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Daily Nation : February 7th 2014
2 | National News SECURITY | Global financial leaders cancel Mombasa meeting after violent clashes Key talks called off over chaos Delegates would have spent Sh20m on accommodation in Serena meeting BY FRED MUKINDA firstname.lastname@example.org A meeting of top bankers from across the world which had been slated for Mombasa next week has been called off due to the chaos that erupted at Masjid Musa Mosque last Sunday. The talks — which would have been the first in Africa — were to be attended by chief executive officers, managing directors, chairmen and presidents of organisations dealing with depository funds from over 100 countries. It had been organised by the International Association of Deposit Insurers (IADI). February 9 to 16 The meeting would have taken place between February 9 and 16, at the Serena Beach Resort. Rooms for individuals in the hotel range from $120 (Sh10,320) to $165 (Sh14,190) and for those wishing to stay in luxury suites, $780 (Sh67,080). Kenya had 70 delegates while the other 175 participants had been expected to arrive either through JKIA or Moi International Arrport, Mombasa. The cancellation of the TO COMMENT ON THIS STORY SCAN THE CODE OR GO TO www.nation. co.ke/07022014 A woman assists a man who was attacked outside at Majengo market by youths after the burial of their colleague shot during Sunday’s violent clashes at the Masjid Musa Mosque. FILE | NATION meeting translates to about Sh20 million in lost revenue for accommodation alone, excluding money that would have been used by the delegates during visits to tourist sites at the Coast. A communication from the association’s headquarters yesterday said the decision to cancel the meeting was arrived at following “recent security alerts arising from police clampdown of some youth in a mosque in Mombasa”. Last week, information from Kenyan intelligence agencies and the 2014 US Global Threat Assessment report had indicated that government buildings and other installations could be targeted for attack by terrorists. Four people, including a policeman, died while 129 others were arrested in the chaos at Masjid Musa mosque. The meeting was supposed to start on Sunday and participants were drawn from the United States of America, the United Kingdom, Canada, Mexico, Russia, Argentina, Nigeria, India, Mongolia, Swaziland and the Philippines, among other countries. First meeting It would have been the first executive council meeting by IADI to be held in Africa. Countries with established Deposit Protection Funds Boards, or their equivalents, were to send their top executives. In Kenya, the Deposit Protection Fund Board is chaired by Central Bank Governor Njuguna Ndung’u, who had also been scheduled to attend the Mombasa meeting. In calling off the meeting, IADI depended on an advisory given by a security company it contacted for a security appraisal. The advisory, seen by the Nation had advised that IADI personnel should “avoid Majengo area. Those in Mombasa Island and in close proximity to Majengo should move away to secure areas”. The brief also cautioned those on essential journeys — including to the Moi International Airport in Mombasa — to coordinate with their local contacts. Before Mr Jerzy Pruski the IADI president, cancelled the conference, delegations from Malaysia and Korea had raised security concerns, citing information from their Foreign ministries. Related story on Page 18 I have worked hard. I have sponsored many motions in the Senate. I am a Kenyan just like those from Nyanza, Kisii or anywhere. I have never insulted anyone. My opponents are my close friends” Nominated Senator Agnes Zani. Page 8. In the news: Nairobi: A senior lawyer was almost blocked from voting in the LSK polls yesterday after failing to produce his national identity card. Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi, who is seeking to retain his post as the Law Society of Kenya representative at the Judicial Service Commission, had instead presented his passport to election officials to enable him vote. Page 5 Nairobi: Inmates at Kamiti prison are responsible for some kidnappings in Nairobi and its environs, police have said. Prison warders are also Page 6 Nairobi: MPs will continue earning their current salaries after a High Court ruling that declared the law giving them powers to determine their pay illegal. Page 9 Mombasa: A transporters association has launched an online forum for collection and dissemination of information on policies, regulations and procedures for trade with the main focus being road transport. Page 19 on the spot after searches found hundreds of mobile phones which inmates use to coordinate the attacks. GUIDE TO YOUR DAY Regional highlights Nairobi: — President Kenyatta to preside over event where top officials in the security sector (police and military) will sign commitments on their performance. — Chief Justice Willy Mutunga to give the nation an update of the state of the Judiciary. — Experts to debate recent trends in managing mother and child health during a function at the School of Medicine, Kenyatta National Hospital. ODM elections DAILY NATION Friday February 7, 2014 Valentine Offers! LABAN WALLOGA | NATION Mr Peter Petrausch, a German, in a Mombasa court yesterday where he was charged with making pornographic films and being unlawfully in the country. He denied the charges. 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