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Daily Nation : February 26th 2014
20 | County News NAIROBI Petitioner blames IEBC for poll loss BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A mix-up in the names IEBC printed on ballot papers cost a candidate an election, a court was told yesterday. Mr Joel Nyabuto Omwenga who was vying for the Ruai county representative seat on a Ford-People ticket blamed the electoral body for his loss saying the introduction of an unknown name on ballot papers confused voters. He now wants the election victory of TNA’s Daniel Mari nullified on grounds that the threshold of accuracy was not met and that the defect on the ballot paper was a gross violation of election law. Shifting blame Mr Omwenga said the IEBC “introduced an unknown candidate by the name John Nyabuto Omwenga, “thus effectively locking him out” of participating in the March 4 polls. “The appellant asserts that he is not known as John,” lawyer Josphine K’ogweno for Mr Omwenga said. She said a mistake on the ballot paper cannot be wished away as it would set a bad precedence “especially in the identification of a candidate.” However in a rejoinder, IEBC lawyer Antony Macharia said the petitioner was “shifting blame.” AFLAME | Explosion rocks food kiosks DAILY NATION Wednesday February 26, 2014 BRIEFLY MOMBASA Farmers earn from butterfly project Butterfly farmers from Coast have started earning from a Sh44 million exhibition house at the National Museums of Kenya in Mombasa. The newly-established house that exhibits butterflies receives pupae from 700 farmers in the Kipepeo project that targets conservation tourists. Arabuko Sokoke in Kilifi County produces 75 per cent of pupae sales. BUNGOMA JACOB OWITI | NATION A fire fighter battles flames from food kiosks near Kisumu Railways estate where property worth millions of shillings was razed at 1am yesterday. A guard said he heard an explosion from one of the kiosks before the fire spread to the rest of the structures. NAROK | Lucrative deal for Kaps Firm hired to collect fees at Maasai Mara Company to set up e-ticketing system and earn 6.5 per cent of annual fees BY GEORGE SAYAGIE @Gsayagie email@example.com T he county government has contracted a new company to install an e-ticketing system and collect entry fees at the Maasai Mara Game Reserve. In the deal, Kenya Airports Parking Services (Kaps) will earn a commission of 6.5 per cent of entry fees annually, which is about Sh3 billion. According to documents seen by the Nation, Kaps beat Kenya Commercial Bank, Cooperative Bank, National Bank and Family Bank, among others, to the contract. The service was sought after Narok Governor Samuel Tunai cancelled a contract with Equity Bank last year. The former Narok county council had signed a 10-year deal with Equity three years ago in which the bank would earn a commission of seven per cent on a fixed annual revenue base of Sh1.5 billion. The contract raised eye- brows as it meant the council would pay the bank Sh105 million annually even if revenue fell short of the target. After the contract was cancelled, the county government took on the responsibility of collecting the fees. “Effective June 25, 2013 the Narok county government has taken responsibility for entry tickets into the Maasai Mara,” said finance and economic planning executive Lena Munge in a notice to travel operators. The decision to hire a new firm to collect fees has been opposed by Narok North MP Richard Moitalel ole Kenta, who says the 6.5 per cent is still too high. He faulted the county government for awarding the contract without seeking the county assembly’s approval. Sh3bn Amount from which Kaps will earn 6.5pc annually ‘‘ Effective June 25, 2013 the Narok County has taken responsibility for entry tickets into the Maasai Mara,’’ County executive Lena Munge Iran hands over medical complex A Sh95 million complex with a medical training college and a referral hospital built by the Iranian government has been handed over to Kenya. Speaking during the handover attended by Ministry of Health Principal Secretary Fred Sigor, Iran’s ambassador to Kenya, Mr Malek Hussein, said that his government will continue investing in projects that will spur development. BARINGO Give food to nursery schools, says Cheboi Governor Benjamin Cheboi has asked the national government to include early childhood development centres in the school feeding programme. He said the move would ensure children are retained in school. Mr Cheboi complained that the central government was not doing enough for the early childhood development programme. KAKAMEGA Girl, 13, raped by 16-year-old pupil A 16-year-old pupil has been arrested at Lunza in Butere Sub-County for allegedly defiling a relative aged 13. Area police boss Paul Wanjama said the suspect waylaid the victim while she was taking a bath in a river. The girl was admitted to Butere Sub-County Hospital following the attack. Mr Wanjama said the suspect would soon be charged with defilement. KISUMU Law catches up with town’s drunk drivers Alcoblow device has finally caught up with Kisumu residents. The device for detecting people who drive drunk above the legal limit, was introduced at the weekend and 10 people were yesterday charged with drink driving. Traffic commandant Samuel Kimaru said 53 people were arrested countrywide on Friday. Thirty-five were arrested in Nairobi and eight in Bungoma.
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