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Akasha sons, 2 aliens extradited to US in drugs case

Kenya on Tuesday extradited two sons of slain drug baron Ibrahim Akasha to the United States, where they are wanted for drug trafficking.

Baktash and Ibrahim Akasha were whisked onto a chartered plane Monday night alongside Vicky Goswami (Indian) and Hussein Gulam (Pakistani) at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, bound for the US.

Agents from the Federal Bureau of Investigations were said to be involved in the operation that led to the arrest of the four at the weekend in Nyali, Mombasa.

Senior detectives from the US Drug Enforcement Agency and Kenya’s anti-narcotics agency were also involved in the operation.

It’s understood that the Head of the Anti-Narcotics Unit Hamisi Massa is among senior Kenyan officials accompanying the US agents.

"They were deported last night in private charter and we expect them to be arraigned in court in the US to stand trial for smuggling of drugs, "

said a senior anti-narcotics officer.

The four were previously arrested in 2014 in a dramatic sting operation by US anti-narcotics agents posing as Colombian drug dealers. They had a case pending in court.

They are accused of conspiring to ship at least 98 kilogrammes of high-grade heroin and methamphetamine to the US through Kenya.

Study: Kenya’s health sector underfunded

Allocations to the health sector in Kenya have recorded a slow growth at 4.5 percent of budgetary allocations over the past 10 years, far below Abuja Declaration target of 15 percent by 2015, according to the 2017 Community Health Scorecard released by the National Taxpayers Association (NTA).

According to the report launched yesterday, despite significant budgetary increments by the Ministry of Health (MoH), funding for health centres remains inadequate, a situation that has led to acute shortage of health workers in some parts of the country.

“In some parts of the country, you find that there are so many projects being initiated by politicians who may not necessarily liaise with MoH to know what is the vision as far as staffing and equipping the newly built health facilities is concerned,” said Irene Otieno, NTA Project Officer.

Among the four counties sampled in the report, Nakuru, Nyeri and Makueni are said to have increased allocations to the health sector relative to other sectors while Uasin Gishu’s allocations fell by about 2 percent between Financial Years 2013/14 and 2014/15.

"County governments have allocated more funds to the health sectors despite competing needs from other sectors including agriculture, water, roads and transportation, "

read part of the scorecard.

Arrest warrant issued against Governor Wambora

An arrest warrant has been issued against Embu Governor Martin Wambora for failure to appear in court.

Wambora was to explain the circumstances that led to the sacking of his personal assistant and two advisors.

Labour Court Judge Monica Mbaru on Monday directed IG Joseph Boinett to arrest the Governor, County Secretary Josephat Ndwiga and County Public Service Board member Joseph Nyaga for the disobedience.

The county boss and officials are also accused of failing to comply with an order to pay the former employees their salaries and all their other dues.

In the case, Bosco Mutegi Kiura, Joshua Mugo and Professor Joe Kamani sued the Public Service Board, arguing that their constitutional rights were violated following their dismissal.

Mugo was a political advisor while Professor Kamani was an economic advisor to the governor.

According to the court document, Bosco, who was the governor’s personal assistant, claims he was not given a warning letter before his dismissal.

They went to court seeking orders for their reinstatement and payment of their unpaid salaries and dues.


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