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Karua Challenges Supreme Court Verdict In Tanzania

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Azimio La Umoja deputy presidential candidate, Martha Karua, filed a petition at the East African Court of Justice (EACJ) in Tanzania to oppose the Supreme Court ruling that upheld President William Ruto’s win.

Karua, alongside Muslims for Human Rights (MUHURI) director, Khalif Khelef, wrote to the court on Thursday, November 4, arguing that their August 9 election grievances were not addressed by the apex court.

“We are filing this reference not only to enable the truth to come to light but also so that we can secure guarantees of non-recurrence of failures in this sensitive area of elections in the future,” the document concluded.

“We took our dispute to the Supreme Court, hoping for a fair hearing. However, it undermined the rule of law by violating the right to a fair trial,” read the court documents.

According to the petitioners, the ruling made on Monday, September 5, was not a reflection of thorough investigations as it downplayed the nation’s integrity.

Furthermore, the petitioners argued that the apex court failed to oversee thorough scrutiny of the election technology.

Karau lamented that the recommendations made by the apex court on reforming Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) were less effective since the existing mistakes were not punished.

“The Court also found that the Chairperson of the IEBC conducted the election in an unlawful manner, but these findings, again, had no legal consequences. Our petitions were dismissed with epithets and name-calling,” the documents read on.

Khelef and Karua also sued the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC), stating that it failed to address its problematic Voter Register, issues that were identified from the previous audits.

“The issues around the Register could, and did, affect the integrity of the results purported to be a razor-thin difference, announced in controversial circumstances,” they stated.

Karua reiterated that petitioners were denied access to the IEBC servers as directed by the Supreme Court, further defying the rule of law.

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Legislator Lambasts Kenyans Criticizing Hustler Fund

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Embakasi North Parliament Member, James Gakuya, slammed Kenyans who ridiculed the Ksh500 minimum Hustler Fund loan.

While speaking on TV 47 on Wednesday morning, November 30, Gakuya asked the critics to use the money to launch income-generating ventures.

“First of all, the Hustler Fund is not mandatory, and so no one is forcing you to apply for the Ksh500,” Gakuya stated.

“The fund is aimed in helping people who are struggling to get access to funding for micro businesses,” he added while supporting the loan, which will be rolled out on Wednesday, November 30.

Gakuya credited Ruto with launching the credit programme, arguing that the banking sector oppressed Small and Medium Enterprises (SME’s).

He further noted that many Kenyans could survive with the minimum principal amount.

“Ksh500 is a lot of money and I can tell you that many people in my constituency make a living from that money.”

“Kenyans can apply for that money and start income generating activities like roasting maize, selling sweets and other low budget hawking businesses,” the MP advised.

Ruto on November 16, announced that groups aiming to grow their businesses can apply for amounts between Ksh50,000 and Ksh250,000.

“The next product for chamas will start from Ksh50,000 to Ksh250,000, then the next one will climb up like that as we continue to roll out the fund,” Ruto stated.

Individual limits were set between Ksh500 and Ksh50,000.

Two days, earlier, after Nyamira Senator Okong’o Omogeni termed the hustler fund as unattractive for Kenyans.

“People fear loans because of high interest loans and the government is offering the same model,” Omogeni stated.

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Boni Khalwale Warns Raila Against Taking Rallies to Kakamega

Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale on Monday, November 28 dared Azimio leader Raila Odinga after his announcement that he will lead countrywide rallies.

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Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale on Monday, November 28 dared Azimio leader Raila Odinga after his announcement that he will lead countrywide rallies.

The senator who came made a comeback after five years warned Raila that it will be impossible to hold a rally in Kakamega as it would be met with huge resistance.

“I have noticed that you want to sneak Kakamega County into your proposed mass action,” Khalwale addressed Raila through a statement.

“We are sorry that will not happen, with other elected leaders from the region we will oppose the move.

“As Kakamega leaders, we are charting a path to development for our people, please hold those rallies elsewhere,” he warned the former prime minister.

The senator became the latest voice to comment on Raila’s proposed mass rallies across the country.

“We will have a meeting on Wednesday, November 30, at the Kamukunji grounds to ask the people if they accept petition to send 4 IEBC commissioners’ home.”

“Thereafter we will hold other rallies across the country starting with Mombasa and Nakuru,” Odinga stated on Sunday, November 27.

Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua on Sunday, November 27, dismissed Raila’s plan to hold rallies.

“If they want the people to go to the street, they must lead by example.

“Let their daughters and sons come from Arusha and physically lead the demonstrations and the rest of Kenya can follow,” Gachagua remarked while dismissing Raila’s move.

National Assembly Deputy Speaker Gladys Shollei while appearing on Citizen TV breakfast show on Monday, November 28, accused Raila of double standards.

“It is interesting to see Raila Odinga claim that the four commissioners should not go home and yet he has consistently and persistently sent commissioners home over the years,” Shollei wondered.

Via Kenyan.com

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