President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned the opposition alliance, Cord, against holding protests to demand the removal of top officials of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission.
Speaking in Kenyenya, Kisii County, President Kenyatta pledged that all Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) in the country will be assisted by the government in ongoing resettlement and compensation process.
His Deputy William Ruto, urged residents to support Jubilee government ahead of next year’s General Election, while warning opposition leaders against causing unrest in the country.
On Wednesday, President Kenyatta asked CORD leader Raila Odinga to consider using constitutional channels in his quest to have IEBC disbanded instead of using demonstrations.
Speaking at Kebirigo market in Nyamira County during the commissioning of the tarmacking of 14 kilometer Kebirigo -Mosobeti road, Kenyatta criticized Raila’s use of demonstrations when he was well aware of the right channels to follow.
The President questioned why Raila resorted to what he termed as ‘divisive politics’ when he was the biggest proponent of the 2010 constitution.
“I did not put the commissioners in office and I will not be the one to remove them,” said the President in Kisii Town, as he wound up his two-day tour of the larger Gusii region.
“Should I attempt to do so, I will be breaking the law and I will be taken to court.”
He told Cord leader Raila Odinga, who has been spearheading the campaign: “Just do the right thing and come up with a petition giving reasons why the officials should go home. Even if you protest for a year, it will be of no consequence.”
"The IEBC had no say on who Kenya’s leaders would be since this was a preserve of Kenyans," President Kenyatta said.
Deputy President William Ruto challenged Cord leaders to cite sections of the Constitution that allow one to remove a public official from office by force.
“Can they tell us which part of the Constitution allows anyone to remove any public officer, be it an assistant chief or anyone else for that matter, from office by use of force,” he said, and asked the President to jealously guard the Constitution.
Said the DP: “We are not prepared to go through mass action and any violence of the kind that we experienced in 2007. Never again should we go through that route. All we want is peace.”
The President said his administration would not allow anyone to divide Kenyans on tribal lines.
“It is Kenyans who will suffer most if we blindly follow such leaders,” he warned, and pledged to have all the internally displaced people in the region compensated.
“It is alright to have political differences but let them be on ideology, not anything that can breed violence. In Jubilee, our stand is building a united Kenya. This is what we will be striving to achieve…let’s go easy on anything that may divide us.”
Papa Wemba, whose career spanned five decades, first burst onto the African music scene in the 1960s
Papa Wemba, known around the world as the "king of Congolese rumba", has died after collapsing on stage during a concert.
The musician fell ill on Saturday while performing at a music festival in Abidjan in Ivory Coast. He was 66.
The cause of his death is not known yet.Baudouin Banza Mukalay, culture minister of the Democratic Republic of Congo, confirmed his death, calling it a "great loss for the country and all of Africa".
"He was known as a true trendsetter," Suzanna Omiyo, a Kenyan musician, told Al Jazeera.
"One thing I remember about Papa Wemba was his way of performing and the fact that he was able to take African music to the global map. I believe he was one of the greatest musicians."
Video footage showed the moment when he slumped to the floor behind a group of dancers before performers rushed to his aid.
"Papa Wemba wanted to die on stage, that's what he told me two weeks ago when I spoke to him on the phone," Salif Traore, a festival promoter and singer also known as A'Salfo, told the AFP news agency.
'The music does not die'
The electric performer first burst on to the African music scene in the 1960s and scored one chart-topper after another, fusing African traditions with Western pop and rock influences.
In a career spanning nearly five decades, he won many fans across Africa and the French-speaking world.
His fame grew in the West after collaborations with musicians such as Peter Gabriel and Stevie Wonder.
Papa Wemba settled in France in 1986 as his renown began to reach as far as Japan, dazzled by the African dandy who was dressed by the world's leading designers.
He went on to reach a wider public thanks to a world music album produced by France's Martin Meissonnier in 1988, which blended African and Western sounds.
Papa Wemba parted ways with the Real World record label founded by Gabriel in 1999, but he remained immensely popular in Africa, taking part in major music events, including a concert in London for Nelson Mandela's 90th birthday.
He was convicted by a Paris court in 2004 of smuggling illegal immigrants into France by disguising them as members of his entourage, but walked free as he had already served four months behind bars.
Fans and colleagues paid their respects over social media and in person on Sunday.
Eric Didia, a promoter of Congolese music in Ivory Coast and friend of Wemba who was at the Ivosep morgue on Sunday morning, said Wemba will long be remembered.
"I do not know if this is a loss for African music, because the music does not die. People can listen to Papa Wemba songs in 50 years, in 100 years," he said.
Deputy President attended St.Joseph Church Dagoretti
The deputy president said it is absolutely clear that there will be no room for violence because of political competition.
a healthy worker immunizing a child in Nakuru after influenza outbreak
Former radio broadcaster Joshua Sang’s political ambitions have been dealt a blow after elders told him to drop his dream of becoming a senator in the Rift Valley region and try something else.
Mr Sang announced his plans to vie for a political seat in the Rift Valley region after his case alongside Deputy President William Ruto was terminated by the ICC.
The elders told him to shelve his political ambitions and support former Cabinet Minister Kipruto Arap Kirwa.
The elders noted that the seat was 'too big' for Mr Sang at the moment, and he should find something else to keep him busy.
Led by Vincent Rono, the elders said the community was rallying behind Mr Kirwa, and that Mr Sang’s decision will sabotage the community’s political agenda.
“We have settled on Mr Kirwa to succeed Mr Ole Ndiema. Mr Sang’s announcement to contest the same seat is unwelcome,” he said.
Kenya celebrates after beating fiji in singapore during the seven's.
The east Africans, who had twice finished runner-up in tournaments, blew the Fijians off the park with six tries in the first-half, including two by Collins Injera who took his career tally to 228 touchdowns, just two behind Argentina's Santiago Gomez Cora's world record of 230.
"Winning this final means more to me than the tries," Injera said. "I'm not focussed on them because the ultimate goal is to medal at the Olympics.Despite being weary after winning in Hong Kong last week and missing a handful of their top players, Fiji were still overwhelming favourites to win the final at Singapore's National Stadium because of an ability to fight their way back into games.
In Sunday's quarter-final Fiji scored two tries in the last minute to overturn a nine-point deficit and beat Australia 19-14.Then they scored another two tries in the last minute to defeat South Africa 26-21 in the semis."We're not blaming fatigue, we were beaten by a better team," Fiji coach Ben Ryan said.
"In the final, Kenya extinguished us. They suffocated us and we couldn't get our game going, the boys are going to learn some lessons there."Kenya also had to work hard to reach just their third final, and the first since 2013, with Injera landing a 40-metre drop goal penalty after the siren for a 15-12 win over Argentina in the semis.But they saved their best for the decider.Oscar Ayodi scored in the first minute then Injera crossed twice and Samuel Oliech once, to give Kenya a commanding 20-0 lead at halftime.
Fiji threatened to fight back when Jerry Tuwai scored under the posts shortly after the re-start but tries from replacements Nelson Oyoo and Frank Wanyama put the icing on Kenya's greatest triumph in rugby.
"This means a lot," Injera said. "Kenyan rugby has come a long way and getting one over on Fiji is really special."They are the strongest team. They are leading the championship but we kept believing. We kept working hard. We kept playing hard ball and the results speak for themselves."
Despite the shock loss Fiji still extended their lead at the top of the series standings to eight points after eight of the 10 rounds to remain favourites to win gold when Sevens rugby debuts at the Olympics in August.
"I think world rugby will be thrilled with the results because the top table in Sevens is not a monopoly, it's not like 15s, there's a whole load of sides that are pushing hard and I think we're going to see the same things in the Olympic Games," Ryan said.
"We're eight points clear in the world standings but our feet are firmly on the ground after that because Kenya really played outstandingly well."
South Africa leapfrogged New Zealand into second spot after beating Argentina 28-0 in the third-place play-off, while the Kiwis dropped to third after finishing sixth in Singapore.
South Africa also finished third in Hong Kong last week and coach Neil Powell said the team was close to breaking through.
"Sometimes you need a bit of motivation just to show you're doing the right things but I can assure you we're on the right track and the boys know it's just one or two mistakes, one or two bounces of the ball, and it could be different," he said.
Samoa beat New Zealand 26-21 in the Plate final while Scotland defeated the United States 14-10 in the Bowl final and Russia downed Wales 24-7 in the Shield final.