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New Permanent Representative of Kenya to the UN Presents Credentials

Posted by Administrator on December 17, 2010

The new Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations, Macharia Kamau, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The new Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations, Macharia Kamau, presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

The new Permanent Representative of Kenya to the United Nations, Macharia Kamau, today presented his credentials to UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.

Until his latest appointment, Mr. Kamau was Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Office at Nairobi, where he served concurrently as Permanent Representative to the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), and the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) from March 2009.

From August 2008 to March 2009, he served as a consultant in multiple concurrent roles, including Africa Adviser with the Global Development Department of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; Advocacy and Leadership Adviser with the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) for East and Southern Africa; Independent Consultant with the Africa Child Policy Forum in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia; Senior Associate at the Africa Policy Institute in Pretoria, South Africa; and Senior Adviser for Community Innovations in Pretoria.

Between June 2005 and July 2008, Mr. Kamau was the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) Country Representative in South Africa, prior to which he served in the same country as Acting United Nations Resident Coordinator and Designated Official for Safety and Security.  From September 2002 to April 2005, he was United Nations Resident Coordinator and United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Resident Representative in Kigali, Rwanda.  From May to August 2002, he was the United Nations Representative and Technical Adviser to the Technical Support Secretariat in Brussels, Belgium, prior to which he held the post of Resident Coordinator and UNDP Resident Representative in Gaborone, Botswana from August 1998 until May 2002.

In addition to New York, Mr. Kamau’s extensive experience in the United Nations system earned him postings to Barbados, Namibia and Zambia, serving in various capacities with UNICEF and the United Nations Transition Assistance Group.  He joined UNICEF in 1985 as Programme Communication and Social Mobilization Consultant for the East and Southern Africa Regional Office in Nairobi.

Mr. Kamau holds degrees in history, economics and education from Wooster College, Ohio, and Harvard University, Massachusetts.

He was born on 3 March 1958.


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Salesman accused of offering
woman cop sex for a discount

Posted by Administrator on December 17, 2010

DUBAI — A salesman, who allegedly tried to lure an undercover policewoman to pay and have sex with him, stood trial in the Court of Misdemeanour on Thursday.

The 34-year-old Kenyan salesman, who works at a furniture shop at a shopping mall in Rashidiya, denied the charges.

The defendant was arrested on May 18 by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers after the policewoman informed them about her conversation with him.

The woman officer said during interrogation that the defendant made indecent moves before her when she went to his shop wearing an abaya and sheila after midnight. Then, he offered her sex at a discounted rate.

As evidence, the prosecution enclosed in the case file an audio CD of the conversation the policewoman had with the defendant.

In that conversation, the defendant is believed to be offering the officer sex with two men. She was to pay for the sex but with 10 per cent discount.

However, when questioned by the police, the defendant claimed that he was only talking about the discount for a bed of high quality that would cost Dh38,000. He denied that he told the complainant that the bed was good, comfortable for sex and would withstand sexual activities.

The CID officers were informed about the defendant’s verbal harassment of women customers in his shop. He used to tell them that they would enjoy having sex with him and that they could get a discount.

Source: http://www.khaleejtimes.com/DisplayArticle.asp?xfile=data/theuae/2010/December/theuae_December453.xml&section=theuae&col=

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Furious MPs now want to disband KNCHR

Posted by Administrator on December 17, 2010

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 17 – A section of MPs are now planning to introduce a Motion in Parliament to disband the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) which they blame for ‘fixing’ the six suspects who face indictment by the ICC.

Belgut Member of Parliament Charles Keter accused the KNCHR of working to please foreign nations at the expense of Kenyans.

He said that the report prepared by the commission was erroneous and was largely relied upon by the International Criminal Court Prosecutor Luis Moreno-Ocampo in his investigations.

“The Kenya National Commission on Human Rights yesterday (Thursday) came out saying that those who have been named in the Ocampo list of six should step aside but I want to tell them your report was based on hearsay, you have been blamed for having coached and bribed witnesses, you have refused to even appear before CID, you should also step aside because you are using tax payers money yet there is no meaningful work you are doing apart from propaganda,” Mr Keter asserted.

The latest move comes at a time when the legislators have also filed another Motion for Kenya to pull out of the Rome Statute, which establishes the International Criminal Court.

The KNCHR report named several Kenyan leaders and politicians including the six named in the ICC list as masterminds of the post-election violence that left close to 1,500 people dead and displaced nearly half a million others.

“Ocampo based his investigations on hearsay. He went by the KNCHR report, the Waki report and we are clear that those were not reports which can pass any test so we want to tell Ocampo what he did was wrong and we will remind him forever and ever,” he said.

The ICC Prosecutor, on Wednesday named Cabinet Ministers Uhuru Kenyatta and Henry Kosgey, suspended Higher Education Minister William Ruto, Head of Civil Service Francis Muthaura, Former Police Commissioner Major General (Rtd) Hussein Ali and broadcaster Joshua arap Sang as the architects of the post poll chaos.

Mr Keter who was accompanied by other MPs from both PNU and ODM parties told Journalists that they hoped to table the Motion in Parliament once it returns from the Christmas break.

However, the new constitution states that such an amendment must get backing of two thirds majority of MPs before it is voted for in a referendum.

The MPs also defended the Head of Civil Service, the former Police Commissioner and broadcaster Sang and said they were not part of any political party at the time of the violence.

“Ocampo was very wrong on this list. We want justice for the post election victims, but we want justice free from political manipulation,” said legislator Adan Douale.

Read more: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/Kenyanews/Furious-MPs-now-want-to-disband-KNCHR-10911.html#ixzz18NW7ZzUU

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Ngilu grilled by KACC over alleged graft

Posted by Administrator on December 17, 2010

NAIROBI, Kenya, Dec 17 – Water and Irrigation Minister Charity Ngilu was on Friday questioned by the Kenya Anti-Corruption Commission in connection with alleged graft in parastatals under her ministry.

The minister arrived shortly after 9am and left an hour later without talking to journalists, who had camped at KACC’s Integrity Centre headquarters.

KACC Director-General PLO Lumumba later said Ngilu was responding to summons by the Commission to shed light on issues touching on Parastatals in the Ministry of Water particularly Tanathi Water Services Board and National Water Conservation and Pipeline Corporation.

He would not give details of the grilling but explained that the Commission would make appropriate recommendations once they were done with investigations.

“Madam Ngilu was asked to come here today to respond to allegations made about her and a number of officials regarding activities that may be considered economic crimes,” the director said.

The minister met detectives who are investigating the corruption allegations.

A statement from the commission said investigators were specifically interested in hearing about “conflict of interest in award of tenders and contracts to companies associated with her.”

In addition they sought insight into irregular procurement and tendering procedures in the construction of dams and sinking boreholes.

Public Works Assistant Minister Mwangi Kiunjuri sparked off the claims of a corruption scandal in the ministry after he was moved from the docket in October following a cabinet mini-reshuffle.

Last month, Mr Kiunjuri lodged an official complaint with the anti-graft body where he met detectives and presented his evidence.

According to the assistant minister the award of contracts at the ministry was not transparent and could have led to huge losses of public money. Mr Kiunjuri also claimed there was nepotism in the award of tenders.

The assistant minister, who blames Ngilu for his exit from the ministry, alleged that up to eight companies and a non-governmental organisation that had close links with the minister had done business with the ministry.

Ms Ngilu has in a place insisted that Kiunjuri case is a case of crying over sour grapes. She adds that the current allegations are brought by the fact that she refused to clear the payment of undocumented claims stretching to millions of shillings which had been presented by a contractor in July

Prof Lumumba said: “She has seen our investigators and we believe she will continue to work with us. We shall recall her if it’s necessary or when there are issues to be clarified.”

The minister is accused of misusing public funds after the ministry sunk 126 of the 408 boreholes drilled across the country in her home region of Ukambani.

Read more: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/Kenyanews/Ngilu-grilled-by-KACC-over-alleged-graft-10916.html#ixzz18NVQ1WrG

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