For Online E-newspaper
Daily Nation : February 10th 2014
DAILY NATION Monday February 10, 2014 ANTI-TERROR WAR | Preachers call for calm and insist Islam is religion of peace Four missing after mosque chaos: Lobby Rights group to sue police as it claims that seven people died during clashes BY NATION TEAM firstname.lastname@example.org radical youths are missing, a human rights lobby has said. Haki Africa yesterday vowed F to file a case to compel police to produce the four people. The four include Mr Swalleh Ahmed, Mr Abdallah Mohamed and Mr Hemed Ahmed. The NGO could not immediately identify the name of the third person. Speaking at a press conference yesterday, the organisation’s executive director Hussein Khalid said seven people died during the clashes. Police had earlier said that three people were killed when they stormed the mosque to flush out youths they said were attending an Al-Shabaab recruitment convention. “One body is still lying at the Coast General Hospital unclaimed, 104 people were arrested and 22 children released by the courts,” he added. The lobby said that among NAROK Leaders ask governor to step down on funds misuse claims BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A section of Narok lead- ers have asked Governor Samuel Tunai to resign or they will begin collecting signatures to force him out of office. The leaders, led by former Cabinet minister William ole Ntimama, accused Mr Tunai of mismanagement of county funds, abuse of office, skewed appointments and corruption. “We are telling Mr Tunai to resign because we cannot accept a leader who is corrupt,” said Mr Ntimama. The former minister was speaking at his home in Nairobi at the weekend after he hosted other Narok leaders, including former Transport and Licensing Board chairman Hassan ole Kamwaro and former Narok mayor Richard Birir. Mr Birir had been nomi- nated by Mr Tunai to serve as the county’s executive We are telling Mr Tunai to resign because we cannot accept a leader who is corrupt” William ole Ntimama, former Cabinet minister committee member for agriculture but was sacked last month. The row between the local leaders and the governor began when the county government announced that it wanted to acquire 600 acres in Limanet to expand Narok Town. But Narok North MP Moitalel ole Kenta and Mr Ntimama have since opposed the idea. And at the weekend, Mr Ntimama said they will not relent in ousting the gover- nor for what they termed gross violation of the Constitution. He accused Mr Tunai of sidelining the Purko clan in major county appointments and also mismanaging the county funds. “The Purko clan consti- tutes more than 70 per cent of the residents of Narok yet the governor has not considered them in major appointments,” he said. He also accused Mr Tunai of hand-picking individuals for county jobs. But Mr Tunai has in the past dismissed the claims, claiming that politicians who lost in the March 4 2013 General Election were trying to destabilise the county government. “We have considered merit and regional balance in all our appointments. ‘‘I want to challenge those who have a problem to follow the right channels to seek redress,” he said last month. our people who were inside the Masjid Musa mosque when police clashed with those arrested was a 42-year old mentally ill electrician, Mr Hemed Salim Ahmed, whose relatives were also present at the press briefing. Mr Khalid told journalists that Mr Ahmed’s arrest was captured by all media houses present and police claim he was found with a gun. Mr Khalid and two members of the electrician’s family, Mr Masoud Salim and Neema Salim called on the police to produce Mr Hemed. “The police have no right to hide him. An arrested person must be brought before the court within 24 hours or be released. This right has been flagrantly violated by police in the case of Mr Hemed and we demand police to produce him,” read a statement by Haki Africa and the family. Arrest preachers They said relatives had searched for him at all police stations, prisons, hospitals and mortuaries without any success. The lobby said the father of three was mentally sick and had been treated three times at the Port Reiz hospital. He was under medication at the time of arrest. “He was repairing electricity at the mosque. This is the reason why he was dressed in a vest. According County News 19 BRIEFLY LAIKIPIA Senator wants border residents to be armed Residents living next to Sam- buru and Baringo borders should be allowed to own guns for self defence, Laikipia senator G.G Kariuki said yesterday. He said Laikipia residents living near the border bore the brunt of frequent attacks by raiders from other regions. He argued that homeguards from Baringo, Samburu and Isiolo are allowed to weapons yet Laikipia residents cannot. NAKURU College fights lawyer in Sh13 million case A Nakuru-based college seeking over Sh13.5 million compensation for a failed lease agreement wants the lawyer representing its opponent in the matter disqualified. Step-up College, which has sued Victonell Academy Limited, REACTIONS Leaders condemn storming of event Respect: Muslim leaders from western region asked the government to respect all religions, saying police officers should not have stormd the mosque while wearing shoes. Masterminds: Albeity Sheikh a Muslim leader in Eldoret said inciters should be arrested but the youths held set free. to his family, Mr Hemed was a simple man and has never been involved in any criminal activity,” added the statement. Meanwhile, Muslim leaders from Nyanza have asked police to arrest preachers who are inciting youth and preaching hatred. Speaking yesterday at the Masjid Noor Mosque in Eldoret during the Maulid celebrations, Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya North Rift chairman Abubakar Bini said Islam is a religion of peace. KAJIADO MP denies selling community land BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Kajiado West MP Moses Sakuda has denied involvement in the sale of 1,000 acres of community land to a Nigerian investor. Mr Sakuda’s name fea- tured in the investigations that followed reports of the sale of the parcel belonging to Keekonyoike Society at Sh3.7 billion. The history of the society land dates back to 1966 when shareholders were given their portions, with the 1,000 acres being set aside for social amenities. Mr Sakuda on Saturday de- nied being part of the team that sold the land. In a meeting at Kiserian, the MP accused his political rivals of dragging his name into the matter. His defence came as the community members held a heated discussion over the sale. The dispute has divided the community, and during the meeting, land rights activist Daniel Tenaai vowed to mobilise 10,000 members to a meeting with President Kenyatta at State House. Mr Tenaai claimed some unscrupulous people had conspired to steal the community’s land. In a bid to cool tempers, the provincial administration has urged leaders in the region to defuse tension. Kajiado County Com- missioner Kobia Kamau has called on Senator Peter Mositet, Mr Sakuda and area County Representative George Sunkuya to calm affected members. During the investigations, Mr Mositet and Mr Sunkuya asked Mr Sakuda to clear his name. “Mr Sakuda, Mr Mositet and Mr Sunkuya hold the key that can open a door leading to peace and stability over this matter,” said the county chief. last week said the defence lawyer, Mr Anthony Gikaria, was privy to details in the lease agreement. It claimed Mr Gikaria drew the pact. The case will be heard on February 25. KEVIN ODIT | NATION Mr Hemed Salim Ahmed is arrested after they clashed with police at Masjid Mosque. He is one of those still missing. BUNGOMA Fire Nzoia managers, sugar board urges The Kenya Sugar Board has urged an overhaul of management at Nzoia Sugar Company over claims of corruption and inefficiency. The board’s director in charge of Nzoia sugar zone, Mr Saulo Busolo, yesterday accused the factory’s management of condoning theft of money. His claims come a week after five top managers were suspended over the loss of Sh19 million. NAROK MP, governor told to bury differences Two MPs in Narok County have appealed to their counterpart and Governor Samuel ole Tunai to bury their differences, saying it was bad for development. Narok West MP Patrick ole Ntutu and his Narok East counterpart Lemanken Aramat, over the weekend urged Narok North MP Moitalel ole Kenta and the Governor to complement each other’s efforts instead of fighting, in the name of serving locals. KIRINYAGA County rep probed over illegal logging A member of the Kirinyaga County Assembly is being investigated over illegal felling of trees. The county ecosystem conservator, Mr Francis Misonge, said that the politician would face the law if it is established that he unlawfully cut down trees at a public health institution and took them for his personal use. Mr Misonge said he sent forest officers to the health institution at the weekend to assess the situation.
February 9th 2014
February 11th 2014