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Ruto defense supports witness' testimony that events never occured

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- Tom Maliti www.ijmonitor.org
Deputy President William Ruto is receives a painting from the Patron of Ol Kalou Witeithie Women Empowerment Network Mrs Jackie Njeri Kiaraho during the table banking fundraiser for the organisation at Ol Kalou stadium Friday. Photo/REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS
Deputy President William Ruto is receives a painting from the Patron of Ol Kalou Witeithie Women Empowerment Network Mrs Jackie Njeri Kiaraho during the table banking fundraiser for the organisation at Ol Kalou stadium Friday. Photo/REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS
A defense lawyer used news footage and newspaper articles to show the International Criminal Court (ICC) that events Witness 495 described in a statement he made to the prosecution either took place on a different date and venue, or never occurred. David Hooper, who is representing Deputy President William Samoei Ruto, told the court on Friday he did not dispute Witness 495’s testimony since Tuesday that most of his November 2012 statement to the prosecution was false. Ruto has been on trial since September last year on three counts of crimes against humanity. The charges stem from his...

Raila woos German investors for counties in his tour of Germany

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
Cord leader Raila Odinga, Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar and Governor Hassan Joho during a round table meeting with the German African Business Association on September 16, 2014 Photo/Courtesy
Cord leader Raila Odinga, Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar and Governor Hassan Joho during a round table meeting with the German African Business Association on September 16, 2014 Photo/Courtesy
Former PM Raila Odinga has launched a spirited campaign to woo investors in Germany for the counties. Raila travelled to Germany on September 16, where he started his tour in Berlin with Mombasa Governor Hassan Ali Joho and Senator Hassan Omar. On their first day Raila and his entourage spend the day at a roundtable meeting with the German African Business Association. "Our discussions were centered around the areas of Security, Infrastructure, Tourism and Green Energy," Raila posted on his Facebook page. The team later had a breakfast meeting with Günter Nooke, Africa envoy of German...

Ruto leaves no stone unturned in ICC case

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY FELIX OLICK
Fighting on: Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago with Deputy President William Ruto in Eldoret town yesterday.
Fighting on: Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago with Deputy President William Ruto in Eldoret town yesterday.
Deputy President William Ruto's defence is not sitting comfortably at the Hague even after witnesses admitted to making false testimonies to implicate him in the post-election violence. Yesterday, Ruto's defence went to great lengths to discredit the initial statement of the 23rd prosecution witness, despite him admitting the entire testimony was falsified. The defence strategy of leaving no stone unturned could be informed by the prosecution's indication that they would be seeking to have the initial statements admitted if it is proved that the witnesses were influenced to change their...

Bhang worth one million nabbed in Mombasa

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY CALVIN ONSARIGO
Kisauni OCPD Richard Ngatia and Bamburi sub location assistant chief Jeremiah Machache inspect sacks of bhang worth one million street value that was seized at Kiembeni this morning. Police have started a manhunt for the 3 occupants who escaped during the incidence.Photo/ANDREW KASUKU
Kisauni OCPD Richard Ngatia and Bamburi sub location assistant chief Jeremiah Machache inspect sacks of bhang worth one million street value that was seized at Kiembeni this morning. Police have started a manhunt for the 3 occupants who escaped during the incidence.Photo/ANDREW KASUKU
Police in Mombasa on Saturday seized a haul of bhang valued at over sh1 million at Kiembeni Estate in Kisauni . The bhang weighing more than 300 kilograms was being transported in a tinted Toyota Probox vehicle all the way from Western province. Kisauni police boss Richard Ngatia said the bhang was found stashed in five sacks and concealed in the vehicle. Ngatia said three suspects abandoned the vehicle upon realizing that they were being trailed by police officers who were on patrol within Kisauni. He said police have launched investigation and manhunt for the suspects who escaped during the...

Judge concerned over 1998 U.S. embassy in Kenya bombing suspect guilty plea

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUTERS
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Egyptian Adel Abdul Bary, 54, is consoled as he wipes away tears while facing U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan (not pictured) in a Manhattan court in New York on September 19, 2014, in this courtroom sketch. Bary pleaded guilty in New York on Friday to charges stemming from the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. Wiping tears from his eyes and frequently shaking his head, Bary pleaded guilty to three counts, including threatening to kill, injure or destroy property by means of an explosive and conspiring to murder U.S. citizens abroad. REUTERS/Jane Rosenberg
An Egyptian man pleaded guilty in New York on Friday to charges stemming from the deadly 1998 bombings of U.S. embassies in Kenya and Tanzania that killed 224 people. Wiping tears from his eyes and frequently shaking his head, Adel Abdul Bary, 54, pleaded guilty to three counts, including threatening to kill, injure or destroy property by means of an explosive and conspiring to murder U.S. citizens abroad. However, U.S. District Judge Lewis Kaplan did not immediately accept the plea agreement, saying he had concerns that Bary had previously faced hundreds of charges, some of which carried a...

Court refuses to stop Cord's signature drive

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY CAROLE MAINA
Cord Principal Raila Odinga with other leaders at Kibra grounds during OkoaKenya signature collection campaign. Photo/Phil Etale
Cord Principal Raila Odinga with other leaders at Kibra grounds during OkoaKenya signature collection campaign. Photo/Phil Etale
THE High Court yesterday declined to temporarily stop Cord from collecting signatures for a national referendum. Justice George Odunga said he was not convinced that the orders sought by Keini MP Kanini Kega were necessary. The judge said Kega should have convinced him that there is a real danger of violation of the constitution between now and when the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission is expected to call for a referendum, should the cord initiative succeed. “He ought to have shown this court that by the time this case is heard and determined, the initiative will have gone...

10 Jubilee MPs support Duale attack on Bomet governor Rutto

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY WANJOHI GAKIO
CONFRONTATION: Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto points at Majority leader Adan Duale during the Mara Day fete in Narok on September 16 Photo/File
CONFRONTATION: Bomet Governor Isaac Rutto points at Majority leader Adan Duale during the Mara Day fete in Narok on September 16 Photo/File
Ten MPs allied to Jubilee coalition defended Majority Leader Aden Duale over his remarks in Narok County early this week that angered the Governors’ Council chairman Isaac Rutto. Duale had told Rutto that the money increment that he was agitating for to a point of calling for a national referendum does not belong to his (Rutto’s) mother. The statement has triggered a wave of condemnation with a section of leaders saying Duale did not conduct himself with decorum as he made his speech. The MPs on Friday argued that Duale did not make any mistake since he was calling on the Governors to account...

Shollei deserves no payout, says court

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY PETER NGETICH
FIGHTING ON: Former judiciary chief registrar Gladys Shollei before PAC on June 5.
FIGHTING ON: Former judiciary chief registrar Gladys Shollei before PAC on June 5.
THE Court of Appeal yesterday quashed an Industrial Court judgement that had recommended that former Judiciary registrar Gladys Shollei be compensated. Appellant judges Hannah Okwengu, G B M Kariuki and Patrick Kiage unanimously agreed to set aside in entirety judge Mathew Nderi's judgement, in which he said the Judicial Service Commission erred in dismissing Shollei. Shollei's lawyer Donald Kipkorir said after the ruling, he will appeal the case at the Supreme Court, headed by Chief Justice Willy Mutunga. Mutunga by virtue of his position is the chairman of JSC, which dismissed Shollei. In...

Kenya detains two Iranians on suspicion of planning attacks a day to Westgate memorial

Saturday, September 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUTERS
A police pick-up truck patrols outside the Westgate shopping mall that has been left deserted following last year's attack by gunmen in Nairobi September 18, 2014. At least 67 people were killed on September 21 last year when gunmen from the Somali militant group al Shabaab attacked the luxury shopping mall in the capital, tossing grenades, spraying shoppers with bullets and holding parts of the building for four days. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
A police pick-up truck patrols outside the Westgate shopping mall that has been left deserted following last year's attack by gunmen in Nairobi September 18, 2014. At least 67 people were killed on September 21 last year when gunmen from the Somali militant group al Shabaab attacked the luxury shopping mall in the capital, tossing grenades, spraying shoppers with bullets and holding parts of the building for four days. REUTERS/Thomas Mukoya
Kenyan anti-terror police have detained two Iranian men using forged Israeli passports to enter the East African country, on suspicion that they may have been involved in a plan to carry out an attack there, officials said on Friday. Kenyan security agencies have been on alert following several gun and grenade attacks and the killing of 67 people in an attack by Islamist gunment on Nairobi's Westgate shopping mall last September. Mwenda Njoka, spokesman for the Ministry of Interior and Coordination of National Government, said the two Iranians had passports identifying them as Israeli...

Intelligence failed the President in the Migori shoe incident - Kaluma

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY EUGENE OKUMU
APPORTIONING BLAME: Homa Bay Town MP  Peter Kaluma. Photo/FILE
APPORTIONING BLAME: Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma. Photo/FILE
Homa Bay Town MP Peter Kaluma has said that it was the fault of the presidential security detail that the Migori rally resulted in the pelting of the presidential dais with shoes during an anti-malaria function in the lakeside county. Kaluma added that it was a failure on the part of the security, but also said the intelligence officers may have been involved in the incident. “If it didn’t fail then it is possible that the security detail of the president was involved in the disruption of the function,” Kaluma said. The MP said that Kenyatta is now the president of the whole nation and not...

Museveni appoints Ruhakana Rugunda new Prime Minister, drops former ally Mbabazi

Friday, September 19, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUTERS
New Uganda Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda Photo/File
New Uganda Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda Photo/File
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has replaced his prime minister, the government said in a statement on Friday, removing a former ally who some analysts had seen as a potential contender for the top job. Amama Mbabazi, a lawyer, had enjoyed a close relationship with Uganda's veteran leader, but relations between the two became strained recently, with Museveni accusing Mbabazi of taking decisions in the ruling party without consulting him. Museveni named Health Minister Ruhakana Rugunda to replace Mbabazi, the government statement said. "By Virtue of powers vested in the President of the...

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