Closed-door interviews of judges send wrong signalsInterviews for judges started yesterday at the Re-Insurance Plaza in Nairobi. A number of judges face accusations that will bring them face to face with tribunals. On the other hand, the manner in which some judges have handled corruption cases has raised a number of eyebrows. That alone should have impressed upon Maraga the need for transparency in picking the judges. The question: Is there anything that JSC seeks to hide from a public entitled to watch interviews to determine suitability of candidates?
June 18, 2019 01:09 UTC
A dog used to run up quietly to the heels of everyone he met, and to bite them without notice. Thinking it a mark of distinction, the dog grew proud of his bell and went tinkling it all over the marketplace. We have a group of Kenyans who are louder than anyone else claiming to be the saviours of our nation. Chief Justice David Maraga, while giving a lecture at Oxford University appeared to be reading from the same script with economist and opposition activist David Ndii. He used that foreign stage to play to the gallery by throwing the blame on the executive and the legislature.
June 18, 2019 01:00 UTC
Craig Richards says he is looking for a knockout when he clashes with South London rival Andre Sterling in a Final Eliminator for the British Light-Heavyweight crown at York Hall this Friday, live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN in the US. “He was saying ‘don’t let the occasion get to me,’ but I’ve been in these occasions multiple times,” said Richards. He’ll try to fight his heart out and try to come forward, but it’s just not going to be enough. See Also“We’re looking for a knockout hopefully. He’s going to come and he’s going to bring it but it’s for me to go out there and show my class and show how good I am and where I’m destined to be.
June 17, 2019 23:15 UTC
Uganda also has more arable land that is being developed for large-scale commercial farming. Likewise, Tanzania has larger available arable land, and larger average size of farms, more rainfall and is also producing more competitively for most agricultural produce. ARABLE LANDOn the contrary, Kenya has much less suitable arable land, with majority of the land being semi-arid and arid and therefore not very suited for agricultural production. Not all counties are well endowed with arable land and rainfall. But now, all the agricultural land between Nairobi and these towns has been converted into buildings.
June 17, 2019 21:39 UTC
By LUCAS BARASAMore by this AuthorThe Norwegian government has been dragged into Kenya and Somalia maritime row that has threatened to strain the relationship between the two neighbouring countries. Kenya is unhappy with the involvement of a Norwegian firm in ‘redrawing’ of its map. Norwegian oil firm DNO has been contracted to search for oil in the disputed area. Reliable reports indicate that Kenya has protested to Norwegian government for allowing its firm to be used in the demarcation. The United Nations Security Council has also contacted Kenya on Somalia’s claim as it threatens the region’s stability.
June 17, 2019 21:33 UTC
By IBRAHIM ORUKOMore by this AuthorThe Muslim for Human Rights (Muhuri) has renewed its push to have three appellate judges removed from office even though the Judicial Service Commission (JSC) had early in the year dismissed their complaint. Through its director, Mr Khalef Khalifa, the group has rejected the decision by the JSC which dismissed its complaint against Justices Erastus Githinji, Martha Koome and Fatuma Sichale. TRUTHThe lobby argues that the manner in which the commission handled the complaint was bias as there was reluctance on the part of the commission to establish the truth. Mr Khalifa and Mr Abdille argued that IEBC made the appointments without following the laid down procedure, ignoring the need for transparency and accountability in the process. In its complaint, dated April 23, 2018, Muhuri questioned why the three judges heard the matter before informing them as required of such a hearing.
June 17, 2019 21:33 UTC
Of importance, the knowledge so created was meant to enlighten the society and help to address human needs. At times, they propose substantial changes on the research problem so that it is in sync with their mainstream mission. This leaves the beggarly grantees with no option but to drop their supposed topic of interest for the funders’. Accordingly, the knowledge generated cannot be owned by the university in question. Worse, it may not be of immediate relevance to the society since it was not initiated by them.
The civil society group AfriCOG released a report titled “State Capture”, in which it reflected on the so-called war on corruption. ILLUSIONHowever, the report doesn’t get us anywhere for, in the end, it pushes an illusion and a forgery that the now-famous “Handshake” may just be what would end corruption. Nations seeking Western-style democracy along with capitalism have had to deal with corruption, bribery and, at worst, state capture. Taking the simplest definition of corruption as the abuse of public office for private gain, AfriCOG failed to contextualise state capture in Kenya. It missed the elephant in the room — “legalised corruption”, the use of laws to protect and support flagrant misappropriation of public resources.
That was the situation at the Kasarani Stadium on Sunday, with the President’s extraordinary broadside directed at allies of Deputy President William Ruto. CAMPAIGNSThe President has been known to lose his cool in public before, most commonly during election campaigns, when the target was long-term opposition foe-turned-ally Raila Odinga. Mr Ruto was present and looked on stoically as the President angrily berated his deputy’s faction. VISITSAlthough he hinted that he would soon embark on visits to central Kenya, previous visits intended to sell BBI in the company of Mr Odinga have been shelved, probably sensing the latent hostility. That will mean campaigning directly against the MPs who have thrown in their lot with Mr Ruto, and maybe also matching the fabled largesse said to be dished out to buy loyalty.
However, there are a number of firms that are willing to handle cases for free, especially if it involves gross infringement of constitutional rights. Lawyers and legal bodies do, on occasion, give such services for free in the interest of justice or for philanthropic reasons. Kituo cha Sheria, for instance, has a Legal Aid and Education Programme (Leap) that assists financially challenged people in protecting their rights. While serving victims of sexual abuse, the opportunity can arise to educate the affected parents and children on their rights. This covers the matter of sexual abuse these innocent children are being subjected to.
Hard choices as 2 families meet to plot way forwardFrom left Melon Lutenyo, Mevies Imbaya and Sharon Mathias after the two families met in Nairobi yesterday. The girls – Sharon Mathias, Melon and Mevies Imbaya – wore striped black and white dresses. Contrary to what had been hinted earlier, that the families would seek legal redress, they said they would not press charges against the hospital. Sharon, Mevies and Melon said they were content with the DNA results. Rosemary Khaveleli, mother to Sharon and Melon, said the most important thing was to ensure the girls pursued their education.
Uhuru's angry rebuke to party rebels sends ripples in JubileeFrom left: Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika, Kimilili MP Didimas Barasa and Bahati MP Kimani Ngunjiri, during the Burial ceremony of Ngunjiri's brother Bernard Ndung’u at Kabatini area in Bahati Constituency on June 17,2019. Yesterday, most of the MPs allied to Ruto declined to react to Uhuru's reprimand, highlighting the political sensitivity of the issue. “He is the party leader and has mechanisms to deal with rebels. Gatanga MP Joseph Nduati accused Jubilee party rebels of frustrating the President. Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo Junior said the President is facing challenges as a party leader of Jubilee.
Is your staff fit for organisational transformation? When we encourage leaders to join in a transformation process, we are probably going to generate some misconception and anxiety. We can’t ask a leader to be an agent of transformation and at the same time, hide their unpleasant side under the carpet. When there is behaviour that endangers the common purpose of an organisation, the brave followers easily recognises the need for transformation and champions the need for change with conviction. The more leaders buy into the process of transformation, the higher the probability that they will fully engage with time.
Passaris fights eviction in Sh300m property tussleNairobi Woman Representative Esther Passaris (right) and the late billionaire Kultar Singh Hanspal widow Alka Roshanlal. Passaris’ dispute with Mrs Alka dates back to 2014 when she sued Kanyuga and his wife to stop them from evicting her from the property she also lays claim to. Apparently the lease agreement had a clause giving Passaris the option to purchase the house but Alka claims the lease was not legally binding because it had not been registered. According to Passaris, goons hired by Kanyuga and his wife descended on the property on September 19, 2014. In the suit papers, Passaris has sued Kanyunga as the first respondent, his wife and Alka as the second and third respondents respectively.
Africa sees rise in foreign investmentBase Titanium Limited - Kwale Sands Mine. The Southern Africa region performed the best, taking in FDI of nearly Sh420 billion ($4.2 billion), up from - Sh92.5 billion ($925 million) in 2017. SEE ALSO :Nissan to invest Sh21b to build new Navara model in SAForeign investment in South Africa more than doubled to Sh530 billion ($5.3 billion). Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania all saw increases in FDI inflows. The creation of the US International Development Finance Corporation could help support FDI inflows this year.