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Calm returns to Bothai after Monday attack

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STEPHEN ASTARIKO
VIGILANT: A burnt vehicle and water tank at the AP camp in Bothai village, Garissa county. A gang attacked the camp and village on Monday night. Photo/Stephen Astariko
VIGILANT: A burnt vehicle and water tank at the AP camp in Bothai village, Garissa county. A gang attacked the camp and village on Monday night. Photo/Stephen Astariko
Calm is slowly returning to Bothai village, Ijara, Garissa county, following Monday night's attack on an AP camp and the village. The village is located 70km from Mukowe and Hindi townships Lamu county, which were in June attacked by a militia group. In Bothai, militia torched a police vehicle, a water storage tank and two police houses. The gang injured an officer and his spouse. They made away with guns. A spot check by the Star yesterday showed residents cautiously going about their businesses with local traders opening their shops but saying they will close early. Garissa county...

Pay locals for railway land, say governors

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY EVELYN MUTANU AND KURGAT MARINDANY
OUR RESOLVE: Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and his Kajiado counterpart David Nkedianye on Saturday. Photo/Evelyn Mutanu
OUR RESOLVE: Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana and his Kajiado counterpart David Nkedianye on Saturday. Photo/Evelyn Mutanu
TWO governors have vowed to push for maximum compensation of the use of land in their counties for the Mombasa-Malaba standard gauge railway line. Governors Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) and David Nkedianye (Kajiado) are strategising on how best they will confront the government and the Chinese Exim Bank in seeking compensation in the use of community land once the multi-billion-shilling project takes off. The agreement was reached after a meeting between Nkedianye and Kibwana in Sultan Hamud on the border of Kajiado and Makueni at the weekend. Kibwana said land in four counties – Makueni,...

Tseikuru land conflict starts

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY LYDIA NGOOLO
Tseikuru Peace Council chairman Charles Kithuka has requested security agencies to stop the conflict between Tseikuru residents and Tana River herders. Speaking to the Star on the phone yesterday, he said residents are complaining that camels are illegally being grazed in their farms. Kithuka said the trade between residents and herders may result to loss of property and life. He said conflict has erupted before and it will be an avenue of other crimes in the area like passing of illegal arms and goods. Kithuka said the peace council was not consulted as people entered trade transaction at...

Suppliers want to be paid dues

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
Several suppliers of goods and services to Embu county and national government departments have said they have not been paid for five months. They said they are almost closing their business as they have no money to continue supplying the goods and services to the county and the national government departments. The suppliers, who declined to be named for fear of victimisation, said they have borrowed loans from banks to get money to supply the services and they need to repay the debts. Some of the suppliers said they are unable to pay their workers' salaries. However, several heads of...

Shidiye wants KCPE scrapped

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STEPHEN ASTARIKO
Lagdera MP Mohamed Shidiye wants KCPE exam scrapped. He said that education system is more focused on passing examinations at the expense of the students gaining knowledge. Presenting Sh5 million bursary cheques in Lagdera CDF office, Garissa, yesterday, Shidiye said KCPE exams have contributed to the "cut-throat competition" among schools at the expense of nurturing skills and true learning. He said the exam does not meet its original objective of assessing the competence of candidates and helping the government come up with ways to assist the early development of children.

New law will tame governors - legislator

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY WAMBUA KAVILA
Mavoko MP Patrick Makau has broken ranks with his Cord colleagues and welcomed the new law making senators chairmen of county development boards and governors the secretaries. "It is important for accountability, transparency and equal distribution of resources in subcounties," he said. Makau said it will prevent governors from running counties like personal fiefdoms by and favouring zones where they enjoy overwhelming support at the expense of areas they face opposition. He said governors wield enormous powers in their counties and were abusing it. "Bringing in senators to county boards is a...

Duale urges Garissa leaders to share county resources fairly

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STEPHEN ASTARIKO
EQUITY: Garissa Town MP Aden Duale in Masalani, Ijara constituency, on Sunday. Photo/Stephen Astariko
EQUITY: Garissa Town MP Aden Duale in Masalani, Ijara constituency, on Sunday. Photo/Stephen Astariko
Garissa county government must divide resources equitably to benefit all, Garissa Town MP Aden Duale has said. Speaking in the town yesterday, Duale said residents from the seven subcounties should get equal share of the resources. He said it will be unwise for county leaders to discriminate against some areas. “We don’t want to see other areas being left out just because they did not vote for the current leadership. As elected leaders, we will not allow this to happen,” Duale said. He backed the County Governments Act, which allows senators to chair county development boards. Duale, who is...

Embu CID officer fined for missing case file

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
An Embu detective who failed to produce a suspect’s file in court was yesterday fined Sh10,000. If he defaults, he will be jailed for one month. CID officer Michael Alusei was accused of not handing over a file to a colleague for presentation in court on August 6. Alusei said he got sick on July 22 and sought permission from the OCS to be off duty to seek medical treatment. He said that during his absence, he was informed that the file had been misplaced. “I should not be punished for failing to produce the file in court because I was off duty officially,” Alusei said. He sought forgiveness...

MP tells Mutau to resign over Kiala woes

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ANDREW MBUVA
Kathiani MP Robbert Mbui has asked Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua to resign following the political woes that has befallen Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala. Speaking at a Public Baraza in Kaani, Kathiani, yesterday, Mbui said the corruption allegations against Kiala directly affect Mutua as they were elected into office together. He said that if the allegations against Kiala were true as the county executive officers claim, then the entire county leadership should be held responsible. “You cannot just sacrifice one person to bear the burden on behalf of the rest,” Mbui said. He said Mutua and...

Thug with toy pistol lynched

Wednesday, August 13, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DENNIS DIBONDO
A 27-year -old man has been lynched in Irunduni village, Tharaka, after he and two others raided a home and attempted to kidnap the wife of a prominent businessman. The three thugs were armed with crude weapons and toy pistols. Amos Kaberia and his gang raided Salesio Mugao's home on Monday at about 7.30pm. Tharaka Nithi police boss Johnston Ipara said Mugao was not at home during the attack. “They found Mugao’s wife, Julia Kanyore, and demanded money. They ransacked the house and found Sh2000," Ipara said. He said that when the thugs led Kanyore outside the home, Mugao, who was just arriving...

CID probes Sh1 billion Konza City land scam

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY WAMBUA KAVILA
AGGRIEVED: Members of Malili Ranch demonstrate on Mombasa Road on June 9 over the government?s failure to pay them Sh276 million for their land.Photo/Wambua Kavila
AGGRIEVED: Members of Malili Ranch demonstrate on Mombasa Road on June 9 over the government?s failure to pay them Sh276 million for their land.Photo/Wambua Kavila
Forty eight members of the Malili ranch, who sold their land for the creation of the Konza city, have recorded statements with the CID over the deal. The members claim that they were conned hundreds of millions of shillings by brokers who sealed the deal between the ranch owners and the government. Investigators from Nairobi last Wednesday started taking statements from the members at a Machakos hotel. The exercise went through to Friday with most of the elderly members writing statements over the scandal. The members were upbeat yesterday when they read in the press that suspects would be...

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