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Daily Nation : February 26th 2014
8 | National News COURTS | Director at pains to explain why no team went to test electronic devices Poll kits: ‘Entire IEBC to blame’ Witness tells court Evid systems failure cannot be blamed on individuals BY PAUL OGEMBA @PaulOgemba email@example.com tronic voting system, a director with the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has said. Mr Dismas Ong’ondi, the T director for information and communication technology, testified that the systems failure could not be blamed on individuals but the entire team that sat on the committee leading to the adoption of the Electronic Voter Identification Devices (Evid). “It cannot be an individual re- sponsibility. If there was failure, then the whole committee of the tender and evaluation should be responsible. The chief executive officer cannot take blame alone on everything that happened,” said Mr Ong’ondi. The IEBC ICT director was at pains to explain why there was no team from his department to go for factory testing before the electronic kits were imported. “I am aware there was necessity for my department to send he entire electoral commission should take full blame for the failed elec- representatives to the kits company before delivery. Although there were two members selected to go for the testing, I am not aware why they did not travel,” said Mr Ong’ondi. He further denied claims that he blocked the travel of the two representatives because he wanted to travel in person, saying that he was not the final authority on people who should do the assignment. Suspended CEO Mr Ong’ondi was being cross- examined during the hearing of a case in which suspended IEBC chief executive officer James Oswago is charged with various counts over the procurement of electronic devices worth Sh1.3 billion for the March 4, 2013 General Election. Asked whether the commit- tee which approved the award of the tender to Face Technologies Limited was competent, Mr Ong’ondi said that he did not doubt their ability since the committee had members with expertise in technical issues. He added there was nothing wrong in the delay in delivery. The hearings continues. ACCUSED Elections chiefs facing charges Suspended IEBC chief executive officer James Oswago, alongside suspended deputy commission secretary in charge of support services Wilson Kiprotich Shollei, director of finance Edward Kenga Karisa and procurement manager Willy Gachanja Kamanga are accused of abuse of office and failing to comply with procurement regulations. DAILY NATION Wednesday February 26, 2014 Illegal land dealers face huge fines BY NATION REPORTER Individuals or groups who buy land without ascertaining its ownership face huge fines if the transaction is fraudulent. A notice issued by the National Land Commission says invasion, occupation or illegally transacting in public and private land will attract fines of up to Sh500,000 or Sh10,000 per day stayed after conviction. The commission warned the public against buying land whose ownership they have not confirmed through a certificate of title and search. Ownership status “The commission has found that some individuals and groups engage in fraudulent sale and aide invasion of public and private land,” the notice said. It said the public should seek PAUL WAWERU | NATION Lawyer Jotham Arwa, for the Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission CEO James Oswago, cross-examining the ICT director Dismas Ong’ondi at the anti-corruption court yesterday. the help of the commission when unable to ascertain the authenticity of a piece of land’s ownership status. The commission, headed by Mu- hamed Swazuri, said it is the only agency mandated with managing public land on behalf of county and national governments. The notice follows protests at Langata Boys High School after its 1.54 hectare land was allegedly grabbed by a private developer.
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