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Governor Sonko’s office releases statement after dramatic arrest

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has rubbished corruption allegations from the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Noordin Haji.

On Friday, a statement from his communications office termed the charges as choreographed lies.

“Reports from EACC that l was arrested while trying to run away are another proof that the body is so much interested in playing politics. Why would l run away? To where and to do what? I am a Kenyan who is always on the move doing what’s good for the people,” the statement reads.

However, a video seen by Citizen Digital shows the Governor in a tussle with police officers before he boarded the chopper to Nairobi.

The Nairobi Governor insists that he was on his way to Mombasa to close a workshop.

“…They didn’t have to arrest me. Let the DPP or EACC tell me which court we are going to as soon as possible and I will be there on time,” he said.

Below is the full statement:

I AM READY, WE ARE READY, BE READY
Today morning, l learned of the arrest order issued by the Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji against me and other officers in my administration.
I want to confidently state from the onset that I am more than ready for the lawful course that will help us know the truth.
As your leader, and an elected governor, l believe in total accountability, especially when it comes to management of public resources.
I have read word by word the statement from the DPP that details reasons for my arrest and nothing gives me more confidence than leafing through it, knowing very well we have the facts to dismantle this choreographed lies.
Given the fact that we are headed to court, I will not bother you with insights of what I believe is the real story against the shallow work from EACC and its accomplices in this mission.
I call upon my supporters and Nairobi residents in particular to be calm as I deal with this temporary insubordination.
I assure everyone that I shall not be intimidated and won’t be moved an inch into some political traps.
I stand for justice and I am more than ready for the court process where I will unleash my armoury against these conspirators.
As a matter of fact, my quest for justice that puts EACC on the spot over land grabbing will remain on course.
The facts will soon come out and you the public will make the right judgement.
Lastly, they didn’t have to arrest me.
Let the DPP or EACC tell me which court we are going to as soon as possible and I will be there on time.
Reports from EACC that l was arrested while trying to run away are another proof that the body is so much interested in playing politics.
Why would l run away? To where and to do what? I am a Kenyan who is always on the move doing what’s good for the people.
I was on my way to Mombasa to attend and close a workshop which was attended by my people.
I was overwhelmingly elected by Nairobians and have never skipped any EACC invite and those from other authorities.
We now have the platform we needed to shed more light on the issues raised.
Be calm. Don’t worry. Don’t panic. For justice will prevail.
I am ready. We are ready ,Be ready.
In the meantime, I have ordered with immediate effect, investigations into a collapsed building in Tasia area.
My people are on the ground to conduct probe and rescue missions.

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H.E. Mike Mbuvi Sonko, EGH
Governor, Nairobi City County




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Europe beckons for South African rugby after Kiwi snub

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JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, Jul 20World Cup-winning Springbok Schalk Brits believes the future of South African rugby lies in Europe after New Zealand said there was no room for sides from the republic in Super Rugby.

“All of this jet lag and flying across different time zones just does not work,” said the hooker who retired after the triumphant 2019 World Cup campaign.

“We have got so many South Africans playing in Europe and it would be awesome to see them in action here for European clubs.”

With New Zealand favouring a trans-Tasman Super Rugby competition, South Africa Rugby chief executive Jurie Roux will address the media Tuesday about the way forward.

There has been no rugby in South Africa since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic, which claimed 5,033 lives by late Sunday, the most in an African country.

Here, AFP Sport looks at the possibilities for the world champions Springboks and Super Rugby teams the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers.

Rugby Championship

There has been speculation that the six-round annual tournament will be cut to four matches with New Zealand and Australia playing in South Africa only every second year.

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That would be a huge blow for SA Rugby coffers as the century-old rivalry with the All Blacks makes them a huge drawcard.

South Africa might consider abandoning the Championship and pursuing a suggestion by former All Blacks Justin Marshall and Jeff Wilson for three-Test tours between the great rivals.

“British and Irish Lions tours are so successful because we look forward to them,” noted another ex-All Black, John Kirwan. The same could be said of an All Blacks-Springboks series.

‘Seven Nations’

Should South African franchises move north, would the Springboks follow suit and apply to join England, France, Ireland, Italy, Scotland and Wales in a ‘Seven Nations’ championship?

Having the world champions on board would surely excite the organisers and costs would be greatly reduced if the Springboks played their three away matches on consecutive weekends.

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England, Ireland, France and Wales, in particular, would bring freshness for rugby followers, who have not rushed to the turnstiles for Championship visits by Australia and Argentina.

Ask the SA Rugby treasurer for his ‘dream’ line-up and he would surely say a multi-Test tour by the All Blacks and participation in the ‘Seven Nations’.

Super Rugby

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Although not official yet, the reality is that New Zealand want to play some Australian sides and the Pacific Islands in a new competition while excluding South Africa and Argentina.

The original version, a Super 10 between 1993 and 1995, was a superb competition, but constant tinkering and expansion has led to waning interest in a difficult-to-follow event.

Even those supporting the Golden Lions of South Africa could not have derived too much satisfaction from a 94-7 thrashing of Japanese visitors the Sunwolves three years ago.

South Africa sides often battled with time differences in Australasia — New Zealand is 11 hours ahead of the republic — and were weary after four-match tours.

‘Pro16’

Pro14 chief executive Martin Anayi says he would welcome Super Rugby ‘rejects’ the Bulls, Lions, Sharks and Stormers into an expanded edition.

“The tournament works well but could be even better if we added some South African teams,” he said, referring to a competition that also includes Irish, Italian, Scottish and Welsh teams.

But there may be no room for the two current South African Pro14 participants, the Cheetahs and Kings, who have experienced very different fortunes.

While the Cheetahs have been competitive, the Kings won just four of 55 matches in three seasons with some of the losing margins embarrassing.

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Currie Cup

The domestic competition has survived constant format changes to remain the vital ‘nursery’ from which Springboks emerge.

First staged in 1892, it was the bedrock of South African rugby until the dawn of professionalism after the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

As Test and Super Rugby fixtures took up an increasing amount of the season, the Currie Cup often battled for calendar space.

But it survived and this year could feature the four Super Rugby sides plus the Cheetahs, Kings, Griquas and Pumas, if play is possible amid the coronavirus.

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Kenya records highest number of deaths from Covid-19

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Kenya’s coronavirus cases rise to 13,771 after 418 more infections

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Kenya on Monday reported 418 more Covid-19 infections, raising the country’s tally to 13,771 since the virus was first confirmed on March 13.

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Health Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS) Rashid Aman also reported four more deaths, raising the toll to 238. He rectified an earlier report about 19 deaths in a single day, which would have been the highest number ever recorded in Kenya.

The 418 new patients were found following the testing of 2,474 samples in the last 24 hours.

Four hundred and eight of them were Kenyans and 10 foreigners while male patients numbered 263 and female patients 155.

Dr Aman also announced that 494 patients had been discharged, raising the country’s total number of recoveries to 5,616.

Of the recovered patients, 465 were under home care and the rest in hospitals.

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