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IN MEMORY OF MR. GARDSON MAINGI KAMAU

Posted by Administrator on September 17, 2010

In Memoriam: Gardson Maingi Kamau who passed away on Sepember 19th 2009

In Memoriam: Gardson Maingi Kamau who passed away on September 19th 2009

Our dear Gard, it has been one year since you left us. Even though you are physically gone, your memories remain with us. We miss you dearly and look forward to the day we shall be reunited.

During this one year memoriam, we would like to take the opportunity to thank yet again, all those that assisted us in any way shape and form during that very difficult time.  We would particularly like to thank all our family and friends; Dallas, Boston and Kansas Kenyan communities; Pastors Kimathi, Ngubia, Mugo and their congregations; Dr. Joseph Parker and the congregation of the First Presbyterian Church Plano; and The Pastor and congregation of PCEA Kiamunyeki Parish in Kenya. Special thanks to the Dallas Committee; Pastors Ruto, Mutisya, Muniu and the leadership and congregation of Upendo Baptist Church Dallas. Thank you and God bless you all immensely!

From:  Mrs. Peris Wambui Kamau (Gards Mom in Kenya); Elijah, Robinson & George Kamau (Gards brothers in Kenya), Anne Kamau (Gards sister in Canada); Dorothy Manyara and Charles Koinange (Gards Cousins in Dallas, Texas)

God be with you till we meet again Gardson Maingi Kamau.

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Judges who quit to get pay for life

Posted by Administrator on September 17, 2010

Judges and magistrates who will opt to go home instead of being vetted afresh will get a “golden handshake” and a lifetime pension.

The farewell package from the Judiciary, which is being prepared by the government, will also be handed out to the judges and magistrates who will fail the vetting test as required under the new Constitution.

The government has decided to pay the benefits in line with the Pensions Act and not a lump-sum figure.

“Some judges had suggested a lump-sum to be paid to those opting to retire, but we felt that this will amount to inducement.
“Their pension will depend on how many years they have served and in accordance with the Pensions Act,” Justice minister Mutula Kilonzo said on Thursday. This means that the officers will receive a quarter of their total retirement money and the balance will be paid monthly for the rest of their lives.
Figures from the Judiciary showed that the basic salary of the highest paid judge is Sh481,000.

The basic entry salary for a High Court judge is Sh232,000 while that of Court of Appeal judge is Sh292,000

In calculating a judge’s pension, the government uses the basic salary only without including the allowances.

Since the Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Bill, which was published on Wednesday, is supposed to have been enacted by the end of October, it means the judges and magistrates will be vetted starting February next year, three months after the enactment of the law.

The Bill sets two months for the Vetting of Judges and Magistrates Board to be established and a similar period to prepare for the task.

Section 22 (2) of the Bill reads: “The Board shall have a preparatory period of two months during which it may undertake all tasks necessary to ensure it is able to work effectively from the commencement of its operations.”

The Bill gives judges and magistrates three months to decide either to be vetted or to go home.

The Vetting Board, which will have one year to conclude business, will be divided into three panels.

The first to face the test will be Court of Appeal judges and those of the High Court.

“The vetting of Court of Appeal judges and judges of the High Court shall be finalised within three months,” the Bill proposes.
The Registrar of the High Court and its administrator will also be vetted.

The board will then turn to chief magistrates, magistrates and the registrars at their rank, an exercise that has to be concluded in six months.

The Nation learnt that the Judiciary had decided to send home one High Court judge who has attained retirement age. The retirement letter for the judge was prepared on Wednesday.

This means that the Judiciary has 44 High Court judges and 11 in the Court of Appeal.

All judges and magistrates have agreed to be vetted so long as the process is fair.

However, sources in the Judiciary said a number of judges and magistrates will opt for retirement.

This means the government will need to move quickly to appoint replacements to avoid a crisis in courts, which are already weighed down by a backlog of cases.

The judges, who have been on vacation, are expected back in their chambers on Monday, and that is when the Judiciary will start receiving information on those who will not want to be subjected to the vetting.

Another Bill that seeks to establish a seven-member tribunal to decide the fate of judges accused of incompetence or gross misconduct has been approved by the Cabinet.

The Judicial Service Bill to be published on Friday, lays out the criteria for the recruitment, removal, disciplining and promotion of judges and magistrates. Mr Kilonzo said if enacted, the Bill will radically transform the Judiciary and ensure that it operates independently and impartially.

Daily Nation

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Kibaki heads to US for UN summit

Posted by Administrator on September 17, 2010

President Kibaki leaves the country Friday for the United States to attend the 65th Session of the United Nations General Assembly.

The Session of will seek to examine progress made since 2009, with a view to sharing lessons learned and exploring new areas of cooperation among UN member states. 

The UN assembly opens on Thursday in New York and the President is among those scheduled to address the summit.

President Kibaki is expected to attend several meetings including the High Level Summit on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).

The meeting, which opens on Monday will examine progress made through a review of successes, best practices, lessons learned, obstacles and opportunities and come up with concrete strategies and an action plan. 

During the meetings, President Kibaki will share the Kenya experience in the attainment of a new Constitution, especially on the Bill of Rights that guarantees all citizens access to basic and fundamental rights. 

Kenya was among the 189 UN member states which in 2000 signed and adopted the Millennium Declaration that aims at freeing humankind from extreme poverty and improve their lot.

Kenya has made considerable progress towards attainment of the MDGs since the signing of the Declaration in 2000. 

For example, on eradication of extreme poverty and hunger, the country has implemented specific programmes to enhance reduction of poverty in the country. 

These include implementation of social welfare programmes such as Kazi Kwa Vijana and the Cash transfer programmes have helped to reduce the numbers of people living below the poverty line and experiencing hunger.  Others include the implementation of the Economic Stimulus Programme (ESP) and subsidies for fertiliser and seeds which have increased agricultural productivity.

Kenya is also likely to achieve the goal on universal primary education by 2015, given the steady increase in primary schools Net Enrolment Rate from 73.7% in 2000 to 92.9% in 2009.  Aided by the government’s waiver on tuition fees in public secondary schools, the primary to secondary school transition rate increased from 46.5% in 2003 to 83.2% in 2009. 

HIV prevalence has also declined tremendously.  For instance, the HIV prevalence (age group 15-49 years) was estimated to be 6.3% in 2009, down from 7.4% in 2007.

The country has increased access to HIV and Aids management services and free anti-retroviral drugs (ARVs) are now available to about 260,000 Kenyans.

The plane carrying the President and his delegation departs Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 11.30 p.m.

Source: Daily Nation

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