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Uhuru ‘sneaks’ out of the country after signing Finance Bill

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President Uhuru Kenyatta signs into law the Finance Bill 2018 and Coast Guard Service Bill at State House, Nairobi on September 21, 2018. PHOTO | NATION

By HILARY KIMUYU

President Uhuru Kenyatta left the country quietly on Friday night just hours after signing into law the Finance Bill 2018.

The president is currently in the New York, United States for the 73rd Session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA 73) where he is expected to address the UN general Assembly on Wednesday.

Curiously, unlike in the past where the President’s official communication channels usually share pictures of the president leaving the country, this time round they remained silent on his trip.

This is President Kenyatta’s second trip to the United States within a month.

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During his last trip President Kenyatta held bilateral talks with US President Donal Trump at White House where they agreed to improve trade and security between the two nations.

KENYANS IN DIASPORA

According to his itinerary, just like in his last trip, the president has no plans of meeting Kenyans living in the US.

Kenyan ambassador to the US Robinson Njeru Githae said neither the embassy nor the Ministry of Foreign Affairs has scheduled any meeting between the president and the Kenyans in diaspora

According to a tweet by Nexus, the Head of State is expected to address the assembly.

Thereafter, he will engage in bilateral talks with various leaders and promote investments in line with the Big Four agenda.

Digital strategist Dennis Itumbi said the president will also lobby support for the Blue Economy Conference set to be held in Nairobi in November.

The talks will centre on peace and security, promotion of investment in Kenya, youth leadership and entrepreneurship, and direct flights from JKIA to New York.

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Odibets Set to Surprise More than 1000 Mums with Free Shopping

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One of Kenya’s leading betting firm Odibets has announced that it will be giving out free shopping to mothers this weekend in a campaign dubbed ‘Asante Mama’ that is set to commemorate this year’s Mother’s Day celebration.

Speaking to journalists during the launch of the campaign, Odibets Country Marketing manager Aggrey Sayi said that the promo was launched in a bid to give back to the company’s loyal customers and help their customers celebrate Mother’s Day that will take place on Sunday 9th of May.

“We have launched this one-of-a-kind promo as a way of giving back to our mothers who have been our pillars of strength since childhood,” said Mr Sayi.

To qualify for the Mother’s Day draw, all they have to do is place a bet of Sh50 and above on the Odibets platform.

Winners of the shopping vouchers will receive a confirmation message from OdiBets once the draw is done.

The winners will receive Sh5000 on their Odibets accounts that signify the actual shopping vouchers they have won.

The shopping voucher ‘cash’ award can be withdrawn via M-Pesa.

Last month, Odibets awarded more than 2,000 “Jogoos” to their customers as they celebrated Easter in a promo dubbed ‘Shinda Jogoo ya Easter’.

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Mother’s Day Free Shopping Surprise From Odibets

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Odibets Country Marketing manager Aggrey Sayi said the promo was launched to help customers celebrate Mother’s Day that will be marked on Sunday 9th of May.

One of Kenya’s leading betting firm Odibets has announced that it will be giving out free shopping to mothers this weekend in a campaign dubbed Asante Mama to commemorate this year’s Mother’s Day.

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Speaking to journalists during the launch of the campaign, Odibets Country Marketing manager Aggrey Sayi said the promo was launched in a bid to give back to the company’s loyal customers and help their customers celebrate Mother’s Day that will be marked on Sunday 9th of May.

“We have launched this one-of-a-kind promo as a way of giving back to our mothers who have been our pillars of strength since childhood,” said Mr Sayi.

To qualify for the Mother’s Day draw, all they have to do is place a bet of Ksh50 and above on the Odibets platform. Winners of the shopping vouchers will receive a confirmation message from OdiBets once the draw is done.

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Nyeri tycoon implicated in son’s murder dies – KBC

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Prominent Nyeri businessman accused of hiring hit men to kill his biological son late last year over an alleged family feud is dead.

74-year-old Stephen Kinini Wang’ondu who was facing murder charges over the death of his son Daniel Mwangi alongside four others died on Friday at the Outspan Hospital in Nyeri Town.

Wang’ondu was initially admitted at Mt. Kenya Hospital over suspected Covid-19 complications before he was transferred to the Outspan Hospital a week ago after his health deteriorated according to his lawyer Mahugu Mbarire.

The businessman who has been in remand since his apprehension early January was accused of orchestrating the murder of his 32-year-old son on the night of December 31, 2020 in Mwiyogo village, Kieni East Sub-county, Nyeri.

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He was charged with murder at the High court in Nyeri alongside four others namely James Mahinda, Eddy Kariuki, Raphael Wachira and Geoffrey Warutumo whom he is said to have hired at Sh. 160, 000 to kill his son.

Wang’ondu and his accomplices denied committing the heinous act and were last week released on bond after spending four months in remand.

The businessman was last seen in court on March 2nd this year when the five were formally charged with murder.

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On March 9, the accused did not turn up in court for his bond application hearing with the prosecution saying that he had been placed under 14 days mandatory quarantine at King’ong’o GK prison after contracting Covid-19.

The prosecution had previously opposed his release on bond citing gravity of the matter, possible witness interference and abscondment.

The objection was however overturned by trial Judge Florence Muchemi who argued that the prosecution had not advanced compelling reasons as to why the five should not be released on bond.

The prosecution also told the court that they had gathered incriminating evidence against the businessman who they maintained could have planned and executed the murder of his son for his selfish interests including a Sh. 2.5 million insurance claim.

An affidavit filed by Investigating Officer Joyce Maluki pointed out insurance fraud as a possible area of the ongoing investigations. In her affidavit, the officer said that the accused on January 25 filed a report on a personal accident with ICEA Lion General Insurance Company in relation to the deceased.

His family including his wife, three daughters and the deceased estranged wife Scholastica Wachuka had been enjoined in the case as interested parties.

The family however said their interest was only in knowing the truth behind the murder with regard to who did it and the motive behind.

They said they harbored no bitterness against the suspects and would in no way interfere with the course of justice or seek revenge in any form.

They had also welcomed his release on bond and were ready to take care of him given his failing health status.

The matter is set to come up for mention on May 10.

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