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Daily Nation : February 27th 2014
18 | County News THE COUNTIES AFTERMATH | Suspected robbers identified Gun in shoot-out owned by police Pistol had been snatched from an officer at the gate of his Umoja home in March last year BY ANGIRA ZADOCK firstname.lastname@example.org on Kimathi Street in Nairobi belongs to the police. The shoot-out between O police and robbers led to the recovery of the Ceska pistol with six rounds of ammunition. The gun had been snatched from a Flying Squad officer at the gate of his residence in Umoja on March 8, 2013. Nairobi county commander Benson Kibue yesterday said the gun was found on one of the suspected robbers, Hirum Maina Munga, 32, who was shot dead on Kimathi street. Police have identified the other suspect as Jackson Chege Maina, 30. Shot on the left leg Police say they know two suspects who escaped but they declined to release their details. The gang is said to have been colluding with serving police officers and people withdrawing money from banks. Mr Kibue also said that three other passers-by were hit by stray bullets. Mr Mohammed Hassan, a chief in Wajir, was shot on the left leg while his wife Zeituni Yusuf, 35, was shot in the head and died on the spot. She was bur- NAKURU Governor comes to the rescue of beleaguered officer BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Nakuru Governor Kinuthia Mbugua (left) yesterday defended the head of procurement against allegations of abuse of office, saying the County Assembly acted out of ignorance when it recommended her sacking. Speaking when he flagged off a consignment of drugs worth Sh72 million for Nakuru’s eight hospitals, 98 dispensaries and 22 health centres, the governor said the officer did not act independently as each department has a tender board. “It is unfortunate for anyone to think that tendering is done by an individual. Procurement, like in this case for drugs for the first quarter, was done by the health tender board,” he said. Last week, Ms Elizabeth Masaku’s fate appeared sealed when County Secretary Joseph Motari recommended her suspension and redeployment to the Transitional Authority after the assembly accused her of insubordination and arrogance. Medical equipment Mr Mbugua told the gathering that Sh400 million had been set aside to buy drugs and medical equipment. “There are plans to build more health facilities and I can assure residents they will be up and running in the next two years.” Speaking at the same occasion, Kenya Medical Supplies Agency chief executive John Munyu said delays in the supply of drugs and other medical supplies to county hospitals would be a thing of the past as his agency would enter into a partnership with county health boards to ensure drugs were delivered on time. ne of the firearms recovered during the Tuesday shoot-out The gun was found on one of the suspected robbers, Hirum Maina Munga, 32, who was shot dead on Kimathi street. Police have identified the other suspect as Jackson Chege Maina. Nairobi county commander Benson Kibue ing in the city centre where a member of public lost her life and two others injured. In another crime, police said that a guard and a university student were yesterday morning killed by robbers in Kasarani. One of the attackers was shot dead and an American pistol recovered. Four suspected robbers armed with a pistol and crude weapons raided a residential apartment in Kahawa Wendani where they cut the watchman on the head, killing him on the spot. The watchman had al- legedly tried to block the suspects from entering the apartment. They then went to the residence of Ian Mireria and robbed him of household goods. As they were escaping, they met a Kenyatta University student, Phineas Murungi, who they also hit on the head. He died on the spot. Police officers on night patrol were alerted and at around 4.30am, the officers caught up with the gang and shot one of them dead. The rest escaped. In the last one month, at ied on Tuesday afternoon. Another member of public Sahata Abdulkadir was shot on the right leg. Police have maintained that the fleeing gangsters shot the civilians but eye witnesses said they were shot by officers who were pursuing the suspects. A corporal with Central’s Directorate of Criminal Investigations was also shot and is recovering at a city hospital. Police have been criticized over the manner in which they handled the Tuesday’s shoot- least three students have been attacked and killed in Kahawa, according to police. In the past one month officers have lost about five firearms in Nairobi. Last week a bodyguard of High Court judge Justice Weldon Korir lost his official Ceska pistol and was charged in court. An Administration Police Corporal attached to the Judicial Service Commission as commissioner Florence Mwangangi’s driver also lost his firearm. KEVIN ODIT | NATION Police constable Owino Okuto testifies yesterday on the whereabouts of Mr Hemmed Salim Hemmed, who was arrested three weeks ago following riots at Masjid Musa on February 2. KIRINYAGA Villagers find missing pastor dead in bush BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A pastor has been found dead at Ndomba village in Kirinyaga County a day after he went missing. Mr David Muthii, 35, was found with a piece of rope around his neck, fuelling speculation he had been strangled. The pastor’s body was spotted by villagers on Tuesday afternoon and they alerted local chief Nancy Gichuki. His car was found at the scene. It had rammed into a tree and was extensively damaged. A mobile phone that did not belong to the pastor was found in the car. The chief said it appeared as if the pastor was attacked somewhere and the body brought to the village. County police boss Christine Mutua also said it was likely that this was a planned elimination. MOMBASA | Where is Hemmed? DAILY NATION Thursday February 27, 2014 FREE STORGAE TIME AT PORT TO BE REDUCED Period to be cut from nine to five days due to faster clearance of cargo, says KPA boss. Page 22 BRIEFLY NAIROBI Murder suspect’s bond terms await report Probation officers profiling a suspect are yet to present a prebail report for determination of his bond. Mr James Mutunga Muia is still at the Industrial Area remand prison after he was charged alongside pastor Paul Ng’ang’a with the murder of Ms Carolyne Chanjira whose body was found on Ngong Road near Lenana School on March 9, 2012. Mr Ng’ang’a is out on bond but Mr Muia failed to meet the terms and applied for a review. The case will be mentioned on March 3. IJARA Family cries foul over soldier’s release Family members of a man who was allegedly assaulted by a Kenya Navy soldier in Ijara are demanding an explanation over the assailant’s release from police custody. Jele Ismail, a brother of Salah Ismail, claimed the soldier used his military position to secure his release from custody. But Masalani police boss Galgalo Abdi denied this claim saying the officer was out on a cash bail of Sh10,000 and would be charged once police receive the P3 form. BARINGO Ward rep alleges graft in land allocation A Baringo County Assembly member has alleged rampant encroachment on a forest reserve and double allocation of land at the controversial Mochongoi settlement scheme in Baringo South. Mochongoi ward representative Tarus Tumuka sought a statement from Committee on Lands and Settlement chairman Solomon Cheptai on the state of the more than 5,500 settlers who have been facing eviction from the forest service. He said the issues were likely to breed conflict. BUSIA Give us the tractors, farmers tell Ojaamong Busia governor Sospeter Ojaa- mong has been asked to release seven tractors he bought recently to farmers in the sub-counties to enable them to prepare their land in time. A section of members of the County Assembly expressed fear that most of the farmers may not be able to prepare their farms as they could not afford to hire the tractors at the proposed rate of between Sh3,000 and Sh3,500. “The government bought these machines to offer subsidised prices to farmers,” said MCA minority leader Moses Mamai.
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