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President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday declared he will impeach NASA leader Raila Odinga in two or three months if he’s elected President.

It will be impossible for Raila to govern because his Jubilee party will use its tyranny of numbers in Parliament to thwart him, the head of state told a delegation from Ukambani.

The President’s comments were immediately branded reckless and desperate by NASA.

“What charges does President Uhuru wants to bring against Raila? Those remarks are reckless speculation inconsistent with the conduct of the President of a country,” NASA principal Moses Wetang’ula said. Accompanied by Raila, the Bungoma senator addressed reporters at Raila’s Capitol Hill offices.

“This shows the desperation level the President is displaying by pressing every panic button before we go to the election. He has no capacity in his coalition whatsoever to impeach President Raila or any other President … within the current context of the two Houses of Parliament,” he said.

On September 1, the Supreme Court ruled Kenyatta’s reelection was null and void because of irregularities and illegalities in the electoral process. It ordered a rerun.
A new presidential election will be held on October 17.

Uhuru, DP William Ruto and their supporters are furious, saying four judges stole the President’s legitimate victory.

“Even if he is elected, we have the opportunity in Parliament within two or three months to remove him. We only fear God and thank Him for what He has done for us,” Uhuru told Ukambani leaders at State House in Nairobi.

Uhuru said Jubilee controls Parliament and can easily dethrone Raila and even change the Constitution without consulting the opposition.

“In the National Assembly, we are only 13 members shy of a two-thirds majority, meaning we can even change the Constitution without a single member of NASA. We don’t need them,” he said.

Uhuru said, “Today, even if Raila is elected, how will he govern this country? How? What is he going to do? We are ready to go back to the polls. The same Kenyans who voted for us will will give us the victory.”

But Wetang’ula pointed out Uhuru lacks a super majority in both houses and lacks the Constitutional threshold required to impeach Raila or any President.

According to Constitution Article 145, a member of the National Assembly, plus at least a third of all members, may move a motion to impeach the President for gross violation of the Constitution or any other law.

The head of state also may be impeached if there’s reason to believe he has violated a national or international law.

The motion should be supported by two-thirds of all members of the National Assembly. In two days the Senate speaker will convene the Senate to hear charges against the President.

The Senate will form an 11-member committee to investigate allegations against the President and present its findings to the Senate in 10 days.

If at least two-thirds of all Senators uphold any impeachment charge, “the President shall cease to hold office,” the Article states.

Yesterday, Uhuru said he will open Parliament today, despite NASA leaders saying they would boycott the event.

Uhuru said his administration has prepared fresh Bills and dusted off several others to be tabled in the 12th Parliament. House business will continue as usual, he said

“They said they will boycott the opening of Parliament. I tell them, well done. You will see us opening Parliament and start passing laws. We have both Speakers,” Uhuru told his guests.

He said his party also has support of the majority of governors, woman representatives and MCAs who will propel his government’s agenda.

“We are not bragging about having the majority of leaders because it is the reality. We have to tell you the truth without fear,” Uhuru said.

Jubilee and affiliate parties occupy 213 seats out of 349 in the National Assembly. It has 38 out of 67 Senators.

In the last Parliament, the party had 167 and 30 seats in the assembly and Senate, respectively.

Kenyatta accused the opposition of entrenching divisive and tribal politics ahead of the poll, saying ll leaders should anchor their campaigns in visions and development agendas.

The President Jubilee is a national party representing the majority of Kenyans at the grassroots across all tribes.

“You might have a child in your homestead but he or she turns out to be the one to destroy that house. But you might have another child from another region who would come to rescue you. Is that the Canaan they want to take us to?” Uhuru told the Ukambani leaders.

He said, “I conducted a thorough campaign for Governor Mike Sonko against some candidates from my tribe. Most Kambas voted for Sonko and did not vote for me, but I had to ensure that they voted him in.”

Uhuru and Ruto’s State House guests included Governors Mike Sonko (Nairobi) and Alfred Mutua (Machakos), MPs Rachel Nyamai (Kitui South), Nimrod Mbai (Kitui East), Mbai Itwiku (Masinga) and Victor Munyaka (Machakos Town). Other leaders included former Planning minister Gideon Ndambuki, former Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambo and top government officials.

Ambassador Kiema Kilonzo and former Wiper chairman and Kitui Senator David Musila said they will marshal all leaders in the region to reelect Uhuru.

“We opted to lead our people to the government and we are not here to please anybody. We will go to the grassroots and ensure we deliver more votes than ever witnessed,” Musila said.

Mutua accused NASA leader Kalonzo Musyoka of deceiving the Kamba community to stick to the opposition, saying they would weaken his grasp.

The country must spend billions of shillings of taxpayers’ money — it’s estimated at Sh12 billion — to conduct the new election, money that could have been used for development countrywide.

In the August 8 General Election, the IEBC declared Uhuru as the winner with 8,203,290 votes (54.27 per cent) against Raila’s 6,762,224 votes (44.74 per cent).

The commission announced he surpassed the 50+1 threshold of total votes cast and at least 25 per cent of votes in 24 counties. Voter turnout was almost 80 per cent.

However, the Supreme Court ruled 4-2 the election was not conducted in accordance with the Constitution and ordered a rerun.

Its detailed ruling is expected by September 22.

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Diplomatic leaks: UAE dissatisfied with Saudi policies

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AL JAZEERA — Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed (MbZ) is working on breaking up Saudi Arabia, leaked documents obtained by Lebanese newspaper Al Akhbar revealed.

Al Akhbar said that the leaked documents contained secret diplomatic briefings sent by UAE and Jordanian ambassadors in Beirut to their respective governments.

One of the documents, issued on September 20, 2017, disclosed the outcome of a meeting between Jordan’s ambassador to Lebanon Nabil Masarwa and his Kuwaiti counterpart Abdel-Al al-Qenaie.

“The Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed is working on breaking up the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia,” the Jordanian envoy quoted the Kuwait ambassador as saying.

A second document, issued on September 28, 2017, reveals meeting minutes between the Jordanian ambassador and his UAE counterpart Hamad bin Saeed al-Shamsi.

The document said the Jordanian ambassador informed his government that UAE believes that “Saudi policies are failing both domestically and abroad, especially in Lebanon”.

“The UAE is dissatisfied with Saudi policies,” the Jordanian envoy said.

The Qatar vote
According to the leaks, UAE ambassador claims that Lebanon voted for Qatar’s Hamad bin Abdulaziz al-Kawari in his bid to become head of UNESCO in October 2017.

“[Lebanese Prime Minister Saad] Hariri knew Lebanon was voting for Qatar,” the UAE ambassador said in a cable sent to his government on October 18, 2017.

In November last year, Hariri announced his shock resignation from the Saudi capital Riyadh.

He later deferred his decision, blaming Iran and its Lebanese ally in Lebanon, Hezbollah, for his initial resignation. He also said he feared an assassination attempt.

Officials in Lebanon alleged that Hariri was held hostage by Saudi authorities, an allegation Hariri denied in his first public statement following his resignation speech.

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Somalia’s Puntland region asks UAE to stay as Gulf split deepens

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BOSASO, Somalia (Reuters) – Somalia’s semi-autonomous Puntland region urged the United Arab Emirates not to close its security operations in the country after a dispute with the central government, saying the Gulf power was a key ally in the fight against Islamist militants.

The dispute goes to the heart of an increasingly troubled relationship between Gulf states – divided by their own disputes – and fractured Somalia, whose coastline sits close to key shipping routes and across the water from Yemen.

Analysts have said the complex standoff risks exacerbating an already explosive security situation on both sides of the Gulf of Aden, where militant groups launch regular attacks.

The central Somali government said on Wednesday it was taking over a military training program run by the UAE.

Days later the UAE announced it was pulling out, accusing Mogadishu of seizing millions of dollars from a plane, money it said was meant to pay soldiers.

“We ask our UAE friends, not only to stay, but to redouble their efforts in helping Somalia stand on its feet,” said the office of the president of Puntland, a territory that sits on the tip of the Horn of Africa looking out over the Gulf of Aden.

Ending UAE support, “will only help our enemy, particularly Al Shabaab and ISIS (Islamic State),” it added late on Monday.

SUSPICION, RESENTMENT

The UAE is one of a number of Gulf powers that have opened bases along the coast of the Horn of Africa and promised investment and donations as they compete for influence in the insecure but strategically important region.

That competition has been exacerbated by a diplomatic rift between Qatar and a bloc including the UAE. In turn, those splits have worsened divisions in Somalia.

Puntland, which has said it wants independence, has sought to woo the UAE which runs an anti-piracy training center there and is developing the main port. The central government in Mogadishu last year criticized Puntland for taking sides in the Gulf dispute. Qatar’s ally Turkey is one of Somalia’s biggest investors.

One Somali government official said last week Mogadishu had decided to take over the UAE operation because the Gulf state’s contract to run it had expired. Another official said the government was investigating the money taken from the plane.

The competition among Gulf states in Somalia has fueled accusations of foreign interference and resentment in many corners of Somali society.

The loss of the UAE program could have a destabilizing effect, said one security analyst, speaking on condition of anonymity.

“The value of the UAE trained forces was two-fold – they were relatively well trained but, most importantly, they were paid on time,” unlike other parts of the security forces, the analyst told Reuters.

Somalia has been mired in conflict since 1991.

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Puntland President calls UAE continue its mission in Somalia

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