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Residents turn gardens into altar of immorality

Posted by Administrator on February 24, 2011

It was disgrace for residents of Kakamega Town after pictures of couples making it out at a recreational ground were made public.

A wild uproar hit the town after explicit pictures taken at the historical Muliro Gardens were circulated on the Internet.

Religious leaders from Western Province also condemned Muliro obscenities at Gardens, calling on the Government to take action.

Bishops Simon Oketch (ACK, Maseno North Diocese) and Titus Khamala said the images painted Kakamega negatively.

“People now think sex in public places is what residents of Kakamega do to pass time,” said Rev Khamala.;

Rev Oketch said the municipal council and the police should put in place measures to stop such acts from happening.

“We are not going to sit back and watch such things happen. It is disgusting and totally unacceptable,” he said.

Separately, local civic leaders pledged to push for council askaris to be deployed at the gardens.

Clearly visible

“We were equally shocked when we saw the pictures on the Internet. What makes matters worse is that the acts happened only a few metres from municipal council offices,” said Councillor Joe Serenge.

 
 

The councillors, who visited The Standard offices in Kakamega to issue a statement, called on the police to arrest the culprits.

“Our colleagues in other councils are wondering what has become of Kakamega,” said councillor Christopher Likolokoli.

”]Residents of Kakamega Town have accused the Government of neglecting Muliro Gardens. Some people have turned the national monument into a theatre of immorality. [PHOTO: BENJAMIN SAKWA/STANDARD]“Since their faces are clearly visible, the police should move in and arrest them,” added Mr Serenge.

Muliro Gardens, a gazetted national monument under the National Museums of Kenya, appeared to have a new function.

Several pictures of couples having sex on a bamboo bench at the gardens were circulated on the Internet, to the disbelief of many residents.

However, a worker at the garden who sought anonymity said the pictures were nothing new to him.

“These acts happen here all the time. It is only that the matter has now been made public,” he said.

Khamala regretted that Kakamega now looks like a destination for immoral activities following the postings on the Internet.

“Muliro Gardens is a place to rest, a meeting place or a place to hold rallies. It is not a place for immoral activities like what we are seeing on the Internet,” he said.

In one of the images, two police officers are seen talking to a couple whom they caught pants down.

Kakamega OCPD Joseph Omijah said he was unaware of the pornographic images, but promised to investigate the matter.

He vowed to take action against any officer who could have put up with the immorality.

“I am not aware if there have been any arrests made to that effect,” he added.

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Kenyan ‘Dogs of War’ fighting for Gaddafi

Posted by Administrator on February 24, 2011

Kenyan mercenaries are among foreign soldiers helping the besieged Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi fight off an uprising.

This was confirmed on Thursday by Col Gaddafi’s former Chief of Protocol Nouri Al Misrahi in an interview with the Al Jazeera broadcasting network.

Mr Misrahi was detailing how Gaddafi had resorted to using mercenaries against his own people after losing control of the Libyan armed forces.

When asked where the mercenaries came from and how they were recruited, the first country he mentioned was Kenya. Other countries he listed are Chad, Niger and Mali.

He described the mercenaries as jobless ex-soldiers and officers who were enticed to Libya by money.

He clarified that they were not sent officially by their governments, but were privateers recruited directly by the regime and they were being used to hunt and kill Libyan dissidents after Gaddafi’s armed police and soldiers abandoned him and “went with the people”.

He said Gaddafi has no more trust in his own armed forces because they had largely defied orders to turn their guns on the demonstrators.

“Those mercenaries are being used against Libyans, because Gaddafi has no more trust in his police and soldiers, they let him down and went to the people”.

The mercenaries from African countries, he said, were poor and homeless former soldiers who were easily recruited over the years.

The former senior official in Libya spoke as the government in Nairobi denied that Kenyan mercenaries were being used to execute Gaddafi’s brutal crackdown.

However, there was an admission that retired police and army officers could be in Libya working for private companies. (Read: MP cites his worries over Kenyan ‘dogs of war’)

The story of Kenyan mercenaries was lent further credence by a Libyan military defector quoted in the UK newspaper — The Guardian – listing Kenya as one of the recruitment grounds for thousands of African mercenaries propping up the regime.

Air Force Major Rajib Feytouni said he had personally witnessed 4,000 to 5,000 mercenaries flown into his air force base on Libyan military transport planes since 14 February— several days before the uprising started.

“They (the planes) had 300 men at a time, all of them coming out with weapons. They were all from Africa: Ghanaians, Kenyans,” he is quoted in the Guardian.

The mercenaries are being used by Col Gaddafi to violently break down the wave of protests that is spreading across the North African country.

“That is why we turned against the government. That and the fact that there was an order to use planes to attack the people,” said Major Feytouni in the second largest city of Benghazi which has fallen in the hands of rebels. (Read: Inside Libya’s first free city)

Acting Foreign Affairs minister George Saitoti also denied the allegations when he appeared before the Parliamentary Committee on Defence yesterday.

In Parliament, Foreign Affairs assistant minister Richard Onyonka dismissed the involvement of Kenyan mercenaries in the violent Libyan crackdown on protesters.

“The only individuals in Libya are embassy staff and students who are not involved militarily,” he said.

Government spokesman Alfred Mutua also denied knowledge of any Kenyan mercenaries fighting on the side of Col Gaddafi.

However, he conceded that there were dozens of retired soldiers and police officers who have taken up employment in private companies to provide security in war zones who could be mistaken for mercenaries.

“In the past, some of our retired military people as well as police officers have been contracted to provide security by private companies in war torn countries such as Afghanistan and Iraq,” he said.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Kenyan+Dogs+of+War+fighting+for+Gaddafi+/-/1064/1114512/-/9vu1cq/-/index.html

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Killings up in Kibaki years: Karua

Posted by Administrator on February 24, 2011

Gichugu MP Martha Karua at the East African Human Rights Defenders Conference at Panafric Hotel, Nairobi on February 24 2011. Photo/ANTHONY OMUYA

Gichugu MP Martha Karua at the East African Human Rights Defenders Conference at Panafric Hotel, Nairobi on February 24 2011. Photo/ANTHONY OMUYA

Gichugu MP Martha Karua has accused President Kibaki’s administration of carrying out more extrajudicial killings than the Moi regime.

But the government swiftly dismissed her claims as a political statement. Government spokesman Alfred Mutua said the government was not going to “get caught up in the political drama”.

Ms Karua, a former minister for Justice and Constitutional Affairs, said that when President Kibaki took over in 2002 there was hope that extrajudicial killings would be an issue of the past, but that has not been the case.

“There have been more deaths, extrajudicial killings, under the Kibaki government than there ever were in the Moi regime,” she said.

Ms Karua was speaking on Thursday at the opening of the East African Human Rights Defenders conference in Nairobi.

The two-day meeting will see human rights defenders from Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi exchange their experiences and come up with strategies for strengthening their campaigns.

The Gichugu MP admitted that in 2007 her office was aware of such deaths and was investigating them even as the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights (KNCHR) tried to point them out.

“They presented a report of 500 cases of extrajudicial killings,” she said. “I thought they were exaggerating but after a closer look and listening more, I realised that there were more than documented.”

KNCHR’s vice-chairperson Hassan Omar Hassan said they had identified a “systematic failure” of the government to protect its people from extrajudicial killings, therefore implicating itself.

He accused Dr Mutua of having information regarding the 2009 killing of human rights activists Kamau King’ara and Paul Oulo.

He claimed that the two were shot down by the police along State House road. “How did he know that they were receiving money to fund unlawful groups?” Mr Hassan asked.

Ms Karua said when pressure regarding the killings mounted, she spoke out in Parliament.

Indeed, in November 2009 she sought to know the security situation in the country following the allegations of a police squad set up to kill suspected members of the outlawed Mungiki sect.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/politics/Killings+up+in+Kibaki+years+Karua+/-/1064/1114562/-/65yt28z/-/index.html

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Ngilu wins libel suit against Kiss FM and the ‘Weekly Citizen’

Posted by Administrator on February 24, 2011

Judge Hatari Waweru on February 24, 2011 said the defendants defamed Mrs Ngilu (above) who has a high public standing. Photo/FILE

Judge Hatari Waweru on February 24, 2011 said the defendants defamed Mrs Ngilu (above) who has a high public standing. Photo/FILE

A Cabinet minister has won a defamation case against a media house and a weekly publication.

Judge Hatari Waweru entered a judgment against Radio Africa Limited which runs Kiss FM for airing a libellous remark about Water minister Charity Ngilu six years ago.

Mr Justice Waweru also entered judgment against politician Wanguhu Ng’ang’a, two Kiss FM employees Caroline Mutoko and Carol Radull who presented the morning radio programme, “The Big Breakfast Show.”

The judge struck out defences filed by the five defendants and entered an interlocutory judgment against them severally.

“The minister will proceed to proof quantum of damages,” lawyer Cecil Miller told the judge.

Also to pay Mrs Ngilu for defamation is Headlink Publishers Limited which runs the Weekly Citizen.

Entering judgment against Headlink, Mr Ng’ang’a, Radio Africa Ltd, Ms Mutoko and Ms Radull Mr Justice Waweru said “they failed to present defences with triable issues.”

He added the defendants defamed Mrs Ngilu who has a high public standing as a mother, grandmother and a Cabinet minister.

While allowing the application by lawyer Miller for Mrs Ngilu, the judge said the defences filed by the five were frivolous, vexatious and an abuse of the court process.

Mr Miller urged the judge to strike out the defence because they failed to indicate the nature of evidence the defendants intended to rely on.

The judge said the weekly in its issue of July 4/10, 2005, falsely, maliciously and spitefully libelled the minister by alleging she had misbehaved at a parking lot in a members’ club in Nairobi .

“The defences by the defendants are scandalous, frivolous and vexatious aimed to embarrass or delay the fair trial of the case and therefore an abuse of the court process,” Mr Justice Waweru said in his ruling.

He said the minister tendered evidence to show she was in London at the time she was alleged to have been at the club.

She also tabled evidence of minutes of the committee of the club stating nothing “of that sort happened in that club.”

The court said Mr Ng’ang’a did not tender evidence of a transcript of his address to the press when he allegedly attacked the minister’s conduct and reputation.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Ngilu+wins+libel+suit+against+Kiss+FM/-/1056/1114554/-/atonq3z/-/index.html

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My life after the wheelchair

Posted by Administrator on February 24, 2011

Mary Mwangangi in her office during the interview the books on February 12, 2011. Photo/JENNIFER MUIRURI

Mary Mwangangi in her office during the interview the books on February 12, 2011. Photo/JENNIFER MUIRURI

A head-on collision in March 2003 involving a police vehicle and a speeding lorry changed Mary Mwangangi’s life. The irony was that Mrs Mwangangi was the top most traffic police officer in the country.

In an instance, one of the most decorated women in the police force fell victim to her nemesis: road carnage. On that afternoon, she was travelling from the Makindu Traffic Bay where she had gone to visit the officers.

As fate would have it, she had not fastened her seat belt. As a result, she spent the next five years of her life in a wheel-chair.

“There are only two things that brought me through that particular period in my life — a loving family and God,” said Mrs Mwangangi.

Broken ribs, hands and legs. On that fateful day her medical file read like an emergency room manual. Nine years later, she still retains a charm and has risen from the ashes like the proverbial Phoenix, although she could not get back to active duty.

“And just like that, my career in the disciplined forces came to a premature end,” said Mrs Mwangangi. But she still dedicates her time to public service as a member of the Public Service Commission.

Swahili accent

A couple of things stand out when she speaks. She makes eye contact and holds her gaze whether answering or asking a question. The other is her coastal Swahili accent. Born and raised in Mombasa, lingering for too long on some consonants or abruptly cutting others comes naturally.

It was in the coastal city that she eventually fell for the police force after a love-hate relationship with the men and women in blue. Love, because she was an officer’s daughter, and hate, because of having experienced police incompetence at some point in her life.

One day, she narrates, her family woke up to an empty car park outside their house. Fearing the worst, her father quickly circulated the details of the missing car to his colleagues via radio.

Soon a search was mounted and the car was located not far from their home at the Mombasa Railway Station.“My dad was really eager to know the kind of thief that was brave enough to steal the chief’s car. So he launched his own investigations into the matter,” said Mrs Mwangangi.

So, her father ended up interrogating the guards who were on duty the night the car disappeared. The inquiry revealed shocking news.

“The officer told him that my older brother was the one who left the car at the Railways parking lot the previous night because he had run out of fuel,” she said.

All the while, her brother had said nothing. Angry, her father came home, whipped out his pistol and threatened to shoot his son as punishment for gross indiscipline.

“Fearing the worst, I ran to the nearest police station to report the matter but no one believed me. The officers manning the desk had too much respect for my father and thought he would never do such a thing,” she says, letting out a light chuckle.

Instead of giving her assistance, they threatened to lock her up for being such a nuisance. So she went back home fearing the worst. Luckily, her brother got off lightly. Instead of a bullet, he received several hard slaps and a stern warning.

“From that day on, I decided the life I would choose in adulthood would have very little to do with the police,” she said. In the middle of a well-manicured lawn with clearly demarcated footpaths sits a simple house with lime green walls, flowerpots hanging from the rafters and the branches of surrounding fruit trees.

There isn’t a stone out of place. Here is the place the Mwangangis have called home for decades. Somewhere in the house is Mr Mwangangi, making sure her wife of 38 years is as comfortable as possible while at the same time giving her as much space as possible.

“This is your day, not mine,” he said, declining to be part of the interview. Although she regained her health after the accident, her recovery was not 100 per cent. There are things she cannot do for herself.

“He has been my rock,” she says of her husband. Every other day her husband bathes her, dresses her and drives her to wherever her services as an author and a motivational speaker are needed. To be there for his family, Mr Mwangangi opted for early retirement from his post as Lieutenant-Colonel in the Kenyan military.

“That was his life and he gave it up for me,” she says. Even though she had vowed to stay away from the disciplined forces, she found herself in it. Thus continuing the long line of service men in her family. As her grandfather and her father were, so she too was to be. It was in her blood.

And it took the slightest of encounters to nudge her towards Kiganjo, the Kenya Police training school. After her A-levels she got a job as a bank clerk. One day on her way to work, she saw a sight to behold.

“As I was crossing the road to get to the bank, I saw this woman in police uniform driving herself in a squad car. She looked so impressive. The image stayed with me,” she says.

By coincidence, when she got to the office and was flipping through the newspapers, she saw a Kenya Police recruitment advertisement. She applied and, as they say, the rest is history.

Male-dominated force

This was 1971. A male-dominated, chauvinistic police force was no place for a young woman. “It had its challenges too. But I rolled with the punches,” she says. “I gave as good as I got. Soon they realised I was not going to be a push over.”

To make matters worse, she said yes to a marriage proposal by the enemy. In the 1970s, there was animosity between the military and the police. Both units wanted to prove to the other whose duty was of more importance to the state.

“This was unusual at that time. Some of my colleagues thought I was illogical. But matters of the heart need not be supported by logic. Besides, in our own opinion, our wedding was some kind of olive branch extended between the two forces,” she says.

The foundation of their marriage was solid, but from time to time it was shaken to its core. “As an army man, my husband was travelling a lot. The time away from each other took its toll,” she says.

The year 1981 particularly stands out. The OAU summit was to be held in Kenya for the first time. The logistics of the function were proving to be a nightmare.

Things were getting thick for Mrs Mwangangi. She had just become a mother for the second time. Her husband was away and her house help chose this time to decide that the workload was too much for her. Plus, as the Officer Commanding Station-Nairobi, she was required to be at every security meeting and every rehearsal.

“There were times I would drive with the children to work and ask the driver to look after them until I returned,” she says. However, on the final day of the conference, lady luck smiled on her. On that day, she was in charge of former President Moi’s route home. She was to make sure the President had a smooth ride home.

“Just as the outriders were making their way into the President’s compound in Kabarnet Gardens Estate in Nairobi, his limousine pulled up,” she recalled. “Are you the officer in charge,” asked the President.

“Yes I am,” she answered. “Thank you for bringing me home safely,” he said. After enquiring about her name and rank, Mr Moi proceeded to his house. Some time later she was promoted.

A decade after retiring from the force, it is clear it is still part of her. Each time she speaks to a colleague, who was her senior, her sentences inevitably begin and end with the word ‘Sir.’ In 1984, the Mwangangis moved to Washington where the head of the family had been posted as the Defence Attaché.

The posting lasted five years. Mrs Mwangangi says that period helped her appreciate the different cultures in the world, and the importance of working hard and getting an education.

She too served at the Kenyan consulate in Washington as First Secretary. She earned her first degree at 40, and enrolled for her masters at 52. This journey towards the masters would be cut short by the accident.

“Its never too late to do the things you want to do,” she says as she flips over children’s books she has written.“As I was giving lectures on traffic and child safety, I realised not many people knew about them. That is why I decided to write these books,” she says.

She has published seven books. She mostly writes children’s books because, according to her, that is the only way to make a difference. At that time she was serving as the Deputy Head of Training and Research at the police headquarters.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/Features/lifestyle/My+life+after+the+wheelchair/-/1214/1110716/-/1l336j/-/index.html

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Sonko granted bail in Sh1m fraud case

Posted by Administrator on February 24, 2011

Makadara MP Gideon Mbuvi appears before Mombasa chief magistrate Rosemelle Mutoka to answer charges of defrauding Najma Ali Ahmed of Sh1,050,000. He denied the charge and was released on bond of Sh 900,000 with surety of a similar amount February 24, 2011. LABAN WALLOGA

Makadara MP Gideon Mbuvi has been charged with obtaining over one million shillings through false pretences by a Mombasa court. 

The MP, who appeared before Mombasa chief magistrate Rosemelle Mutoka, denied the charge and was released on a Sh900, 000 bond with surety of a similar amount. 

According to the charge sheet, the MP’s name read: Gideon Kioko Mbuvi alias Musa. 

The MP was in court attending to another matter in which summons were issued against him in connection with a Sh5 million fraud case. 

Immediately the magistrate was through with the Sh5m case and while the MP had started to walk away, the court clerk called out his name and the charge was read out to him.

Chief inspector Peter Githogo said the prosecution intends to consolidate the matter with another already in court. 

The MP, allegedly with others not before court and with intent to defraud, obtained Sh1, 050,000 from Najma Ali Ahmed saying he was in a position to sell her a plot.

He is alleged to have committed the offence on November 13, 2009 at Martin Tindi and company advocates offices in Mombasa town.

Lawyer Gakuhi Gacaku representing the MP had earlier sought to have his client released on bond with an alternative of cash bail.

“The accused is not likely to abscond, he is an MP and would abide by terms,” said Mr Gakuhi who also told the court that the accused had presented himself before court.

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New names relased in Ranneberger dossier on drug trafficking

Posted by Administrator on February 24, 2011

Gideon Moi

Gideon Moi

RETIRED President Moi’s son Gideon, former beauty queen Deborah Sanaipei, and local musician Prezzo are among the new names in the dossier of suspected drug traffickers tabled by Internal Security minister George Saitoti in Parliament on Thursday.

Saitoti told Parliament that the dossier had been compiled by the American government and presented to him last year by US ambassador Michael Ranneberger. The same dossier was handed over to the Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

Although the names in the Ranneberger report are covered by Parliamentary privilege, all those made public so far have vociferously denied any involvement in the drugs trade. Saitoti ordered Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere to conduct investigations on the information in the dossier but the preliminary police report presented this week absolved the MPs of any involvement in the drugs trade and is attached to the Ranneberger dossier which was tabled by Saitoti.

Five current and former MPs— Juja’s William Kabogo, Kisauni’s Hassan Joho, Kilome’s John Harun Mwau, Makadara’s Gideon Mbuvi aka Mike Sonko, and former Kamukunji MP Simon Mbugua were mentioned when the matter first resurfaced in Parliament last year.

According to the Ranneberger dossier tabled on Thursday,  Gideon Moi is said to be a co-owner with Kabogo of Orbit Transporters, a firm that the dossier says is involved in arms trafficking from Kenya to the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Political activist Mary Wambui is mentioned but not in connection with drug trafficking. She is cited as a guest of Joho’s brother Abubakar. The US claim Abubakar is a leading narcotics dealer in Mombasa who introduced Joho into the trade.

“Abubakar usually hosted powerful politicians such as Mary Wambui, second wife of Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki,” page 5 of the report tabled by Saitoti says in part.

Kabogo on Thursday read out this section when he demanded to know why Saitoti had been selective in named him and the others as those suspected of involvement in the drugs trade.

Mathira MP Ephraim promptly stood up on a point of order saying the President had gone on record to clarify  to the country that he had only one wife.

Presidential candidate Eugene Wamalwa is cited on page 12 as the person who “assisted” in waiving import duty on for a “suspicious” container shipment brought in by Kabogo. “Approximately Sh2 million in unspecified currency was spent on bribes,” the dossier prepared by Ranneberger says.

PNU Secretary for Integrity Stanley Livondo is accused of running a transportation company as a front for Kabogo’s cocaine smuggling. The report mentions former Miss Tourism Kenya and Miss Tourism Africa beauty queen Debra Sanaipei Ntimama as being a suspected courier and having attended a meeting in June 2008 with Kabogo and other Kenya based trafficking associates and a group of unidentified Nigerians from Miami. The meeting was allegedly held at Havana restaurant in Nairobi.

According to the report, others in attendance included Diana Chebet Koech, a Kenya Airways senior flight attendant and the girlfriend of Kenya based narcotics trafficker Ken Obinna, Anthony Chinedu Ifedigbo aka Tony Wale aka Tony Chinedu who has been involved in a long running custody and property battle with his estranged Kenya wife Joyce Akinyi. “It is not known what was discussed in the meeting,” the report says. Others named include “Mary Riziki, the owner of Makini Herbal Clinic that has been involved in Gitau’s (Kabogo’s) narcotics trafficking activities.”

Also mentioned is Riziki’s son Jackson Makini, popularly known as Prezzo, who is a well-known Kenyan pop singer. It claims the singer has long been involved in Kabogo’s narcotic business. “Gitau (Kabogo) served as best man at Jackson’s 6th December 2008 wedding, which reportedly was attended by a number of narcotics traffickers who paid an entrance fee of 5,000 Kenyan shillings each,” the dossier claims.

The dossier claims that John Harun Mwau was “probably” involved in a shipment of the 1.25 metric tons of cocaine that was seized in Mombasa and Nairobi in December 2004, the largest seizure in Kenyan history and that Mwau blamed Kabogo for the seizure valued at Sh6.4 billion. “The current state of their personal relationship is unclear. However, their professional relationship- for both licit and illicit business appears to have continued,” the report says. “Gitau and Mwau are considered to be dangerous and have been linked to “contract killings,” the report states.

Michael Musa Munga is identified as a narcotics dealer who stores his drugs in Gikomba, Mathare, Githurai and uses street beggars and street children in Nairobi’s CBD to peddle the drugs.

He is said to use the drivers and conductors of his fleet of buses to distribute the drugs. He is reported to have been “socially and professionally” linked to the late CID boss Gatiba Karanja.

The report says Munga uses a location near Eastleigh Air Force Base in Nairobi as a packaging facility. From there, Musa connived with unidentified base commanders to package and drive them out in military vehicles for distribution elsewhere.

Others named in the report are Humphrey Kariuki Ndegwa who owns several businesses in partnership with unidentified German and Italian businessmen and served as a board member for Dalbit Petroleum, a fuel depot in southern Sudan that was involved in drugs, weapons and human trafficking. Ndegwa is cited as the owning the Green Corner restaurant suspected to be a front company for drug trafficking. The restaurant’s bank account received a Sh2billion deposit in 2005 allegedly on behalf of Mwau, the report states.

Alan Herd (Allan Hurd), said to be the ‘de facto’ manager of the Kijepwa airstrip and the Mombasa flying club, allegedly allowed traffickers to use the airstrip to smuggle drugs into Mombasa. According to the report, Herd is the owner of the Wines of the World and is associated with a fruit juice business owned by Allesandro Torriani which are believed to be fronts for drug trafficking.

Source: http://www.nairobistar.com/national/national/15090-new-names-revealed-in-ranneberger-dossier

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Blast rocks Kenya’s border town hospital

Posted by Administrator on February 24, 2011

A bomb exploded at the Mandera District hospital as heavy fighting continued on Kenya’s border with Somalia and Ethiopia Thursday.

The explosion did not cause casualties, said North Eastern Provincial Commissioner James Ole Serian, but four Kenyans were treated for bullet wounds.

He described the shots as “stray bullets fired by fighting factions across the border in Somalia territory”.

“We are not sure who is fighting who because there are so many factions in Somalia. We have not established where the bomb came from.”

He allayed fears of insecurity, saying a contingent of Kenya army battalion have been put on standby around Mandera Town to protect residents.

“Our military is on standby along the border with Somalia from border Point One, all the way to Kilima Fisi, to prevent the fighting to escalate into Kenya and the other centres along the border have been secured up to Hulugo crossing point near Lamu,” said Mr Serian.

Border Point One is at the intersection between the three countries.

Another security team comprising Kenya Army’s Rangers and Special Forces detachments, as well as the General Service Unit and Administration Police, is patrolling the vast border.

Two Kenyan soldiers were also expected to be airlifted to Nairobi.

Source: http://www.africareview.com/News/Blast+rocks+Kenyan+border+hospital/-/979180/1114084/-/k3l6q0z/-/

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