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Daily Nation : February 7th 2014
18 | THE COUNTIES NAIROBI | Kidero pledges to provide security for parked vehicles and automate rates collection Saccos appeal parking fee verdict Transport firms ask the Court of Appeal to set aside judgement allowing Kidero to raise the rates BY RICHARD MUNGUTI @richardmunguti firstname.lastname@example.org AND OTIATO GUGUYU @googooyuh email@example.com robi to the second highest court in the land. The 26 saccos, which lost the T fight at the High Court, yesterday asked the Court of Appeal to set aside the judgement that gave Governor Evans Kidero the greenlight to charge the new rates. The raised fees contained in the county’s Finance Act took effect on Wednesday, and motorists are TAITA-TAVETA Tsavo elephant census to cost Sh22 million BY NATION CORRESPONDENT The national wildlife agency has launched a Sh22 million elephant census in Tsavo and Mkomanzi National Park in Tanzania. The week-long, trans-boundary count by Kenya Wildlife Service kicked off yesterday in Mkomanzi National Park. Tsavo Conservation Area Assist- ant Director Robert Obrien said the census would help in planning and management of the parks. Seeking partners “We do this for the purpose of understanding the distribution of elephants and other large mammals in relation to distribution of forage and water sources,” he said during the launch at Sarova Taita Hills and Saltlick Lodges. Currently, the Tsavo ecosystem has the largest elephant population in the country at 11,000 (2011 census). At the same time, the Taita Taveta county government is seeking partners to set up a 10,000-acre integrated wildlife/livestock conservancy at Bachuma area in Tsavo to tap into tourism revenues. “We are committed to conser- vation as this is our heritage and one of our major natural resources,” Governor John Mruttu said. JACOB OWITI | NATION Members of the Ministry of Repentance and Holiness protest against the erection of a Sikh monument in Kisumu yesterday. The faithful, who were dressed in sackcloth, milled around the monument that is being put up on Mosque Road, chanting slogans that they want it brought down. NAIROBI Kidero sets up kitty for fire victims BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Victims of recent fires in Fuata Nyayo, South B, Kariobangi and Deep Sea in Westlands will benefit from a City Hall kitty for victims of fire tragedies. Those who suffered losses from the three areas will receive part of Sh300,000 donated by Governor Evans Kidero. The Sh300,000 was part of a Sh500,000 Christmas gift Dr Kidero received yesterday from Kenya Charity Sweepstake, a gaming firm. “I thank the Kenya Charity Sweep- stake for the gift and would like to share this gift with Nairobi residents that have suffered losses from fires. Sh100,000 will go to each of the recently affected areas while the rest will be put in a kitty,” he said. Mr Peter Njoroge from Charity Sweepstake said his firm was pleased to present the gift to the first governor of Nairobi. In just a month into 2014, several fires have been reported in the city, mostly in informal settlements. County Secretary Lillian Ndegwa yesterday admitted that Nairobi has only one functioning fire station. She, however, assured residents that the county would acquire seven new fire engines from Belgium at a cost of Sh1 billion by June. ransport companies have taken their battle against new parking rates in Nai- now required to fork out Sh300 from Sh140 per day to park in the Central Business District. In a certificate of urgency filed at the appellate court’s registry yesterday, the petitioners urge the court to quash Mr Justice Isaac Lenaola’s verdict. They accuse the county lead- ership of failing to consult city residents over the rates as stipulated in the Constitution. “What was termed as consulta- tions were mere budget-making meetings on short-impossible-toabide-with, one-or-two-day notices in daily newspapers without a specific agenda to increase parking fees being communicated,” Lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, for the petitioners, argues in the application. The petitioners state the incre- ment was never approved by the relevant committee of the County Assembly as only “30 per cent increment from the current Sh140 per day had been approved.” Mr Kinyanjui also punches holes in judge Lenaola’s judgement. “The superior court judge erred REACTION Firms punch holes into judgment “The superior court judge erred in law in finding that the Nairobi County Government Finance Act 2013, containing the impugned parking fees, was superior to the national legislation governing levying of parking fees (which is the Traffic Act)” Lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui for the 26 saccos “Charging Nairobi residents without providing good service is foolhardy. There will be people keeping watch on our customers property” Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero in law in finding that the Nairobi County Government Finance Act 2013, containing the impugned parking fees, was superior to the national legislation governing levying of parking fees (which is the Traffic Act).” The lawyer states the increment is in excess of 100 and asks the court to intervene to save the petitioners from suffering irreparably. The case came as Dr Kidero sought to assure motorists that the new parking fees would translate to better services. Speaking at his City Hall office, the governor pledged to provide security for parked vehicles. Street boys have been breaking into cars and stealing parts. “Charging Nairobi residents without providing good service is foolhardy. There will be people keeping watch on our customers property,” he said. Plans to automate rates collec- tion, he added, were at an advanced stage. PROTEST | Church members oppose Sikh monument DAILY NATION Friday February 7, 2014 THREE JUDGES TO HEAR OUSTED OFFICIAL’S CASE Embu deputy governor wins the first round in battle to keep her job. P.20 BRIEFLY NAKURU Ward reps query bid on budget proposals The Nakuru Assembly has questioned Governor Kinuthia Mbugua’s (above) office for organising public forums to give proposals for the 2014/2015 budget without consulting them. The meetings were scheduled to be held in the 11 sub-counties to deliberate on projects for the 55 wards starting this month. The Assembly summoned county secretary Joseph Motari to explain how such forums were organised. NAROK Four injured as storm destroys 10 classrooms A storm yesterday blew off the roof of 10 classrooms at a primary school of in Narok Town, leaving four pupils injured. Masikonde Primary School head Jackson Waweru said the pupils were among a group that attempted to flee on hearing a loud bang of the storm. Narok Governor Samuel Ole Tunai, who visited the school, donated Sh2 million to help in the reconstruction of the destroyed classrooms. NYAHURURU Woman denies she was found with tusks A woman who initially wanted to plead guilty to possession of elephant tusks later denied the charge after learning about the newly-introduced stiff penalty for the offence. Ms Ann Chelangat is accused of being found with two elephant tusks weighing 2.5 kilogrammes in Rumuruti town, Laikipia County, on March 26 last year. The prosecution said KWS officers got a tip-off that the accused was looking for a buyer. NYERI Police foil car jacking as suspects escape Police in Nyeri town have foiled a car jacking attempt after shooting at a gang that was fleeing in a woman’s car. The gang was forced to abandon the vehicle and escape on foot after the car rolled and crushed at Kiawara estate. Police said they suspected it was the same gang that had stolen goods at Skuta estate using the car and may have been planning to commit robbery elsewhere.
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