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Indiza closes in on Uganda Open crown

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By LARRY NGALA
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It is do-or-die for Kenya’s biggest hitter Dismas Indiza as he leads the surviving field of 35 players into Saturday’s final round of the 2018 Castle Lite Uganda Open golf championship at the century old Entebbe Golf Club course.

Indiza, who fired his way to the top from day one on Friday, produced a total of eight birdies against bogeys on the eighth, 13th and a double at the par three-10th for three under par 68 for a three rounds total of 12 under par 201, which gave him a clear five shots lead from fellow Kenyan Greg Snow.

The battle appears set between the two Kenyan players as Zambia’s Madalitso Muthiya, who was at one time breathing fire just behind Indiza, bogeyed three holes all at the front nine, despite making six birdies and an eagle two at the par four-14th for a brilliant 66, which however, leaves him seven shots behind Indiza, who birdied the third, seventh, 12th, 14th, 15th, 16th and 18th holes.

Snow meanwhile, dropped shots on the fifth, eighth, ninth and 17th having birdied the first, second, seventh, 14th, 15th and 18th for two under par 69 and a three rounds total of seven under par 206.

Happy Robert remained the best Ugandan in fourth on 209 after firing three under par 68 for the day, a round which included birdies over the seventh and eighth in the first nine and 10th, 11th and 18th at the back nine, where he also dropped a shot at the 15th having also bogeyed the ninth earlier on.

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Two times champion and the only amateur to have beaten the pros few years ago, Ugandan Ronald Otile was tying 16th after the close of the third round.

The only amateur to have made the cut, Otile, who is based in South Africa, shot one over par 72 for a total of seven over par.

A total of 13 out of the strong contingent of 30 Kenyan pros, made the cut and will be finishing in the money list.

They include Thika Sports Club’s Simon Ngige, who dropped out of the leaderboard after a four over par 75, for one over par total of 214 in eighth place.

The leaderboard after the close of round three;

201 Dismas Indiza(Ken) 68, 65, 68

206 Greg Snow (Ken) 69, 68, 69

208 Madalitso Muthiya (Zam) 76, 66, 66

209 Happy Robert (Ug) 72, 69, 68

210 Dyne Moore (Zam) 69, 67, 74

212 Willy Kitata (UG) 70, 74, 68

212 Dennis Anguyo(UG) 70, 74, 69

214 Robson Chinhoi (Zim) 69, 73, 72

214 Simon Ngige (Ken) 70, 69, 75

215 Stephen Ferreira (Zim) 73, 70, 72.



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Kenya: Tuju Tells Judges Not to Undermine President Kenyatta

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Jubilee Secretary-General Raphael Tuju has sensationally warned High Court judges not to ‘frustrate’ the government that offers them ‘protection’.

While speaking in an interview with NTV, the seasoned politician, who also is a Cabinet Secretary without a portfolio reminded the judges that they depend on the same government they were reportedly fighting and frustrating.

“Judges should learn the word ‘interdependence’ because as soon as they finish a ruling, they need policemen to escort them home as guards or drivers. The world is much more complicated. We are a little more humble than the judges who say this is what is, period! If you don’t like it, period!”

His sentiments came a few days after a five-judge bench declared the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) irregular, illegal and unconstitutional.

The BBI bill is considered a brainchild of President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga. It seeks to, among others, change the constitution so as to allow the increase in funding at the grassroots and increase political positions within the executive.

Tuju meanwhile also called out the judges for not respecting the head of state saying that the “High Court judges were not courteous to the President by referring to him as ‘Mr’, and also limiting his powers in his role as a symbol of national unity.

“The judges who ruled on this matter and even insinuated that the President has no say on this matter, I would call it selective reading of a constitution. In Article 10 of the constitution, the President has the responsibility for national unity.”

Justices Teresia Matheka, Joel Ngugi, George Odunga, Jairus Ngaah, and Chacha Mwita – on Thursday, May 13 in a landmark case ruled that the BBI initiative was unconstitutional and that President Uhuru Kenyatta failed to respect, uphold and safeguard the Constitution by initiating a referendum.

Tuju also stressed the President listens to legal advice from his team before speaking.

“The President is the President of the whole country. It is wise that he listens to his legal advisers before he talks about this. When it comes to the court, we have to navigate very carefully,” he said.

Law Society of Kenya President Nelson Havi responded to Tuju’s sentiments by warning him that Kenya was not the Uganda of the 1970s.

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“Raphael Tuju, hear and get me loud and clear. Your behaviour seems to know no limit. Judges volunteer to serve in an Arm of Government. Their security is not a privilege but a right. This is not the Uganda of the 1970s. Cross that line again and you will live to regret it,” he warned.

In the hard-hitting ruling, the judges singled out multiple legal blunders that President Kenyatta committed in his desire for law reforms.

They said the Head of State made a fatal legal mistake in attempting to change the Constitution through a popular initiative, an avenue that is not available to him.

They also ruled that the BBI constitutional committee, a body created by the president, was illegal, adding that Mr Kenyatta had failed the leadership and integrity test.

They warned that the president could be sued in his personal capacity.

The judgement was arguably the most significant ruling by Kenyan courts since Mr Kenyatta’s election win was nullified in 2017.