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Nairobi News : December 18th 2013
8 Wednesday, Dec 18 - Thursday, Dec 19, 2013 nairobinews.co.ke BODY OF MAN WHO FELL IN RIVER YET TO BE RECOVERED Eastleigh. A family is desper- ately searching for the body of their breadwinner who drowned in Nairobi River more than 10 days ago. Mr Daniel Ngenyi Kamwana is said to have slipped from a footbridge connecting Eastleigh and Bahati estates last Friday and fallen into the river. His family said he was in the company of his friend when the incident happened. “We have been searching for the body since that morning but our efforts have not borne any fruit,” said Mr Ngenyi’s wife, Teresia Wairimu. Mr Ngenyi’s family members recounted the agony they have faced while searching for his body. “We have combed the areas the river passes, appealing to residents who might have spotted the body to help us with information. We have not succeeded. We have even checked at the city mortuary,” Mr Ngenyi’s mother, Mary Nyambura said. The 55-year-old woman is appealing to the government to help her trace the body. “We reported to the police but we are yet to hear from them,” she said. Peter Obuya, NN WOMAN ACCUSES HOSPITAL OF BIAS IN DNA TEST ROW Karen. A city hospital has been sucked into a paternity dispute between a Catholic priest and a woman seeking child maintenance. Mrs Cecilia Mbiki, who wants to have Fr Josephat Mweu Mwanzia, a Consolata Missionary priest, to take care of her child, said DNA results from Karen Hospital and Pathcare Hospital, Mombasa were not credible. “The test in Mombasa was conducted on September 3 but after our samples were taken, the priest remained at the lab with the staff,” said Mrs Mbiki. In the case filed before Senior Principal Magistrate Betty Koech, Mrs Mbiki said days later, she also learnt that Fr Mwanzia had talked to the lab technician at Karen Hospital who was carrying out the test. “I was informed by the techni- cian that he needed to seek approval of the Chief Executive Officer at Karen Hospital before the test could be conducted,” said Mrs Mbiki. She also alleged that the priest had been to the hospital before her arrival “and it was highly unprocedural and unethical for him to be in contact with the medical staff who were to conduct the DNA test.” The case will be mentioned on March 3. Abiud Ochieng,NN news Bogus parents ‘give bursaries’ at a fee MPS QUESTION B BILLY MUIRURI, NairobiNews firstname.lastname@example.org ogus parents have been getting bursaries from Constituency Devel- opment Funds for poor pupils in return for kickbacks, NairobiNews has learnt. The con artists have taken advantage of the changed bursary arrangements to hoodwink committees distributing the cash, to give them the funds meant for the poor. They present documents of pupils and engage political brokers at CDF offices. Once the application is through, they get 30 to 40 per cent of the bursary allocation. “We give Sh5,000. The fake parents get Sh1,500 or Sh2,000 in return. The beneficiaries pay this money upfront because the bursary cheque is paid directly to the school,” revealed Dagoretti North MP Simba Arati (pictured). More than 120 con artists have been identified in various constituencies and police say they will be on high alert beginning January to catch them in the act. The most affected constituencies are Math- are, Embakasi West, Embakasi North, Kibra, Dagoretti North, Westlands, Starehe and Makadara, says the police. The crisis has been worsened by the delayed release of CDF cash for the 2013/2014 financial year. The delay has forced several MPs to seek alternative funds to finance bursaries in preparation for schools re-opening in January. Embakasi North MP Mwangi Gakuya admitted: “It is a crisis. Last month I was forced to divert some CDF money to pay bursaries because children were being stopped from sitting examinations.” The MP said the demand for bursaries outstretched the funds because most of the cases were not genuine. “Brokers are messing up the funds. They cheat parents that they will get them the cheques at a fee. We are now issuing the cheques personally,” said Mr Gakuya. New train service kicks off to a stuttering start No passengers. Imara Daima and Makadara stations were opened with pomp two weeks ago but commuters seem indifferent, amid complaints that the fares are too high ALLAN OLINGO, NairobiNews @allanolingo email@example.com T he Syokimau train service started on a low note as commuters failed to show up at the newly opened stations in Makadara and Imara Daima. The train, which made its first stop at Imara Daima, only managed to pick less than 10 passengers. At the Makadara station, it stopped but no passenger was there to board it, despite an entire wagon having been reserved for the two stations. Kevin Juma, a software developer with a leading bank, lamented that they were overloaded into other wagons to accommodate the Imara and Makadara passengers. New routes “The trains schedule changed today and it left early. We were forced to accommodate extra passengers as some wagons were set aside for these new stations. We also realised that the fare had been increased to Sh70 from the usual fare of Sh50,” he lamented. Another passenger, Patrick Mwaura, who lives in Kitengela and is a regular user of the commuter train, lamented that the new stations should have their own train as the Syokimau one is already congested. “This is not the way to go for this com- muter service. We park our cars and ride in the train for the comfort and convenience but with the introduction of these new routes, it is affecting our timing and comfort. This means we will ditch it for our cars again,” he says. In the previous train schedule, the commuters would pay Sh30 for a oneway off-peak ticket, and Sh50 one-way or Sh200 return that included day-long parking charges. The service was avail- wards development fund being backed by the Nairobi County Assembly has elicited emotive reactions from MPs. Legislators from both the gov- ernment and the opposition are sharply divided on the relevance of the fund while the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) is still there. Those opposed to the pro- posed fund, which should take five per cent of the County’s budget and be disbursed among the 85 wards just like the CDF, say it will duplicate what the MPs will be doing on the ground. But those supporting it say, if passed, the Bill will make taxpayers’ money trickle down to the residents, penetrating where the CDF has not. MERIT OF NEW WARDS KITTY Kibera. The yet-to-be-enacted Njoroge: The danger is that many projects will be done parallel to what the MPs or national government will be doing” The Ward Development Bill (2013) is authored by Umoja 1 County Rep Njoroge G. Maina, (below), and has undergone the First and Second readings at the Assembly. Senator Mike Mbuvi Sonko has thrown his weight behind the new Bill, saying it would benefit more people at the grassroots. If enacted, the Bill will compel the County Government to allocate Sh1 billion to the city’s wards. 85 per cent of this money (Sh850 million) will be shared equally among the 85 wards while the remaining 15 per cent (Sh15 million) will be disbursed on the bases of the poverty index and population. Kasarani MP Njoroge Chege said the fund is yet another huge cost of devolution. “We are likely to have a lot of duplication of projects. The danger is that many projects will be done parallel to what the MPs or national government will be doing,” said Mr Njoroge. He said County Reps can be more involved in development if the CDF Act was amended to accommodate their input. Billy Muiruri, NN The recently opened Imara Daima and Makadara train stations are yet to get enough passengers. Emma Nzioka, NairobiNews able between 7.05am and 9.00am to ferry passengers to the city centre; and between 5.50 pm and 7.30pm from the city centre. Train schedules Syokimau Service • Morning: Between 7.30am and 9.00am to ferry passengers to the city centre. • Evening: Between 5.50pm and 7.30pm to ferry passengers from the city centre. The Imara Daima station that was launched by retired President Daniel Moi last week was expected to serve more than 2,000 residents of the adjacent areas of Imara daima, Villa Franca and Industrial Area. The charges have, however, been deemed to be too high with Sh100 charge during peak hours and Sh80 off-peak. The Makadara station, which was launched the same week by former premier Raila Odinga, is expected to serve close to 5,000 commuters living in Umoja, Buruburu, Uhuru, Jerusalem Jericho, Bahati, Doonholm and adjacent areas.
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