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10 Al-Shabaab militants killed by KDF soldiers in Lamu County

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Ten Al-shabaab militants have been killed after Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) soldiers launched an attack on the militants in Lamu County.

A statement by the Department of Defense signed by Head of Public Affairs Colonel Paul Njuguna, said three KDF officers also sustained injuries during the 6.45 am raid and are currently receiving medical care.

Col. Njuguna said the Kenyan soldiers recovered seven AK47 rifles and ammunition during the operation in Taksile area, North of Pandanguo.

The Department of Defense says the operation was as a result of extensive investigations by security personnel.

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The army is in pursuit of other terrorists who fled with bullet injuries.

The Military has in the meantime requested members of the public to share information with the security officials in the area, as the fleeing and wounded terrorists may seek assistance from them.

Lamu has in past been a hiding spot for Al-shabaab militants who terrorize residents.

The fighters use the expansive Boni forest as a base for most of their operations.

Elsewhere, Security has been beefed up in Oleposimuru and Olengarani in Narok County after 12 people were injured following eruption of fresh violence.

The violence is linked to theft of cattle. Narok County Commissioner George Natembeya is leading the security team in containing the situation in the affected areas.

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Recent attacks in the area left several people dead and 58 houses touched.

Samburu Governor Moses Ole Lenolkulal and Kericho Senator Aaron Cheruyiot are calling on the Maasai and Kipsigis communities to embrace peace and coexist as they have done in the past for the sake of development.

Chief Administrative Secretary Interior Patrick ole Ntutu who was also in Narok said the government will arrest those fanning the chaos and pledged government’s support for those whose houses were torched during attacks in  Nkoben.

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200 homeless families seek Governments’ help to recover their land – KBC

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Hundreds of homeless families in Kinango Sub-county, Kwale County are appealing to the Government to help them repossess their land from a private developer.

The 200 families from Mwamdudu in Bonje area are accusing a private developer of colluding with top Government officials to grab their ancestral land.

Their houses were demolished with the residents saying they couldn’t salvage anything as the demolition caught them unprepared.

They condemned act saying it was inhumane and a violation of their human rights and access to justice.

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Mwamdudu secondary school, a dispensary and a children orphanage were also demolished.

Ramadhan Lewa Kalume a resident in the area dismissed claims that they had entered into a consent with the company associated with the private developer.

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 “I wish to insist that we were never consulted in the sale of the land to the private developer,” he pointed out.

The local resident allege that the demolition exercise was carried out by officers from the General Service Unit [GSU] and not regular police.

Ms. Salama Kenga, a single mother said they are spending nights in the cold with their children and appealed for Government’s intervention.

Mwanahamisi Ramadhan, a 24 years old mother of three said she only managed to rescue her three children including a one day child she had given birth to on the day the demolitions were conducted.

The distraught mother says she is surviving on handouts from well-wishers to feed her young family and is sleeping outside in the cold with her newborn baby.

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PwC lauds ease of Customs tax

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PwC has commended the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA) for lifting restrictions on warehousing of goods in Customs bonded warehouses, noting that the action will enhance the competitiveness of Kenya as a global and regional logistics hub.
PWC said the policy will also boost to businesses that utilise Customs bonded warehouses to store goods, defer payment of duties and are involved in regional trade. It however called for consistency in tax law.
“We expect that with Customs having lifted restrictions on warehousing of goods will help contribute to the State’s agenda of reviving the economy in light of the ravages of Covid-19, improve cash flow and stock management for businesses,” said Indirect Taxes Associate Director at PwC Kenya Maurice Mwaniki.
“We expect this will once again enhance the competitiveness of Kenya as a global and regional logistics hub and assist attract inward investment into Kenya.”

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Kenya: Court Cancels Former Rugby Player Alex Olaba’s Sh300,000 Bail

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Nairobi — A Nairobi Chief Magistrate’s Court has cancelled the Sh300,000 cash bail issued on former rugby player Alex Olaba, after the prosecution said he had committed an offense of conspiracy to murder while he was still face a change of gang rape.

Trial Magistrate Zainab Abdul said the accused committed the offense while he was out on bond and proceeded to threaten the complainant in the case.

Olaba will remain in custody until the two cases are heard and determined. He wull be back in court on June 3 for purposes of taking a hearing date.

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The former Kenya Sevens and Kenya Harlequins player was arrested last month by detectives for allegedly trying to hatch a plot to kill witnesses in the case.

At the same time, the Court has also barred the media from publishing images of the complainant and directed that the matter will be heard in camera.

Olaba was previously charged with Frank wanyama with an offense of gang rape in 2019. They had been found gulty and sentenced to 15 years in jail. They however appealed against the sentence and the same was quashed by the High Court on a technicality.

The duo was later arrested in 2020 and charged afresh

When the matter came up for mention in April 22nd the suspect mulamba did not appear virtually instead he told the court that he was away in Bungoma, but according to the investigating officer he lied to the court he was in Nairobi.

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