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World Champ Beatrice Chepkoech Shines At Police Track Finals

By Ayumba Ayodi

World Cross Country Championships mixed relays gold medallist Beatrice Chepkoech cashed in on the absence of several stars to win women’s 3,000 metres steeplechase title Wednesday at the Kenya Police Service Athletics Championships at the Nyayo National Stadium.

Fresh from posting personal best in a second place of nine minutes and 01.57 seconds at Doha’s Diamond League meeting, Chepkoech obliterated the field of five athletes in a gun-to-tape performance victory of 9:50.06.

Chepkoech, who finished fourth at the Rio Olympic Games, edged out Abigael Jelagat and Anne Gathoni to second and third places in 10:16.6 and 10:20.4 respectively.

“It was a good victory even though I am still on medication, having been admitted a while ago after I fell sick,” said Chepkoech, who failed to compete in Shanghai last Sunday after she fell sick.

“I was admitted for three days after Doha but I am well now.”

Chepkoech, who will be seeking a double in women’s 1,500m final Thursday, said she hopes to be fit for the Prefontaine Classic on May 27 in Eugene, USA, where she hopes to turn the tables on world champion Hyvin Kiyeng and Olympic champion Ruth Jebet from Bahrain.

Chepkoech lost the Doha battle to Kiyeng, who ran a world lead time of 9:00.12, as Jebet, who is also the world record holder, came third in 9:01.99.

But Kiyeng, who is also an Olympic silver medallist, lost to Jebet in Shanghai, clocking 9:06.72 against Jebet’s winning time of 9:04.78. Kiyeng failed to compete in the Police meet Wednesday as did Commonwealth Games 3,000m steeplechase gold medallist Purity Kirui and the 2015 Diamond League 3,000m steeplechase series winner Virginia Nyambura.

However, Kiyeng will field in Thursday’s 5,000m final where she will take on the 2013 world 5,000m silver medallist Mercy Cherono, Africa Games 5,000m champion Margaret Chelimo and former world junior 3,000m steeplechase champion and record holder Ruth Bosibori.

Meanwhile, Eglay Nalianya, who was in Kenya’s 4x800m team at this year’s World Relay Championships in Bahamas, won her 800m semi-final in a slow time of 2:10.4.

World 1,500m silver medallist Elijah Manangoi illuminated the men’s 800m first semi-final race with victory in 1:48.1 to storm the final.

Manangoi edged out Job Kinyor and Justus Kipchoech to second and third places in 1:48.4 and 1:48.8 respectively.

Manangoi will also face Timothy Sein and Jeremiah Mutai won the other 800m semi-finals in 1:48.9 and 1:48.8.

Kiplagat Ruto won the men’s long jump in 7.82m while Anderson Muiruri bagged the triple jump title in 2.00m. Damacline Nyakeruri won women’s javelin in 45.94m while Ruth Njoroge went for the 10km walk race in 52:06.2.

Rotich Kipsang and Rose Rakamba won men and women’s discus with throws of 44.68m and 40.91m.

KPL Pursue New TV Deal, Mull Action Against SuperSport

Photo: Courtesy

Spanish La Liga President Javier Tebas (right) poses for photos with Kenyan Premier League chairman Ambrose Rachier at the KPL offices in Nairobi on May 9, 2017.

By Cellestine Olilo

The Kenyan Premier League are consulting with their Spanish partners, La Liga, regarding the private packaging and selling of the local league’s broadcast rights.

At the same time, KPL have approached their legal team concerning SuperSport’s abrupt termination of their multi-million broadcast rights sponsorship deal last month with a view of seeking redress in a court of law.

Speaking from Johannesburg in South Africa where he is on official duty, KPL Chief Executive Officer Jack Oguda said that all these was discussed during KPL’s last Executive Committee meeting.

Oguda said that getting the league back on live television was a priority for the members and that data collection is currently ongoing to help guide the league on the matter.

“La Liga are our partners now and they have taken an interest to help us get the games back on air.

“Right now we are getting data locally which we will share with them so that they can give us a way forward.

“They (La Liga) have advised that giving the broadcast rights to organisations that are Free To Air would be the most viable place to start from and once they get that data they will be able to give further advise on how to package and even approach potential buyers.”

But this proposal first rolled off the mouths of Football Kenya Federation last month, and they even went ahead to acquire substantial amounts of money (Sh75 million) in grants from Fifa for this purpose.

“We will produce these matches ourselves. Let’s take control of the content and then go mobile, FTA and PayTV. Exciting times ahead. We have to produce all the matches. Nine every weekend. Package highlights, preview etc. from one source. Content control,” FKF president Nick Mwendwa had said at the time.

Oguda however said that theirs will be a separate venture, as La Liga look well capable of helping KPL achieve their objective much faster.

“We had discussed this in our Joint Executive Committee meeting, but now that the La Liga representatives are in the picture, we feel that their route is also worth pursuing.”

KPL entered a three-year partnership with their La Liga on Thursday last week that would see them benefit from their counterparts’ expertise in league management.

The new partnership, for which there will be no financial gains, came one month after South African broadcasters SuperSport terminated their contract with the local league organisers citing breach of contract and eventually laid off more than 100 employees in the country.

Kenya

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Police Spokesperson Threatens to Resign Over Torture Statement

All is not well in the Uganda Police Force over the handling of the suspects accused of torturing Kamwenge town council mayor, Geoffrey Byamukama.

URN understands that police spokesperson Asan Kasingye threatened to resign on Wednesday after his colleagues, during a meeting of the senior officers of the force, asked him retract his statement that four suspects had been arrested in connection to Byamukama’s torture.

Byamukama, alongside at least 15 other suspects, is accused of taking part in the March 17 murder of Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his driver Kenneth Erau and bodyguard Godfrey Wambewo.

Besides Byamukama, the other suspects have also appeared in court with fresh wounds allegedly sustained during torture at Nalufenya police detention centre.

The police first denied Byamukama’s arrest in early April until it all came to light late last week when he was found at Nakasero hospital in Kampala with deep wounds all over his body. Kasingye first said the torture could have happened elsewhere and not in police custody.

The Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura, ordered for the arrest of two senior officers, Patrick Munanura and Fred Tumuhirwe together with their juniors, Sgt Tumukunde and Constable Ronnie Byenkya in connection with Byamukama’s torture.

Kasingye who had earlier denied that Byamukama had been tortured by the police later admitted in a statement that there had been “a scuffle in which the mayor sustained superficial injuries.”

A week ago Kasingye also confirmed that the four torture suspects had been arrested. State minister for Internal Affairs Obiga Kania in his address to parliament apologised to the nation that Byamukama had been tortured.

Obiga also ‘confirmed’ police had arrested four officers allegedly linked to the torture of Byamukama and other suspects at Nalufenya police detention facility. He said investigations were still ongoing.

Now URN has learnt from reliable sources in the police that the suspects have never been arrested as earlier claimed. Kayihura ordered for their arrest before he left to Algeria on official duties.

A source told URN that the police accounts committee held a meeting on Wednesday where the torture issue was discussed. The highly-charged meeting is said to have taken place in the board room at police headquarters in Naguru.

The police accounts committee is comprised of members of top police management who include all the directors. The source says the only officer absent in the meeting was John Ndungutse, the director of Counter Terrorism. The meeting was chaired by deputy Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola.

The meeting reportedly learnt that no suspect had been arrested. A report from the police Professional Standards Unit was brought into the meeting indicating that the four supposedly arrested officers are neither in custody nor at their known addresses.

Those in attendance tasked deputy director Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate, Moses Musana and Nixon Agasirwe, who until recently was head of the Special Operations Unit, to produce the suspects but they could not be produced. Musana reportedly used to head the Nalufenya facility.

The meeting, according to the sources, also tasked the Director Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID), Grace Akullo to open an inquiry into the torture allegations with view of instituting criminal proceedings against the suspects.

The meeting allegedly turned stormy when police spokesman, Asan Kasingye was advised to call a media briefing in which he would retract confirmations about the arrest of the two senior officers and their juniors.

Kasingye, according to the sources was not happy with calling a press conference to retract his earlier statement that the four had been arrested. He reportedly threatened to resign over the matter that would depict him as a liar.

Kasingye in a telephone interview on Wednesday evening did not confirm or deny whether the police accounts committee meeting was held. But he denied that he had threatened to resign. He, however said the Internal Affairs minister, General Jeje Odong, was to issue a statement about the progress in the investigations into torture allegations.

General Odong could not be reached on his known mobile phone number. State Minister for Internal Affairs, Obiga Kania, could not confirm reports that the four suspects were not in detention.

Obiga Kania who sounded furious about the matter said Kasingye and his boss would have to explain why they would let him lie to the public and parliament that the arrests had been made.

On Tuesday, President Museveni weighed in on the issue, writing a letter to his top security chiefs warning against the use of torture. The president said the practice is “unnecessary and wrong and must not be used again”.

Museveni said torture was wrong because it could lead to innocent people admitting guilt just to end the pain. In the letter addressed to Chief of Defence Forces, General David Muhoozi, IGP Kayihura and the Director of Intelligence Services, Museveni said torture is not “consonant with logic.”

URN

Karua’s Promise to Kirinyaga People

By George Munene

Narc Kenya leader, Martha Karua and the Kirinyaga Central MP Gachoki Gitari have declared that they are ready for the gubernatorial race and pledged to jointly slay the dragon of corruption if elected.

Ms Karua, a fierce politician is the flag-bearer while Mr Gitari who is a two-term lawmaker is her running mate.

While announcing publicly that they have teamed up to capture the county’s top seat, the two leaders vowed that they will not tolerate graft in the devolved unit.

“We shall ensure that corruption is eradicated in order to spur economic growth in the region,” said Ms Karua.

Mr Gitari praised Ms Karua as an honest leader who has been on the forefront in the fight against corruption in Kenya.

WIN SUPPORT

“Ms Karua is a courageous and honest leader and together we shall win the war against corruption,” he said.

The two leaders said they were united and challenged their rivals to brace themselves for a tough political battle.

Speaking in Sagana town on Tuesday afternoon, the leaders said they will embark on aggressive campaigns saying they will be moving from door-to-door to win support.

They will fight it out with former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru (Jubilee) and Macharia Karani of Maendeleo Chap Chap as well as the incumbent Joseph Ndathi and Muriithi Kagai both who will be running as independent candidates.

PROPAGANDA

The two leaders hit out at Ms Waiguru whom they accused of misleading the residents that she had been endorsed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“There is a candidate who is going round the region telling residents that she is the president’s preferred candidate. The President has not endorsed anyone for the gubernatorial seat and she must be ignored,” said Ms Karua in reference to Ms Waiguru.

Ms Karua reiterated that her party had endorsed President Kenyatta’s re-election but the head of State himself had not endorsed any candidate for any political seat.

“Anyone seeking to be elected as a governor must sweat,” she said.

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IMF Leader Touts for More Stable Tax Regime

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) Deputy Managing Director, Tao Zhang has hailed Tanzania for managing to boost tax collection to finance infrastructure development but cautioned the country needs a more stable tax regime to remain an attractive investment destination.

The visiting IMF leader said it was vital to mobilise more private and public resources by strengthening tax collection but unpredictability of tax regime remained a challenge as the country strive to develop an industrial economy as envisaged in the second Five-Year Development Plan.

“So it is crucial to mobilise more private and public resources within Tanzania, especially by strengthening tax collection under a fair and predictable tax regime. This is an area where Tanzania has fallen behind its neighbours,” he said at a public lecture he gave in Dar es Salaam yesterday.

He described Tanzania as a strong performer in terms of economic growth and macroeconomic stability but argued the country needed to strengthen the role of private sector to sustain its impressive growth which has remained strong for over two decades.

He said the second Five-Year Development Plan would succeed if Tanzania would make optimal use of its comparative advantages, particularly the potential from agricultural and mining and possibilities of becoming a trading and logistic hub for East Africa.

Tanzania should also strengthen the business climate for local and foreign firms to attract investments, he said. The business community have been complaining of an unpredictable and complex taxation system which make doing business in Tanzania much harder and as a result discourage investment.

The government has restated its commitment to work on complaints from investors and business people of nuisance taxes ensure the country’s tax system does not stifle the private sector.

Touring industrial exhibitions at Dar es Salaam International Trade Fair (DITF) grounds in December last year, the Minister for Finance and Planning, Dr Phillip Mpango had urged investors and the business community to forward to his ministry their tax recommendations so that they can be evaluated and incorporated into next year’s financial budget plans.

And speaking at a meeting with members of the private sector under the Tanzania National Business Council (TNBC) at State House in Dar es Salaam early this month, President John Magufuli said his government was ready to work with the private sector which he described as the engine of the economy.

The meeting washeld in the wake of reports of weakening investor confidence due to concerns about the economy, policy unpredictability and tax crackdown targeting big companies.

Magufuli dispelled sentiments that his government was “anti-business,” saying he was pro-business, but his administration would not tolerate tax dodging, which was rampant in Tanzania in previous years.

Tanzania

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323 Million/ – Given to Rombo Expected to Accelerate Economic Development

By Queen Isack

Rombo — Rombo District Council has been given some 323m/- for development projects in the 2016/17 financial year, so as to speed up development, it has been revealed here.

Rombo District Executive Director (DED), Ms Agnes John, said the money would be spent on important public projects like water provision, health centres, and ward offices. Speaking to villagers and council officials, Ms John stressed that village and ward officials should manage the projects effectively, a critical aspect being judicious expenditure of funds.

The official emphasized that the people, as the targeted beneficiaries, should keep close track of the projects, by, among other measures, regularly demanding income-andexpenditure records. She furthermore stressed that those who would not comply with government directives would be duly sanctioned.

The DED said the government had allocated 1bn/- for a water project in Ngareni village and 927m/- for construction of roads in Leto village.

The Rombo District Commissioner (DC), Ms Agnes Hokororo, said officials and the people should forge a close alliance in order to facilitate smooth execution of projects and other purposes for which public funds were allocated.

She stressed that the government was determined to elevate transparency and accountability to the peak, since it was only thus that poverty could at best be eradicated, and at worst, reduced.

The Ngoyoni Ward Executive Officer, Mr Isaya Tarimo, said the biggest challenge he faced was little awareness among the people on their importance to contribute willingly and seriously to development projects.

Tanzania

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Hints Dropped On Tapping Onto EA Regional Potential

Governmennt institutions have been called upon to work closely with the public and to educate them on services that they provide.

The remarks were made yesterday by the deputy permanent secretary ministry of Foreign Affairs and East Africa Co-operation, Ambassador Ramadhan Mwinyi, during an educational seminar on East African integration and opportunities, that started yesterday and ends today in Gombani, Pemba.

Ambassador Mwinyi said a segment of the public had voiced complaints over poor treatment by some public servants, cautioning that, if the trend wasn’t checked, Tanzania would lag behind in initiatives towards East African integration and the world in general.

He pointed out that there were vast opportunities in the integration project, but if the public was not adequately enlightened on modalities on aspects like the required documents and conditions, they would be left behind and reduced to mere spectators and complainers.

Traders expressed disappointments over the long processes of getting travelling documents, especially when they had a limited time before travelling outside the country.

They also complained about the difficulties they faced in registering their products under the bureau of standards and food and drug authorities because they did not meet their criteria.

Ambassador Mwinyi stressed the importance of government institutions to facilitate swifter public access to their services, but in compliance with laws and regulations, to enable traders seize opportunities in the East African common market.

An officer from the Immigration department, Mr Haji Kassim Haji, explained that procedures related to travel documents were not aimed at hampering anyone’s dealings but for the security of the nation.

Ambassador Mwinyi urged the traders to form groups, so that issues like getting travelling documents can be addressed jointly under the guarantee of the institutions under which they operated.

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U.S. Embassy Partners With Zanzibar Film Festival

History was made yesterday, with the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), between the US Embassy and the Zanzibar International Film Festival (ZIFF).

The new partnership will manifest itself in this coming July’s 20th episode of the event, in Stone Town, with a week-long cultural exchange programme.

Within this agreement, the US Embassy will bring the American film director, Judd Ehrlich and their film expert, Debra Zimmerman, to conduct workshops during the festival.

“These workshops, which we’re looking forward to doing, will focus on promoting and training for documentary film making, marketing and distribution. For the first time ever, we’re going to have a workshop dedicated specifically to women and that is women who make movies here,” The Embassy’s Charge d’Affaires, Virginia Blaser, said on the occasion.

She also mentioned that within the partnership it has been scheduled for the screening of “Keepers of the Game,” which has been directed by Eh rlich. This film follows a team of indigenous American girls, as they seek to win a regional championship in the sport of lacrosse, which is traditionally reserved for men and boys.

Through this partnership, Ehrlich and Zimmerman will be working directly with emerging Zanzibari filmmakers, throughout this edition.

The two visitors will also be conducting a series of workshops on documentary filmmaking, together with marketing and distribution of films. Added to this they will be holding workshops specifically for women in the film industry.

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Celebrating the 53rd Anniversary of the Union – the Worrying Challenges Which Faced the Union in the 53 Years of Its Existence

columnBy Pius Msekwa

BECAUSE the event of celebrating the 53rd anniversary of the Union which took place last month was a great and historical national event, I had decided to write two articles relating to that historical event.

The first of these was published last week, which briefly presented the relatively little known category of the ‘Union goals’.

This was done in response to the fact that a number of comments which were published in the News papers in commemoration of that event, had focused on the question whether or not, the Union had achieved its goals, Hence, in an attempt to answer that question, I explained what I believe were the actual goals of the Union ,which had been intended by the Union founding fathers themselves.

And because some of the published comments also referred to the ‘challenges’ which have been faced in this Union; this second article is focusing on the similarly ‘little known’ category of ‘challenges’, which have also faced this Union during the 53 years of its existence.

The ‘little known’ Union challenges. In ordinary day to day conversations, when people talk about the ‘challenges’ facing our Union, they usually have in mind those problem issues which are commonly referred to in Kiswahili as “kero za Muungano”.

This is probably what the Minister of State, Vice-President’s Office, Union and Environment, January Makamba also had in mind when he stated, in relation to the achievements made during the 53 years of the Union’s existence, that “the number of issues which were providing a challenge to the Union, had been reduced to only three, from the 15 which were reported in 2006”. That is, undoubtedly, a praise worthy achievement which we all acknowledge and applaud.

But “Kero za Muungano” could be fairly described in the English language as ‘Management challenges’, which are, generally, within the capability of the relevant authorities to resolve.

And that is why the majority of the ‘management challenges’ relating to our Union have been successfully resolved, as reported by the minister.

However, my point here is that apart from these ‘management issues’ (which are familiar and well-known to many of our readers), this Union has also, from time to time in the course of those 53 years, been faced with a variety of other, and even more serious challenges, which were much more worrying than the said ‘Management issues’.

But these are, because of their nature, unfortunately much less known to many of our readers. These are what I have described in the heading of this article as the “worrying challenges”, which also faced our Union at different times in the 53 years of its existence.

And that is the subject matter of my article today, mostly for the benefit of those of our readers who are particularly interested in the political history of our country. The ‘worrying’ challenges to the Union.

The sum total of challenges facing our Union during the past 53 years include the following: Diplomatic challenges (which emerged immediately after its inauguration in 1964).

These were soon followed by challenges emanating from the ‘enemies’ of the Union; and then followed the well-known internal ‘management’ challenges; which are actually still ongoing, simply because they are a direct product of relationships between ordinary human beings, who are all governed by ordinary human temper, which is part of human nature.

Since the ‘management challenges are well known, this article will focus only on the first two categories, which I have described as the ‘worrying’ challenges’. The worrying Diplomatic challenges.

I have previously had the opportunity of referring to the diplomatic challenges to our Union in an earlier article in this column. But, for the benefit of our readers who might have missed the previous presentation, I will just briefly re-state the facts of the relevant cases. There were two major incidences which occurred at the diplomatic level.

The first was in relation to the country’s diplomatic relations with West Germany (as it was known then); while the other incident was in respect of our diplomatic relations with the United States of America.

There were, at that time, two Germanys, known respectively as West Germany and East Germany. The diplomatic conflict with West Germany arose from that country’s strict application of their ‘Holstein Doctrine’, which prohibited it from maintaining diplomatic relations with any country in the world which had similar relations with East Germany.

The relevant facts are as follows: Immediately after the success of the January 12th Revolution, East Germany had established its Embassy in Zanzibar; while West Germany already had its Embassy in Tanganyika.

Thus, upon Tanganyika’s Union with Zanzibar in April 1964, the newly created United Republic of Tanzania found itself having Embassies of both West Germany and East Germany, a situation which clearly offended the said ‘ Holstein doctrine’ of West Germany, which therefore immediately responded by putting pressure on President Nyerere, urging him to close the East Germany Embassy in Zanzibar, and further threatening him that failure to do so would force West Germany to withdraw its military aid which was being provided to Tanganyika.

President Nyerere refused to succumb to such threats, and West Germany announced that it was withdrawing its military aid. But President Nyerere told the government of that country to withdraw not only their military aid, but “to take away all their other aid to Tanganyika” because, he solemnly declared, “Tanzania will not accept aid with strings attached”. That was indeed carried out.

This conflict obviously had a negative impact on the country’s diplomatic relations with West Germany. Then, quickly followed a similar conflict with the United States of America.

In November 1965, three letters, claimed to have been stolen from the Office of the Congolese Prime Minister Moise Tshombe, were handed to Tanzania’s Ambassador in Kinshasa, Andrew Tibandebage.

One of the letters revealed an alleged American secret plan “to bombard all the strategic locations being used by communist China in Tanganyika, and, as an alternative measure, to make arrangements to overthrow the Government of Mr Julius Nyerere in the manner being studied by the State Department”.

Ambassador Tibandebage dutifully presented the said documents to President Nyerere and to Foreign Minister Oscar Kambona. Kambona quickly called a Press conference in Dar es Salaam to condemn the documents, and to raise alarm about the alleged American plot.

This incident also produced a very negative impact on Tanzania’s diplomatic relations with the United States. But on his part, President Nyerere, who had apparently suspected that the said documents were probably forgeries, very skillfully brought the matter to a close by opening the door to a subsequent retraction, without undermining his government’s credibility.

In a speech he delivered at a planned demonstration to condemn the alleged American plot, President Nyerere explained that these documents could have been forgeries.

But, he said, even if they were forgeries, the government was sufficiently frightened by their contents, and therefore had to react strongly, because there have been other such seemingly forged documents which however, on proper investigation, actually turned out to be real and authentic. He, therefore, justified his Government’s strong reaction by quoting the well known Kiswahili proverb, which says (my translation) that “a person who has once been bitten by a snake, will be frightened when he encounters even a harmless dry palm leaf”.

The challenges imposed by the enemies of the Union. In his article titled “Nationalism and Pan-Africanism, which was published in September 1961, (at the height of the cold war); Mwalimu Nyerere described the ‘ enemies’ of African Unity in the following terms: “I believe the danger to African Unity is going to come from external sources which, whenever we start talking of creating larger units on the African continent (through the unification of some of our countries), we are quickly told that it cannot be done, and that such units will be ‘artificial’, and unworkable in practice.

And their applicable technique is very simple. One power block (among the cold war power blocks) labels any move towards African unity as a “communist plot”; but actually not because it is communist, but just because they do not like it.

Similarly, the opposing power block labels any such move towards African unity as an “imperialist plot”, not really because it is so, but because this block does not like it! What annoys me is not the use of these slogans by these power blocks, for this is something we normally expect from them. What infuriates me is that they do expect us to allow ourselves to be treated like a bunch of idiots!”

In this particular case, Mwalimu Nyerere was referring specifically to the external ‘enemies’. But with regard to the Union between Tanganyika and Zanzibar, apart from such external enemies, there were also certain internal enemies who, at the material times when they sprang to their evil actions, and created immense worries to the top Union leadership.

There was, for example, the case of some very serious disinformation which was given to Union President Julius Nyerere in 1965, by two of his Ministers, Oscar Kambona and Abdallah Kassim Hanga, who together conspired to deliberately misinform President Nyerere, that Zanzibar President Abeid Amani Karume had just expelled from Zanzibar certain Union officials, who had been posted there to carry out their duties and responsibilities.

The two Ministers further said that such action which had been taken by President Karume, was ‘clear evidence’ that President Karume actually did not want this Union, but had only been forced into it.

The full story of this incident is told in a book by Sheikh Thabit Kombo, titled Masimulizi ya Sheikh Thabit Kombo (Dar es Salaam University Press, 1996).

This unexpected information, which President Nyerere apparently believed, perturbed him to such a high level that he decided to call an emergency meeting of the Union cabinet, in order to inform the Ministers about this grave matter, and actually to tell them that because President Karume did not want this Union, he himself would have absolutely no reason, nor justification, for forcing him to remain within it; and continued to inform the Ministers that they should therefore expect to hear, actually very soon, a solemn official statement announcing the dissolution of this Union.

It was as bad as that! But, as luck would have it, the matter was quickly resolved when President Karume was urgently contacted on that same night, and he vehemently denied having taken any such action as was alleged by the two manifest enemies of the Union.

23 Counties Snub EACC Meeting On Graft in Nakuru

By Francis Mureithi

More than 20 counties have snubbed a workshop convened by the anti-corruption commission to declare their assets in Nakuru.

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) had invited technical officers in charge of the declaration of income, assets and liabilities from all the 47 counties.

PS ANGER

Devolution Principal Secretary Micah Pkopus Powon slammed the 23 counties that failed to send representatives for the workshop at Egerton University in Njoro.

“I did not expect any county to miss in such a crucial forum aimed at helping our country overcome this monster called corruption that is threatening to bring our country to its knees,” said Mr Powon.

Consequently, he asked the EACC to initiate investigations into the counties’ failure to send representatives.

“These counties need to explain why they failed to send representatives to such a meeting because if a PS and EACC commissioners can attend why are counties failing to send representatives?” he said.

“This is a serious issue. We either save our country or lose our country.”

60 OFFICERS

He added :”This meeting is very important and that is why I have taken time to travel from Nairobi to Egerton University to join you and help redeem the integrity of our country.”

The PS urged all counties to speed up the registration of fixed assets to protect them from potential grabbers.

He noted that most of the fixed assets belonging to the counties had not been registered since the inception of devolution in 2013.

“We need to safeguard these public assets because they may be grabbed,” said Mr Powon.

More than 60 technical officers handling declaration of income, assets and liabilities in 24 counties are attending the two-day workshop.

The PS said it would be wrong for the officers to attend the workshop and spend public funds and fail to utilise all the skills they would have learned.

CORRUPTION

“You should not come and sleep in such a workshop and when you go back to your stations you sleep on the job. You should implement fully what you have learnt,” he said.

He urged the EACC to collaborate with the Education ministry and launch a curriculum that will be used to fight corruption through education.

“Our children should be taught the dangers of corruption from an early stage and this should be escalated to universities,” he said.

“This is the best way to seal the corruption loopholes that emerge later in life.”

He warned that the fruits of devolution may not be enjoyed by ordinary citizens if corruption is not dealt with.

He reminded the officers that corruption cost the country Sh270 billion during the 2010/2011 financial year, which translates to 30 per cent of the national budget.

WEALTH

“Corruption is costly and leads to lack of productivity, inefficiency, decrease in foreign investment and most importantly corruption increases inequality in the society,” he said.

He directed the county officials to ask workers in their areas to declare their wealth and account for the use of resources entrusted with them.

“Declaration of wealth practice should be inculcated in all ranks,” he said.

He said laws alone cannot be used to fight corruption and urged the EACC to involve the public.

“We need to institutionalise the fight against corruption because integrity is not a 90 or 95 per cent thing but a 100 per cent personal value,” said Mr Powon.

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