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Daily Nation : February 21st 2014
DAILY NATION Friday February 21, 2014 National News 9 WE’VE GOT YOU COVERED | Jubilee Insurance launches new cover BRIEFLY MAKUENI Boy, 15, drowns in swimming outing A 15-year-old boy yesterday Matatu drivers and touts at the Nairobi bus station yesterday. The crew were listening to Jubilee Insurance staff during the launch of Tumaini ya Jamii package. ANN KIMONI | NATION drowned in a dam at Kithiani Village in Kibwezi. Police said Makau Musyoki was on a swimming expedition with four of his friends when the tragedy occurred. Kibwezi police chief Leonard Kimaiyo said the boy had visited his relatives when he met his death. Police retrieved the body and took it to Makindu Level Four Hospital mortuary for postmortem. Many dams and rivers in Makueni are full following a rains that have been pounding the county. TURKANA Three to hear case on the media laws BY NATION REPORTER Chief Justice Willy Mutunga has appointed three judges to hear petitions by media practitioners challenging the new media laws. Dr Mutunga appointed Mr Justice Isaac Lenaola, head of the Human Rights and Constitutional Division, to preside over the petitions alongside Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi and Mr Justice Weldon Korir. Start immediately The CJ directed the judges to start their sittings immediately. He also asked deputy registrar of the High Court to notify the parties of the date agreed by the judges. The first petition was filed by Na- tion Media Group, Standard Media Group and Royal Media Services and the second by Kenya Editors Guild, Kenya Union of Journalists and the Kenya Correspondents Association. The Media Council of Kenya filed a third suit to oppose the new Media Act. PROBE | Judicial officials want team disbanded for going against the law Judges and magistrates in fresh bid to stop vetting Officers in bid to stop board from investigating complaints against them which arose after date provided by Constitution BY PAUL OGEMBA @PaulOgemba email@example.com gating complaints over their past conduct. The Kenya Magistrates and Judges J Association say the Judges and Magistrates Vetting Board was overstepping its mandate in entertaining complaints against them which arose after the promulgation of the Constitution in August 2010. Through lawyer Dismas Wambola, udges and magistrates have launched a new attempt to stop the vetting board from investi- WHAT’S AT STAKE Other cases against the organisation Lady Justice Jeanne Gacheche claims she was vetted after the board’s legal term had expired. Mr Justice Riaga Omolo claims the board’s determination on his unsuitability violated his rights and freedoms. Mr Justice Samuel Bosire claims sections of the Vetting Act that led to his sacking are unconstitutional. MrJustice Joseph Nyamu claims the board’s findings against him were unconstitutional. the judges argued that the board was only mandated to vet those officers who were in office before August 2010 and doing otherwise was un- constitutional. “The board cannot extend their mandate given that it was only a transitional body as outlined in the Constitution,” Mr Wambola said. The laywer submitted that there is already the Judicial Service Commission, which now has the mandate to take disciplinary action against judicial officers, and that the board should be disbanded for going against the law. “There is fear of judicial officers being subjected to two disciplinary proceedings if the board continues receiving complaints against the judges and magistrates. “Their action is arbitrary since they do not respect other constitutional bodies with similar mandate,” Mr Wambola said. He submitted that the board’s mandate was limited to helping in the transition from the old Judiciary to the new one. Lady Justice Mumbi Ngugi will rule on April 7. Driver sent to jail for raping teenage girl A former driver with the Health ministry in Turkana has been handed a 15-year jail sentence by a Lodwar court for defiling a 16-year-old pupil. Titus Ekidor Ekingol, aged 30, was convicted by acting principal magistrate Ronaldine Washika Wachira, after the prosecution proved that he committed the offence. He was accused of committing the crime on June 11, 2011 at Kanamkemer Village in Turkana Central subcounty. Ekidor was given two weeks within which to appeal. NAIROBI AP officer charged with losing pistol An Administration policeman assigned to guard a judge was yesterday charged before a Kibera court with losing his gun and bullets in unclear circumstances. Sergeant Langat Kipkoech was accused of failing to take reasonable precaution to ensure his Ceska pistol and 12 rounds of ammunition were safe while on Mbagathi Road on February 15. He denied the charges and was released on a Sh20,000 cash bail. The case will be mentioned on February 24.
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