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Chris Msando’s Body Arrives in Kisumu on Way to Siaya

By Justus Ochieng’

The body of slain IEBC ICT Manager Chris Msando has arrived at the Kisumu International Airport before being taken to his rural home in Lifunga Kobiero, Siaya County, for burial tomorrow.

The body arrived aboard a Kenya Airways flight at 13.15pm accompanied by family members, including Mr Msando’s widow Eve Buyu and children.

KILLED

The body will be taken home by road.

Leaders, led by Kisumu Governor-elect Anyang’ Nyong’o, his wife Dorothy who is a relative of Mr Msando’s widow and Kisumu Central MP-elect Fred Ouda received the body at the airport.

Mr Msando, who was the acting ICT director at the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, went missing on July 28 and was found dead on July 31.

Police said he had been in the company of a woman, Ms Carol Ngumbe, who was also killed and their remains discovered in a bush in Kikuyu, Kiambu County.

A post-mortem conducted by Chief Pathologist Johansen Oduor and family pathologist Dr Bessie Byakika revealed that he was strangled.

EMOTIONS

“He died from strangulation and had incisions on his right arm but the rest of his body was intact,” Dr Oduor said in the report.

Emotions ran high on Thursday during a requiem mass for the late ICT manager at the Consolata Shrines in Nairobi.

Speakers and his family called for justice.

Mrs Msando, the widow, wondered aloud why her husband was killed, how she would get on with her life without him and how she would take care of her five children — aged between two and 17 — on her own.

“I don’t know where to start. I don’t know what to tell you. All I have is why? Why? Why?” she said and fondly described Msando as a deeply loving man who witnessed the births of all their children at the delivery room.

THE ROT

Kisumu Governor-elect Anyang’ Nyong’o termed Mr Msando’s death as cruel, likening it to the assassination of Tom Joseph Mboya in 1969.

“There is something rotten in this country,” Prof Nyong’o said, quoting playwright Shakespeare.

Other leaders who attended the mass included United Nations Conference on Trade and Development Secretary-General Mukisha Kituyi, Mr Odinga’s elder brother Oburu Oginga, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, and Kisumu Senator-elect Fred Outa.

“We shall continue to ask questions of who murdered Chris, and most importantly, who sent them to murder him so they can benefit from his death,” Mr Wandayi said.

Isaac Ruto Ready to Hand Over to Governor-Elect Laboso

By Geoffrey Rono

The outgoing Bomet Governor Mr Isaac Ruto has said he is ready to hand over power to his successor, Dr Joyce Laboso next Monday.

Mr Ruto also said he will not file a case to challenge Dr Laboso’s win even as he claimed that the results were doctored.

“Let Dr Laboso continue with development activities from where I left and do more for Bomet people in her administration since this is what they are yearning for” he said.

Speaking for the first time since the results were announced by the electoral commission, Mr Ruto said he is willing to work with the governor-elect and that he hopes she will not sack employees hired during his tenure.

The governor, who is one of the co-principals of the National Super Alliance (Nasa) said he welcomed the decision to file a petition to challenge the presidential results because Kenyans deserve to “know the truth.”

He regretted that the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) declared President Kenyatta winner yet all the result forms, especially 34A and 34B had not been transmitted to the Bomas of Kenya.

“Mr (Wafula) Chebukati, the chairman of IEBC, how did you give Kenyatta victory yet you did not have the full results with you?” he wondered.

Mr Ruto said he is still in Nasa.

” I am in Nasa today and in future because its agenda match with my agenda for the people of Kenya and we all respect the spirit of devolution,” he said.

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‘Al-Shabaab’ Beheads Three, Torches Houses in Witu, Lamu

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Holders Tusker Tackle Vihiga, Leopards Prey on Wazito

By Cellestine Olilo

Holders Tusker battle National Super League side Vihiga United at the Nyayo National Stadium on Sunday as the GOtv Shield tournament enters the business end.

Former champions AFC Leopards will also take on another second tier side Wazito at Nyayo Stadium on Sunday with the venue set to host all four quarterfinal matches this weekend.

It is the only trophy that Leopards have a realistic chance of lifting this season, leaving head coach Robert Matano under pressure to deliver the Cup they last won in 2013.

Since their 2-1 win over Bidco United in the last 16 of the competition three weeks ago, Leopards have suffered two losses and drawn once in the SportPesa Premier League.

Matano will be eager to guide his charges back to winning ways, with a semi-final slot up for grabs against Frank Ouna’s Wazito.

With this being their maiden quarter-finals appearance in the competition, Ouna admits that his charges are massive underdogs going into the match.

“We can’t compare ourselves to Leopards. They have good players, they have a lucrative sponsorship meaning that their players are more comfortable and more importantly, they have a coach who is experienced and who has won this particular cup before so it won’t be easy for us,” said Ouna.

SHARKS BATTLE ELDORET YOUTH

In Saturday’s matches, Kariobangi Sharks face minnows Eldoret Youth hoping to continue with their fairytale run in the competition.

To get to this stage, Sharks stunned Sofapaka 3-1 in the last 16 at Nyayo, a result that makes them massive favourites going into this match.

“This is a team we don’t know much about so already that is a challenge. It makes the game highly unpredictable so we have to be very cautious in our approach,” Sharks coach William Muluya said.

Title holders Tusker will be without Noah Wafula (bereaved), Allan Wanga, Hashim Sempala, Martin Kizza and Moses Ndawula for their match against Vihiga United.

Vihiga, captained by former AFC Leopards playmaker Charles Okwemba, will be out to upset the stuttering brewers.

Bandari, winners in 2015, tackle Sony Sugar in the other quarter-final match up from 3.15pm on Saturday.

The winner of the tournament will walk away with a cash prize of Sh2 million and a ticket to represent Kenya in the Caf Confederation Cup next year.

Saturday:

Kariobangi Sharks v Eldoret Youth (Nyayo Stadium, 1pm)

Bandari v Sony Sugar (Nyayo Stadium, 3.15pm)

Sunday:

Vihiga United v Tusker (Nyayo Stadium, 1pm)

Wazito v AFC Leopards (Nyayo Stadium, 3.15pm)

‘Al-Shabaab’ Beheads Three, Torches Houses in Witu, Lamu

By Kalume Kazungu

Suspected Al-Shabaab fighters have beheaded there people and torched houses in dawn attack on Maleli Village of Witu in Lamu.

Villagers and sources on the ground put the figure at four but County Commissioner Gilbert Kitiyo told the Nation that the report he had received indicated three.

12.30AM

Mr Kitiyo said he had dispatched a contingent of police officers to pursue the attackers.

The gunmen struck at around 12.30am Friday as the villagers slept, according to witnesses.

Armed to the teeth, they targeted men as they spared women and children, villagers told the Nation.

They disappeared into the bushes as has been their tactic in past attacks.

The government believes the militants have set up hideouts in the expansive and dense Boni Forest and a multi-agency operation is ongoing to flush them out.

CALIPHATE

Al-Shabaab, the Somalia-based rag-tag militia linked to Al-Qaeda terror network, has been attacking villages and ambushing travellers in the coastal county for months now.

The militants fighting to impose an Islamic caliphate on Somalia have also been planting explosives on roads in Lamu, Garissa, Mandera, Tana River, Wajir and other parts of Coast and northern Kenya to avenge deployment of Kenyan military to the war-wracked country.

Last week, a roadside bomb killed five police officers in Ijara, Garissa County.

The Kenya Defence Forces are part of the African Union mission that has routed the militants out of major towns across the Horn of Africa state.

More follows.

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Sonko Wants Kidero to Enjoin His Men in Handover Team

By Lillian Mutavi

Nairobi governor-elect Mike Sonko has insisted on having a parallel transition team to work with the Assumption of the Office of Governor Committee to manage the handover from outgoing Governor Evans Kidero.

In a letter to Dr Kidero, Mr Sonko gave the outgoing governor until August 15, 2017 to forward the names of his team, failure to which he would seek court intervention. The deadline has since lapsed.

Mr Sonko, through his lawyer Harrison Kinyanjui, says that the Assumption of Office of the Governor Committee is not enough and that Dr Kidero should name three individuals to work with three appointed by him.

This has been met with resistance from Dr Kidero’s team who say they will not appoint another one but will instead work with the existing committee formed a month ago to oversee handover.

PROPER DOCUMENTATION

Speaking to Nation, Mr Kinyanjui said that the transition team they want will oversee the proper documentation of liabilities and debts left by the outgoing county government.

In the Kenya Gazette notice that established the committees across the country, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Mwangi Kiunjuri had listed the documenting of a county’s assets, loans and unpaid bills as among the roles of the Assumption of Office Committee.

“We need an independent committee that is not headed by the Ministry of Devolution to look into the nitty gritty of the transition especially on liabilities and assets,” said Mr Kinyanjui.

He added that the new team will also give a report on how money has been spent since elections ended as revenue is still being collected by the county.

POST-ELECTION TRANSACTION

Mr Kinyanjui said that the assumption committee was not mandated to check on transactions that happened after August 8, 2017 hence the fear of queries by the Auditor General.

On the other hand outgoing Nairobi Deputy Governor Jonathan Mueke has denied that there is no committee in place.

Mr Mueke said that the transition committee that Mr Sonko wants is unconstitutional and that he (Sonko) is not conversant with the law.

The former deputy governor said that he did not understand why they should be compelled to go court over a non-constitutional committee.

Nairobi Chief of staff George Wainaina, who is heading the assumption committee has rubbished claims that they need another committee.

KIDERO’S TEAM

Mr Wainaina said that he is leading Dr Kidero’s team while lawyer Lydia Kwamboka is leading the Sonko team and that they have started meetings to ensure a smooth transition.

“What will they be seeking court redress for? A team was formed that is handling the transition and I am the one leading the Dr Kidero team. We met on Monday,” said Mr Wainaina.

Mr Wainaina, who is also eyeing the county Speaker’s seat, said that he was not aware that they will need another team to be formed since they have been addressing the assumption of office progress and also transition.

SONKO’S TEAM

Sonko’s team comprises of Larry Wambua, Lydia Kwamboka, Alphonse Mutinda, Philip Kaingu, Onchari Oyieyo, Martin Mbichire and Ben Mulwa.

Mr Wainaina said that Dr Kidero’s team comprised all chief officers, county attorney Gad Owonda and head of security Francis Munyambu as per the gazette notice.

“I do not know why he (Mr Sonko) had such a large team (while) I was the only one representing the governor [on behalf of] the chief officers,” said Mr Wainaina.

He said that no team is needed to oversee the handing over by county executive members since once the new team comes in they can hand over.

24 IEBC Officials Face Charges After Poll, Says Keriako Tobiko

By Maureen Kakah

Twenty-four IEBC officials are among 85 individuals facing prosecution over election-related offences.

Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko on Friday said he was pursuing 70 criminal cases stemming from the August 8 General Election.

BRIBERY

This is according to a report from Mr Tobiko’s office on electoral offences.

Another 59 individuals Mr Tobiko is prosecuting are non-IEBC officials while two are politicians.

The poll-related offences range from bribery, failure to perform official duty, illegal possession of ballot papers, impersonation and murder.

The majority of the accused, at 19, are facing the charge of failing to perform official duty followed by those accused of bribery– at 17.

Some 20 other individuals are facing charges classified as “others” in the report, without further details.

PROSECUTORS

There is only one reported murder case and three cases of impersonation while for the offence of unlawful possession of ballot papers, there are 10 cases so far.

Both Mr Tobiko’s office and the Judiciary had before the General Election said they were well prepared to handle poll-related cases.

According Mr Tobiko, 105 prosecutors have been tasked with securing convictions in election-related cases.

“The DPP assures members of the public that his office has put in place election preparedness measures aimed at ensuring that all cases of criminal nature will be dealt with effectively and suspects brought to account,” Mr Tobiko said a statement before polls.

COURTS

Following the March 4, 2013 General Elections, there were a total of 188 election petitions filed in court.

Judiciary had already hinted at receiving a higher number than this following this year’s elections and had indicated its preparedness in hearing and determining the same.

Over 380 magistrates as well as judges have been trained on Election Dispute Resolution.

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‘Al-Shabaab’ Beheads Three, Torches Houses in Witu, Lamu

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Kiraitu Murungi Sworn in as Second Meru Governor

By David Muchui

Governor-elect Kiraitu Murungi and his deputy Titus Ntuchiu have taken oath of office in a function attended by hundreds of residents.

The occasion was attended by former deputy governor Raphael Muriungi, Lands Cabinet Secretary Jacob Kaimenyi, Public Service Commission Chairperson Margaret Kobia, Sports Principal Secretary Kirimi Kaberia among other leaders.

The instruments of office were presented to Governor Murungi by the former deputy governor.

Former Meru governor Peter Munya skipped the event.

YOUTH

Mr Murungi said he is keen on making Meru one of the best governed and richest counties in the country.

“We shall invest heavily in agriculture and infrastructure. We will automate revenue collection to bring an end to loss of revenue. I will engage professionals and elected leaders who will make Meru great,” Mr Murungi said.

He said his government would create opportunities for the youth to address joblessness and also engage them in running of his government through the Meru Economic and Social Council as well as county, sub-county and ward development boards.

“As governor, I will establish a Meru youth development program that will nurture talents, put up a youth ministry led by a youthful county executive. I promise to establish a Meru Youth Service to equip the youth with necessary skills for local development activities,” said Mr Murungi.

WARDS

The governor said he would allocate Sh20 million every year for development of wards.

He asked former governor Peter Munya to accept defeat saying politicking was over.

“The referee has already blown the whistle to mark the end of the game. Let Mr Munya join us in making Meru great. However, anyone who was involved in corruption will be prosecuted,” he said.

Reading a speech on behalf of Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri, Prof Kaimenyi lauded Mr Murungi as a leader with a good development record.

“The Meru people made a brilliant choice of electing Mr Murungi. The journey of making Meru great has begun,” Prof Kaimenyi said.

In his speech, Mr Kiunjuri said the Jubilee government would continue to support the governors.

Mr Ntuchiu said their government would ruthlessly deal with corruption and deliver all development pledges.

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‘Al-Shabaab’ Beheads Three, Torches Houses in Witu, Lamu

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Nairobi Commuter Train Grounded Over Staff Strike

By Kennedy Kangethe

Nairobi — Commuter train services in Nairobi ground to a halt this morning as employees boycotted work over salary arrears.

A number of employees that talked to Capital FM Business say they are yet to be paid last month’s salary.

The employees also claim that Rift Valley Railways has not been remitting their pension benefits to their pension fund for the last one year.

They worry that once the Rift Valley Railways Concession is over this month, they will lose their one-year retirement benefits.

Kenya Railways Managing Director Atanus Maina, however, told Capital FM Business that the Rift Valley Railways is dealing with the matter and the commuter train service will resume soon.

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‘Al-Shabaab’ Beheads Three, Torches Houses in Witu, Lamu

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An Emotional Lupita Debuts on Jay Z’s Latest Video

RESOURCE: JAY-Z – MaNyfaCedGod ft. James Blake

Kenyan Oscar winning actress Lupita Nyong’o made an emotional debut as a video vixen in Jay Z ‘ s new song ‘ MaNyfaCedGod ‘ which he featured James Blake.

The video was teased before the release of Jay Z ‘ s latest album 4:44 as part of a trailer for the project.

Nyong’o gets full reign over the black-and-white visual, as she showcases her acting chops in the surreal clip that deals with love, while Jigga’s lyrics play as the soundtrack.

Lupita does not hold back her emotions, crying on camera. The vocals by James Blake also add to the reflective, solemn nature of the track.

VIDEO EVERY WEEK

Jay Z has released a video every week since his album came out in June, including previously released videos for The Story of OJ, 4:44, Bam featuring Damian Marley, among others.

The lyrics of the song make reference to the troubles Beyonce and Jay Z have had to overcome as well as the ability of love to triumph all.

At the end Lupita reflects on the words, “be grateful for whatever comes, because each has been sent from a guide from beyond.”

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Nairobi Water Company Gets New MD Amid Workers’ Protests

By Lillian Mutavi

The board of directors of Nairobi City Water and Sewerage Company (NCWSC) will not renew the contract of Managing Director Philip Gichuki despite workers boycotting work over the directive.

The board has appointed Nahashon Muguna, the Nairobi Water technical director to take over in an acting capacity.

The workers in July protested the privatisation of the water company and the non-renewal of contract for three directors alleging the recent events were politically instigated.

Others whose contracts have not been renewed include Commercial Director Stephen Mbugua, Finance Director Johnson Randu and the Human Resource and Administration Services Director Rosemary Kijana.

TERMINAL LEAVE

In a letter to Mr Gichuki dated August 17, 2017, the board directed him to immediately proceed on terminal leave.

“I am in receipt of your letter dated June 12th June 2017 requesting for extension of your contract of employment for a period of two years. I wish to inform you that the board, after deliberations, declined to grant your request as you have already served the full tenure permitted in law,” read a letter by board Chairman Raphael Nzomo.

Mr Nzomo said that the MD was to formally leave the company upon expiry of his contract on January 1, 2018.

I am very grateful for the many years of service rendered to the Company and the residents of Nairobi City County government as a whole. It is with your support that the services of the company have grown significantly,” added Mr Nzomo.

PICKETING

Speaking to Nation, Nairobi County workers union branch secretary Matilda Kimetto said that they have resumed picketing since the termination of contracts of the MD and two directors were done maliciously.

Ms Kimetto said that the board was taking advantage of the transition period to advance their personal interests.

“This board is has gone ahead to take advantage of the transition period to bring to its knees this company as they are bitter with Dr Kidero’s [loss in the elections],” said Ms Kimetto.

The incoming Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe cancelled a meeting scheduled for Friday with the picketing workers citing a planned disruption by goons.

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