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Nairobi News : November 11th 2013
news PUSH TO HAVE RAILWAY FIRM CHARGED OVER MATATU CRASH ABIUD OCHIENG, NairobiNews email@example.com Tenants at the Rahu building on Mfangano Street don’t know who to pay their rent to. The building is owned by the Rift Valley Railways but two unions representing the workers are engaged in a fight over rent collection. Matters were complicated last week when the Rift Valley Railways Workers Union slapped them with a new directive indicating that they are supposed to remit their monthly rents to it. The tenants were previously paying rent to the Railways and Allied A matatu crosses at the railway line crossing. | File, NairobiNews Mutindwa. The defence team of the driver of the ill-fated Umoinner matatu that killed 12 people want Kenya Railways to be charged with neglect. Mismanagement of the railway line, they say, contributed to the accident that will see the driver of the bus Edward Githae, charged with reckless driving and murder. “Many aspects of the negligence are evident. They include lack of railway crossing signs on both sides, failure to eradicate encroachment of the railway reserve and poor maintenance of the lines,” said Mr Samuel Ayola, Githae’s lawyer. Mr Ayola made the remarks at Mutindwa market where Makadara magistrate Timothy Okelo led the court to the scene of the accident. He told the court that government is yet to evict all the people from the railway reserve. FAMILIES ON RAIL LINE TO GET HOMES Kibera. Thousands of families living on the Kenya Railway reserve land in Kibera and Mukuru slums will get new homes to be constructed through a World Bank funded project. The project estimated to cost Sh7 billion will clear a 30-metre way- leave on each side of the tracks to ensure smooth and safe passage of trains and minimise accidents. A resettlent plan seen by Nioi e s shows that the arbNw corporation will construct 9,000 housing units in highrise apartments at a cost of Sh7 billion in eight sections on either side of the railway tracks in the two slums. A 12.3 km wall will be constructed and adjoined to the rear of the new settlements to prevent further human activity close to the railway line. The new human settlements will be connected to each other through overhead foot bridges. Pedestrians have been advised to adhere to traffic rules or risk being charged with attempted suicide. | File, NairobiNews Cross only at the zebra mark or be charged Road safety. Traffic police boss says move is aimed at preventing accidents STELLA CHERONO, NairobiNews firstname.lastname@example.org charged with attempted suicide. In the new rules commonly referred P to as “Kamau’ rules” that take effect today, pedestrians who fail to observe traffic lights while crossing the road, those who will cross in corners, under foot bridges and other undesignated points will be arrested and charged. Traffic Police commandant Samuel Kimaru said the move is aimed at reducing road carnage. Endanger lives “These rules have been there but the Nairobians have been ignoring them and endangering their lives and those of others. It is time motorists observe the rules. What are they for?”he said. Most of those who will be arrested for flouting the rules will be charged in mobile courts launched two months ago. The announcement comes just edestrians be warned. If you fail to cross at the zebra crossing, you risk being arrest and two weeks after the gazzettement of the rules that seek to consolidate matatu ownership. Under the rules, no individual will own a public service vehicle (PSV). Only saccos with more than 25 vehicles will licensed to operate PSVs. The ‘Operation of PSV Regulations 2013’ slated to take effect later this year seeks to have all public service vehicles’ drivers and conductors employed on a permanent and pensionable basis. The new rules also state that the drivers and conductors must have insurance, get annual leaves and scheduled shifts. Vehicles belonging to a registered sacco will have to indicate the name of the sacco and have a corporate colour for easy identification. There also must be a central operating office where passengers complains will be addressed. The companies are also supposed to create a chat that indicates clearly the amount of money that the passengers are supposed to pay for specific routes. The passengers will not be required to pay higher fares during rainy seasons as it has always been in Nairobi. All passengers will be given receipts for when they pay their fares. The traffic police department too is seeking an amendment in the law to introduce stiffer penalties for pedestrians who flout the rules. Motorists will be arrested for among other offences, over speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, obstruction and others. The Minor Offences rules, Section Kimaru: These rules have been there but Nairobians have been ignoring them and endangering their lives and other peoples” 117 of the Traffic Act of 2009 will also be applied. They include; failure to display “PSV” sign as required and a learner failing to carry two “L” plates. City Hall is facing a Sh500 million suit for legal fees. | File, NairobiNews Workers Union which owned the building on behalf of the workers. However, in a letter addressed to the tenants, Rift Valley Railways Workers Union secretary general Mr Munayi Isaac Opondo, told the tenants that the new union was registered last December to represent the interests of the workers in the railways sector. “The registration of the said union was conducted by the fact that the Railways and Allied workers Union, with whom you signed a lease agreement with, ceased to represent the interest of the members who mandated them with that Monday, November 11, 2013 NAIROBINEWS.CO.KE Tenants who have two landlords responsibility,” said Mr Munayi. He also told the tenants that Kenya Railways workers, in a general meeting that was held to deliberate on their assets that are illegally being managed by unknown persons, resolved that with effect from November 1, 2013, all tenants should deposit their rent to the new union’s account. “All tenants shall be issued with new lease agreements in the next couple of days and only those who will have paid their November rents in the mentioned account, shall be considered for the new lease agreements,” he added. Separately, Mr Munayi also accused 3 Lawyers sue City Hall over Sh500m in legal fees Tussle. The Nairobi County government is facing a Sh573 million suit. Munikah & Company Advocates is seeking payment for services rendered to the defunct City Council of Nairobi, now replaced by the county government. Nairobi County government through lawyer Philip Maloba has filed an application seeking to defeat the claim by the law firm on the grounds that Samson Masaba Munikah trading in the name and style of Munikah & Company Advocates was not in possession of a valid practising certificate at the time of drawing and sending the itemised bill upon the city council. The county government in an affidavit signed by Ms Lilian Ndegwa, Interim County Secretary said that, “there is no cure for drawing of documents by an unqualified person and hence the itemised bill sent to the City Council of Nairobi on March 31, 2011 by Mr Masaba and the entire suit ought to be struck out.” Munikah & Company Advocates had been contracted by the defunct City Council of Nairobi to recover all outstanding rates levied on the land owned by government ministries amounting to Sh1.56billion. In response, however, the then Attorney-General Amos Wako acting on behalf of commissioner of lands, filed a Sh13.2 billion counter-claim against the council. The application by the State was dismissed in a ruling delivered in October 2008 paving the way for the municipal council to recover the land rates from the State. Munikah & Company Advocates then tied his legal fee to the Sh13.2 billion and approached the Nairobi City Council on March 31, 2011 with a draft Advocate and client itemized bill of costs amounting to Sh498, 815,246.25. Nairobi City Council declined to respond.
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