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Raila betrayed Kenyans on fuel tax, says Western leaders

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Politicians from Western on Saturday differed with ODM leader Raila Odinga saying Kenyans would not have been burdened with the new taxes had he opposed it.

The issue featured during the burial of Kenya’s UNESCO representative George Godia in Vihiga county. A number of politicians from the region were present.

Sabatia MP Alfred Agoi led the onslaught against Raila, who was also present, saying the ODM leader betrayed Kenyans by asking MPs to support the Finance Bill, 2018.

“If we could stand firm as opposition, the Bill wouldn’t have passed.” The legislator asked Raila to “come back to the opposition and lead them”.

Read: Uhuru signs into law new taxes passed by MPs

Amani party leader Musalia Mudavadi asked Raila not be afraid of being in the opposition.

“You don’t need to be in the government to become a president. The tide can change,” Musalia said. He castigated Treasury CS Henry Rotich on the new tax measures.

The Amani leader said the CS has overburdened Kenyans by the new levies which were effected on Friday.

“I have been a Finance minister and can attest that Kenya is a candidate for debt rescheduling,” Musalia said.

Ford Kenya’s Moses Wetang’ula criticised the reduction of betting tax at a time Kenyans are being compelled to meet more obligations.

His sentiment was backed by former Senator Boni Khalwale who said the tax Bill would not have passed if Wetang’ula was still the Senate Minority leader.

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Nandi Senator Cherargei Kiprotich said: “Let the government cut budgets for members of the Executive who ‘tanga tanga’ in foreign countries.”

“They are burning our taxes out there as Kenyans continue suffering in the face of high cost of living.”

Senate Speaker Ken Lusaka, Sports CS Rashid Echesa, Vihiga Governor Wilbur Otichillo, a host of MPs and other government officials were also at the funeral.

But when he spoke, Raila steered clear of the tax debate and defended his handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta.

He said they were aware of the high cost of living but the country has to make progress for lasting unity and development.

Earlier, the ODM leader had told party members that the tax law was a product of the Building Bridges initiative for a better Kenya.

President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to the Bill on Friday, hours before leaving for New York for the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly.

Speaking later in Ugenya after the Vihiga funeral, Raila said they will campaign for zero taxation on fuel should the government fail to live by the terms reached during the NASA parliamentary group meeting.

More on this: Raila gives Uhuru notice on new taxes, assures Kenyans of oversight

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Is Orengo charting his path away from Raila?

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History of intense rivalry between him and Opposition leader, alleged sabotage in 2013 and 2017 elections and talk of betrayal ahead of 2022.

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Police Deploy Chopper to Rescue Students Lost in Forest for 4 Days –

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Three students who went missing after a forest adventure in Mt Kenya, Karatina, Nyeri County, were finally rescued on Saturday after four days in the jungle.

Four days without food, the boys told members of the press that they survived by the grace of God.

17-year-old Anthony Muhoro, Jackson Karuri, 17, and David Mukoma Kinyua, 20, went missing on May 4.

Muhoro is a Form Three student at Gitunduti Secondary School, Karuri is also a Form Three but at Ihwagi Secondary School while Kinyua is a student at Nyeri National Polytechnic.

Also found alive were two dogs that were in the company of the three when they were reported missing.

Read: Missing Businesswoman Caroline Wanjiku Maina’s Body Found In A Kajiado Mortuary

The rescue team comprised of police officers who after four days of futile search deployed a National Police Service chopper to locate the students who were on the verge of despair.

In the Saturday search, the Nation reports, the officers teamed up with Kenya Wildlife Service and Kenya Forest Service rangers to comb the forest in search of the students.

In an interview with the local publication, Muhoro revealed that they were hiking when they lost their way back home.

“It was by the grace of God that we survived for four days without food and other necessities. We thought we were going to die and kept praying,” Muhoro said in a phone interview.

Read Also: Missing Thika Millionare Julius Gitau Found Alive – Police

“We literally groped in the dark after losing our way back home. We survived on water and wild fruits since we had not carried any food.”

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According to the student, the trio entered the forest through Ragati gate but couldn’t trace their way home hours later.

“We found ourselves deep into the dense woods. I don’t know how far it was from the edges of the forest but we were exhausted,” he said.

“We could not even tell the time since it was constantly dark. That is when panic set in.”

They could not communicate with anyone back at home as their mobile phones lost signals.

Read Also: Son To Murdered Kiambaa Family Reported Missing

“We started moving in the forest, literary going in circles in a desperate attempt to find our way out,” Muhoro said.

Days later as they moved around the forest with the hope of finding an exit, they ‘miraculously’ met some police officers and forest rangers who alerted the rest of the search team.

Mathira East Police Commander James Baraza, who led the operation, said the trio’s disappearance was reported at Karatina Police Station the same day they went missing and a search operation launched immediately.

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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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