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Kisumu County Assembly Acting Speaker Elisha Oraro (centre) celebrates with his supporters along the streets of Kisumu after High court upheld the impeachment of former speaker Onyango Oloo. [Collins Oduor, Standard]
Former Kisumu County Assembly Speaker, Onyango Oloo has been dealt a major blow after an Industrial court upheld his impeachment.

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In what could end his career as a Speaker of Kisumu County Assembly, the lawyer with high political connections, became the first speaker whose impeachment has been upheld by the court, since 2013 with Justice Nduma Nderi ruling that his petition lacked merit. 
Moments after the ruling Oloo put up a brave face and vowed to challenge the verdict by the Employment and Labour Relations at the Court of Appeal.
There was song and dance by supporters of the current regime led by Acting Speaker Elisha Oraro following the verdict as youths waved anti-Oloo placards.
SEE ALSO :Nyong’o nominates 14 new chief officersSpeaker Onyango Oloo was impeached on September 19, 2019 after being accused of abuse of office, unlawful suspension of MCAs and being linked to Lake Basin Mall scandal.
And yesterday, the case Oloo is facing at the Nairobi Anti-Corruption court came back to haunt him after the judge ruled that the case had an inclination on the sanity of the office he held.
The decision was based on the precedence that had been set by Justice Mumbi Ngugi who had declared in a past ruling that public officers charged with corruption should stay away from the offices.
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But it is not only the anti-graft case that weighed down Oloo’s case, Justice Nderi ruled that Oloo’s impeachment was done in accordance with the law.
The judge noted that Hansard reports indicated that the Speaker was given a chance to defend himself before the House after he was served with a notice of motion of impeachment.
SEE ALSO :Assembly disowns Kibos on pollution“It is not in dispute that the petitioner (Oloo) was served with a notice of impeachment via an e-mail. The facts in the Hansard report are proven facts and the court treats them so,” said Nderi.
The decision by Oloo to suspend three MCAs from the House also came back to haunt him with the County Assembly listing it as one of the grounds that made it impeach him. In his suit, Oloo had sought for six orders including an order reinstating him as the Speaker. He had also sought to have all his benefits, privileges and allowances reinstated by the court.
His defense team led by Muga Apondi had told the court that Oloo was removed from his position of the Speaker was not procedural.
They argued that Oloo made attempt to issue a response, but was barred from accessing the County Assembly by “hooligans”.
In his ruling, Justice Nderi said that Oloo’s claim that he was barred by hooligans was a disputed fact. And in his verdict, the judge noted that Hansard reports and evidence presented in court showed that Oloo was impeached by 42 members which met the 75 percent threshold required by the law.
He noted that Oloo admitted receipt of the notice of impeachment, but failed to appear before the House.
“The facts have not been denied by the petitioner and he only said that he was not given time to respond,” said Justice Nderi. The judge also ordered Oloo to return County Assembly assets in his possession including a vehicle that was assigned to him.
The court ruling marks another huge blow for a man who has survived a number of controversies and had gotten a new lifeline after the ODM party supported him and urged its members to vote for him as speaker.
The honeymoon, however, was short lived as constant wrangles between MCAs allied to him and those who opposed his style of leadership threatened his survival.
Claims of financial misappropriation and dictatorship rocked his short stint as the Kisumu Speaker with the final in his coffin coming after he was charged with a graft related case.

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A day care center officially unveiled by Winnie Guchu, the CAS Ministry of interior and coordination. [Muriithi Mugo, Standard]

The prisons’ service, in partnership with Faraja Foundation, has rolled out a rehabilitation programme for inmates.
The programme targets enhancing structures at the correctional facilities and making them friendlier to prison staff and inmates.
Jane Kuria, the CEO of Faraja Foundation, says the non-governmental organisation aims for successful reintegration of inmates to the community upon release from prison.
“Faraja Foundation wants to be remembered for supporting former convicts to reintegrate back to the community,” Kuria noted.
She added that many ex-convicts had to start lives afresh after jail terms, hence the need to help them fill the gap in reintegrating with society.
Donating beds and other items was a way of helping inmates survive and get rehabilitated in preparation for their return to society, she added.
The foundation aims to distribute 2,160 beds to the 43 women prisons that hold about 2,615 inmates and 210 children accompanying them.

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Daris Kangi the Officer in charge Embu women’s prison (L) chats with Winnie Guchu, the CAS Ministry of interior and coordination at the newly unveiled daycare at the Prison. Through a partnership with Faraja Foundation, the Prisons service will also distribute 2160 beds to all Women Prisons across the country. May 13, 2021. [Muriithi Mugo,Standard]

Speaking during the unveiling of day-care built by Faraja at Embu Women’s prison, Kuria said children jailed with their mothers did not deserve to undergo hardship.

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David Bett, chair of Faraja Foundation, challenged stakeholders to consider a review of the open-door policy that will also see prison staff benefit more.
Winnie Guchu, the Ministry of Interior and Coordination CAS, said the government had targeted to have day-care centres in all women’s prisons.
“Women convicted with children lacked caretakers of their children at home and this forced them to carry the babies along for the duration of their sentences,” said Ms Guchu.
She said the children were innocent and that they had the right to a conducive environment for growth through the day-care centres.
“These children should have places for entertainment, playing as well as good sleeping areas,” said Guchu.
She unveiled the day-care center and received 160 of 2,160 beds from the Faraja Foundation, destined for distribution in all the 43 women’s prisons countrywide.
Also present was Commissioner of Prisons Wycliffe Ogallo. 

 

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What you need to know about the Juja by-election

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The late Juja MP Francis Waititu aka Wakapee.

The Juja parliamentary seat became vacant after MP Francis Waititu succumbed to brain cancer on February 22, 2021 at MP Shah Hospital.
Waititu was elected on a Jubilee ticket during the 2017 General Election. He garnered 66,190 votes.
According to IEBC, Juja constituency has 114,761 registered voters.
The 2017 General Election had an 80 per cent voter turn-out which saw 91,801 Kenyans casting their votes in the region.  
The by-election
On Tuesday, May 18, 2021, voters in the Juja constituency will head to the polls to elect their next member of parliament.
A total of eleven candidates will square it out in the mini poll.

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Jubilee Party By-election Juja MP Nominee Susan Njeri Waititu during certificate issuance at the Party’s Headquarters in Nairobi on Wednesday, March 24, 2021. [Boniface Okendo, Standard]

Main contenders

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1. Waititu Susan Njeri – Jubilee Party
2. Ndung’u George Koimburi – Progressive Empowerment Party (PEP)
Others:
3. Mwangi Kariuki Chege – Independent
4. Kagera Eunice Wanjiru – The New Democrats (TND)
5. Kariuki Joseph Gichui –  Independent
6. Kariuki Rashid Iregi –  Independent
7. Marungo James Kariuki – Independent
8. Mburu John Njoroge – People’s Party of Kenya (PPK)
9. Ndung’u Antony Kirori – Maendeleo Chap Chap Party (MCCP)
10. Ndung’u Kennedy Gachuma – National Liberal Party (NLP)
11. Zulu Julius Thiong’o – Independent

 

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19-year-old boy charged with defiling girl three years younger

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A 19-year-old teenager is in trouble with authorities for allegedly defiling a 16-year-old girl.
Tyson Ongaki has been charged before a Kisumu Chief Magistrate’s court and accused of intentionally defiling the minor on various dates. The crime was allegedly committed in Bomet.
The teenager who appeared before Chief Magistrate Peter Gesora however denied the offence and has been released on a Sh100,000 bond.
The court heard that after committing the offense on diverse dates between March 26, 2021 and May 14, 2021, the teenager moved to Kisumu.
He has also been charged with committing an indecent act with a minor.
An investigating officer handling the matter told the court that the suspect was arrested in Kisumu.
The magistrate directed that the matter be heard on June 15, 2021.

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