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U.S. Secret Service director resigns after man sneaked into White House with a knife

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUTERS
U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington in this September 30, 2014 file photo.Photo/File
U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington in this September 30, 2014 file photo.Photo/File
U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama. Pierson, in her position for just 18 months, faced mounting calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a Sept. 19 incident in which an Iraq war veteran with a knife scaled the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the mansion before an off-duty agent stopped him. Pierson had told a congressional committee on Tuesday she took "full responsibility" for...

Police transfer 234 cops mostly traffic officers to general duties to curb bribery

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DOMINIC WABALA
Traffic Police officers .Photo Elkana Jacob
Traffic Police officers .Photo Elkana Jacob
Deputy Inspector General of Police Grace Kaindi has announced the transfer of over two hundred and thirty four police officers with immediate effect in the latest move aimed at tackling corruption. Those transferred, mostly from the traffic police department, include ten senior police officers and two hundred and twenty four junior officers across the country. The list include six Senior Superintendents of Police (SSPs), four Superintendents of Police (SPs) eight sergeants of police, 42 corporals of police and 174 police constables. Among those transferred include Nyeri OCPD Adiel Njagi...

Witness 637 fails to show up at Ruto and Sang trial

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY TOM MALITI, WWW.IJMONITOR.ORG
ICC judge Chile Eboe-Osuji from Nigeria. Photo/ICC
ICC judge Chile Eboe-Osuji from Nigeria. Photo/ICC
The prosecution has asked the ICC to declare Witness 637 a hostile prosecution witness. Defense lawyers for DP William Samoei Ruto and former journalist Joshua arap Sang said they support the application partially. Trial lawyer Alice Zago made the application on Wednesday after Trial Chamber V(a) began proceedings about 50 minutes late. Presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji explained that the proceedings started late “due to unforeseen events and the predisposition of the witness.” He said the Victims and Witnesses Unit was “ceased of the situation and are monitoring it and will appraise the...

Pangani car blast suspect released, two police officers died in the attack

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ALPHONCE MUNG'AHU
Ahmed Dugal Ali at the Milimani law courts on May 12. Photo/File
Ahmed Dugal Ali at the Milimani law courts on May 12. Photo/File
The owner of a car that exploded at Pangani Police Station killing two police officers and two suspected terrorists on April 23 has been released for lack of evidence on Thursday. Ahmed Dugal Ali had been charged on May 21 with harbouring of persons committing terrorism Act. Trial magistrate Lucy Mbugua ruled that there was no evidence linking Ali to the explosion that left two police officers dead. Mbugua further says that Ali had cooperated with investigators since the probe began.

Single mothers may add dead beat dads names to birth certificates after case filed in court

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JILLO KADIDA
Justice Lenaola at the Milimani high court.Photo/File
Justice Lenaola at the Milimani high court.Photo/File
CHILDREN born out of wedlock live in the dark without a full identity but they will have the right to carry their biological father's name, if courts agree with a single mother suing on behalf of her daughter. In a potential landmark case that began Tuesday, the woman identified only as L.N.W., is challenging the constitutionality of the Registration of Births and Deaths Act. That law prohibits a mother from entering the biological father's name on a birth certificate without the man's consent. Many men refuse, wary of legal and financial responsibility. Under current law, a child born out of...

Dedan Kimathi University students protest delayed Helb loans, demand sacking of Helb CEO

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 00:00 -- By WAMBUGU KANYI
Dedan Kimathi University students protesting delays in Helb loans along Nyeri-Nyahururu highway on Thursday. They lit a bonfire along the highway.Photo/Wambugu Kanyi
Dedan Kimathi University students protesting delays in Helb loans along Nyeri-Nyahururu highway on Thursday. They lit a bonfire along the highway.Photo/Wambugu Kanyi
Dedan Kimathi University students blocked Nyeri-Nyahururu highway on Thursday protesting delays in Helb loans. The students waved twigs and placards, lit a bonfire along the highway and stoned motorists' vehicles while others destroyed property within the institution. They said they haven't received the funds two weeks after the promise that the money would be released. Student union leaders led by chairman George Mosi and secretary general Japheth Kipkurui demanded immediate intervention by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto. “Why is Kimathi University being discriminated...

U.S. Secret Service director resigns after man sneaked into White House with a knife

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUTERS
U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington in this September 30, 2014 file photo.Photo/File
U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington in this September 30, 2014 file photo.Photo/File
U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light that exposed gaping holes in the protective cocoon around President Barack Obama. Pierson, in her position for just 18 months, faced mounting calls from lawmakers to step down in the fallout from a Sept. 19 incident in which an Iraq war veteran with a knife scaled the White House fence, sprinted across the lawn and got deep inside the mansion before an off-duty agent stopped him. Pierson had told a congressional committee on Tuesday she took "full responsibility" for...

Former Machachari, Tahidi High, Makutano Junction director Omfwoko Aswani dies of cancer

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MERCY NJOKI
The deceased, Derrick Omfwoko Aswami. Photo/File
The deceased, Derrick Omfwoko Aswami. Photo/File
One of Kenya's prolific actor and director succumbed to cancer at Nairobi West Hospital at around 9pm on Wednesday. Omfwoko Aswani, 34, who was the first to direct popular Citizen TV show Machachari, had stage 3 liver cancer diagnosed on September 1. He had been receiving treatment, and he had hopes that he would win the battle against the disease. Aswani also directed Tahidi High, Mashtaka, Nairobi Law and Makutano Junction, shows aired on Citizen TV as well, and lately Antie Boss, a show on NTV. He recently starred in Strata, a movie in which he played the role of Shebe. With respect to...

Top 5 freshman woes at Kenyan universities

Thursday, October 2, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MERCY NJOKI
Kenyatta University first year students break into dancing during matriculation ceremony on Friday.Photo/Albert Nyakundi
Kenyatta University first year students break into dancing during matriculation ceremony on Friday.Photo/Albert Nyakundi
Archaic admission processes If there is anything most college students remember vividly, it is their days of admission. Anxiety gets them believing all they're told about campus life by unreliable sources and makes them report to the institutions as early as only a Kenyan voter would to a polling station. And just like Kenya's polling days, heat, long queues, hunger and overcrowding take centre stage. At the end of the day only a few students usually have secured admission, the unlucky ones having to report much earlier the following day. Those who attend public colleges and universities know...

Bar owner appeals ruling on Alcoblow

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY CAROLE MAINA
DEEP BREATH: Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau, Pottermark Enterprise technical director Kipkirui Langat and NTSA board chair Lee Kinyanjui on January 16. Photo/Monicah Mwangi
DEEP BREATH: Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau, Pottermark Enterprise technical director Kipkirui Langat and NTSA board chair Lee Kinyanjui on January 16. Photo/Monicah Mwangi
A businessman who wants the use of Alco-blow breathalysers removed from Kenyan roads has taken his fight to the Court of Appeal. Kariuki Ruitha, the proprietor of Reminisce Sports Bar and Grill, is appealing the ruling delivered in June by High Court judge Mumbi Ngugi. Ngugi dismissed his case on grounds that he did not demonstrate how the rights of drinkers had been violated. However, Ruitha insists that Transport Cabinet Secretary Michael Kamau has no powers to prescribe the maximum amount of alcohol a motorist should take. Before his appeal is heard and determined, he wants the court to...

Witness links Raila to 2007 violence

Wednesday, October 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY OLIVER MATHENGE
IMPLICATED: Cord leader Raila Odinga. Photo/FILE
IMPLICATED: Cord leader Raila Odinga. Photo/FILE
FORMER Prime Minister Raila Odinga incited people to violence ahead of the 2007 elections, an ICC witness told the court yesterday. The witness said utterances made by Raila in political rallies motivated people to react angrily when the results were announced. "He said he had discovered that PNU was planning to rig the elections and if ODM did not win, then there would be bloodbath," he said. The witness said Raila's utterances built up tensions in the Rift Valley and resulted in violence. He said immediately ODM lost grip of the lead, the party's supporters started throwing stones, claiming...

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