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Daily Nation : February 1st 2014
SATURDAY NATION February 1, 2014 National News 21 FESTIVAL CLIMAX | Leaders join Lamu residents for Maulidi Lamu Governor Issa Timamy (right) and his Tana River counterpart Hussein Dado (second right) join Lamu residents to mark the weeklong annual Maulidi Festival at the island yesterday. Mr Timamy promised to increase funding for the annual event to make it more colourful. KEVIN ODIT | NATION BRIEFLY TAITA TAVETA Warder shot, taken to Tanzania for surgery A prison warder sustained serious chest injuries yesterday when armed robbers shot him in the chest. According to a witness Mohamed Hujale, armed men approached them and demanded money. They were given Sh64,000 but shot the officer who had was passing by their house. The warder was rushed to Taveta Hospital then to Moshi, Tanzania for surgery. Police have launched a hunt for the gang. NAIROBI Ministry staff arrested over car buyer fraud Two employees of the Devo- APPOINTMENTS | Press wins first step in fight against punitive laws Court blocks media council jobs Judge stops minister from appointing officials to oversight bodies as advertised BY PAUL OGEMBA @paulogemba email@example.com them to pay exorbitant fines to a government-regulated tribunal. Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi ruled J that the petitions by three media houses, journalists unions and the Media Council of Kenya had raised sufficient grounds to stop Information and Communication Cabinet ournalists have won the first step in the fight against oppressive media laws which would force Secretary Fred Matiang’i from making appointments to the two media oversight bodies. “In the circumstances, I issue or- ders prohibiting the Cabinet Secretary from appointing the chairpersons and members to the Media Council of Kenya and the Communication and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal as contained in the Special Gazette advertisement,” ruled Justice Ngugi. She said the orders would remain in force until three judges—to be named by the Chief Justice—determine the constitutionality of Kenya Information and Communication (Amendment) Act and the Media Council Act, 2013. The judge said that the petitions challenging the constitutionality of the two Acts touched the core of media freedom and needed to be determined expeditiously for the interest of justice. She then referred the case to the WHAT THE MEDIA ARGUED Detrimental to press freedom Once the tribunal is consti- tuted, they might go ahead and impose fines of Sh20 million on media houses and Sh500,000 on a journalist through flimsy grounds that will be detrimental to their freedom as provided by the Constitution. The process of reconstituting the media council will instil fear in journalists. CJ to name the judges. The judge also allowed the Media Council to file a substantive motion to quash the Special Gazette notice Lifestyle diseases could exceed the 50 pc threshold, heart experts warn BY KIARIE NJOROGE firstname.lastname@example.org Medical experts are warning that deaths resulting from non-communicable diseases could surpass the 50 per cent mark by 2030 even as the country’s health policy remains firmly focused on infectious diseases. Today, about 30 per cent of deaths in Kenya are caused by non-communicable diseases, a rise from 20 per cent 10 years ago. Half of these are cardio-vascular diseases. Aga Khan University Hospital cardiologist Prof Gerald Yonga said yesterday on the sidelines of the university’s heart symposium at the Safari Park Hotel in Nairobi that the poor were likely to bear the brunt of heart diseases. This is because they are eating more sugary and fatty foods, drinking and smoking more and the diseases are detected very late due to poor screening. “Kenya is experiencing an increase in diabetes, heart disease, cancer, chronic lung, neurological and psychiatric diseases even before com- Sheikh and Dr Mzee Ngunga of the Aga Khan University spoke on the need to carry out assessments in heart failures including experiments to determine how to slow down the increasing cases. Although there has been no com- Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, chief executive Asmita Gillani municable diseases like malaria, HIV and tuberculosis have been brought under control,” said Prof Yonga. Lifestyle changes have been blamed for an increase in heart disease triggers which include obesity, hypertension, diabetes and high cholesterol levels among others. These clog arteries which results in heart failures. Cardiologists at the event, who were addressed by Aga Khan University Hospital, Nairobi, chief executive Asmita Gillani, included Dr Nadeem prehensive study in the country to determine the prevalence of non communicables, Dr Yonga added that in some areas, surveys had shown that as many as 50 per cent of the population suffer from hypertension but may be unaware of it. “If 50 per cent of adults are at that stage and we only know of less than 40 per cent of these; by the time you know, they’ll be coming in with strokes, with heart attacks. “That’s why I call it a tsunami be- cause there’ll be just a sudden increase in numbers,” he said. Currently, the health budget is about six per cent, nine points lower than the 15 per cent that was pledged in the Abuja Declaration in 2001. The three day symposium is a deliberation on the future prevention and treatment of heart failure in East Africa. published by Dr Matiang’i calling for candidates to apply for various positions in the Media Council of Kenya and the Communication and Multimedia Appeals Tribunal. She dismissed argument by the At- torney General that it would be hard for the government to jump start the process if the court stopped it, ruling that it would be cost effective if the court found that the two laws were unconstitutional when the two tribunals were not yet operational. The media houses, journalists and the Media Council went to court seeking a declaration that the two Acts were unconstitutional on grounds that they were a direct violation on media’s independence. The petitioners are; Nation Media Group, Standard Group and Royal Media Services, and the Kenya Editors Guild, Kenya Union of Journalists and Kenya Correspondents Association. Man gets 10 years for sex attack on girl BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A 34-year-old taxi driver has been convicted of sexually assaulting his stepdaughter and sentenced to 10 years in jail. The father of four, who had separated from the minor’s mother, had gone to her home in Ruring’u, Nyeri, on December 10, 2011 and found the girl alone. The class one pupil told a Nyeri court that he entered the house and he sexually assaulted her when she followed him. The mother’s 41-year-old house- help recorded a statement with the police but failed to testify. The man had been released on a Sh300,000 bond but disappeared for more than a year. He was rearrested last October. The mother also avoided testifying. “There is no mention of any other person who could have committed the offence and if there was he would have been mentioned,” said the magistrate. lution and Planning ministry suspected to be behind the cartel defrauding potential car buyer have been arrested in Nairobi. Detectives from the Flying Squad on Thursday evening arrested the ministry workers, both who are drivers, and two accomplices after posing as car buyers. The group had placed an advertisement in media that they were selling cars, according to police. NAKURU Teacher charged with conning a recruit A teacher was yesterday charged with obtaining money by false pretence. The court heard that Joseph Jimmy Murimi, 45 received Sh70,000 from John Kiarie on January 18 at the Teachers Service Commission headquarters promising to offer him a teaching job. Murimi denied the charge and was released on a Sh100,000 bond with surety of a similar amount. Hearing is slated for March 5. NAIROBI First Lady launches anti-HIV programme The First Lady has launched a programme to fight HIV/AIDs and reduce deaths of children. In a statement released yesterday, the Office of the First Lady also asked donors to join efforts to collectively stop mothers and children from dying from preventable illnesses. Last year, 13,000 children were infected with HIV infections . Over 62 per cent of the children infected do not access drugs. KILIFI Starving families start receiving relief food Kilifi county government yes- terday started distributing 40 tonnes of relief food to families facing hunger. The most affected area is Bamba in Ganze sub county. During a press conference attended by senior county government officials, the Agriculture and livestock executive member Mwalimu Menza said the deputy governor Kennedy Kamoto would lead the relief team in distributing the food.
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