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Oginde warns leaders on politicising law changing process

By Hillary Mageka
Tuesday, October 27th, 2020
Christ is the Answer Ministries (Citam) presiding Bishop David Oginde.
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Christ is the Answer Ministries (Citam) presiding Bishop David Oginde moved the more than 6,000 delegates, when he said the country had developed a dangerous tendency of politicising everything, including important matters such as Constitution making.

He pleaded with the political class to allow the constitutional making process to continue without undue influence driven by selfish interests.

Oginde, who spoke on behalf of religious leaders, said as a religious community, their greatest concern for the nation is peace.

“That everybody is able to do that which he wants to do without interference, without fear of anything happening to them,” he said.

Taking a swipe at the political class, he opined that between 2017 and 2020 political formations have changed significantly.

“In fact, I want to prophesy that it will not be a surprise in 2022 that Deputy President (DP) William Ruto and Raila Odinga will be on the same side,” he said.

University of Nairobi Law Student Ashuna Michael revisited last Friday’s incident in Kisumu where President Uhuru Keyatta joked about getting a second wife.

Ashura was representing the deaf community. Endearing herself as the bride to be, she joked that she was   ‘aware’ that the President had been given a go-ahead to get a second wife.

She asked the President to settle the bride price with Raila, “my father” to set the stage for their grand wedding. At the same time, she welcomed Ruto to the wedding, saying that if he honors the invitation, he will be the event’s best man.

“President, recently you went to Kisumu and I heard you say unatafuta mpango wa kando, najua mama alikubali, my father Raila is here, and he is ready to collect dowry, my brother DP Ruto is here, if he agrees, he will be the best man, the First Lady and I will build bridges together… a BBI baby will then be born,” she said amid cheers and applause from the congregation.

On Friday, Uhuru tickled Kenyans after saying he was considering taking a ‘ helper’ to take care of his business in Kisumu. He however said he would be seeking consent from the First Lady Margaret Kenyatta.

Senate Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio joined the bandwagon encouraging the President to go ahead with the idea of getting a second wife from Kisumu

“Your Excellency if you want to marry many women, you can find it in the Bible. It depends on what you want to read. Let’s read this BBI document with an open mind,” said Poghisio.

Cotu Secretary General Francis Atwoli spoke for workers, punctuating his address with his usual shenzi sana refrain.

Raila while quoting the Bible and Quran said the referendum should be a unifying factor where everyone is brought on board.

While referring to the Quran, Raila said those who listen to all statements and follow the best of it are the ones whom Allah has chosen.

“Let us talk to each other and not at each other. The BBI is not about Uhuru becoming Prime Minister and Raila the President, it is about what is the best for the country,” Raila said.

 Ruto’s speech was however punctuated with boos and jeers from the audience especially when he defended his “hustler” movement.

Ruto addressed youth leader Alex Matere who had earlier in the day, rubbished the initiative, calling it an outdated invention from the sixteenth century.

 “We have seen some of these politicians parading inventions that happened during the 16th century, we are telling them that the 16th-century invention cannot be used to solve the challenges of the 21st century,” Marete had earlier said.

But when he rose to speak, Ruto maintained that although invented in the 16th century, a wheelbarrow was still handy to date.

He vowed to continue with the initiative saying it was helpful to the hustlers who are largely forgotten.

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