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RANKING RANKING Areas with most Areas with most varsity candidates varsity candidates Nakuru Nakuru 4,889
RANKING
RANKING
Areas with most
Areas with most
varsity candidates
varsity candidates
Nakuru
Nakuru
4,889
4,889
Nairobi
Nairobi
4,797
4,797
Kakamega
Kakamega
3,943
3,943
Kisii
Kisii
3,454
3,454
Makueni
Makueni
3,081
3,081
Nyeri
Nyeri
2,991
2,991

EDUCATION | Selection for regular intake opens this morning and only those with minimum B- qualify

Counties battle it out for public varsity slots

Nakuru expected to get highest number of places as regions with higher populations turn tables on those that had the best mean score in KCSE examinations — Page 4-5

had the best mean score in KCSE examinations — Page 4-5 ‘‘ We have revamped our

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We have revamped our web site to include search, consent and valuation forms which can now be downloaded.”

Charity Ngilu, Cabinet Secretary

Lands, Housing and Urban Development Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu addresses journalists at Ardhi House, Nairobi, yesterday after the conclusion of an audit at the Lands ministry, which is set to re- open today. She said transactions will now take three days, down from more than 20, after missing and misplaced files were found and reorganised in a two week audit that cost Sh67 million.

SALATON NJAU | NATION

Over 1m lost land files found in audit

BY MAZERA NDURYA

mndurya@ke.nationmedia.com

AND ELIZABETH MERAB

emerab@ke.nationmedia.com

More than one million files that

had been missing or misplaced at the lands registry have been recov- ered in the two week reorganisation and audit at Ardhi House in Nairobi, Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu said yesterday.

The registries — all at Ardhi House — were closed from May 5 to May 16 for the re-organisation and clean-up of records. During that

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Sh158bn items ‘lie unused’ in Kenyan homes P. 37 Many sitting on gold mine in

Sh158bn items ‘lie unused’ in Kenyan homes

P. 37 Many sitting on gold mine in form of saleable possessions.

INDEX

News Page 2-11, 16, Back Opinion Page 12-13 Opinion Page 14 County Page 18-22 World Page 24-32 Business Page 36-38 Sport Page 58-63

Opinion Page 12-13 Opinion Page 14 County Page 18-22 World Page 24-32 Business Page 36-38 Sport

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DAILY NATION Monday May 19, 2014

SERVICE DELIVERY | Headquarters reopens today after major clean-up

More than 1m ‘lost’ files found after audit at Lands Ministry

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period, all searches, stamp duty and land rent payments and application for valuation and processing had been stopped, affecting transactions like payment for allotments, ap- plications for subdivision of land, settlement programmes and land adjudication. Ms Ngilu, the Lands, Hous- ing and Urban Development Cabinet Secretary, said that about 1.3 million files can now be accounted for after the audit. They are in the Central, Nairobi and Records registries where records for Nairobi and other counties are kept. With the clean-up of the records, land transactions at the ministry are now expected to take three days, down from 20 before the audit. Mrs Ngilu said that following success in Nairobi, scrutiny of land records will now move to the counties. The two-week audit — which was conducted by students from Kenyatta University and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) — cost the govern- ment Sh67 million. The closure of the three registries sparked a dispute between Ms Ngilu and the National Lands Commission, which went to court seeking to compel Ms Ngilu to rescind her decision. The commission withdrew its case last week after the court ordered that the dispute be resolved through arbitration. “We have been able to re- trieve, record and re-shelve

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Sh1bn to digitise files

The National Treasury has allocated Sh2 billion for reorganisation of the ministry in the 2014/2015 financial year, with half the money being spent on preparation of title deeds and the rest on digitalisation of records. Already, two companies have been contracted to develop software ahead of the digitalisation programme.

1,322,800 files and records in the last 10 days. We are warn- ing those who are hiding files that we will soon catch up with them,” Ms Ngilu said. Nairobi registry had 134,000 files, while Central registry had 188,000 but the records reg- istry had 1,067,480 files that were recovered.

SALATON NJAU | NATION

Some of the university students who took part in the 10-day audit at the Lands ministry. Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu said there were still half a million files that had not been traced.

However, she said there were over 500, 000 files that are still being traced as the search at the registries confirmed that only 2.5 million files were available and not the three million that the Lands min- istry is believed to have in its registries. Among the changes that have been effected at Ardhi House, she said, include the installation of CCTV cameras to beef up security and iden- tify brokers and unscrupulous agents who have given the min- istry a bad name. “People searching for the status of their land will now need to go to a cyber café, download the documents and bring them to Ardhi House for the process to begin and

within three days they will have all the information required,” she said. “We have revamped our web site to include search forms, consent forms and valu- ation forms which can now be downloaded from the comfort of ones’ office, house or cyber café.” Principal Secretary Mariamu El-Maawy said the Ministry had procured the services of two private consultants to de- velop software in preparation for digitisation of all files. She said all the necessary contract procedures have been finalised and that the names of the companies, which have been engaged for similar con- tracts in Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania, will be made public this week.

Rwanda, Uganda and Tanzania, will be made public this week. Treasury taken to task for slashing

Treasury taken to task for slashing Swazuri team cash

BY NATION REPORTERS

Parliament has questioned the Treasury’s move to reduce the National Lands Commis- sion budget from Sh1.9 billion to Sh652 million. The Parliamentary Budget Office (PBO) regretted that although the House had resolved that NLC be given Sh1.992 billion, the printed estimates show the amount had been reduced by Sh1.34 billion. Instead, a brief given to the Committee on Lands by the budget office indicates that the Ministry of Lands esti- mates had been increased from Sh15.5 billion passed by

the House to Sh21.7 billion or

a Sh6.1 billion increment.

In a presentation prepared for the Budget and Appropria- tions Committee, the PBO criticised the manner in which the Treasury reduced the al- location for the commission by 67 per cent.

Funds not allocated

It noted that whilst NLC is supposed to establish County Land Management Boards, a

key flagship project of Vision 2030, Treasury had not allo- cated money for it. Mavoko MP Patrick Makau,

a member of the committee,

supported the higher alloca- tion for the Lands ministry. He said: “The national government cannot entrust

land matters to the commis- sion because anything to do with land is very sensitive and the government must be held squarely responsible, but the commission cannot be held squarely responsible.” “What we’re supposed to have is the ministry cleaned of corruption so that we have

a Ministry of Lands that can

be trusted by Kenyans. The commission was supposed to come and clean that up and when the President comes and supports the CS in cleaning up, that’s good,” Mr Makau said.

Officials unaware

When NLC chairman Muhammad Swazuri, chief executive officer Tom Cha- vangi and other officials first met the committee, they said they did not know how much money had been allocated to the commission in the esti- mates. Mr Chavangi said that if the National Land Informa- tion Management System and the County Land Management Boards are managed properly, the commission would give out 1.8 million title deeds in the coming financial year. “These two flagships need the support of the committee,” said Mr Chavangi. But when committee chair- man Mburi Mwiru pointed out that the County Lands Man- agement Boards appear not to have been catered for in the estimates by the Treasury, Dr

Swazuri was surprised. “We don’t have these fig- ures. We’re seeing them for the first time here,” he said. Mr Mwiru and Patrick Makau (Mavoko, Wiper) were similarly surprised and told the NLC members that in this day and age, they need not wait for documents to be delivered to them physically. “We are in the age of e-gov- ernance. You can download these documents from the Treasury website, read them and analyse and then come to us,” Mr Mwiru said. The commission was then given time to consult the PBO for guidance before meeting the committee again today.

REACTION

NLC unaware of budget

REACTION NLC unaware of budget “We are in the age of e-governance. You can download these

“We are in the age of e-governance. You can download these docu- ments from the Treasury website” Tharaka MP Mburi Mwiru

ments from the Treasury website” Tharaka MP Mburi Mwiru “The national govern- ment cannot entrust land

“The national govern- ment cannot entrust land matters to the commission because anything to do with land is very sensitive” Mavoko MP Patrick Makau

do with land is very sensitive” Mavoko MP Patrick Makau “We don’t have these figures. We’re

“We don’t have these figures. We’re seeing them for the first time here.” NLC chairman Muhammad Swazuri

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2014

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PUBLIC SERVICE | High school’s bakery makes Sh486,000 in three months

School principal scoops award for best civil servant

Teacher

recognised

for

“distinct-

ion in

efficiency,

innova-

tion and

servant-

hood in

public

service’

BY JOHN NJAGI

jnjagi@ke.nationmedia.com

T he name Hellen Nechesa Machuka may not ring a

bell, but the high school

principal is Kenya’s best civil servant. She scooped the award in the Huduma Ombudsman — Indi- vidual Category — awards held last week. Although the award came as a surprise, it’s hard work that got her to win. “I am humbled, honoured and inspired. I have been doing what I do because of the passion I have for my work; little did I know I would be recognised as the best civil servant. I am challenged, encouraged and inspired,” she said. The principal of Kombeni Girls’ Secondary School, Rabai, in Kilifi County has made her school stand out academically. The school also, generates its own income to run its activities, including bursaries for the bright but needy girls. She received the award for “distinction in efficiency, in-

novation and servant-hood in public service, which she received from President Uhuru Kenyatta

BACKGROUND

About Huduma prize

To enhance accountabil- ity in public service and promote compliance with administrative jus- tice, the Commission on Administrative Justice came up with the an- nual Huduma Ombuds-

man Awards. The awards seek to reward responsive and compliant public offic- ers and public institu- tions in the country. www.ombudsman.go.ke

at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi last week. She says all activities and programmes at the school are guided by a master plan, results monitored and corrective action taken promptly. The plan drafted in 2008 has seen the mean score rise over the years from 2.5 to the current 4.5. There are 657 students tak- ing Agriculture and Home Science teacher. Part of the strategy is involv- ing parents, students, board of management and community members in managing the school. She says as the team leader she sets the example for the teachers and students, which inspires them to perform. “My style is not to speak too much, but let people do as I do through being in class to teach and waking up the students early for prayers and morning preps,” she said. In her bid to help needy stu- dents and also achieve measure of financial independence for the school, Ms Machuka has started income generating projects at the school, which has seen it cut costs and run some of its programmes, without asking the parents to chip in. The school, for instance, buys sukuma wiki and milk, from its own farm, thus generating money. The principal, whose teaching career started in 1992, says she wrote a proposal to the Finnish government, which provided a Sh2.4 million grant to put up a school bakery, last November. In its first three months of op- eration the bakery made a profit

first three months of op- eration the bakery made a profit BILLY MUTAI | NATION President

BILLY MUTAI | NATION

President Kenyatta congratulates Kombeni Girls School principal Hellen Machuka at the KICC in Nairobi last Wednesday. Ms Machuka, who was the Individuals Category winner in the Huduma Ombudsman Awards, was recognised for servant leadership, efficiency and innovation in public sec- tor.

leadership, efficiency and innovation in public sec- tor. FILE | NATION Ms Machuka when she spoke

FILE | NATION

Ms Machuka when she spoke to the Nation on Thursday last week.

of Sh486,000. Of this amount, Sh300,000 has been directed to the school’s bursary fund, which Ms Machuka started a few years

ago, using her salary to help bright girls at her school. Through her efforts, school drop-out has been low, and the students are motivated to work hard to qualify for the school bursary. “My role model is Dr Geoffrey Griffin who founded Starehe Boys Centre to help needy boys. I know

I might not be able to do the much

he did, but God will guide me on

not be able to do the much he did, but God will guide me on My

My role model is Dr Geoffrey Griffin who founded Starehe Boys Centre to help needy boys.”

Ms Hellen Machuka

how to go about it,” she said. An orphan she got from a children’s home went on to get a B Plus, and is now at university, with a bright future beckoning, she said. The mother of four, who was previously been voted Best School Principal in Coast, and seventh nationally, said she strives to

give love to her girls and be like

a mother to them, saying: “I have

662 girls in my family. 657 are my students, four my daughters and

a house help.”

The award winner wakes up at 4.30am and leads the students in prayers at 5am before they head for the morning preps. Speaking about her wooden plaque with her name and rea- sons she stood out, she says the government should think of offer- ing perhaps a car or cash reward or even a promotion to motivate

civil servants to perform better. She is also unhappy with lack of promotion for teachers saying she has been in the same grade — Job Group N —for the seven years. She urges fellow public serv- ants: “The question should be:

‘Am I earning a salary right-

fully?’”

She says her other motivator is

her supportive husband.

question should be: ‘Am I earning a salary right- fully?’” She says her other motivator is

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EDUCATION | Many of the regions which rated highly based on the mean score of their students will have fewer candidates joining

Large counties set to dominate selection

Cut-off for regular programmes in public institution has been set higher due to limited slots

public institution has been set higher due to limited slots FILE | NATION Kenyatta University students

FILE | NATION

Kenyatta University students celebrate after graduating during the institution’s 33rd graduate ceremony in De- cember 2012.

by Nairobi with 4,797. Its neigh- bour, Kiambu which has 4,162 was third. Ironically, during the rank- ing of counties when the KCSE results were released, Nakuru was ranked 19 while Nairobi was ranked at number 29 out of 47. Kiambu was number 37. Now they have turned tables on the counties that had better mean scores. Many of the counties which rated highly based on the mean score of their students had fewer candidates joining public universi- ties under the regular programme. Among them is Samburu county, which topped the examinations

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The least entry points set for female students to be admitted to public universities

charts. Although the county had the best mean score nationally, only 159 of its KCSE candidates scored B- (minus) and above. The only exception is Siaya, which was rated as the county with the second best mean score nationally. And now, figures show that 3,603 of its candidates had B- and above. However, third best county in the exams, Elgeyo Marakwet, only has 1,331 candidates with B- (minus) and above. What these difference between counties like Samburu and Nairobi indicate is that regions with fewer KCSE candidates are more likely to score highly when ranked in terms of mean scores. Most of the counties ranked as top per- formers when the exams were released are in arid and semi-arid regions, which are also sparsely populated. Because they had fewer

TOMORROW: The counties and schools that produced the highest number of A students.

than 10,000 candidates, they had better mean scores compared to counties such as Nairobi, Ka- jiado and Nyeri which have much larger numbers of candidates. For instance, Samburu — which was ranked position one nationally — only registered 969 KCSE can- didates while Kiambu had 24,268. That explains why Kiambu will be sending more candidates to pub- lic universities. Again, Kiambu is home to several national schools including Loreto Limuru, Mang’u, Limuru Girls, Alliance Girls and Boys and Mary Hill Girls. At the Coast, Mombasa has the highest number of candidates (923) fol- lowed by Kilifi with 598 and Taita Taveta (444). Kwale has 362, Tana River 71 and Lamu 49.

COUNTIES/CANDIDATES

Taita Taveta

444

Kwale

362

Mombasa

923

Kilifi

598

Tana River

72

Lamu

49

Nyandarua

2,022

Nyeri

2,991

Kirinyaga

1,605

Muranga

3,433

Kiambu

4,162

Machakos

2,331

Kitui

1,929

Embu

1,913

Meru

2,277

Marsabit

64

Isiolo

24

Makueni

3,081

Tharaka Nithi

1,623

Nairobi

4,797

Turkana

198

Samburu

159

Trans Nzoia

2,061

West Pokot

676

Bomet

2,101

Uasin Gishu

2,215

Nakuru

4,889

Kericho

2,595

Nandi

1,995

Laikipia

1,085

Kajiado

808

Narok

319

Baringo

1,145

Elgeyo Marakwet

1,331

Busia

1,322

Bungoma

2,960

Kakamega

3,843

Vihiga

2,254

Kisumu

3,041

Kisii

3,454

Homa Bay

2,811

Siaya

3,603

Nyamira

1,264

Migori

2,377

Garissa

103

Wajir

42

Mandera

61

BY NATION REPORTER

newsdesk@ke.nationmedia.com

N akuru, Nairobi, Kiambu, and Kakamega are among counties expected to send

the highest number of KCSE can- didates to public universities when the selection for the government- sponsored regular programme officially starts today. These counties have produced the highest number of candidates with an average grade of B- (minus) and above in the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) exams whose results were released two months ago. Although candidates who scored C+ and above are qualified to join universities, the cut-off for the regular programme in public universities has been set higher with year because of the limited number of spaces. The Kenya Universities and Col- leges Central Placement Service, which replaced the Joint Admis- sion board, has set a B- (minus) of 58 points as the least entry grade for female candidates and a B plain of 60 points for male candidates who will be joining Kenya’s 31 public universities this year. Those who scored C+ and above but fell below this year’s cut-off can still join private universities or paral-

lel programmes offered by public universities. According to a Nation analysis, Nakuru county produced the highest number of candidates who have qualified to join regular programmes in public universi- ties with 4,889. It was followed

number of candidates who have qualified to join regular programmes in public universi- ties with 4,889.
number of candidates who have qualified to join regular programmes in public universi- ties with 4,889.

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public universities under the regular programme as more populous ones turn tables on them

as varsities put on notice over staff cash

Universities on the spot as time fast runs out for them to pay back workers’ Sh1.6bn

unions would go on strike if the money is not paid by May 30. Yesterday, he maintained the position, accusing university management of ignoring their warning. “The agreement as we signed stated that the money should be paid not later than May 30. “We expect that they will meet their side of the bargain but so far they have not reached out to us to indicate they will,” Dr Mukhwaya told the Nation on the phone. “We are aware that they have been holding meetings among themselves and consulting with the Ministry of Education but as unions we have not seen signs of that money com- ing through,” he added.

Within grace period

In response to the workers’ threats, Education Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi argued that the universi-

ties were well within the grace period given to them in the agreement. “The bottom line is that they should wait until the end. The CBA says the money should be paid by the end of May. The end of May has not arrived. When it finally comes and the money hasn’t been paid, we shall know how to cross the bridge,” he told the Na- tion. The details contained in a document titled 2010-2013 Funds Transferred to JAB indicate that only Sh625, 871,728 had been remitted to the common account agreed in March by May 9. That amount is from the University

BREAKDOWN

What educational institutions owe

Kibabii: Sh53,900,00 Taita Taveta: Sh118,200,00 Embu: Sh101,000,000 Rongo: Sh81,351,668 University of Eldoret:

Sh142,729,666

MMUST: Sh242,888,432 Pwani: Sh45,033,923 Kabianga: Sh49,505,499 Karatina: Sh60,344,021 Dedan Kimathi: Sh54,640,274 Kirinyaga: Sh98,000,000 Meru: Sh53,085,066 Machakos: Sh104,000,000 SEKU: Sh39,476,669 Murang’a: Sh98,400,000 Co-operative: Sh88,821,255 Laikipia: Sh25,721, 255 Egerton: Sh97,498,259 Technical University of Kenya:

Sh90,213,785

JKUAT: Sh65,237,744 Maasai Mara: Sh5,787,579 Total: Sh1,644, 810,084

Maasai Mara: Sh5,787,579 Total: Sh1,644, 810,084 FILE | NATION Kenya Universities Staff Union

FILE | NATION

Kenya Universities Staff Union secretary-general Charles Mukhwaya (right) and Universities Academic Staff Union chairman Sammy Kubasu at a past press con- ference in Nairobi.

of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Garissa University College, Chuka University, and Moi University. Others are Multimedia University of Kenya, Technical University of Mombasa, Jaramogi Oginga Odinga University of Science and Technology, Maseno and Kisii University College. Kibabii, Taita Taveta, Embu, Rongo and the University of Eldoret have remitted some money, but they cu- mulatively still owe workers Sh443 million from the March CBA. Jomo Kenyatta University of Agri-

culture and Technology and Maasai Mara owe workers Sh71 million, but had not paid a cent by May 9. It means 19 institutions have two weeks to pay up Sh1,644, 810,084 to workers or face indefinite closure. In March this year, more than 500,000 regular and self-sponsored students were forced to miss out on classes for 10 days after the unions went on strike over what they said was the diversion by vice-chancellors of money meant for allowances to other programmes.

BY AGGREY MUTAMBO

@agmutambo

amutambo@ke.nationmedia.com

P ublic universities have less than

three weeks to return Sh1.6 bil-

lion they diverted to ineligible

expenditures to avert a strike. The money is part of a collective

bargaining agreement (CBA) signed in mid-March with the Public University Vice-Chancellors’ Committee to end

a strike the workers had called.

According to details obtained by the Nation on reimbursement of the

funds by each of the universities to

a common bank account, only Sh625

million has been returned. All the 31 public universities and university colleges are to return Sh2.2 billion by the last day of this month. Only 10 institutions had cleared their balances by last week. The money was to be paid to the more than 30,000 workers allied to the Universities Academic Staff Union, the Kenya Universities Staff Union (Kusu) and the Kenya Union of Domestic, Hotels, Education Institu- tions, Hospitals and Allied Workers. Last week, Kusu secretary-general Charles Mukhwaya warned that the

Nyakemincha sheds tail tag to join top county schools league

BY NATION

CORRESPONDENT

Three years ago, a village in Nyamira County made news for the wrong reason. Nyakemincha Primary School, whose name means tail, thrust Bonyamatuta Vil- lage into the spotlight after it brought up the rear in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examinations. Since then, efforts have been made to uplift standards in the institution and its secondary section, also called Nyakem- incha. The sustained campaign has begun to bear fruit. The Catholic Church-sponsored St Peter’s Nyakemincha Sec- ondary School beat academic giants in the county, even nationally, in last year’s Form Four national exams. The day school beat all odds to remain among the three top performers in KCSE examina- tions in Nyamira County for a number of years. The institu- tion was ranked among the best performing schools in Nyamira South District. The amazing performance made the school the third top performer in 2013 after Nyam- baria Boys and Sironga Girls, both national schools. Out of its 76 KCSE candi- dates, 57 scored C+ and above, the minimum entry require- ment for universities.

The school attained a mean standard score of 7.7 or B- (minus). It was ranked 31st nationally among district schools. Four students from the school scored a mean grade of A – (minus). Six others had B+ while 14 others scored B. The school’s Principal, Mr Joseph Arama, attributed the performance to commitment of students, teachers and parents. “My teachers have a passion for excellence and are always willing to work as a team,” he said. Since the institution is a day school, the staff teaches for

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Nyakemincha students, out of 76 candidates, who qualified to join university

‘‘

My teachers have a passion for excellence”

Mr Joseph Arama, Nyakemincha School Principal

six days every week and usu- ally covers the syllabus for examination classes at the end of first term, according to Mr Arama. “This allows students to revise with the assistance of teachers on difficult topics.” He said students admitted to the school scored between 200 and 300 marks in the Kenya Certificate of Primary Education examination, add- ing that it was a difficult task to help them gain university entry grades. Lessons at the school start at 6.20am and end at 7.40pm with breaks for lunch and games in between. “We have 10 lessons instead of normal nine each day during normal official working hours, something that enables us to cover the syllabus early to allow us have more time to revise with our students. “Overall, we have twelve les- sons each day. Two of them last for two hours each while the remaining 10 take 40 minutes each.” He said 50 minutes are set aside for games and when they end at 4.50pm, students go to class for remedial lesions. The Nation Media Group recently sent a team from the Daily Nation and Taifa Leo to motivate the learners. The institution has also received assistance from the region’s elite and leaders.

INVITATION FOR BIDS Land O’Lakes Inc., MN, USA invites bids for the sale of 18,800

INVITATION FOR BIDS

Land O’Lakes Inc., MN, USA invites bids for the sale of 18,800 Metric Tons of Wheat in three lots of 5,000, 5,800 and 8,000 metric tons (+/- 10% at seller’s option) Class: Northern Spring Wheat, Grade: U.S. No. 2/ob; Protein: 13.5%; Moisture (Max.): 13.5%; Dockage (Max): 0.6%; Test weight lbs/bu (Min.): 57.0; Falling Number (Min.): 300; Wheat of Other Classes (Max.):

3.0%; Total Defects (Max.): 1/ 3.5% of US origin in one bulk shipment for Kenya. Expected shipping period is September 2014. Actual shipment schedule(s) will be based on supplier procurement and delivery schedules. The load and delivery dates are neither promised nor guaranteed by the Seller.

All interested parties should submit their bids in US Dollars ($) on May 27, 2014 at 13:00 hours EAT based on Incoterms CFR (C&F free out) Mombasa, Kenya basis. Please submit your final bid along with your complete contact details by email to Land O’ Lakes Inc. Commodity and Monetization Manager Matthew Smith; commodities.kenya@idd.landolake s.com in English. Bid documentation may also be requested from the above email address.

All bids should be valid for 15 days and with the words “2014 NS Tender” in the email subject line. Bids will be opened May 27, 2014 at 15:00 hours EAT at Land O’Lakes offices

Block B, 3rd Floor, Peponi Plaza, Off Peponi Rd, Westlands, P O Box 45006 GPO 00100 Nairobi, Kenya

The Winner will be chosen based on offer price (and approved externally), ability to meet payment terms and past performance.

The most acceptable bidder will have to provide a 10% prepayment upon signing of sales agreement and an irrevocable sight letter of credit issued by a bank of seller’s choice for the remaining 90% amount no later than 14 days before the loading of cargo at U.S. port. Commodity is offered in three lots of 5,000, 5,800 and 8,000 metric tons; bidders are not limited to one lot.

The seller reserves the right to reject any or all the bids and issue a fresh invitation for bids. Buyer will take possession of wheat at US Port and imported it into Kenya.

the bids and issue a fresh invitation for bids. Buyer will take possession of wheat at

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DAILY NATION Monday May 19, 2014

POLITICS | Leaders also declare they would mobilise Kenyans to reject Jubilee

Cord warns Kidero over loyalty

Coalition accuses him of associating with Jubilee at the expense of his ties with Cord

BY OUMA WANZALA

owanzala@ke.nationmedia.com

AND VINCENT ACHUKA

vachuka@ke.nationmedia.com

L eaders of the Coalition for Reforms and Democracy(Cord) yesterday turned the heat on

embattled Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero asking him to toe the Cord line or be left on his own. The politicians cautioned Dr Kidero against associating with the Jubilee government saying that he must be committed to ODM and Cord if he hoped to succeed in Nairobi county. The leaders drawn from ODM and Wiper spoke at a rally in Kibera, Nai- robi during which they also renewed attacks on the Jubilee Government and announced the launch of nation- wide rallies to dislodge the ruling coalition from power. Dr Kidero did not attend the rally. The MPs and senators accused Ju- bilee of failing to govern the country and watching as insecurity soared and tribalism and corruption thrived. They said the government had failed Kenyans and reversed gains made by the country through “fraudulent back room deals”.

by the country through “fraudulent back room deals”. Kidero should know that he is our son
by the country through “fraudulent back room deals”. Kidero should know that he is our son

Kidero should know that he

is our son

to support him if only he ”

comes to the ground

we will continue

Jakoyo Midiwo, Gem MP

Kicking off the tirade against Dr Kidero, Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama said that Jubilee leaders had lured the Nairobi governor to work with them only to abandon him after the Court of Appeal nullified his election.

EVANS HABIL | NATION

From left: Senators Bonny Khalwale, James Orengo and Hassan Omar dance at a Cord rally at Kamukunji Grounds in Kibera, Nairobi yesterday afternoon.

Dr Kidero was reinstated by the Supreme Court which blocked his removal until his application against the Court Appeal ruling on a petition by his rival Ferdinand Waititu is heard and determined. Mr Muthama also accused Dr Kidero of abandoning Nairobi and instead concentrating in Nyanza. “You should not take money from Nairobi to Nyanza as you were not elected by people of Nyanza,” said Mr Muthama. Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale

asked Dr Kidero to learn from what happened to Amani coalition leader Musalia Mudavadi when he agreed to work with Jubilee. He said that Mr Mudavadi was denounced by Ju- bilee leaders hours after signing an agreement with them on December 4 2012. “Kidero should know that he is our son and we supported him and we will continue to support him if only he comes to the ground and talks to people,” said Gem MP Jakoyo Midiwo.

Unease in Jubilee over top State jobs as the President of Kenya
Unease in Jubilee over top State jobs as the President of Kenya
Unease in Jubilee over top State jobs as the President of Kenya

Unease in Jubilee over top State jobs

as the President of Kenya

BY NATION CORRESPONDENTS

The Jubilee Coalition

because of the respect we had for Ruto. The DP should be firm and ensure

is

facing what could be a

backlash with a section of United Republican Party leaders expressing uneasiness in regard to appointment of key gov- ernment officials. MPs from Deputy President William Ruto’s URP said they have been

side-lined ever since job al- locations and appointments began late last year. Led by Nandi Hills MP Alfred Keter (below), the MPs held several rallies

that top civil servants from the community are not re- lieved of their duties with no reason,” he said. Yesterday, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi, a close ally of Mr Ruto, joined the fray by criticizing the sacking of Mr Rugut by Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru. Mr Sudi was speaking at a fund-raiser in Kapleketet, Uasin Gishu County, where he claimed a section of top government officials allied

 

in

Uasin Gishu and Nandi

counties over the weekend with the same message — criticising the sacking of National Youth
counties over the weekend with the same message — criticising the sacking of National Youth

counties over the weekend with the same message — criticising the sacking

of National Youth Service director Kiplimo Rugut — and crying foul over

to TNA “were disrespect- ing URP.” “Those in TNA should not be dominant because they are veering off the memorandum of under- standing we had,” he said.

off the memorandum of under- standing we had,” he said. State appointments that favoured TNA. Speaking
State appointments that favoured TNA. Speaking during an Education Day at High School in Nandi
State appointments that favoured TNA. Speaking during an Education Day at High School in Nandi
State appointments that favoured TNA. Speaking during an Education Day at High School in Nandi
State appointments that favoured TNA. Speaking during an Education Day at High School in Nandi
State appointments that favoured TNA. Speaking during an Education Day at High School in Nandi

State appointments that favoured TNA. Speaking during an Education Day

at

High School in Nandi on Fri-

On Saturday, Kericho senator Charles Keter, questioned the ur- gency of making

senator Charles Keter, questioned the ur- gency of making the changes and said the position should

the changes and said the position should have been competitively filed.

Kapsabet Girls

day, Mr Keter

criticised Mr Ruto for remain- ing silence on Mr Rugut’s sack- ing. “We elected

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Kenyatta

h u r u

BRIEFLY

TURKANA

Villagers attack police for death of rustler

Armed relatives of an alleged cattle rustler who was shot dead by a police reservist raided a police camp in Turkana South in pursuit of the culprit. The group only retreated after police reinforcements arrived. Deputy County Commissioner Elijah Kodoh said the villager was killed for stealing a police reservist’s goats at Kaalmorog village. He urged residents to refrain from attacking security personnel.

KIAMBU

MP defends Uhuru over county bosses

Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa has reminded the Coalition for Reform and Democracy (CORD) that Jubilee has the tyranny of numbers in Parliament and would defeat any attempt to over- turn President Kenyatta’s deci- sion to give county commission- ers more powers. He said Cord was misinterpreting the directive, as the president only delegated functions of the national govern- ment without touching affairs of counties.

NAIROBI

Provincial chiefs get new titles in new plan

NAIROBI Provincial chiefs get new titles in new plan Provincial administrators will now be known as

Provincial administrators will now be known as National Gov- ernment Administration Officers. In a statement yesterday, Interior and Coordination of National Government Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo (above) said the national function will be known as the National Government Administration Office. “All the officers serving under the new legal framework have been for- mally appointed. These include the Regional Coordinators who will be based in Jogoo House, Nairobi, coordinating a cluster of counties,” said Mr Iringo. He added that other officers include 47 county commissioners, deputy commissioners, assistant com- missioners, chiefs and assistant chiefs.

EMBU

MPs want probe into high liquor death rate

Two Members of Parliament want an inquiry conducted into the high number of deaths of vic- tims of the recent illicit brew that killed 43 persons at the Embu Level Five Hospital. Mbeere North MP Charles Njagagua and his Manyatta counterpart John Muchiri said the many deaths that occurred at the hospital raised many questions that can only be answered through thor- ough investigation and inquiry.

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JUSTICE | Verdict of education regulator dismissed

University defends Joho degree award

Don says only his institution’s senate has power to award or cancel certificates

BY AGGREY MUTAMBO

@agmutambo

amutambo@ke.nationmedia.com

K ampala University has dismissed the verdict by

Uganda’s higher education regulator that Mombasa Gov- ernor Hassan Joho fraudulently obtained a degree certificate from the institution. Yesterday, Prof Badru Kateregga, the institution’s vice chancellor, told reporters in Nairobi that only the uni- versity senate could revoke a certificate that the institution has issued to students and that it was not the business of any other agency to deter- mine the authenticity of its certificates. “No authority in Uganda — be it be the National Council for Higher Education (NCHE) or otherwise — is clothed with the legal mandate to recall,

cancel or revoke Mr Hassan Joho’s degree apart from Kampala University’s senate,” he told a news conference at the Serena Hotel. “As far as Kampala University Senate is concerned, the degree award to Mr Hassan Joho is bona fide, lawful and authen-

REACTION

Uganda varsity is recognised

REACTION Uganda varsity is recognised Kampala University says NCHE doesn’t have pow- ers to recognise degrees,

Kampala University says NCHE doesn’t have pow- ers to recognise degrees, but Kenya’s equivalent, Commission for University Education (CUE) does. Secretary David Some says CUE cleared Mr Has- san Joho’s certificate because it had been awarded by a recognised university.

tic. The same was genuinely awarded and Kampala Univer- sity senate cannot and will not

recall, revoke or cancel an award

it deems to be valid.”

Prof Kateregga was respond- ing to an announcement last Wednesday by NCHE that Mr Joho obtained the degree out- side the allowed procedure. The council chaired by Prof Nyeko Pen-Mogi adopted the recommendations of a sub- committee which had been asked to investigate how the governor obtained a Bachelor’s degree from the university. “There was no clear evidence that academic due process was followed from admission to graduation regarding a Bach- elor of Business Administration degree (Human Resource Man- agement option) awarded to Mr

Hassan Ali Joho by Kampala University,” the council said in

a resolution.

In its April 30, 2013 report, NCHE said it did not recognise Mr Joho’s degree. However, the university insisted that neither NCHE nor Mr Joho’s political competitors should tell the world how authentic a degree certificate is.

tell the world how authentic a degree certificate is. JEFF ANGOTE | NATION Kampala University vice-chancellor

JEFF ANGOTE | NATION

Kampala University vice-chancellor Badru Kateregga ad- dresses journalists at the Serena Hotel in Nairobi yesterday. Prof Kateregga dismissed claims that Uganda’s National Council for Higher Education had declined to recognise a degree that the university awarded Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho last year.

Graduate chiefs to be promoted

BY NATION CORRESPONDENT

More than 100 chiefs country- wide who have degree certificates and hold a good working record will soon be promoted to assistant county commissioners. Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo said this was meant to motivate chiefs to work dili- gently knowing there was a chance to climb up the ladder. He said chiefs will now be closely monitored to look at their service delivery.

Illegal immigrants

Speaking at Kangaru High School when he addressed 400 chiefs, assistant county commissioners, deputy county commissioners and county commissioners from Embu and Thararaka-Nithi counties at the weekend, Mr Iringo directed the chiefs to ensure they verified details of people seeking national identity cards to eliminate illegal immigrants from accessing the document. Mr Iringo who had accompanied Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku warned any chiefs found helping an alien to access an ID that they would be charged with promoting terrorism. He said several chiefs in Man- dera, Wajir and Isiolo had already been charged .

be charged with promoting terrorism. He said several chiefs in Man- dera, Wajir and Isiolo had

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NATIONAL SECURITY

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TERRORISM | Only members of staff would be allowed to access complex, top official says

UN declares offices off-limits

New measures to reduce congestion at the Gigiri complex and its vicinity due to security threats

BY ZADOCK ANGIRA

@ZadockAngira

zangira@ke.nationmedia.com

AND JACQUELINE KUBANIA

@jacqui_jade

jkubania@ke.nationmedia.com

T he United Nations has in-

troduced staggered working

hours and arranged for some

of their staff to work from home to reduce their exposure in case of ter- ror attacks. These, among a raft of other meas- ures, have been introduced to reduce congestion at the UN complex and its vicinity following the heightened threats of terror in the country. In a communication to staff, the Director-General of UNON and Designated Official for Kenya Ms Sahle-Work Zewde noted that Kenya had been a consistent target of terror- ist groups over the last few months, the latest tragic attacks being on 16 May at the Gikomba Market. “The UN is not immune from these cowardly acts and we remain concerned about your safety and that of your family. In order to ensure that your work environment remains safe and tranquil, I shall be implementing temporary measures immediate ef- fect,” she said. She directed that access to the UN Recreation Centre and the Commis- sary be now restricted to UN Staff only, and visitors will not be allowed. Access will only be granted to those with a valid UN Identification Card. “Please note that while we realise

RESPONSE New measures at a glance
RESPONSE
New measures
at a glance

Access: UN Complex visits lim- ited to staff only; visitors not allowed. Work shift: Official working hours staggered with some staff allowed to work from home Fuelling Vehicles: Staff to make alternative arrangements for fuelling their vehicles following closure of UN petrol station at the entrance of the complex Deliveries: To be carried out after working hours and only between 6pm and 10pm and an- nounced beforehand

these measures are an inconvenience to you and your family, they are being taken solely with your safety in mind,” she said. Ms Zewde has also immediately closed the UN Petrol Station, and all staff members, agencies with official vehicles will make alterna- tive arrangements for fuelling their vehicles. The petrol station is next to the main entrance, directly opposite the US embassy. “Persons without official UN busi-

IVAN LIEMAN | AFP

Two customers having a drink at the Baobab Beach Resort in Diani Mombasa County, yesterday. Hundreds of British tourists have been evacuated from beach resorts near Mombasa following new warnings of terror attacks.

ness will not be allowed entry to the UNON complex. Members of staff are asked to cooperate with this measure,” she added. To avoid congestion within and around the complex, all deliveries to the UNON complex would be carried out after working hours, between 6pm and 10pm. Also, all deliveries will have to be announced beforehand and the registration number and names of the driver provided to the Security and Safety Service in advance. Section heads have been directed to encourage and exercise the utmost flexibility in introducing flexible work arrangements for staff. “These arrangements include staggered working hours, telecommuting and compressed work week. This will, inter alia, reduce the congestion along UN Avenue,” she said.

Despite reports that the United States envoy had asked for extra se- curity, there was no visible increase in security surveillance at the United States Embassy or the United King- dom High Commission, even after reports that these two embassies had requested additional security personnel.

A check at both diplomatic facili-

ties revealed nothing more than the

regular guards at the gate, although there was a group of General Service Unit men outside the British High Commission.

In a letter sent to US Embassy staff

on Friday and reported in the Sunday

Nation, US ambassador Robert Godec said that Kenyan police officers have stepped up vigilance at the embassy pending the arrival of more US ma- rines from Washington next week.

We’ll source for tourists elsewhere, defiant Uhuru tells the West

source for tourists elsewhere, defiant Uhuru tells the West BY NATION accused the West of double

BY NATION

accused the West of double

High School.

wachukue

watu

CORRESPONDENT

standards in the war against

wao lakini utalii utaendelea,

terrorism.

Advisories

tutatafuta nchi zingine, tutapi-

President Kenyatta yesterday told off the West for imposing travel advisories against Kenya, saying tourists from other coun- tries will visit Kenya. In an uncharacteristic tough language, President Kenyatta

“A former USA President said you are either with us or against us. But when we are hit, they say ‘ni shauri yetu’(you are on your own),” said President Kenyatta. He was speaking at Kikuyu after attending an event at Alliance

US, Britain and other countries have warned their nationals against visiting Kenya for fear of terrorists attacks. Last week, Britain evacuated its nationals. “Kenya hii ni yetu na tu-

gana na ugaidi,na hatutakubali vitisho(Kenya is our country and we will develop it. Even if they take their tourists, we will look for others. We will fight terror- ists and we will not be cowed,” added the President.

Lobby denies ‘mass’ tourist evacuations

BY NATION CORRESPONDENT

Only one UK tour firm evacuated tourists from the Coast, a tourism assiciation has said. Mombasa and Coast Tourist Association (MCTA) chairman Mohamed Hersi yesterday said only TUI UK evacuated its clients from hotels in South Coast. Hotels in Mombasa, he said, are still averaging between 30 and 40 per cent occupancy. The MCTA official claimed that the UK tour firm evacuated about 700 of its clients in the region last week, and not 5,000 British tour- ists as had been reported. “Before last week’s evacuation, TUI UK used to make one flight a week, bringing only 250 holiday- makers to Mombasa,” he said. “The tourists ferried by the UK firm normally stay here for two weeks. We wonder where the 5,000 figure came from,” Mr Hersi told Nation yesterday. He noted that leading tour firms,

700

The number of tourists evacuated

from the Coast last week, according to MCTA

including Thomas Cook, Kuoni UK, Cosmos and Hayes&Jarvis, have not evacuated their British clients from the country. “We have several United King- dom tour companies which still support our tourism sector by allowing their clients to continue enjoying their holidays at the Coast,” he said. Mr Hersi, who is also the Herit- age Hotels chief executive officer, thanked the German government for allowing its citizens to stay at Coast hotels. Tourists from the Scandinavian countries, Germany and other European countries, he added, were still enjoying their holidays in Mombasa. He assured international tourists that hotels at the Coast are safe. He explained most hotels had invested heavily in security equipment such as CCTVs and scanners.

at the Coast are safe. He explained most hotels had invested heavily in security equipment such
at the Coast are safe. He explained most hotels had invested heavily in security equipment such
at the Coast are safe. He explained most hotels had invested heavily in security equipment such
at the Coast are safe. He explained most hotels had invested heavily in security equipment such
at the Coast are safe. He explained most hotels had invested heavily in security equipment such
at the Coast are safe. He explained most hotels had invested heavily in security equipment such
at the Coast are safe. He explained most hotels had invested heavily in security equipment such
at the Coast are safe. He explained most hotels had invested heavily in security equipment such
at the Coast are safe. He explained most hotels had invested heavily in security equipment such

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ANGLO LEASING

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INVESTIGATION | Top government official benefited from businessman, court documents show

Owner of contracted firm paid fees for PS

First

Mercantile

Securities

proprietor

sponsored

Sammy

Kyungu’s

daughters

in

university

BY GRIFFINS OMWENGA

gomwenga@ke.nationmedia.com

F ormer Permanent Secretary Sammy Kyungu received goodies from one of the faces behind Anglo Leasing

contracts. Mr Anura Perera, the owner of First Mercantile Securities, which was given a contract to finance one of the agreements, paid fees for daughters of the former Infor- mation and Communication PS, according to documents that were filed in an Anglo Leasing case. The fees were paid on November 24, 2003. Other payments were made in No- vember 2004 and January 2005. From 1999 to 2003, Mr Kyungu was the Director of the Communications Commission of Kenya, before he was appointed PS. On July 11, 2002, he entered into a contract with Spacenet International Company for the supply and installation of satellite communication equipment in 980 Kenyan post offices at a cost of US$ 11.7 million. Mr Perera had instructed his bank to pay money out of his accounts to North Hampton University for the benefit of Hel-

len and Angela, daughters of Mr Kyungu, says a court filing in the suit that First Mercantile lodged against Kenya. In the document, Mr Penera says he did not know the beneficiaries of his “philan- thropy” and that he was contributing to a harambee. He says that he had been invited to con- tribute to the funds drive by a Mr Samuel Kiprono Chepkonga. Mr Chepkonga worked as a secretary for the Kenya Post and Telecommunication Corporation, from 1994 to 1999. He said he was conducting a funds drive to finance university education of Mr Kyungu’s daughters, according to the documents. “It involved bringing together people who gave money for a cause, particularly

the building of a church or university fees for children who did not have sufficient financial resources,” said Mr Chepkonga. He said he invited Mr Perera in 2001 to contribute to the funds drive having known him since 1995. “Anura Perera did not attend the collec- tion of funds, but had promised to donate money, several thousand pounds sterling,” he said. “Those payments took place as a result

of a collection of funds for the girls, organ- ised on May 17, 2001, when Anura Perera agreed to be responsible for Angela and Hellen Kyungu’s school fees. “It was usual for businessmen to partici- pate in collections of that kind.” According to Mr Perera, Mr Chepkonga had explained to him that the collection was for helping a student to study abroad but he did not give specific details. And Mr Chepkonga said the business- man did not know whether the students who had received his assistance included

children

of

who had received his assistance included children of Those payments took place as a result of

Those payments took place as a result of a collection of funds for the girls, organised on May 17,

2001”

Mr Samuel Chepkonga, who invited the businessman to contribute to a “harambee” for the fees

$25,000

The amount donated by Mr Anura Perera of First Mercentile Securities to a Kenyan public primary school

Mercentile Securities to a Kenyan public primary school ministers or civil servants. “ The only relevant
Mercentile Securities to a Kenyan public primary school ministers or civil servants. “ The only relevant

ministers or civil servants. “ The only relevant question was for him to know that the money was used for its intended purpose.” Mr Perera also gave out about US$ 25,000 to a public primary school, where he was allegedly a member of the board of governors. During the negotiations for the financ- ing of the Spacenet contract, the company claimed it would be financed by the US Exim Bank to undertake the deal. In March 2002, Michael Alan , a repre- sentative of Spacenet, had made an offer for installation of the satellite system to the Postal Corporation of Kenya. The company claimed it had medium term financing from the United States

FILE | NATION

Jubilee MPs walk out in protest from a meet- ing called by Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich in Nairobi to approve Anglo Leasing payments recently. Left: Former PS Sammy Kyungu, whose daughters’ uni- versity fees were paid by Mr Anura Perera, owner of First Mercentile Securities, which was awarded one of the contracts.

government. Mr Musalia Mudavadi, then Finance minister, sought confirmation of the fi- nancing agreement. On May 23, 2002, the US embassy informed him that the Export Import Bank of the US had refused to finance Spacenet for the contract, owing to some arrears that Kenya owed it. Four days later, Mr Kyungu asked Spacenet to submit the draft contract documents for the project to him with the financing agreement. According to the documents, after Ky- ungu sought to have the draft documents, one Mr Samuel Bundotich, representing the Ministry of Finance, entered into an agreement for the financing of the purchase contract with First Mercantile. First Mercantile was obliged to perform the obligations of the Republic of Kenya under the purchase contract, according to the documents.

How Kenya lost case against paying Sh1.4bn

BY NATION REPORTER

Kenya, in arguing against pay- ing the Sh1.4 billion in the Anglo Leasing case, based its argument on five grounds which were all dismissed by the High Court of Justice in Geneva, Switzerland. The court said from the outset, Kenya alleged that one Sammy Kyungu signed the Anglo Leas- ing financing contract after promises that his daughters’ school fees would to be taken care of by one Anura Perera, the owner of First Mercantile Securities. From 1999 to 2003, Mr Ky- ungu was the director of the Communication Commission of Kenya, before becoming the permanent secretary in the Ministry of Information and Communication. Earlier on, in July 11, 2002, Mr Sammy Kyungu entered the contract with Spacenet International Company for the supply and installation of satel- lite communication equipment in 980 Kenyan post offices at a cost of US dollars 11.7 million.

In its defence, Kenya said that “Anura Perera’s assumption of responsibility for Kyungu’s daughters’ school fees consti- tutes an act of corruption.” The court said that Anura agreed to pay the fees in May 2001 yet the negotiations for the financing of the Anglo leas- ing contract occurred in March 2002. “Kenya took no measures to invalidate or terminate the purchase contract if it thought it inappropriate,” reads the court ruling. “The financial support agreed by Anura Perera to Kyungu’s daughters had no connection with the conclusion of the fi- nancing agreement and cannot therefore be equated to an act of corruption,” said the court. Kenya further argued that its regulations were infringed in connection with the conclu- sion of the financing agreement, and that the contract was over valued. Kenya argued that the Postal Corporation of Kenya — where satellite equipment were to be fixed across all its 980 branches

DECISION

What the court said in ruling

Kenya and First Mercantile Securities both acted on the basis of the mutually agreed stipulation that all the re- quired procedures had been followed and the contract was valid. The fact that a party pays or receives too great a sum of money for a supply or service does not in itself affect the validity of the contract. , Kenya ordered to pay First Mercantile the total late in- terest on each of the sums already paid and any other money ordered in the case.

countrywide — was not the entity that signed the contract. The State said that PCK is a legal company that exists on its own and as such, the ministry in charge (Information and Com-

munication), had no mandate to undertake the tender on behalf of the corporation. However, the court shove aside the argument as “lack- ing pertinence” adding that the Treasury had only guaranteed the loan, which was incumbent upon it in line with the purchase contract. Furthermore, the defence al- leged that public procurement regulations of 2001 and the telecommunications and postal sector policy guidelines were al- legedly contravened in award and financing of the contract. However, the contract con- tained express provisions which were “designed to prevent the Republic of Kenya from invoking any irregularity in its procedures as grounds of defence against any attempt to obtain perform- ance of the contract.” The court thus overruled Ken- ya’s argument saying although it was aware of the irregularities committed in its procedures, the country proceeded to perform at least some of the obligations in- cumbent on it in the contract.

Orange MP backs Anglo Leasing pay

BY NATION REPORTER

An Opposition MP has broken ranks with his party and declared support for the Anglo Leasing payments. Mr Abdikadir Omar Aden (Balambala, ODM) told the Nation that the explanations by Treasury officials and President Uhuru Kenyatta when he met the Budget and Ap- propriations Committee on Thursday afternoon “make a lot of sense”. Mr Aden (above), who is also in the Budget team, said what certain govern- ment officials did in the past has placed Kenya in the current circumstances and even as the money is paid, those responsi- ble must be brought to book. “Paying these commit- ments is an international

to book. “Paying these commit- ments is an international obligation that Kenya must honour as a

obligation that Kenya must honour as a sovereign state. The con- sequences of failing to pay will be that the credit rating of this country will be extremely poor and we won’t be able to borrow from the international market,” said Mr Aden. He said the benefits of issuing the sovereign bond would trickle down to Kenyans because the government wouldn’t borrow from local banks, which would mean that banks lend to Kenyans at lower interest rates.

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NAIROBI | Authority to use a four-phased strategy in treatment of alcoholics

Nacada seeks Sh2bn for rehabs

Authority would set up a rehab in each of the 47 counties for treatment

BY JOHN NGIRACHU

@JohnNgirachu

jngirachu@ke.nationmedia.com

N ational Authority

for the

Campaign Against Alcohol

and Drug Abuse is seeking

Sh2 billion from the government for setting up rehabilitation centres for alcoholics. Nacada Chairman John Mututho told the Budget and Appropriations Committee of the National Assembly that it would cost Sh44 million to set up a centre in each county and pleaded with the MPs for support. “Alcoholism can be treated but in all our budget regimes and our approach,

that issue of treatment was ignored in total. Even when we came here, there was never a budget for rehabilitation,” said Mr Mututho. Committee chairman Rev Mutava Musyimi had invited Mr Mututho to present his views on what the powerful House team could do to stop deaths from illicit liquor. Mr Mututho was accompanied by Nacada’s acting chief executive officer Mr Enock Onchwari and a director Mr Fazul Mohamed. He said the authority plans to ap- point alcoholic drink control officers in each county to spearhead an ag- gressive fight against alcohol abuse, as provided for in the Mututho Law. “Rehabilitation centres are neces- sary because alcoholism needs to be seen as a disease that needs treat- ment,” he said. Mr Mututho said these centres would use a four-phase proc-

Mr Mututho said these centres would use a four-phase proc- ‘‘ Rehabilitation centres are necessary because

‘‘

Rehabilitation centres are necessary because alcoholism needs to be seen as a disease that needs treatment”

Nacada chairman John Mututho

ess to rehabilitate alcoholics. The first three months of the process would involve “conventional rehabilitation” in which the alcohol- ics go through a 90-day treatment. This would be followed a three-month training akin to what National Youth Service recruits undergo and another three months’ refresher training.

Training

Mr Mututho said the last three months would be spent on training on entrepreneurship. MPs directed Mr Mututho to de- velop a strategy for implementing the project in phases starting with regions that are hardest hit by alcoholism, due to huge costs involved. Mr Mututho will also get a chance to present the idea to the House Committee on Administration and National Security.

IN GOD NYERI TRUSTS | Traders protest against closure of the market to allow them ‘attend church’

closure of the market to allow them ‘attend church’ JOSEPH KANYI| NATION An administrator argues with

JOSEPH KANYI| NATION

An administrator argues with Mitumba traders at Kiawara trading centre in Nyeri County after they were barred from accessing the market to sell their goods. The Ny- eri county government has changed market days from Sunday to Wednesday and Satur- day “to allow residents attend church.” The traders want to be al- lowed to work when they want to.

Two investors lay claim to 100-acre land

BY NATION REPORTER

Two investors are fighting over a 100-acre piece of land in Kiambu County after both were allegedly al- located the property by the National Land Commission. The commission’s chairman, Dr Muhammad Swazuri, allocated the land to Mbukoe Investments and Selby Falls Development Company in January, according to documents seen by the Nation. That was after he allocated the same property, last November, to Thogoto Ukai Self-Help Group. Dr Swazuri yesterday said his of- fice had done clean transactions. He did not give details. According to letters renewing the lease that had expired last year, he had offered a grant to the land to Mbukoe Investment Com- pany, which is registered to one director, at a standard premium of Sh2.5 million. The Nation has established

500,000

Land title deeds that cannot be ac- counted for as revealed by a Lands ministry audit

that the transaction is among the reasons for wrangles between the Lands ministry and Dr Swazuri’s team. An audit at the ministry’s head- quarters, which ended on Saturday, found that at least 500,000 titles could not be accounted for. Investigations have been launched by to establish their location. Sources said Dr Swazuri’s office would be combed to verify claims that he had locked in some files. He denied that he kept away files.

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12 | Opinion DAILY NATION Monday May 19, 2014 Educate the public on terrorism to save

Educate the public on terrorism to save lives

T he anxiety sparked by recent terrorist

attacks and the subsequent withdrawal of

British tourists from hotels at the Coast are

pointers that more needs to be done to crack down on those perpetrating the attacks and at the same time improve security in major towns. Unless the security forces appear to be winning against terrorists at home, there is a risk that the public mood could swing from supporting the country’s military action in Somalia. Already, opposition politicians have started calling for Kenyan troops to be withdrawn despite the gains made in restoring peace in large areas of the neighbouring country and cutting off key economic links for Al-Shabaab. The recent attacks targeting civilians are sending the signal that terrorists will stop at nothing to intimidate the population in the hope of making the Kenyan military campaign in Somalia unpopular. That is why the security agencies must do more, not only to prevent attacks, but also to arrest those planning them. Similarly, all agencies, including foreign ones, should be encouraged to share intelligence with the security forces in a manner that will lead to prevention of possible attacks. This should be done in a way that will not spark public anxiety. As such, there is a need for greater collaboration between Kenya and other partners if the fight against terrorism is to be won. The response from the police and other emergency services during the Friday attack in Gikomba was commendable and should set high standards on how those tasked with saving lives in case of emergencies should respond. However, there were still numerous cases of casualties being mishandled, which points to a need to train the public on how to respond in the event of disaster or terrorist attacks.

Relays expectations high

I t might be the inaugural World Relays

Championships, but the expectations by

Kenyans are high when the championships go

down this weekend in Nassau, Bahamas. While the focus will be on the middle distances in 4x800m and 4x1,500m in both men and women, the lessons learned by Athletics Kenya should be vital in taking sprints serious, with Kenya only taking 4x400m and 4x200n men teams. The country’s expectations were heightened when the women’s team broke the 4x1,500m World record twice within three weeks. World 800m champion Eunice Sum guided her team to a new record in the 4x1,500m on April 5 at the last leg of Athletics Kenya Series. The team of World 5,000m silver medallist Mercy Cherono erased the record with new times at the trials. Athletics enthusiasts can only hope that the training the team is receiving at Kasarani under head coach Sammy Rono will be able to conjure good results with at least four gold medals expected in the middle distances. With good teamwork and support, the 4x400m and 4x200m can also stun critics, what with the 4x400m having featured at 2012 London Olympics and 2013 Moscow Worlds.

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Registered at the GPO as a newspaper CRIME AND PUNISHMENT | Rasna Warah Anglo Leasing and

CRIME AND PUNISHMENT | Rasna Warah

Anglo Leasing and a corrupt Police Service have made insecurity too real

S ince no local court has been able to try and convict any of the

suspects in the Goldenberg

and Anglo Leasing scandals,

I would like to propose

that the International Criminal Court be allowed to try these suspects for crimes against humanity. And here’s why. It is not machetes and guns that are

taking the most lives in our country; it is corruption. The billions that were stolen from State coffers could have fed millions, equipped thousands of schools, built dozens of roads, improved hospitals and paid thousands of teachers and doctors. Because the money was stolen, hundreds of thousands of Kenyans are much worse off today than they were yesterday. Many have died because money for healthcare and other basic services was diverted into the pockets of

a few greedy individuals. If

that is not a crime against humanity, I don’t know what is. Dozens of people have also died in terrorist attacks in the last three years because security and surveillance equipment was not bought and installed due to grand corruption. If the Anglo Leasing deals had not been made with ghost companies, Kenya would now have

a tamper-proof passport printing system, a forensic laboratory and a military surveillance system. Since the ghosts didn’t deliver on

these deals, we are now in a situation where we have to hand over terrorists’ bodies to foreign governments so they can do the forensic investigations. Forget the hi-tech equipment; most of our police stations don’t even have working telephone lines or clean toilets. In a recent article published in Foreign Policy, British journalist Michela Wrong wrote that the culture of corruption seems to have escalated under the Jubilee government even though many Kenyans’ had high hopes that this government would be less corrupt than previous ones. Since both President Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto come from ethnic groups

and elites that have “already eaten”, she argued, Kenyans

elites that have “already eaten”, she argued, Kenyans Forget the hi-tech equipment; most of our police

Forget the hi-tech equipment; most of our police stations don’t even have working telephone lines or clean toilets”

believed their government would be less likely to enter into corrupt deals. “When the Supreme Court confirmed Kenyatta’s contested electoral win in March 2013, many Kenyans comforted themselves with the notion that the economy was safe in the hands of the same ethnic Kikuyu and Kalenjin elite that had dominated the economy since the days of Uhuru’s father, Jomo Kenyatta,” she explained. “It was an argument that mistook the nature of human greed.” I agree with commentator Peter Kagwanja when he says that “future generations will judge Jubilee harshly for “perilously sleeping through a revolution, and perhaps losing the nation”. Tackling corruption once and for all is the revolution that Kenyatta promised. He has yet to deliver on that promise. However, I disagree with Kagwanja when he suggests that the discourse on corruption has become “racialised” in that it is part of Western “liberal internationalism” that is fast replacing human rights as the pivotal foreign policy doctrine. Kenyans do not want a corruption-free society because some Western government is advocating it, but because the cost of corruption is simply too

high for a poor society like Kenya’s to bear. The Chinese, who are our new darlings, having replaced the West as our benefactors, may tolerate corrupt practices when they engage with African governments, but the Communist Party of China does not tolerate corrupt officials within the party and is known to mete our harsh sentences to those who pilfer or mismanage public funds. The Chinese know that runaway corruption has a negative impact on the economy and service delivery, and they are not willing to compromise on either. Corruption within the Police Servlce is also compromising our security. Last week, a Kenyan Somali who was detained at Pangani Police Station for two weeks during the Eastleigh raid told me that every detained person at the police station was being asked for bribes. “They don’t care if you are Al- Shabaab,” he said. “They just want the money”. He said that he found it ironic that Kenyans who do not possess an ID card are being arrested, yet he had to wait for five years to get his. Clearly many systems need to be fixed before we can claim to be a safe country.

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NEW STRATEGY NEEDED | Ibrahim Mwathane

Law made relations between ministry and land commission quite difficult

T he National Land

Commission was

established to help

manage public land on behalf of the national and county governments. Besides the mandate spelled out in Article 67 of the Constitution, extra powers for the commission were bundled in through the National Land Commission Act and the Land Act. These extra powers are tempered by some provisions of the Land Registration Act, which accords the Lands Cabinet Secretary and the Public Service Commission powers to establish land registries. This effectively puts these critical “engines” of our land administration processes at national and county levels under the Ministry of Lands. This law gives the commission peripheral roles in matters of land registries too. Little wonder we are now being treated to endless arguments on matters involving title deeds and who should sign them. Stakeholders are not entirely surprised by the confusion. Following the promulgation of the Constitution in August 2010, the formulation of land laws was delayed, leaving little time for good background research and review. These laws were rushed through Parliament in early 2012, just to beat the constitutional timelines. Due to their complexity, Parliament had to extend the timeline. There were challenges over process too. To stop

timeline. There were challenges over process too. To stop Lands Cabinet Secretary Ngilu: Relations with NLC

Lands Cabinet Secretary Ngilu:

Relations with NLC are difficult.

the furious turf wars in the short term, the laws must be amended to sort out any inherent conflicts. But in the medium and long term, Kenyans must devise an appropriate model of a Land Commission. Arrangements in which the President and the Commissioner of Lands held sway over the allocation of public land were routinely abused. While establishing the commission, it was assumed that professionalism would govern the allocation and management of public land to support national and local priorities. This is why the commission was anchored in the Constitution so that it could have reasonable latitude to make decisions. But looking at events in the last one year of the commission’s existence, there are numerous emerging concerns. Has the commission worked in the best interest

of the country so far? Has it demonstrated high-level leadership? Is it able to carefully navigate Kenya’s rough political environment? Would it have done better under political leadership? Can it cope with the vast mandate the Constitution and the laws have bestowed on it? Is it likely to do better or diminish in stature with time under the current arrangements? Is it quite feasible to totally delink the allocation and management of public land, a key resource with political implications, from government? These are hard questions. Uganda’s land commission is currently chaired by a former Minister of Lands. I haven’t interrogated the reasons. But knowing that such a chair fully understands the sway land holds in the country’s politics, I guess this was Uganda’s way of ensuring that the commission does not attempt to operate outside the ruling government’s priorities and interests. Ghana’s journey with land commissions dates back to 1969. A land Commission established under the 1969 constitution was chaired by the Lands Minister, who, in effect, subordinated its agenda and priorities to those of the day’s government. To address this, Ghana’s 1979 Constitution provided that the ‘Commission chairman must not be a minister or deputy minister of state’. This was written into

their Land Commission Act. But it created institutional problems since the Department of Lands, which held the records was left answerable to the minister, leaving the commission with difficulties in accessing the very land records it needed for effective operations. Ghana’s 1992 constitution, which informed the Land Commission Act of 1994, redressed this by putting the Lands Department under the Land Commission. But to put the key land institutions under one roof, Ghana enacted a new Land Commission Act 2008 through which the functions of the commission, valuation board, registration of title and survey department were merged. But the chairperson and members of the commission are appointed by the President and of course, these appointees aren’t without express political and party affiliations. Ghana’s Land Commission would, therefore, find it difficult to be politically independent and neutral. Kenyan authorities, too, need to rethink the issue in view of the endless Commission-State feuds, which have slowed down land reforms and undermined service delivery in the last one year.

Mr Mwathane is a consultant in surveying and land information management, and has partici- pated in the national and con- tinental land policy processes. (mwathane@landsca.co.ke)

WRONG PRIORITIES | Vincent Ng’ethe

Don’t choose economy over people’s lives

T he security challenges Kenya

is facing have stirred up

unprecedented reactions. There is

increased pressure on the government to seek solutions. Concern is also growing about its effects on the economy. Almost two weeks ago, days after Mr David Ndii argued in his Saturday column that economic growth is merely a means to an end, another columnist, Mr Jaindi Kisero, wrote that terrorist attacks were not just about lives lost, but also about the economy. Now, it is reasonable to be concerned about Kenya’s attractiveness as an investment destination, but the idea that the importance of the economy could, in any way, trump human life is worrying; the dead cannot invest. To the cold bodies at the City Mortuary, our attractiveness as an investment destination, the ratings of Kenya by Fitch and Moody’s, the booming real estate sector and the euro-bond chit-chat count for nothing. Economic policies that downplay the importance of human life are typically pushed by those who are reasonably confident that the problems which plague the working poor will never befall them.

which plague the working poor will never befall them. Policies that downplay the importance of human

Policies that downplay the importance of human life are typically pushed by those who believe the problems which plague the poor will never befall them”

For such people, the loss of life during conflicts or from violent crime or unsafe workplaces is not a problem to be solved, but merely a filter through which to extract the nimblest and toughest. Take the case of Andrew Carnegie, an astoundingly successful steel baron, who today is remembered as a philanthropist. The Economist cites the author of his biography, Peter Krass, who writes that deadly accidents in Carnegie’s steel mills “accounted for 20 per cent of all male deaths in Pittsburgh in the 1880s”, and that “newspaper lists of men killed and wounded each year were as long as a casualty list for a small battle in the American civil war”. Another example is Thomas Leyland,

a slave trader and one time mayor of Liverpool. He invested his earnings from slave trade into a bank, Leyland and Bullins. Through mergers and acquisitions, it became the Midland Bank. These people did wonders for their countries’ respective economies, but their wealth was soaked in blood. Could our country be heading in this direction? The trend seems clear. While the Thika highway was already a dual- carriageway before its recent expansion, the highway from Mombasa to Nairobi, remains for long stretches undivided. Its planned expansion is clearly driven by the need for Kenya to be regionally competitive. Had saving life been our first priority, that highway would have been widened long ago and we would still have reaped the economic benefits. But for now, the casualties continue to climb. Saving life should be at the centre of our economic goals, not an afterthought. Our economy is expressed in numbers, but it is people who give those numbers meaning.

Mr Ng’ethe is the Nation Media Group’s Syn- dication Editor. (www.nationmedia.com).

THE CUTTING EDGE

BY THE WATCHMAN

FALSE SECURITY. Though he has no doubts about the capability of the security surveillance system Safaricom has been asked to put in place, Robinson Ngano says he has some misgivings about the integrity of the user. He adds: “Gathering intelligence is one thing, but acting on it is a different thing altogether. In every single incident that has occurred, our security organs had advance knowledge but failed to act or bungled it. Ours is not a technology problem; it is the user’s integrity.”

THIS IS DISCRIMINATION. Can the Nairobi

City government assure Tim Oduko that it does not condone any form of discrimination in the delivery of services and provision of facilities and amenities? Gitanga Road in Lavington is fairly good, but hell breaks loose just after Rusinga School as one enters Kawangware, he moans. “It has potholes filled with water mixed with sewage, thanks to broken sewer lines. The poor people in this area feel discriminated against.” His contact is timoduko@yahoo.com.

BLESSING IN DISGUISE. As much as the majority

of Kenyans may not like the county commissioners appointed by the central government, John Gitau believes their deployment could just turn out to be a blessing in disguise. “We shouldn’t entrust politicians, who lack experience, with the management of public resources. The county commissioners are proven administrators, who have been serving in those places, and a better bet than some of the governors, who are plundering resources.” His contact is johngitau@africa online.co.ke.

resources.” His contact is johngitau@africa online.co.ke. Time Tower: Services at KRA too time-wasting. SHODDY

Time Tower: Services at KRA too time-wasting.

SHODDY SERVICE. A frequent visitor to the Kenya Revenue Authority headquarters in Times Tower in Nairobi, Arthur Rubia says though there has been some improvement, service could be better. After queuing and being issued with an e-slip, one is asked to go some 500 metres away to get a photocopy, contributing to the crowding at the entrance. And that is not all; the customer will be required to go to the bank and go out again to have it photocopied. He believes this can be streamlined.

KIMAIYO IS WRONG. A man well-versed in motoring and legal matters, Dr M. K. Adalja, wading into the controversy on tinted windows, says the Traffic Act states that only PSVs are forbidden to have these. Upset by Inspector-General of Police David Kimaiyo directive to all motorists to remove the tints, Adalja asks: “Has he taken over Parliament’s law- making role?” He adds: “Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku says courts will release private motorists with tinted windows. Then what is the point of taking them to court in the first place?”

THIS IS HARASSMENT. The massive resources being used to stop and subject motorists to Alcoblow tests, some of whom will only have taken a beer or two of the sanctioned drinks, would be better used to curb the distribution and sale of illicit brews that have killed nearly 100 Kenyans in recent weeks, says Bernard Odhiambo. The blanket targeting all motorists at roadblocks, Bernard feels, amounts to harassment of even “law-abiding citizens after a legal outing”. His contact is maninga54.bo@gmail.com.

Have a reasonable day, won’t you!

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To the editor

The editor welcomes brief letters on topical issues. Write on e-mail to: mailbox@ ke.nationmedia.com. You can also mail to: The Editor, Daily Nation, POB 49010, Nairobi 00100. Letters may be edited for clarity, space or legal considerations.

Bad upbringing is to blame for brew deaths

I beg to differ with Michael Mburu (Nation, May 17), who attributed consumption of illicit brews to exor- bitant prices charged on legal brews. What Mr Mburu ought to under- stand is that curbing consumption is a collective responsibility. If a whole village decides to take poison, you can’t blame the government as it can’t police every individual. Of the agents of socialisation — family, religion, schools, politi- cal system, economic system and institutions — the family is the most fundamental. Failure to instill desirable values early in life is what is contributing to the misery and desperation exhibited by Kenyans who are willing to drink themselves to death. KUNG’U WANJIRU, Limuru

Lip service will not help in war against terrorism

Friday’s explosion at Gikomba market, which left a dozen dead and a good number maimed should have been a wake-up call on the authori- ties to change tack in this war. The tough talk by the President and the predictable rejoinder by David Ki- maiyo have not been effective. Terrorists have become stealthier in their operations and the police have to keep up. We can no longer just rely on fire power if the police have no intelligence on the activities of terrorist cells. We should weed out all the elements of this trade without causing unnecessary harm to the citizens. Lip service by the authori- ties is no longer acceptable. TITUS N. PALA, Kisumu

Muigai must resign for bungling Anglo Leasing

The decision of LSK chairman Eric Mutua to demand the immedi- ate resignation of AG Githu Muigai is timely, given the unprofessional manner his office handled the Anglo Leasing saga. Even President Kenyatta publicly reprimanded the AG’s office for “los- ing” the case. Stranger still, is that up to now, Kenyans don’t know who they are paying. This has never hap- pened anywhere in the world. The AG and top officials at the State Law Office should do the hon- ourable thing and resign as any con- fidence that Kenyans had in them has been damaged beyond repair. Prof Muigai must simply pack up and go.

ENOCK ONSANDO, Mombasa

TALKING POINT

Paying Anglo Leasing will not sell sovereign bond by an insecure state

S overeign bonds don’t work well where tourists are be- ing evacuated, rhinos and

elephants are being wiped out, or where terrorists routinely kill doz- ens of civilians. At the end of the 2012-2013 fiscal year, the Treasury had Sh300 bil-

lion. This balance is slightly more than double the amount we are hoping to raise from floating the bond. We can raise the funds we need from our own taxes, you see. Our hard-working Wanjiku pays the myriad taxes imposed by the Republic of Kenya most faithfully until her death. And so do the few responsible corporate citizens — Safaricom, East Africa Brewer- ies, Kenya Airways, etc. Even without floating the sover- eign bond now, we can still grow our economy and pursue Vision 2030, provided we plan well with what we have and are honest about service delivery to our people.

Vision 2030

For now, the only demands that our people have on their govern- ment are basic. They are patient, reasonable, and know their priori- ties well. They widely share the ide- als of Vision 2030, because it rep- resents their own personal dreams and hopes. However, until then, all that Ken- yans seriously expect from their government is to be safe and to be heard whenever necessary, regard- ing matters of collective interest. Kenyans expect to get from their government, fair and just treatment in all the affairs of the State, with-

and just treatment in all the affairs of the State, with- FILE | NATION A blast

FILE | NATION

A blast victim is received at the Kenyatta National hospital on Friday after a blast killed 10 people at the populous Gikomba market in Nairobi.

out discrimination, intimidation, threat or treachery. It doesn’t mat- ter much to them now who in the future will become their President in 10 or 20 years. It matters most, though that their government of the day governs fairly, transpar- ently, prudently, and faithfully as provided by the people themselves in their 2010 Constitution. The demand for sovereign bonds is not determined by a country’s willingness to pay. It is influenced most by the country’s history. A violent, troubled past or enduring legacy of corruption, civil strife, and ethnic tension can sink a sovereign bond much faster than honouring a bitterly disputed and morally tainted debt.

Of course, those who buy sover- eign bonds also look to the stabil- ity, robustness, and direction of a country’s economy. This is influ- enced by a judicious, prudent, and trusted political leadership. In addition, sovereign bond mar- kets first consider the sovereign credit rating. And it gives weight to the degree of economic freedom that exist in the issuing country, its human rights record, as well as the strength, integrity, and independ- ence of its institutions. Our sovereign bond issue will fly or sink, depending on how well our government protects its traders in Gikomba, or that herdsman who unmasked mass-graves, HENRY OLOO OKETCH, Nairobi

Indians have a reason to be the most optimistic people

The election of Narendra Modi, 62, of BJP, a former chief minister of Gujarat State where he left a good economic legacy, heralds a new dawn for India, the most optimistic country on earth at the moment. In a blind arms race that made India the largest im- porter of arms on the planet, the former ruling party, the Congress, built up an unsustainable current ac- count deficit that threatened stability of the rupee and left growth stuck in a rut at 5 per cent. The BJP win was so resolute, it will be the first time in 30 years a party will govern without a coalition. This win was in no less part driven by big business, but also a first-time voting block of 140 million ambi- tious tweeting youths hungry for the elusive job.

Like Kenya, the Indian economy has to pull itself out of a bureaucracy that is not only extremely expen- sive, but wasteful and corrupt. Kenya’s civil service, in particular, has been at the centre of economy-busting plunder without any response from Government. To our collective credit, Kenya’s Constitution now offers a real probability of basing future electoral par- adigms on issue-based choices. Like Modi’s election in India, our own Mutuas in the counties who con- tinue to create new hope for the people using meagre resources offer new choices away from tired dynastic politics. In a sense too, you see the drive of the youth who do not particularly care about tribalism. KARIUKI MUIRI, Karatina

SHORT TAKES

Emails from correspondents

LET ACTION SPEAK: President Kenyatta has declared terrorism an act of cowardice. The irony is that these cowards continue to success- fully launch attacks as we, the brave, lose lives, property, investors and now tourists. This is because our bravery is largely manifested in the way the government talks tough! Terrorism, just like any other vice, cannot be eliminated by empty talk. Action — and decisive at that — must be seen; it speaks louder than words. And stop blaming the West. Tourists need to be safe. KEVIN OTIENO, Maseno

CRIME-FRIENDLY LAWS: Our Con- stitution must be the most friendly in the world. It talks of our sover- eignty and human rights. However, the greatest beneficiaries are the criminals. They commit all manner of crime and once apprehended, our law allows them to bargain for their release on bail. Sadly, activists will loudly agitate for the rights of the criminal but remain silent on victims of crime. Laws must be made in such a way that they act as deter- rent. The terror we suffer today is a product of our bad laws. MUNGAI JOE NGIGE, Thika

BANANA REPUBLIC: Three things have now convinced me that Kenya is a banana republic. First, the pay- ing of two Anglo Leasing firms with- out us knowing who the directors of the firms are, yet the agreements were between two parties; who ap- pended their signatures on behalf of the Kenya government? Second David Kimaiyo giving orders against tinted car windows, yet it does not exist in the statute books, and third people packaging poison as alcohol with clear labels, yet they cannot be apprehended,

MARK KARIIUKI, Nairobi

WEEP NOT, KENYA: When the Chi-

nese premier arrived in Nairobi for a state visit, the rare 21 gun salute said

it all — that the Jubilee government

had fully decided to point its eco-

nomic dimensions to the East and at

a level not seen before in the history

of both states. It was a done deal that the West was obviously not go- ing to blow a vuvuzela for. Travel ad- visories are common, but the latest evacuation of British tourists from Coast seemed over-zealously done and for sure, has dented Kenya’s image, putting it in the same league with South Sudan and Somalia. However, we should not lose hope. DAVE MUNGAI, Nairobi

SATURDAY’S QUESTION

DEBATE QUESTION

Was Uhuru right to order payment of Sh1.4bn debt to Anglo Leasing?

 

Are western nations justified to give travel warnings against Kenya?

Send your comments to:

TARUS ENOCK: No. Instead, feed Kenyans dying of hunger in Pokot. KARANJA KANG’ETHE: Yes, This is an international debt that must be paid. But we must be told the people who signed the debt. Why is it dif- ficult to mention their names?

ODHIAMBO OBARE: No. It would be foolhardy to pay a faceless creditor, to avoid being a delinquent debtor! Paying the Sh1.4 billion will make other firms sue Kenya. FREDERICK OLIMA: I wonder why it’s now that they are being paid.

When the President was Finance Minister, he said that Anglo Leasing cannot be paid. Let him explain what has changed now. Saying that the government has to respect the courts is not convincing. ALINORY B. KWENA: There are

many more important things that require his attention, which are of benefit, yet he only attends to issues that oppresses the taxpayers. DAVID KIMURA: Yes. Do you want Kenyan property to be auctioned? KIBET CHEPKWONY: Yes.

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SCANDAL | Union official claims fund’s managers victimising employees

Workers demand NSSF report

Cotu tells anti-graft agency to release findings on Tassia housing project

BY OUMA WANZALA

@Iwanzala

owanzala@ke.nationmedia.com

T he umbrella trade union has

demanded the release of the

Ethics and Anti-Corruption

Commission’s findings on the Tas- sia housing project scandal. Central Organisation of Trade Un- ions (Cotu) chairman Rajabu Mwondi, in press statement, said yesterday that the union would accept the outcome of the investigation and bring to rest the matter. He said the delay in making the findings public was a ploy to conceal the truth in the “hurried and suspi- cious approval” of the Sh5 billion project. In January, Labour Cabinet Secre-

Boy’s arrest by Ugandan army probed

BY NATION CORRESPONDENT

Kenyan authorities are investigat- ing a case in which the Ugandan army arrested a 12-year-old boy at Kamrel village in Pokot County. Lokany Longuratukei, is said to have been seized by the Uganda People’s Defence Force soldiers around 9am last week on Thurs- day at a disputed piece of land. His parents don’t known of his whereabouts. His uncle, David Akudukor told the Nation that the soldiers stormed the village in North Pokot subcounty near the border between the two countries and took the boy away. Mr Akudukor lamented that it

and took the boy away. Mr Akudukor lamented that it We are concerned about such incidents,

We are concerned about such incidents, yet it is not the first time were are witnessing such a case”

Boy’s uncle David Akudukor

was unrealistic for Ugandan soldiers to arrest Kenyans on their soil, and appealed to the government to act quickly. “We are concerned about such incidents yet it is not the first time we are witnessing such a case,” he said. When contacted, subcounty commissioner Abdulrazak Jaldesa said Kenyan authorities had taken up the matter and conducting in- vestigations. “I went up to Loroo in Uganda and met the soldiers who said the reason for their patrol along the border was to maintain peace and order,” he said.

BACKGROUND

Atwoli raised alarm over deal’s approval

Francis Atwoli (right):

The Cotu boss, who represents workers in the NSSF board, raised the alarm over the Tas- sia housing project early this year. He claimed its approval was illegal and fraudulent. Commission on Ad- ministrative Justice:

Last month, it released

its report on the project and asked the NSSF board to cancel a ten- der awarded to China Jiangxi International for the works. Parliamentary Invest- ments Committee:

It has recommended investigation into all major controversial NSSF projects.

Parliamentary Invest- ments Committee: It has recommended investigation into all major controversial NSSF projects.

tary Kazungu Kambi requested the anti-corruption agency to investigate the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) board over the project. Mr Mwondi said the infrastructure development for Nairobi’s Tassia’s es- tate was implemented before it was taken to the NSSF board of trustees for discussion and approval. “We are yet to witness any ac-

tion from the Kenya Government despite all the efforts that we, as an organisation, have made to avail every information required to facilitate investigations.” He said the EACC had remained silent when other institutions such as the Parliamentary Investments Committee and the Commission on Administrative Justice had released

their reports on the matter. “EACC silence continues to cause anxiety and agony among the Ken- yan workers and their leaders who

are eager to know the individuals be- hind the fraudulent approval of such

a colossal sum of money from the

worker’s funds,” said Mr Mwondi. He said the matter had degenerated into intimidation, harassment and witch-hunt on the NSSF employees by the fund’s management to divert attention. “Most workers at the NSSF are now

in a state of fear and panic over grow-

ing victimisation of those perceived

to have had prior information on the

matter,” said Mr Mwondi. Parliamentary Investments Com- mittee, chaired by Eldas MP Adan Keynan, has recommended that the anti-corruption commission investi- gates all major controversial projects undertaken by the NSSF. The watchdog further asked the commission to investigate why a majority of the fund’s projects were awarded to China Jiangxi Interna- tional (Kenya).

LOANS BOOST | Giving widows something to smile about

LOANS BOOST | Giving widows something to smile about JOSEPH KANYI | NATION Widows during a

JOSEPH KANYI | NATION

Widows during a fundraiser organised by the Nyeri county government and Wajane Foundation at Dedan Kimathi Stadium at the weekend. The widows will now be able to borrow money from the fund to start businesses.

Publishers back TSC over nursery tutors

BY NATION CORRESPONDENT

Textbook publishers have opposed the hiring of nursery school teachers by county governments saying it was the mandate of the Teachers Service Commission (TSC). Kenya Publishers Association (KPA) chairperson Lawrence Njagi said even though the Constitution mandates the county governments to oversee pre-primary education and early childhood education, hiring by TSC would ensure uniform standards are applied across all counties. “County governments should leave the hiring to TSC and instead focus on providing the infrastructure to improve the effectiveness of ECDE by building classes, buying learning materials. “This will ensure standards of em- ployment for these teachers are equal

across all counties,” said Mr Njagi. He was speaking at Meru Technical Training Institute during the North Imenti sub-county education forum held at the weekend. The Kenya National Union of Teachers has also opposed the move

5

The number of counties that have fi- nalised employment of ECDE tutors

saying that TSC is the only agency mandated by the Constitution to employ teachers. Among the counties that have finalised the employment of ECDE teachers are Meru, Bungoma, Kisii, Bomet and Vihiga. Mr Njagi said ECDE has been ig-

nored for long and noted that counties were now better placed to come up with policies that will improve pre- primary education. He observed that many children continue to under perform in primary and secondary schools due to lack of access to early childhood education. At the same time, KPA has raised a red flag over unscrupulous booksell- ers who are benefiting from the free education funds. He said some headteachers have been colluding with briefcase book sellers to purchase textbooks that have not been recommended by the Ministry of Education. “The government through the Education Ministry should tighten the audit of schools so that errant headteachers who cut deals with the fraudulent booksellers to fleece schools face the law,” he said.

BRIEFLY

KAKAMEGA

Sugar miller gives farmers dairy cows

Mumias Sugar Company has given out dairy cows to sugarcane farmers in Kakamega County. This is part of the company’s multi-million dairy farming ini- tiative targeting growers in the expansive Mumias and Busia sugar zone. The cows were given to farmers in Navakholo and Bumula last week. The compa- ny’s agriculture director Wesley Koech said the drive is meant to enrich sugarcane production. The gesture also aims at providing alternative streams of income to sugarcane growers.

KWALE

Youths protest against closure of sports centre

Youths from Msambweni yesterday held demonstrations against the closure of a sports centre. They then removed pad- locks that were used to close the Diani Youth Friendly Centre. Led by the chairman of the Kwale Citizen Watchdog on governance and Devolution Hassan Mzinga, the youths accused area MP Sule- iman Dori of closing the centre for what they termed as “political reasons.” The centre was built during the tenure of the former MP Omar Zonga.

NAKURU

Kinsman blocks burial of accident victim

One of the victims who died in a road accident at Salgaa last Sunday will remain unburied for a while over a land dispute. A relative has obtained court orders barring the ceremony on grounds he was the legal owner of the plot in which Mr Francis Karanja was to be buried. Karanja died last Sunday when a matatu he was travelling in was hit from behind by a trailer at Bridge area. Mr Ka- ranja’s mother Ms Elizabeth Njeri said that the piece of land was bought by her late husband.

MERU

Leader gives sanitary towels to 500 girls

late husband. MERU Leader gives sanitary towels to 500 girls More than 500 girls from seven

More than 500 girls from seven primary schools in Meru town had a reason to smile yesterday after they were given sanitary towels and panties. Present- ing the materials at the Kenya Methodist University, Meru County Women Representative Florence Kajuju said: “Many girls skip classes due to lack of sanitary towels, and this impacts negatively on their performance.” She said a huge number of teen- age girls used unhygienic pads that exposed them to risks of infections. The materials were provided by the Florence Kajuju Foundation.

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18 | DAILY NATION Monday May 19, 2014 THE COUNTIES PAY RETIREES OR GO TO JAIL,

THE COUNTIES

PAY RETIREES OR GO TO JAIL, TSC BOSS TOLD Police ordered to arrest Lengoiboni if he fails to release cash in 90 days . P.23

BOMET | Move by President Kenyatta rekindles power row between county and national governments

Governors threaten court action over county commissioners’ roles

Giving administrators more powers is tantamount to undermining county governments, says council boss

BY GEOFFREY RONO

marukware@yahoo.com

T he Council of Governors

will move to court should

President Kenyatta stick

to his decision to delegate his powers to county commission- ers. Council chairman Isaac Ruto said the President’s decision to give the commissioners more powers was a scheme by the Jubilee administration to un- dermine county governments. “By giving commissioners the powers to give instructions to the police, the President is merely re-introducing the dra- conian and outdated laws that required politicians and other people to seek permits to hold rallies or other forums. We cannot allow this to happen,” he said.

Jeopardise gains

The Bomet governor made the remarks at Simoti Mixed Day Secondary School at the weekend during the institution’s prize-giving day. Konoin MP Sam Koech and the area MCA William Mosonik accompanied the governor. Mr Ruto said the move would jeopardise the gains of devolution that Kenyans at the grass root level were currently enjoying. While launching the new structure last week, the Head of State mandated the commis- sioners to represent national governments in their areas, chair security talks and disci-

‘‘ tration taking the country back to the days of authoritarian- ism.” Mr Ruto claimed
‘‘
tration taking the country back
to the days of authoritarian-
ism.”
Mr Ruto claimed that the
county commissioner in his
county had started executing the
excessive powers by blocking the
construction of sub-county and
wards offices in the region.
FILE | NATION
Kenyans should
be given the
opportunity to
enjoy the expanded
democractic space”
Build offices
Mr Isaac Ruto

pline staff. The former Chepalungu MP added: “Kenyans should be given the opportunity to enjoy the expanded democratic space as enshrined in the Constitution instead of the Jubilee adminis-

He said both the county and national governments were serving the same people and wondered why the com- missioner in his county was opposing the setting up of the structures meant to take serv- ices closer to the people. He cited the construction of sub-county offices in

Chepalungu and Bomet Cen- tral constituencies and ward offices in Cheptalal and Nda- nai as some of the structures that had been blocked by the national administration. But according to Bomet’s deputy commissioner Josphat Mutisya, the grounds on which the county government wants to build offices to house the national administration team belong to the national govern- ment. He advised the county govern- ment to look for its own land to set up the buildings.

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Council of Governors chairman Isaac Ruto addresses a press conference at the Boma Hotel in Nairobi last week, accompanied by fellow governors. They condemned President Kenyatta’s decision to give county commissioners more powers.

KISUMU

Clerics warn of tension after officials given more powers

BY NATION CORRESPONDENT

Church leaders yesterday warned that conflict of interest was likely to ensue in devolved units after President Kenyatta gave county commissioners more powers. Kisumu County National Council of Churches of Kenta chairman Joshua Koyo said that the Head of State is threatening the future of devolved

governments through the move. Bishop Koyo told a congregation at the Episcopal Church of Africa in Kis- umu that the commissioners should work under the governors, although they represent the interests of the national government. Prof David Kodia of St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Kisumu said del- egating excessive powers to county commissioners was reminiscent of

the old days of dictatorship. “The county commissioners’ regalia is a reminder of the old days. It is a symbol of an authoritarian system of government,” the don said.

Conflict of interest

Prof Kodia, who is also the principal of the Bishop Okulu College of the Great Lakes University, said giving excessive powers to the commission-

ers will result in conflict of interest. “You cannot give powers to an ap- pointee at the expense of Kenyans who elected a leader of their choice. These gimmicks are going to bring tension in counties,” he said. However, Rev Jephthah K. Gathaka, the executive director of the Ecumeni- cal Centre for Justice and Peace, said the action by the President was con- stitutional.

BRIEFLY

NAIROBI

7,000 traders occupy new market stalls

At least 7,000 traders moved into the new Zimmerman market stalls in Nairobi County at the weekend. The new unit is ex- pected to de-congest other mar- kets in the city and offer services to residents in the neighbouring areas of Githurai, Kasarani and Kahawa West. Mr Francis Kirima, the chairman of Zimma Settle- ment Scheme which allocated the stalls to its members, said the market was the first phase of the project expected to create 20,000 jobs and serve 40,000 residents.

MOMBASA

Getrude’s opens new branch for region

A leading children’s hospital has opened a branch in Mom- basa, taking its services closer to the area residents. Getrude’s Children’s Hospital clinic lo- cated on Links Road in Nyali will provide its diverse services to children and youths aged under 21. Nyali MP Hezron Awiti led guests, hospital staff and resi- dents in the grand opening of the hospital at the weekend during which he assured investors and tourists that the region was safe for investment.

KAKAMEGA

Lynched man linked to grandfather’s killing

Three people lost their lives in a land dispute at Muchipwa Vil- lage on the border of Vihiga and Kakamega counties at the week- end. One of the three, Mr John Karani, 68, was found dead in un- clear circumstances, prompting the angered public to lynch two others — one of them his grand- son — suspected to have killed him. The Nation learnt that Mr Karani was killed on Friday night around 10pm by a gang that later dumped his body in Izava River in Vihiga County.

KERICHO

Signature campaign to block governor’s ouster

A group of Kericho residents have started a campaign to col- lect 100,000 signatures in a bid to petition the Senate to block the impeachment of Governor Paul Chepkwony. Mr Joel Soi, the chairman of the campaign dubbed “Operation Stop Im- peachment”, said over 15,000 residents across all the six con- stituencies had already signed the petition by yesterday. “We will present the signed forms to the Senate team that will investigate the claims levelled against the governor by the MCAs,” he said.

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MIGORI | UDF leader accuses government of tribalism in hiring of security officers

Amani plans to ditch Jubilee

Mudavadi gives hint on intended move after party MPs pile pressure on him to withdraw from ruling coalition

BY ELISHA OTIENO

elisha_otieno@yahoo.com

U nited Democratic Forum leader Musalia Mudavadi has hinted that the Amani

coalition may soon withdraw from the Jubilee alliance. He said they will forge an alliance with other like-minded parties to keep the government in check. Mr Mudavadi has been under pressure from his party’s MPs to leave Jubilee amid a general feeling of marginalisation of the western region. The former Deputy Prime Minister said the Amani coalition was “ready to embrace progressive ideas from leaders in other parties”. “In politics, anything is possible. We are not permanently allied to the Jubilee Government,” Mr Mudavadi said at the weekend in Benga Village, Uriri, Migori County, during the burial of Rev George Kivandah. “There are no permanent enemies in politics and we will review our stand in the wake of failure by Jubilee to ad-

dress problems affecting Kenyans. “The government of President Kenyatta has engaged high gear to kill devolution through creation of a powerful county administration. What he is doing is illegal and runs contrary to the tenets of the Constitution,” Mr Mudavadi said. The UDF leader claimed the Head of State was putting in place parallel

claimed the Head of State was putting in place parallel FILE | NATION Amani coalition leader

FILE | NATION

Amani coalition leader Musalia Mudavadi addresses a past press conference in Nakuru. The politician yesterday hinted that Amani might ditch Jubilee.

centres of power through creation of

not reflect the face of Kenya and this

powerful county commissioners. “We will fight to the bitter end to

is

very absurd,” Mr Mudavadi said. He pointed out that “the new wave

protect the Constitution and our 47

of

impeaching governors” presented

governors,” he added. Mr Mudavadi further accused Mr Kenyatta of making one ethnic group dominate security agencies.

an internal threat to devolution. “The law should, therefore, be changed to raise the impeachment bar higher so that members of county

Security system

“Insecurity has partly been caused by the President’s move to make our security system a one-tribe affair. The rest of Kenyans have, therefore, stopped passing intelligence to these officers,” he said. “Our security establishment does

assemblies do not use that clause to settle personal scores with their bosses,” Mr Mudavadi said. Two governors, who accompanied Mr Mudavadi, Mr Okoth Obado (Migori) and Mr Moses Akaranga (Vihiga), said that terrorism posed

a major threat to socio-economic

development in the country.

REACTION

We are working with

Cord, say lawmakers

MPs John Kobado (Uriri) and Alfred Agoi (Sabatia) said UDF MPs were already working with Cord in Parliament. “A government that does not listen to the wishes of the people does not deserve any support from us,” Mr Agoi said. Mr Kobado said: “Terrorism has now become part of our daily lives, as if we don’t have a serious gov-

ernment in power.”

MAKUENI

Kalonzo faults State over Konza storm

LAIKIPIA

Villagers’ fury as cattle raiders gun down two in pasture wars

BY NATION

on Mt Kenya during the 1963

Our own city

BY NATION

CORRESPONDENT

Independence Day celebra-

CORRESPONDENT

Former vice-president Kalonzo Musyoka accused the government of using Lands Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu to cause divi- sion by declaring that Konza City is in Machakos. “We won’t allow Ngilu to infringe on our rights as Ken- yans,” said Mr Musyoka. “The Cabinet secretary’s declaration is a deliberate tactic to divide the people of Ukambani,” he added.

tions. The former vice-presi- dent urged the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to give the exact location of Konza City. At the same time, Matun- gulu MP Stephen Mule said Machakos was contented with its recently-launched city and is not concerned with the location of Konza.

Leaders and residents in Laikipia Central at the weekend expressed anger over last week’s killing of two women by raiders. The suspected cattle rustlers shot dead Ms Juliet Wamuyu, 70, and Ms Anna Njoki, 51, on Wednesday last week before stealing four cat- tle at Munyaka village. During a security meeting at the weekend, the leaders demanded the eviction of

He said the proclamation was also a ploy to delay the construction of the techno city. “Former president Mwai Kibaki and I declared that Konza should be in Makueni as we purchased the land from the county,” said Mr Musyoka. He spoke in Waia Village, Mbooni constituency, during the seventh memorial service of Mr Kisoi Munyao, who hoisted the Kenyan flag

“We in Machakos don’t need Malili. We launched our own city since we knew that Konza belongs to Makueni,” said Mr Mule. Kilome MP Regina Ndambuki said that as a leader from the disputed area she will not allow Konza to be moved to Machakos uncon- stitutionally. She asked IEBC to explain to her where she really belongs since she was elected in Makueni.

herders who have driven their animals into the area, saying, the killings were related to demand for pasture. “They must leave im- mediately if they cannot keep peace. They cannot come from Isiolo, Baringo and Samburu to provoke the residents of Laikipia,” Ngobit County Assembly member Mwangi Kamakia said.

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Community elders supposed to vet in- coming herders

‘‘

They must leave immediately if they cannot keep peace”

Ngobit County

Assembly Member

Mwangi Kamakia

He told security agents to vet workers in the surround- ing wildlife ranches, whom, he claimed, were abetting cattle rustling.

Residents, however, blamed chiefs for failing to enforce by-laws meant to be observed by villagers and herders from outside the area to ensure peace. Herders bringing their ani- mals to the area supposed to be vetted by 10 elders from each community before they can graze in the area. They told the security team led by district officer Maina Ngunyi that the sys- tem collapsed after the chiefs started ‘selling’ pasture to the migrant pastoralists.

Wanted to access

“These women were killed because of pasture. They were living in an area with very good pasture and some people wanted to access it,” Mr James Lepuyo said. The residents said destruc- tion of six dams by heavy rains last December was forcing people and livestock to compete for the resource leading to insecurity.

BRIEFLY

MERU

Assembly passes Bill to control alcohol sale

The war against illicit drinks got a boost after the Assembly passed the Alcoholic Drinks Con- trol Bill that will guide licensing and sale of liquor. The Bill also seeks to create rehabilitation centres and programmes across all the sub-counties on Meru. The proposed law will see applicants for liquor licences vetted and calls for the establishment of commu- nity policing programs aimed at eliminating illicit brews.

VIHIGA

Chang’aa seized as sellers arrested

More than 10,000 litres of kan- gara from which chang’aa is made and 20 litres of the liquor have been impounded in Sabatia, Vih- iga County. Area police boss Mar- tha Mutegi and officers seized the illicit drink and arrested its producers. “The suspects are be- ing held at Mudete Police Station and will be charged,” Mrs Mutegi said yesterday. The operation would be extended to Chavakali Division, she added.

KIRINYAGA

Villager arrested over possession of bhang

A suspected drug dealer was yesterday arrested during a raid on his home at Mucangodi Village in Kirinyaga County. Administra- tion Police officers, led by Nyan- gati location chief Immaculate Wanjiru, said they seized bhang worth Sh3,000 from the man, whom they frogmarched to the Kimbimbi chief’s camp. He was locked him up for questioning and is set to be charged in court with possession of a drug.

LAIKIPIA

Elephant calf hurt after its mother kills woman

Villagers attacked a month-old calf after its mother trampled a woman to death in Laikipia North District. The young elephant sustained deep cuts and was air- lifted to Nairobi for treatment. Its mother killed Yiasi Putunoi, 55, on Friday at Musul Village. She was collecting fire wood when the elephant from a herd that was grazing nearby trampled her. The calf was attacked a day later at a market after it strayed.

KISUMU

Hoteliers lament cost of insecurity on tourism

Hoteliers in western Kenya have warned that the poor mar- keting of domestic tourism will affect earnings from the sector. Mr Robinson Anyal, chairman Western Kenya Hotel Managers Association, said Kenya’s reliance on international tourism was its greatest undoing following threats posed by terrorism, travel advisories and poaching. He lamented that insecurity had low- ered their revenue by 15 per cent.

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KIRINYAGA

Jubilee man opposes NYS sacking

BY NATION

was a competent officer and

his official duties at NYS,”

CORRESPONDENT

“totally” opposed his transfer

he told journalists at Kutus

Kirinyaga Central MP Gachoki Gitari wants former National Youth Service Direc- tor-General Japhter Rugut reinstated to the job. Mr Gitari said Mr Rugut

to the Sports ministry. The MP insisted that Devo- lution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru erred when she re- moved Mr Rugut. “She should have consulted before relieving Mr Rugut of

Town. Mr Gitari said the action was likely to divide the Jubi- lee coalition. “This may affect Jubilee politically as members from URP have started pro- testing.”

REPUBLIC OF KENYA

REPUBLIC OF KENYA MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY RECRUITMENT OF SNE DIPLOMA FULL TIME IN-SERVICE

MINISTRY OF EDUCATION, SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY

RECRUITMENT OF SNE DIPLOMA FULL TIME IN-SERVICE COURSE AT THE KENYA INSTITUTE OF SPECIAL EDUCATION (KISE) FOR THE YEAR 2014.

1. All serving TSC teachers wishing to be considered for admission to KISE for the two year full time SNE Diploma in-service course are informed that application forms are now available and can either be down loaded from the Ministry of Education Website www.education.go.ke Or from the nearest CDE’s /DEO’s offices. Duly completed application forms must be submitted personally by the applicant through the CDE’s/DEO’s by 6th June, 2014.

REQUIREMENTS FOR ADMISSION:

i. Serving TSC teachers for at least five years

ii. Holders of P1 certificate or P2 Teacher Certificate with Certificate in Special Needs Education from KISE

iii. Below 50 years of age at the time of registration.

iv. Be a Kenyan citizen

Each applicant will be required to present in person during the registration the following documents:

i. Duly filled application forms in own handwriting (except for Visually impaired applicants)

ii. Original and certified copies of academic certificate(s)

iii. Original and certified copy of the letter of appointment by the TSC

iv. Original and certified copy of professional teacher training certificate

V. Original and certified copy of National Identity Card (both sides) or Passport.

vi. Coloured passport size photograph taken within the last three months,

vii. Original and certified copies of other relevant testimonials.

Admission letters for the successful candidates will be dispatched to the school where the applicant is currently deployed by the

TSC.

The registration exercise is conducted free of charge.

MARGARET O. OKEMO FOR: PRINCIPAL SECRETARY

NAKURU | Court orders release of ex-teachers’ pension

Pay retirees or go to jail, TSC boss told

Police ordered to arrest Lengoiboni if he fails to release cash in 90 days

BY WANJIRU MACHARIA

@wanjirumachari1

lwmacharia@ke.nationmedia.com

A TSC official risks six months in jail if the commission fails to

release Sh3.34 billion owed to retired teachers. Teachers Service Com- mission secretary Gabrel Lengoiboni was given 90 days by a Nakuru court to have the money released or face the jail term. The retired teachers won a suit they had filed, where TSC was ordered to release the money in unpaid pension as budgeted for by the Treasury in the 2011/2012 financial year. High Court Resident Judge Justice Anyara Emukule on Friday last week ordered Inspector-General of Police

David Kimaiyo to arrest and jail Mr Lengoiboni at the Ka- miti Maximum Security Prison if he fails to release the money in three months. On February 18, the more than 52,000 ex-teachers who retired in or about 1997 asked the court to jail Mr Lengoiboni for contempt, after he defied orders directing him to pay

Sh3.3bn

Amount TSC owes the re- tired teachers

52,000

Teachers demanding their dues in the suit

2006

Year the suit was filed

them the Sh3.34 billion, which is part of their salary and pen- sion arrears. They accused him and Di- rector of Pensions Ann Mugo of disobeying court orders is- sued by Justice William Ouko on April 23, 2012. The pensioners, through The Retired Teachers of 1997 Group, sued TSC in 2006, claiming unpaid lump sum salary increments and accrued pension from July 1997. The teachers won the case when Mr Justice David Maraga, ruled that all retired teachers covered by the agreement dated October 11, 1997, between the TSC and Knut were entitled to their retirement benefits based on the entire salary increment contained in that agreement. Efforts by the TSC to chal- lenge the award through the Court of Appeal were futile as the three judges, Moijo ole Keiwua, Onyango Otieno and Joseph Nyamu declined to re- verse the decision that ruled in the retired teachers’ favour. The case will be mentioned after 45 days.

NAROK | Sh1.2bn set aside to build 22 roads

NAROK | Sh1.2bn set aside to build 22 roads GEORGE SAYAGIE | NATION Narok Governor Samuel

GEORGE SAYAGIE | NATION

Narok Governor Samuel Tunai and his deputy Everlyne Aruasa commission construction of 22 roads in the county at the weekend. The county has prioritised building of roads to link agricultural areas to the markets. The county government has set aside Sh1.2 billion for the project.

BRIEFLY

NAKURU

Group seeks centre for violence victims

Professionals in the health sector yesterday asked the government to establish a one-stop centre for rehabilitat- ing victims of gender-based violence (GBV). Such a centre would give survivors security, treatment and counselling services to hasten their recov- ery, they said at a meeting in Nakuru. Dr Lilian Otiso, a di- rector at Liverpool VCT, said it was the duty of all Kenyans to fight and reduce GBV.

MOMBASA

Officials seek help for children’s ward

Coast General Hospital’s children’s ward lacks adequate equipment, health officials have said. The institution has to admit many young patients for long periods, worsening the problem, County Director of Health Khadija Shikely and the hospital’s chief administra- tor, Mr Bernard Mwero, said. The children lack toys, play- rooms, teachers, clothes and other necessities, they said at the weekend.

MIGORI

Tolerate each other’s views politicians told

Migori Governor Okoth Obado has called for political tolerance in Nyanza. He said democracy demanded respect for divergent political and so- cial views. “Let us accommo- date positive divergent views in a bid to achieve faster so- cio-economic development,” Mr Obado said in Rongo con- stituency during the burial of a county government employee. He said formation of many parties should be welcomed.

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  REPUBLIC OF KENYA COUNTY GOVERNMENT OF BUSIA COUNTY PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD We refer to the

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COUNTY PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD

We refer to the following:

1. Advertisement for the positions of Head of Treasury Audit, Principal Human Resource Officer, Chief Human Resource Officer, Officer, Chief ICT Officer and Economic Advisor (Office of the Governor) in the Standard Newspaper on 23 rd December, 2013.

2. Advertisement for the positions of Head of Treasury Audit, Principal Human Resource Officer, Chief Human Resource Officer, Officer, Chief ICT Officer and Economic Advisor (Office of the Governor) in the Daily Nation on 24 th December, 2013.

 

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The County Government of Busia wishes to recruit competent and qualified candidates to fill the following vacant positions:

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• Offering advice on Public Service regulations and guidelines, and Human Resource Management Policies;

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Contract Job Group ‘T’

• Personnel emolument, estimates and expenditure control

• Administration of pension schemes , gratitude’s, scheme of service and approval of leave

 
 
 

Duties and Responsibilities

Duties and Responsibilities The officer will be responsible to the H.E the Governor for:-

• Staff performance management and career development by

• Provide leadership, vision and management to the ICT department

• Assess and respond to ICT needs of the County

• Preparing policy briefs on macroeconomic financial and monetary policy issues

• Analyzing economic issues in close collaboration with state departments responsible for finance and planning

• Mobilizing resources to enhance the revenue base for the county government

coordinating the implementation of Performance Appraisal Systems and the Reward and Sanction Framework.

• Managing staff insurance, salaries and salary advance.

• Providing guidance in matters related to appointments and placement, promotions and confirmation of staff.

• Budget and Expenditure control for the Human Resource Department

• Mange ICT

• Advising the County on ICT matters

• Sourcing and mobilizing resources for ICT projects

• Formulating operational policies and guidelines on the utilization of ICT resources

• Contributing to the coordination of county government’s relations with bilateral and multilateral donors

• Implementation of Advisory committee recommendations as regards appointments, promotion, discipline

• Oversee the development, design, and implementation of new applications and changes to existing computer systems and software packages;

• Conducting and/or coordinating economic research on topics of strategic interest to the governor

• Briefing the Governor on a monthly or more regular basis on the latest economic development and emerging issues.

• Management of Staff in Human Resource Department

• Developing and implementing career and succession management strategy, Human resource Planning and utilization of Human Resource

• Be responsible for the ordering, acquisition, inventorying and disposition of computer hardware and software;

• Serve as primary contact with outside vendors in the generation of RFPs, bids, contracts

• Advising the Governor and the county committees on all aspects of economics, financial and fiscal policy

• Attending to sectoral issues related to regional and international cooperation

• Providing advice on trade, international economic and financial market policies including addressing the impact of the global financial crisis

• Providing policy advice on strategic and operational issues relating to economic development

• Developing and managing the CPSB Human Resource Information System

• Initiating Development and review of Schemes of Service;

• Vendor interactions, systems operations and maintenance

• Maintain the integrity and continual operation of ICT network including the wireless networks

Requirements for Appointment

• Maintain security and privacy of the information systems, communication lines and equipment;

• Be a Kenyan citizen

• A Bachelor’s degree in Human Resource Management, Social Sciences or related field

• A minimum of 7 years relevant experience 3 of which must be in senior level management in public or private sector

• Post graduate qualification in Human Resource Management

• Be a member of the institute of Human Resource Management

• Develop, review and certify all back-up and disaster recovery procedures and plans;

Requirements for Appointment

• Undertaking any other assignments as may be directed by the Governor.

• Be a Kenyan citizen

• Be a holder of a first degree in Computer Science or Information Technology from a university recognized in Kenya

• At least five (5) years’ experience in technical operations management and / or an equivalent combination of training and experience with at least five (3) years as an ICT leader in a dynamic environment

Requirements for Appointment

• Proficiency in HR IT Systems

• Be a Kenyan citizen

• Demonstrate high degree of professional competence, administrative capabilities and initiative in the general organization and management of Human resources

• A Master’s degree in Economics or related field

• A Bachelor’s degree in Economics.

• Have knowledge experience and a distinguished career of not less than ten(10) years in finance and economic planning and

• Thorough understanding of Human Resources Management policies and regulations.

• Broad knowledge of Information Technology Processing Systems, concepts and methodologies;

• Satisfy the requirement of chapter six of the constitution

• An understanding of existing laws that impact on human resource.

• Ability to interpret an extensive variety of technical instructions in mathematics or diagram form and deal with several abstract and concrete variables

• Good administration, organization and analytical skills

Terms of Service: Contract

• Interpersonal and human resource management skills

• Good written and verbal communication skills

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• Ability to multi-task, motivate and lead others

Satisfy the requirements of Chapter Six of the Constitution Terms of Service: Permanent and Pensionable

Terms of Service: Permanent and Pensionable

HOW TO APPLY

 

Duties and Responsibilities

   
 

• Planning, organizing, directing, coordinating, and controlling and Internal Audit Services;

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All applications should be submitted in a sealed envelope clearly marked on the left side the position you are applying and addressed to:

• Playing a key role in maintaining a strong control environment and supporting initiatives that improve performance;

JOB GROUP ‘M’

   

THE CHAIRPERSON COUNTY PUBLIC SERVICE BOARD OFFICE OF THE GOVERNOR P.O. BOX PRIVATE BAG BUSIA

• Undertaking capacity building for staff at the County level;

Duties and Responsibilities

• Establishing the risk based audit plans consistent with County Objectives;

• Organizing Human Resource Audit inspection and preparation of Audit reports;

• Developing leading capabilities in terms of resources, methodology and technology; and

• Monitoring implementation of the Public Service Boards delegated powers and overseeing follow up of implementation of the Board’s decisions

Communicating plans of engagement and resource requirements for internal audit functions Requirements for Appointment

Important information to all candidates:

• Investigating and reporting on Human Resource Management complaints and carrying out ad hoc investigations on issues that require urgent attention from the Board

1)

The application should reach the Chairperson County Public Service Board on or before Friday, 30th May, 2014.

• Be a Kenyan Citizen

2)

Hand delivered applications should be submitted to the County Public Service Board offices on 2 nd Floor of the County Government offices next to the Ministry of Energy along Hospital Road (1 Km from Farmview Hotel)

• Be a holder of a Bachelor s degree in Business Administration, Accounting, Finance, Finance or any other relevant field from a recognized university in Kenya.

• Preparing reports for discipline committee and agenda for the Board

• Offering guidance and supervision to the officers below him/ her

• A master’s degree in the relevant area will be added advantage

3)

Any applicant already interviewed for the above positions need NOT apply.

• Be a CPA or ACCA finalist

Requirements for Appointment

• Be a member of ICPAK or relevant professional body

• Be a Kenyan citizen

4)

Applications should be accompanied with copies of the National Identity Cards, Academic and Professional Certificates and other Testimonials.

• Be conversant with various financial management computer packages

• Be a holder of a Bachelor’s degree in Social Sciences from a university recognized in Kenya

• Demonstrate a thorough understanding of devolution, the county development objectives and vision 2030

• Should have served for at least 5 years in the field of Human Resource Management, 2 of which at Managerial level

5)

Short listed candidates shall be required to produce their original National Identity Cards, Academic and Professional Certificates and Testimonials.

Candidates interested in the above positions MUST have the following clearances:

• Have relevant knowledge and experience of not less than seven (7) years in Public Service or the Private sector.

• Proficiency in computer applications and Human Resource IT systems

6)

• Satisfy the requirements of chapter six of the Constitution.

• Excellent report writing skills and writing of minutes

Terms of Service: Permanent and Pensionable

• Ability to generate new ideas for performance improvement and results

a)

A VALID certificate of Good Conduct from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID)

• Ability to work under minimum supervision

b)

A VALID clearance certificate from the Higher Education Loans Board (HELB)

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JOB GROUP ‘N’

• Demonstrate high degree of professional competence, administrative capabilities and initiative in the management of Human Resource Management Function

• Must be registered by the Institute of Human Resource management

c)

A VALID Tax Compliance Certificate from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA)

 

d)

A VALID Certificate from Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC)

Duties and Responsibilities

Formulation, interpretation and implementation of human resource management policy, procedures, rules and regulations as per the CPSB proposals

Terms of Service: Permanent and Pensionable

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EMBU | Embattled governor says he will not leave office

Wambora says ouster

unfair, vows to stay put

A court last week allowed county boss to continue serving pending ruling

BY CHARLES WANYORO

@CWanyoroh

charlwanyoro@yahoo.co.uk

E mbattled Embu Gover- nor Martin Wambora yesterday vowed not to

resign, saying he was unfairly hounded out of office. He was optimistic that the impeachment process car- ried out last week would be overturned on the weight of 35,000 signatures collected by an Embu council of elders’ official. Speaking during inter-de- nomination prayers at ACK St Paul’s Cathedral in Embu town, Mr Wambora (right) maintained he was innocent of the allegations against him, saying he abhorred graft. He said he had graduated from a seminary, worked as a senior provincial administra-

tion official overseeing a Sh60 billion budget and was never implicated in corruption. “I learnt to obey the laws and I have lived up to it for the last 20 years. I have never touched a single cent belonging to public. I used to adminis- ter over Sh60 billion and I’ve never been accused of looting.

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Oversight role

REACTION Oversight role “The county governments must be accountable to the people. No two ways about

“The county governments must be accountable to the people. No two ways about it. That is why we have MCAs to oversee the county executive and Sen- ate to oversee the counties” Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti “These are just teething problems” Women’s Rep- resentative Rose Mitaru

I thank the elder who has col- lected 35,000 signatures.” “That is the reason the court has given me that relief and said I should continue serving until the case is over. Those who have been asking me to resign, I told them I can only resign when the voters ask me to,” he told the congregation. However, Embu Senator Lenny Kivuti said County Assembly members should be allowed to carry out their oversight roles saying corrup- tion had permeated into county governments. “The county governments must be accountable to the people. No two ways about it. That is why we have MCAs to oversee the county executive and Senate to oversee the counties,” he said. Mbeere North MP Charles Njagagua lauded the church for seeking dialogue and uniting leaders but expressed concern that county’s develop- ment had slowed down due to wrangles. But Women’s Representative Rose Mitaru said the wrangles were just teething problems and would be overcome.

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NYERI | Walking for a good cause JOSEPH KANYI | NATION Youth and students from various

JOSEPH KANYI | NATION

Youth and students from various schools during the an- nual 10km Kenya Red Cross walk in Nyeri Town at the weekend. The walk aims at raising funds towards boost- ing disaster response.

NYAMIRA

School girls found with man in lodge

BY NATION CORRESPONDENT

Two underage girls and a boda boda rider were arrested at a guesthouse in Nyamira Town at the weekend. The 32-year-old man was found with the minors after the Chil- dren’s Department was informed that he was planning to get into a rented room with two girls aged 14 and 15. Nyamira County Children’s Director Samuel Masese said the

culprit was arrested as he entered the building with the girls. He had hired a room during the day, but waited for dusk to sneak in the minors, who are students at

a nearby secondary school.

Mr Masese also rented a room in the same building for a children’s officer, who arrested the culprit with the girls. The students, who are both in Form One, and the boda boda man were detained at the Nyamira Po-

lice Station. The man will appear in court today. Mr Masese warned guesthouse

owners that they would be arrested and their businesses closed down

if found allowing underage children

into their premises for sexual ex- ploitation.

VIHIGA COUNTY GOVERNMENT TENDER NOTICE – READVERTISEMENT CLARIFICATION ON PREVIOUS TENDERS The Vihiga County

VIHIGA COUNTY GOVERNMENT

TENDER NOTICE – READVERTISEMENT

CLARIFICATION ON PREVIOUS TENDERS

The Vihiga County Government wishes to inform those who had shown interest in Tender No. DEPLAND/001/2014: Supply of GIS Equipment and Tender No. DEPLAND/004/ 2014: EoI for Surveying and Fencing that the specifications have since been modified.

The County Government of Vihiga hereby gives notice of termination to tenderers who participated in the above two tenders whose adverts appeared in the Standard Newspaper issue of Tuesday 15/04.2014 and should therefore REAPPLY.

Interested bidders may obtain bid documents upon payment of Ksh 1,000/= per item from the County Government of Vihiga Supply Chain office from Monday – Friday during working hours.

Tender documents in plain sealed envelope marked with Tender number should be deposited in the Tender Box situated at the former Municipal Council offices or be addressed to

The County Secretary Vihiga County Government P.O. Box 344 – 50300 MARAGOLI

So as to be received not later than Friday 30 th May 2014 at 10:00 am. Opening of the tender documents shall be done immediately thereafter in the presence of the interested tenderers or their representatives.

NB: Those who had earlier paid for bid documents will not be charged for the fresh documents.

Any inconveniences caused by the changes is regretted.

Head of Supply Chain Management For: County Secretary

THE THARAKA NITHI COUNTY ASSEMBLY Telephone:064-630071, P.O Box 694, CHUKA. Email:tharakanithicountyassembly@gmail.com
THE THARAKA NITHI COUNTY ASSEMBLY
Telephone:064-630071, P.O Box 694, CHUKA. Email:tharakanithicountyassembly@gmail.com
OFFICE OF THE SPEAKER
Our Ref: TNCA/ADM/1/VOL.II/219
Date: 16/05/2014
RE: PUBLIC HEARING ON BUDGET ESTIMATES FY 2014/2015 AND BILLS
Pursuant to the constitution of Kenya Articles 196 (1) (b) & 201(a) and standing order 121 (2) & (3),
the budget and Appropriation Committee and select committee on passage of Bills invites members of
the public from the entire county for public hearing on Budget estimates 2014/2015; and the Tharaka
Nithi County Public participation Bill, 2014; The Tharaka Nithi County Bursaries Fund Bill, 2014;
the Tharaka Nithi County ward development fund Bill, 2014 and the Tharaka Nithi County Assembly
Service Board Bill, 2013 from 21 st – 30 th May 2014 at the places, venue and dates indicated here
under.
Any memoranda should be addressed to Clerk toAssembly, P O Box 694 Chuka to reach him on or
before 2 nd June 2014 or Email: tharakanithicountyassembly@gmail.com.
DATE
WARD
VENUE
TIME
21/05/2014
Mukothima
Mukothima market
10.00
Am
Nkondi
Nkondi market
10.00
Am
22/05/2014
Magumoni
Kibugua Chief’s camp
Kambandi market
10.00
Am
Mugwe
10.00
Am
23/05/2014
Gatunga
DC’s Hall
County Council Hall
10.00
Am
Marimanti
10.00
Am
26/05/2014
Mariani
Mitheru
Kaanwa market
Old Mitheru market
10.00
Am
10.00
Am
27/05/2014
Chiakariga
Kewi
Kajuki D.O’s Office
10.00
Am
Igambang’ombe
10.00
Am
28/05/2014
Muthambi
D.O’s Office
County Council Hall
10.00
Am
Chogoria
10.00
Am
29/05/2014
Ganga
Igwanjau Chief’s Camp
D.O’s Office Magutuni
10.00
Am
Mwimbi
10.00
Am
30/05/2014
Karingani
Kibaroni kwa D.C
10.00
Am
M. K. Kariuki
Assembly Clerk

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CRITICISED | Cashgate has given ammunition to her rivals, they accuse her of abusing state resources

Banda in tough race to remain president amid signs of defeat

But detractors accuse top opponent in poll next Tuesday of too much power hunger

BY SUSAN NJANJI,

Felix MPONDA BLANTYRE, Malawi, Sunday

M alawi’s Joyce Banda, under the cloud of a huge corrup- tion scandal and a donors’

aid freeze, is fighting to hold on to the presidency in an election on Tuesday in one of the closest races ever in the tiny southern African state. Voters will decide whether to stick with former vice president Banda who came to power after the death in of-

fice of president Bingu wa Mutharika two years ago. Her bid to be elected president in her own right is overshadowed by a scandal involving the disappearance of $30 million from the national coffers that rocked the dirt-poor country last year. Mrs Banda, who had launched an anti-graft crusade, ordered the audit that revealed the theft — known as Cashgate — and charges have been brought against 68 ministers, civil servants and business people. Mrs Banda denies any personal involvement in the scandal, saying in fact Cashgate is her trump card and will not damage her performance at the polls. “In fact that’s my greatest achieve- ment,” she told reporters before her final campaign rally, adding that the graft had been going on before she came into office. But her opponents charge that she and her supporters have syphoned off public money to fund her campaign and handouts to voters ahead of the May 20 presidential, parliamentary and municipal elections. Donor nations which finance a large chunk of Malawi’s budget have pulled the plug on $150 million in vital aid over the scandal. It has also led to a heated presi- dential race that an Afrobarometer survey shows is too close to call. Although there are 12 hopefuls, the real contest is between Banda and

three other candidates, including her predecessor’s brother. “We have never really had elections

that are this close, that are really hard to call,” said Boniface Dulani, Afroba- rometer coordinator in Malawi. Malawi’s 64-year-old first woman leader could also face a backlash from voters over her efforts to reform the economy, which had earlier won in- ternational plaudits. A campaign ad on state television MBC shows an old clip of IMF chief Christine Lagarde praising Banda as

a mature leader fit to rule Malawi. But her austerity reforms included

a sharp devaluation of the kwacha

currency which hit the poor hard in

a country where nearly half of the 15

million citizens live on less than a dol- lar a day. “A lot of economic measures that she has taken, that have been lauded by the international commu-

nity in many respects, have eroded her domestic support,” said researcher Aditi Lalbahadur of the South African Institute of International Affairs. Blantyre voter Nickson Simango agreed. “We don’t want Banda to rule this country again, things will only get worse,” he said. And of course Cashgate has given ammunition to Banda’s rivals. They accuse her of abusing state resources for her campaign and of vote buying by doling out motorcycles and bags

A lot of economic measures that she has taken, that have been lauded by the

A lot of economic measures that she has taken, that have been lauded by the international community in many respects, have eroded her domestic support’’

Researcher Aditi Lalbahadur, South African Institute of International Affairs

South African Institute of International Affairs PHOTO | AFP Malawi’s President Joyce Banda answers

PHOTO | AFP

Malawi’s President Joyce Banda answers journalists’ questions during her final election campaign in her home village of Songani, on the outskirts of Zomba, on Saturday ahead of the May 20 presidential, parliamentary and municipal vote.

of the staple maize meal. “Cashgate was very wrong,” Mr Peter Mutharika, one of her strong- est challengers, told AFP. He alleges it was Banda’s govern- ment that set up a syndicate to syphon the money from the treasury to her election coffers. Mr Mutharika, 74, is promising vot- ers to return Malawi to “functionality” by continuing the work of his older brother, the deceased ex-president. Detractors accuse Mr Mutharika of being power hungry, claiming he tried to hide news of his brother’s death in 2012 by flying his body around Africa in bid to prevent Banda from coming to power and to stage a constitutional coup.

Another strong contender is Laza- rus Chakwera, 59, leader of the party of ex-dictator Kamuzu Banda who ran the country as a single party state for more than three decades after inde- pendence from Britain in 1964. The fourth top candidate is Atupele Muluzi, 36, the son of retired president Bakili Muluzi. With little difference in the candi- dates’ promises to boost the economy, create jobs and offer agricultural sub- sidies, voting patterns are likely to be split along regional lines. (AFP)

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Ugandan LRA rebel chief Kony promotes son, says army

KAMPALA, Sunday

Uganda’s notorious rebel chief Joseph Kony has named his son as deputy head of his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a guerrila force infa- mous for its extreme savagery,

the army said today. Salim Saleh, reported to be aged 22, is understood to have spent his entire life in the bush with his father’s force, which continues to defy international efforts to hunt them down.

“Previously the son was in charge of the group providing security to the father, but now he has an added responsibility of field command,” top Ugan- dan general Sam Kavuma told AFP. Kavuma claimed it was a sign that Kony’s control of the

force has been weakened, with fighters now split into several autonomous gangs. Long since forced from Uganda, the rebels roam remote forest regions of the Central African Republic, Sudan, South Sudan and

the Democratic Republic of Congo. “The role of the son is an in- dication Kony has lost contact with most of his commanders, some who have been killed by our forces and others are in disarray. (AFP)

Jet bombs al-Shabaab base in Somalia

BY ABDULKADIR KHALIF

NATION Correspondent

Mogadishu, Sunday

An unidentified fighter jet struck at a location three kilometres south of Jilib town, about 410 km south of the Somali capital Mogadishu, on Sunday morning. Reports indicated that the plane was flying at low level when militants loyal to the radical Islamist group al-Shabaab aimed at it with anti-aircraft fire. “The plane responded with fire,” residents reported, indicating that the plane came from the direction of Kismayu town, the main port town in the Juba regions of Somalia. Jilib town is about 90 km north of Kismayu, the main station of peacekeepers from Kenya and Sierra Leone that are serving with the African Union Mission in Somalia (Amisom). Al-Shabaab released no statement. However, the Al- Qaeda linked movement mobilised more militants in and around Jilib town in reaction to the bombing incident. Kenyan war planes did strike last year parts of Lower Juba, Middle Juba and Gedo regions where thousands of Kenyan forces are stationed and operate in pursuit of Al-Shabaab jihadists. No casualties has so far been confirmed in connection with Sunday’s airstrike.

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CAIRO

Egyptian courts jail 160 Morsy backers

An Egyptian court yesterday sentenced 126 supporters of ousted Islamist president Mo- hamed Morsy to 10 years in prison each in a mass trial over protest violence, judicial sources said. Another court, in Cairo, sentenced a further 37 alleged Morsy supporters to 15 years in prison for trying to set off bombs during a protest at a metro sta- tion last year. (AFP)

YAOUNDE

Abducted Chinese ‘not in Cameroon’

The 10 Chinese workers ab- ducted by Boko Haram gunmen in Cameroon have most likely been taken back across the border to the Nigerian Islamist group’s strongholds, a police of- ficial said. “We are almost certain that the 10 Chinese have been kidnapped and transferred to Ni- geria.’’ (AFP)

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MAIN ISSUE | Rebels have been demanding the withdrawal of Ugandan forces that came after December 15 failed coup

South Sudan peace talks postponed

Violence

has killed

about

10,000

people and

displaced

1.2 million

others

killed about 10,000 people and displaced 1.2 million others BY MABIOR MACH NATION Correspondent JUBA, Sunday

BY MABIOR MACH

NATION Correspondent

JUBA, Sunday

P eace talks between the

South Sudan government

and rebels headed by

former Vie President Dr Riek

Machar have been postponed, officials have confirmed.

The two parties were discuss- ing a file on reforms, transitional government and the constitution

in the hope of signing a Declara-

tion of Principles.

The talks are aimed at ending

a five-month violence that has

killed about 10,000 people and

displaced 1.2 million others from their homes since December. The fighting pits President Salva Kiir’s millitary against

a loose coalition of dissenting

soldiers and millitias headed

It is to make our position that we are really committed to peace and this conflict cannot be resolved through gunfire but through negotiation’’

Rebel spokesman Yuanis Musa

by Mr Machar in a conflict that has taken on a dangerous ethnic undertone. The Intergovernmental Author- ity on Development (Igad), which is mediating the peace process, postponed the talks to May 29, according to rebel spokesman Yuanis Musa. Mr Musa said the two sides, holding the talks in the Ethio- pian capital Addis Ababa, could not agree on the security docket

“because of foreign troops” inside the country. The rebels have been demand-

ing the withdrawal of Ugandan forces, which went into the coun- try a few days after a December 15 failed coup in Juba to protect crucial installations such as the aiport.

Mr Kiir blamed the coup on Mr Machar, who inturn denied the plot and accuse the President of a political purge. The talks were also stalled over the meaning, duration and the role of a transitional government that would lead the country until elections are held. In the days leading to May 29, Mr Machar will embark on trips to several East African coun-

Mr Machar will embark on trips to several East African coun- PHOTO |AFP Salva Kiir (left),

PHOTO |AFP

Salva Kiir (left), President of South Sudan, and Riek Machar (right), SPLM Opposition leader, hold the hands of two clergymen during the opening prayer of the press conference of the signing of Cessation of Hostilities over the war in South Sudan on May 9, 2014 in Addis Ababa.

tries, including Kenya, Somalia, Djibuoti and Sudan as IGAD has initiated, Mr Musa said. “It is to make our position that we are really committed to peace and this conflict cannot be resolved through gunfire but through negotiation,” Mr Musa told a UN radio on Sunday. A senior government official who does not speak for the

negotiation team confirmed the adjournment to Africa Review but could not divulge any details. Mr Kiir and Mr Machar signed a deal more than a week ago to cease hostilities, but it failed to hold. However, accusations and counter-accusations of attacks between the two parties rela- tively subsided at the end of the

week. Last week, South Sudan petitioned Igad on the ‘‘repeated violations’’ by the rebels of the peace deal. The military said the rebels have taken advantage of the ceasefire to mobilise and attack government positions in the oil- rich Upper Nile and Unity states as well as in the vast and restive Jonglei.

and attack government positions in the oil- rich Upper Nile and Unity states as well as

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TOUGH ACTION | In custody

Former PM arrested over rape claim

Sadiq al-Mahdi is out to scuttle the dialogue scheme launched by Bashir

KHARTOUM, Sunday

S udan’s state security

arrested yesterday op-

position leader and

ex-premier Sadiq al-Mahdi, his secretary said, after he reportedly accused a coun-

ter-insurgency unit of rape

and other abuses of civilians

in Darfur. “At 8:45 pm (1745 GMT)

a number of state security

officers came to the home of imam Sadiq Al-Mahdi with a warrant, and they arrested him,” his secretary, Moham- med Zaki, told AFP. An official from Mahdi’s opposition Umma party said agents arrived in two pickup trucks and several

cars to arrest Mahdi, one of the highest-profile figures to be detained in Sudan in recent years. The National Intelligence and Security Service (NISS) has the right

to detain people for more than

four months without judicial review. Earlier on Saturday Mr Mahdi had addressed thou- sands of people in Gezira state, south of Khartoum. He told them it was time to end the country’s silence over activities of the security service, witnesses said. A government source told AFP that Mahdi is being held under an order from prosecutors because he has continued to repeat his al- legations against the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). On Thursday the Umma leader appeared before pros- ecutors for questioning over the allegations he first made

about the RSF at a press con- ference earlier this month. Newspapers reported that NISS, which has authority over the RSF, filed a complaint accusing Mahdi of threaten- ing public peace, and other crimes. At a news conference in Khartoum on Wednesday, commanders of the RSF de- nied their force had looted, raped or committed arson. “All the allegations against us are lies,” an angry Moham- med Hamdan Dalgo, the unit’s field commander, shouted.

Mahdi’s detention comes as Umma and some other

opposition parties engage in a “national dialogue” with President Omar al-Bashir. A senior opposition politi- cian has told AFP that Umma is a main focus of the dialogue process that might lead to a new, coalition government. The politician said Bashir is pushing for “a real change” because he realises the country is “collapsing”. (AFP)

COUP PAST

Politician has seen trouble

COUP PAST Politician has seen trouble Change: Sadiq al-Mahdi (above) was overthrown in the 1989 coup

Change: Sadiq al-Mahdi (above) was overthrown in the 1989 coup which brought President Ba- shir to power. His oppo- sition Umma party had initially been for the re- cent dialogue launched by President Bashir.

Around 30 missing after rebels, army clash in Mali

BAMAKO, Sunday

Around 30 civilians and sol- diers went missing following clashes between separatist militants and the Malian army in the rebel-controlled northern city of Kidal, officials said today. “About 30 of our personnel have been reported missing since yesterday. We do not know their fate. We also do not know exactly how many of them are being held by the rebels,” a source in the

regional governor’s office said. The fighting broke out on Saturday outside the build- ing as Mali’s Prime Minister Moussa Mara was visiting Kidal as part of his first tour of the country’s restive north- ern desert. Tuareg separatists shot dead a Malian soldier as the two sides exchanged fire over several hours, members of the premier’s entourage as well as military sources and witnesses told AFP.

UN troops in Somali capital to defend staff

MOGADISHU, Sunday