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Daily Nation : February 3rd 2014
18 | THE COUNTIES Senators will carefully scrutinise allegations levelled against county boss, says politician BY MUCHIRI GITONGA email@example.com T he Senate will be fair in deciding whether Embu Governor Nyaga Wambora should be removed from office, a senator has said. Laikipia Senator GG Kariuki said the Senate will carefully scrutinise the allegations levelled against Mr Wambora and make a decision. “We will investigate the allega- MOMBASA Island’s thirst blamed on land ‘thieves’ BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Private developers in Nyali have denied Mombasa residents fresh water found in the area, a county official has said. Environment and Water Execu- tive Fatma Awale yesterday said developers had grabbed a 14-acre parcel in which fresh water was found by government researchers in 1970s. She said the ‘grabbers’ had built luxurious apartments on the land, hampering the county government’s efforts to harness the resource for locals’ use. Out of the 14 acres, she said, only one in which the government used to harness and supply water in Nyali and its environs remains. 13 acres Size of land that has been ‘grabbed’ by private developers Apartments sit on 10 acres while three have been fenced by a developer. She said the land was irregularly allocated as its title deed is held by the ministry of Water. Ms Fatma asked the developers to surrender the land to Governor Hassan Joho’s leadership or face a court case. Mombasa Water Supply and Sanitation Company Managing Director Alome Achayo said the fresh water source in Nyali has the potential to quench the county’s thirst. Water supplied in the county comes from its neighbours. JEFF ANGOTE I NATION Police use alcoblow to test the amount of alcohol consumed by a driver on Mombasa Road near Athi River at the weekend. Most drivers were held for drink-driving. NAKURU 40,000 Kenyans take heroin, says study BY NATION CORRESPONDENT An estimated 40,000 Kenyans take heroin, a research has shown. The National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (Nacada) 2012 survey, also shows that close to 4 million Kenyans take alcoholic drinks, while 2.7 million people smoke tobacco products. Up to 1.6 million Kenyans chew miraa while over 300,000 smoke bhang. Nacada chief executive officer Wil- liam Okedi said the highest percentage of the population that abuses drugs is mostly among the youth. “Nacada will partner with various stakeholders, including county governments to combat the drug abuse menace,” said Dr Okedi. He said they had formulated a County Alcoholic Drinks Control Bill that will enable the devolved units to deal with issues such as alcohol regulation, education, treatment and rehabilitation. Abusing drugs “Most Kenyans are still unaware of the negative effects of consuming and abusing such drugs. It is because of this that Nacada has sought to partner with key stakeholders, including county governments,” said Dr Okedi. A workshop aimed at establish- ing synergies between the national and county governments in fighting alcohol and drug abuse has already been launched at Egerton University. It has drawn participants from eight counties. Nakuru governor Kinuthia Mbugua said that his government is ready to work with the agency, adding that drug abuse has been responsible for anti-social behaviour, and break-up of families. “It promotes insecurity and it has been singled out as a major contributor to poor health outcomes,” he added. MACHAKOS | ‘Breathe out... again... again...’ tions against the governor because the Senate has power over governors and county assemblies. If the allegations are substantiated we’ll have no choice but to send him home,” Mr Kariuki (below) told a meeting at Family Comfort Hotel in Nanyuki ‘‘ over the weekend. However, he warned that the House would not be dragged into petty quarrels between the county government and members of the County Assembly. Devolution, Mr Kariuki noted, DAILY NATION Monday February 3, 2014 COUNTY STAFF TOLD TO APPLY FOR JOBS AFRESH Kirinyaga workers seconded by the Transition Authority to face fresh scrutiny, says interim clerk P.20 LAIKIPIA | GG Kariuki says House will be fair in deciding whether governor should be removed from office Senate to probe Wambora ouster bid started on a wrong footing as governors did not know which direction to take. He added, that was why they started creating structures similar to those of State House in spite of the limited resources. He said leaders, whether in the na- tional or county government, must be very careful when dealing with public resources. “As the Senate we are not there to As the Senate, we are not there to destroy any part of the regime.” Laikipia Senator GG Kariuki destroy any part of the regime, but let us be honest and clear with what we are doing with public resources,” the senator said. Mr Kariuki said citizens must be able to track down the spending of the devolved funds by governors and Members of Parliament through the constituency development funds. BRIEFLY NYAMIRA New leaders picked for coffee coop society Leadership wrangles that rocked a giant coffee cooperative society in Nyamira County are likely to end after shareholders elected new office bearers. Heavily armed Administration Police and regular officers provided tight security as farmers elected committee members at four coffee factories affiliated to the Nyabomite Cooperative Society. Former chairman James Ndemo, a delegate from Kioge factory, was picked for the same post. Mr Jackson Mong’are (Nyansangio) is the new vice-chairman. KIRINYAGA Man stabbed to death in drinking den quarrel A casual labourer was yester- day stabbed to death after a quarrel in a drinking den at Mukinduri village in Kirinyaga County. Witnesses said the man was drinking with friend, when the 65-year-old assailant joined them. Minutes later the suspect picked a quarrel with the labourer and a fight broke out. The man stabbed the worker in the chest and tried to attack his colleague but he escaped and reported to the police. Police boss Eliud Munari said the suspect would be charged. NYERI NGOs to be vetted by umbrella lobby All non-governmental organisa- tions will be vetted to enhance transparency and accountability, the National Council of NGOs has said. The council’s chief executive officer Kevinnah Loyatum yesterday said it is advocating for good governance. Speaking after holding a meeting with local NGOs from Central region in Karatina town, Ms Loyatum said the country is changing and the organisations also need to reform. Local NGO’s complained of lack of cash. NAKURU Tragic swim as two brothers drown in lake Two brothers died while on swimming in Lake Oloiden in the outskirts of Naivasha town. The two aged 14 and 12 years, had gone to lake in the afternoon when the incident occurred. According to Naivasha police boss Charles Kortok, locals informed the police about the tragedy after failing to spot the two boys swimming minutes later after diving in the lake. Meanwhile, police in Naivasha are holding a woman for allegedly attacking and seriously injuring her husband.
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