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Daily Nation : February 1st 2014
20 | National News BY NATION REPORTER Journalist Walter Barasa could be on his way to the International Criminal Court after the High Court dismissed a case challenging his extradition. Mr Justice Richard Mwongo ruled that Mr Barasa(left) has not proved that he will suffer any injustice if he is handed over to the International Criminal Court. He allegedly interfered with witnesses in the cases facing Deputy President William Ruto and journalist Joshua Sang. HEALTH | Institution lacks facilities Donated Sh100m surgical items lie idle at hospital Equipment has remained outside a hospital unused for six years while drugs have expired BY EVERLINE OKEWO @ivaachieng firstname.lastname@example.org D onated medical equipment and drugs worth Sh100 million have been lying idle outside a hospital in Kisumu County for six years. The equipment, donated to Nyakach District Hospital in 2008, has been unused due to lack of a theatre and paediatric and females wards where they were intended to be used. The two donors, Dr Daniel Ochiel, from the US, and Dr Nishtha Modi have asked the Kisumu County government to build wards at the hospital so the equipment can be put to use. The equipment is from International Medical Equipment Collaborative together and Konditi Development International. ‘‘We have all the equipment with us Colleges for teachers to be upgraded BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Teachers training colleges’ countrywide will be upgraded to offer diploma courses to meet increasing market demand, Education principal secretary Belio Kipsang said yesterday. Dr Kipsang said the colleges will be tailored to offer diploma courses instead of certificate programmes which they have been offering to students over the years. Speaking during a graduation ceremony at Machakos Teachers Training college yesterday, he said the controversial laptops project will go on as planned this year despite a row over tendering. but the county government has failed to build the maternal, dental and paediatric wards,” said Dr Modi. The doctor said drugs worth mil- lions had expired. The items include surgical, delivery, dental, hospital bed, anaesthesia and medical suites. Others are wheelchairs, photo therapy unit, infant scale, high back patient table, infant incubators, paediatric warming blankets, glucose monitor system, oxygen regulators and tubing, blood drawing chairs, refrigerators, surgeon’s headlight, surgical clocks and blood pressure unit. Hospital medical superintendent Peter Omwenga, said they lack the infrastructure. ‘‘Whenever expectant women de- TOM OTIENO | NATION Some of the equipment worth Sh100 million that has been lying unused at the Nyakach District Hospital. The items were donated by two organisations. velop complications, we refer them to Kisumu County because we don’t have a theatre for caesarean section,” said Dr Omwenga. The hospital has had an increase in Whenever expectant women develop complications we send them to Kisumu” Nyakach District Hospital medical superintendent Dr Peter Omwenga the number of underage girls seeking maternity services but who cannot be attended to owing to complications that they often develop, according to the doctor. The hospital serves a population of 28,000 but is in a deplorable condition. It has only one doctor, 16 nurses and six clinical officers. Dr Omwenga said since free ma- ternity was started last year, mothers delivering at the hospital had doubled but they are sent to Kisumu, 45 kilometres away, while others opt to use village midwives. ‘‘We lack skilled health workers to attend to these patients and as a result they are referred to better well-equipped hospitals.” Kisumu county executive of health Dr Elizabeth Ogaja said she was aware of the crisis and was waiting for approval of the 2014/15 budget to reconstruct the hospital. House team visits cement factory to assess complaints of air pollution BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A Parliamentary committee has launched investigation into claims that a cement maker is polluting the environment in Kilifi County. The National Assembly’s Committee on Environment and Natural Resources yesterday visited Athi River Mining Cement Ltd after Human Rights Agenda, a lobby group, petitioned Parliament alleging that the firm was polluting the environment with dust thus affecting residents’ health. Acting committee chairman, Dr Wilbur Otichillo, said after touring the plant and its surrounding areas, they were able to experience of the gravity of the problem. During the one-day visit, he said the team of seven MPs collected documents and information from stake holders on the complaint raised. “We have carried out independent investigations and an impartial report will be compiled to be forwarded to the Speaker when Parliament resumes,” he said. Recommendations made in the re- port would be discussed in Parliament and may be accepted or rejected. Speaking at Kambe chief’s office, Dr Otichillo urged the residents not to The National Assembly’s Commitee Environment and Natural Resources members who visited the Athi River Mining Cement Ltd to assess pollution claims 7 shy from approaching the committee with more information that the team may not have collected, to assist the team to recommend solution to the problem. “If you feel that there are some facts that cannot be revealed in public, we shall take them in privacy. We request you to write to us or call,” he said. However, he suggested that a long-term solution could be achieved through harmony and dialogue. The cement company’s managing director Pradeep Paunrana refuted the allegations levelled at the factory. The manager said the lobby group’s report titled Polluted Justice was misleading and inaccurate and the medical reports submitted lacked evidence. The plant conformed to national and international standards on air quality, noise and vibration, he added. The judge said the High Court has powers to order his arrest and surrender to the Hague-based court. “The ICC request for Mr Barasa’s ar- rest was within the law and I cannot find any exceptional circumstances to stop the process. He has not shown how the International Crimes Act undermines his constitutional rights and in any event, he will have a chance to defend himself before a panel of three judges at the ICC,” ruled judge Mwongo. He ruled that the decision of Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph ole Lenku to file an application for Mr Barasa’s arrest was within the law and gave the Director of Public Prosecution the permission to formally apply for the journalist’s arrest. He however gave Mr Barasa a 14-day reprieve to appeal and stopped the DPP from presenting the formal request. In the event that he is extradited, Mr Barasa will join President Kenyatta, Mr Ruto and journalist Sang who are facing crimes against humanity charges. SATURDAY NATION February 1, 2014 Court clears way for Barasa’s extradition to ICC BRIEFLY KIRINYAGA Fear grips village as bomb is discovered Fear gripped Gatwe yesterday after residents stumbled on a bomb. The 10-kilogramme explosive was found on the edge of Mount Kenya Forest by herders. Police officers arrived and established that it was a bomb left behind by colonial soldiers before independence. They cordoned off the area and took the explosive to Kerugoya Police Station. NAIROBI UK-trained lawyer won’t be admitted to the bar A Kenyan with a bachelor’s degree in politics and law and a masters in law all from England has lost a bid to compel the Kenya School of Law to admit him so he can qualify as an advocate. Mr Muammar Nabeel Onyango Khan had been told by KSL that he had not taken four of 16 core courses. He took them at the Catholic University but the school refused to admit him so he went to court. The High Court yesterday said they can’t compel the school of law to admit him. NAKURU DPP orders fresh probe into defilement case The Director of Public Prosecu- tions (DPP) has ordered police to conduct further investigations into allegations that a bar owner defiled a 16-year-old girl. The directive comes a month after the director of Nakuru Human Rights Network (Nahurinet) David Kuria wrote to the DPP claiming police had failed to take the necessary action against the bar owner. The letter said the girl was defiled on Christmas eve. IGEMBE MP accuses KFS staff of destroying forest Igembe North MP Mr Joseph M’Eruaki yesterday accused forest officers of contributing to the destruction of Nghaya Forest. He threatened to mobilise constituents to kick the Kenya Forest Service officials from the area. He was speaking in Laare during a leaders’ meeting meant to come up with the constituency’s development plan. He said the area would be a desert if leaders did not safeguard forests. NAKURU Matatu crews strike over Mungiki threats Matatu operators on Njoro route downed tools for the second day yesterday to protest against a cartel they said threatened to take control of their Nakuru stage. Management of Njoro Line Services which operates 64 vehicles accused a rival group of using the outlawed Mungiki sect members to harass them. Nakuru county commissioner Mohammed Birik summoned both parties to try and resolve the crisis.
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