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Daily Nation : February 26th 2014
DAILY NATION Wednesday February 26, 2014 American buys aviation firm to serve Turkana oil BY NATION REPORTER Oil discovery in Turkana contin- ues to attract new investments with international companies eyeing a slice of the cake. A former US Navy Seal member has acquired a local aviation firm to provide logistics to Kenya’s nascent oil and gas industry. The Business Daily reported yesterday that Mr Erik Prince has bought a 49 per cent stake in the Kilifi-based Kijipwa Aviation with the aim of providing passenger and freight services to oil and mining firms in remote areas such as Lokichar and Lokichogio in Turkana. Mr Prince is the founder of Blackwater, the controversial US defence contractor that was fiercely criticised for its work in Iraq. The ex-marine is now the execu- tive chairman of DVN Holdings, a Hong Kong Stock Exchange-listed firm, to which he sold his aviation and logistics firm Frontier Services Group last November. Share swap deal The transaction valued his stake at Kijipwa at Sh1.9 billion and was paid for in cash and share swap deal that earned Mr Prince a 15.3 per cent stake in DVN Holdings and board chairmanship. The former Navy Seal officer re- ceived Sh258 million ($3 million) in cash and a further 205.12 million shares at a price of HK$0.73 apiece, according to regulatory filings at the Hong Kong bourse. “My new role as chairman of a Hong Kong listed company will allow me to pursue my vision for Africa and globally in a transparent manner,” he said. A recent report by US-based re- search firm Casey says East Africa is expected to be one of the world’s most important energy producers by 2040. The study titled The Gobal Race for African Oil says East Africa will be raking in trillions of dollars as energy-thirsty economies like China buy the resources. VETTING |MPs scrutinise nominees for State human rights agency Ms Susan Chivusia, who was nominated as a commissioner at the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights, before the Parliamentary Committee on Justice and Legal Affairs yesterday. BILLY MUTAI | NATION National News 3 HAGUE TRIALS | Tough cross-examination Defence declares that all 12 ICC witnesses lied in court Lawyers say information on ODM positions and dates of Kalenjin circumcisions all wrong BY DAVE OPIYO @DaveOpiyo email@example.com T he defence yesterday accused 12 prosecution witnesses of lying in their testimony at the International Criminal Court. Cross-examined by Mr Katwa Kigen, the lawyer for journalist Joshua arap Sang, witness P-0409 had claimed that former Tinderet MP Henry Kosgey was ODM’s secretary-general. The witness also claimed the Kalen- jin conducted circumcision ceremonies in August, which Mr Kigen said was not true. “May I put it to you that you are lying? Circumcision ceremonies are normally in December,” he said. “The witness is not telling the truth and this is deliberate. He has The witness is not telling the truth and this is deliberate. He has also indicated that Mr Kosgey was the secretarygeneral of ODM, which is also not true” Lawyer Katwa Kigen also indicated that Mr Kosgey was the secretary-general of ODM, which is also not true.” Mr Kosgey is outgoing ODM national chairman. The witness defended himself, say- ing all he knew was that the former MP had a big post. On the dates when circumcision ceremonies are held in Rift Valley, the witness insisted they were held in August after schools closed. And when it was Deputy President William Ruto’s lawyer Karim Khan’s turn to ask questions the witness was unable to name other leaders of ODM’s pentagon apart from Mr Odinga, former Deputy Prime Minister Musalia Mudavadi and Cabinet minister Najib Balala. Mr Khan: Who else from the ODM pentagon can you name? Witness: I cannot because I was not interested in political matters. Mr Khan: You mentioned that you attended five rallies. Can you name some people who attended? Witness: I cannot. Earlier, Mr Kigen and the witness differed over the meaning of words allegedly used by Mr Kosgey and repeated by Mr Ruto at five rallies. In one instance, the witness claimed the two told the Kalenjin to “finish the work according to our instructions when the day comes,” as they rallied them to remove non-Kalenjins. Mr Kigen said the witness claimed Mr Ruto and Mr Kosgey used a Kalenjin word “Kazi”. “The truth of the matter is that the word “kazi’ (work) is a Kiswahili one, not Kalenjin as alleged,” said Mr Kigen. Couple killed daughter, court told BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A couple was yesterday charged with killing their daughter. Mr Emmanuel Kiprotich Sigei and his wife Irene Nalomita Sigei are accused of killing their daughter Brenda Chepkorir Sigei at Nasitori Village of Narok on February 6, this year. The two had been married for two years and allegedly schemed to kill the girl who is from a previous relationship. They have a son together who is six months old. The two appeared in a Nakuru court nursing injuries they received after being assaulted by the public. They told Lady Justice Hellen Omondi they could not plead since they had not undergone mental assessment. The judge ordered that they be taken to Rift Valley Provincial General Hospital for the test and be treated for their injuries. The couple told Justice Omondi that those who assaulted them forced them to confess to killing their daughter. The hearing is on February 28.
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