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IEBC chiefs to know exit package today

Commissioners at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) will on Monday know their exit package, as they prepare to vacate office.

This follows a deal struck with the government last week on their departure to pave way for a new team that will conduct next year’s General Election.

According to the Head of Public Service, Joseph Kinyua, the talks were held strictly under the law and parliamentary recommendations.

To avoid a power vacuum in the office of IEBC that can result to a constitutional crisis, Kinyua stated that commissioners will resign from office once a new team is fully constituted.

IEBC Chairperson Ahmed Issack Hassan on his part said the commissioners were ready to vacate office in order for the new team to start preparing for the next year’s General Election.

The speedy outcome of the negotiations, he said was proof, “to this commitment.”

Rongai driver surrenders, to face charges for 4 deaths

The driver of the Ongata Rongai matatu that killed four people along Lang’ata Road last week is due to appear in court Monday morning.

Nairobi Traffic commandant Leonard Katana said that the driver who had been in hiding since the accident was arrested Sunday night.

“I want to tell you that we have at last arrested the driver of the Ongata Rongai matatu that killed four people along Lang’ata Road and he will be appearing at the Kibera Law Courts this morning,” he stated.

Katana indicated that he would face charges of causing death by dangerous driving.

His employers had been given seven days to produce him after he went into hiding.

The Traffic Police Boss further thanked the public for the role they played in the arrest.

Stampede at Ethiopia protest leaves 52 dead

Fifty-two people were killed and many more injured in Ethiopia’s Oromia region during a protest at a religious festival, the government says.

Some died in a stampede after police employed tear gas, rubber bullets and baton charges, witnesses said.

Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said rioters had caused “pre-planned mayhem” that led people to fall to their deaths in ravines.

He denied reports that the security forces had opened fire.

In a national address on state TV, he praised their “great efforts” to protect the public and blamed “evil forces” for the deaths, vowing to bring to justice those responsible..

 

 

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