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Kiir, Machar sign final peace deal

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South Sudan main rivals have signed the long-awaited final peace agreement to end the five-year war in the country.

President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar late Wednesday shook hands after signing the deal in neighbouring Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

The two re-committed themselves to implement the deal in letter and spirit in a ceremony attended by Igad heads of state and government.

“The eyes of the world are upon us as the South Sudan leaders commit today to press for reconciliation and lasting peace in their country,” Ethiopian Prime Minister Ahmed Abiy said in a statement.

However, another rebel faction, the National Salvation Front (NAS) led by former army deputy chief, General Thomas Cirillo, rejected the agreement, saying it was fake.

NAS spokesperson Suba Samuel said the pact fails to address the root causes of the war and only focuses on power sharing.

He also warned that the war would continue in the country if their demand for federal system of governance was not accepted.

“The calamity in South Sudan will continue if the government in Juba does not heed to the demand for a just peace,” Mr Suba said.

International experts have expressed doubts over the credibility of the accord.

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Mr John Prendergast, the founding director of Enough Project, said the deal contained significant flaws such as corruption.

“Today’s peace lacks meaningful checks and balances on a presidency that already wields immense powers, which are primarily used to loot the country’s resources and deploy extreme violence against opponents,” he said.

Another commentator, Mr Brian Adeba, said the peace deal was a division of the spoils between the rival factions with biggest guns.

“The signed agreement reinforces the status quo and increases the odds of a full-fledged return to war, in its failure to address Sate capture by these politicians or reformed in hijacked institutions,” he said.

This is the second peace agreement mediated by Igad following round of talks in Khartoum that started in June that led to the signing of a new ceasefire after a face-to-face meeting between President Kiir and Dr Machar.

The first deal was signed in 2015, but collapsed in July 2016, resulting to an implosion in Juba and Dr Machar fleeing to South Africa.

South Sudan plunged into war in December 2013 following a quarrel between President Kiir and Dr Machar over political reforms.

The war claimed many lives and caused one of the worst humanitarian crises in the continent since the 1994 Rwanda genocide , according to the UN.

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Police in hot pursuit of gang that car-jacked a Ruaka resident – KBC

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The vehicle was found abandoned in Kagongo village, having been vandalized.

Kiambu based detectives are pursuing a dangerous and armed criminal gang that car-jacked a Ruaka resident on Friday, before disappearing with his Toyota Premio as he drove to his residence.

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According to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations(DCI), the victim had pulled over by the apartment’s gate at Ruaka One River Apartments, unaware that a gang of three assailants was laying in wait for him.

As the gates opened, the driver’s window was suddenly smashed with an iron rod, before two shots were fired in the air from a pistol in an attempt to subdue him.

However, he managed to force his way into the parking lot, but before he could jump out of the car and scamper to safety, the trio caught up with him and roughed him up before grabbing his car keys and phone.

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On receiving the report, DCI detectives based at Kiambaa launched a manhunt for the suspects.

The vehicle was found abandoned in Kagongo village, having been vandalized.

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Its rear and front headlights, side mirrors, all tyres, nose guard, boot and radio had been stolen.

Detectives believe that the three suspects are part of a larger criminal syndicate operating within Kiambu County.

They have been targeting taxi drivers while posing as customers, only to turn against them at isolated places, then vandalize their vehicles.

” Some members of the syndicate have previously been arrested and arraigned in court.” Said the DCI

The DCI has cautioned Kenyans on this trend of crime.

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Nyandarua County Assembly Speaker impeached for third time

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The special sitting was held despite a court order that reinstated the speaker.

Nyandarua County Assembly Speaker Ndegwa Wahome has been impeached for the third time.
Wahome was voted out over gross misconduct, abuse of office and nepotism in a special sitting held on Saturday.
31 out of the 38 ward representatives supported the impeachment motion while six opposed and one abstained.
The special sitting was held despite an order by Nakuru High Court Judge Hillary Chemitei reinstating Wahome until a case he had filed against his removal was heard and determined.
Reading out the charges, the mover of the motion, Majority Leader Edinard Kingori, accused Wahome of favouritism in assembly functions.
Kingori claimed that Wahome also failed to account for monies meant for the construction of Nyandarua County Assembly offices.

Nyandarua County Assembly Leader of Majority Edinard Kingori displays a notice of impeachment motion against speaker Ndegwa Wahome.

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The Majority Leader alleged that the embattled speaker colluded with some MCAs and undermined Governor Francis Kimemia’s leadership.
“The speaker has outrightly shown that he is unable to hold office. That is why we want him out. All he keeps asking from the executive is for more money yet he cannot account for the ones he has been allocated. We cannot allow this anymore. He has been discriminating against some of us in county assembly functions while favouring others. Is this fair?” posed Kingori.

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Responding to the allegations, Wahome, who defended himself via zoom, said the impeachment was merely a political act.
“We know whose hand is behind this. My hands are clean and everyone can attest that I have run this assembly professionally since I took over eight years ago,” said Wahome.
Wahome said that his demand for accountability and firm stand against corruption in the county was the root cause of his predicament. 
The speaker was represented by lawyers, Martin Waichungo and Mathea Gikunju.

 

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Will retiring governors be kingmakers in 2022 contest?

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Key political players eyeing to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta are wooing retiring county bosses, hoping to ride on political influence for votes.

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