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City Hall on the spot over questionable Sh318million legal fees – Nairobi News

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City Hall has once again been put on the spot over Sh318 million in questionable legal payments to 12 law firms representing the county without approval documents.

Nairobi County legal department is said to have paid a whopping Sh318.4 million to 12 law firms without adequate documentary evidence to support the payments.

During the 2016/2017 financial year, the department’s legal cost expenses was Sh645.3 million despite an approved budgetary allocation of just Sh105 million for the department.

This represents an extra Sh540.26 million, which is an over-expenditure of 515 percent above the budgetary allocation for the said financial year.

The revelation is part of an ongoing grilling by Nairobi County Assembly Public Accounts Committee (PAC) arising from queries raised by Auditor General Edward Ouko.

EXPENDITURE

The Auditor General’s report indicated that Sh592.4 million in legal fees was paid outside the Integrated Financial Management Information system contrary to the National Treasury directives.

“No authority for the supplementary expenditure was sought from the County Assembly contrary to Section 196 (1) of the Public Finance Management Act, 2012. Consequently, the validity and propriety of legal fees for the year as disclosed in the financial statement cannot be confirmed,” read in part the report.

The report revealed that Momanyi and Associates was paid Sh85 million in a 2011 case pitting the county against Edward Rukaya and two others, Koceyo and Company advocates was paid Sh83 million with the county failing to produce file for audit review while Wachira, Mburu, Mwangi and Company advocates was paid Sh32.37 million in a case between Josmass Enterprises and the county where the plaintiff sued for damages despite evaluation for the tenders not being over yet.

Momanyi firm was again paid Sh8 million in another case, and Koceyo also in two other case got over Sh20 million.

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Professor Tom Ojienda and Associates was paid Sh20 million after filing a bill of costs in respect to a High Court Judicial Review of 2014. This is despite the county officials being instructed to hold a meeting to negotiate reduction of the judgment and mode of payment.

HUGE LEGAL FEE

A similar amount was also paid to Rachier and Amollo advocates where the auditor general said that Sh95 million was paid instead of judgment amount of Sh70 million.

Another questionable payment of Sh20.4 million was made to Kithi and Company advocates with the auditor questioning how the county arrived at the huge legal fee although they had very little to lose in the case.

Other payments were to Wachira Nderitu Ngugi and Company advocates paid Sh9 million, Munikah and Company advocates paid Sh12.5 million, and Achola Jaoko and Company advocates paid Sh7 million.

City Hall acting County Attorney David Oseko and Finance chief officer Stephen Mutua were hard-pressed by the committee chaired by Wilfred Odalo to explain how the payments were made.

The committee sought to know why the issue of payment of irregular legal costs has been a recurring issue at the county for the past three financial years.

WARRANTS OF ARRESTS

“It seems that this is a conduit through which some people siphon public funds at the expense of Nairobi residents,” said Mr Odalo.

Last year the same department was on the spot for spending Sh480 million outside the allocated budget of Sh100 million that had been set aside for it during the 2015/2016 financial year.

However, Mr Oseko explained that the payments were necessitated by warrants of arrests and garnishee orders issued to them by the court compelling the department to pay or risk arrests.

“The county had no option but to pay for the costs. Legal costs are very hard to budget for because you do not know when they will come,” said the acting County Attorney.

On the issue of not acting on the recommendations, he said that he was not aware of any recommendations since he was recently appointed to the department asking for more time to present documentary evidence on the payments.

Mr Oseko and Mutua have been ordered to appear before the committee again this week.

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New Bae? Sherlyne Anyango Gets Naughty With Mzungu In The States (Video)

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After declaring that long distance relationships aren’t for her, Sherlyne Anyango might have bagged herself a new mzungu boyfriend. It’s barely days since she left the country to go to the States to ‘hustle’. According to her, it’s easier to hustle in the States with her twerking talent.

Love At First Sight?

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Well, she moved on quickly! This was the reaction of most of her fans after Sherlyne went live with her new catch. Most people were surprised by how fast she possibly got a boyfriend. But she hasn’t made it clear.

While this might seem unfair to her Kenyan bae, Oga Obinna, it was a mutual agreement between them to dissolve their relationship due to the distance between them.

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”I’m a single boy again now😪😱!! Now with the standards you set who will fit in🤷🏿 who will fill your shoes??But Si Ni Life… But for now Kill Them with your AWESOMENESS and SECURE THE BAG!!! Don’t let nobody tell you otherwise. Plus there will always be space for you in my Heart and Kidney🙊🙈🙏🏿.”

In line to this, Sherlyne had also declared how much she misses Obinna and wrote back to him;

  ”Don’t make me cry. That’s life 😞😞. I feel bad. I miss you badly.”

Well, turns out she won’t be missing him any more after getting a new catch. Obinna has not yet responded to Sherlyne’s video posted on her Insta stories. I bet he’s not happy seeing her with another man.

Below is the video;


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Tips to help you get the perfect blazer Eve woman

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 Choosing a blazer is key as it can either break or make your outfit (Image: Pinterest)

 

When it comes to buying or tailoring a new blazer, most people think it’s all about getting what fits. Even though that is one of the most vital things to focus on when selecting blazers, there are other things you need to look out for in order to have a perfect and versatile blazer.

Versatile is not just about being able to match most pieces in your closet, but something that will enhance your outfits and define your best features while at it. In case you are wondering on where to start with buying a blazer, start here:

 Always go for a colour that will pair well with most pieces in your closet (Image: Pinterest)

Yes, this is the first thing you should consider before making or buying yourself a blazer. You need to check your closet and consider the most dominant colour and pieces, can they be layered with a blazer or paired together?

Once that is set, you are good to go, though the more colourful a blazer is the more fun you will have pairing it with other pieces.

When selecting the perfect blazer always be very careful not to choose a small blazer. You might confuse a small blazer for a fitting one.

It should not be too tight that your shoulders cannot move in it or you can barely button it.

Although ladies are lucky they can go with any arm length, because it can be considered fashionable, ensure that it is your size. Also, avoid going for extra-large coats that will drown you and hide your best features.

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 The design and texture of a blazer will play heavily on how good you look (Image: Pinterest)

A blazer is in between a suit jacket and a hoodie. Meaning, it should be able to pass for official and casual events. Let your guide be what you are buying it for.

There are different kinds of blazers ranging from open front blazers, single breasted blazers, belted ones, the list is endless.

Always go for a blazer that resonates with your style and closet items. Also, long blazers are classier and versatile than the shorter boyfriend ones. This is in terms of versatility.

Are you looking for a linen blazer, cotton or the suit material fabric? Do you want it shiny or matte? Do you need one with metal studded elements or with embellished buttons like the army? The kind of texture you go for will determine the way you dress your blazer.

Although blazers are meant to match with all outfits, the kind of design you go for can either limit your outfit choices or broaden your matching game.

 The longer the blazer, the more you can play around with your pieces (Image: Pinterest)

They say the longer the blazer, the double the respect. You already know what I mean by this. Longer blazers are more eye catching, trendy and versatile. It will be easier for you to pair them to a tiny skirt, pencil trouser or palazzos.

Also did I mention how well they pair with crop tops? Yes, when buying a blazer, the length is very important.

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Sewage Menace in Pipeline, Residents Cry For Help

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By Milo George

Residents of Pipeline Transami area are decrying poor drainage system that has caused sewage water to overflow in their area of residence.

The residents claim that the overflowing sewage is not only putting their lives at risk but also causing air pollution.

They have called on Nairobi Metropolitan Services and Nairobi City Water and Sewage Company to come on board and expand the sewer lines before more areas are flooded with raw human wastes coming from the blocked pipes.
“We want Major Badi and our leaders to resolve this menace immediately. It’s terrible many have been forced to shift their businesses because of the foul smell,” they said.
Pastor Joe Ndivoh of Word Evangelistic Explosion Ministries says that they have been forced to call off the Sunday School Service to protect the children from the smelly sewage.
‘‘We now fear that if prompt action is not taken then we will have a bigger health problem than this because we fear there could be an outbreak of water-borne disease anytime,’’ Pastor Ndivoh added.


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