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11 killed, 34 missing in terror crackdown: report: At least 34 people have mysteriously disappeared and 11 others were killed in what is suspected to be the coordinated work of local security forces, a new report by a human rights watchdog says. The report released today by Human Rights Watch (HRW) has put on the spot the military at which it is pointing an accusing finger for the disappearance of the 45 in Wajir, Garissa and Mandera Counties. A report released today by Human Rights Watch has pointed an accusing finger to the military for the disappearance of 45 persons in Wajir, Mandera and Garissa. Of the 45, 11 bodies have been found in shallow graves in the area, the group says. Among the 11, four people were last seen in the custody of KDF and seven were last seen being arrested by various units of the Kenya police. HRW documented 34 cases of enforced cases in Nairobi and northeastern, 16 from Garissa, eight from Mandera, six from Wajir and four from Wajir. HRW director ken Roth said relatives have unsuccessfully tried to look for their relatives making numerous inquiries at police stations where officers have on every occasion failed to acknowledge arresting or detaining the missing persons. To conceal any trace of evidence that may link them to the enforced disappearances, Roth said individuals arrested are never registered as detained at the nearest police station as required by article 50 of the National Police Service Act.

MP wants tougher guidelines for school heads: School heads should not be allowed to hold any positions in their respective teachers unions as doing so leaves them with little or no time to manage their institutions. The heads should also not be allowed to be political party agents as this steals more of their time which demean their role to instrumentally lead the schools. Speaking during an educationist forum at a Nairobi hotel, the Parliamentary Committee on Education chairperson Sabina Chege further wants all the headteachers to undergo a mandatory training on leadership and financial management. Sabina observed that most of the principals do not possess the requisite managerial skill thus are unable to address challenges within their institutions. “We shall look into ways on how all school heads will undergo compulsory managerial training on leadership and finance,” said Sabina who is the Muranga County Women representative.

IEBC talk team vows to disregard MPs committee report: A report by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee presented to parliament yesterday exonerating the electoral commissioners of lacking integrity and being incompetent will not affect the work of the Select Committee on electoral reform. The select committee co-chairman James Orengo said the committee has broader mandate to achieve as far as electoral reforms are concerned and will not be affected by any report of a committee. “Our committee is dealing with a broader mandate of reforms in the electoral commission and therefore the report by the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee will not in any way affect our work,” Orengo said yesterday. He said the committee will continue with its work as planned before. Orengo’s co-chair and Meru Senator Kiraitu Murungi (Meru) said their committee is superior because it was established through a multi-sectoral consultation and their report on electoral reforms will supersede that of the Justice committee.

 Change the election date, Githu tells MPs: Attorney General Githu Muigai has proposed to Parliament to consider an amendment to IEBC Act of 2009, and to among other things change the date of the 2017 elections. While appearing before the a joint select committee on IEBC reform talks, Prof Muigai said there is need for Parliament to consider re-drawing the ‘electoral architecture’ of the country. “Parliament needs to reconsider and alter the 2017 August date of next general elections, if we are to recommend for the re-constitution of the IEBC,” he said. The AG said if the committee will recommend for the exit of the IEBC commissioners, the country risks running into a constitutional crisis. There are only 383 days remaining to the next general elections in 2017. And while citing the Justice Kriegler recommendations following the 2007/2008 post-election violence, Prof Githu suggested that the poll’s team need to be in place 24 months to the elections to avoid chaos.

Ex-cop in early morning drama: A former police officer caused drama this morning after he stripped naked at Langata Police Station in Nairobi demanding his reinstatement. The ex-cop also demanded audience with Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinett as he sought to expedite return to the National Police Service. The officer, Charles Kamau, 33 had resigned in January but came back demanding to be reinstated. Kamau had resorted to becoming a pastor preaching at various bus termini after leaving the force. Witnesses said the officer came and sat at the entrance of the station attracting pedestrians’ attention before his former colleagues picked him up from the site.

 

 

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