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Daily Nation : February 8th 2014
8 | National News SATURDAY NATION February 8, 2014 Uhuru to attend memorial for Mudavadi’s father today BY NATION CORRESPONDENT President Kenyatta is today expected in Vihiga to attend celebrations to mark 25 years since the death of the father of UDF leader Musalia Mudavadi(left). Th late former powerful minister Moses Budamba Mudavadi died in 1989. The event will take place at Mululu Primary school. The meeting comes against the back- drop of reports that the UDF leader may join the Jubilee government as a Cabinet Secretary. The event will also be keenly watched by ODM leader Raila Odinga as voters in the Western region backed the party. President Kenyatta and Mr Ruto have been visiting the region which has supported Mr Odinga since 2007 in a bid to woo the residents. Last month, Mr Ruto was at Vihiga Boys’ High School for the thanksgiving ceremony of Vihiga MP Yusuf Chanzu where he called on Luhyas to work together. Yesterday, Mr Odinga’s spokesman Dennis Onyango told Saturday Nation that his boss will be in Kisumu for the funeral of party enthusi- POLITICS | New move to inject energy in Orange party Raila’s new strategy for top seat in 2017 CONTINUED FROM PAGE 1 ago. Sources within the party also confided that there were aspirants Mr Odinga wanted in the party hierarchy and he was ready to engage in negotiations that would see them elected even if it meant asking them to contest slots other than those they had initially expressed interest in. The position that has gen- erated the most heat is that of secretary-general which is being eyed by Budalang’i MP Ababu Namwamba and nominated Senators Agnes Zani and Elizabeth Ongoro. Dr Paul Otuoma, Mr Josephat Nanok, Mr Manson Nyamweya, Mr Isaac Mwilu and Mr Mpuru M’Aburi are vying for the chairman’s position. The deputy party lead- er’s position has attracted Governors Hassan Joho (Mombasa) and Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega). While both are loyalists, some in Raila’s camp prefer Mr Joho because he can bankroll party activities. With this in mind, they had initially asked Mr Joho to go for the chairmanship and leave the deputy leader’s seat to Mr Oparanya. Homa Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang’ and Eldas MP Aden Keynan have been cleared for the vice-chairman seat. Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandai and nominated MP Isaac Mwaura will fight it out for the deputy secretary-general’s post with Abdikaddir Adan. Others cleared to vie in- clude former Nairobi mayor George Aladwa and former Makadara MP Reuben Ndolo, for organising secretary, while Kitutu Masaba MP Timothy Bosire, Bomachoge’s Simon Ogari and Wajir ODM chairman Ibrahim Mohammed Omar will run for treasurer’s position. Mr Odinga’s confidantes say he prefers Mr Bosire because of his deep pockets. Analysts say Mr Odinga should use the new dispensation emerging out of the polls to reinvigorate its opposition agenda. Popular criticism “ODM has been in a ODM has been in a slumber long before the elections last year. Outmanouvred by Jubilee during campaigns.” Political commentator Daniel Branch DPP says ‘Liz’ gang-rape men to be charged BY NATION REPORTER Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko has said medical evidence can sustain charges of sexual violence against six men accused of gang-raping a Busia pupil last June. The attack left the girl with fistula and wheelchair-bound. Mr Tobiko also said Liz and her family would now fall under the Witness Protection Agency after they complained of threats from people in the village. A campaign, Justice for Liz, to help bring her assailants to book collected more than 1.2 million signatures calling for justice. slumber long before the elections in March last year. Outmanoeuvred by the Jubilee Alliance during the campaign and then in court, it is difficult to think of one occasion since when the party has inspired popular criticism of the government,” academic and political commentator Daniel Branch told Saturday Nation. “Even when gifted with moments of ineptitude by the government, ODM has spurned the opportunities to reinvigorate itself in the opposition,” said Dr Branch. ast Jerry Okung’u who died last month. Another official however could not rule out Mr Odinga attending the Vihiga fete “as he will be close by.” The two areas are a few kilometres apart. Skip event However, Deputy President William Ruto will skip the event as he will be in Sotik for other engagements. Former President Daniel Arap Moi message will be delivered by his son, Baringo senator Gideon Moi while former President Mwai Kibaki will also send a tribute through his political associates. TRANSITION | Ruto aide’s mother buried Ford-Kenya leader Moses Wetangula, who is challenging Mr Mudavadi for the position of defacto Western political supremo, will miss the event and instead will be in Bungoma for a funds drive at Bishop Philip Anyolo Secondary School. “We will be attending the fundraising, which we consider more important,” said Mr Chris Mandu an aide of Mr Wetangula. Yesterday, Mr Mudavadi delivered a public lecture ‘Heroism in Kenya: Who defines it?’ at Masinde Muliro University as part of celebrations to mark the death of his father. Pupils with bhang seized in school raid BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Twenty three primary school pupils were yesterday arrested for smoking bhang in Meru. According to the headteacher of Kamiruru primary Ayub Mwiti, one of the parent blew the whistle when he found rolls of bhang in his son’s uniform. The parent informed the head teacher who later called the school’s management committee to discuss the issue. The administrators assembled the pupils and did an impromptu search and found four other pupils carrying bhang. Broken homes They then revealed the names of 19 others. One pupil was found with 40 rolls of bhang and even identified traffickers who supply the drugs. “Pupils are visiting video show halls after school, where they are introduced to these drugs,” said Mr Mwiti Igembe South AP commandant JARED NYATAYA | NATION Deputy President William Ruto, Kapseret MP Oscar Sudi (crouching) and Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago at the burial of Ms Eglah Jepkirongí Kurgat, mother of Mr Ruto’s personal assistant Kimutai Keitany, in Kiplombe, Uasin Gishu County yesterday. Uhuru puts on notice officers taking bribes, declares corruption must end BY NATION REPORTER President Kenyatta yesterday said that a number of officials in his office are corrupt. Speaking on bribe-taking by the police, the President conceded that most of the junior officers are taking bribes because they work in a culture where their seniors accept them. “When I address the issue of cor- ruption, more necessarily I’m not addressing the small officer. They take (bribes) because their seniors take. Starting with my own officers here. There are officers in there who think the office is for making money,” he said. “We must now say No to this. We must focus ourselves to service delivery. I can speak with confidence that a majority of men and women in our offices do not partake in this. But the few that do it must realise that their time is up,” said the Head of State. President Kenyatta, speaking in Nairobi at the launch of a plan to secure rapid results on security, was responding to a speech by Inspector- ‘‘ General of Police David Kimaiyo who acknowledged the continual record of the police as the country’s most corrupt agency. Mr Kimaiyo had argued that the police needed public support in addressing corruption. The President argued that some The few who do it (take bribes) must realize their time is up.” President Kenyatta of his officers had turned their positions into money-minting pipelines by either frustrating tenderers to get a cut, misusing government vehicles for personal gain or simply demanding bribes before offering service. “If you have been given that re- sponsibility, that budget is not for you to share with your friends. We must bring it to an end. Na watu wajipange (people should be prepared) because they will see something very soon,” said Mr Kenyatta. Abdirahim Gulia said that stiff action will be taken against those found selling drugs in the area. Mr Julius Gitonga, the area Methodist church superintendent, which is the school’s sponsor, blamed poor guidance and broken homes for rise in drugs abuse in the region. BRIEFLY SOMALIA 7 Shabaab militants killed in ambush The Somali army from Jubba region supported by Amisom forces ambushed a Shabaab outpost in Hagar town, 50km north of Afmadhow in Southern Somalia. During the 11am operation, the joint forces dismantled the site during which seven AlShabaab militants were killed. The troops also recovered an assortment of ammunition, a vehicle and several communication equipment. The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the AU Commission for Somalia, Ambassador Mahamat Saleh Annadif, said the raid was part of renewed efforts to root out Shabaab from their strongholds.
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