A lawyer has written to Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko to reinstate conspiracy murder charges against politician Betty Tett after obtaining telephone data linking her with the main suspect. In a letter dated January 16 this year, lawyer Paul Mwangi of Paul Mwangi & Company Advocates requested Tobiko to reopen investigations and review his decision not to prefer charges of conspiracy to murder charges against Tett and Wachira. Mwangi says the CID recommendation to drop the conspiracy to murder charges was based on an incompetent investigation and perverted analysis of evidence and witnesses. On the basis of these new developments also, my client seeks a review of your decision to drop the conspiracy murder charges against Betty Tett,” the lawyer submits. His latest affidavit says that he believes both Wachira and Tett are capable of murder.
In October last year, I wrote about why ODM deputy leader and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho all of a sudden became a vicious enemy of Jubilee. Of the six counties of the region, Mombasa county is the best representation of this reality. On January 2 this year, Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar accused Joho of ‘massive theft’. And it might have worked — were it not for locals and leaders such as Senator Omar. Omar is telling Mombasa residents that Joho has received Sh10 billion for each of the past five years, money Uhuru has no control over, and asking, Where has it gone?
Latest statistics from the Kenya Red Cross society indicates that over 2.4 million Kenyans shall be starving due to the disaster by April this year. To the pastoralists the programme was timely as the drought situation is worsening each day . Due to the problems Ms Aden was forced to stop livestock rearing and venture into miraa business just to survive. Mrs. Fatuma Fara of Bangali says Kenya red Cross was doing a humanitarian activity to destock the livestock as pastoralists were suffering and the disaster might last . All beneficiaries have hailed the Kenya Red Cross for their effort in reaching them at their home ground despite the long distance.
This was followed by Kalonzo, who also insisted that the only opposition outfit his party recognised was Cord, led by Raila. For Raila, he has unsuccessfully run for President thrice, coming in second in 2007 and 2013. However, unlike them, Raila is the only person in the opposition who has a fanatical following across the country. A “Mudavadi Tosha” by Raila is likely to elicit the same response from the ODM leader’s support base. This is why Raila is the only viable candidate for the opposition.
MPs will tomorrow start the fourth and final session of the 11th Parliament before it dissolves ahead of the August 8 election. Attempts by the National Assembly and Senate to pass the bill that would ensure there are more women lawmakers in Parliament, have flopped, posing a constitutional crisis after the August 8 polls. The two-thirds rule is among 27 laws the 2010 Constitution demands should have been implemented within five years. The National Assembly failed to raise the required 231-vote threshold twice out of 349 members because MPs opposed to it want the law implemented in stages. “My in-tray is full and we intend to finish all these on the first week of April,” Duale said.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has prevailed upon Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri not to run for Laikipia governor. Speaking in Nanyuki town on Saturday evening, he said he needs Kiunjuri to help him run the country effectively if reelected. “Please, people of Laikipia, I urge you to release Kiunjuri to work for the country because it needs him. I want to be surrounded by strong people during my next term as the President,” Uhuru said. Kiunjuri, a former MP, had said he would announce whether he will run after February 8.
Most people don’t put in additional investments as they wait and see how the political scene will play out,” KAM CEO Phyllis Wakiaga told the Star in an interview. The political uncertainty is likely to further dent the sector’s growth which recorded a slow growth in 2016, as industries struggled to cope in a tough business environment, characterised by massive layoffs and closure of some businesses. Manufacturing grew by a paltry 1.9 per cent in the third quarter of 2016, compared to a 3.5 per cent growth it had recorded in a similar period in 2015, according to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics. Local manufacturers are however expected to perform at above average, KAM Chairperson Flora Mutahi said. The elections might slow down our growth but otherwise I don’t think it will take away much.
Police stopped from collecting body of Somali bandits victimSuspected Somali bandits on Saturday evening shot dead a herder in Ukasi, Kitui county. When police arrived at the scene in Kitungati village at 11am yesterday, residents blocked them from taking away the body. Efforts by Sosoma village administrator Mbithe Mulu to prevail on the residents to soften their stance were unsuccessful. On Christmas Eve, the bandits, who have encroached Kitui county and posing as herders, gunned down a man in Katangini. On January 2, they shot dead two other herders in Inyanzae.
Kanu leaders in West Pokot County have called for a thorough audit and cleaning of the voters register before elections. The leaders led by West Pokot county Senator Professor John Lonyangapuo and Civil Aviation Chairman Samuel Poghisio showed concern with the emerging and growing cases of shared identity cards used by different people registered as voters. “Cord co principal Kalonzo discovered that he shared his identification number with another voter who had been registered with similar details” said Lonyangapuo. They called on the Independent Electoral and Boundaries commissioners to rise to the occasion and give Kenyans a free fair and credible general elections.
Political bigwigs led by President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga are gearing up for the second week of voter mobilisation. He will kick off his voter mobilisation campaigns at Baragoi before heading to Maralala then Wamba. Deputy President Willian Ruto will this morning kick off his voter mobilisation campaigns in Uasin Gishu county, where he was yesterday. Tomorrow, the former Vice President will camp in Kisasi, Ikanga Kyatune, Mutomo, Ikutha, Athi then conclude the day in Kibwezi. Kalonzo ,on Wednesday will begin his day in Makindu then Wote town before going to Kakima, Tawa, Mwala and conclude his day in Kathiani.
The country is following the meeting between retired President Daniel arap Moi and former First Lady Mama Ngina Kenyatta with much curiosity. In fact, there have been reports that Moi Snr has been unwell and Mama Ngina may have gone to wish him well. The Jubilee Party is not in a safe place and it is possible that Mama Ngina visited the retired President to seek political counsel about what is happening in Rift Valley politics. Senator Moi voted for the contentious Elections laws even after he had opposed the amendments with a very powerful statement from the floor of the House. Mama Ngina knows this and maybe she sought the retired President’s counsel to slow down things between the two.
Six lions within the Nairobi National Park will be collared from today. At least six lions escaped from the Nairobi National Park in February last year, a situation KWS attributed to human encroachment. Due to continued invasion of the park, wildlife find it almost impossible to freely move, often straying into residential areas. In March last year, the park’s star lion, Mohawk, was killed by the KWS, drawing major criticisms from Kenyan and other conservationists. A few days after Mohawk’s death, another lion strayed outside the park and was speared to death.
Talks to end the strike by doctors are expected to resume early this week. Health CS Cleopa Mailu yesterday invited the doctors to talks, but insisted the government cannot pay the high salaries they are demanding. “It is apparent the doctors’ union has engaged side shows and use of diversionary tactics to frustrate the efforts and intentions by the government to resolve the current impasse,” he said in a statement. Doctors are demanding a nearly 300 per cent pay rise, giving an intern a monthly salary of Sh325,000 and specialists close to Sh1 million monthly salary. However, they rejected talks after one month and went on strike, insisting the old CBA be implemented in full.
A visit by President Uhuru Kenyatta's mother, Mama Ngina, to retired President Daniel arap Moi may have been more political than spokespeople for either side admitted. Mama Ngina said that she visited Moi to check up on a friend and Moi asked her to visit again in the near future. Moi said he was happy to meet with Mama Ngina Kenyatta, adding that the friendship between the two families is growing stronger. When Kenya gained Independence in 1963, she started being referred to as Mama wa Taifa (Mother of the Nation), hence her name became Mama Ngina Kenyatta. Mama Ngina bore Kenyatta four children - Kristina Wambui (1952), Uhuru Kenyatta (1961), Anna Nyokabi Kenyatta (1963) and Muhoho Kenyatta (1964).
| Updated Mon, January 23rd 2017 at 00:35 GMT +3Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Keriako Tobiko. (Photo: Boniface Okendo)The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has ordered fresh investigation into the New Year’s Eve gun drama involving a tycoon and the sons of a slain drug baron. The directive follows claims the first probe on Mombasa business mogul Ali Badrudin Punjani and slain drug lord Ibrahim Abdalla Akasha’s sons was compromised. The Standard has established the DPP, through Senior Assistant DPP Alex Muteti, has ordered an investigation into five areas he believes were overlooked by the first probe. And there are also claims that despite misgivings about the “fighting in public” charges, some officers linked to the probe continue to endure obstacles in probing this matter.