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Daily Nation : February 12th 2014
18 | THE COUNTIES MOMBASA | Customers avoid visiting the town for safety fears BACKGROUND Fighting started in bid to end meeting The violence broke out on February 2 after police arrived at Masjid Musa and surrounded it in a bid to stop a Jihad meeting, which had started at 8am and was expected to go on until 8pm. Some of the youths started to pelt the officers with stones and the officers responded with teargas to disperse them. At about 4:30 pm, plainclothes officers stormed the mosque and arrested several youths who were bundled into waiting vehicles. KEVIN ODIT | NATION Worshippers leave Masjid Musa after Friday prayers last week. Two weeks ago, the mosque was the scene of a violent confrontation between Muslim youth and police who tried to break up a meeting that was being held there. Traders and hoteliers lose millions in mosque chaos Violence resulted in businesses closing for days and tourists cancelling bookings BY MATHIAS RINGA @mathiasringa firstname.lastname@example.org T raders in Mombasa lost business worth millions of shillings following the Masjid Musa chaos two weeks ago. Hotels also incurred heavy losses after conferences were called off and some international tourists cancelled their bookings. Kenya National Chamber of Com- merce and Industry Mombasa branch chairman James Mureu said traders in Kisauni were forced to shut down NAKURU Ten wives raped by husbands weekly, says rights group BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Ten women are raped by their husbands every week, a human rights lobby said yesterday. The Coalition on Violence Against Women said the number could be higher since most do not report the cases. Speaking in Nakuru during a media breakfast, Covaw officer Muthoni Njuguna urged women to speak out on rape within marriages to curb the spread of HIV/Aids. “Rape incidents among partners in Kenya are still high. It is a major factor in the spread of sexually transmitted diseases among them the HIV/Aids,” Ms Njuguna. Though women in marriages experi- ence sexual violence, majority regard it as mere aggression. “Wives should not be silent about Rape incidents among partners in Kenya are still high,” Covaw advocacy officer Muthoni Njuguna it, they should open up because this is the only way we can fight against the vice,” she added. Recent statistics have shown a rise in HIV infections among married couples. By 2013, figures from the National AIDS Control Council showed that out of 1.45 million infections, 76 per cent involved married people. their businesses for several days following the mosque chaos. He said customers also avoided the town for fear of attacks by hooligans. “At the moment, it’s difficult to quantify the losses, but it definitely runs into millions of shillings,” he said. “People from upcountry and neighbouring counties who buy goods in Mombasa cancelled their trips for safety reasons,” he added. Instilling discipline Mr Mureu said the youth also looted shops and M-Pesa outlets. He urged local leaders to advise the youth to desist from radicalism and acts of hooliganism, saying, regardless of religion or ethnicity, all business people incurred huge losses when such things happened. “Leaders and parents have the responsibility of instilling discipline into our youth for them to have better future and for businesses to thrive,” he said. “Whenever chaos erupts, nobody benefits. All religions advocate peace and therefore it is important for us to teach our children to be peace lovers,” he added. Mr Mureu called for job-creation, saying, unemployment had forced some youth to abuse drugs and engage in hooliganism. “County chiefs should find ways of creating jobs for the youth as well as offering them training opportunities,” he said, adding: “The Kenya National Chamber of Commerce and Industry is ready to support the mentoring of youth and support them with internship programmes to help them access the job market or go into self-employment.” Sai Rock Hotel Group general manager Robert Kiri said the establishment lost business worth Sh1 million after organisers of a five-day Police sources said a GSU officer was felled by a bullet fired by one of the rioters at the mosque, while some of the youth were also feared dead. conference called it off, citing security fears for the delegates. The hotel, he said, also experienced cancellations of some international tourist bookings. “We expected good business this month as some counties and nongovernmental organisations were planning to hold conferences here,” he said. “Other meetings have been put on hold as the organisers are closely monitoring the situation in Mombasa,” he added. Seriously affected Another Mombasa hotel lost over Sh20 million after the International Association of Deposit Insurers called off a conference, which was supposed to take place between February 9 and 16. Kenya Association of Hotelkeepers and Caterers Coast branch executive officer Sam Ikwaye warned that if efforts were not made to contain such incidents, future tourist bookings would be seriously affected. “This is the time when international tourists are bookings their holidays and these acts of violence must end,” he said. “We expect the sector to improve this year, but that can only happen if Mombasa and other parts of the country are peaceful,” he added. DAILY NATION Wednesday February 12, 2014 ADVERTISERS WARNED AGAINST KILLING TREES County official accuses business people of dousing the roots with acid. Page 19 BRIEFLY NYERI Lawyers seek more prosecutors in courts A lawyers association in Nyeri County has raised concerns over a shortage of prosecutors. The Nyeri Bar Association also called the Director of Public Prosecutions office to deploy more prosecutors to subordinate courts to curb case delays. Through chairman Duncan Waweru, the lawyers have written to DPP Keriako Tobiko saying magistrates and advocates are kept waiting as the few prosecutors are shared amongst the courts, delaying the justice. NYERI TA no longer useful, claims county Speaker Nyeri Assembly Speaker David Mugo has claimed that the Transition Authority has outlived its usefulness. Addressing the Press at the Green Hills Hotel, yesterday before the opening of the Assembly, Mr Mugo said the authority was now trying to remain relevant by pretending to be the advisor to counties. He gave the example of a recent directive issued by the TA asking counties to stop the hiring of staff, arguing that the authority had no such mandate. EMBU Keep off rivers, water vendors warned The Water Resources Manage- ment Authority in Embu County has threatened to arrest large scale water vendors in Mbeere if found drawing the commodity from rivers in the area. Warma Mt Kenya regional manager Simon Wang’ombe said vendors with large bowsers had invaded the area to capitalize on the current water shortage. He said most of the water being sold was used to irrigate miraa farms thus affecting those who depended on the rivers downstream. NAKURU Equipment to make roads set for purchase The Nakuru County govern- ment will purchase machines used to make roads instead of hiring. County secretary Joseph Motari said the equipment used to gravel and grade roads would be procured to save money used to hire them from other organisations. Mr Motari added that already tenders had been floated and soon the county would have the machines. He announced that the county would soon start using automated systems to collect revenue since the manual mode was facing challenges.
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