Newspaper summaries – February 3 2017

Newspaper summaries – February 3 2017

Daily Nation

Moi and Kibaki IDs used in vote register racket: Former presidents Mwai Kibaki and Daniel arap Moi are among thousands of Kenyans whose names were used to register other people to vote. Mr Moi’s ID number 1 – or 0000001 – has been used to register one Joseph Marrion Nchabani Mwika, indicated to have been born on January 1, 1968, and whose unique identity in the BVR system is 575114. Mr Moi’s name does not appear in the BVR registers when his ID number is keyed in. Instead it is Mwika’s name that pops up, giving credence to fears that the electoral commission register may have been corrupted. Mr Kibaki’s ID number – 2 or 00000002 – has been used to register eight different voters.

Judges reject Kenya plea in maritime row: Kenya has lost its bid to stop a case filed by Somalia over a maritime dispute from going to a full hearing. Judges at the International Court of Justice on Thursday dismissed the two reasons fronted by Kenya’s lawyers that there exists an alternative method of resolving the matter and that the case is invalid because the alternative method had not been exhausted. In a ruling delivered yesterday, the court’s President Ronny Abraham poked holes into a Memorandum of Understanding signed between Kenya and Somalia, which Nairobi had said constitutes an agreement to use the UN Commission on Law of the Sea instead of the court.

African states resolve to pull out of the ICC: The African Union (AU) wants its member states to pull out of the International Criminal Court (ICC). This is a message to the international community to stop “harassing” Africans, the AU said. The decision was arrived at in a closed session of the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Tuesday. However, Nigeria, Senegal, Ivory Coast, Mali, Burkina Faso, Tanzania, Tunisia, Cape Verde, Botswana and Chad want to remain members of the court. The summit adopted a withdrawal strategy which had been circulated to members beforehand but was overshadowed by Monday’s elections of AU Commission leaders.

 The Standard

How your salary will be affected: If you are a civil servant in the highest paid job group, then a windfall is only six months away. Should the recommended new salary structure take effect on July 1, and you are already earning the maximum pay, then you will secure an increment of up to Sh270, 000 per month. And if you are among the lowest paid Government workers, you will pocket an increment of Sh6,000, according to recommendations by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) following a job evaluation of the workforce in the public sector. This follows the release of the new grading system and salary recommendations, which have reduced public service positions from 26 to 19.

Talks that convinced CORD to accept NASA name: Details have emerged of how CORD leaders Raila Odinga, Moses Wetang’ula and Kalonzo Musyoka had to be persuaded to embrace National Super Alliance (NASA) as the umbrella body for the Opposition coalition. Sources said Amani National Congress (ANC) leader Musalia Mudavadi went to great lengths to explain how and why he reserved NASA. Mr Mudavadi reportedly explained that all he did was to reserve the name and that NASA has no officials. He claimed that he did so because Jubilee was planning to hijack and register it.

Leave my child alone, says Ruto as woman spills the beans: Deputy President William Ruto has been accused of not paying upkeep for the last three years for a child he fathered out of wedlock. The allegation is contained in a case that was filed in the Nairobi Children’s Court yesterday by a woman who claims the two had a relationship that resulted in the birth of a girl. A 20-page court document filed by Gitobu Imanyara and Company Advocates, and seen by The Standard, reads that the DP last gave the woman Sh35, 000 in 2013. But in a response to the matter through his official Twitter handle, Mr Ruto told unnamed persons to keep off

The Star

Woman sues DP William Ruto for child neglect: A woman has sued DP William Ruto for child support saying he has refused to provide. The woman said she wants the Deputy President compelled to support the minor. She indicated in her court documents that she met Ruto in 2005 while studying at Moi University. She said her child was born on March 6, 2006 at Mediheal Hospital. “The respondent has failed to provide the minor with adequate and basic necessities such as good health, food, school fees, clothing, shelter and medication,” the woman said in the suit. “The defendant has eschewed and neglected his parental responsibility as demanded of him under the constitution of Kenya.”

We’ll crush you and wipe you out with fire, Uhuru warns MRC: The state will crush the Mombasa Republican Council with its arsenal, President Uhuru Kenyatta has warned. The group’s growing supremacy and any unlawful activities it might undertake now and in future, will be wiped out with fire, he said. Uhuru said the government is too powerful to be defeated by a mere cult and Coast will not secede from Kenya. The MRC, a separatist organisation, wants Coast seceded from Kenya because of political and economic discrimination against indigenous groups. The situation is worse, its bosses say. The MRC’s slogan is Pwani si Kenya (Coast isn’t part of Kenya). But Uhuru On Wednesday said, “Coast will remain part of Kenya.”

Iteere summoned in trial of fake cop: Former police commissioner Matthew Iteere was yesterday summoned by a Nakuru court to testify in the trial of police imposter Joshua Waiganjo. Chief magistrate Joe Omido said the retired police boss should appear before him on June 5. He will be expected to tell the court whether he knew Waiganjo. Several people who have testified said Waiganjo had immense powers because he enjoyed the protection of Iteere. Former Njoro Anti-Stock Theft Unit boss Peter Ndwiga, who worked with Waiganjo, told the court two years ago that Waiganjo had the blessing of Iteere.

Business Daily

Chandaria’s bid to buy drugs firm sparks war of billionaires: Billionaire businessman Maganlal Chandaria’s family has opened a major legal battle against pharmaceutical company Sonal Holdings over a Sh950 million takeover deal gone sour. Mr Chandaria, his son Mahesh and seven grandsons have sued Sonal Holdings’ Paresh Kumar Dodhia, who has promised to file bankruptcy proceedings against the Chandarias if they do not pay him Sh950 million as compensation for the failed attempt to acquire Sonal Holdings in 2009. Mr Dodhia claims the Chandarias owe him the money for shares acquired in Sonal Holdings as per the legal agreements signed ahead of the acquisition.

Laikipia ranch invasions cause tension between Kenya and UK: Pastoralist invasion of Laikipia ranches and conservancies, owned by British nationals, continued to cause diplomatic friction between Kenya and the United Kingdom — which yesterday demanded an immediate end to the turmoil. The British High Commission in Nairobi said the attacks by pastoralists from neighbouring Turkana and Samburu communities, are believed to be partly inflamed by politicians with vested interests, putting at risk the region’s Sh4 billion a year economy. The High Commission sent an update to its citizens on Tuesday, detailing a festering bout of insecurity in the area.

10 firms in race for IEBC digital platform tender: A total of 10 companies including French firm Morpho are competing to supply the national elections agency with a digital platform which incorporates voter listing, identification, and relay of results. The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) unmasked the firms yesterday when it opened the bids for the lucrative tender for the app dubbed Kenya integrated elections management system which was earlier suspended due to allegations of irregularities. Morpho had earlier supplied 15,000 biometric voter registration kits for the 2013 polls. Also eyeing the multi-billion shilling IEBC tender are Amsterdam-based Gemalto, American firm Avante, South Africa’s Lithotech, Ghanaian tech company SuperTech Ltd, and Singapore-headquartered Novus Technologies.

 

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