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6 | National News ICC TRIAL | Ruto addressed rallies in Nandi Hills, says witness Police ‘helped youths loot from poll victims’ Officers worked with the Kalenjins to break into shops owned by Kikuyus, Hague court told BY JEREMIAH KIPLANG’AT @jere_kiplangat email@example.com shops belonging to members of the Kikuyu community at the onset of the 2007 postelection violence, ICC judges heard yesterday. Prosecution witness P0128 P said the police officers worked with a group of Kalenjin men to loot the shops. “The Kalenjin soldiers were showing the men Kikuyu shops so they could destroy them. When they found it difficult to open, they forced their way into the shops. They shot at the doors and entered and looted everything they could find,” he said. The witness, who was allowed to give his testimony olice officers based in Nandi Hills helped looters break into Looters: Security officers helped a group of Kalenjin men to loot shops belonging to Kikuyu traders. Killed: A police boss in the area was shot with an arrow and killed around the DC’s office. Campaign rallies: A former police officer urged the Kalenjin to vote for the Orange party. in Kiswahili, also described how a “head of police” who was present at Nandi Hills was shot with an arrow and killed around the District Commissioner’s office. The witness also told the judges how violence erupted WHAT’S ALLEGED What witness told the judges in the town after the results of the presidential elections were announced on December 30, 2007. “There was a huge crowd around the town. There was a huge number of us and all of a sudden someone shot the head of the police with an arrow. There was also looting and all sorts of violence. There was chaos all over and I ran back home,” he said. He accused former police officer Samson Cheramboss of urging the Kalenjin to vote for Orange Democratic Movement at political rallies held in the town before the day of elections. The rallies were held at Kobujoi and Koyo in Nandi Hills, where Mr Ruto allegedly addressed a gathering. “Mr Cheramboss talked about two tribes — the Luhya and Kikuyu — and said that if ODM was to win the election Kalenjins would be free to do what they wanted and take away land owned by the Kikuyu,” he said. Victims’ lawyer Wilfred Nderitu (above) also crossexamined the witness. ANN KAMONI | NATION Committee of senior counsel chairman Amos Wako with Attorney-General Githu Muigai outside the Supreme Court, Nairobi, yesterday during a senior counsel’s luncheon. Crisis stalks legal training: Mutunga BY OUMA WANZALA firstname.lastname@example.org Chief Justice Willy Mu- tunga has warned that there is a crisis in legal training. “I am afraid that things have radically and disappointingly changed. I think it’s a priority if we are to rescue this profession from ignominy,” said Dr Mutunga (below) yesterday. Speaking at the Supreme Court in Nairobi during a luncheon for 23 senior counsel, Dr Mutunga said legal training standards must be maintained. “I was shocked last year when I attended Law Society of Kenya function and the rowdiness and indiscipline that I witnessed was worrying. We cannot run a profession that is increasing becoming distinguished for its bad manners.” He told the senior law- yers: “We need to hear your feedback on the Judiciary’s performance two years down the line.” He dismissed tion that had that the Judiciary friendly to wo sacking of f Registrar of Gladys Shol will prove bef that her dismissal about gender tunga (right). Attorney-G Muigai sai family must indiscipline sional misco of lawyers. He asked Law Society Kenya not to as a trade uni when issues of indiscipline were raised about its members since there were a few lawyers who are “thieves”. Law society chairman Eric Mutua said there was a re-emergence of laziness in the Judiciary where cases were not being concluded on time. He called on the senior counsel to help mentor young lawyers. Former Attorney-Gen- eral Amos Wako asked the Judiciary to seek the input of senior counsel in issue of national interest, saying that they had immerse experience and would give impartial advice. Mr Wako, who is com- mittee of senior counsel chairman, said privileges and duties for senior counsel would be gazetted next month. Senior counsel George Oraro called for alternative conflict resolution mechanisms to reduce backlog of cases in court. DAILY NATION Thursday January 30, 2014 BRIEFLY NAIROBI Judge orders retrial of Kenya Re ex-boss The High Court has ordered retrial of a former boss of Kenya Re-insurance Corporation over claims of unlawfully allocating the corporation’s house to a worker. Lady Justice Lydia Achode yesterday ruled that although Mr John Kinyua and his co-accused Charles Gachane were not properly tried and convicted, there was still evidence for the State to start a new trial. Mr Kinyua was accused of irregularly allocating Mr Gachane a Sh3.2 million house in Nairobi after the corporation failed to pay the latter. NAIROBI Uhuru in Addis for AU leaders’ summit President Kenyatta is in Ad- dis Ababa for the African Union Heads of State and Government Summit. The plane carrying the President and his delegation took off from the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly after 5pm yesterday. He was seen off by his deputy, Mr William Ruto, and senior government officials. Top on the agenda during the twoday summit is armed conflicts in Africa, particularly in Central African Republic, South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Lobby wants Kandie sacked over rent court BY NATION REPORTER A tenants association wants Commerce and Tourism minister Phyllis Kandie sacked. The Urban Tenants Association of Kenya said in their suit at the High Court in Nairobi yesterday, that the Cabinet Secretary has failed to appoint officials to the Rent Tribunal to deal with the backlog of disputes between tenants and landlords since June 17, 2013, when the tribunal was disbanded. The association further accused Ms Kandie of complacency and deliberately failing to appoint and gazette officials to the tribunal and want her kicked out. Neglected duties “The respondent has neglected or otherwise unlawfully failed to carry out her duties in a manner that maintains public confidence,” the suit reads. The association said it had an axe to grind with the minister especially over her seeming indifference in enacting the Landlord and Tenants Act that requires that she appoints an authority to oversee the smooth running of the tribunal. Petitioners want Ms Kandie compelled to appoint officials or be declared unfit to hold her position. The court asked the association to serve the minister with the suit. She is required to respond.
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