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Petition seeking to have marijuana legalized in Kenya filed

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In the petition, they argue that followers/believers of the Rastafari faith use bhang or cannabis by either smoking, drinking, eating, bathing and/or burning of incense for spiritual, medicinal, culinary and ceremonial purposes as sacrament to manifest their faith.

They further argue that Rastafarians are a marginalized group that is apolitical thus politically powerless and often subjected to prejudice, intimidation, unwarranted searches of their persons and their homes and prosecutions because of their spiritual use of cannabis in their private homes or designated places of worship yet the use of herb or cannabis is grounded in biblical redemption and deliverance.

“It is the Petitioner’s contention that the impugned section clearly show differential treatment on the basis of Religion and privacy perpetuates the culture, stigma, and discrimination against the 1st petitioners’ followers through the continued use of archaic laws that violate the rights of the 1st petitioners’ members,” reads the court documents.

Through lawyer Shadrack Wambui and others, the Petitioner’s maintain that 10 years after the adoption of the Constitution of Kenya, the impugned section continues to exist in law without any justification and infringes on the rights of persons who profess and/or proclaim Rastafari beliefs.

They claim that the impugned provisions of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances make meaningless the Rastafari right to associate with others for spiritual purposes as guaranteed in the Constitution.

They also want the court to suspend the arrest or prosecution of members who use cannabis for their spiritual and private growth.

They are blaming the Respondents for failing to ensure the Petitioner’s equality before the law of persons professing the Rastafari beliefs and ideologies in their private lives as required under international human rights law.

Among the orders that the society is seeking is a declaration that section 3 (1), (2), (a) and (3) (a-d) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act No. 4 Of 1994 is unconstitutional in as far as it discriminates the Rastafarian community on the basis of religion by criminalizing their spiritual growth and use of cannabis and treating them different from other mainstream religions, strips them of their dignity contrary to Article 27(4), and 28, of the Constitution.

They also want the court to issue a declaration that Section 3 (1), (2), (a), and (3) (a-d) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act No. 4 Of 1994 is unconstitutional to the extent that it violates or threatens to violate the members of the 1st petitioner’s/the petitioner’s rights and other people professing the Rastafari faith.

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Ngina Kenyatta gives birth to president Uhuru’s third grandchild

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News reaching us from the grapevine is that president Uhuru Kenyatta’s daughter was at a city hospital yesterday to give birth. 

Our source who works at the hospital said, “Ngina Kenyatta is giving birth there. She’s already at the hospital.”

Her mother, first lady Margaret Kenyatta, was also spotted at the hospital yesterday evening.

Ngina Kenyatta has not been seen in public for many months prompting speculation as to her whereabouts. The interesting news is that, late last month Ngina got married to the son of a famous business tycoon.

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Former CS Wario sentenced to 6 years in jail or pay Ksh.3.6M fine

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The former Cabinet Secretary risks up to 6 years in prison if the fine is not paid.

Hassan Wario, the former Sports Cabinet Secretary, has been fined Ksh.3.6 million by a Nairobi court after being found guilty of corruption, abuse of office, and misappropriation of funds during the 2016 Rio Olympics.

The former Sports CS was charged with 4 counts, the first count is engaging in a project without prior planning contrary to Section 45 (2) (c) as read with sections 48 (1) of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act No. 3 of 2003.

The other three counts were abuse of office contrary to Section 46 as read with Section 48 of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act No. 3 of 2003 with particulars that he improperly conferred a benefit on three persons by including them on the list of delegation to Rio, Brazil for Olympic Games 2016.

The magistrate noted that there was wastage of resources adding that the budget for the games needs to be tailored. She directed that not everyone involved in the planning should travel.

The former Sports CS was charged with 4 counts, the first count is engaging in a project without prior planning contrary to Section 45 (2) (c) as read with sections 48 (1) of the Anti-Corruption and Economic Crimes Act No. 3 of 2003.

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World remembers 9/11 as Biden joined by Obama and Clinton mark America’s darkest day

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Two decades after hijacked airliners smashed into New York City’s World Trade Center and the Pentagon outside Washington, America and the world are honouring the nearly 3,000 lives lost.

It is also a day to reflect on how the trauma of September 11, 2001, helped to shape modern society.

The centrepiece of events sees the US President visiting three sites associated with the attacks.

He is currently at ground zero in lower Manhattan at the September 11 Memorial, where crowds have lined the streets to the sounds of the national anthem performed by the Young People’s Chorus of New York.

Bagpipes were then played before a moment of silence was observed at 8.46am (GMT 1.46pm) – the time American Airlines Flight 11 crashed into the North Tower.

After that, family members began reciting the names of 2,977 victims, an annual ritual that will last four hours.

This was broken up by emotional speeches, as well as similar silences to mark the second plane – United Airlines Flight 175 – hitting the South Tower 18 minutes later.

And then for when American Airlines Flight 77 struck into the western façade of the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia at 9.37am (2.37pm GMT), and United Airlines Flight 93 – which was heroically crashed by passengers who regained control – at 10.03am (3.03am GMT).

In video footage captured by the Mirror’s Andy Lines, a fire engine was seen incredibly being dispatched on an emergency call just two minutes after the first silence was observed.

The crew were seen heroically racing out from FDNY Engine 28/Ladder 11, just as the brave firefighters did from the same station 20 years ago – almost to the minute.

Later on, Biden will go to the Pentagon and to Shanksville, Pennsylvania, where Flight 93 crashed.

The remembrances have become an annual tradition, but today takes on special significance.

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