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KOT Used Jaguar’s Lyrics to Respond to his ‘Loss’ to Maina Kamanda

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By Mwende Kasujja

Starehe MP Maina Kamanda was on Thursday announced as the winner in the Jubilee Party primaries prompting a protest by his opponent’s supporters.

The protesters made their way to the party headquarters in Pangani where the party secretary general Raphael Tuju announced that the nomination certificate would not be issued until investigations were completed.

On Twitter, users were weighing into the outcome of the tight Starehe Constituency race.

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West Pokot Not a Kanu Zone, Jubilee Leaders Tell Lonyangapuo

By Oscar Kakai

Leaders from West Pokot County have declared the area a Jubilee zone, promising to support the ruling party in the August 8 l elections.

The leaders slammed their rivals over claims that the county is a Kanu zone, asking them to stop misleading residents.

They lauded residents for participating in the nominations peacefully.

Speaking on Thursday during a public rally in Kapenguria Town, West Pokot Governor Simon Kachapin, Pokot South MP David Pkosing and former Kapenguria MP Julius Murgor, who is eyeing the county’s senate seat, and other leaders nominated to vie on the Jubilee ticket vowed to rally locals in supporting the party.

“During the Kanu regime we did not benefit from anything as a community. I am now telling my rival and our senator Prof John Lonyangapuo to prepare for a bruising battle,” said Mr Kachapin.

Governor Kachapin said that his government will continue initiating projects in the region to spur development and uplift the economy of the locals.


“We are going to complete parking site and improve drainage systems. As a party, we will conduct peaceful campaigns in the area, moving from one sub-county to the other preaching peace among our people,” he added.

Pkosing cautioned other leaders from the county against spreading propaganda and insults.

“Resident should listen to us and ignore leaders who tell them lies,” said Pkosing.

Rev Murgor said he is optimistic that the Jubilee Party will win all seats in the August elections.

Other leaders present in the meeting included West Pokot Deputy Governor Titus Lotee, Sigor Jubilee parliamentary aspirant Peter Lochakapong, Kacheliba Jubilee parliamentary aspirant John Lodinyo and county woman representative, Ms Lilian Tomi Tom.


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How ODM Primaries Officials Messed Nyanza Polls

By Angela Oketch

Returning officers in Nyanza for ODM primaries may have played a role in the confusion witnessed in most polling stations across the region.

In Kisumu, the county returning officer Tom Okong’o made tallying centre a top secret only for him to rush to Thurdibuoro Secondary School where he announced results as some polling stations were still counting votes.

Aspirants and journalists were kept in the dark and had to move from one centre to another looking for the tallying centre.

Immediately after Mr Okongo declared Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o winner in the gubernatorial race, Richard Kiyondo, the county deputy returning officer also announced Governor Jack Ranguma as the winner while at a different tallying centre.

Kisumu Senator Anyang’ Nyong’o casts his vote at Ratta Primary School in Seme in the ODM primaries for Kisumu County on April 25, 2017. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Prof Nyong’o was declared winner by Mr Okongo with 164, 110 votes against Mr Ranguma’s 91,480 votes. Dr Hezron McObewa was announced third with 62, 670 votes.

Mr Kiyondo declared Mr Ranguma winner with 118, 934 votes against Dr McObewa’s 47, 930. Professor Nyong’o came in third with 32,028 votes followed by Gordon Oyumba who garnered 14, 290 votes, Isaka Nyangara was fifth with 11, 936 votes.

After the two announcements were made, Kisumu residents were left confused who will legitimately carry the ODM flag in August polls.

Others questioned whose authority should be trusted. That of the county returning officer or his deputy.

Youths light bonfires on the streets of Kisumu town on April 26, 2017 following dispute ODM primaries results. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION

The returning officers at disappeared only to emerge with the results which they read under tight security.

Mr Okongo for better of the day was nowhere to be seen and was not picking calls from journalists.

In Kisumu Central constituency, as early as 5am in the morning in all the wards, Fred Ouda who is the MCA Gem Central was leading followed by Onyango Oloo and sitting MP Ken Obura was third.

At about 7am, tallying was stopped and short text messages were circulating claiming that the returning officer Laban Bosire had been kidnapped.

Few minutes to 8am, Kisumu Central returning officer Mr Bosire turned up guarded by security officers. He declared Mr Obura as the winner and was immediately escorted out by the same officers.

Kisumu residents took to the streets to denounce move to announce Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura as the winner in the ODM primaries on April 26,2017. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

The pronouncement of Mr Obura as the ODM nominee for the seat in the August elections sparked tension with Mr Ouda’s supporters going to the streets chanting his praises.

They protested Mr Obura’s alleged victory.

In Muhoroni consistency there were parallel tallying centers.

In Seme, the returning officer could not be traced and there was no one to announce the results.

In Homa Bay, returning officer Erastus Otieno could not explain the origin of the results after noting that he could not reach most poll officials across the county.

He explained that he had authority to announce whatever results he had which sparked violent protests in the town.

He declared Governor Cyprian Awiti the winner with 46,343 votes against Mr Oyugi Magwanga’s 14,661.

Kisumu residents took to the streets to denounce move to announce Kisumu Central MP Ken Obura as the winner in the ODM primaries on April 26,2017. PHOTO | ONDARI OGEGA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Flanked by Homa Bay County Secretary Isaiah Ogwe and top county officials, the returning officer was accorded heavy security by armed police officers who ejected journalists from the tallying centre as soon as the results were announced.

The poll official could not declare what each candidate got at the constituency level, saying that presiding officers had refused to give him the results.

The results were protested by agents of other candidates who argued that they did not reflect the true picture on the ground and were a sham.

Mr Magwanga’s chief agent at the hall Mr Lameck Okeyo Omollo rejected the results.

After the announcement, contingent of armed security officials began driving journalists and agents of other officials out of the tallying centre.

Jubilee Party Appeals Tribunal Receives 43 Complaints After Primaries

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President Uhuru Kenyatta chats with Charles Njagua after a press briefing at Jubilee Party headquarters in Nairobi on April 27, 2017.

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — The Jubilee Party Appeals Tribunal has already received 43 appeals after disputed results in the ongoing primaries.

In a statement, National Elections Board Chairman Andrew Musangi stated that there will not be any re-tallying or recounting of already announced results unless an appeal is heard and determined.

“For clarity purposes, we wish to inform the public and all contestants that once counting is finished results tallied and announced by the Returning Officers, those results stay until and unless someone lodges a complaint with the party’s Appeals Tribunal,” he said.

Musangi indicated that the tribunal will only consider appeals that are formally lodged after complainants lodge it and pay Sh1,000.

“We urge any contestant who may feel aggrieved to lodge an official complaint by filing an appeals form and pay a fee of Sh1,000,” he said.

He called on the candidates and their supporters to remain calm and to lodge formal complaints in line with the party constitution.

“We also wish to reiterated the remarks the President made after meeting one of the contestants, that anyone is free and welcome to the party and any official appeal will be listened to and disposed of in a fair and fast manner through the laid down procedures,” Musangi stated.

On Thursday, President Uhuru Kenyatta assured those with complaints regarding the Jubilee Party primaries that they will receive a fair hearing.

He however stated that the will of the electorate should be respected and the rejection of a large number of the incumbents is an indication that Kenyans long for the prudent management of their resources.

The were conflicting reports on repeat polls in Starehe after complaints by musician Charles Jaguar who protested that he had been rigged out by Maina Kamanda.

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Rudisha to Make 1000m Debut in Ostrava

By Alex Isaboke

Ostrava, Czech Republic — Organisers of the Golden Spike have announced that two-time Olympic 800m champion David Rudisha will make his 1000m debut at the IAAF World Challenge meeting in Ostrava, Czech Republic, on 28 June.

“I’m really looking forward to my race in Ostrava,” Rudisha said. “It will be my third race of the season but most interestingly for me it’s my first time to run 1000 metres!”

Testing himself in off distances isn’t anything new for Rudisha who last season in his run-up to a successful Olympic 800m title defence, broke the African record over 600m at the Birmingham leg of the IAAF Diamond League, clocking 1:13.10.

But going up in distance is uncharted territory for the 28-year-old, who famously broke his own 800m world record in the 2012 Olympic final.

“I’m excited to try this race. People are always asking me how would I run at 1500. I always say that’s too far to run against the miler guys! But 1000m is of course shorter and closer to my racing distance.

“I’ve got no time or plan in mind but I’m excited to test myself and see what I can do,” added Rudisha, who will be competing in the Czech city for the fifth time.

One publicly unstated goal could be the meeting record of 2:15.08 set by Ilham Tanui Ozbilen of Turkey in 2014, the fastest time that year over the rarely-run distance.

Rudisha is the latest Olympic champion announced for the meeting’s 56th edition.

Previously announced were 400m world record holder and Rio winner Wayde van Niekerk of South Africa who’ll contest the 300m, double world and Olympic champion Mo Farah of Great Britain, who’ll compete in the 10,000m, Thomas Rohler of Germany, who’ll contest the javelin, and Christian Taylor of the US in the triple jump.

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CBK Licences Dubai Islamic Bank

By Kennedy Kangethe

Nairobi — The Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has licensed Dubai Islamic Bank after the bank fulfilled its stipulated requirements.

The move comes even as the regulator is yet to lift the moratorium it had imposed on the licensing of new banks.

Dubai Islamic Bank Kenya intends to exclusively offer Shariah compliant banking services becoming the third fully Shariah compliant bank to be licensed in Kenya, after Gulf African Bank limited in 2007 and First Community Bank Limited in 2008.

Earlier, CBK had stated its intention to finalise the processing of licence applications for two institutions that had been granted an ‘approval in principle’, as a first step to lifting the moratorium on licensing of new commercial banks.

“Accordingly, DIB Bank Kenya Limited (in formation) and Mayfair Bank Limited (in formation) will take the remaining steps to finalise their license applications,” CBK has earlier stated.

The decision is seen to highlight the CBK’s confidence in the stability of the banking sector, which has been experiencing turbulence in the past couple of years, causing the collapse of three lenders in a row.

DIB is a fully owned subsidiary of Dubai Islamic Bank PJSC (DIB PJSC) of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) founded in 1975 is the first bank to have incorporated the principles of Islam in all its practices and is the largest Islamic Bank in the UAE.

DIB PJSC as at September 2016 had an asset base of Sh4.8 trillion and capital of Sh754.8 billion.

It has a presence in Bosnia, Indonesia, Pakistan, Sudan, Turkey and UAE.

“CBK welcomes the entry of international brands such as DIB into the Kenyan banking sector. DIBs entry will expand the offerings in the market, particularly in the nascent Shariah compliant banking niche,” CBK says.


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Jubilee Primaries – It’s Sonko for Nairobi Governor As Sakaja Takes Senate

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — Senator Mike Sonko has won the Jubilee primary for the Nairobi gubernatorial seat after trouncing his rivals, including former Gatanga MP Peter Kenneth.

Following a day long counting of votes, Sonko was finally declared the winner in the hotly contested primary after garnering 138,185 votes ahead of Kenneth who got 62,504 votes.

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru came in a distant third after managing 7,654 votes.

‘Nairobi residents have decided that this is the position that Mike Sonko deserves. We want Mike Sonko to be the Nairobi Governor,” one of his supporters said.

“As for (Evans) Kidero, start packing your things because Sonko will eject you. We are coming for you and there is nothing that you can do,” another stated.

Sonko and Kenneth had both raised alarm over missing names of their supporters from the Jubilee party register, which had denied the electorate a chance to vote.

Even before the final tally, Kenneth had rejected the outcome of the nomination claiming that the poll was a sham and is now demanding a repeat.

Kenneth complained that the voting process was rigged in Sonko’s favour with voters not being checked against the Jubilee Party register as directed by the National Elections Board.

He also claims that voters were transported from neighboring counties to vote in Nairobi besides non-Jubilee Party members being allowed to participate in the primary.

He further observed that in many cases names of voters were missing from the party register.

He had also alleged massive cases of bribery by some of the candidates outside the polling stations.

The Jubilee Nairobi senate ticket went to Johnson Sakaja who won 153,422 votes against Kavemba Mutinda’s 126,982 and Ali Badi’s 10,132.


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Nairobi Woman Rep Loser Nganga Arrested Over Tallying Centre Chaos

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — Nairobi Woman Representative loser in the Jubilee primaries Wangui Nganga was arrested Thursday night for causing disturbances at the Nyayo Stadium tallying Centre.

According to police, she caused fracas at the centre before being detained to the Lang’ata Police Station at midnight.

Police stated that she was being interrogated and is expected to appear in court soon.

The incumbent Rachel Shebesh won the ticket with 91,766 votes, followed by Millicent Omanga with 53,734 votes.

Karen Nyamu came third with 36,828 votes.

Bishop Margaret Wanjiru who lost in the governor’s race is also detained at Kileleshwa Police Station until Tuesday after she was charged for destruction of voting materials.

Bishop Wanjiru denied the charge was but was denied bail until Tuesday after a request by the prosecution.

She allegedly stormed the City Park polling station with her supporters.


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Snake Blamed For Deadly Minibus Crash

Photo: Pius Maundu/The Nation

A minibus that collided with a lorry near Malili shopping centre in Makueni County on April 27, 2017.

By Pius Maundu and Stephen Muthini

The driver of a matatu that collided with a lorry at Malili on the Nairobi-Mombasa highway, killing eight people, was avoiding running over a snake, one of the accident victims has revealed.

Ms Elizabeth Mwongeli, 28, told the Nation at Machakos Level 5 Hospital, where she was admitted, that just before the crash she heard the driver shout that he had seen a big snake.

“The driver was avoiding a snake,” Ms Mwongeli, who appeared traumatized and in pain, said.

“I heard him shout before he swerved and hit a lorry. I don’t know if the snake was hit.”

Speaking in the casualty ward as she waited for a plaster of Paris to be fitted on her leg, Ms Mwongeli, who was injured on the head and right knee, said she had gone barely two kilometres from her Salama home taking a sick child to Machakos Hospital.

Ms Mwongeli recalled seeing bodies on the road.

I counted five bodies of those who had died on the spot,” Ms Mwongeli said.

The child was also admitted at the hospital.

Seven victims were admitted in the casualty ward and a child was at the intensive care unit.

In the casualty ward were Ms Christine Kitivo and Mr Daniel Kiasya. The couple, who were travelling from Kibwezi, had heavy bandages on the head and legs.

“I was asleep and when I woke up I realised I was injured. We were going to Nairobi to buy spare parts for my machines,” Ms Kitivo recounted.

Mr Onesmus Kiio, 23, a student at Catholic University of Eastern Africa in Nairobi, sustained hip injuries and was due for surgery.

Mr Kiio, who said he boarded the matatu at Sultan Hamud, claimed to have heard other passengers caution the driver, who died in the accident, against driving carelessly but he retorted that he was experienced.

The 45-seater minibus, christened Jasho Dreams, shuttles between Nairobi and Kambu shopping centre in Makueni County.

The matatu driver was attempting to overtake another vehicle when the accident occurred, acting Kilungu divisional police boss Zacharia Bitok told the Nation on phone.

Mr Bitok said the eight died on the spot and 10 others sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospitals in Machakos and Makueni counties.

The bus conductor, Mr Justus Musembi, who was being treated for deep cuts on the right leg at Mukaa Hospital, Makueni, however said the lorry was speeding and it swerved into the matatu’s lane.

“It smashed the cabin on the driver’s side and killed or badly injured passengers in the first three rows of seats behind the driver,” Mr Musembi said.

The lorry crew were unhurt.


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KDF Airstrikes in Somalia Reportedly Killed Militants

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Kenyan soldiers during their “Operation Linda Nchi” against the Somali Al-Shabaab militia.

A Somali military officer says several Al Shabaab militants and commanders were killed in series of KDF airstrikes in War-Gaduud area near El Wak city in Gedo region in this week.

The official who spoke condition of anonymity, told Radio Shabelle that those killed in the aerial bombing include deputy commander of Al shabaab in Gedo region Ali Shangalow.

The Military source confirmed that the operation also killed two other al-Shabaab militants.

Al-Shabaab is yet to release a statement on the reported air strikes by Kenyan military jets.


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