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Vladimir Putin to supply nuclear-capable missiles to Belarus to counter ‘aggressive’ West

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Vladimir Putin to supply nuclear-capable missiles to Belarus to counter

Vladimir Putin to supply nuclear-capable missiles to Belarus to counter

Russia has announced it will transfer nuclear-capable Iskander-M missile systems to its ally Belarus over the coming months.

 

Russia launched its February 24 invasion in part from Belarusian territory, which borders Ukraine to the north. Throughout the war, Moscow has used Minsk as a satellite base including for many of Russia’s air operations in Ukraine, according to intelligence collected by NATO surveillance planes.

 

On Saturday, June 25, Ukraine claimed Russian forces had fired multiple missiles on the Kyiv, Chernihiv and Sumy regions from Belarus.

 

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking on Saturday, told Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko at a meeting in St. Petersburg the missile systems “can use both ballistic and cruise missiles, both in conventional and nuclear versions,” according to the Kremlin.

 

The Iskander-M is a Russian-built short-range ballistic missile system that can carry conventional or nuclear warheads with a maximum range of up to 500 kilometers (310 miles), according to Janes Defense.

 

Vladimir Putin to supply nuclear-capable missiles to Belarus to counter

 

The weapon uses both optical and inertial guidance systems to strike its targets, hitting them with a range of warheads, such as cluster munitions, vacuum bombs, bunker-busters, and electromagnetic pulse (EMP) warheads, according to the Missile Defense Advocacy Alliance.

 

In a transcript of the meeting, Lukashenko expressed to Putin his “stress” over what he alleged are flights by United States and NATO planes “training to carry nuclear warheads” close to Belarus’ border.

 

Lukashenko asked Putin to consider “a mirrored response” to the flights or to convert Russian fighter jets, which are currently deployed to Belarus, to “carry nuclear warheads.”

Putin replied that “there is no need” to do the same thing as the US flights and also suggested Belarus could modify its own Su-25 aircraft to be nuclear-capable instead.

 

“This modernization should be carried out at aircraft factories in Russia, but we will agree with you on how to do this. And accordingly, start training the flight crew,” Putin said.

 

The meeting between the Russian and Belarusian leaders came ahead of a week of summits in Europe, where the grinding war in Ukraine — entering its fifth month — will be front and center.

The leaders of Japan, Canada, the US, the United Kingdom, France, Italy, the European Union and host Germany will meet for the Group of 7 on Monday.

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Jalang’o Still Open For a Radio Job Despite Lang’ata MP Win, “Why Not?”

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Jalang'o Still Open For a Radio Job Despite Lang'ata MP Win, "Why Not?"

Lang’ata MP-elect Phelix Odiwour alias Jalang’o has announced some changes in his career following his win in the just concluded General Elections.

The media personality has already relinquished his popular YouTube channel, Jalango TV.

Jalango Tv is now in the hands of my team but once or twice ill be doing high-profile and political interviews. I will also use it to showcase the different projects we are doing in Langata,” said the former Kiss FM radio presenter.

Jalas, who also doubles up as an emcee and club promoter, has also had to give up his clubbing gigs.

He announced the changes in a detailed post on social media, answering questions from his fans. One of the questions read: “Will you still be hosting club events and club appearances?”

To which Jalang’o responded: “NO! My new job comes with a lot of responsibilities and time for clubs might not be there anymore.”

The comedian is however still open for a radio job but on the condition that it ends by 9 am. Jalang’o said that while Lang’ata is his priority, radio remains his love.

“For now Langata is my No. 1 priority! Delivery of our manifesto and the promises we made to the electorate. Radio is my love and if I get a morning show that ends by 9 so that I can make it for bunge(parliament) on time then why not? I know many MPs who still do their jobs and deliver for their constituency,” Jalas said.

The first-time lawmaker will also keep doing advertisements and commercials.

“[I will still be doing a lot of advertisements] We will actually be now working with the young people of Langata in concept development and filming! I want to train as many young people as possible in our resource centers,” Jalas said.

He also outlined a demand to corporates seeking his services that they must support a community project in Lang’ata.

“For me to be a brand ambassador of your product you must commit to take up and support a community project in Langata!” he wrote.

Jalango further noted:

We have already started talking to our different partners on how we can work together in different projects like Mwananchi credit where I am the brand ambassador are already committing to sink 20 boreholes in Langata.

“There is more value when you lift a community than an individual, I want to use my talent and connections to help uplift Langata!” He concluded.

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Ruto’s Message To Public Servants Who Were Forced to Take Political Sides

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Ruto's Message To Public Servants Who Were Forced to Take Political Sides

President-elect William Ruto addressed public servants who backed Raila’s presidential bid telling them to keep off politics.

Speaking during the inaugural meeting of Kenya Kwanza elected leaders on Wednesday afternoon at Karen, Ruto termed public servants’ involvement in politics as an abuse of office.

“I am asking all public servants who have been forced to take public positions in the just-concluded General Elections to step back and be professional public servants and serve all Kenyans equally,” said Ruto.

Ruto said under his administration, all public servants will be required to leave politics to political players.

“Public servants from the top town to the chiefs and their assistants; we will be expecting them to serve people equally without favouring people on the basis of their political affiliations,” he said.

“Political business will be carried out by political actors. Political parties must organise themselves and their structures. Members of the public service will not be available to carry out political work for any political party. It is the only way we can have a government that delivers.”

Ruto at the same time assured that; “We will be running a democratic, transparent but accountable government.”

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CS Magoha Apologises For Offensive Jokes: “Nobody is Perfect”

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CS Magoha Apologises For Offensive Jokes: "Nobody is Perfect"

Education Cabinet Secretary George Magoha has appeared to say his goodbyes to Kenyans as his tenure in the Jubilee Cabinet administration comes to a close.

The outgoing minister spoke on Wednesday, August 17, when he commissioned phase two of the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC) classroom at Mwangaza Secondary School in Kayole, Nairobi county.

CS Magoha apologised for any of his jokes that may have offended the public, saying nobody is perfect.

“I want to thank you for having walked with me and having taken the good, the bad and the ugly side of me because that is a human being.

“There is nobody who is perfect, I believe that in order for me to be given the opportunity to serve in this capacity it was purely by the grace of God,” Magoha said.

The CS noted that his job required him to be firm, and in the process, he may offended some people.

“It has not been easy to be the CS for education and in order to move things forward. I have been very firm and sometimes extremely firm and in between the firmness, I have cracked certain jokes. I want to say without any fear of contradiction that that if any of those jokes went the wrong direction, that was not the intention and my apologies to the public. There is nobody who is perfect,” he said.

CS Magoha mentioned he had fulfilled his mandate.

“I respect everybody from the lowest to the highest. I get my courage first from God and second from Starehe Boys Training Centre. We are eagles and we fly high, and are not afraid, and we deliver as eagles even if you don’t like us.

“If during that process we looked as if we were arrogant, then we seek your forgiveness, but not that we are about to change. Eagles keep on flying and when the eagles are flying, they just disappear in the air, is what is going to happen to us.”

CS Magoha said he is keen to finish the last phase of the construction of Competency Based Curriculum (CBC) classrooms across the nation by the end of his term to ensure a smooth transition for his successor.

“We are now at 75 percent which leaves us with a tough nut to crack of about 1,200 classrooms. I strongly believe that we shall be able to complete the classrooms so that whenever the new CS takes over he finds that he has a smooth place to start from.”

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