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Kevin Omwenga’s alleged killers; Chris Obure and his bodyguard Robert Bodo Ouko have been released on Sh50,000 cash bail.
Obure has been charged with the offense of failing to secure his firearm while Ouko was separately charged with a count of being in possession of a firearm without a license.
Appearing before Magistrate Sinkiyian Tobiko on Friday, the duo denied the charges.
The case will be mentioned on September 30.On the murder charge, the bail hearing is scheduled for Monday.
On Thursday, a Congolese national Vatha Bahati Josue was arraigned over Omwenga’s murder. He became the third suspect to be linked to the foul murder that happened three weeks ago.
Josue was arrested on Wednesday over links to the murder and was later arraigned before Magistrate Sinkiyian Tobiko.
Police sought seven days to detain him to complete investigations into the murder but the magistrate ordered that he be released on Ksh100,000 cash bail.
According to the police, the suspect’s phone, a Samsung A10, was used to communicate with the deceased and the other two suspects, Chris Obure and Robert Bodo Ouko, charged with the murder.The police say that Josue was in constant communication with the suspects before and after the killing.
The Machakos Minority Leader’s development record has already surpassed the expectations of the residents.
Hon. Brian Kisila is just more than what the doctor prescribed for the challenges that were facing Makutano Mwala ward. The first time Member of County Assembly has really transformed the lives of the locals through infrastructure, agricultural support, educational and financial support to various households in the area.
The Nairobi university graduate has also opened up the locality through grading of new roads and improving other impassable ones.
This has been compounded with improvement of the electricity grid through acquisition of new transformers.
Small scale farmers have also something to smile as they have been provided with poultry chicks and agricultural seeds through his ward development kitty.
The son of Mutiuku village in Kyawango sub-location of Mwala County has already had a great positive impact on the locals leading to him being taunted as a possible Member of Parliament of the larger Mwala Constituency.
But the main underlying question is who would fit in his shoes as the next MCA having set such a high development record?
Here are some photos of his development work.
Former Sports CS Rashid Echesa’s Range Rover has finally been released after he had it inspected at the Milimani Law Courts before having it released into his custody.
Echesa was charged in February with six counts of making a false document in the Sh39.5 billion fake arms deal among other offences with the Range Rover and other vehicles confiscated.
In July, Senior Principal Magistrate Kenneth Cheruiyot issued a warrant of arrest for the Investigative Officer (IO) in Echesa’s criminal case.
In orders issued on Monday, July 20, 2020, Cheruiyot directed the County Police Commander to effect the order against the Investigative officer, John Munjama and ideally give Echesa his vehicles back as earlier directed by the court.
The warrant was issued after Echesa’s lawyer informed the court that he was yet to receive his Range rover and two firearms.
Ultimately, prior to that, a Kiambu Magistrate Court had summoned the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti for disobeying a court order directing the release of motor vehicles belonging to Echesa.
In the order issued, Kinoti was directed to appear in court on July 3 to explain why the vehicles had not been released as directed. The vehicles, Toyota Lexus, Ford Ranger and a Mercedes Benz E-350, were not part of the search warrant issued by the court.
“You are hereby required to attend this court at 8 am on July 3, 2020, in the above case to explain why you have not released motor vehicle as ordered by the court in the above case and remain in attendance until released,” reads the summon.
The order to release the three vehicles was issued by Senior Principal Magistrate Stella Atembo on June 10.
The Magistrate ruled that the motor vehicles were seized without “any support or any law of order of the court with sufficient reasons contravenes the constitution which provides for the right to private property and opportunity to be heard.”
The Ugandan Health ministry has admitted lapses in Covid-19 test results and have now developed strategies to address the rising cases of inconsistencies in results being released by laboratories it has accredited.
The ministry, however, asks those who have or will test positive for Covid-19 to take precautionary measures to curb the spread of the disease.
According to a report by the Daily Monitor, The ministry says some people claim to have received two different result slips, one indicating positive and the other negative, yet others claim to have taken two different samples on the same day, but returning different results. The inconsistencies in Covid-19 test results can be traced back to June 11 when President Museveni, in his address, accused Makerere University laboratory for faking Covid-19 test results.
“Some of the 679 confirmed cases were classified as positive (for Covid-19) when they are not by a laboratory in Makerere because they were careless. Apparently, there were a few people working there and probably got tired,” he said.
The inconsistencies in Covid-19 test results mean some people have been served false positive Covid-19 results and wrongly started on treatment.
A number of people have come out to refute the Covid-19 test results from the ministry, with the most notable being the family of the 80-year-old woman from Kampala, who passed away on July 25, and that of the family of Dr. David Katuntu from Kamuli District.
Gatundu South Member of Parliament (MP) Moses Kuria has been admitted at the Karen Hospital for 27 days after contracting COVID-19.
Taking to Facebook, Kuria disclosed that the deadly virus is real and urged netizens to stay safe and not lower their guard on heeding the directives issued by the Ministry of Health. “If you are in a hospital bed- Like myself for the last 27 days here at Karen Hospital you witness first hand the amount of sacrifice they make amid vert difficult circumstances. You learn to focus more on the virus and our front line workers, and less on sideshows. We shall overcome COVID-19,” he wrote.
He further applauded the frontline workers for the work they put in to ensure Corona Virus patients are well taken care of and given the attention needed.
“I really hope that beyond all the debate around Covid-19, all and sundry will not forget that Corona Virus is real. The worst thing we can do is to lower our guard! And above all let us remember our gallant front line workers- Not just doctors and nurses like but subordinate staff who put their lives in the line of danger to give care to Corona Virus patients,” he added.
Amani National Congress party leader Musalia Mudavadi has called for a judicial inquest to probe the alleged theft of COVID-19 funds.
Addressing the press Sunday morning, Mudavadi said Kenya may lose the support of the donor community if proper measures are not put in place to act against graft.
According to the ANC party leader, waiting for auditor general and investigative agencies to deal with graft at Afya house will take too long since the institutions are already overwhelmed.
Mudavadi said he supports such a commission because commissioners enjoy immunity and an inquiry is conducted in public.
He warned that failure to deal with Afya house scandals with immediacy will chase away donors who are supporting health intervention programs in the country benefiting millions.
So far the government has received over 220 billion shillings from international donors to mitigate the effects of covid19 on Kenyans.
On Saturday, ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna said ODM had restrained itself from responding to the theft allegations because of the desire to comment from an informed position.
Meanwhile, West Pokot Governor Prof. John Lonyang’apuo has called on leaders to tone down on political rhetoric and stop engaging in unending political campaigns.
Governor Lonyangapuo challenged politicians to instead endeavor to offer solutions to the problems afflicting Kenyans.
The Governor called for respect among elected leaders.
Prof. Lonyangapuo urged his County residents to continue ensuring that they adhere to the ministry of health coronavirus containment measures including washing hands frequently, wearing face masks, and keeping both physical and social distancing.
The Kenya National Union of Nurses (KNUN) Secretary-General Seth Panyako has joined a section of Kenyans in calling out the ODM party over its statement yesterday regarding graft claims at the Kenya Medical Supplies Agency (KEMSA).
In the statement issued by ODM Secretary General Edwin Sifuna on Saturday, the Raila Odinga party defended the inflated prices of the Personal Protective Equipment (PPES) procured by KEMSA arguing that the prices were lower before the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and only shot up due to high demand.
Panyako has told off Sifuna following the claims accusing the ODM party of attempting to “sanitize” theft of Covid-19 funds.
He accused Sifuna of being part of a team trying to protect some top ODM individuals alleged to be involved in the KEMSA scandal.
Panyako urged ODM to keep off the KEMSA case and allow investigative agencies probe the matter.
“I want to tell Sifuna that the statement you issued supporting corruption and saying that there is no corruption in KEMSA points only to one thing that the ODM has lost direction. It is now perpetuating impunity and corruption. It is here now protecting cartels that have brought suffering in the health sector. Nurses are dying because we are not getting enough PPEs, ” the KNUN union boss said on Sunday.
KEMSA reportedly procured N95 masks at an outrageous price of Ksh1,300 per piece against the Ksh700 market price.
Already, KEMSA CEO Jonah Mwangi Manjari, Head of Procurement Charles Juma and Commercial Director Eliud Mureithi have been suspended to pave way for the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) to probe the matter.
Sifuna, who claimed that the theft allegations at KEMSA were sensational and baseless, stated that they can only be ascertained after an audit by the Office of the Auditor-General is carried out.
“We wonder how this can be so before a credible audit by the Auditor General is carried out to ascertain the veracity of these claims. The precedent has been set before, where the media goes on a sensationalist extravaganza, with half-baked information obtained from shadowy sources, ending up creating more problems than solutions,” said Sifuna.
He lashed out at Deputy President William Ruto over a recent statement alleging massive embezzlement of Covid-19 funds.
“It is disheartening to hear no less a senior government official than the Deputy President go public with the juvenile and improper statement that ‘at least now nobody will blame me for stealing Covid-19 funds’,” he added.
According to Sifuna, the DP’s remarks suggested that it was okay for public funds to be misappropriated so long as it is not blamed on him.
“It expresses the jealousy of being left out of the gravy train. We have pointed out before that the DP’s recalcitrance and lack of political emotional intelligence are a hindrance to the smooth running of government,” he added telling the DP to help President Uhuru Kenyatta fight graft or resign.
Kakamega senator Cleophas Malala was on Monday afternoon arrested for allegedly distributing GOK marked sanitizers on Sunday.
This was according to his colleague and Makueni senator Mutula Kilonzo Jnr.
Alleged DCI officers have been camping outside Malala’s Kitengela home since 3 am.
Earlier, the lawmaker claimed that the officers disconnected his water and electricity.
“From 3am these armed police officers have been camping at my gate and they are not leaving anytime soon, they are not saying what they want.
“They have disconnected power and water from my house, they are aware we are supposed to go to the Senate to vote for the Third Generation Formula,” said Malala.
On why he was being targeted, the Kakamega lawmaker who doubles up as the minority whip said: “They have looked at senators who are gaining but are supporting senators who are losing, so they are looking at people who have delegations, in the event where that senator is not in the house, somebody from this delegation can vote on their behalf.”
In the morning, Bomet Senator Christopher Langat and his Samburu counterpart Steve Lelegwe were arrested.
Lelegwe was nabbed on his way to Parliament at Riverside. Police in Samburu apparently want to question him on security matters in his home county.
Langat was taken in from his Nyayo Estate home and is on his way to Bomet in the company of his lawyer, Nelson Havi.
A covert deadly multi-billion shillings war targeting the leasing of the five government owned factories has erupted between Jubilee Party’s Tangatanga and the Kieleweke groups.
The Kenya Sugarcane Growers Association Secretary General Richard Ochieng Ogendo hinted through a Facebook post that the proposed leasing of the sugar factories in the former western and Nyanza provinces has already been classified into two groups.
“I have been in this industry and I know all the inner workings the current fight is also government aligned you can see all tangatanga outfits in one corner by the way inquire who mombasa sweets is and its role on the sugar column, butali, BSI and kibos are all in one column the other is Rai alone”, read the post.
According to Ogendo, the Tangatanga group led by Deputy President William Ruto which is targeting to use Butali in Kakamega County and Kibos Sugar in Kisumu County to lease Nzoia Sugar and Muhoroni Sugar respectively is bound to lose in this process. Busia Sugar Industries (BSI) though mentioned by Ogendo as being in Tangatanga group did not apply.
Others on Deputy President’s radar are Chemilil and Miwani which are reputed to have huge plantation lands for sugarcane growing unlike other millers.
It would therefore mean that the rest are being targeted by the Kieleweke group fronted by the billionaire family owned Rai Group that is among the corporate entities that have thrown in bids to be considered by the government to lease the sugar companies largely owned by the state on at least 25 year leaseholds.
However, it is not clear whether the faces behind the Kieleweke Group is being led by President Uhuru Kenyatta who reportedly has close business ties with the Rai Group that is dominating the other column fighting for the multi-billion shillings business despite the court injunction.
The matter has since gone to the high court which recently issued orders halting the process until when the matter is heard and determined.
Apart from the Rai Group which already owns West Kenya Sugar/Kabras Millers and Olepito Sugar Company in Kakamega and Busia counties respectively, Sukari Sugar in Migori and Kinyara in Uganda, the others are Mombasa Sweets Ltd whose ownership is un-known.
There is also China CMC Engineering Company Ltd, Mehta Group Ltd, Butali Sugar Company in Kakamega County, Mini Bakeries, Shenzhen Start Instruments, and Kuguru Food Industries.
The five state owned millers targeted for leasing are Sony Sugar, Chemilil, Nzoia, Muhoroni and Miwani Sugar companies two of which are up for grabs by the Kieleweke Group through the Rai Group which is also under scrutiny for illegal sugar imports some of which were impounded at its Pan-Paper Mills factory in Webuye town of Bungoma county.
It is feared that with recent banning of brown sugar imports by the government, this is going to give room to the cheap sugar importing barons in the country to offload it on the local market to pocket billions of illicit shillings considering the fact that local production is at its lowest ebb at less than 600, 000 tonnes when the market consumption has ballooned to more than 1.2 million tonnes annually.
The illicit imports according to the government were more than 2 billion kilogrammes, enough to feed the country for two years the bulk of it imported by the Rai Group.
The most interesting aspect of the whole business is the fact that there is absolutely no law that prohibits anyone be it Sugar Barons the likes of Jaswant Rai from leasing the sugar factories though fairness must be observed at all costs.
It is indeed on record that the Rai Group already has four sugar factories namely; Kinyara Sugar (Uganda), West Kenya Sugar (Kakamega), Sukari Sugar (Homabay) and Olepito sugar (Busia).
Therefore if he is allowed to lease Nzoia Sugar (Bungoma) and SONY Sugar (Migori) he will have six in his pocket and whay may follow if Government that tends to be on his side helps him to lease them then the Sugar Industry in Kenya shall be headed to a monopoly.
Seoul, Washington briefly postpone joint drills after a South Korean officer tests positive for COVID-19.
The drills will start with a two-day delay on Tuesday “considering the COVID-19 situation,” South Korea’s Joint Chiefs of Staff said on Sunday.
The annual joint drills had been scheduled to begin on Sunday, but were pushed back after a South Korean army officer who was required to join the maneuvers was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Friday, the South’s Yonhap news agency reported.
This year’s drills, which are scheduled to end on August 28, will focus on a “combined defense posture,” while exercises for the transition of wartime operational control on the Korean Peninsula will be “partly conducted,” the joint chiefs said in a statement.
Springtime military drills between American and South Korean forces were canceled due to the coronavirus pandemic.
The joint military drills, which usually begin in August, involve tens of thousands of soldiers from both sides. They also include computerized simulations of war scenarios and field training.
This year, however, the US troops based at home will not join the maneuvers amid the coronavirus-related restrictions placed on the travel of American military personnel to the Korean Peninsula.
According to figures released by American media, there have been around 150 COVID-19 infections, since February, among around 25,000 US soldiers deployed to South Korea.
Annual Seoul-Washington drills usually draw angry reactions from North Korea, which sees them as a rehearsal for war and invasion.
US President Donald Trump had formerly questioned the value of the joint military exercises with South Korea, promising to end the war games during his first summit with North Korean leader Kim Jong-un in 2018.
Washington-Pyongyang talks, however, collapsed and the drills have continued.