Newspaper highlights – August 15 2017 – Supreme Court issues timeline for presidential results petition

Newspaper highlights – August 15 2017 – Supreme Court issues timeline for presidential results petition

Daily Nation

Clergy defend media against claims of bias:

Muslim leaders and a journalists lobby have defended the media over accusations of bias.

Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya organising secretary Sheikh Mohammed Khalifa said Monday it is wrong for politicians to pinpoint a media house and accuse it of bias.

“The journalists worked tirelessly, especially during the electioneering period in telling Kenyans what they could. Let us not accuse them without valid reasons,” Sheikh Khalifa told journalists at the CIPK headquarters.

He was responding to an attack on Nation Media Group by opposition leaders, who accused it of bias.

Carol Ngumbu buried as family demands justice:

The flowers on Carol Ngumbu’s grave are still fresh, but the family says they have been kept in the dark by authorities since she died.

Ms Ngumbu is the woman who was found dead alongside the electoral commission’s ICT manager, Mr Chris Msando, a fortnight ago.

She was buried last week on Friday.

Her father on Monday indicated that he had not been approached by police or any authority to update the family on the progress of the investigations.

“No one has come to speak to us, we just finished the ceremony properly on Friday and laid my daughter to rest,” he said.

Supreme Court issues timeline for presidential results petition:

Anyone seeking to challenge the General Election presidential results has between August 14 and 22 to do so, which is exactly seven days before re-elected President Uhuru Kenyatta is sworn in.

A notice advertised by the Judiciary in local dailies last Friday as well as a gazette notice published late last month indicated the said timelines.

“The Supreme Court presidential election rules 2017 have been promulgated to ensure smooth and expeditious disposal of any disputes relating to the election of the President,” the Supreme Court registrar said.

While the person who goes to court in such a case must do so within seven days after the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has declared its results, those sued must respond within four days after being given copies of the case documents.

The Standard

ODM politician loses 10 close relatives in boat accident:

A Coast politician’s wife, two children, mother and brother were among ten close relatives who died when a boat capsized in the Indian Ocean.

Shekue Kahale Mwanati, who contested the Lamu East parliamentary seat on an ODM ticket, also narrowly escaped death in the tragedy that occurred on Sunday. He was helped from the rough waters on Monday at 10am.

The captain of the boat, Mohammed Shamtei, also died in the accident. The vessel was sailing from Faza to Lamu Island and capsized in rough weather as it entered Mkanda Straits off the Lamu mainland.

The ODM politician and his relatives were travelling from Kizingitini to Lamu Island when the boat capsized.

Two GSU officers critically injured in Bungoma crash:

Two GSU officers are fighting for their lives after they were involved in an accident at Marakaru along the Kanduyi–Chwele road on Monday.

The officers, alongside 15 others who sustained minor injuries, were aboard a police vehicle heading to Chwele market.

Bungoma South OCPD David Kirui said the officers were on patrol when the incident happened.

“The officers were ensuring all was well after elections when their car hit a pothole and rolled,” he said.

Kirui said the two were seriously injured and were taken to Bungoma West hospital for specialised treatment.

Battle for top positions in Senate, National Assembly begins:

Lobbying has started for key leadership slots up for grabs in both the Senate and the National Assembly.

MPs, who have pulled through the bruising campaigns, now have their guns trained on at least eight strategic House positions and are lobbying for support ahead of the official opening of the 12th Parliament next week.

In Jubilee – the majority party in both Houses – the new MPs are battling for the post of speaker, deputy speaker, majority leader, and majority whip.

And in the National Super Alliance (NASA), the legislators are lobbying for the positions of minority leader and minority whip as well as the leadership of the powerful Public Accounts Committee (PAC) and Public Investments Committee (PIC).

The Star

Let’s unite, Uhuru sends a fresh appeal to Odinga:

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday once again reached out to NASA chief Raila Odinga and warned police against using excessive force against demonstrators.

Speaking at Harambee House yesterday, the President said he is ready to work with the opposition, adding that his government will bring together all Kenyans irrespective of their political affiliation.

“We also continue to appeal to the opposition and their supporters that we have extended our hand of peace and friendship for them to use legal mechanisms to express their dissatisfaction,” Uhuru said.

Uhuru warned the police against using excessive force. He asked them to follow the law and observe professional ethics while dealing with protestors.

Uhuru to replace non- performing ministers:

Wielding a big broom, President Uhuru Kenyatta will sack nonperforming Cabinet Secretaries and PSs and inject fresh blood to realise his vision in his second and final term.

“It will not be business as usual this time round,” a source close to the President told the Star yesterday.

He is expected to assemble a government that better represents the face of Kenya, confidants say. In striving for unity, that means naming into government people from opposition strongholds who helped him win reelection, they tell the Star.

Free of the pressure to win reelection votes, to pull his punches and to appease special interests and communities, Kenyatta is expected to be bolder and more decisive.

I won’t run for President again because of poll theft, says Raila:

NASA chief Raila Odinga says recurring theft of his victories is part of the reason he will not run again for President.

He has run and lost four times.

The defeated NASA presidential candidate also signed an MoU with his four alliance partners promising he would only be a one-term President.

It was largely based on that commitment that they backed him for State House.

On Sunday, Raila told The Financial Times of London he will not run again.

“It is not about me. It’s not about Raila Odinga. I’m not going to be a candidate again,” the paper quoted him as saying in an interview.

Business Daily

Human rights NGO deregistered in Sh1.2bn feud:

The NGOs Coordination Board has de-registered the Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) for alleged tax evasion, illegal bank accounts and illegal hiring of expatriates.

The board’s executive director, Fazul Mohamed, said on Monday the rights group was operating four illegal bank accounts— two at NIC bank and two others at the CBA.

“Your organisation has failed, declined or refused to pay statutory taxes to the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) amounting to Sh100 million as provided for under schedule 10 of the Income Tax Act,” Mr Mohamed writes in his letter to KHRC chairman Makau Mutua.

In the letter dated August 14, 2017, Mr Mohamed further accuses KHRC of employing expatriates without valid work permits and asked for their deportation.

SA’s Alexander Forbes court row proceeds after talks fail:

Talks between South African financial advisory firm Alexander Forbes and local firm Zanele Investments over a disputed Sh554 million loan have collapsed and the dispute will now be heard by the High Court.

The two firms last month adjourned the suit filed by Zanele, which is fighting off a Sh554 million loan recovery attempt by Alexander Forbes, but have now opted to have Justice Grace Nzioka proceed with hearing the dispute.

Zanele has challenged the claim by Alexander Forbes, arguing that the South African financial advisory firm owes it Sh121 million relating to its 2012 purchase of the multinational’s Kenyan healthcare arm.

WorldRemit, NBK link up for instant fund transfers:

The National Bank of Kenya (NBK) and money remittance firm WorldRemit have signed a partnership that will enable Kenyans living abroad to deposit money instantly to their local accounts.

Depositors can now make instant deposits in US dollars or shillings to their NBK accounts following the partnership which is meant to ease the international cash transfer process and to grow the amount of money sent to Kenya.

“Our new partnership with WorldRemit is part of the bank’s commitment to increasing banking convenience for our customers abroad. We understand that speed and convenience are key to our diaspora customers, and we are providing these options at a low price through our new partnership with WorldRemit,” said Wilfred Musau, National Bank Chief Executive Officer and Managing Director.


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