Newspaper summaries – October 18 2017

Newspaper summaries – October 18 2017

Daily Nation

Jimi Wanjigi in trouble for supporting Nasa, leaders say

Police who stormed the home of controversial businessman Jimi Wanjigi, breaking doors with axes and metal cutters, were looking for guns, ammunition and explosives. They said they found an M4 — a military-grade rifle — five pistols and a shotgun at his Muthaiga home in Nairobi and that they were hoping to find documents with information on importation and use of the weapons. The opposition coalition, however, claimed Mr Wanjigi was being harassed by the Jubilee administration because of his support for the National Super Alliance (Nasa) flagbearer Raila Odinga.

How Raila Odinga’s rally was disrupted at Laare in Meru

Raila Odinga’s rally in Laare, Meru County, has been cancelled after Jubilee and Nasa supporters clashed. ODM communications director Philip Etale had confirmed that Mr Odinga and other National Super Alliance (Nasa) leaders would be in Meru for their “no reforms, no elections” campaign. Tension ran high throughout the day as Jubilee and Nasa supporters clashed ahead of the rally. Youths chanting Jubilee slogans lit bonfires at the entrance of Laare coffee factory grounds where the meeting was to be held.

MCA kicked out of assembly for dress code violation

Nominated MCA Beth Nyawira was Tuesday kicked out of the county assembly over indecent dressing. The MCAs was found to have broken the Speaker’s rules on the dress code dressing barely a week after the assembly Speaker John Kaguchia warned members against dressing indecently. She was dressed in a short sleeveless dress contrary to the guideline by the Speaker that requires women MCAs to wear a coat to avoid exposing their arms.

ICC confirms receipt of petition to probe Raila, Kalonzo over anti-IEBC chaos

The International Criminal Court has confirmed receiving a petition seeking to have two top Opposition leaders investigated for inflammatory conduct, among other crimes. Last week, two Kenyans moved to The Hague-based court and formally asked ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to investigate National Super Alliance (NASA) leaders Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka over the ongoing wave of violence in the country.

The Standard

IEBC officials injured as training sessions called off in some regions 

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) yesterday suffered a major setback in its preparations for the repeat presidential elections. This was after angry mobs disrupted its training sessions across Nyanza. Hundreds of youths stormed training sessions in Bondo, Kisumu and Homa Bay where returning officers, presiding officers and clerks were being trained ahead of the October 26 repeat poll.

Raila denies interest in coalition government as Meru rally cancelled over chaos

A planned rally by Opposition chief Raila Odinga at Laare in Igembe North constituency in Meru County was cancelled after chaos broke out at the venue moments before his arrival. Speaking on Tuesday during a press conference at Wilson airport, Raila reaffirmed his push for electoral reforms, noting he was not interested in talks with President Uhuru Kenyatta for a coalition government.

The Star

Raila: I can talk to Uhuru, but not on power sharing

IEBC is facing its biggest hurdle yet in pulling off the presidential rerun on NASA’s turf where many opposition supporters are determined to block the voting. This week they disrupted training of poll officials in all Luo Nyanza counties. Some recruits backed out and fled, fearing for their lives. The clock is ticking … nine days to the October 26 rerun, and Raila says he won’t run. His battle cry is no reforms, no election and it’s sweeping his strongholds like wildfire.

Grant NASA’s demands but hold poll on time – DP

The IEBC is free to meet NASA’s demands as long as the October 26 poll is not derailed, DP William Ruto has said. He was addressing Foreign Correspondents Association of East Africa members in his residence in Nairobi yesterday. Ruto said Jubilee is ready for the poll and won’t interfere with the electoral body.  He accused NASA leader Raila Odinga of giving the IEBC tough conditions and misinterpreting the Constitution.

Anti-graft offi cers arrest union boss over bribe claim

Anti-corruption detectives yesterday arrested a Nairobi county workers’ union official after he was allegedly caught soliciting a bribe from Governor Mike Sonko’s aide. Benson Oliang’a, the branch secretary of the Kenya County Government Workers’ Union, was arrested at an unnamed hotel in the city. Sources told the Star Oliang’a had asked for a kickback from the governor so as not to call a workers’ strike over delayed September salaries.

Business Daily

Highways authority KeNHA to sue protesters for damaging roads

The national highways authority has expressed concern over destruction of roads during anti-IEBC protests around the country. Kenya National Highways Authority (KeNHA) on Tuesday said demonstrators who have been burning public roads during protests will face the full force of the law. KeNHA chair Erastus Mwongera said they will prosecute culprits who burn tyres on public paved roads during Nasa protests so as to recover repair costs.

KQ procurement boss marks latest exit in managerial purge

The haemorrhage of senior Kenya Airways staff continued yesterday with the announcement that the airline’s procurement manager has left the company. Christopher Oanda, who has been in charge of the supply chain department for nearly nine years, left KQ effective October 16 (Monday), according to a memo sent to staff by the airline’s human resource manager Sammy Chepkwony.

Former CBK boss Nyagah wins Tatu City fraud case

Former Central Bank of Kenya governor Nahashon Nyagah is set to get compensation for being wrongly accused of fraud in a property transaction associated with Tatu City, a 2,500-acre multi-billion shilling real estate development. Mr Nyagah will be paid yet-to-be-specified damages together with city lawyer Nelson Havi and Lucas Akunga Omariba for being falsely accused of fraud by two companies — Kofinaf, one of Kenya’s largest coffee growers and Mauritius-based Galba mining limited. In his October 6 ruling, Justice Francis Tuiyott found the two companies at fault together with its lawyers from the firm of Ahmednassir, Abdikadir & Co advocates for first having instigated a suit against them and then later seeking to have it withdrawn.

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