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Marwa warns Awiti on insecurity talk

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY BRIAN OTIENO
I SAY IT LIKE I SEE IT: Nyali MP Hezron Awiti at a press briefing at Mamba Village on Sunday.Photo/Andrew Kasuku
I SAY IT LIKE I SEE IT: Nyali MP Hezron Awiti at a press briefing at Mamba Village on Sunday.Photo/Andrew Kasuku
Mombasa county commissioner Nelson Marwa has accused Nyali MP Hezron Awiti of playing cheap politics with security. During a press briefing at Mamba Village on Sunday, Awiti allegedly said there is a supremacy battle between Marwa and Governor Hassan Joho, which compromises the county’s security. Speaking on the phone on Monday, Marwa said he works well with Joho. He said they are putting in all efforts to restore security. “Why is Awiti trying to please the Muslim community just to gain political mileage?” Marwa said. The county commissioner said the MP should state what he has done as a...

Sloppy Senate tries to be relevant, says National Assembly leader Duale

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DAVID MWERE
Majority leader in Parliament Adan Duale (left) with Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula at the home of the late HomaBay Senator Otieno Kajwang  in Runda yesterday when legislators from the Senate and National Assembly visited to console the  the family.
PHOTO/COLLINS KWEYU
Majority leader in Parliament Adan Duale (left) with Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula at the home of the late HomaBay Senator Otieno Kajwang in Runda yesterday when legislators from the Senate and National Assembly visited to console the the family. PHOTO/COLLINS KWEYU
NATIONAL Assembly majority leader Aden Duale has said the Senate is facing a "relevance crisis". He said senators are accusing MPs of proceeding with Bills without Senate's consensus, yet they have only passed three proposed laws n the last 18 months. The bills passed by Senate are the County Revenue Allocation Bill, the Division of Revenue Bill and the County Government (Amendment) Bill . The last two were passed with the input of the National Assembly. “I am a supporter of the strong Senate but not a pretender! It is on record that the committee of experts had proposed a strong Senate but...

Mbarire, Mate behind my woes - Wambora

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
UNDER SIEGE: Embu Governor Martin Wambora at Izaak Walton Inn yesterday. Photo/Reuben Githinji
UNDER SIEGE: Embu Governor Martin Wambora at Izaak Walton Inn yesterday. Photo/Reuben Githinji
EMBU assembly speaker Justus Mate has been accused of plotting the removal of Governor Martin Wambora. Wambora and county assembly deputy speaker Ibrahim Swaleh said Mate is frustrating Wambora’s administration because he eyes the deputy governor’s seat. They said Mate has joined forces with Runyejes MP Cecily Mbarire who is said to be interested in the governor’s seat. Wambora and Swaleh said Mbarire and Mate have started campaigning for the 2017 general elections. “They have been going round canvassing for votes. They should stop the electioneering politics and resign from their seats and...

Trader Akinyi charged with assault

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ALPHONCE MUNGAHU
FACING THE LAW: Joyce Akinyi at the Milimani law courts yesterday, where was charged with assault. Photo/Phillip Kamakya
FACING THE LAW: Joyce Akinyi at the Milimani law courts yesterday, where was charged with assault. Photo/Phillip Kamakya
CONTROVERSIAL businesswoman Joyce Akinyi was yesterday charged in a Nairobi court with causing grievous harm to her former business associate. She is accused of harming Schola Namunyu on November 6 at City Hall, Nairobi. Akinyi denied the charge before resident magistrate Hannah Kaguru. She was arrested on November 13 but she was released on Sh20,000 bail. Akinyi's lawyer Guandaru Thuita requested the court to release her on lenient bond. He requested to be supplied with copies of documentary evidence that the prosecution will rely on during trial. Akinyi was released on a Sh100,000 bail,...

Akashas' extradition has begun, court told

Wednesday, November 26, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MKAMBURI MWAWASI
DETAINED: Baktash Akasha, Ibrahim Akasha, Vijay Goswami and Hussein Shabakash at the Mombasa law courts on November 11.Photo/Mkamburi Mwawasi
DETAINED: Baktash Akasha, Ibrahim Akasha, Vijay Goswami and Hussein Shabakash at the Mombasa law courts on November 11.Photo/Mkamburi Mwawasi
Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko yesterday told court an extradition process of two Akasha sons and two foreigners has formerly begun. The DPP, through state counsel Alexander Muteti, told the Mombasa chief magistrate's court to issue an order for Baktash Akasha, Ibrahim Akasha, Indian Vijay Goswami and Pakistani Hussein Shabakash to be produced in court so that they can be informed of the process. The four face charges of conspiring to import narcotics. Muteti said the DPP's office has received all the original documents needed for the extradition process. Muteti further told...

Nairobi MCAs' bid for mortgage hits a snag

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY CHRISPINUS WEKESA
HARD LUCK: Nairobi MCAs during an assembly session on May 18. Photo/David Ndolo
HARD LUCK: Nairobi MCAs during an assembly session on May 18. Photo/David Ndolo
A move by Nairobi MCAs to obtain mortgages without security has hit a dead end. Family Bank, which was to administer the Sh100 million mortgage fund, returned the insurance policy application forms from Jubilee Insurance with a note that the forms were inadvertently forwarded to the bank. According to a letter from assembly clerk Jacob Ngwele addressed to Family Bank’s director of credit, Family Bank returned the insurance forms because insurable interest was to go to the county assembly. Last week, MCAs said some of them do not own any property in Nairobi and cannot provide title deeds as...

Six Swedish tourists among 22 arrested for breaking Lamu curfew law

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY CHETI PRAXIDES
A view of Shella Island in Lamu County where the tourists were arrested and charged. Photo Nobert Allan
A view of Shella Island in Lamu County where the tourists were arrested and charged. Photo Nobert Allan
Six Swedish nationals were among 22 revellers arrested and charged at the Lamu courts for breaching curfew law on Monday. The six were arrested on Saturday at the famous floating bar in Shella Island. The 22 were charged with two counts of being drunk and disorderly where the court heard that on the said date, the accused persons were shouting and staggering before they were arrested. They all pleaded guilty to the charge. They also faced a second charge of failing to comply with the curfew order which is mandatory for every person residing in Lamu County. The court heard that the 22 were...

Police sacco building opening stopped at last minute after Uhuru fails to show up, forces 300 members to travel back home

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JULIUS OTIENO
The Kenya Police staff sacco along Mwenye Aboud road Mombasa.photo Elkana Jacob
The Kenya Police staff sacco along Mwenye Aboud road Mombasa.photo Elkana Jacob
More than 300 members of the police sacco who were in Nairobi for the official opening of its new building were on Tuesday forced to return to their home counties after president Uhuru Kenyatta postponed the event indefinitely. The government and passenger service vehicles which ferried them to the capital were parked outside the building. "There is nothing much we can do now. We just have to travel back home until the president sets another date," one sacco member told the Star outside the building at the Fig Tree area in Ngara. “The president himself postponed the opening because he is out...

Riots erupt after U.S. grand jury clears white policeman in Ferguson shooting of black teen

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- REUTERS
Police officers arrive at the violence scene in Ferguson.Photo/Reuters
Police officers arrive at the violence scene in Ferguson.Photo/Reuters
Gunshots were heard and buildings burned in a Midwestern suburb after a grand jury decided on Monday not to indict a white police officer over the shooting of an unarmed black teenager. Police officers fired tear gas as rioters took to the streets of Ferguson, a suburb of St Louis, looting shops and burning cars despite the appeals for restraint from President Barack Obama. The death of eighteen year old Michael Brown,took place in August where it is alleged that Brown stole cigars from a nearby convenience store shortly before the whole incident. He and his friend had been walking on the...

Uhuru to launch 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence on Wednesday

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY LYDIA MATATA
Women march against gender based violence in Nairobi on May 18 2012. Photo/FILE
Women march against gender based violence in Nairobi on May 18 2012. Photo/FILE
President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Wednesday launch the 16 Days of Activism against Gender-based Violence campaign that takes place every year, and the #HeForShe global campaign at the University of Nairobi. The international 16 days campaign begins on November 25 (International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women) and ends on December 10 (Human Rights Day). Individuals and groups around the world use it as a strategy for calling for the elimination of violence against women and girls. “This year, the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women and the 16 Days...

Sonko shows off wads of notes at his offices

Tuesday, November 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
Nairobi Mike Senator displays stacks of money in his office.Photo/Courtesy
Nairobi Mike Senator displays stacks of money in his office.Photo/Courtesy
Flamboyant Nairobi senator Mike Sonko has displayed more than a million shillings in a facebook photo taken in his office. The Senator has received some criticism for the display of the money in thick stacks of a thousand shilling notes with some users on facebook calling him a show off. "The Nairobi Senator is such a showoff. We have extremely rich Kenyans even in the Senate he sits in who don't behave like him. Your money is your business." Proudly Kenyan who posted the photo on his facebook page said. "Over 60% in Kenya are in poverty and this is what he has to show. Down with the...

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