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Daily Nation : February 28th 2014
6 | National News NO MONEY YET | Muteshi’s compensation delayed Ruto appeals order to pay land owner Sh5m Deputy President says he was not found at fault in acquiring the farm BY THOMAS KARIUKI @njoroge19 Tkariuki@ke.nationmedia.com ordering him to pay Sh5 million compensation to Mr Gilbert Muteshi for taking his 100-acre farm. Through lawyer Kioko D Kilukumi, the Deputy President filed papers stating that no fault was found against him in acquiring, transferring and owning the land. Mr Kilukumi asked the court to extend orders prohibiting the execution of the judgment. Mr Ruto said the decision placed the blame of trespass on him yet his ownership of the land was licensed by the Commissioner of Lands and Lands Registrar. Mr Ruto said pending the hearing and determination of his appeal, he would deposit the Sh5 million in an inter- eputy President William Ruto yesterday challenged a decision JUDGMENT How court ruled in the land row The land, in Turbo area of Uasin Gishu County, was grabbed after the 20072008 ethnic clashes and was sold to Mr William Ruto (below left) by one Ms Dorothy Jemutai. A judgment concerning the ownership of the land was made on June 28 2013 by Justice Roseline Ougo in favour of Mr Muteshi (below right) and an order to surrender the parcel with a compensation of Sh5 million given. est earning account to be maintained by him and Mr Muteshi’s lawyer. The Deputy President is seeking a stay of the decision awarding Mr Muteshi the money until his appeal is resolved. “I will suffer substantial loss if a stay is not granted on grounds that include the impression of fault created by the obligation to pay and the uncertainty as to recovery of the amount if paid,” he said. Mr Ruto also said he had offered to surrender ownership and possession of the land immediately. “The decision to surren- der the land was a result of the lands registrar and commissioner of lands admitting that the parcel was irregularly transferred,” he said. The Deputy President also argues that the decision did not determine the role and any culpability of the Commissioner of Lands and the Lands Registrar in the conveyance, yet it placed the blame on others, a Mr Hosea Ruto. The case will be heard on Monday. NIGHT FIRE | Counting losses DAILY NATION Friday February 28, 2014 MPs call for scrutiny of laptop plan BY NATION REPORTER A House committee has de- manded that the Education Ministry provides a due diligence report before the multi-billion shilling laptop project is implemented in primary schools. Speaking after visiting the Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development (KICD) in Nairobi, Education Committee chairperson Sabina Chege yesterday said calling for scrutiny of the project did not mean that they opposed it. “As a committee, the MPs are playing an oversight role in this project and that is why we are eagerly waiting for the Ministry of Education to produce a due diligence report signed by the officials who travelled and signed the same. “This is a big project and our members are not being malicious when they demand the report for scrutiny before it is implemented,” she said. Introduce projectors At the same time, Ms Chege said SAMMY KIMATU| NATION Nairobi’s Mukuru Jamaica slum dwellers go through what was left of their property yesterday after a fire destroyed their structures. The source of the fire was said to be a candle left unattended on Wednesday night as the owner went to watch a football match. NIKON AMAZING PRICES Kshs 9,995 All counties under probe, says EACC BY NATION REPORTER All counties are under 7 investigation over financial impropriety, and those whose leaders will be found culpable will be recommended for prosecution, senators were yesterday told. The Ethics and Anti- Kshs 19,995 3,000 Corruption Commission Deputy chief executive officer Michael Mubea (right) said some governors and senior government officials would be prosecuted once EACC had adequate evidence to link them to various crimes. “”We are investigating all 47 counties contrary to claims that we are only dealing with a few. I will sweet talk you, but remember, I have the whip,” Mr Mubea told the Finance Committee headed by Mandera Senator Billow Kerrow (URP). Mr Mubea cited breach of established laws on procurement and recruitment of staff as the leading areas where they have received complaints. “There is a lot of nepo- tism in the recruitment of staff at the counties and procurement laws are not being observed,” he saidin the company of the director of Preventive Services at the Commission, Mr Vincent Okong’o. Mr Kerrow said reports from the Auditor General and the Controller of Budget had indicated that a lot of money collected at the counties was not accounted for, and sought to know the strategies the commission had put in place to correct the anomalies that threaten devolution. Makueni Senator Mu- tula Kilonzo Junior was concerned that although the commission admitted in their report that there was outright violation of regulations by county governments especially on recruitment, it had not acted on the issues. “You have not forwarded violations for prosecution. I am looking for a deterrent measure that you have taken to fight corruption,” said Mr Kilonzo Junior (Wiper). those working on the laptop project should also consider introducing projectors only for Standard Seven and Eight classes. “When my committee recently visited countries such as Portugal and Rwanda where similar laptop projects have been implemented, it emerged that introducing the projectors in lower classes is not encouraged since they tend to distract the children in their learning,” the chairperson added. KICD director Lydia Nzomo they had received a Sh151 million grant from the Ministry of Education to package digital content, which will be utilised in the laptop project. 16 officers transferred BY NATION REPORTER At least 16 senior police officers have been reshuffled by the Inspector General of Police. Coast regional coordinator Ag- grey Adoli has been appointed the director of Community Policing, Gender and Child Protection. Mr Adoli, a deputy commissioner of police (DCP) replaces Ms Beatrice Nduta, who was on a similar rank, and has been appointed as the director of logistics. Mr David Kimaiyo has also transferred 14 OCPDs. The transfers, approved by the Joint Service Board which met on Wednesday, take effect immediately. Report to new stations Kisauni OCPD Julius Wan- johi has been transferred to the Axle Load department where he replaces Mr George Mugwima Njoroge. Mr Njoroge is the new Ndhiwa OCPD while the new Kisauni OCPD is Richard Ngatia who has been transferred from the Kenya Police College-Kiganjo where he was an instructor. The officers are expected to report to their new stations by March 13.
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