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Kenya: Policeman and a Civilian Arrested for Impersonating Nacada Officials

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Two people have been arrested for impersonation after they were found harassing the public in the capital Nairobi.

The two–a police officer who was recently interdicted and a civilian–were arrested in Kahawa West area where they were posing as officials from the National Agency for the Campaign against Drug Abuse (NACADA).

Police say they received complaints from locals that the two were harassing them and demanding money while threatening to take unspecified legal action against those who fail to comply.

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According to detectives, the detained officer was recently interdicted after facing a murder charge in an active case in court.

Detectives recovered three teargas canisters and a pair of handcuffs from the duo.

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Namibian President fines guests who breached lockdown to attend his party – Nairobi News

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Namibia’s President Hage Geingob on Thursday admitted to breaching coronavirus regulations last month by hosting a celebration to mark his party’s 60th anniversary and subsequently fining all the guests who attended.

The South West Africa People’s Organisation (SWAPO) birthday party took place in parliament on April 19, when Namibia was under lockdown and group gatherings were banned to limit the spread of coronavirus.

ADMITTED GUILT

“We had a very important occasion of the 60th anniversary of SWAPO,” Geingob said on Thursday during a press conference on the country’s Covid-19 response.

“Although we were as little as ten leaders… we were found not on the right side of the regulations and law. We had to admit guilt and we were punished, we paid,” President Geingob was quoted by The Telegraph.

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The president said that less than 10 people attended the event, including the Vice President, the Prime Minister and party’s Secretary  General.

All have since been fined Sh12,000 ($115).

In March President Geingob courted controversy by inviting several African presidents to his swearing-in ceremony, prompting them to breach their own travel bans.

A handful of leaders still attended the event, including Zimbabwe’s President Emmerson Mnangagwa and his Angolan counterpart Joao Lourenco.

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Raila intervenes to save Kamar in race for Senate Deputy Speaker

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By IBRAHIM ORUKO

A last minute intervention by ODM leader Raila Odinga has brought hope for Uasin Gishu Senator Margret Kamar in the battle for the vacant position of Senate Deputy Speaker.

Mr Odinga’s intervention is the reason behind Monday’s withdrawal of Kirinyaga Senator Charles Kibiru and Kilifi’s Stewart Madzayo from the race.

Mr Kibiru said he had consulted widely and decided to withdraw from the race out of the desire to promote greater gender equity.

“At this time the President is fostering coherence in the country, it would be derelict of me not to view my victory as merely pyrrhic,” Mr Kibiru said in statement of withdrawal.

“The ongoing remake of our politics calls for sacrifice, some of which may be personal in nature.”

WIDE CONSULTATIONS

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Mr Madzayo said he had decided to withdraw after wide consultations with his supporters, colleagues at the Senate and within the ODM party, including Mr Odinga.

“I believe my decision to no longer run for the post will advance gender equity, a spirit I passionately subscribe to,” Mr Madzayo said, adding that his decision is premised majorly on the need to continue supporting the political coherence currently being advanced by Mr Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta

A section of Jubilee senators had last week settled on Mr Kibiru to take over the seat that has been vacant since the removal of Tharaka-Nithi Senator Kithure Kindiki two weeks ago.

MOLLIFY NORTH RIFT

But in a quick action, Mr Odinga, who sources say has become influential in the affairs of Jubilee Party, summoned the Senate top leadership to drum up support for Ms Kamar on the account of gender and in the hope it will mollify the increasingly disenchanted North Rift region in the wake of the removal of Elgeyo-Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen as the majority leader.

The Nation has learnt that the ODM leader on Saturday hosted the Senate leadership at Capitol Hill and asked them to lobby all other candidates to withdraw from the race and instead support Ms Kamar.

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Those at the meeting included Majority Leader Samuel Poghisio, Mr James Orengo (Minority Leader), Mr Irungu Kangata (Majority Whip), Ms Fatuma Dullo (Deputy Majority Leader) and Ms Beatrice Kwamboka (Deputy Minority Whip).

“Mr Odinga told us that Ms Kamar is the right choice because she is a lady and very educated and that she has great experience having served in the Speaker’s Panel in the 10th Parliament and now in the Senate,” a sources who attended the meeting told the Nation.

MT KENYA REGION

Mr Kang’ata was last week campaigning for Mr Kibiru on the account that he is the best bet to assuage a region that is still feeling the heat after the removal of Prof Kindiki and Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika as Majority Whip.

But Mr Odinga told the meeting that the Mt Kenya region is ably represented by Mr Kang’ata and instead rallied his troops in the House to support Ms Kamar.

“Mr Kang’ata has worked so well in the short time he has been on the saddle and this shows that Mt Kenya is ably represented in the Senate leadership,” he said, adding that the region would have qualified for another slot if the new majority Whip is not up to task.

“His vibrancy makes such an argument weak.”

The withdrawal of Mr Kibiru leaves Ms Kamar and nominated senators Isaac Mwaura and Judith Pareno in the race.

Ms Pareno is an ODM member and her party leader’s position weakens her campaign and technically halts her ambitions.

Mr Kang’ata Tuesday refused to deny or confirm Mr Odinga’s intervention and insisted that they will unveil their candidate, but hinted that there may be no polling.

SENATE UNITY

“We want a united Senate that is fully behind President Uhuru Kenyatta and hence we shall prefer unity and reconciliation where everyone is a winner. We shall not profile any community as a senate.

If elected, Ms Kamar will become the third deputy Speaker since the Senate was revived in the current constitution.

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Kenyans urged to ask status of road networks countrywide

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He says this will help Kenyans know the status of their roads and recognize government commitment to expanding the road network in the country. 

State House Chief of Staff and Head of Kenya’s Presidential Delivery Unit Nzioka Waita is urging Kenyans to ask any questions regarding road construction across the country, including their status of completion.

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On his twitter handle under the hashtag #ReimaginingKenya #RoadsKE, Waita said he had mobilized all the National Government Road Agencies to field questions from Kenyans regarding road networks in the country as well as discuss the construction of new roads across Kenya.

” @NziokaWaita Today I’m joined by the National Government Road Agencies as we discuss construction of new rural, urban & major trunk roads across Kenya , don’t be shy to ask questions about their status of completion.”

 

 

He also asked Kenyans to describe the journey to your rural home, by naming any roads that are either new, under construction or recently rehabilitated.

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He says this will help Kenyans know the status of their roads and recognize government commitment to expanding the road network in the country.

” Even the most ardent critics of this administration acknowledge however begrudgingly the fact that there are roads under construction in every region of our country. The debate on my TL is evidence of this.” He said.

During his Madaraka Day address on Monday President Uhuru Kenyatta laid out his legacy, saying since taking over from Mwai Kibaki, his government has built an average of 1000 kilometres of road every year.

The number, he added was 44 times more than what the colonial administration built and 4 times more than what Jomo Kenyatta, Daniel Moi and Mwai Kibaki did in 50 years.

Here were some of the reactions from twitter.

@DanMKazungu For my mothers in Jilore, Kakoneni, Langobaya and Chakama, villages along the Malindi-Salagate road, it takes roughly 30 minutes to take their agricultural produce to market in Malindi.

@aketchdenis7 Masara-Sori road is poorly done.Kisii-Rongo-Migori is done in a snail’s pace. What’s the status e Masara-Muhuru road? Good work from NG. It’s my hope that Osani-Nyakore road will be done soon.

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@gordorockguru Ahero Junction – Katito (work in progress) / Katito – Kendubay (Nyweeeeeee)

@skmakii  Several new roads in Murang’a, thank you very much. Main Murang’a – Kiria-ini works seem to have been abandoned

@EdPhilOmo 1. Oyugis -Kendu Bay Road. This one is particularly personal a promise from 1992, it’s a reality. Thank you 2. Kisii-Oyugis-Sondu Onwards Proud!

@abuamir2004  When will Modogashe -Wajir – Mandera road construction going to begin? These counties have never seen an inch of tarmac since independence. It will be the biggest gift from H.E #UhuruKenyatta
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