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CORD DEFIES COAST ON MUNG'ARO

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY OLIVER MATHENGE AND FELIX OLICK
PROTEST: residents demonstrate in support of mp gideon mung?aro in the streets of Kilifi town on Wednesday.
PROTEST: residents demonstrate in support of mp gideon mung?aro in the streets of Kilifi town on Wednesday.
CORD yesterday sounded a warning to rebel MPs when it sacked its Whip in Parliament, Gideon Mung'aro, for "working with Jubilee". Cord replaced Mung'aro with Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu, one of the coalition's loyalists in the Coast region. It is understood that the Coalition's leadership has warned other MPs who are not loyal to the group that they will not hesitate to crack the whip on errant members. If Cord employs the relevant provisions of the Constitution and the Political Parties Act, Mung'aro and other MPs rebelling against the Coalition could lose their seats. Article 103 of the...

Lawyer in tycoon case beats pressman

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY PETER NGETICH
Milimani law court. Photo/Philip kamakya
Milimani law court. Photo/Philip kamakya
A LAWYER representing a woman in a divorce case involving tycoon Pius Ngugi yesterday threatened to beat up a Star journalist for taking pictures of the woman outside court. Tarik Khan is representing Lynette Buddery in a case in which she is demanding child upkeep from Ngugi, the owner of Thika Coffee Mills, the Kenya Nut Company and the holder of the franchise in Kenya for Volvo vehicles, through his company Amazon Motors. Khan was irked after the Star's photographer Philip Kamakya took the woman's photos at the Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi, where she has lodged her case. "Why are you...

German tourist shot dead at Mlango Wa Papa in Mombasa

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY CALVIN ONSARIGO
TRAGEDY: Onlookers mill around the body of the tourist killed in Mlango wa Papa in Mombasa?s Old Town yesterday. Photo/Elkana Jacob
TRAGEDY: Onlookers mill around the body of the tourist killed in Mlango wa Papa in Mombasa?s Old Town yesterday. Photo/Elkana Jacob
A TOURIST was yesterday shot dead and her Ugandan boyfriend seriously wounded by unidentified gunmen in Old Town, Mombasa. Unconfirmed reports indicate that she was German. Police said the gunmen confronted the two as they walked along a street and shot them at pointblank range, killing the woman instantly. Police reports said the woman was shot more than four times by the gunmen, who escaped on foot. The boyfriend was shot in the neck and rushed to the Coast Provincial General Hospital in critical condition. Mombasa county commander Robert Kitur confirmed the 5.30pm shooting, saying the...

Tanzanians arrested over terror attacks

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ELKANA JACOB
Police road block along Gamba-Lamu road on July 20. Photo Alphonce Gari
Police road block along Gamba-Lamu road on July 20. Photo Alphonce Gari
TWO terror suspects believed to be behind the Lamu attacks have been arrested by the Kenya Defence Forces. The Tanzanians were arrested in Lamu yesterday at around noon between Minjira and Gamba. They were immediately flown to Nairobi in a KDF chopper under tight security. Siraji Ramadhan and Swaleh , both 26 years old, were about to board a Tahmeed Bus to Mombasa. The military men recovered two expired Tanzanian passports from the two, who had earlier yesterday transported their luggage to Mombasa via Simba Coach. Forensic investigations conducted by detectives on their mobile phone data...

Thika highway rails theft worth Sh50m

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY GILBERT KOECH
DESTROYED: A section of vandalised road gauges on Thika Supperhighway on June 25.
DESTROYED: A section of vandalised road gauges on Thika Supperhighway on June 25.
REPLACEMENTS of parts that have been vandalised along the Thika Superhighway has started, Kenya National Highways Authority director general Meshack Kidenda has said. Kidenda said the authority is working with the Kenya Power to restore power along the superhighway. Guardrails and streetlights worth Sh50 million has been vandalised. Kenha maintenance manager George Kiiru yesterday said 90 per cent of streetlights along the highway are not working as a result of vandalism. “We are working towards reinstating damaged guardrails and streetlights along the superhighway. Nobody has been arrested...

Sossion criticises Knec law

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY HENRY WANYAMA
KENYA National Union of Teachers secretary general Wilson Sossion yesterday said the directive to release KCSE certificates based on the Kenya National Examinations Council Act is untenable. Sossion said the Act lacks regulations to make it operational. A KNEC official who refused to be quoted as he is not the official spokesperson for the agency said Knec prepares and administers examinations, releases results and later delivers them to all district education officers who in turn give the results to respective schools. “We are not involved in ensuring individuals get their results from their...

Nairobi council demolishes illegal structures

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY PATRICK VIDIJA
Some of the demolished structures cover a car at Imara Daima along Mombasa road yesterday. photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
Some of the demolished structures cover a car at Imara Daima along Mombasa road yesterday. photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
The Nairobi City Council yesterday demolished illegal structures in Umoja, Imara Daima and Embakasi estates. The exercise was led by Tom Odongo. He said the structures, which are on road reserves, derail expansion. Odongo said some of the structures are used as hideouts for criminals. “The city government is concerned with the security and welfare of its residents,” he told the Star. The demolitions started mid-morning in Umoja estate, Embakasi, Northern Bypass and Imara Daima on Mombasa road. Odongo cited Dagoretti and Kawangware as among areas target, saying the exercise will go on. He said...

JKIA cables case for trial

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY CAROLYNE KUBWA
FIVE men were yesterday charged with sabotaging communication cables at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport. John Kioko, Jonah Murage, Nickson Indasi, Dominic Koti and Alex Wekesa allegedly damaged underground cables, property of Kenya Airport Authority. They allegedly damaged the cables on July 22. The five denied the charge before Makadara chief magistrate Emily Ominde. They were each released on Sh30,000 bail. The case will be heard on November 2.

Man finds wife killed in Kayole

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DOMINIC WABALA
A woman was found dead in her house at Soweto, Kayole, Nairobi. Agnes Ndunge, 48, was found on Wednesday afternoon. She had been stabbed and left lying on her bed. Ndunge was found gagged with masking tape. Her husband Patrick Mulwa reported the matter at Kayole police station when he returned home from work at 10pm. Mulwa said he left his wife in the house in the morning. When he returned in the evening he found the front door locked from outside. He was interrogated and asked to record astatement. No arrests have been made. Meanwhile, three suspected M-Pesa robbers were yesterday afternoon...

Fast lane sought in Kiambu

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY CHRISPINUS WEKESA
The Nairobi County Assembly Transport Committee yesterday asked Munga Holdings to withdraw a case over the construction of an acceleration lane to ease traffic. Munga owns the Ridgeways Mall on Kiambu road. The assembly passed a motion requiring Munga to construct the lane. In a report tabled in the assembly yesterday, committee chairman Diana Kapeen said lack of the lane outside Nakumatt Ridgeways causes traffic on Kiambu road. Kapeen tabled a report in response to a petition by Karuara ward representative Kamau Thuo and the residents. “For the sake of eliminating traffic snarl up on Kiambu...

1,000 Dagoretti families to get solar lamps

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY HENRY KIBIRA
NOMINATED MP Sonia Birdi has partnered with Lions Club to donate 1,000 solar lamps to selected homes in Dagoretti. The lumps will be given to families with standard seven pupils, who will sit for their final primary examinations next year. Half of the lamps were presented yesterday by the leader of the initiative Oshwinder Matharu. She said the project will be supported by well-wishers. The donation is part of initiatives undertaken by the Lions Club International to provide alternative lighting to kerosene lanterns. Smoke from kerosene lanterns causes blindness, a situation Birdi said should...

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