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Daily Nation : February 3rd 2014
DAILY NATION Monday February 3, 2014 MOMBASA | Kaya elder murdered by gangsters buried as leaders demand prosecution of killers Britain denies role in killing of Coast clerics We only give support to anti-terror police to do their work, says official of the British High Commission BY BOZO JENJE firstname.lastname@example.org BY KAZUNGU SAMUEL email@example.com ror suspects in Kenya. British High Commission of- B ficial Chris Halliday said their intelligence officers were not involved in the killing of Muslim clerics linked to terror. “These allegations have no basis since we are not involved in these incidents. We (only) work with the Anti-Terrorism Police Unit to ensure it carries out its work effectively,” he said. Speaking during a meeting on human rights and extremism, Mr Halliday at the weekend said his government would have launched investigations if the allegations were true. Several Muslim preachers were gunned down last year, including Sheikh Aboud Rogo, whom the government had ac- BUSIA ‘Liz’ and her kin flee home due to threats BY NATION REPORTER The Busia pupil who was sexually and violently attacked by a group of youths last year and her family have relocated from their home in Tingolo because of insecurity. The girl’s mother at the weekend said she had to relocate to a new home with her six children, including the 16-year-old girl, because of threats and intimidation from some villagers and strangers. Although the family re- corded statements about the alleged threats with police, they felt insecure and the children were traumatised, she said. “We were shocked that these people even followed my sick daughter to her grandmother’s home, which is very far away from our place from where she was recuperating after she was discharged.” The Standard Seven pupil and her family say she was attacked and gang-raped by six young men, whose names they have, and dumped in a pit latrine on June 26. The attack left her with double obstetric fistula and an injury on her spine, which left her confined to a wheelchair. “Liz’’, whose plight attracted international attention, is now out of the wheel-chair. Walks using crutches However, she walks using crutches and is still not well enough to attend school. Only one of the suspects has been arrested and charged with causing her grievous bodily harm, charge that Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko says is a holding one. He was released last month on a Sh15,000 bail. Indications are that the girl’s search for justice would take longer; the DPP announced her case was “too premature to proceed.” Civil societies have demanded justice for ‘Liz’. ritain has dismissed claims that its security agents are behind the killings of ter- cused of radicalising youths in Mombasa. Interior Principal Secretary Mutea Iringo also denied the claims, saying Britain was only offering Kenya technical support in its war on terror. “Let us not rush to conclu- sions. When a death occurs, the public should not speculate but allow investigations to establish the cause,” he said. Coast Police Commander Ag- grey Adoli lamented residents’ refusal to cooperate with police in investigating the killings. “In Mombasa, we lack re- sponse. Volunteers don’t come forward to give information that can help in investigations,” he said. “This makes it difficult to pursue the matter to conclusion.” He cited Sheikh Rogo’s case where no one came out to give information even after the government set up a commission of inquiry into his shooting. Mombasa Senator Hassan Omar asked police to redeem their tainted image to win public confidence. Some officers have been accused of harassing and locking up people who volunteer information. Meanwhile, a Kaya elder who was shot dead at his home in Kilifi was buried at the weekend. Mzee Gunga Thoya alias Ka- REACTIONS Jubilee under fire over insecurity “Where is the Jubilee government? It has total failed Kenyans as far as security is concerned” Kaloleni MP Gunga Mwinga “It is clear that the national government has failed to curb insecurity” Kilifi Women’s Rep Asha Jumwa. “I want police to make sure that the killers are brought to justice” Governor Amason Kingi tana Kalulu was laid to rest at his Jimba-Gede village home in an emotional send-off attended by MOMBASA Foreigners being probed over possible link to porn film ring BY NATION CORRESPONDENT The Immigration de- partment is investigating foreigners linked to pornographic film making at the coast. A senior immigration of- ficial told the Daily Nation that they were investigating a number of Europeans allegedly behind the production of the illegal films in North and South Coast. “Under immigration laws, any foreign citizen involved in such activities shall be expelled out of the country and completely barred from returning,” said the official who requested anonymity due to sensitivity of the investigations. Investigations had reached a critical stage in Diani, Mombasa and Mtwapa, the source said. Authorities had received complaints from Kenyans regarding activities of some foreigners residing in the country, according to the official. On Friday, Mr Peter Petrausch, a German national was brought before a Mombasa court over allegations that he was involved in production of the illegal films in Mtwapa. However, the Immigration department requested the court to have him detained until tomorrow for investigations to be completed. Principal magistrate Samuel Gacheru ordered the foreigner to be detained at the central police station. Mr Petrausch was found in possession of pornographic videos, which were being reviewed for possible charges against him, Prosecutor Kipkoech Sang said. “Your honour, if he is re- leased on bond, we fear he might interfere with ongoing investigation,” Mr Sang told the court on Friday. Last year, the man was arrested at his Mtwapa residence and charged a magistrate in Shanzu with two counts of sexual offence against his two Kenyan house girls. He committed the offence Under immigration laws, any foreign citizen involved in such activities shall be expelled out of the country” Immigration official on dates between September 5, 2012 and May 10, 2013 at La Marina in Mtwapa, Kilifi County, according to the charges. He denied both counts and was granted a Sh1 million bond with two sureties of similar amount. The case is still pending before the court. FILE | NATION Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi pays his last respects to Mzee Katana Kalulu during his burial at Kaloleni on Saturday. county and national leaders. Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi and local MPs called on police to arrest and bring to book the killers of Mzee Thoya. Kilifi County Commissioner Erastus Ekidor said seven people had been arrested and many more would soon be arrested. County News 19 BRIEFLY EMBU Cleric calls for talks over governor’s ouster A Bishop has called for dia- logue to resolve the impasse caused by the impeachment of Embu governor Martin Wambora and his deputy Dorothy Nditi. Speaking to the press at the weekend, Bishop Henry Kathii of the ACK Embu Diocese said the impeachment caught them by surprise as they had initiated dialogue to iron out the differences between county reps and the governor. BERLIN Minister appointed to board of UN agency Environment Cabinet Secre- tary Judi Wakhungu has been appointed a member of the United Nations Educational Scientific organisation (Unesco). The board was launched in Berlin at the weekend at an event attended by UN secretary general Ban Ki-moon and Unesco director general Irina Bokova. She will be tasked with among others, tightening the linkages between scientists and the community. KISII County in Sh100m street lighting deal The Kisii County government has signed a Sh100 million solar street lighting deal. The contract signed by county secretary Johnstone Ndege and the executive in-charge of Trade Ibrahim Moiro and Rural Development Solutions chairman Svein Rene, will see 200 lights erected in the town. The project will boost security and extend trading hours, said Mr Moiro. The firm will share advertising revenue with the county. KIRINYAGA Worker stabbed in fight at drinking den A casual worker was yesterday killed in a fight with a village elder at a drinking den in Mukinduri. Witnesses said the worker, 29, was drinking a local brew with his colleague when the elder joined them. The two later started quarrelling over unknown reasons and a fight broke out. The man stabbed the worker and tried to attack another colleague. Area police boss Eliud Munari said the assailant has been arrested. MOMBASA Stance on gays might split Anglican Church The Anglican Church of Kenya may delink itself from the mother church in England following their recent support of gay relationships. Mombasa’s Bishop Julius Kalu said the Kenyan Anglicans feel ashamed and disappointed that their England leaders have chosen to support same sex relationships. He condemned the recent stance of the Archbishop of Canterbury and Archbishop of York on gays.
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