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Nairobi News : December 6th 2013
news Sonko gives up cash for guns deal STELLA CHERONO, NairobiNews firstname.lastname@example.org against criminals in Nairobi. He has reduced the amount S to be used to induce illegal gun holders to surrender their weapons but has not disclosed the new figure. Mr Mbuvi has been paying Sh50,000 for every gun surrendered to the police. “Leaders have expressed con- cern that Sh50,000 is a lot and that the youth could use it to get other guns,” he said. The initiative was started in October by the Senator and police after it emerged that many youths had guns. Rival groups This was brought to the bare on October 15 during a clash between two rival groups when a man was shot by another from the rival side. The two groups were fighting for control of the Dandora dumpsite. The conflict was over who should collect levies from lorries ferrying waste to the area. Two days later, the Senator called a meeting and promised to give Sh50,000 to whoever handed in a gun. They would also be helped to start a business of their choice. Police, on their part offered amnesty to those who surrendered their guns voluntarily. They, however issued a stern warning to those who would defy the amnesty: you will either be arrested or killed. Five young men surrendered their guns on October 20. “Seven other guns will be handed in at a ceremony in Uhuru Park just after the Kenya At 50 celebrations,” Senator Mbuvi said yesterday. enator Mike Mbuvi ‘Sonko’ has changed tact in his fight Friday, Dec 6 - Sunday, Dec 8, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke You can now cross the river for Sh10 Brains at work. The boundary of Korogocho and Kiambiu is Nairobi River but one creative man has devised a way to bridge the gap — and make money while at it JUSTUS WANGA, NairobiNews @justuswanga email@example.com however, not required to have a passport or visa as would be the case when entering another country. A year ago, Bahati Ngewa, 38, T discovered a way out of his grinding poverty by constructing a footbridge over Nairobi River. He charges those crossing from Kiambiu to Korogocho market or moving in the reverse direction. Suffered beatings He has erected a temporary struc- ture by the river bank from where he sits as he waits for his customers. There are boards with writings to show how much one is supposed to pay. Aware that most of his custom- ers would be reluctant to part with their money, Ngewa has developed a mechanism of beating that. “The bridge can be moved. If one wants to pass without handing what is rightfully mine, I simply remove part of the bridge so that he can swim his way out,” he said. The uncooperative client is forced to put Sh10 in a plastic container at- Mr Ngewa (left) shows what he does when a client on the other side of the river refuses to pay. He pulls back the part of the bridge nearer to him. Denish Ochieng, NairobiNews tached to a long stick Ngewa extends from the other side of the river. It is the only gainful employment he has known for a while. “This is my garden. I report here at 6am everyday and leave at 7pm when most people have passed,” he says. Apart from those going to the mar- ket, he also has a good clientele base in school children though he says business is low since schools are closed. “You should not just look at what I Ngewa: This is my garden. I report here at 6am daily and leave at 7pm when most people have passed” am doing in terms of what they give me but you also need to be informed that because the bridge can be dangerous for the children, my presence is vital,” says the widowed father of two.. Ngewa is cashing in on the fact that there is no permanent bridge linking Korogocho and Kiambiu. Because the area borders Moi Airbase in Eastleigh, he will continue doing business as the Department of Defence is against construction of a permanent bridge in the area. Ngewa told N arbNw here is an area in Nairobi where you have to part with Sh10 before gaining entry. You are, 5 Firemen get access rights in disasters BRIAN WASUNA, NairobiNews firstname.lastname@example.org F iremen will have authority to forcefully enter premises to get vantage positions from which to fight flames or tackle other disasters. Those who stand in their way will be liable for a fine of Sh500,000 or jail terms of up to three years depending on the gravity of the interference. These are among new meas- ures that will be in force should Parliament pass the newly drafted Fire and Rescue Bill into law. The Bill will be tabled before the National Assembly early next year. Under the proposed law, the department will be renamed the Fire and Rescue Authority (FRA), and will not only be in charge of putting out fires but also rescuing people in accident and other disaster scenes. Rescur services The Authority’s fire marshals — and not the police like in the past — will have first priority in such scenes. A Chief Executive Officer will ioi e s that he encounters many challenges in his job. “On several occasions, the pieces of timber and the bags of sand I use to make the bridge are swept away by the raging waters, especially during the rainy season,” he said. He said he makes between Sh50 and Sh300 in a day. He had also suffered at the hands of those who wanted to use his bridge but felt he had no right to demand money from them. “On two occasions, I have been beaten by men who felt I was not doing them any favour. Unfortunately, I can’t seek legal redress because what someone gives me is just a token of appreciation,” he said. be appointed at the Authority, and he or she will double up as the FRA Board Secretary. Two of the Board members will be people who have worked in the fire and rescue services sector, while the private sector will have one post. The last slot will be allocated to an association representing the interests of firemen, likely to be from the Kenya Fire Brigades Association. The Authority shall remain under the county governments, but will be run by a six-man board headed by a Chairperson who must have completed a course related to firefighting at university level.
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