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MCAs defied Kalonzo on Kiala impeachment

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MUSEMBI NZENGU
WE DID IT: Machakos assembly majority leader Joshua Mwonga (in green suit) leads colleagues in celebrating the pass- ing of the motion against Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala on Wednesday.Photo/Wambua Kavila
WE DID IT: Machakos assembly majority leader Joshua Mwonga (in green suit) leads colleagues in celebrating the pass- ing of the motion against Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala on Wednesday.Photo/Wambua Kavila
WIPER leader Kalonzo Musyoka on Tuesday urged his party's MCAs in the Machakos assembly not to pass a motion to impeach Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala. He had told them the motion would not augur well for party unity and pleaded with them to shoot it down. '"We told him the impeachment motion had nothing to do with the party and the deputy governor had become an impediment to county unity and development," a Wiper member told the Star yesterday. Of the 59 Machakos MCAs, Wiper has 20 elected and 10 nominated thus enjoying a majority in the House. The MCA said after they told Kalonzo that Kiala...

14 days to move street children

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY LYDIA NGOOLO
Parents in Mwingi have been given 14 days to take their children off the streets failure to which they will be arrested. During a media briefing in Mwingi town yesterday, Mwingi Central chief Harrison Mutia said leaders made the decision because there is a rise in the number of street children due to parents' negligence. He said many children in the streets are sent by their parents to beg. "Some of them have graduated from being beggars to robbers," Mutia said. "Many children have dropped schools and their parents do not care."

Thugs rob and injure trader

Saturday, July 19, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
A businesswoman in Kivye market, Embu West, is nursing leg injuries after armed gangsters attacked and robbed her. Joyce Wawira was attacked in her house at around 2am by the gang of four armed men. Wawira said that she was woken by sounds of shattering glasses after the robbers broke her window. The thugs beat her up demanding money. Neighbours took her to hospital. Embu West police boss Nathan Nyange said the gang thugs had bows, arrows, axes and other crude weapon. He said they have launched investigations into the robbery.

Security in Tharaka tight - police boss

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DENNIS DIBONDO
NO CAUSE FOR  ALARM: Tharaka Nithi police boss Johnston Ipara in his office on June 14.Photo/File
NO CAUSE FOR ALARM: Tharaka Nithi police boss Johnston Ipara in his office on June 14.Photo/File
Police in Tharaka Nithi have intensified patrols on the Meru-Embu highway. Two bodies of middle-aged men were found at Nithi Bridge last weekend. The victims were allegedly kidnapped in Meru county and killed before their bodies were dumped to distort investigations. Tharaka Nithi police are working with their Meru counterparts to establish the motive of the killings. Speaking in his Chuka office on Wednesday, Tharaka Nithi police boss Johnston Ipara said two police cars are patrolling the county, especially at night. “Police conduct patrols between Keria–Mitheru and Embu-Meru highways. They...

Court extends order stopping Kiala's impeachment

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ANDREW MBUVA
I?LL FIGHT ON: Machakos Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala in his office on July 11.Photo/Andrew Mbuva
I?LL FIGHT ON: Machakos Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala in his office on July 11.Photo/Andrew Mbuva
The High Court in Machakos has extended for five days an order stopping the impeachment of Machakos Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala. Judge Beatrice Jaden on Tuesday extended the one-day order of stay issued on Monday to allow the court make its final ruling on July 21. The order barred the county assembly’s ad hoc committee investigating Kiala from continuing with the process, which started on Monday. The applicants and respondents’ lawyers were involved in a heated debate on law. Kiala’s lawyer James orengo said there are no provisions in the constitution and the Interim County Government Act...

First Lady launches new vaccine

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY WAMBUA KAVILA
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has launched the Rotavirus vaccine in Kenya. The vaccine is aimed at preventing more than 5,000 infant deaths from next year. "The vaccine has been expensive and unavailable but now it will be free in public hospitals," Margaret said at the Machakos Peoples' Park on Wednesday. She said 40 per cent of patients admitted to hospitals admissions are children under five years suffering from diarrhea. Margaret said the vaccine will reduce the numbers. Rotavirus is a highly infectious virus, which is the commonest cause of diarrhoea among children below five years. It is...

Police in Embu probe man's death

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
Police in Embu West subcounty are investigating the death of a man whose body was found in a trench. He had been crashed with a stone and his hands tied. The body was fiund in Matakari village. Embu West police boss Nathan Nyange said that the body was found at around 4pm on Wednesday. He said there was a big stone which they suspect could have been used to kill the man. Nyange said they have launched investigations. The body ws taken to Embu Level Five Hospital mortuary. Nyange asked families missing one of their members to report to Embu police station.

Disease outbreak kills 2 in Wajir

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ISMAIL NOOR
Two people have died following an outbreak of Kala-azar disease in Arbajahan ward, Wajir North subcounty. More than 89 cases have been reported across the county. Twenty patients are admitted to Wajir County Referral Hospital. Kala azar is the second largest parasitic killer in the world after malaria. Wajir county Health Department says the disease is spreading fast to the neighbouring counties of Garissa and Mandera. Health executive Rukiya Kahiye said they will screen residents for treatment. She said the disease will be contained although 500 cases are projected by August.

Mutambu tells men to zip up

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY LYDIA NGOOLO
Men in Mwingi Central have been cautioned against impregnating children living with disabilities and their children. Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu said such acts will not be tolerated. He said disabled people have enough challenges to deal with. Speaking at Nuu on Wednesday, Mutambu said stern action will be taken against a man who is said to be committing the offence. "Who will take care of these children bearing in mind that some do not have homes," Mutambu said. He said those playing around with schoolgirls will not be spared.

Prosecutor says their 'hands tied'

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MANASE OTSIALO
Failure by the prosecution to get government analysts in cases on hard drugs has let to the collapse of many cases at the Mandera law courts, Prosecutor Jack Achira has said. Speaking at the Mandera law courts yesterday, he said requests to have the analysts sent to courts have fallen on deaf ears. Achira said most of the government analysts are based in Nairobi, making it difficult for them to travel to Mandera for proceedings. He said some analysts should be distributed to other regions. “We are losing many bhang and other drug-related cases. This is an encouragement to many drug dealers...

Students accuse cops of brutality

Friday, July 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ANDREW MBUVA
The Machakos University College Students Council has blamed the police over chaos that erupted in the institution on Monday night. In a media briefing, the osecretary Rotich Bramuel said the police provoked students. Rotich said students held peaceful demonstrations over a power blackout but the police started firing life bullets. He said they lobbed teargas canisters in the hostels to drive away students. Rotich said that the fire that burned down six cubicles in the university was caused by teargas canisters thrown by police in several dormitories. He said several students were injured...

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