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Nairobi News : November 4th 2013
4 Monday, November 4, 2013 NAIROBINEWS.CO.KE Sonko denies frustrating workers on disputed land ABIUD OCHIENG, NairobiNews email@example.com Nairobi Senator Gidion Mbuvi has been accused of frustrating the construction of a multi-million shilling project on a land whose ownership he is contesting. Through lawyer Nyangau Masore, Tranquility Development Ltd said despite a court order allowing the construction of go-downs on a land it had purchased from the National Council of Churches of Kenya (NCCK), Mr “Sonko” had resorted to intimidating the contractor. “Some of the construction workers don’t come to work citing intimidation from the senator,” said lawyer Masore. Public property The firm and Mr “Sonko” through their lawyers have filed separate applications before the Land and Environment court Judge Pauline Nyamweya. Tranquility is opposing an application seeking to stop them from further construction while the senator wants them stopped on grounds that the land is a public property which is not being utilised for its intended purpose. Tranquility lawyers have asked the court to grant an early ruling date on the applications to end the anxiety and tension being created can be addressed. Mr “Sonko” through his lawyer Wahome Mwangi, has refuted the intimidation claims and asked the court to subject Tranquility to strict proof. Hong Kong | Transformation news UMOINNER RUSH TO BEAT INSPECTION DEADLINE ALLAN OLINGO, NairobiNews firstname.lastname@example.org B uses belonging to Umoinner are being repainted for inspection purposes and not to leave the company, it emerged yesterday. Umoinner Sacco chairman Christopher Kibe said the company was rushing to beat a deadline issued by the government to have all its buses inspected before being allowed to operate again. He denied claims that Nairobi County Assembly in session: It has upheld the rejection by the Budget and Appropriations Committee of a chief finance officer forwarded to it by the office of the governor.| File, NairobiNews Assembly rejects finance candidate Qualification. It says governor’s office was presented with the two better options BILLY MUIRURI, NairobiNews email@example.com G overnor Evans Kidero’s choice for county Finance chief has been rejected. Caroline Mawathe was ruled out by the county’s Budget and Appropriation Committee — and its decision has been upheld by the Assembly. It supported the committee’s view that Ms Mawathe was not sufficiently qualified. Now until a new chief is appointed, Mr Jimmy Kiamba will continue to act as head of Finance. But the lack of a chief officer means the county finance office is not fully functional. The acting head’s authority is limited to certain levels of transactions in an organisation that has a Sh25 billion budget. Re-sat CPA papers Ms Mawathe applied to the County Public Service Board for the job. Her name and those of two other candidates were shortlisted and their names were forwarded to the governor’s office, which sent on her name to the Budget and Appropriation Committee. The battle to fill the plum position is now left between the other two names — former city treasurers Jacob Munge and Pius Ngugi. Mr Munge is the Makueni head of finance while Mr Ngugi holds a similar position in Kiambu. The committee noted that Ms A child attends class to learn how to speak English with a US accent. | Philipe Lopex, AFP Mawathe had to re-sit several Certified Public Accountants (CPA) papers at a city college nine years ago. CPA qualifications are key for finance positions. Last Thursday, county reps accused Ogada: The applicant was not even registered by the accountants’ professional body, Icpak the governor and the county Public Services Board of failing to give the city a suitable finance manager. “The applicant was not even registered by the accountants’ professional body, Icpak,” the committee’s chairman, Michael Ogada told the Assembly. Mr Ogada’s 19-member team also rejected Ms Mawathe because she works at “a small institution” where she is not even head of finance. According to her documents Ms Mawathe, who graduated from Bhopal University in India in 1994, is a senior accountant with the Kenya Industrial Property Institute. “She handles money for about 60 employees yet the County Government’s payroll has 11,000 people. This figure will go up by another 5,000 in the next five years. With her modest academic ability, she is unsuitable for this huge docket,” Mr Ogada said. Both Jubilee and Cord coalitions rejected Ms Mawathe saying the board that forwarded her name to Dr Kidero’s office had “other better options.” The committee also said Ms Mawathe was unassertive when it interviewed her on October 17. Her rejection came as a surprise to the governor’s office after it summoned Mr Ogada over the matter. “Yes I was summoned but our position did no change. She was the wrong candidate for the job,” said Mr Ogada. TO COMMENT ON THIS STORY GO TO : www.nairobinews.co.ke Rejection explained most of the buses were being repainted to be registered in other Saccos. “Repainting a single bus will cost not less than Sh50,000, then getting a new PSV licence to operate under another Sacco will cost more. I don’t think we have any members going that route,” he said. He said a meeting with owners resolved to abide by the government directive to have them inspected again. “Almost three quarters of our buses are already at the Traffic Headquarters for inspection,” Mr Kibe said. He said reports that most of the matatu were being repainted or changing Sacco’s as false adding that it will be a huge cost to achieve this. Last week, the Transport Secretary Michael Kamau and the National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) ordered all Umoinner Sacco vehicles to be grounded at Traffic Police Headquarters to undergo fresh inspection. Kibe also said there are some vehicle owners who are still adopting a wait and see attitude before taking their vehicles for inspection. “We are talking to vehicle owners to have their vehicles taken for inspection. Once we have the clearance from the government to have these vehicles back on the road, we will not allow those that have not undergone inspection to the route,” he said. See related story on Page 13.
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