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Daily Nation : February 18th 2014
2 | National News JUSTICE | Family cannot trace relative despite pictures showing he was arrested during mosque chaos Relatives of Mr Hemed Salim Hemed at the Mombasa court yesterday. His family claims that no one has seen Mr Hemed since his arrest at Masjid Musa two weeks ago. The case was postponed to Thursday after the prosecutor asked for more time. LABAN WALLOGA | NATION DAILY NATION Tuesday February 18, 2014 Sh40m sex pills seized at airport BY NATION REPORTER A government agency has impounded a consignment of unregistered sex-enhancing drugs worth Sh44 million. Two people were also arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport as they waited to pick the contraband goods for distribution in the country. The Pharmacy and Poisons Police fail to produce Masjid man P BY GALGALO BOCHA @gallgallo email@example.com olice in Mombasa yesterday failed to comply with a court order directing If this man is in any police station in the country, we will produce him in court” Prosecutor Alexander Muteti them to produce a man who went missing soon after he was arrested during the Masjid Musa violence in which two people were killed. When the matter came up in court yesterday, the police — through Mr Alexander Muteti — asked Mr Justice Edward Muriithi to give them until Thursday to reply extensively to all issues raised on the whereabouts of Mr Hemed Salim Hemed, one of the 129 suspects arrested in connection with chaos which rocked Masjid Musa on February 2. Mr Muteti, who appeared for the Director of Public Prosecution, the Inspector General of Police and the Kenya National Police Service, all of who had been served with the orders of habeas corpus, said yesterday: “The second and third respondents came to me with a draft affidavit. However it doesn’t answer the grave issues stated in the application.” Mr Muteti, a senior princi- MORE INFO Suspect was mentally ill Mr Hemed, 42, was an electrician from Jomvu, Mombasa. He went missing on February 2, during the Masjid Musa chaos. The father of three was under medication for mental illness at the time of arrest. pal prosecution counsel, told the court off the record that police had denied arresting Mr Hemed. His sentiment prompted the judge to remind him of the existence of the habeas corpus order, which the judge granted after satisfying himself from pictures of the man’s arrest annexed to the applicant’s affidavit. Visited stations Mr Muteti replied: “If this man is any police station in the country, your honour, we will produce him in court or give a specific answer for police as to his whereabouts. I will be happy to parade the officers responsible in court to explain”. He said disappearance of a person was a serious issue and “we need to find proper explanations to inform the court”. The Hemed family lawyer, Mr Yusuf Abubakar, told the judge that Haki Africa, a human rights WHOLESALE A N D firstname.lastname@example.org Manila EnvelopesIn packets PER PKT A5 = @ 31/= B5 = @ 38/= A4 = @ 55/= B4 = @ 74/= C3 = @ 115/= Minimum 100 pkts per size Computer Papers 9 1/2” x11” 1 part plain @ 1499/= @ 19/= @ 19/= @ 9.95/= Minimum 1000 pcs per colour Dustless Chalk White Mimimum 72 pcs Short Hand Note Book @ 32/= Bic Biro Afri Tapes 2” x 35mt R E T A I L Minimum 10 cartons NAKURU 0733 333 722 ELDORET 0786 880 009 E&O.E MOMBASA 0786 880 008 Minimum 144 pkts KAKAMEGA KISUMU-MEGA PLAZA 0786 880 030 0786 880 010 KISUMU - OBOTE ROAD 0786 880 012 Mimimum 120 pcs HARAMBEE AVENUE - 0786 880 006 BUNYALA ROAD KENYATTA AVENUE - 0786 880 007 - 0786 880 011 - 0786 880 005 Price inclusive of VAT and subject to change without Notice and subject to availability of stock NAIROBI BRANCHES WESTLANDS Board’s director in charge of inspectorate, surveillance and enforcement, Dr Ahmed Mohammed, said the sex boosting drugs branded “Vega”, and originating from India, have been in circulation locally for the last two years. group, had made several inquires at all police stations in Mombasa County in an attempt to trace the missing man without any success. When suspects arrested in connection with the Masjid Musa violence appeared in court, they were ordered to be held at the Shimo la Tewa Prison. However, Mr Hemed was not among those presented in court, leading his family to ask the police to produce him. “With utmost respect we have stated in our affidavit that we have searched for Hemed Salim Hemed in all police stations and police have to explain for his whereabouts,” Mr Abubakar said. In a supporting affidavit, Mr Hemed’s younger brother said Mr Hemed was one of the people arrested on February 2 during the Masjid Musa chaos with his arrest prominently featured on two local television channels. Not registered Dr Mohammed said the label indicates the drugs are manufactured by a company known as Heri Pharmaceuticals in Mumbai, India, and imported by another firm known as Diani Pharmaceuticals, which is not registered with the Poisons Board. “The drug has been on sale in the country for the last two years and we had not been able to get to the importer until last Friday,” he told the Nation yesterday. The surveillance officer said the drug was being brought in through the airport in hand luggage marked as “harmless substances”. Dr Mohammed said the board would continue cracking down on unscrupulous dealers to safeguard the health of the public. The two Kenyans who were arrested during the Friday incident were charged yesterday at the Makadara Law Courts in Nairobi. We have enough food, says minister BY NATION REPORTER Agriculture Cabinet Sec- retary Felix Koskei has downplayed reports of starvation in parts of the country, saying, there was enough food for everyone. Mr Koskei, who was accom- panied by Fisheries principal secretary Japheth Ntiba told Parliament’s Agriculture committee that there was enough food to last up to May. “And even come May 31, we shall still have a surplus of 500,000 bags of maize. The problem has been relocating the food from areas where it is in plenty to where there is a shortage,” Mr Koskei said. However, he disclosed that the government had responded and moved maize to 24 counties that have been hard hit by drought. “The respective county governments will start accessing the cereals for distribution to people in need of the relief supplies in their areas,” he said. The national government had approved Sh600 million for livestock off-take, The Agriculture secretary said, adding: “We want to buy the animals when they are still healthy so that livestock owners don’t end up incurring losses.” Mr Koskei disclosed the Ag- ricultural Finance Corporation was liaising with the Livestock department to ensure interested livestock traders accessed loans to purchase the cattle. The programme particularly targets arid and semi-arid regions. Further, he said the gov- ernment was committed to up-scaling irrigation in the country.
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