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Daily Nation : February 6th 2014
16 | National News BY NATION REPORTER The government has been given until today to name a chairperson and members of the business rent tribunal. Environment, Water and Natural Resources Cabinet Secretary Judi Wakungu should announce the names and publish them in the Kenya Gazette, High Court judge Mumbi Ngugi ordered. Justice Ngugi said it was worrying that the tribunal had been moribund for the last eight months. “Those seeking the tribunal’s serv- ices have been disadvantaged for eight months because the Cabinet Secretary has not named its chairperson and members,” the judge said. A State counsel representing the Cabinet Secretary, however, told Justice Ngugi that the appointments had been made and would be published in an official gazette notice tomorrow. But lawyer Ojwang Agina, rep- resenting Landlords and Tenants Association secretary-general Ephrahim Muringo, said there was no proof that “the appointments had been done and that their names had been forwarded to the Government Printer for publication.” “There is no evidence by way of an affidavit to the effect that a chairperson has been named by Ms Wakhungu and that the names have been sent for publication in the Kenya Gazette which should be out this Friday (tomorrow),” said Mr Agina, Appear in gazette He reminded the court that the Attorney-General had last week promised that the names would appear in the January 31 issue of the Kenya Gazette but nothing of the sort had happened. DAILY NATION Thursday February 6, 2014 Minister ordered to name business rent tribunal team today “No names were published in the gazette notice, as promised” he told the court. In her short ruling, Justice Ngugi directed Ms Wakhungu to swear an affidavit by the close of business yesterday outlining what had been done. The judge directed the minister to make available a copy of the Kenya Gazette with the published appointments by February 10. CRIME | Fingerprints of victims taken Police launch probe as four bodies found Residents say they appear to have been strangled with ropes and suffocated with polythene papers BY JAMES KARIUKI @kamaukariuki_ firstname.lastname@example.org dumped in Nakuru and Baringo counties. Two of the bodies were P found in Molo, Nakuru County. The other two were dumped on Eldama Ravine-Nakuru road, near Mogotio in Baringo County. None of the bodies had identification papers on them. Residents speculated that they could have been suffocated with polythene papers and strangled with ropes. Others feared that they were killed by gangsters on the prowl. Molo Divisional Police Com- mander Job Lesikinwa told the Nation that two bodies were thrown out of a vehicle at the Kibunja-Molo Bridge. One fell into the river while the other was left lying by the bridge’s guard rails. Naked bodies Mr Lesikinwa said one of the victims was hit on the back of his head with a blunt object. The hands of all the victims were tied behind their backs by the ropes that could have been used to strangle them. In Mogotio, the two bodies of a man and a woman were found by the roadside, a kilometre apart. Both were naked. Area Divisional Police Commander Samson Ogero urged residents to help police identify the motor vehicle used to dump the bodies. A Kenyan flag bracelet bear- ing the name ‘‘Nancy’’ was left on the woman’s hand. Police said they had taken fingerprints of the victims and sent them to National olice are investigating the death of four people whose bodies were Registration Bureau to help in identifying them. There was no sign of strug- gle or blood where the bodies were found, indicating that the pair could have been killed elsewhere and dumped there. Mr Ogero and Mr Lesikinwa urged residents to provide any information on the motor vehicles seen stopping near the scene of the discoveries. They said information re- ceived would be confidential. Residents interviewed at the scene said two other bodies had been dumped on the road last year and called for enhanced night patrols by the police. Rongai sub-county district officer Jackson Lechuta called on residents to activate community policing teams to work closely with security agencies. Rongai Divisional Police Commander Joseph Mwamburi, who visited the scene at Eldama Ravine-Nakuru Road, vowed to conduct joint patrols to stem insecurity. Residents also noted that a ‘‘strange’’ salon car was recently abandoned on a feeder road in the area. Several mobile phones were found in the vehicle that was later towed to Mogotio Police Station. MODUS OPERANDI Gang blamed for killings Tied with ropes: Police say the hands of all the victims were tied behind their backs by the same ropes that were used to strangle them. Killer gang: Residents fear they were killed by a gang on the prowl. Searching for car: Police searching for vehicle which could have dumped the bodies.
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