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Daily Nation : January 29th 2014
6 | National News POLITICS | Raila finally gets his wish on party polls Nyanza leaders bow out of ODM contest Three MPs abandon their bid for the secretary-general’s post after a meeting with party leader BY ISAAC ONGIRI @ongiri2 email@example.com AND CAROLINE WAFULA firstname.lastname@example.org T hree MPs from Nyanza have withdrawn from the race for a power- ful position in the Orange party. Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura, Rongo legislator Dalmas Otieno and Suba’s John Mbadi dropped their bids for the party’s secretary-general after a breakfast meeting with party leader Raila Odinga. In separate press statements moments after the meeting at the Nairobi Safari Club, the three MPs succumbed to pressure and gave way to leaders from outside Nyanza to contest for key positions during the party’s February CHRONOLOGY Delegates to elect officials The ODM party delegates will convene on February 28 and March 1 in Nairobi. The National Delegates Convention will be held at the Kasarani Gymnasium. More than 6,000 delegates are expected to participate. Candidates will compete for 26 offices. 28 National Delegates Convention. “I have decided to put the party above my interests,” Mr Obura declared. “I hereby withdraw my candidature forthwith and will henceforth refocus my energies towards building the party and keeping the real enemies of the party in check.” He was addressing a news conference in Parliament accompanied by seven MPs from Nyanza who have been supporting his bid. Ms Millie Odhiambo (Mbita, Mr Sylvance Osele (Kabondo Kasipul, Mr David Ochieng (Ugunja) and Mr Kenneth Okoth (Kibra) were among those present. Sources at the Nairobi Safari Club meeting said a bitter Mr Odinga asked the first-time MPs, who had attacked him last weekend at a funeral in Ndhiwa, to toe the line. In a separate and a brief statement, Mr Dalmas Otieno announced: “In compliance with the wishes of the party leadership, this is to confirm that I will not contest for any position in the next ODM elections due on 28 February 2014.” The MP had been under at- tack from some of Mr Odinga’s allies for declaring interest in the seat. Mr Mbadi was the first to declare his withdrawal, paving the way for the dramatic turnaround that ended a potential clash between Mr Odinga and defiant youthful politicians from his back yard. ISAAC WALE| NATION Kakamega Primary pupils demonstrate in Kakamega Town yesterday against a court ruling giving a developer the right to fence off land that they claim belongs to their school. The officers are deputy head of Magistrate charged with drink-driving BY NATION CORRESPONDENT It was reversed roles for a magistrate yesterday at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi, when he was charged with driving while drunk. Mr Charles Kamau Mwaniki who was supposed to be meting out justice in his court spent a night in a police cell before he was bundled into a police van and driven to court. Mr Mwaniki, who was scheduled to appear in open court, was given preferential treatment. He was taken straight to principal magistrate Enock Cherono’s chambers, away from the public, where he admitted driving while drunk. “This court convicts you on your own plea of guilty. You are hereby fined Sh20,000 or serve six months in jail in default,” Mr Cherono ruled. Police had accused the 3939 000 purchase online at www.toptank.com magistrate of driving a vehicle while drunk on January 25. An actor in a TV show Tahidi High, Mr Katana, whose stage name is Mr Kilunda, was also charged with drink-driving. Mr Katana, who acts as a teacher, said he was remorseful and would not repeat the offence. From the fines imposed in the alcohol-related cases, the court raised more than Sh2 million. Over 100 people were charged. The police use a gadget known as alcoblow, which has calibrations and shows different figures depending on the level of drunkenness, those whose reading exceeds the set limit are arrested and taken to court. Police are hunting for traffic offenders who 100 police reforms King’ori Mwangi, deputy director of criminal investigations Gideon Kimilu and administration police head of operations Peter Pamba. Last week, the commission sacked the officer in charge of Administration Police College Eusebius Laibuta and Mr Philip Tuimur of police headquarters. Eighteen others were found fit to serve but the three were told to undergo further investigations. At the same time, a vetting review panel met yesterday to determine the fate of officers who appealed against an earlier decision to sack them. Three shot dead in city car chase Number of people who were yesterday charged with driving while drunk skipped court although they had been given police bonds and directed to appear in court on Monday. The crackdown on drunken drivers, which began in December last year, has seen many people charged with driving under the influence. Those convicted were are usually fined Sh10,000 each. But yesterday Mr Cherono handed them a uniform fine of Sh20,000. The maximum fine is Sh100,000. BY NATION REPORTER Police yesterday gunned down three men near the Kenya Breweries headquarters in Ruaraka. They were shot after a car chase on the Thika Superhighway at around 11am. Police said two pistols loaded with 18 rounds of ammunition were recovered. Flying Squad boss Munga Nyale said the men were on a mission to commit a robbery in Thome Estate. “Our officers had information about the gangsters, so when the vehicle they were using was spotted, it was flagged down. But they defied the order to stop and fired at the officers. The officers fired back and three were gunned down,” he said. The vehicle, suspected to have been stolen, was towed away. DEMO | Pupils oppose order DAILY NATION Wednesday January 29, 2014 Police chiefs face vetting panel for the second time BY NATION REPORTERS Three senior police officers whose jobs hangs in the balance were yesterday interviewed again by a vetting panel. The three had earlier faced the team over their suitability to continue serving in the police service. National Police Service Commis- sion chairman Johnston Kavuludi (below) said a decision on whether to retain or retire them would be made this week. “The investigation team is al- most concluding its work. They (officers) will then come for a brief before a decision is made this week. Depending on the magnitude of the matters to be raised, the commission will decide whether the session will be held in public or private,” he said on Monday.
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