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Drums of war: police move in to fix politicians

Temperatures are rising and Kenya could be careering toward ethnic violence as leaders spew hatred and beat war drums ahead of next year’s polls. It has been an ugly few days, including yesterday, as lawmakers from both coalitions have been accused of hate speech and summoned to the DIC. Controversial Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria, a key ally of President Uhuru Kenyatta, shocked the nation on Sunday when he appeared to call for assassination of opposition chief Raila Odinga. After the video of Kuria and cheering supporters went viral, ODM MPs threatened to mobilise supporters unless Jubilee stops the vitriol. Kuria was named to Jubilee’s team to end the IEBC standoff. He faces three charges of incitement to violence, hate speech and fanning ethnic hatred.

15 women found with cervical cancer every week – ministry

Fifteen new cases of cervical cancer are reported in Nairobi every week, the Health ministry has said. The disease, often caused by the sexually transmitted human papilloma virus, can be prevented by a vaccine for girls. It can be successfully treated when diagnosed early. Health PS Nicholas Muraguri said the government plans to introduce the vaccine following successful pilot tests in Kitui County in 2013. The vaccine is available in the private sector and costs about Sh7, 000 per dose. “… we need to encourage women to go for early detection and screening,” Muraguri said. Cervical cancer is the second-most frequent cancer among Kenyan women and the leading cause of death among women of reproductive age. The estimated number of cervical cancer cases annually is nearly 3,000, while the death toll is about 1,600.

Cord MPs ‘will skip’ meeting to discuss IEBC Amendment Bill

Jubilee’s stand that electoral reforms be done only through Parliament remains a headache for the opposition. Cord legislators holding party positions have said they will keep off a meeting between the National Assembly leadership and House committees to discuss the matter. ODM chairman John Mbadi told the Star yesterday Cord MPs will not attend today’s joint meeting convened by the Justice and Legal Affairs and the Constitutional Implementation Oversight committees. The joint committees were to brief political party representatives from both coalitions on the progress of the IEBC (Amendment) Bill 2016. It provides the procedure for appointing new electoral commissioners, while the Constitution of Kenya Bill 2016 provides mechanisms of dealing with electoral disputes.


Storm over Kuria’s talk on Raila death

National outrage yesterday greeted the circulation of a video that showed the Gatundu South MP Moses Kuria making statements appearing to call for the assassination of Opposition leaders Raila Odinga. The Opposition has threatened to mobilise its supporters to march to Police headquarters on Thursday if no action against Kuria. Mp Timothy Bosire- who read Cord’s statement yesterday-also said the Opposition will not accept Kuria as one of the negotiators appointed by Jubilee on talks on how to disband the electoral commission. Mr Bosire’s counterpart Suna East counterpart, MP Junet Mohammed asked President Uhuru Kenyatta to declare his stand on the “war-like activities of supporters of the government. “The President’s silent sends wrong signals,” he said. 

Hassan: We’ll go home if need be

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is ready to pack and go if a political decision will be made to that effect. But, this will be a major blow to the management of a smooth election next year, Chairman Issack Hassan said on Monday. Addressing the media at the Mombasa County commissioner’s office, Mr Hassan said he hoped that the dialogue between the opposition and the government would not lead to the team’s removal at this time. Because that would seriously disrupt next year’s poll. He was answering journalists’ questions during the commission’s ongoing tour of the Coast in preparation for next year’s elections. He was accompanied by county commissioner Maalim Mohammed and the electoral team’s regional coordinator Albert Gogo.

Juma was killed on day he filled Sh2trn case against state

Jacob Juma, the controversial businessman who was killed on May 5, died on the same day that he filed submissions in a case in which he had sued the Kenyan government for Sh2 trillion in an international court. He sued after the government cancelled his licence to Mrima Hill, a region in Kwale County believed to be so rich in rare earth minerals that the initial decision to allocate him the entire area remains a baffling mystery. Juma is said to have organised a press conference the following day to report on the progress of the case. He had claimed that Mining Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala asked him for a bribe so as not to cancel the licences to Cortec Mining, an allegation that Mr Balala vehemently denied. The cancellation might, however, have had something to do with the manner and unclear circumstances in which the licence was granted in the first place.


Wanted: six MPs in hate speech storm

The country’s hate-speech and incitement watchdogs Monday summoned six MPs over inflammatory remarks. The authorities were firm that unchecked political rhetoric would spark violence ahead of the next General Election. Those caught in the net of Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and the chairman of the National Cohesion and Integration Commission, Integration Commission Chairman Francis ole Kaparo are three ruling Jubilee Coalition MPs, and three from the Opposition. The CORD legislators got themselves in trouble when they went overboard as they castigated the Jubilee lawmakers for threatening the life of their party leader, Raila Odinga.

Mr Boinnet directed Moses Kuria (Gatundu South), Kimani Ngunjiri (Bahati), Ferdinand Waititu (Kabete), Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi), Junet Mohammed (Suna East) and Timothy Bosire (Kitutu Masaba) to present themselves at the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters “immediately”.

Ray of hope as Jubilee answers Raila team on IEBC

The ruling coalition and the Opposition yesterday moved closer to a deal on electoral reform talks after Jubilee softened its stand on some of CORD’s demands. However, some legislators from Jubilee said they will reject any proposal to change the Constitution. Even as the politicians worked to bridge the gap between the coalitions, the chairman of the electoral commission Issack Hassan yesterday said that he was ready to accept any political settlement. The Standard can reveal that the Jubilee leadership in Parliament was last evening mulling removal of Moses Kuria (Gatundu South) from the list of its negotiators on electoral reforms, as it sought to get a compromise on the Opposition demands for talks on the future of the electoral agency. Kuria is wanted by police and the National Cohesion and Integration Commission for hate-speech, and the Opposition has said it won’t negotiate with him.

Officer fails to account for Sh4m of his Sh6m wealth

Kisumu based traffic Policeman failed to account for over Sh4 million out of his over Sh6 million net worth. Constable Bernard Rayasi, who earns approximately Sh28,000 per month, said he earns about Sh1 million on farm produce which made Sh2 million between 2011 and 2013. He told the police vetting panel led by National Police Service Commission Chairman Johnstone Kavuludi that he plants maize, beans, bananas among other on a leased 10-hectare land, which he usually sells at Kongowea market in Mombasa. He said he owns a plot with rental houses which earn him approximately Sh192,000 every two years. “When I add your monthly salary, rental income and farming for two years, I get a total of Sh2,876,000 yet your deposits are in excess of Sh6 million, how do you explain that?” Dr Kavuludi asked.


Rwandese tobacco tycoon sues Dyer & Blair in share sale row

Rwandan tobacco tycoon Tribert Ayabatwa Rujugiro has filed a multi-million shilling suit against Kenyan investment bank Dyer & Blair, accusing the broker of selling his Safaricom shares and failing to speedily pass on the sale proceeds to him. Mr Rujugiro wants Dyer & Blair ordered to pay him damages for withholding proceeds of the share sale for 135 days, and for paying him after fluctuations of the US dollar rate negatively affected his returns. The Rwandan tycoon bought his 8.8 million Safaricom shares in 2008 for $1 million (then equivalent to Sh61.4 million) through Dyer & Blair, but ordered the lender to sell the stocks in 2013.

Pension industry asset growth falls to single-digit rate

The pension industry assets for the first time in many years grew by a single-digit rate at 3.3 per cent in 2015, as a tougher investment climate saw equities and offshore investments drop in favour of property and fixed deposits. Official industry data from the Retirement Benefits Authority (RBA) shows the schemes held Sh814.11 billion in assets at the end of December 2015, compared to Sh788.15 billion at the end of 2014. Between 2012 and 2014, the industry had posted double-digit growth in assets — 26 per cent in 2012, 27 per cent in 2013 and 13 per cent in 2014 — fuelled by higher valuation of their equity investments during the bull run years of the NSE. “A turbulent 2015 (was) characterised by significant currency instability and an aggressive bout of monetary tightening.

Equity gets Sh10bn from IFC for lending to small companies

Equity Bank has received a Sh10 billion loan from the International Finance Corporation (IFC) for lending to small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs), boosting its war chest of cheaper, long-term funds. A disclosure by IFC — the World Bank’s private lending arm — indicates that the money will also be lent to women entrepreneurs. The bank is increasingly seeking cheaper funding from international financiers in a bid to diversify and reduce the cost of funding. “The project consists of a $100 million (Sh10 billion) senior loan to EBKL, to help the bank grow its lending to Small and Medium Enterprises (“SME”), women entrepreneurs and to support continued diversification of funding sources, especially with regard to lengthening the maturity profile of funding,” IFC said in a summary note.

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