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How a Selfie Saved a Matatu Tout from Serving Jail Term

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A Public Service Vehicle tout arraigned before a Kibera Law Court to answer to charges of violating traffic rules is a free man thanks to a selfie.

Mr John Kinuthia was arrested along Waiyaki Way and accused not wearing his uniform while undertaking his duties as a tout as required by law.

During the hearing of his case, Kinuthia pleaded not guilty prompting the court to hear him argue his case. He told the court that he had disagreed with the police officer over a different issue and not over the violation of his dress code.

Corporal Richard Otieno from the Kabete police station, who was the only prosecution witness, told the court that Kinuthia violated the traffic laws by failing to put on the required uniform while at work on the Uthiru-City Centre route. Otieno said Kinuthia was dressed casually.

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“I arrested the accused person and gave him notice to attend court. It is the law that while operating as a conductor in a matatu, you are required to put on maroon apparel,” he testified.

But the accused presented a photo of him in his full uniform as evidence and further explained to the court how he managed to take a selfie as the whole incident went on.

“As the whole incident went on, I requested to talk to the driver and it is at this point I took a selfie with the driver’s phone,” Kinuthia said pointing at the selfie.

In her ruling, Senior principal magistrate Esther Boke acquitted the accused saying the prosecution had failed to prove that the accused was not wearing his uniform during his time of the arrest.

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DCI recommends Chief Land Registrar to be granted absolute powers

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DCI recommends Chief Land Registrar to be granted absolute powers

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) wants parliament to review laws and operational procedures at both land and company registries to help deal with the bane of land cartels.

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Appearing before the National Assembly Security and Administration Committee on Friday, DCIO George Kinoti revealed that the epicentre of land grabbing was domiciled at the lands registry where files were being altered and Kenyans duped.

In the wake of increased cases of land grabbing and fraudulent transfer of land that often result in forced evictions of innocent land buyers, the National Assembly invited the DCI to engage on strategies to deal with the vice.

The DCI in one of his recommendations said that the Chief Land Registrar should be granted absolute powers to cancel all title deeds obtained fraudulently.

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The DCI also called for re-digitalization of all documents at the lands registries and backing up of the same in physical form.

The DCI, which has opened a liaison office at Ardhi House, also wants a law enacted to provide for regular vetting of personnel in the lands and companies registries.

Further, the investigation agency wants parliament to formulate laws to protect the records at the registrar of companies and lands registry by introducing sufficient checks.

In addition, the DCI wants the law reviewed to make it mandatory for vendors and buyers of land to append their thumbprints on transfer documents.

This according to the investigative agency will enhance trailing of fraudulent persons.

 

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French President Emmanuel Macron, right, has parted ways with his Prime Minister Edouard Philippe © POOL/AFP / CHARLES PLATIAU

Paris, France, Jul 3 – French President Emmanuel Macron on Friday named a senior but low-profile bureaucrat as prime minister to replace Edouard Philippe, the first move in a widely expected cabinet reshuffle after dismal local election showings for the ruling party.

The new premier, Jean Castex, was totally unknown to many in France until now and is officially a member of the right-wing opposition to Macron’s centrists.

But Castex has been in charge of the country’s progressive emergence from the coronavirus lockdown, a policy greeted as a relative success by experts.

A wider cabinet overhaul is expected to be announced soon, possibly later in the day.

The president, who came to power in 2017 on the back of pledges to radically reform France, already has a wary eye on his 2022 re-election bid after months of protests and strikes that were followed by the coronavirus outbreak.

Macron has promised a “new course” for France to deal with the crisis, which has plunged France into its worst recession since World War II and left millions of people facing unemployment.

“I see this based on an economic, social, environmental and cultural reconstruction,” he said in an interview with regional newspapers published late Thursday.

Jean Castex has been leading France’s emergence from virus lockdown © POOL/AFP/File / GONZALO FUENTES

Speculation that Philippe was on the way out mounted this week after Macron’s centrist party was routed in municipal elections Sunday, which saw the Greens take control of several major cities.

Philippe, a popular right-wing politician who never joined Macron’s Republic on the Move party, nonetheless easily won his bid to be mayor of Le Havre.

His approval ratings have surged over his handling of the coronavirus crisis, while those of Macron, who has pursued ambitious economic reforms since coming to office in 2017, have fallen.

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While many analysts thought Macron would tack left or look farther afield for his new prime minister, Castex is a pure product of the French administrative elite, having attending the same ENA managerial university as Macron and Philippe.

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“We might have expected a political shift, but this is a technocrat,” Christian Jacob, head of the Republicans party, told AFP.

“Obviously he is no longer a Republican,” he said.

Castex, virtually unknown to the general public outside the Pyrenees village of Prades where he was recently re-elected mayor, will give a prime-time interview to TF1 television at 8:00 pm on Friday.

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Macron’s reforms have sparked massive strikes as well as the fierce “yellow vest” anti-government revolt © AFP / STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN

Serving Macron from the start of his presidency, Philippe has pushed through a series of controversial overhauls that sparked massive strikes as well as the fierce “yellow vest” anti-government revolt.

At a meeting Thursday, Macron and Philippe “agreed on the need for a new government to embody a new phase for this term,” an official in the Elysee Palace said Friday.

“A new phase is opening, with new talents and new methods for governing,” the official said.

Press reports had suggested that possible replacements could have included defence minister Florence Parly or foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian, both Socialists before joining Macron’s team.

Others suggested Philippe might remain after all, not least after Macron praised his work as “remarkable” in Thursday’s interview.

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Philippe himself appeared to take the speculation with his trademark aplomb.

“The president knows who I am, what I represent, what I can do and what I cannot,” he told the Paris Normandie newspaper earlier his month.

Analysts say Macron had a thin bench of potential replacements, not least because his young party has failed to produce any standouts from its parliamentary ranks.

Other top ministers could also be on the way out.

Under particular pressure is interior minister Christophe Castaner, who has been assailed by critics over the failure to contain the rioting and looting that marred the “yellow vest” protests of 2018-2019.

More recently, Castaner has drawn the ire of police who say he has failed to support them against renewed claims of violence and racism in the wake of the Black Lives Matter movement.

Since the start of Macron’s presidency, a total of 17 ministers have quit the government, most recently Agnes Buzyn, who stepped down as health minister in a doomed bid to wrest the Paris mayor job from Socialist Anne Hidalgo.

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2 in court for ‘engaging in lesbian act in front of minor’ – Nairobi News

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A female teacher and businesswoman, who were arrested by members of the public while allegedly having sex, have denied charges before a Githongo magistrate’s court of engaging in an indecent act.

Kellen*, 48, and Catherine*, 38, denied engaging in sexual acts in front of a 12-year-old boy inside a house at Githongo market, Meru County.

The duo also denied committing common nuisance before Githongo Principal Magistrate Susan Ndegwa.

They were detained at Githongo Police Station until July 13 when their bail application will be considered.

They also faced a third count of being idle and disorderly without lawful excuse.

The matter attracted a curious crowd but court sentries kept those who did not have matters out of the court precincts due to Covid-19 protocols.

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The two accused covered their faces with scarfs but were asked to remove it while taking the plea.

The court heard that the two had arrived home within the busy rural market and started making out on the verandah while the boy sat nearby.

They were busted after the 12-year-old boy got concerned that his mother was breathing heavily and producing odd sounds, and thought that she was being strangled and therefore alerted neighbours.

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Irate members of the public who responded to the boy’s distress call were shocked to find the two women engaging in the sexual acts.

The members of the public beat up the two, threatening to set their house on fire, but later frog-marched them to Githongo police station.

Today (Friday), Investigating Officer Leonard Langat urged the court not to release the two for their own security.

Police have also rescued the boy who will be taken to court so that he can get a safe home to live in.

Ms Ndegwa ordered that the two be locked up at Githongo Police Station until July 13 when she will make a ruling on the bail application.

*The given names of the suspects have been removed to protect the identity of the minor.

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