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Three in ivory case out on Sh2 million bond

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DENNIS DIBONDO
 Ivory seized by KWS officials allegedly seized from Mulang?a in Mutha market next to the Kitui south National reserve on December 7, 2012.Photo/file
Ivory seized by KWS officials allegedly seized from Mulang?a in Mutha market next to the Kitui south National reserve on December 7, 2012.Photo/file
Tharaka Nithi police have arrested three people who were found with ivory near Mt Kenya East Forest. Njumbe Nkoroi, Josiah Miriti and Nyaga Mugo were allegedly transporting ivory worth Sh2 million from Nanyuki to Nairobi. Police intercepted them in Muthenge market, Maara constituency, following a tip off from the public on Tuesday. The three were charged in Chuka court with possessing two elephant tusks without licence. They denied the charges before Chuka senior resident magistrate Caroline Obara and were each released on Sh2 million bond. Meru South acting police boss Jane Kilonzo thanked...

'No more contraband in Mandera'

Friday, July 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MANASE OTSIALO
POLICE in Mandera South have announced closure of all possible loopholes along the Kenya-Somali border that are used for illegal trade. Speaking to the Star on the phone, Elwak town police boss Peter Okiring said the porous border has always been used by contraband dealers but now they have found a way of dealing with such illegality. “We are now carrying out impromptu police patrols along all possible routes that we suspect to be in use by the dealers and we have managed to put everything in order,” he said. Okring said the good collaboration between the regular and administration police and...

Kitui farm fair opens after a 17-year lull

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- By Musembi Nzengu
reactivated: The Kitui Kenya Forestry Research Centre stand at the Kitui Showground yesterday. Kefri is one of 50 exhibitors at the agricultural and trade show.
reactivated: The Kitui Kenya Forestry Research Centre stand at the Kitui Showground yesterday. Kefri is one of 50 exhibitors at the agricultural and trade show.
After a 17-year dormancy, the Kitui Agricultural Show has been revived. The event will be celebrated for the next three days between today and Saturday. The show was held between 1980 and 1997 and went dormant until this year when the Kitui government decided to revive the event. Governor Julius Malombe's office yesterday said this year's show will be highly interactive and educative. A statement from Malombe's public relations and communication officer Munyasya Musya said the show will be fashioned into Kitui Agricultural Show and Trade Fair. The theme will be, Enhancing Technology in...

Students miss exam over pay delay mishap

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ANDREW MBUVA
Pivot College students display receipts being payment for exams outside Machakos DEOs office yesterday.Photo Andrew Mbuva
Pivot College students display receipts being payment for exams outside Machakos DEOs office yesterday.Photo Andrew Mbuva
College students yesterday protested failure by the administration to register them to take exams scheduled for this month. Machakos Pivot Institute of Community Development & Social Work college students said they had paid registration fees on time. The school management did not deposit the money with the Kenya National Examinations Council. Johstone Kiswili, a certificate student, said diploma students paid Sh9,600 and certificate students paid Sh7,400. Speaking outside the district education officer’s office yesterday, Kiswili said this was the second time students in the college were...

Cop escapes lynching over schoolgirl

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- By Musembi Nzengu
Police on Monday rescued an AP officer from being lynched by the public for having an affair with a 15-year-old schoolgirl. Villagers from Kyoani surrounded Ikutha AP post baying for the officer's blood. Only a senior officer from the post calmed them down. Ikutha acting deputy county commissioner Jacob Ouma said the policeman and the girl were not having sex when they were found. “It is true that members of the public had surrounded the police post where the officer had run to and hid after being found with the standard seven girl near her home,” he said. Ouma said the girl’s relative found...

Investors scramble for minerals

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- By Musembi Nzengu
There is a scramble for Kitui county mineral resources by investors, a human rights activist has said . Daniel Muoti of the Centre for Human Rights and Civic Education yesterday said the “scramble for Kitui” by local and international investors will leave the residents stuck in poverty and landlessness. Muoti said there is a need for laws that cushion landowners when they lose their land to mining firms. Massive deposits of coal, limestone and iron-ore have been discovered in the county. “Everyone including investors and government agencies are craving for a piece of the Kitui wealth. It is...

Sh2m education fund for the poor

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DENNIS DIBONDO
The Tharaka Nithi county government has introduced a bursary fund for poor students. Governor Samuel Ragwa said Sh2 million will be distributed to 15 wards. He was speaking at an education meeting in Maara constituency on Monday. “I urge the officials to ensure only genuine beneficiaries get the aid,” Ragwa said. He called for support from school heads and teachers’ unions.

Leave mining affairs, says Munuve

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY LYDIA NGOOLO
Mwingi North MP John Munuve has asked leaders to keep off limestone mining in the region. He met residents at Ngaaie, Mwingi North, yesterday. Munuve said he will not allow “malicious people” to interfere with the resource. “We want the limestone mined by Athi River miners and residents compensated fully,” he said. Munuve urged residents to be careful and not sell their land at throwaway prices. He said Kitui Governor Julius Malombe should keep off the mining affairs. “Malombe is not allowed to negotiate on anything to do with limestone mining. Yes he can come on other issues but not mining...

Widow of field marshall Baimungi dies aged 91

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KIRIMI MURITHI
Ex freedom fighter's wife Evangeline Muthoni (right)  with sister Priscah Ngerwe at the National Museum on December 17, 2013 Photo/Patrick Vidija
Ex freedom fighter's wife Evangeline Muthoni (right) with sister Priscah Ngerwe at the National Museum on December 17, 2013 Photo/Patrick Vidija
The widow of field marshall Baimungi M’Marete, Evangeline Muthoni, is dead. Muthoni died at her home in Katheri, Meru county, aged 91. Family spokesman Geoffrey Kiriinya said Muthoni had in the last one month had difficulties eating. She died on Sunday afternoon. Muthoni left seven children—two sons and five daughters. Earlier this year she wrote to President Uhuru Kenyatta seeking compensation over the death of M’Marete, who she said was killed by powerful individuals during President Jomo Kenyatta’s administration. Muthoni was yet to get any response on the letter. She visited the National...

Kenya Power decries losses

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KIRIMI MURITHI
The Kenya Power company has experienced losses worth more than Sh10 million from transformer vandalism since February. Mt Kenya region manager David Mwaniki said each unit costs Sh500,000, exclusive of the labour fees to restore it. He was speaking at Simba Wells during an exercise to fix the main line for Meru town yesterday. Two weeks ago, a transformer in Kienderu was vandalised, disrupting electricity connection for a week.

Five held over dormitory fire

Thursday, July 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
MBEERE SOUTH Five students were yesterday arrested in connection with burning the school dormitory. Property worth Sh100,000 was destroyed in the fire at Genge Mixed Secondary School last Monday. Mbeere South subcounty police boss Bernstein Shari said the students are held at Kiritiri police station. They are awaiting a decision by the school board on whether the students will be prosecuted.

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