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Daily Nation : February 27th 2014
DAILY NATION Thursday February 27, 2014 TAITA TAVETA | Bid to curb corruption and insecurity in prospecting business Plan to rid mines of cartels backed Leaders throw weight behind Balala’s tough conditions to regulate the extraction industry BY JONATHAN MANYINDO firstname.lastname@example.org T he plan to set strict conditions to eliminate cartels in mining has won the support of Taita Taveta leaders. They said the planned online licens- ing, security and safety measures outlined by Mining Cabinet Secretary Najib Balala would help eliminate corruption and insecurity. Mr Balala said during a recent tour of Taita Taveta that plans were underway to introduce online licensing to weed out corruption and curb insecurity. He also warned prospectors against using explosives illegally, saying the items were smuggled into the country through Taveta border town from Tanzania. “These explosives could be dan- gerous for the entire county because you could end up buying bombs,” he said. Taita Taveta Representative Joyce Lay said the government should stop the eviction of farmers by powerful and well-connected prospectors after the discovery of minerals. “Much as the government wants to digitalise licensing, mining may not be beneficial to small-scale dealers BUSIA | 22 new vehicles to give county security boost Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong flags off 22 vehicles from the national government to boost security in the region yesterday. Mr Ojaamong assured the business community and investors of a secure business environ- ment. LINET WAFULA | NATION UNDERGROUND RICHES County is home to vast deposits Taita Taveta has vast mineral resources that are yet to be exploited. The county has more than 40 high value gemstones among them Tsavorite, red and green garnets, ruby, blue sapphire, pink sapphire, green tourmalines, yellow tourmalines, rhodolites and kyanites. Experts say Tsavorite and ruby are highly sought, with Taita Taveta being the main source of the minerals worldwide. until land owners are fully involved,” she said. She added that conflict between small-scale gemstone miners and their large-scale counterparts arose because the area was not demarcated. She called on the Lands ministry to issue ownership documents before licences were issued to prospectors. Mwatate MP Andrew Mwadime said mining needed a major transformation so locals can profit from it. Mr Mwadime said that he had set up groups of miners in his constituency, who vetted those coming into the region for mining as a security measure. He said these groups should be funded through the recently launched Uwezo Fund to allow them to venture into the business. County News 19 BRIEFLY MOMBASA Religious leaders condemn gay unions Religious leaders at the Coast have condemned gay relationships terming them unscriptural as they criticised activists and leaders supporting it. Anglican Church leaders and Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya said same sex relationships were against religious teachings. The clergy however, extended a hand to homosexuals saying their acts could be forgiven upon repentance. MOMBASA Annual science projects contest starts The Kenyan stage of an inter- national schools environment projects competition started yesterday. The Golden Climate International Environmental Project Olympiad opened by Education secretary Kiragu wa Magoshi brings together institutions across the country. The exhibition is being held at Light Academy Boys’ in Nyali. Winners will go to the international stage to be held in Nairobi in April. NYAMIRA Bamboo planting drive launched A massive campaign to pro- NYERI Woman who confessed to killing mother detained BY NATION CORRESPONDENT A woman who surrendered herself to police claiming she had murdered her mother will be detained for seven days as she assists in investigations. A Nyeri court made the decision following a request by an investigation officer for more time to investigate the case. Immediately arrested Mr John Muli said Ms Bernadette Njoki, 28, is a key suspect in the case involving the murder of her 64-year-old mother, Mrs Esther Kanuri, on Sunday. The investigator said the suspect surrendered herself to the police on Tuesday, saying she had taken part in the killing and was immediately arrested. He said the case was very serious and had to be thor- oughly investigated. He also said forensic ex- perts would be required to carry out their own investigations. Mr Muli told the court that the accused will be subjected to further medical investigations to ascertain her state of mind. “We want her to undergo a psychiatrist test to ascertain whether she committed the offence knowingly or not,” he said. Mr Muli further told the court that some witnesses had not yet recorded statements with the police and needed to be given time to do so. Acting senior resident magistrate Christine Wekesa ordered the accused to be detained at Nyeri police station for a period of seven days to give police officers ample time to complete their investigations. Ms Wekesa said Ms Njoki’s case will start on March 4. KIAMBU Ousted speaker blames Kabogo for his ejection BY NATION CORRESPONDENT Ousted Kiambu County Assembly Speaker Nick Ndichu has blame Governor William Kabogo for his removal from office. The speaker yesterday said his poor relationship with the governor was the sole reason for his removal, and not his conduct as had been alleged by his colleagues. Mr Ndichu became the first county assembly speaker to be removed from office after the members overwhelmingly voted against him in a motion of no confidence. Sixty-nine of the 83 members voted in favour of his ouster. In a motion moved on the floor of the house by Ndeiya ward representative, Mr Nelson Munga, the members accused the speaker of financial impropriety, violating the Public Procurement and Disposal Act and using derogatory language on members and staff of the county assembly. Mr Munga accused Mr Ndichu of authorising the finance department to pay for speaker’s travelling costs to Brazil totalling Sh530,000 for an annual Law Society of Kenya retreat on November 30, 2013. He said the spending was not sanctioned by the interim clerk of the assembly. Mr Munga said that given the time frame, it was not possible for the speaker to travel, meaning it was an excuse to defraud taxpayers. He further accused the It is dishonest for the mover to tell members I did not travel to Brazil while I have proof of travel” Ousted Kiambu Speaker Nick Ndichu speaker of flouting the Public Procurement and Disposal Act by ignoring a list of suppliers who had been prequalified by the assembly and single-handedly picked a law firm of his choice to represent it in a legal suit. Mr Ndichu, however, tabled an invitation letter inviting him to attend the retreat in Brazil together with copies of his passport and a Brazilian visa. “It is dishonest for the mover to tell members that I did not travel to Brazil when I have proof of travel,” he said. mote the commercial planting of bamboo has been launched in Nyamira County. Kenya Agricultural Research Institute officials including Dr Desterio Nyamongo said there was need for locals to replace gum trees with bamboo which are environment friendly. Already, the county has given locals up to March 10 to uproot gum trees from river banks and swamps to conserve water. LAIKIPIA Tenants oppose county bid to increase rent Tenants in Laikipia County government houses yesterday threatened to go to court to challenge rent increments as proposed by the Finance Bill. Those in three-bedroomed houses at Starehe estate will pay Sh8,000 up from Sh2,000, if the bill becomes law. Those in two-bedroomed houses in some areas will pay Sh5,000 up from Sh2,000. A tenant, Mr John Kiguru, said they were not consulted. NYERI Case against warden put off the fifth time The case against a former prison warden accused of manslaughter, attempted suicide and attempted murder was yesterday adjourned for the fifth time. Nyeri principal magistrate Susan Ngugi moved the case without giving any reason although the prosecution had five witnesses in court. Prosecutor Rhoda Kanyi said the witnesses were ready to testify against Mr Linus Theuri. The case will be heard on April 10.
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