Wednesday, August 14, 2013
We had no deal on cars with Uhuru, says Raila
Wednesday, August 14, 2013
Five IEBC bosses set to face graft charges
- Firm slaps agency with extra Sh156m bill for supply of more voter gadgets
High Court directs prosecutor not to arrest Kethi Kilonzo
Updated Thursday, August 15th 2013 at 12:21 GMT +3
NAIROBI, KENYA: Police will not arrest Kethi Kilonzo in the next 14 days.
High Court Judge Lydia Achode on Thursday directed Director of Public Prosecution not to arrest her.
Police want lawyer Kethi Kilonzo and an Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission ( IEBC) official charged with theft and forgery linked to her disputed electoral registration card.
Detectives at CID headquarters recommended to the Director of Public Prosecutions ( DPP) that the two face the charges in a file forwarded on Monday.
DPP Keriako Tobiko has since appointed a team of three lawyers to look into the police file.
Under the penal code, forging any judicial or official document and presenting it officially attracts up to seven years in in prison.
Police handling the case have so far concluded that Kethi and Mr Geoffrey Lemiso, who is a custodian at IEBC where the green book was stored, have a case to answer in regard to the ongoing investigations.
On Monday, an anticipatory bail application by Kethi to bar police from arresting her was been certified urgent.
Kethi through lawyers Harun Ndubi and Julie Soweto told the court that security forces had been painting her as a fugitive and have been using powers to arrest to threaten, intimidate, humiliate and embarrass her other than to uphold the rule of law.
The lawyer submitted that she was seeking the anticipatory bail to dispel any notions that she was a fugitive and to enable her attend to her other obligations as an advocate without fear of being harassed.
âThe applicant is a law abiding citizen and is ready to face any criminal charges that may be brought against her,â Kethi said in the application.
Kethi has sued the Republic of Kenya, Inspector General of Police and DPP.
In a sworn affidavit, Kethi submitted that she was apprehensive police intended to institute criminal charges and proceedings against her going by the information that they had released in media.
Fafi legislator Bare Shill wants to testify on gold scandal
Updated Wednesday, August 14th 2013 at 22:59 GMT +3
|Fafi legislator Bare Shill. [Photo: File/Standard]|
|A resident, Sarah Wanjiku, 72, with her grandchildren outside her shanty in Ihuro slums, Mathira, Nyeri County. Some squatters in the county are still waiting to be resettled. [PHOTO: MOSE SAMMY/STANDARD]|
Nyeri County : About 200 families that were left out during the resettlement of squatters at Solio Ranch in Nyeri are still seeking justice.
Mr Mugo claimed about 300 people benefited from the land illegally.
“They should make the names public so that should the government identify land, the process will not be hijacked by rogues,” he said.
Former First Lady Lucy Kibaki on one of her visits to Mathira promised the Iruri squatters that they would be among targeted beneficiaries. Each beneficiary got four acres for farming and an extra half-acre to build homes.
When contacted, County Commissioner Michael Mwangi said the county government is committed to resettling colonial squatters living in the area among others.
Mr Gachagua could not be reached for comment; his mobile phone went unanswered, but an official from his office disclosed that he had received the petition.
Nyeri County Chief of Staff Duncan Maina said the government has taken over the cases, and was in the process of constituting the county land board to facilitate resettlement.
Nakuru, Kenya: A group of 24 petitioners from Nakuru County have lost a bid to stop the implementation of the Truth Justice and Reconciliation report.
Justice Anyara Emukule, while declining to issue orders, ruled that the move by the group had been overtaken by events since the report was presented to the President on May 21 this year and has also been tabled in Parliament.
Emukule noted that the petitioners, through their lawyer Kibe Mungai, did not satisfy the court on how their rights would be infringed by the implementation of the report to warrant its intervention.
Emukule, however, directed the file to be placed before the presiding judge in charge of Constitutional Court at Milimani Law Courts to have it consolidated with other petitions concerning the TJRC report.
The 24 petitioners led by George Kihara wanted the court to issue conservatory orders stopping the implementation of the report.
Mungai representing the petitioners had argued that it was prejudicial for the Commission to conclude that land acquisition by land companies in Nakuru, Uasin Gishu and Laikipia counties was illegal without giving them a hearing.
He also noted that the TJRC report adversely mentioned land buying companies and cooperatives which were owned by members of the Kikuyu community. He told the court that the independence Constitution allowed white highlands to legally exist hence any sale of land to land companies was legitimate.
He also told the court the report was compiled after public hearings, which were conducted in Nakuru, Laikipia and Uasin Gishu counties.