The body of Dandora rights activist Carol Mwatha was booked at City Mortuary on February 6, a day she was alive and took her daughter to school. According to one of the records seen by the Star, Mbeki was taken to the facility on February 6 at 4.42pm by Grace Ramoya. There had been an abortion under unclear circumstances but it was not known if Mwatha sought it or whether she was murdered. Hussein Khalid, Haki Africa executive director, told the Star the conflicting records strengthen their rejection of the abortion theory. It emerged the Catholic Church refused to conduct a Requiem Mass “for [Mwatha] having sought to procure an abortion”.
The state on Friday opposed bond terms for terrorist Ali Salim Gichunge’s mother Sakina Abdalla. She told Milimani chief magistrate Francis Andayi the last time she was in communication with her son was 2015. Sakina is accused of breach of her duty to disclose the whereabouts of her son, which would have prevented the Dusit terror attack on January 15. She is the second suspect to be charged over the attack that claimed 21 lives and injured scores of others. The state sought additional time to conclude investigations against Mandera-based Imam Mukhtar Ali, who is said to have been recruiting and radicalising young men.
Homa Bay Governor Cyprian Awiti has reshuffled his Cabinet two weeks after the Supreme Court upheld his reelection. Awiti said on Thursday that he made the changes to improve services. David Okeyo has been transferred from Roads to Trade. Nicholas Koriko (Finance), Aguko Juma (Agriculture), Richard Muga (Health), Beatrice Asyago (Education) and Dickson Nyawinda (Water) retained their dockets. Muga will act as the Roads boss, pending Opar’s vetting by the county assembly and subsequent appointment by the county chief.
The school is a government talent-based institution aimed at giving an opportunity to talented youths to develop their skills. ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru on Friday said the government will expand the film industry as it plays an important role in employment of youth. “Training in the school does not consider academic qualifications but focuses on industry needs, talent and passion,” he said. Mucheru said the recent reporting of the black panther, which was spotted in Laikipia, is a clear indication of the need to tell Kenyan stories from our own perspective. BBC had to come and tell us it has been spotted after 100 years,” the PS said.
The Nyamira county assembly has ratified the Lake Region Economic Bloc Bill, increasing the momentum to also operationalise the bloc. Gesima MCA Charles Maroko said the formation of the bloc is an important step towards spurring development in member counties and creating jobs. “We’ve heard a section of residents and leaders rising against the idea of joining the bloc by our county. In January during the Lake Region Summit, bloc chairman Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega governor) urged the remaining counties to adopt the bill by the end of this month. Lake Region Economic Bloc Assemblies Forum chairman Moffat Teya (Nyamira) says other counties are in the process of passing the bill.
Another showdown looms between Jubilee and ODM after Deputy President William Ruto on Friday pledged to “stop at nothing” to clinch the Wajir West MP seat. During the 2017 polls, Jubilee swept all the parliamentary and county seats but Wajir West. “We lost in Wajir West in 2017 because we did not have a candidate. Read: We'll teach ODM bitter lesson in Wajir West by-election - RutoHe urged candidates to reject divisive politics. Ruto reminded Wajir West residents that they should support the Jubilee administration because of the “robust development master plan” it has for them.
University fees could soon be tripled should Parliament adopt a proposal by vice chancellors. The university heads on Friday petitioned Parliament to triple fees paid by students to ensure quality services. Through the vice chancellors’ committee, the institution heads want fees increased to 48,000 from 16,000. The direct fees paid by students in university has been in existence for 30 years—since 1989. It is scandalous that a student in university is paying Sh16,000 as fees while those in technical colleges are paying Sh26,000.
Villagers on Thursday tried to lynch a man whom they said confessed to murdering and mutilating a nine-year-old boy. “The man was positively identified by one of the granddaughters. Other witnesses said the suspect confessed that he was part of the four-member gang who committed the crimes. The 30-year-old suspect was arrested and positively identified by three victims of the attack. The granddaughters aged 11, 13 and 20 years, positively identified the man after an identification parade, DCI boss George Kinoti said.
Retired athletics champion Michael Cherono, 65, is tired of boredom and poverty. Cherono from Kaptere in Baringo North subcounty said he is optimistic he can still win gold and save his family and community from abject poverty. The veteran athlete said in 1975, while in secondary school, he won the East African 1,500m championship in Iringa-Tanzania. Cherono is among the nine-member team from Baringo set to register with Athletics Kenya Masters (AKM) for the elderly at Eldoret this Saturday. Others are former retired athletics icons Mathew Birir, Rael Mitich, Mary Chepkoiyo, Charles Cheruiyot, Jonah Birir, Rodah Chebon, Caroline Bowen, Sammy Cheruiyot and Elijah Chelagat.
Announcing the truce, the Kenya National Union of Nurses secretary general Seth Panyako directed the nurses to report to work immediately in compliance with a court order suspending the strike for 60 days to allow negotiations. “There is no way we could serve the counties with a court order that was non-existent. SRC chairperson Lyn Mengich said the governors and the Treasury had confirmed they did not have money to pay the nurses. REGULATIONS“The office is aware that counties are paying enhanced allowances to nurses contrary to those approved by SRC. Health Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki and Council of Governors Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya said they would ensure the sacked nurses do not resume work.
February 22, 2019 19:41 UTC
Mediation is part of a wider scheme to decongest the courts. However, it is not allowed to handle criminal cases such as treason, murder or rape. Garissa High Court presiding judge George Dulu said the process will only be lawful after the cases are filed in court. Dulu said the programme will help to decongest the courts as most cases will be solved quicker in a cheaper and manageable way. Experts say the process is less expensive and swifter compared to the court process.
February 22, 2019 19:30 UTC
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday said he looks forward to the day Kenya will have its first female Head of State. “I pray to God and look forward to the day that I shall be sitting and listening to the first female President addressing the people of the Republic of Kenya,” he said. Women understand the basis of servant leadership. He said leadership in the family and the country does not exist without the full participation of women. “What really matters is the commitment to the family and the country,” he said.
February 22, 2019 19:18 UTC
Officers from the DCI Homicide Unit released Kori after they failed to link him to the murder. Kori was among three suspects linked to Wambui’s murder. saved by smsAfter conducting oral and forensic investigations, they were convinced that Kori, 41, was not involved in either the planning or execution of Wambu’i murder. What caught the investigators eye was a text message that Kori sent his wife that day. The text message would later turn out to be useful in the investigation.
February 22, 2019 19:18 UTC
A few minutes later, her husband called to say they had an altercation,” Ouma said. Beryl’s brother Mark Ouma said police insisted on taking the body to City Mortuary, but the family blocked them fearing it was a plot to cover up the murder. Her body has been taken to Chiromo Mortuary, where a post-mortem will be conducted today to ascertain the cause of her death. Ng’etich blamed the neighbours for failing to raise the alarm, even after the beating went on for a long time. The killing comes just days after a man who murdered his wife for allegedly aving an affair was killed by mob in Kwale county.
February 22, 2019 18:56 UTC
Garissa chiefs, vetting committees and civil registration officials have been put on notice over rampant corruption and misuse of public offices. He said there were claims that vetting committees, particularly from Garissa and Dadaab, solicit bribes to clear those seeking IDs. Civil registration officials will face the law if they collude with vetting committees and chiefs to issue IDs to outsiders, will face the law. In July last year, the state’s human rights agency said the number of young Kenyans joining terror groups like al Shabaab had declined significantly. The official urged the government to ensure the youth are engaged, saying joblessness pushes them to join terror groups.
February 22, 2019 18:56 UTC