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Daily Nation : January 26th 2014
SUNDAY NATION January 26, 2014 Rowdy youth rough up ODM official at burial BY BENSON AMADALA email@example.com A burial ceremony in Lugari district was disrupted yesterday after youths attepted to grab the microphone from ODM national youth leader Rashid Mohammed. The youths accused Mr Mohammed of misleading the public about the Finance Bill 2013 to be discussed on Tuesday. Mourners went to Mr Mohammed defence and started throwing chairs at the rowdy youth. Mr Mohammed was as- saulted as he addressed mourners at Lugari Primary School during the burial of Elizabeth Etale, the mother to ODM communication director Philip Etale. Trouble started after Mr Mohammed said that he had information about a group of youths had been ferried to the place to intimidate those who speak against the Bill. Kakamega Governor Wycliffe Oparanya arrived after calm was restored. Lugari MP Ayub Savula, Paul Otuoma (Funyula) are among leaders who attended the burial. CORRUPTION | Audit shows millions of shillings lost in liquor licensing scam Nacada board to decide fate of top officials implicated in fraud Mututho to chair meeting on Tuesday to discuss audit report which has recommended the sacking of four officers BY FRED MUKINDA firstname.lastname@example.org A The money could not be traced and the bank confirmed that the bank slips were forged” Report n internal audit has implicated top managers of the national anti-drug abuse agency in fraud. The report seen by the Sun- day Nation recommends the suspension of four top officials. The National Authority for Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse board will meet to discuss the report on Tuesday. If the board, chaired by John Mututho, upholds the recommendations of the report, the managers will be forced to step aside until external investigators carry out another audit. “Pending the outcome of the audit report by the National Treasury, the committee felt it is best practice for the officers to step aside until the audit report is out,” reads part of the report. The audit, conducted in Oc- tober last year, revealed a major liquor licensing scandal that resulted in loss of millions of shillings. In the past, Mr Mututho said there are over 30,000 alcohol What report recommends The internal audit report recommends that the implicated officials step aside to allow external auditors carry out further investigations. Disciplinary action be taken on accounting officers in the districts with audit queries FILE | NATION The National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse board chairman John Mututho. outlets in Nairobi but Nacada had licensed 8,000 only. The audit committee was headed by Mr Fazul Mohamed, a member of the board in charge of research. Contacted by the Sunday Na- tion, he said he could not discuss board matters because he is not authorised to do so. Nacada is authorised to issue 17 type of licences to alcohol sellers and manufacturers and uses district liquor licensing committees to do so. To this end, the report wants action taken against some district committees. “It was reported that a total of 89 out of 264 districts have been audited by Nacada, National Treasury and Internal AuditorGeneral’s office. We recommend disciplinary action be taken on accounting officers in the districts with audit queries,” the report further says. If the enormous irregulari- ties are authenticated by the second audit, it will reinforce the findings that the money was lost through collusion by senior management at Nacada headquarters and agents at the district levels. The report seen by Sunday Nation captured the irregular issuance of licences. In Embakasi, Nairobi, for ex- ample, it shows that bank slips presented to prove payment amounting to Sh1.2 million were fake. “The money could not be traced and the bank confirmed that the bank slips were forged,” a part of the report reads. Irregularities detected oc- curred from June last year and there are fears that perpetrators may have been operating for several years. In some districts, entire booklets containing licences could not be traced. Quail keepers adopt farm to fork plan BY EVALYNE GITHINJI email@example.com The Wild Birds Farming Associa- tion of Kenya, a non-governmental organisation, is currently recruiting farmers in a bid to help them bypass middlemen and market their quail eggs and meat directly. Speaking after a meeting with the farmers, the association’s treasurer Samuel Muriithi said about 300 farmers from seven counties had signed up. Mr Muriithi said farmers were suffering losses after investing heavily in quail farming due to a lack of market for their products, adding that brokers were taking advantage of what many consider a flooded market. “This is an awareness meeting to act fast and assist quail farmers to continue rearing the birds since there is hope of finding a market,” he said, noting that farmers were beginning to give up on the venture. The association was founded in 2009 with the aim of boosting bird rearing in the country, according to Mr Muriithi, who rejected claims that quail farming is a pyramid scheme. As a result of a deteriorating local market, some farmers were reportedly releasing their birds to avoid incurring further losses. The organisation plans to ex- plore markets for quail products both locally and internationally and hope to import machines to mince the birds for consumption and export purposes. Kiir, Machar to set next agenda for peace in South Sudan BY AGGREY MUTAMBO @agmutambo firstname.lastname@example.org South Sudan’s future political direc- tion could be headed back to the UN Security Council if the parties to the conflict break the terms of a peace deal signed on Thursday. One of Igad’s key mediators La- zarus Sumbeiywo told reporters on Friday that President Salva Kiir and Dr Riek Machar would be given the lead role in determining the agenda of the next step of the peace search. But he added that the international community will work hard to ensure the two stick to the course because the region will no longer tolerate fighting. “If they go against the agreements, there will be sanctions…sanctions such as all those people who are in government will not be allowed to travel out of the country. “We will have the Security Council coming in to pass a resolution. They (parties) could not be patient enough to sort out their disagreement politically. We hope they will be mature enough to now sort them out politically,” Lt-Gen Sumbeiywo said. Sanctions has been a rare word among Inter-governmental Authority on Development (Igad) diplomats especially since the bloc is a loose combination of neighbouring countries in the Horn of Africa with nopowers to enforce decisions. On December 27 when regional leaders met in Nairobi in an extraordinary summit, the dispatch simply warned that “if hostilities do not cease within four days of this communiqué, the Summit will consider taking further measures.” See also Page 41 Sunday Review 29 DEVELOPMENT | Project to boost water supply PHOTO | KEVIN ODIT Workers lay a water pipe in Mombasa town yesterday at a ceremony officiated by Governor Hassan Joho. The new pipes are expected to boost supply of water to residents in Mombasa North and Nyali.
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