday’s ceremony, leading to fears of violence. The government-funded Kenya National Commission on Human Rights has said at least 92 people were killed and dozens of others were sexually assaulted during the months of election turmoil.

Most were opposition supporters.

Rights advocates accuse Kenyatta’s administration of violating constitutionally guaranteed freedoms including those of assembly and expression.

UK delegation, APC leader hold talks on 2019 polls

Romanus Ugwu, Abuja A delegation of the United Kingdom government has visited the national headquarters of the All Progressives Congress

Romanus Ugwu, Abuja

A delegation of the United Kingdom government has visited the national headquarters of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to discuss, among other things, the 2019 general elections with the national leadership of the party.

The UK delegation led by the Head of West Africa Department at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) in London, Rob Dixon.

During the close door meeting, the APC chairman John Odigie expressed the commitment of the President Muhammadu-led administration to deliver on its 2015 election promises.

Oyegun also highlighted the achievements recorded by the administration in the area of economic diversification, infrastructure, anti-corruption and security, particularly in the country’s North East, thanking the UK government for its continued cooperation and support for the administration.

Speaking to journalists after the close-door meeting,  revealed that the meeting dwelt extensively on the forthcoming 2019 general election and UK’s engagements in Nigeria.

His words: “We talked about the extent of the UK’s engagements in Nigeria and also asked the APC national chairman on his perspectives on political developments in Nigeria.

Medical student killed by lover for turning down marriage proposal

A medical student, Asma Rani, has been killed by her lover, Mujahid Afridi, for turning down his marriage proposal in

A medical student, Asma Rani, has been killed by her lover, Mujahid Afridi, for turning down his marriage proposal in Pakistan.

NAIJ.com gathered that Rani turned down the proposal because she wanted to be a medical doctor first.

Tribune reports that the third year MBBS student of Ayub Medical College was shot dead on Saturday, January 27. She however named 24-year-old Afridi and his friend as her killer in a statement before she died. Afridi was said to have fled to Saudi Arabia just immediately he allegedly committed the grievous act.

Medical student killed for turning down marriage proposal because she wants to become a doctor

Asma Rani (Photo source: Tribune Express)

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Talking to the Express Tribune, DPO Kohat Abbas Majeed Marwat said: “Mujahid had an Umrah visa in advance and he left for Saudi Arabia the very same day after committing the crime. The man [Mujahid] is the nephew of PTI local district president. There is no pressure on police and we are trying to arrest both the accused in the case.”

Medical student killed for turning down marriage proposal because she wants to become a doctor

Funeral prayer is being offered for Asma on Monday (Photo source: Tribune Express)

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Rani was laid to rest in her ancestral town of Saray Norang, Bannu. Thousands gathered to attend her last rites and demanded justice on behalf of the dead.

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It could be recalled that a lady went on one knee to propose to her man at Ikeja City Mall (ICM) but the young man declined the proposal. The lady was left in uncontrollable tears.

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Raila Odinga Swears Himself In As Kenyan President

Kenya’s main opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has declared himself the “people’s president” at a controversial “swearing-in” ceremony in the capital.

Kenya’s main opposition leader, Raila Odinga, has declared himself the “people’s president” at a controversial “swearing-in” ceremony in the capital.

Thousands of his supporters attended the event, despite a government warning that it amounted to treason.

The authorities shut down TV stations to prevent live coverage of the event.

President Uhuru Kenyatta was sworn in for a second term last November. He won an election re-run in October, but Mr Odinga boycotted it.

Elections were first held in August but the courts ordered a re-run, saying Mr Kenyatta’s victory was marred by irregularities.

Holding a Bible in his right hand at a park in Nairobi, Mr Odinga declared that he was answering to a “high[er] calling to assume the office of the people’s president of the Republic of Kenya”.

People had had enough of election rigging and the event was a step towards establishing a proper democracy in the East African state, Mr Odinga told a cheering crowd.

Speaking earlier to Kenyan broadcaster KTN, Mr Odinga said his “swearing-in” was intended to “show the world that what we are doing is legal, constitutional and not something you can remotely describe as a coup”.

It was a public relations stunt that ended in disappointment for many opposition supporters, says the BBC’s Alastair Leithead in Nairobi.

Mr Odinga turned up for just 20 minutes. He signed a statement, swore an oath and left the stage, leaving his supporters wondering why it was such a low-key affair, he adds.

His deputy, Kalonzo Musyoka, was not at the event, and Mr Odinga said Mr Musyoka would be “sworn-in” at a later date.

However, his absence suggested there were divisions in Mr Odinga’s National Super Alliance, our correspondent says.

One of them, Larry Oyugi, said there was nothing illegal about Tuesday’s event: “We have warned the police enough and we are also going as per the constitution. The constitution of Kenya, article one, allows all Kenyans to exercise their power directly.

“This is why we are here to exercise our powers by gathering here and also article 37 allows peaceful assembly. We are citizens of this country, we are allowed to peacefully assemble here and elect our president as per the constitution.”

Police allowed the event to take place, despite warning earlier that they would prevent it from going ahead.

US Begins Tougher Scrutiny As Ban IS Lifted From 11 ‘High-Risk’ Countries

The United States has lifted its ban on refugees from 11 “high-risk” countries. This ban was released on Monday, with

The United States has lifted its ban on refugees from 11 “high-risk” countries.

This ban was released on Monday, with the country stating that citizens seeking to enter the US would come under much tougher scrutiny than in the past.

“It’s critically important that we know who is entering the United States,” said Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen.

“These additional security measures will make it harder for bad actors to exploit our refugee program, and they will ensure we take a more risk-based approach to protecting the homeland.”

The 11 countries, hit with a ban in October in the Trump administration’s revised refugee policy, were not identified officially.

But those affected originally comprise Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Liabya, Mali, North Korea, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had last year justified the ban.

“The President is carrying out his duty to protect the American people”, he said in a statement.

“The State Department will coordinate with other federal agencies to implement these measures in an orderly manner.

“We will continue to work closely with our allies and partners who share our commitment to national and global security.”

 

Photos, video of Ghanaian journalist’s wedding in Hare Krishna Temple causes stir on social media

Entertainment journalist Osarfo Anthony made headlines over the weekend with his beautiful wedding to his wife Badu as they tied

Entertainment journalist Osarfo Anthony made headlines over the weekend with his beautiful wedding to his wife Badu as they tied the knot with an “Indian-themed” Hare Krishna wedding.

The journalist and his wife who are both members of the Hare Krishna Church in Ghana were seen in photos and videos at their nuptials at a well-attended ceremony.

The wedding was attended by many colleague journalists and big names in the entertainment industry including movie producer, Socrates Sarfo.

Video of entertainment journalist and wife’s

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Video of entertainment journalist and wife’s

The couple were seen in a video being joined together o Holy Matrimony by one of the leaders. Some of the marriage customs were performed with the couple joining in as and when needed.

The couple were assisted by two others who were kneeling and were also reciting verses from the Holy Scriptures.

The wedding which was held in Accra saw the guests of the wedding seated around tables and enjoyed the ceremony.

The couple were dressed in colorful “Indian-themed” fabrics and were seen beaming with smiles when the ceremony came to a close.

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Osarfo Anthony and his new bride were later spotted holding hands as they were presented to the guests who were present at their wedding.

One social media user who watched the video online commented, “Hahaha haba now....my country(in twi tonation) we don't like fire not when its concerns wedding except we are destroying our enemies what happened to all the @wizkidayo songs what happened to all the dancing steps...you people are sure going somewhere...”

Another internet user had this to say, “Now I see why WWE disclaims DON'T TRY THIS AT HOME! Those Indians should better start doing same oh”.

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Kabul Blast: Ambulance Bomb Kills 90, Wounds 151

AN EXPLOSIVES-PACKED ambulance blew up in a crowded area of Kabul today killing at least 90 people and wounding 151

AN EXPLOSIVES-PACKED ambulance blew up in a crowded area of Kabul today killing at least 90 people and wounding 151 others, officials said, in one of the biggest blasts to rock the war-torn city in recent years.

The Taliban-claimed assault, the second carried out by the militant group in the Afghan capital in a week, triggered chaotic scenes as terrified survivors fled the area scattered with body parts and hospitals were overwhelmed by the large number of wounded.

It came as both the insurgents and the Islamic State group have escalated their attacks on Kabul, one of the deadliest places in Afghanistan for civilians.

An AFP reporter saw “lots of dead and wounded” civilians in the Jamuriate hospital, which is metres away from the blast and where medical staff struggled to treat the bloodied men, women and children lying on the floor in corridors.

“The latest toll has reached 90 dead and 151 wounded,” Baryalai Hilali, the director of the government media centre, told reporters.

He warned the death toll might rise as some of the wounded brought to hospitals were in a “critical condition”.

The blast happened in an area where several high-profile organisations, including the European Union, have offices. Members of the EU delegation in Kabul were in their “safe room” and there were no casualties, an official told AFP.

The force of the explosion shook windows of buildings at least two kilometres (more than a mile) away and caused some low-rise structures in the immediate vicinity to collapse.

The suicide bomber passed through at least one checkpoint in the ambulance, saying he was taking a patient to Jamuriate hospital, an interior ministry spokesman told AFP.

“At the second checkpoint he was recognised and blew his explosive-laden car,” Nasrat Rahimi said.

Twenty minutes before the blast an AFP reporter saw police checking ambulances several hundred metres from the scene of the explosion, as the drivers and patients stood on the street. Ambulances are rarely checked in the city.

The Taliban used social media to claim responsibility for the attack, which comes exactly a week after its insurgents stormed Kabul’s landmark Intercontinental hotel, killing at least 25 people, the majority foreigners.

‘Massacre’

Photos shared on social media purportedly of the blast, which the presidential palace quickly condemned as a “crime against humanity”, showed a huge plume of smoke rising into the sky.

Near the blast site civilians walked through debris-covered streets carrying wounded on their backs as others loaded several bodies at a time into ambulances and private cars to take them to medical facilities around the city.

The Italian NGO Emergency said seven dead and 70 wounded had been taken to its hospital, with its coordinator Dejan Panic tweeting that it had been a “massacre”.

A photo posted on Emergency’s Twitter account showed hospital staff treating injured people in an outdoor walkway next to a garden.

A man told Ariana TV he had taken his wounded brother to Jamuriate and Emergency hospitals but had been turned away.

“They are asking people with non-life threatening wounds to go to other hospitals,” he said.

Aminullah, whose stationery shop is just metres from where the explosion happened, said the force of the explosion shook the foundations of his building.

“The building shook. All our windows broke. The people are in shock in our market,” he told AFP.

A man told Tolo News he was passing the area when the explosion happened.

“I heard a big bang and I fainted,” he said, outside the Emergency hospital.

“There were dozens of people who were killed and wounded. There were pools of blood.”

The offices of the High Peace Council, charged with negotiating with the Taliban, are also near the blast site.

“It targeted our checkpoint. It was really huge — all our windows are broken,” Hassina Safi, a member of High Peace Council, told AFP.

“So far we don’t have any reports if any of our members are wounded or killed.”

A security alert issued on Saturday morning had warned that the Islamic State group was planning “to conduct aggressive attacks” on supermarkets, shops and hotels frequented by foreigners.

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