Protests that followed the announcement of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s victory last week saw journalists not only tear-gassed, but also harassed by police. We just didn’t know stones and teargas will fly towards journalists. Journalists were not spared either with some harassed to delete pictures they had taken of the police officers beating up residents. TEARGASHe said the officers accosted him while taking the photos in the company of journalists who had gone to monitor the violence in the area. Those allegations, coming from a senior counsel with a history of defending journalists and freedom of expression may have been untrue, even harsh.
August 16, 2017 13:18 UTC
Vehicles parked in River Road in Nairobi. PHOTO | FILEA National Intelligence Security (NIS) officer lost his firearm on Monday after he was robbed while walking in the city centre. The officer was walking near the Accra Road – River Road junction when he was approached by two people seeking his help. In Kasarani, two people are nursing injuries after they were shot by robbers who had robbed an M-Pesa shop in Mwiki area on Tuesday evening. According to the owner of the shop, two armed robbers gained entry through the back door and stole unknown amount of money.
August 16, 2017 13:07 UTC
By ELVIS ONDIEKIMore by this AuthorBy DAVID MWEREMore by this AuthorThe man who has been fighting two non-governmental organisations since Monday is illegally in office together with his board, a State-funded human rights commission said on Wednesday. At her press event, Ms Mbogori detailed the hurdles encountered so far in pushing forward the PBO Act. On November 24, 2016, the court issued an order compelling Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri to effect the Act. IMPUNITY“Over 60 days have lapsed and the Cabinet secretary has persisted in defiance of court orders by refusing to operationalise the PBO Act,” she said. Mr Okero, on his part, said Mr Mahamed’s qualifications could be the reason why the commencement of the Act has been frustrated.
August 16, 2017 12:56 UTC
Council chairman Josphat Nanok (Turkana) on Wednesday said CS Mwangi Kiunjuri has no place in the supervision of county governments. Nanok, who has been re-elected,said the Cabient Secretary must not dictate the programme for governors' swearing-in. He said Kiunjuri must recognise county governments are independent and have full capacity to run their own affairs. "County governments are full-fledged governments. It will also coordinate briefings of the governor-elect by relevant county public officers.
August 16, 2017 12:56 UTC
The High Court has suspended a crackdown on AfriCOG by the NGOs Coordination Board on allegations of non-compliance and illegaal operations. AfriCOG and seven rights activists moved to court to stop the board from interfering with its operations. More than 23 organisations in the county say acting Interior CS Fred Matiang'i should immediately crack the whip on the "fraudulent" Fazul. Matiang'i earlier directed the NGO's board to halt the de-registration of Kenya Human Rights Commission and Africa Center for Open Governance. Read more: Remove 'incompetent, fraudulent' Fazul from office - Mombasa civil societies
August 16, 2017 12:54 UTC
Journalists at Okoa Kenya offices in Nairobi ahead of Raila Odinga's address on August 16, 2017. PHOTO | SAMUEL OWINOA battery of journalists have camped at Okoa Kenya offices in Nairobi ahead of the much-awaited announcement by Nasa leader Raila Odinga. Mr Odinga is set to declare his next course of action at the international press conference. The Daily Nation writer Samwel Owino estimates that there are more than 150 journalists from various media houses covering the press conference. The opposition chief is expected to guide his supporters on what actions his coalition would take after losing the general election last week.
August 16, 2017 12:52 UTC
Police moved to court to seek to detain Japhet Mulewa who was arrested in Malindi on Tuesday in order to conclude investigation on messages the accused allegedly shared on the online media platform that threatened to slaughter members of a certain community. Mulewa appeared before Resident Magistrate Yvone Khatambi and was ordered detained at Malindi Police Station as per the prayers of detectives. Police Constable James Muyes in a sworn affidavit said that the accused was arrested on Tuesday in Malindi town following reports that he was distributing hate messages through the social media platform. "The written material distributed through the WhatsApp groups would cause panic to the members of the public during this electioneering period," reads part of the affidavit. The court also heard that Mulewa was also required by detectives in Mombasa for a similar offence.
August 16, 2017 12:45 UTC
The regular readers will realise that this view is not new, having been published a week before the election. Essentially, if either of the leading sides needed to steal these elections, they would do it through the complimentary or manual system of identifying voters. HACKEDA simple court order to recount ballot papers and compare the ballot figures against the hacked electronic figures would easily reveal the fraud and automatically lead to nullification of the election results. In this simple approach, you locate polling stations in your strongholds where there are no agents from the other party. I was privileged enough to share this view with a certain John Kerry, one of the prominent leaders of the foreign observer mission.
August 16, 2017 12:32 UTC
South African national Anne Margaret Champion in a Nairobi court where she was charged with obtaining credit by false pretense. PHOTO | PAUL WAWERUA 47-year-old South African national was on Wednesday charged with failing to pay for drinks she ordered at the Hilton Hotel in Nairobi. The prosecution told court that she allegedly committed the offense on diverse dates between July 22 and August 14. “The accused falsely pretended that she was in a position to pay for the hotel bills a fact which she knew was false,” court heard. But her lawyer told the court that she can avail her identification as well as travel documents before the court.
August 16, 2017 12:17 UTC
By AFPMore by this AuthorConcern shifted Wednesday to the estimated 600 people still missing and thousands made homeless in Sierra Leone by deadly floods in the capital, as aid groups scrambled to coordinate a response. The United Nations said Tuesday it was evaluating humanitarian needs in Sierra Leone, while the first Israeli aid packages were sent and Britain pledged its support. BODIESWith morgues overwhelmed with bodies, burials began on Tuesday for some of the bodies too mutilated to identify. DEADThe Red Cross says 600 people are still missing, while more than 300 are already confirmed dead. Adele Fox, national health coordinator for Sierra Leone for the charity Concern Worldwide, told AFP that the search for bodies continued but the survivors were facing difficult conditions.
August 16, 2017 12:10 UTC
President Trump, never one to shy away from controversy, fired back, saying: "For every CEO that drops out of the Manufacturing Council, I have many to take their place". In June, optimism among American CEOs was at a three-year high on hopes that President Trump would succeed in implementing his pro-growth agenda, including tax cuts. President Trump, never one to shy away from controversy, fired back. On the conservative side, groups like the National Centre for Public Policy have censured executives for criticising President Trump. Last year, PepsiCo faced a brief boycott after chief executive Indra Nooyi publicly rued the election result shortly after Mr Trump won last November.
August 16, 2017 11:48 UTC
Outside Trump Tower where the president spoke, hundreds of people protested to denounce racism. And nobody wants to say that, but I will say it right now," Mr Trump said. "Thank you President Trump for your honesty and courage to tell the truth about #Charlottesville and condemn the leftist terrorists," Mr Duke said. They were surrounded by police officers to prevent clashes with a handful of Mr Trump supporters nearby. President Trump called Mr Fields, who has been charged with second-degree murder, a "disgrace to himself, his family and this country."
August 16, 2017 11:48 UTC
By MWANGI NDIRANGUMore by this AuthorSix people, among them a mother and her three children, perished Tuesday night after fire razed two residential houses in Matanya market, Laikipia County. Three of the children aged between 18 months and 18 years were sleeping with their mother, Beatrice Wambui, 29, when fire erupted a few minutes to midnight. Two others aged seven and six years had been left in an adjacent room by their mother. Police gave the names of the dead as Ms Wambui and her three children Agnes Wangui, 8, Joseph Mwangi aged six and the last born Faith Wanjiru aged 18 months. She was reportedly drunk and when the fire erupted, she could not save herself or her children,” said Laikipia County Commissioner Onesmus Musyoka speaking at the scene.
August 16, 2017 11:37 UTC
Below, the letter in full. While the correspondence contain weighty legal non-compliance and regulatory issues on the said organisations, my view is that before conclusive and final action such as deregistration, comprehensive and exhaustive engagement need to happen. This will include an opportunity for the organisations and any stakeholders concerned to engage with NGO Coordination Board and effectively address any outstanding non-compliance issues that have led to deregistration of two organisations. By copy of this letter, I direct the Principal Secretary, Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government to immediately form an inclusive and representative committee to work with NGOs Coordination Board to review the compliance status of the two organisations. Yours Sincerely,Fred Matiang’i,ALSO READ: KHRC: NGOs Board is out of orderPhD EGH AG Cabinet SecretaryThe letter is copied to Karanja Kibicho, the Principal Secretary in the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government.
August 16, 2017 11:05 UTC
National Transport and Safety Authority Director General Francis Meja. PHOTO | FILEOwners of more than 15,000 uncollected logbooks could soon be slapped with fines if they do not collect them, according to the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA). In a statement, NTSA said it may be forced to introduce fines if the owners delay collecting the documents. Nairobi leads with 8,763 uncollected logbook,s followed by Mombasa (5,998), Kisumu (228) and Nyeri (130) respectively. “You are advised to carry your original National Identification Card which must be produced prior to the issuance of your logbook.”
August 16, 2017 11:03 UTC