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Daily Nation : February 20th 2014
6 | National News TRIAL | Court told of how Narc regime disappointed Kenyans Kibaki axed Kalenjins after 2002, ICC told The 11th prosecution witness tells court how Moi’s people were alienated after his election defeat BY DAVE OPIYO @DaveOpiyo firstname.lastname@example.org were alienated after President Kibaki ascended to power in 2002. Dr Herve Maupeu, the 11th witness, agreed with Deputy President William Ruto’s lawyer David Hooper that over 100 top Kalenjin civil servants employed under Moi regime were all sacked, with the new leader hiring more of his tribesmen. Mr Hooper: “Is it right to say that when Mr Kibaki took over, there was the extensive sacking of 100 top Kalenjin civil servants, leading to the ‘kikuyunisation’ of the civil service the same way Moi did when he took over power?” A prosecution witness yesterday narrated to the ICC how Kalenjins Dr Maupeu: “Yes”. Dr Maupeu said Kalenjins were also evicted from forests that had earlier been gazetted as settlement areas by the Moi government. Despite the fact that Mr Kibaki came into power with a lot of goodwill from Kenyans who had hoped that things would be better, he said, it was not quite so. 100 feeling that nothing had changed (in the Kibaki administration)?” Dr Maupeu: “You can’t really say that. There were some changes like the improvement of the economy and infrastructure. But Mr Kibaki went back to the previous methods that had been used by the previous regime.” Mr Hooper said in the Minimum number of senior Kalenjin civil servants that Kibaki fired after winning 2002 poll He said the Kibaki’s lead- ership failed to adequately tackle corruption, leading to a number of scandals like the Anglo Leasing, which led to the theft of $750 million. The Artur brothers saga was also mentioned, with the witness describing it as strange. Mr Hooper: “Was there a run-up to the 2007 General Election, the Kalenjin community felt that former Prime Minister Raila Odinga was their preferred candidate and not Mr Ruto. This, he said, was demon- strated by the fact that during ODM’s primaries that were held at the Moi International Sports Centre gymnasium, the former PM trounced Mr Ruto and became the party’s flag-bearer with the support of Rift Valley delegates. “Is it therefore right to say that the Kalenjins thought it was too early to vote for Ruto, who at the nominations got 368 votes, to rally behind Raila?” Mr Hooper asked. “That is your interpretation,” Dr Maupeu replied. MP robbed as gang shoots man dead BY NATION REPORTERS An MP and his wife are recovering in hospital after they were attacked by gangsters as they slept. Makueni MP Daniel Maanzo and his wife, Catherine, were attacked around 2am on Tuesday night after a gang of about six broke into their house at Trend Villa Estate in Karen, Nairobi. The couple sustained minor injuries in the head after they were hit by objects. The MP’s bodyguard, Mr Meshack Muli, yesterday said the gangsters scaled a wall to enter the compound. The perimeter wall is secured by an electrical fence but Mr Muli said it had not been working for a while. The family’s house help Patricia Ndunge said she was woken up by a hooded gunman who dragged her around the house while searching for keys to open the main door for his accomplices. The man had forced entry into the house through a small opening after cutting part of the grill. The gangsters took away money, ipads and mobile phones after spending 30 minutes in the house. The MP told journalists from his bed at The Nairobi Hospital that the gang was armed with a gun, but also wielded pangas, rungus and assorted weapons. Separately, gangsters shot dead a man then called his wife to say they would hunt her. Mr Hannington Nyongesa, a senior technician with Kenya Power, was shot in the head outside his business premises in Ngong Matasia on Tuesday night. Moments after the attack, his wife Betty got a call. “The caller asked if I was Nyongesa’s wife then said they would look for me,” she told the Nation. Mr Nyongesa was pro- nounced dead upon arrival at a Nairobi hospital. DENISH OCHIENG | NATION A window grill cut by robbers at Makueni MP Daniel Maanzo’s Karen home in Nairobi on Tuesday night. Mrs Betty Nyongesa whose husband Hannington was shot dead in Ngong Matasia by gunmen near his MPesa shop on Tuesday night. ANTHONY OMUYA | NATION DAILY NATION Thursday February 20, 2014 Give baby to its mother, court orders Shebesh BY NATION REPORTER A city MP has been ordered to surrender a child in her custody to a woman claiming her baby was snatched away from her while she was admitted to hospital. A magistrate yesterday ordered that the child’s mother, Ms Natasha Gachie, be granted custody of the child pending the hearing and determination of the case. Ms Gachie is embroiled in a legal tussle with Nairobi county assembly member Rachel Shebesh. At the same time, the magistrate ordered the parties seek an-out-of court settlement on maintenance, in the absence of which the case will proceed to full hearing on March 13. Breast-feeding sessions Ms Shebesh, her husband Frank Shebesh alias Ambundo and Mr Teejay Ashivende are accused of blocking Ms Gachie from accessing her baby. Ms Gachie claims her baby was snatched from her by Mr Ashivende shortly after delivery at a city hospital in April last year and has since been kept away from her at Ms Shebesh’s city home. The woman, 21, claims Mr Ashivende is the child’s father and resides at Ms Shebesh’s home. Earlier, she claims, she had been allowed access for breast-feeding but this was stopped. Ms Gachie wants the court to compel Mr Ashivende to return her child and to order him to pay her child support and maintenance of Sh200,000 a month. She also wants the court to grant her sole custody of the child. Centre to train youth launched BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A centre to train women and youth on leadership that creates change was yesterday launched at the Kenyatta University. The African Centre for Trans- formative Leadership, jointly sponsored by the university and the UN, will be instrumental in empowerment and training of women and youth in the continent. Competitive process While launching the centre, UN under-secretary general and director-general of the United Nations Office Nairobi Sahle-Work Zewde said women in Africa hold just one fifth of the parliamentary seats and ministerial positions. Other speakers at the launch I heard one of them complaining that the amount of money they had found wasn’t enough...” MP Daniel Maanzo’s house-help included UN regional director Christine Musisi, Ethiopian First Lady Roman Tesfaye, KU vicechancellor Olive Mugenda and Bungoma woman representative Reginalda Wanyonyi. Prof Mugenda said the university was selected through a competitive process due to its demonstrated efforts at promoting transformative leadership skills.
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