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DAILY NATION Monday January 27, 2014 NAIROBI | Crackdown to continue, vows traffic commandant Police seize 92 for drunk driving More culprits caught in the city as police acquire more alcoblow gadgets for use in other towns BY FRED MUKINDA firstname.lastname@example.org of alcohol. Traffic Commandant Samuel Ki- N maru said they would be charged in court today after being arrested at the weekend. Four teams of police officers are conducting the anti-drunk driving crackdown, launched on December 14. “We have arrested very senior people because we are not discriminating. NAKURU Farmers back plan to evict rent defaulters BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A pyrethrum growers’ lobby and some former workers yesterday backed a plan to evict tenants who have refused to pay rent for the properties they occupy. Prominent people, including two former managers of Pyrethrum Board of Kenya, live in the authority’s houses in Milimani estate, Nakuru, and have not paid rent for the last five years. The former PBK managers are demanding terminal dues amounting to more than Sh10 million each. Managing director Alfred Busolo last month said they were losing more than Sh700,000 every month in unpaid rent. Yesterday, some former workers supported the eviction plan, as the PBK would help generate revenue from new tenants to offset debts. Financial woes “This is the only way to make sure its (authority’s) weak financial base improves and workers and farmers are paid in time,” said their spokesman Haron Tinga. Mr Tinga said the agency’s finan- cial woes would ease if the tenants paid their rent promptly. The PBK owns 13 units and only two are occupied by its staff, including the one where Mr Busolo lives. The Pyrethrum Growers Association, however, called on Mr Busolo to abandon pursuing the case in court. “We urge the new MD to desist from going to court as this has some financial implication. Instead, he should negotiate with the tenants and find a solution as they are likely to resist the eviction,” said association chairman Justus Monda. LABAN WALLOGA I NATION This Kongowea market trader is worried that his bananas have not been bought since last week after the market was closed following a dispute over new taxes. Businesspeople yesterday said they were incurring huge losses due to the standoff. The traders are opposed to the new levies introduced by Governor Hassan Joho’s administration. LAIKIPIA Police transfers put off for six months BY NATION CORRESPONDENT The Interior Cabinet Secretary has ordered a six-month freeze on transfers of police officers in Laikipia County. Mr Joseph ole Lenku further or- dered Samburu and Laikipia county commissioners to ensure that the head of cattle stolen from the region were returned to their owners by tomorrow. During the no-transfers period, the police must eradicate cattle rustling and other crimes, particularly in Laikipia West, Mr Lenku said. “If they have been waiting for orders from above, then I’m issuing them here,” he told a security meeting in Nanyuki. “Security is our responsibility.” The Cabinet Secretary said the national government’s security committee would be the only team to handle security matters. Enough bullet-proof vests for police If they have been waiting for orders from above, then I’m issuing them here. Security is our responsibility” Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku officers would be procured, alongside armoured personnel carriers, to enable them fight crime effectively, Mr Lenku said. He told politicians to keep off secu- rity matters in the country and warned those interfering with the operations of arrest regardless their status. Mr Lenku said police must be allowed to perform their duties to rid the country of crimes like cattle rustling. inety two drivers have been arrested in Nairobi for driving while under the influence All are equal so it does not bother us who we arrest. Anybody who exceeds the amount and drives must face the law,” he said. To determine drunk drivers, po- lice require drivers to blow into a calibrated gadget that measures the level of alcohol in one’s system – the alcoblow – and a zero reading indicates no detection of alcohol. An upward increment indicates that one has consumed alcohol but only a reading between zero and 20,000 The cash bail in shillings that drunk motorists are required to pay to remain free pending appearance in court 0.34 indicates one can safely steer a vehicle. When the crackdown started, police granted motorists cash bail of Sh10,000 to allow them present themselves in court later. However, the amount was raised to Sh20,000 after police realised the previous amount was not deterrent. Likewise, the courts imposed a Sh10,000 fine for every offender at the beginning, but recent convictions have attracted as high as Sh30,000. ‘‘ Magistrates have the discretion to impose a fine of up to Sh100,000 on an offender. Police are looking for 36 drivers who failed to appear in court after paying cash bail. Warrants of arrest against them have been issued. Of those already taken to court, the majority pleaded guilty and were fined. Twenty gadgets have been acquired and the crackdown is expected to be extended to Kisumu, Eldoret and Nanyuki. The safe mark of up to 0.33 is re- We have arrested very senior people because we are not discriminating. All are equal” Traffic Commandant Samuel Kimaru alised when a driver has consumed about two bottles of medium alcoholic content beer. Spirits and wines have higher al- coholic content than beers. Police observed that any reading above 0.78 showed the driver was incapable of controlling both self and vehicle. Those caught in that state could barely walk without staggering or stand straight. MOMBASA | Kongowea traders count losses County News 19 BRIEFLY NAKURU Bhang suspects to appear in court today Two suspects arrested in Na- kuru while transporting nine bags of bhang from Kisii to Nairobi will be taken to court today, police have said. The suspects, aged 42 and 25, were arrested at Biston in Njoro at the weekend after a tip-off by the public. Njoro sub-county AP Commander Abdillahi Mohammed Aden said the drug, which weighed 215 kg with a street value of Sh500,000, was packed in gunny bags. NAKURU Give hawkers trading locations, urges MP Nakuru Town East MP David Gikaria yesterday appealed to the county government to go slow on the eviction of hawkers in his constituency. He noted that despite the upsurge of the traders becoming a menace in the town, Governor Kinuthia Mbugua should provide for an alternative and ideal business location for the more than 1,000 hawkers currently occupying Kenyatta Lane and other undesignated areas. NAROK Kiyiapi and PS call for end to leaders’ fights Devolution Principal Secretary Dalton Konchellah and former presidential aspirant Prof James Ole Kiyiapi have urged wrangling politicians in Narok to unite and develop the region. The PS said the row pitting veteran politician William Ole Ntimama against Narok Governor Samuel Tunai over a proposal to move county government offices and appointments. Prof Kiyiapi said the row is causing tension. NYERI Official alleges error in Form One selection A teacher’ union official in Ny- eri have criticized the Form One selection for county schools as one marred by irregularities. Area Knut secretary-general Mutahi Kahiga, said the county schools selection was done at the national level and did not represent the key needs of the counties. Mr Kahiga said that in Nyeri, two county schools had failed to admit students from within the region as legitimately required. TRANS-NZOIA Leaders back Ruto, Wetangula ‘union’ Some leaders in Western and the North Rift have supported an alleged plan by Deputy President William Ruto and Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetangula to work together in the 2017 polls. Nandi Senator Stephen Sang at the weekend confirmed the plan saying, “the two are on good terms and we hope we will be able to come up with a clear political union.” Trans-Nzoia Senator Henry ole Ndiema backed the plan.
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