Saturday, Dec 20th 2014

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UHURU SIGNS SECURITY ACT

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY OLIVER MATHENGE
SEAL OF APPROVAL: President Uhuru Kenyatta signs the Security Law Amendment Bill at State House, Nairobi, yesterday. National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and DP William Ruto look on.Photo/PSCU
SEAL OF APPROVAL: President Uhuru Kenyatta signs the Security Law Amendment Bill at State House, Nairobi, yesterday. National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi and DP William Ruto look on.Photo/PSCU
PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday signed into law a divisive security Bill introducing sweeping powers to fight terrorism. He called the new law was the first step in reviewing security systems and promised major institutional changes in coming weeks. "For the first time, security organs will be able to detect, deter, and disrupt threats to national security. This law gives our security actors a firm institutional framework for coherent cooperation and synergy within the national counter-terrorism centre," Uhuru said from State House. The Bill was rushed through Parliament. It was passed on...

Majority do not support Terror Bill - Ipsos poll

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JAMES MBAKA
Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale and Opposition MPs protest in parliament during the security bill debate on Thursday.There was chaos in parliament during the debate of the bill that was opposed by opposition MPs.Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE
Kakamega senator Bonny Khalwale and Opposition MPs protest in parliament during the security bill debate on Thursday.There was chaos in parliament during the debate of the bill that was opposed by opposition MPs.Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE
The majority of Kenyans do not believe tough security laws will significantly reduce rampant terror attacks. Twin surveys by Ipsos Synovate in November and December indicate only 1 percent of Kenyans support enactment of tough laws as the best way to fight insecurity. On Friday President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the harsh and multifaceted security Bill that provoked pandemonium and fistfights in Parliament on the day before. The first survey was conducted among households between November 6 and 14, while the second, a CATI (mobile phone) survey, was carried out from December 9 to 15...

Stop deploying police recruits to danger zones - Ombudsman

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY HENRY WANYAMA
AMBUSHED: Police officers carry the body of their colleague killed by Turkana cattle rustlers near Baragoi on November 16, 2012.Photo/Reuters
AMBUSHED: Police officers carry the body of their colleague killed by Turkana cattle rustlers near Baragoi on November 16, 2012.Photo/Reuters
JUNIOR and inexperienced officers should not be deployed on dangerous missions to hunt criminals and engage in rescue and recovery operations, the Ombudsman's office has said. In a report released yesterday, it cited the Baragoi massacre in West Pokot in November 2012 and the Kapedo massacre in Turkana in November this year as examples of disastrous deployments, bad planning and in Baragoi even dereiliction of duty The office, known as the Commission on Administration Justice, said it was wrong to send 11 freshly recruited Administration Police officers to the volatile Suguta Valley in...

First Lady bags KU doctorate

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY PSCU
ACCOLADE: First Lady Margaret Kenyatta (centre) is dressed in the ceremonial gown and cap by Kenyatta University vice chancellor Prof Olive Mugenda yesterday.Photo/PSCU
ACCOLADE: First Lady Margaret Kenyatta (centre) is dressed in the ceremonial gown and cap by Kenyatta University vice chancellor Prof Olive Mugenda yesterday.Photo/PSCU
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has been awarded a honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degree by Kenyatta University. She was recognised yesterday for her efforts to stop maternal deaths through the Beyond Zero Campaign. Speaking during the institution’s 37th graduation ceremony, Margaret said the award encourages and inspires her to continue serving Kenyans with dedication. “I dedicate the distinct honour to gallant Kenyans who join me every day in the fight to stop preventable deaths. It is not a choice but a necessity,” she said. Margaret said she will continue with the campaign, which has...

New date for Homa Bay poll

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY OLIVER MATHENGE
THE Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission yesterday pushed the Homa Bay senator by-election from February 2 to February 12. In a statement, IEBC said the decision was informed by a High Court order on Thursday to extend party primaries by 10 days. Judge George Odunga said political parties need more time to conduct nominations. ODM nominations were disrupted by goons on Monday.

Xmas advice for drivers

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ELIZABETH WERE AND ENOS TECHE
THE Matatu Owners Association yesterday called on drivers to be cautious and adhere to traffic rules during the festive season. Chairman Simon Kimutai said road safety measures by the government have reduced accidents by about 40 per cent. Speaking in Nairobi yesterday, he urged vehicle owners to ensure drivers get enough rest and shield travellers from being charged hiked fares.

Judges get relief after court ruling

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY SUSAN MUHINDI
The Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board has no mandate to consider complaints against jurists arising after the promulgation of the constitution in 2010, the Supreme Court has ruled. The highest court upheld a decision made by the Court of Appeal. The court yesterday said the board can only make such a determination on the basis of allegations raised before the new constitution.

Mudavadi reaches out to Khalwale

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY WILLIAM MWANGI
UDF leader Musalia Mudavadi has said he will seek to reconcile with Kakamega Senator Bonny Khalwale, nominated Senator Martha Wangari and party chairman Hassan Osman. The three were kicked out of the party on October 27 but were reinstated by the Political Parties Dispute Tribunal. Khalwale and Wangari were members of the party executive committee. In a statement yesterday, Mudavadi said there is need to strengthen the party.

Corridors Of Power

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY POLITICAL DESK
OUTGOING: Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo
OUTGOING: Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo
A Jubilee MP from Kiambu was on Thursday night heard daring his Cord counterparts to go to court over the newly-enacted security law. The MP, who was in the company of friends as he celebrated what he termed the “brains over muscle” display by Jubilee in Parliament, said Cord will lose again. “You people keep going to the courts and picking battles that you cannot win. You will continue being losers because no one, even the judges, have time for you,” the MP said in Swahili. === Lack of clear knowledge on social media policies within government circles was exposed recently as outgoing...

What new Security law provides

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
-At least 10 years in jail for forcibly stripping another person. -A fine of up to Sh5 million or three years jail for publishing or broadcasting or distribute through print, digital or electronic means, insulting, threatening, or inciting material or images of dead or injured persons. -A fine of up to Sh5 million or three years jail for publishing or broadcasting any information which undermines investigations or security operations by or military. -At least 15 years jail for a public officer who aides illegal entry of aliens or criminals into Kenya. -At least 10 years jail for a public...

Kabete MP may lose seat over two jobs

Saturday, December 20, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY CAROLE MAINA
MULTITASKING? Kabete MP George Muchai leaves the Milimani law courts after filing a petition to remove Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli from office on November 13.Photo/Philip Kamakya
MULTITASKING? Kabete MP George Muchai leaves the Milimani law courts after filing a petition to remove Cotu secretary general Francis Atwoli from office on November 13.Photo/Philip Kamakya
KABETE MP George Muchai risks losing his seat after being accused of holding two public offices. He is the vice chairman of the National Industrial Training Authority Board, a state corporation in the Ministry of Labour Social Security and Services. The MP is also the deputy secretary general of the Central Organisation of Trade Unions. Activist Charles Omanga filed a case against Muchai at the High Court yesterday. He says Muchai gets benefits and allowances from the two jobs to the detriment of taxpayers. Omanga says the Elections Act requires public officers intending to contest for...

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