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Daily Nation : January 30th 2014
DAILY NATION Thursday January 30, 2014 PROBE | Approval of project via e-mail was OK, says minister Kambi disowns letter from ‘NSSF ex-boss’ MPs probing the Tassia estate row accepting fake files from land owners, claims minister BY DENNIS ODUNGA @dennisakwenda firstname.lastname@example.org A letter purportedly written by a former NSSF boss to beneficiaries of the controversial Tassia plots was at the centre of investigations of a House team yesterday. Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi disowned the letter signed by former National Social Security Fund Managing Trustee Naftali Mogere, detailing the transfer of 5,500 plots to their buyers. National Assembly’s Labour Committee chairman David Were said the letter dated July 26, 2005, was presented by occupants of the controversial land, who appeared before the team on Tuesday. But Mr Kambi said the Row erupts on lawyers’ code of ethics BY NATION REPORTER Controversy has erupted over a new charter for Kenyan advocates ahead of Law Society of Kenya polls next month. The new charter, which came into effect last June, could be used to block some lawyers from being elected to the powerful LSK council. The new rules are targeting top lawyers with known political affiliations from contesting in the elections to elect a new chairman, 10 council members and representative of the society at the Judicial Service Commission. The controversy resolves around a clause in the code of ethics that requires absolute political neutrality for LSK officials elected to the council. LSK chairman Alfred Mutua yesterday said the society was determined to adhere to the council’s code of conduct. Lawyers Faith Waigwa, Lilian Omondi and Judith Sijeny are among top lawyers who could be barred from the council. Ms Waigwa was the chairperson of the TNA post-nomination tribunal while Ms Sijeny, a current council member, is a Wiper party nominated senator. “I chaired the TNA tribunal but I did that in my professional capacity... Ms Omondi swore an affidavit in favour of a presidential candidate ... yet no one is talking about that,” Ms Waigwa said. “It is you as a committee who are accepting fake papers” Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu kambi. letter did not originate from NSSF and its contents could not be relied on to conclude that there was a breach of contract between people claiming ownership of the land and the fund. “It is you as a committee who are accepting fake papers. Unless someone wrote this letter because it is not in REACTION Minister turns heat on MPs our files. We have two different letters with different reference numbers on the same subject,” he said. Approval of Sh5.053 billion for infrastructure upgrade in the estate through an e-mail, he said, was legal and no member of the board raised concerns over the same. Mt Elgon MP John Serut questioned why the price per plot was changed without consulting the beneficiaries. The price has shot up from Sh315,000 to Sh920,000 after Nairobi County leadership refused to endorse subdivision of the plots to enable buyers process individual title deeds before infrastructure development. Mr Kambi said NSSF had informed the buyers that they would be required to pay additional money in the future to cater for other emerging expenses, given that the plots had not been serviced. Cotu secretary-general Francis Atwoli raised the red flag over the manner in which the funds had been approved for the infrastructure project that was awarded to China Jiangxi International. Stiffer security rules to keep airports safe BY NATION REPORTER Travellers using Kenya’s airports will take longer to gain entry following the introduction of stiffer security procedures aimed at preventing terror attacks. The new measures re- quire that all vehicles must be stopped and searched at the entry points while the occupants should alight for frisking. The security upgrade was announced by Kenya Airports Authority managing director Lucy Mbugua (below) in an advertisement in yesterday’s Nation. An hour early The new passengers airport an hour early And since ask passeng airport two departure, it must be at barriers thr fore time. The secur were raise two weeks explosion a Kenyatta Int tional Airp Nairobi, January 16. Investiga tions show the bla was caused by detonators that were abandoned in a dustbin by terrorists while a 2kg bomb, which they had intended to plant there, was found in their getaway car in Shauri Moyo. Head of airports security Eric Kiraithe said the new checks were put in place in response to “intelligence reports and matters of concern raised.” While information gath- ered by undercover officers showed the airports were among installations targeted by terrorists, an expose by NTV revealed serious security lapses. National News 5 HARDY FOOD | Stemming hunger Police probe Shebesh over assault claims BY NATION REPORTER Nairobi Women’s Representa- tive Rachel Shebesh yesterday recorded a statement over claims she had assaulted a security guard. The guard, Mr Kazungu Changawa, made a report to the police that the lawmaker slapped him in July last year, prompting police to summon her. He accuses Mrs Shebesh of assaulting him on July 17, 2013 at Orchid Apartments, Riverside, in Nairobi. She was question by Kilimani Police Division criminal investigations chief George Ojuka for close to two hours. “I was summoned and I came to give my statement. We are now waiting for the police to conduct their investigations,” she told reporters. She went to the station accom- panied by lawyer Cecil Miller, MPs Johnson Sakaja (nominated) and Jimmy Angwenyi (Kitutu Masaba) and several supporters. Addressing her supporters at GEORGE KIKAMI | NATION Ms Agnes Ndetei, who chairs the National Drought Management Authority and Mr Aden Mohamed, the Kilifi county drought coordinator, examine cassava harvested in Ganze during a familiarisation tour of the area. Ms Ndetei urged more farmers to plant drought-resistant crops. the station after she had finished being interrogated, Mrs Shebesh blamed her woes on some leaders in Nairobi county, whom she did not name. The MP is facing another assault case involving Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero.
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