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Kibaki, PM meet over nominees

Posted by Administrator on February 23, 2011

NAIROBI, Kenya, Feb 23 – President Mwai Kibaki and Prime Minister Raila Odinga held a two hour meeting on Wednesday in a bid to restart the process of picking a new Attorney General.

The Prime Minister strode into the President’s Harambee House office at 12.45pm and left at 2.45pm.

He did not speak to journalists who had camped outside the office.

The two had initially been expected to meet on Tuesday evening, moments after the President withdrew his controversial list of nominees to the offices of the Chief Justice, Attorney General, Director of Public Prosecutions and Controller of Budget.

The President said he had decided to let the Judicial Service Commission initiate the process of picking a new CJ and went on to invite the PM for further consultations on the nomination of the country’s Attorney General.

Speaking soon after President Kibaki announced the withdrawal of the nominees, the Premier said that he was happy that finally, “the President has seen the light.”

He told reporters he was ready to meet the President to deliberate on the matter in line with the National Accord that demands that such appointments be done after consultations.

The Prime Minister said he was always open to negotiations with the President “because that is the only best way for us to move the country forward.”

Read more: http://www.capitalfm.co.ke/news/Kenyanews/Kibaki,-PM-meet-over-nominees-11821.html#ixzz1EnEsnR2Z

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Daughter of Tycoon in Robbery Charge

Posted by Administrator on February 23, 2011

The daughter of a former Thika wholesaler has appeared before a Thika court charged with robbery using violence. Joyce Wambui Njirii whose father owned a wholesale store Kibuthia Stores, appeared before Senior Resident Magistrate Leticia Wachira.

Wambui was charged that on August 2, last year she robbed one Pius Kimeu Muasya of 430 bags of coffee with a value of Sh6 million. She was alleged to have been with other accomplices and were armed with a rifle and pangas. The coffee belonged to Kwega Coffee Estate in Thika.

Wambui faced an alternative charge that on August 7, she and her accomplices sold 71 bags of coffee stolen from Kwega Estate to Thika Coffee Mills for Sh990,697. The accused denied both charges.

Wambui was defended by Mbiyu Kamau who applied for her release on bond but the plea was rejected. The case is being prosecuted by Chief Inspector Josephine Wambua who opposed bond for the accused saying she had absconded earlier.

Kamau had submitted that the offence of robbery with violence is bailable. The case will be heard on March 3.

Source: www.nairobistar.com

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Govt calls for early applications for vehicle waivers

Posted by Administrator on February 23, 2011

The Government has advised Kenyan citizens who are returning from abroad with their vehicles which do not meet the 8-year-old rule for all imported vehicles, to apply for a waiver before shipping their vehicles to the country in order to avoid losses.

Speaking when he chaired a meeting with officers from the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS), Industrialization PS Dr. Karanja Kibicho said this will save them from suffering heavy demurrage at the port of Mombasa and the costs of re-shipping the vehicles back to the countries of origin when their applications are rejected.

He said the National Standards Council had set up a Technical Waivers Evaluation Committee to deal with applications in line with the approved criteria.

KEBS Managing Director Joseph Koskey said the committee sits twice a month adding that in the event that the applications are many, the committee convenes even earlier to evaluate them.

He explained that once applications for the exemption on the eight year rule are rejected, people are required to ship their vehicles back to the countries of origin.

They are not allowed to sell these vehicles as scrap to metal dealers. 

He further pointed out that the other option was for owners to meet the cost of crushing these vehicles at the port and that of disposal of the crushed units.

The council has now developed and published procedures and criterion which the technical evaluation committee uses to evaluate the applications.

Among beneficiaries of the waiver are Kenyan citizens returning home after a period of two years who have a personal attachment to the vehicles they have pre- owned for at least two years. This category of applicants has to produce a logbook, a copy of their passports and also have to get clearance by Interpol.

Under the affirmative action for disabled people in the spirit of People with Disability Act, the Committee also considers customized vehicles for disabled people being imported for use by an individual. Applicants have to apply for waiver, prove disability and avail a report detailing customization of the vehicle to accommodate disability together with purchase documents.

Source: http://www.kbc.co.ke/news.asp?nid=69064

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Prezzo’s Former Bodyguard in Hijack Drama

Posted by Administrator on February 23, 2011

Rapper Prezzo’s former bodyguard George Otieno, known in entertainment circles as Oty, barely escaped alive an hijacking incident recently. Oty, who now works for Congolese businessman Cedric Kilendes as a bodyguard, was hijacked from a popular night spot in the Nairobi CBD at 3am and taken to Karura Forest where he was beaten up and asked to reveal the whereabouts of his boss.

Speaking to Word Is, Oty said, “I saw around six men walk into the club we were in in Hurlingham. I sensed something was amiss as one of them insulted us and I told my boss we had to leave the club immediately. That is when we went to another club; where they followed and hijacked me.”

He added, “They came straight to me and asked for my boss Cedric. I had to protect him by shielding him from the men and he managed to escape. While getting out of the club, a fight ensued and about 20 men bundled me into a waiting car.” Oty said he was then driven in a convoy of six cars to Karura Forest where he was beaten up and threatened at gunpoint.

According to police records, the Congolese businessman – who is a regular visitor to Kenya- together with Oty recorded a statement at the Central Police Station. In the police Occurrence Book report number OB44/9/02/2011, George Otieno claims he was hijacked, taken to Karura forest and assaulted by Tinta Akasha, a member of the famous Akasha family. Oty is currently nursing serious wounds as a result of the assault.

Source: www.NairobiStar.com

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Help For a Kenyan Boy in Baltimore, Maryland Scheduled To Undergo Brain Surgery

Posted by Administrator on February 23, 2011

Fabian Mwangi Ndungu

Fabian Mwangi Ndungu

Fabian Ndung’u Githinji is an adorable 3-year-old boy who was born with Dandy-Walker malformation with massive hydrocephalus.

There is increased intracranial pressure in his brain and if not treated would be fatal for this boy. In order to save Fabian’s life and give him a chance to have a normal life, he is to undergo Neuro Surgery at the John Hopkins Hospital.

Fabian is a nephew to Dr Isaac Kuria, Simon Ndung’u (Nyoro), Mwangi Mbuguiro, and Phillip Nene Kibe, all of Baltimore, Maryland.

The family is pleading with the community for assistance to help cover the cost of Fabian’s Neuro-surgery.

A fundraiser has been scheduled to take place on:

Date: Sunday, March 13, 2011

Time: starting at 3pm

Venue: 5315 Harford Road, Baltimore, MD 21214 (KCFA fellowship location).

Those who would like to help but cannot attend the fundraiser can deposit funds at the following bank account:

Bank Name: Bank of America

Account Name: Anne Maureen W. Kimani

Account Number: 446020721813

For further information, please contact the following people:

Dr Isaac Kuria: (301) 512-8535

Simon Ndung’u (Nyoro): (443) 531-8332

Mwangi Mbuguiro: (443) 983-4192

Phillip Nene Kibe: (443) 356-2658

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