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SOMALIS DETAINED IN SQUALOR AT KASARANI

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR TEAM
SUSPECTS: Somalis being held in the outdoor area of Kasarani police station yesterday as the cells are full.
SUSPECTS: Somalis being held in the outdoor area of Kasarani police station yesterday as the cells are full.
THE 300 Somalis held at Kasarani police station are living in squalid conditions of poor sanitation and overcrowding. The police station has a maximum capacity of 150 people. The 300 Somalis were screened at Kasarani stadium and found to be illegal immigrants. They will now be either taken to Dadaab refugee camp or deported to Somalia. Around 4,000 detainees have passed through Kasarani stadium since the huge cordon and search operation started in Eastleigh two weeks ago. Several hundred suspects are still being held at Kasarani stadium where they are being screened by Anti Terrorism Police,...

High Court nullifies tribunal to probe JSC

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JILLO KADIDA
The Milimani courts. Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE
The Milimani courts. Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE
A five judge bench yesterday nullified the decision by President Uhuru Kenyatta to form the tribunal to probe six members of the Judicial Service Commission. The team led by Aaron Ringera will now not take office to probe the conduct of Ahmednassir Abdullahi (who has already been replaced), Florence Mwangangi, Prof Christine Mango, magistrate Emily Ominde, Appeal Judge Mohammed Warsame and Rev Samuel Kobia. Late last year the parliamentary Justice committee summoned the six JSC members to question them over the decision in August to send Chief Registrar Gladys Shollei on compulsory leave over...

Mombasa students 'are being radicalised'

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY BRIAN OTIENO AND CHARLES MGHENY
Mombasa county education director Abdikadir Kike .Photo/Elkana Jacob
Mombasa county education director Abdikadir Kike .Photo/Elkana Jacob
STUDENTS are starting to be radicalised in Mombasa, according to county education director Abdikadir Kike. He said some secondary school pupils are demanding to be allowed to grow long beards, and to dye them different colours. “This kind of indiscipline is not usual,” said Kike. He said the ministry will approach moderate Imams and sheikhs to talk to students as soon as they open for second term. Kike said such signs should be a wake-up call for teachers and parents. “The students have to know that the business of radicalization is not their business. Their business is to learn and help the...

Duale removal calls split TNA and URP

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY IBRAHIM ORUKO AND DAVID MWERE
PARTY LEADER: Deputy President William Ruto, the URP boss, meets Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African Special Envoy to South Sudan. They held talks on the peace process in South Sudan in Ruto?s office yesterday. Photo/REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS
PARTY LEADER: Deputy President William Ruto, the URP boss, meets Cyril Ramaphosa, the South African Special Envoy to South Sudan. They held talks on the peace process in South Sudan in Ruto?s office yesterday. Photo/REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS
A section of URP lawmakers have dismissed calls by their TNA counterparts for Garissa Township MP Aden Duale to step down as National Assembly majority leader. Duale was elected to the House on a URP ticket. The two parties are in the ruling Jubilee alliance. Although the URP MPs said they are not aware of a plot to kick out Duale over his recent remarks on the government’s war on terror, they vowed to stand by him. Baringo North MP William Cheptumo said Duale was properly endorsed by the Jubilee coalition parliamentary group. “The accusations do not warrant his removal,” Cheptumo said. Aldai...

Margaret jets back from UK

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
WELL DONE: First Lady Margaret and President Uhuru Kenyatta are received by traditional dancers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport yesterday. Photo/PSCU
WELL DONE: First Lady Margaret and President Uhuru Kenyatta are received by traditional dancers at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport yesterday. Photo/PSCU
It was song and dance at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as the Kenya Airways flight 101 carrying President Uhuru Kenyatta, First Lady Margaret and the Kenyan London Marathon champions touched down yesterday morning. Family members, relatives and colleagues of the athletes received them. They included the newly-crowned champion Wilson Kipsang’s parents Grace and Joseph. Joshua Chelang’a led the National Police Service in welcoming the victors, who belong to the team. Edna Kiplagat will jet back to the country on Friday alongside Prisca Jeptoo, who injured and flown to Italy for...

Motion to deploy KDF in S Sudan

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY IBRAHIM ORUKO
THE Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki has issued a notice of a motion that seeks to approve the deployment of the Kenya Defence Forces to South Sudan. Kithure tabled the notice on the floor of the House yesterday. The motion could be debated tomorrow before the House goes on recess. The Kenya National Security Council recommended the deployment of KDF soldiers to South Sudan last month . The NCS request follows the UN Security Council resolution of December 24, 2013. The additional deployment will increase the strength to 1000 troops due to the skirmishes in South Sudan amongst factions...

Cord senators call for scrapping of Kemsa

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY IBRAHIM ORUKO AND DAVID MWERE
THE Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Kemsa) past came to haunt it when Cord affiliated senators demanded it should be scrapped as it has no role in the new dispensation. The senators turned the debate on the Kenya Medical Supplies Authority (Amendment) Bill 2014 into an audit of its past and accused it of being behind the high costs of medical supplies. The senators further questioned the motive behind the national government of sticking to procurement of drugs and warned this could be a scheme to make money for cartels. Leader of Minority Moses Wetangula described the Bill as a “complete...

Blogger asks DPP to stop 'killer' Jubilee strategists

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR TEAM
MARKED MAN? Blogger Robert Alai at a media briefing dur- ing the Africog meeting in Nairobi in April last year. Photo/David Ndolo
MARKED MAN? Blogger Robert Alai at a media briefing dur- ing the Africog meeting in Nairobi in April last year. Photo/David Ndolo
Controversial blogger Robert Alai yesterday asked the Director of Public Prosecutions, Keriako Tobiko, to prosecute two men for “plotting to kill” him. Alai said TNA strategist Moses Kuria and Ugandan David Matsanga want him dead over comments he posted on Twitter. On Friday, the blogger told the police he received an audio recording of the two conversing. He said he received the sound clip in his email a week after a friend warned him about his planned killing. "A friend called me and warned me to be careful because some people met at a five star hotel and were overheard discussing what they...

We are on course to host labour day,cotu

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY GILBERT KOECH
THE Central Organisation of Trade Unions has termed claims by their rival umbrella union Pusetu that they have booked all venues for Labour Day celebrations "diversionary tactics". Cotu yesterday said that all systems are in place and that they are in the process of finalizing on the arrangements to make the day a success. "We started our preparations as from January when labour day committee deliberated. We have so far invited the head of state, various dignitaries, the Deputy President, the governor and some of the Cabinet Secretaries who will join us during this important day in the...

Conclude corruption cases faster, CJ says

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY SAM KIPLAGAT
CHIEF Justice Willy Mutunga has said investigations and determination of cases of corruption must be done with speed and within the law. He said investigators, prosecutors and judges must resist “political air cover, the allure of ethnic patronage, or the glamour of class solidarity” in their work. “It is for this reason that the Constitution gives our institutions independence, and for some of us, such as the Judiciary, DPP and Police, security of tenure,” the CJ said. The CJ at the same time cautioned that all agencies under the National Council on the Administration of Justice (NCAJ) must...

Cop accused of aiding prisoners to escape

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY CAROLYNE KUBWA
A police constable was yesterday charged with aiding prisoners to escape from lawful custody. Ali Ramadhan, who is attached to Shauri Moyo police station in Nairobi, allegedly aided two prisoners, Nimo Abdiraman and Dennis Mutua, to escape from the station. He allegedly committed the offence on April 13. The court heard that Ramadhan helped the two prisoners to escape without the permission of the operation commander. He denied the charges before chief magistrate Emilly Ominde. Ramadhan released on a Sh30,000 bail or Sh50,000 bond . The case will be heard on May 30.

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