Trump’s willy-nilly Triumph!

The Simpsons American TV show got it right 16 years ago: Tycoon and TV reality star Donald Trump would be US President, the most powerful man in the world.

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Back then it was a warning and ajoke.
Eighteen months ago many people worldwide also thought it was a joke and The Donald wouldn’t run.
It was no laughing matter. He ran.
They said he wouldn’t climb in the poll. He did.
They said he couldn’t win primaries. He did..
They said he wouldn’t win the Republican nomination. He did.
Finally, they said there was no way he could compete in, let alone win, a general election.
He stormed to victory in an narrow but astonishing upset.
Now he’s President-elect Trump, due to become the 45th leader of the world’s most powerful country.
Trump he defied the pundits, the liberals, the political establishment and the Republican Party. He defied everyone who said Americans would never vote for someone so brash, reckless and offensive to immigrants, minorities, Muslims, Mexicans, women could never win.
But Trump spoke — more accurately he ranted — to a deep vein of discontent in America, which still has not recovered from the recession, still suffers serious unemployment and says the elite and the establishment — personified by his Democratic opponent Hillary Clinton — have dumped them.
Trump promises to rebuild the American Dream, make America great, create jobs and bring together a nation bitterly divided by the ugliest campaign in memory.
On wednesday, President Uhuru Kenyatta was among world leaders who congratulated Trump and praised Clinton for her valiant effort.
“The ties that bind Kenya and the USA are close and strong. They are old, and based in values we hold dear: democracy, the rule of law, the equality of peoples. These values remain dear to the peoples of both nations, and so our friendship will endure,” Kenyatta said.
Trump said virtually nothing about Africa during the campaign but fulminated against Islamic extremists.
His victory was seen in many quarters as a threat to global growth because the renegade mogul promised to tear up and renegotiate trade deals, impose high import tariffs. He stirred fears of a currency war with China, which he said “raped” America.
“He was a phenomenon that many people made a mistake of writing off. As an outsider, they assumed he was a joke but, one thing, the man struck a strong chord with his voters,” said history Professor Macharia Munene at USIU Africa in Nairobi.
“He spoke to the hearts of many Americans who wanted a strong leader who will not only protect them but would also ensure America remains a super power,” Professor Munene said.
Trump appealed white Americans and blacks who were disgruntled with Barrack Obama’s leadership.
His message resonated with working-class whites, particularly those without college education, both men and women. Trump said he had a secret army that would rise up and vote for him. It included rural voters who turned out in large numbers, as did citizens in general who felt sidelined and trod upon.
ODM leader Raila Odinga told the Star Trump’s win showed it is possible for anyone to win a free and fair election.
“It is our hope under Trump, the US will continue support for democracy and promote good governance and human rights worldwide,” Raila said.
Amani National Congress Leader Musalia Mudavadi said Trump’s win showed opinion polls did not accurately reflect the people’s will.
“It’s a lesson media and pollsters have yet to learn. No matter how they try to manipulate opinion and perception, the Israeli, British and USA examples show it is the opinion of people voting that counts,” Mudavadi said.
Trump was not just unconventional — he trashed the rule book. He was arrogant, outrageous, sometimes dishonest and unapologetic (except when he said sorry for vulgar comments about women). He called Clinton “crooked Hillary” and said she should be in jail for her misuse of a private email server while she was Secretary of Sate.
While Clinton spent raised $513 million by October 19, Trump raised $255. He addressed massive rallies and didn’t run door-to-door campaigns. Rallies were sometimes chaotic and disjointed, he shot from the hip and hit the bulls eye. He trusted his instincts, and it worked.
Trump insulted decorated war veteran John McCain, ridiculed the widow of a decorated US Muslim army officer. He picked a fight with Fox News and popular presenter Megan Kelly, saying she was giving him a hard time because she was having her period. He was embarrassed about a leaked video in which he said years ago that any woman would have sex with him because he was powerful.
During three presidential debates, he was no match for Clinton, who was superbly
“All that negative publicity didn’t matter. Trump’s personality and appeal was so strong, the scandals just bounced off,” said professor Olubayi Olubayi of KCA University.
He defied opinion polls that predicted a narrow Clinton victory.
Until FBI director James Comey reopened his probe into Clinton’s email server, there was no clear march to the White House.
Trump’s sharpest spike in the polls came between Comey’s first announcement and the second, whe he said there was no cause for criminal investigation.
HOW HILLARY LOST IT
So what went wrong for Clinton, the choice of many people worldwide, especially in Africa?
She didn’t set voters alight, didn’t get the adrenaline pumping.
Statistics show African-American, Latino and younger voters failed to show up in sufficient numbers.
Although Clinton won key demographic groups, she under-performed President Obama across the board, even among women, according to exit polls.
Clinton was not as popular with white voters as Obama. She won only 37 percent of the white vote, compared to Obama’s 39 percent.
Clinton failed to inspire as many young voters who favored left-leaning rival Bernie Sanders in primaries and Obama four years ago.
She won 55 percent of voters aged 18 to 29, compared to 37 percent who voted for Trump. But Obama secured 60 percent of these voters.
As for women, Clinton won 54 percent, compared to Trump’s 42 percent. Though 70 percent of voters said Trump’s treatment of women bothered them, they didn’t want to make Clinton America’s first woman President.

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America Decides

Americans go to the polls today to elect the 45th president of the United States, capping a historically divisive campaign.

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White House rivals Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump duelled yesterday for a handful of must-win states in an end-game election frenzy.
It was unclear whether the Democrat could convert into electoral gain the announcement Sunday that the FBI had cleared her again of wrongdoing over her email use.
Mrs Clinton’s popularity had dipped after FBI Director James Comey dropped a campaign bombshell eight days earlier with a reopened inquiry into whether she exposed US secrets by using a private email server while serving as secretary of state.
Opinion polls had tightened as Mr Trump began to recover ground lost while battling accusations of sexual assault, and the race looked headed for a photo finish.
The billionaire Republican contender, who has whipped up a populist grassroots movement among largely white male voters, landed in Sarasota, Florida early yesterday and was met by an enthusiastic crowd.
After a stop there, the 70-year-old was due to fly to rallies in North Carolina, Pennsylvania, New Hampshire, before ending with a late event in Michigan.
In Virginia Sunday, he stoked supporters at a post-midnight rally with stock attacks on his rival, branding her the “most corrupt candidate ever to seek the office of the presidency.”
Mrs Clinton, 69, had events planned through midnight yesterday, with stops in Pennsylvania, Michigan, and North Carolina. The rallies will include appearances by a star-studded roster of supporters headlined by President Barack Obama and rock star Bruce Springsteen.
Mrs Clinton’s Sunday rallies had a note of optimism mixed with warnings of the threat posed by Mr Trump.
“I really want each and every one of us to think for a moment about how we would feel on November 9, if we were not successful,” she said in Manchester, New Hampshire
“When your kids and grandkids ask you what you did in 2016, when everything was on the line, I hope you’ll be able to say you voted for a better, stronger, fairer America.”
The world has looked on aghast as Mr Trump’s sensationalist reality television style became a driving force propelling him toward the most powerful political post in the world.
Global financial markets were rocked when the renewed FBI probe threatened to sink Mrs Clinton’s chances, and were boosted by news of the FBI’s closure of the affair. Asian and European exchanges jumped yesterday morning, hours after the announcement.
But commentators said renewal of the email scandal, which dominated one of the last news cycles ahead of the election, had already damaged the Democratic former first lady’s chance of succeeding Mr Obama.
Mrs Clinton’s lead dropped from 5.7 to 2.9 percentage points in the week since the scandal returned, according to influential data website FiveThirtyEight.com.
Mr Trump is predicting a ballot upset on par with Britain’s shock vote to quit the European Union, or what on Sunday he called: “Brexit plus, plus, plus.”
“The rank and file special agents of the FBI won’t let her get away with her terrible crimes,” Mr Trump told a rally in Michigan, a state Mr Obama won comfortably in 2012.
For Mr Trump and his supporters, Mrs Clinton symbolizes the corruption of the Washington elite.
“Right now she’s being protected by a rigged system. It’s a totally rigged system. I’ve been saying it for a long time,” he declared, as his supporters chanted “Lock her up!”
Mr Trump has repeatedly condemned Mrs Clinton’s “criminal scheme” and argued that she’s unfit to be president.
He has previously threatened to reject the result of today’s vote if he loses, alleging that the race has been “rigged” by the media and the establishment elite.

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Dollar affected by Clinton’s email probe

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The dollar jumped on Monday as news that Hillary Clinton would not face criminal charges related to her use of a private email server gave the US presidential contender an eleventh hour boost before the November 8 election.
Markets have tended to see Mrs Clinton as the status quo candidate, and news favouring her bid often boosts risk appetite, whereas the stance taken by her Republican rival Donald Trump on foreign policy, trade and immigration issues is seen posing potential risks for global growth.

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Hillary clinton cleared by FBI over email scandal

NEW HAMPSHIRE ;
Barney Henderson , NEW YORK and
David Lawler , WASHINGTON
7 NOVEMBER 2016 • 12:52PM

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Hillary Clinton received an unexpected boost to her campaign with just hours left before the US presidential election as the FBI announced on Sunday night that it had found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in her use of a private email server.
James Comey, the FBI director, took the nation by surprise when he released a second letter in which he said the FBI had not changed its conclusions from its first report on Mrs Clinton in July.
The announcement, made as Americans prepared to go to the polls on Tuesday, lifted a shadow left hanging over the Democrat candidate. It followed a surge of support from Hispanic voters in the latest polls.
The announcement will raise further questions about the role of the FBI in the campaign, its impact on the democratic process and the timing of its statements.
The agency had already been plunged into controversy when the inquiry into the latest tranche of emails was announced during the course of the campaign.
Donald Trump, her Republican rival, immediately reacted, stating that Mrs Clinton was being protected by a “rigged” system. Mrs Clinton’s campaign said last night they were “glad” the issue had been “resolved”.
Mr Comey said in his new letter: “Since my letter, the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation.
“During that process we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state. Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton. I am very grateful to the professionals at the FBI for doing an extraordinary amount of high-quality work in a short period of time.”
Mr Comey had announced nine days ago that new emails were being investigated. They had been found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, the disgraced estranged husband of Huma Abedin, a top Clinton aide. He is under a separate investigation for allegedly sexting an underage girl.
The Clinton campaign immediately responded, welcoming the move.
“We are glad to see that he has found, as we were confident that he would, that he’s confirmed the conclusions that he reached in July,” said Jennifer Palmieri, the campaign’s communications manager. “And we’re glad that this matter is resolved.”
Despite the re-emergence of the email scandal, Mrs Clinton maintained a five-point lead in the most recent opinion polls, and last night’s announcement is expected to help her even further.
Kellyanne Conway, Mr Trump’s campaign manager, said Mr Comey had “mishandled the investigation from the beginning” and questioned the idea that the FBI could have carried out a thorough investigation in such a short time, but told MSNBC that the announcement would have no effect on the race.
Speaking to a rally in Minnesota, Mr Trump said: “She’s the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency of the US. Clinton will be under investigation for a long time for the many crimes against her [name]. It’s a rigged system and she’s protected.”
The FBI was already under huge pressure from Democrats to explain why it took the unprecedented decision to make public so close to an election that it was investigating a new batch of emails related to Mrs Clinton.
Theresa May said on Sunday night that elections should be “calm and ­measured” and focused on issues as she spoke about the tone of the US presidential election.
Asked if she would repeat criticism of Mr Trump, voiced when she was home secretary, Mrs May said: “I take a simple view about the way in which I like to see campaigns being conducted; I like them to be conducted in a calm and measured way with proper consideration of the issues.”
Meanwhile, it emerged that Britain is seeking reassurances from Mr Trump over Russia after he dismissed intelligence about a series of devastating cyber attacks.
Government sources told The Daily Telegraph: “His admiration for Putin as a strong character is worrying and people will need to work on him to explain the facts of life. His outright denial of these concerns makes people worry about his judgment.

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Hillary Clinton cleared by FBI over email scandal

NEW HAMPSHIRE ;
Barney Henderson , NEW YORK and
David Lawler , WASHINGTON
7 NOVEMBER 2016 • 12:52PM

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Hillary Clinton received an unexpected boost to her campaign with just hours left before the US presidential election as the FBI announced on Sunday night that it had found no evidence of criminal wrongdoing in her use of a private email server.
James Comey, the FBI director, took the nation by surprise when he released a second letter in which he said the FBI had not changed its conclusions from its first report on Mrs Clinton in July.
The announcement, made as Americans prepared to go to the polls on Tuesday, lifted a shadow left hanging over the Democrat candidate. It followed a surge of support from Hispanic voters in the latest polls.
The announcement will raise further questions about the role of the FBI in the campaign, its impact on the democratic process and the timing of its statements.
The agency had already been plunged into controversy when the inquiry into the latest tranche of emails was announced during the course of the campaign.
Donald Trump, her Republican rival, immediately reacted, stating that Mrs Clinton was being protected by a “rigged” system. Mrs Clinton’s campaign said last night they were “glad” the issue had been “resolved”.
Mr Comey said in his new letter: “Since my letter, the FBI investigative team has been working around the clock to process and review a large volume of emails from a device obtained in connection with an unrelated criminal investigation.
“During that process we reviewed all of the communications that were to or from Hillary Clinton while she was secretary of state. Based on our review, we have not changed our conclusions that we expressed in July with respect to Secretary Clinton. I am very grateful to the professionals at the FBI for doing an extraordinary amount of high-quality work in a short period of time.”
Mr Comey had announced nine days ago that new emails were being investigated. They had been found on the laptop of Anthony Weiner, the disgraced estranged husband of Huma Abedin, a top Clinton aide. He is under a separate investigation for allegedly sexting an underage girl.
The Clinton campaign immediately responded, welcoming the move.
“We are glad to see that he has found, as we were confident that he would, that he’s confirmed the conclusions that he reached in July,” said Jennifer Palmieri, the campaign’s communications manager. “And we’re glad that this matter is resolved.”
Despite the re-emergence of the email scandal, Mrs Clinton maintained a five-point lead in the most recent opinion polls, and last night’s announcement is expected to help her even further.
Kellyanne Conway, Mr Trump’s campaign manager, said Mr Comey had “mishandled the investigation from the beginning” and questioned the idea that the FBI could have carried out a thorough investigation in such a short time, but told MSNBC that the announcement would have no effect on the race.
Speaking to a rally in Minnesota, Mr Trump said: “She’s the most corrupt person ever to seek the presidency of the US. Clinton will be under investigation for a long time for the many crimes against her [name]. It’s a rigged system and she’s protected.”
The FBI was already under huge pressure from Democrats to explain why it took the unprecedented decision to make public so close to an election that it was investigating a new batch of emails related to Mrs Clinton.
Theresa May said on Sunday night that elections should be “calm and ­measured” and focused on issues as she spoke about the tone of the US presidential election.
Asked if she would repeat criticism of Mr Trump, voiced when she was home secretary, Mrs May said: “I take a simple view about the way in which I like to see campaigns being conducted; I like them to be conducted in a calm and measured way with proper consideration of the issues.”
Meanwhile, it emerged that Britain is seeking reassurances from Mr Trump over Russia after he dismissed intelligence about a series of devastating cyber attacks.
Government sources told The Daily Telegraph: “His admiration for Putin as a strong character is worrying and people will need to work on him to explain the facts of life. His outright denial of these concerns makes people worry about his judgment.

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Who exactly is this Josephine Kabura??

Who exactly is this Josephine Kabura??
– Josephine Kabura is the main suspect in the KSh 791 million NYS scandal
– Investigators said that companies registered in her name were used to siphon millions from the NYS coffers
– In her affidavit however, she says she was used by former Devolution and National Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru to perpetuate the scandal
– She also ropes in key government operatives and journalists who aided in covering up the former cabinet secretary
– Anne Waiguru has since denied knowledge of Kabura and termed the affidavit as smear campaigns
– But just who is Josephine Kabura and did Anne Waiguru know her before?
Josephine Kabura was born in 1982 in the now Murang’a county and attended Kiambisho primary and secondary schools.
After school, available records show that she opted to exploit her hairdressing talent. There is no indication of her attending an institution of higher learning.
A short stint as a village salonist and Josephine Kabura joined her aunt who owned a saloon along Koinange street in Nairobi to upgrade her skills.
She is the third born in a family of six; her mother is a retired nurse while her father retired as bursar from Chania secondary school.
How She Met Anne Waiguru
Josephine Kabura Irungu in her affidavit says that she met Anne Waiguru while working for Kenya Data Network between April and May 2012.
Josephine Kabura rose from a humble village salonist to playing a vital role in a mega corruption scandal in government.
While its not clear what her position at Kenya Data Network was, the affidavit goes on to state that their friendship grew exponentially.
At the time, Waiguru was working in the ministry of finance and as Kabura puts it, she was asked to hand her CV to the former Cabinet secretary.
The promise of lucrative contracts
She does not however state any contracts she was given then but goes on to reveal how Waiguru promised her big business with government should Uhuru and Ruto be elected.
The NYS scandal thus brings to the fore the kind of contracts that she had been promised considering the fact that investigators discovered its Kabura’s account that was used to siphon and distribute money to various individuals.
Whats more, she say its Anne Waiguru who facilitated the opening of various companies in Kabura’s name and which would later be used to facilitate the fraud.
Others mentioned in the damning Josephine Kaburu’s affidavit are; Adan Harakhe (former NYS official), Hassan Noor (Chief of Staff at Devolution ministry) and Joseph Mugwanja (director at the Banking Fraud Department).

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Babu Owino’s political rival,Embakasi East August house seat…

Hon George Bhutto

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> ODM MP Aspirant •Embakasi East

 October

The Embakasi East parliamentary has attracted the wealthy and the mighty. One of the aspirants roaring like a lion and leaving his opponents frozen with fear is none other than Hon. George Bhutto. Bhutto is a solid professional who articulates issues that many politicians tend to shy away from in rallies.

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~Hon Bhutto with the ODM Party Leader Rt. Hon Raila Odinga when he accompanied him for the Germany Business Development Trip

Bhutto’s declaration to vie for the Embakasi East parliamentary seat several months ago changed the politics of the Nairobi region for good. Many political analysts argue that he is the best candidate to take the neglected constituency to the next level. Hate him or love him, Bhutto stands for nothing but the truth.
Hon George Bhutto Team donating goats to Muslim community at Fedha Mosque during Eid Celebrations
For the first time, Embakasi East had an opportunity to elect an indigenous son. Bhutto was born, bred and School in Embakasi East precisely in Embakasi Village and went to Embakasi Primary. If there is one candidate who understands the problems and the needs of the people of the Embakasi East, it is Hon Bhutto. This makes him one of the best candidates ODM can field across Nairobi to defend the MP seat in the coming General Election

Bhutto, who is currently pursuing his MBA, is an established entrepreneur in transport and logistics. The outspoken politician is considered as the most consistent Orange Democratic Movement’s candidates for the parliamentary seat. In fact, Bhutto’s popularity amongst Embakasi East residents from Mihango to Lower Savannah to Utawala and Soweto is so profound and such a threat to many of his opponents so much so that even the incumbent MP opted not to join the race.

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Hon Bhutto after meeting with Community Leaders in Embakasi

Bhutto’s loyalty to the ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga is also among the key points that boost and bolster his candidature for Embakasi East. The flamboyant politician is always in attendance in every party activity and is also outstanding for his generous support for party activities. It seems Bhutto is reading Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho’s script after he was appointed to spearhead Coalition for Reforms and democracy (CORD) leader Raila Omolo Odinga’s campaign for his loyalty. We can only wait and see what Bhutto’s loyalty will yield in the near future.

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Hon George Bhutto addressing a Women Group. Youth and Women Empowerment are key in Bhutto’s Manifesto

Only recently Bhutto became an instant hit in ODM social forums after being amongst the few aspirants at hand to accompany the former premier Raila Odinga to Germany for Development Trip. Some pundits have interpreted this to mean that ODM party leadership took the opportunity to demonstrate that Bhutto was the man deemed capable of helping retain the Embakasi East Mp seat in the next general elections.

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Hon George Bhutto mingling with pupils from his alma mater Embakasi Primary after he donated Computers and Furniture

Despite the fact that the parliamentary seat has attracted various candidates, many have been keen to point out that Bhutto may be the most preferred person to stir development in this part of the nation. He is arguably the most exposed in terms of business development. Bhutto has also not disappointed and he has undertaken to stop at nothing short of making Embakasi East fly should he be elected come 2017.

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~Hon George Bhutto donates Car Wash equipment to youths in Upper Savannah accompanied by area MCA Aspirant Charles Ochillo

In terms of campaigns, compared to other candidates vying on an ODM ticket, Bhutto tops the list for doing most of the groundwork as well as establishing various projects in the constituency. He has over the months since he declared his candidature early in the year gained more support for his numerous projects initiated across Embakasi East constituency.

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Hon George Bhutto with one of the teams he is supporting in Embakasi East

Bhutto has also won the hearts of many residents by his generosity and acts of charity especially in support of entrepreneurship among youths. He has donated numerous car wash machines to the youths in the region. In addition, he has engaged the youths in undertaking fumigation of various Estates in the Constituency.

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~Hon George Bhutto shows Embakasi Primary pupils how to use computers after he donated modern desktop computers to the school

As a beacon of change, Bhutto knows that talent pays. Bhutto has also been very supportive to youths in sports. He has come out to support many sporting and competitive initiatives by youths and groups in the Constituency. He is one of the Patrons of the Embakasi University Students Association. This is a clear indication that he is a leader for the youth.

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Hon George Bhutto inspects a guard of honour mounted at his former school Embakasi Primary where he distinguished as one of the supportive allumni

Women also have reasons to smile whenever they hear the name Bhutto. He has been on the forefront in ensuring that women can access loans to fund their businesses. Women empowerment is among the desires of Embakasi residents. This increases his possibilities of becoming Embakasi Member of Parliament.

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Hon George Bhutto as Guest of Honour accompanied by Local Leaders in Upper Savannah

It seems George Bhutto entered the political arena after making up his mind that he was going to spend the rest of his life empowering people and especially youths and women to improve their standards of living. It must have been the desire to fulfill this dream that saw the charismatic leader opt to go for the Embakasi seat. His recent activities in different parts of Embakasi East are a true reflection of a man who can take the constituency in the right direction. One can only wait and see, can if what he has achieved and done for Embakasi East so far, even before being nominated or elected is any indication: The sky is no limit with George Bhutto.

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George Bhutto Foundation which is funded by Hon George Bhutto and staffed by permanent staff and volunteers has undertaken many projects in the area

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