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Twin explosions rock Mombasa

Posted by Administrator on March 31, 2012

Photo/DANIEL NYASSY/NATION Police secure the scene of the blast in Mombasa on March 31, 2012.

Photo/DANIEL NYASSY/NATION Police secure the scene of the blast in Mombasa on March 31, 2012.

At least one person was killed when two explosions rocked Mombasa town on Saturday evening.

The blasts occured at a busy bus terminus in Mtwapa and a restaurant in Mombasa town.

In Mtwapa, explosives were hurled at a Christian prayer meeting, fifteen kilometres from Mombasa town centre, at about 6.30pm.

The second attack took place shortly afterwards at a restaurant near the Mombasa Municipal Stadium.

At least 26 people were reported injured in the attack at the prayer gathering.  However, Sunday Nation could not independently verify the casualty figures.

In the second attack, at the Stadium View Bar and Restaurant, a police officer is said to have sustained serious injuries. The second attack took place at around 7.45pm.

Coast Provincial Commissioner Mr Ernest Munyi confirmed the explosions, saying that one person, a woman, had died in the Mtwapa incident.

While official sources reported that one person had died, unconfirmed reports indicated that the dead may have been four.

Mvita MP Najib Balala said that a second explosion had occurred at an entertainment spot near the Municipal stadium almost simultaneously.

“I have heard that besides the explosion in Mtwapa, there has been another one at an entertainment spot at the Buxton area near the Mombasa Municipal Stadium.

“I am trying to get further details from my contacts who live near the area where the second explosion has occurred. The details are still scanty,” he explained.

A senior police officer who, cannot be named because he is not authorised to speak on behalf of the force, said the Mtwapa prayer gathering was coming to an end when the device exploded, sending the congregation scampering to safety.

The officer who was among the first to rush to the scene said the incident occurred at around 6.30pm, sparking a major stampede in the area.

“It is hard to tell whether it was a grenade or a bomb, we are still investigating,” the officer stated.

The PC said that emergency services had been mobilised to undertake rescue efforts and ferry the injured to hospitals. He said the injured, three of them in critical condition, were taken to Coast General  Hospital.

Reports by Mark Agutu, Daniel Nyassy and Peter Leftie

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/News/Twin+explosions+rock+Mombasa+/-/1056/1377838/-/7jakw1z/-/index.html

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Hope for KR pensioners as new board is unveiled

Posted by Administrator on March 31, 2012

A new board to run the Kenya Railways Staff Retirement Benefit Scheme has been unveiled, one month after retirees demanded the sacking of directors linked to mismanagement.

The appointment of five members to the board  comes in the wake of  an audit report by the Retirement Benefit  Authority (RBA) which revealed how the outgoing board of trustees had mismanaged billions of shillings belonging to more than 9,000 retired Kenya Railways workers.

The scheme which is one of the wealthiest in the country in terms of land assets is worth in excess of Sh20 billion.

General (rtd) Jeremiah Kianga, who is the chairman of the Board of Directors of the Kenya Railways Corporation, unveiled the new team early last month in Nairobi during a meeting held at the KRC boardroom in Nairobi.

The new board members are Mr Arthur Runyejes, Mr Johnson Mwinzi, Ms Rhoda Muriungi, Captain (rtd) Ahmed Munir Abile and Mrs Josephine Masibo who is a senior manager at Human Resource Department in the corporation.

An insider in the meeting told the Sunday Nation that one nominee declined to take over the new duties.

Pensioners will elect their nominee at the Kenya Railways Training Institute in Nairobi on April 27 to join the board.

Two other board members will come from Rift Valley Railways and  the board of Kenya Railways Corporation.

The function to unveil the new board was attended by representatives from Kenya Railways Pensioners Association, the Association of Kenya Railways Retirement Association, former senior officials of Kenya Railways and women representatives .

During the meeting, General (rtd) Kianga reportedly told the pensioners that the new team was committed to ensure they will never suffer again.

“He assured us that the new team will bring in professionalism and that if we feel there is anything wrong going on at the scheme, his doors were wide opened,” said Mr Robert Azaria, the secretary general of Kenya Railways Pensioners Association who attended the meeting.

The previous nine-member board  which was sent packing was chaired by Ms Beryl Odinga. Other board members were Kenya Railways Chief Executive Nduva Muli, Dr Mtana Lewa, Mr Ken Wahome, Mr Silas Gitari, Mr Lazarus Keizi, Mr Moses Njeka, Ms Priscilla Mukuria and Mr Daniel Obop.

The previous board was accused of massive irregularities including selling some properties. It had also failed to settle pension arrears dating back to 2005.

Source: http://www.nation.co.ke/business/news/Hope+for+KR+pensioners+as+new+board+is+unveiled+/-/1006/1377522/-/tlf1te/-/

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