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Limuru Player Paul Muchangi Tops Uganda Open

By Larry Ngala

Kenya’s Paul Muchangi finished third in Tusker Malt Uganda Open amateur championship which ended at Uganda Golf Club Kitante in Kampala at the weekend.

Limuru Country Club’s Muchangi, who won Karen Challenge weeks ago, fired an impressive three under par 69 in the closing round for a total of 12 over par 300, losing to the winner Ronald Rugumayo of Uganda by a shot.

Before the final round, Muchangi had fired rounds of 76, 77 and 78. His compatriot Samuel Njoroge of Kenya Railway Golf Club was fourth on 301 gross made up of 77, 79, 71 and 74. The winner – Rugumayo – had tied with former champion Ronald Otile who however lost in sudden-death play-off where Rugumayo birdied the 12th, 17th and 18th holes to claim the title.

A total of 14 Kenyan amateur golfers were among a big field which participated in the event which will be followed by the main championship featuring professionals from September 25 to 30 at the same venue.

Besides Muchangi and Njoroge, other Kenyan golfers who travelled to Uganda are Alfred Nandwa, Andrew Chelogoi, Dennis Saikwa, Bernard Omondi, Anthony Irungu, Aaron Kitur, Shileen Nanji, Joseph Gathumbi, Mike Kisia, John Karichu, Robinson Owiti and Edwin Mudanyi.

Having finished third, Muchangi is likely to be invited for the main championship, the 2017 Uganda Open, next week.

Kenya

Duale to Seek MPs Approval of Sh11.5 Billion for Poll

Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale says he will be requesting MPs to approve the release of Sh11.5… Read more »

Supreme Court to Deliver Much-Awaited Full Ruling

By Sam Kiplagat

Supreme Court judges will Wednesday morning read their full judgment stating reasons for the nullification of the August 8 presidential elections.

The court, by a majority of four, nullified the presidential outcome on September 1 on grounds that there were irregularities and illegalities in the transmission of results.

The Judges directed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct fresh elections within 60 days, in accordance to Article 140 of the Constitution.

On Wednesday, security personnel have already been deployed around the Supreme Court building to ensure that the proceedings in court are not interrupted.

On Tuesday, hundreds of Jubilee Party supporters demonstrated outside the court, accusing the Judiciary of overturning the peoples will.

PROTESTS

There were also protests in Nakuru, Kikuyu, Nyeri and Eldoret.

In their September 1 ruling, Chief Justice David Maraga, agreed with Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola that there was a mess in the transmission of results. The

Judges, however, absolved President Uhuru Kenyatta from any blame.

Justices Jackton Ojwang’ and Njoki Ndung’u disagreed stating that Mr Raila Odinga, the petitioner in the case, failed to prove claims that the polls were rigged in favour of President Kenyatta.

The two said the polls were free, fair and credible as described by international observers.

BAD FAITH

Justice Ndung’u said challenges are there in every election and if they occurred, they were not deliberate or in bad faith.

The seventh judge, Mohamed Ibrahim, fell sick on the second day of the hearing of the case and did not participate in the final judgment.

“A decision is hereby issued that the elections held on August 8, were not conducted in accordance with the constitution and the applicable law. The results are therefore invalid, null and void,” Justice Maraga had said.

The Judges said the electoral body failed, neglected or refused to conduct the elections in the manner and dictates of the constitution.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati has set October 17 as the date for the repeat poll, although the opposition has threatened to boycott the poll if a raft of demands they have made are not met.

Kenya

Duale to Seek MPs Approval of Sh11.5 Billion for Poll

Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale says he will be requesting MPs to approve the release of Sh11.5… Read more »

Poor Batting ‘Cost Kenya’ Victory Against Uganda

By Richard Mwangi

Kenya women’s cricket team manager, Lydia Kaparo, has said mistakes in batting cost the squad a place in Saturday’s final of ICC Africa Women’s World Twenty20 qualifier in Namibia.

Kaparo also said the squad did not play as a unit against Uganda in the second and third-place play-off match. Uganda won the match by three wickets on Friday and qualified to play Zimbabwe in the final at Kenya’s expense. Uganda went on to beat Zimbabwe by three wickets to claim Africa’s only slot in ICC Global Women’s T20 qualifiers.

She said: “My players did not give 100 per cent performance. We had a strong team but batters failed to post defendable figures on the scoreboard. Small mistakes here and there like misfielding, dropped catches and run outs cost us dearly.”

“Even though we lost, I’m happy for Uganda’s victory because at least an East African team has ended Zimbabwe’s domination in the tournament.”

Kenya, who finished third behind Uganda and Zimbabwe, returned home on Monday.

Hosts Namibia settled for fourth position and Tanzania were last.

Uganda caused a major upset when they beat Zimbabwe by three wickets to clinch the solitary position reserved for the continent in the ICC Global Women’s World Twenty20 qualifier, where the two finalists will qualify for the next year’s Women’s World Twenty20 set for West Indies from November 2-25.

Uganda’s team is coached by a Kenyan, Frank Otieno, but he did not travel with the girls to Namibia due to some technicalities on his travel document.

Zimbabwe topped the points table in the group matches and waited for a winner in the play-off for the second and third positions between Kenya and Uganda.

The match between the two East African sides was a thriller. Uganda edged out Kenya with the fifth ball of the allotted 20 overs.

Kenya batted first and scored 89 runs and in reply Uganda reached the target, 90 with the fifth ball of the last over.

In the final between Zimbabwe and Uganda, Zimbabwe scored 99 runs and Uganda reached the target, 100 with three wickets and three balls in hand.

The next biannual ICC Africa Women’s World Twenty20 qualifier will take place in 2019.

Kenya

Duale to Seek MPs Approval of Sh11.5 Billion for Poll

Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale says he will be requesting MPs to approve the release of Sh11.5… Read more »

Fast-Rising Valary Aiyabei Ready for Big Stage

By Bernard Rotich

As athletes prepare for Sunday’s Berlin Marathon, many will be looking forward to good run and to achieve greater goals in their careers.

It’s an athlete’s dream to win a race or at least be on the podium, and Prague Marathon champion Valary Aiyabei is no exception.

Aiyabei will team up with 2015 Berlin Marathon champion Gladys Cherono for the race on the streets of the German capital.

Fresh from breaking the course record for Prague Marathon in May, Aiyabei has recovered well and is aiming for a good race.

Aiyabei says her training sessions went well and she is looking forward to running a good race in Berlin where she will compete in her first major marathon.

“Having recovered well from the race that I participated in May, I want to be in the podium on Sunday in Germany. My training has been incident-free,” the athlete said.

She insists she is not scared of competing against big names from Ethiopia.

“I know there will be stiff competition from the Ethiopians who are tough but I have also done enough training and I’m ready to compete against them. I will run my own race and just hope for the best,” said Aiyabei.

“I have improved in my training compared with what I did before I participated in Prague Marathon in May. I concentrated on the long runs which entails covering more than 35km during training,” said the Iten-based athlete.

Aiyabei ran in Prague in May, breaking the course record to win in 2hours, 21:57min ahead of Ethiopians Amene Beriso and Tadelech Bekele who were second and third respectively.

The athlete also won both 2016 Barcelona Marathon and 2016 Valencia Marathon in a course record.

Aiyabei is coached by her husband Kennedy Tarus who also doubles up as a pacemaker in marathon races. According to Tarus, Aiyabei has trained well and should seal a podium finish and lower the course record should weather conditions allow.

“She can lower the course record in Berlin. We just hope for the best. We’ve done our part,” said Tarus.

The two Kenyans are expected to face stiff competition from Aberu Kebede (2012) winner, Amane Beriso who was second in Dubai Marathon (2016) and Meseret Mengistu who was 2015 Paris winner all from Ethiopia.

Kenya

Duale to Seek MPs Approval of Sh11.5 Billion for Poll

Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale says he will be requesting MPs to approve the release of Sh11.5… Read more »

Kenyatta Insists Fresh Election Must Be Held Within 60 Days

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday said he expects the fresh election to be held within the 60-day period set out in the Constitution after the Supreme Court annulled the August 8 presidential poll.

The President also said he expects the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to conduct the poll.

He said no one had the right to impose conditions on the commission before the repeat election, and that threats by the opposition amounted to bullying, intimidation, and rogue politics, which were futile.

President Kenyatta spoke when he received 8,000 delegates from Narok County during an event in which former gubernatorial candidate Patrick ole Ntutu and 10 MCAs pledged full support for his re-election campaign.

UNLAWFUL

“The election must be done within 60 days (of the Supreme Court decision) and two, the election must be conducted by IEBC as required by the Constitution,” said President Kenyatta who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto and Narok Governor Samuel ole Tunai.

Mr Ruto said no one had the authority to interfere with the right of Kenyans to exercise their democratic will. “Our competitors should stop telling us that there will be no election. Who else has powers and authority to tell Kenyans that they cannot exercise their constitutional right?” asked the Deputy President. “We must all follow the law.”

He added: “The opposition used unconstitutional means to remove Samuel Kivuitu from office, a similar method was used to remove Issack Hassan from office and now they want to use unconstitutional means to remove the IEBC secretariat. This will not be allowed.”

The Deputy President said Jubilee accepted the Supreme Court ruling so as to abide by the rule of law but that should not be misconstrued to mean that the party is weak.

Kenya

Duale to Seek MPs Approval of Sh11.5 Billion for Poll

Majority Leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale says he will be requesting MPs to approve the release of Sh11.5… Read more »

Coach Seninga Weighs in as Agaciro Tourney Curtain Falls

By Jejje Muhinde

Despite finishing in fourth place in this year’s Agaciro Tourney over the weekend, head Coach Innocent Seninga thinks it was an ideal preparation for his side as they picked positives to focus on in the upcoming 2017/2018 league season.

Speaking to the press after the tournament, the law enforcer’s coach said, “The tournament was a good experience for the team, I credit my players for the try; we continually need to work hard to correct some mistakes ahead of the new league season.”

As things stand, the club has a challenge with the two goalkeepers Emmanuel Bwanakweli and Marcel Nzaroroa nursing injuries.

However, Seninga said the eye injury to his second goalie Bwanakweli is not serious and promised he will be fine before the league kicks off.

Police FC lost 1-0 to tourney champions and league defending champions Rayon Sports in the opening game, the law enforcers failed to make a comeback on day two after conceding 3-1 against APR FC and finally lost 2-1 against AS Kigali during the three-day competition.

Seninga lost all the three matches, an issue that raises eyebrows ahead of the new up-coming season which kicks off on September 29th.

The annual Agaciro Development Fund football championship is organised to raise funds towards Agaciro Development Fund, the country’s sovereign wealth fund.

Rwanda

Royal Television Closes

Royal Television wrapped up its commercial operations in the country Tuesday, citing low revenues. Read more »

Royal Television Closes

By Collins Mwai

Royal Television wrapped up its commercial operations in the country Tuesday, citing low revenues.

According to officials, the television station closed operations yesterday but its radio station will continue operations.

The television station was owned by Mt Kenya University of Kenya.

Royal TV will henceforth serve as a training facility for students from the School of Journalism at Mount Kenya University Kigali, which is also owned by the same proprietor.

The television station was opened early last year after the acquisition of the now defunct Lemigo TV.

Speaking to The New Times, Henry Musisi, the company’s director of corporate media, said that financial constraints due to low revenues were the main the reason for closing shop.

“There have been financial constraints because it has not been making anything anyway,” he said.

He said that the holding company will now concentrate on the core business, which is higher education.

“Effective today we are closing. The television facility will be turned into a training place for the school of journalism. We would like to concentrate on our area of specialty, which is education, and also because of restructuring whereby we are setting up centres of excellence, we thought the TV should be conjoined with the school,” Musisi said.

The development cost over 50 employees their jobs, including journalists, technicians and support staff, he said.

Musisi said that the firm had done enough to invest in quality production which unfortunately was not reflected in revenue returns and profits.

Rwanda

Coach Seninga Weighs in as Agaciro Tourney Curtain Falls

Despite finishing in fourth place in this year’s Agaciro Tourney over the weekend, head Coach Innocent Seninga thinks it… Read more »

Super Cup – APR Out for Revenge Against Rayon

By Peter Kamasa

After humiliation in the Agaciro tournament, APR FC are out to revenge against archrivals Rayon Sports in the Super Cup on Saturday at Umuganda Stadium in Rubavu District.

The 2017 Peace Cup winners beat APR 1-0 in the 2017 Agaciro tourney last Saturday, but APR head coach Jimmy Mulisa has vowed to avenge the defeat come Saturday.

“We lost but we are looking to the Super Cup game, which we have to win. We need to win the Super Cup to start the league in a buoyant mood. It will be tough, but we have to win the game,” Mulisa said. Mulisa added that his side has prepared well for this game.

Rayon Sports are the defending champions of the Azam Rwanda Premier League while APR FC won the 2017 Peace Cup. The game will serve as a curtain-raiser for the 2017/18 league season scheduled to kick off on September 29.

Since 1995, both sides have met 80 times with Rayon Sports winning 24 and APR 32. The other 23 encounters ended in draws. A total of 126 goals have been scored between the two sides with APR finding the net on more occasions (65) against Rayon’s 61.

Rayon Sports will represent Rwanda in the 2018 CAF Champions League while APR FC will take part in the CAF Confederation Cup.

Saturday

Rayon Sports vs APR (Umuganda Stadium)

Rwanda

Rwanda Rallies World to Ratify Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol

Speedy ratification of Kigali Amendment to the Montreal Protocol will go a long way in benefiting individual countries… Read more »

All Set for ‘Baby Sheja’ Concert

By Donata Kiiza

Aline Gahongaire and Patient Bizimana are among a number of local gospel artistes that will take part in “A night for Sheja”, concert to raise funds for treatment of 3-year-old Sheja Gasana, who is suffering from a brain tumour.

The charity concert will take place at Bethseda Holy Church in Gisozi, Kigali, on September 22. All Rwandans and good Samaritans are invited to attend and support the cause.

The concert starts at 6p.m and all proceeds will go towards Sheja’s treatment.

According to Ronnie Gwebawaya who is among the chief organizers, Sheja needs Rwf23m to undergo treatment in India.

“This should be a matter of kindness from every citizen of Rwanda. This child has suffered for long. Two years in pain should be enough. Let’s do all we can to see this baby smile again by raising money for his treatment,” said Gwebawaya.

Other artistes expected to perform include Serge Iyamuremye, Clementine Uwitonze, better known by her stage name Tonzi, and several choirs such as Healing worship team and Alarm Ministries.

Sheja from Rwamagana has been battling a brain tumor for the past two years. In August, this year, a charity carwash dubbed #TogetherForSheja was organised to raise the money needed to send the toddler to India for an operation, but very little was collected.

Rwanda

Coach Seninga Weighs in as Agaciro Tourney Curtain Falls

Despite finishing in fourth place in this year’s Agaciro Tourney over the weekend, head Coach Innocent Seninga thinks it… Read more »

Former ADEPR Head Applies for Bail at Kigali High Court

By Marie Anne Dushimimana

Bishop Jean Sibomana, the former ADEPR representative who is accused of funds misappropriation on Tuesday prayed High Court in Kigali to grant him bail, saying he would not jump it because of his honest.

Sibomana and six of his colleagues are accused of misappropriating more than Rwf 2 billion between 2015 and 2017. Only one of them, Tom Rwagasana, has been temporarily released.

He said that the government was also aware of his honesty and appointed him a board member of the National Commission for the fight against Genocide (CNLG).

Bishop Sibomana also presented a medical report showing that he suffers from high blood pressure and diabetes which would be difficult to deal with if he was jailed.

His lawyer, Jean Claude Abayo, told the court that his client’s illness was very serious and prayed the court to grant him bail just as was the case of his colleague, Bishop Rwagasana.

The prosecution said they are conducting a deep investigation inside ADEPR, including an audit to know how its funds were misused. It said they had summoned Sibomana but he had refused to cooperate and should therefore not be granted bail.

A ruling on the bail application is expected on September 22.

Rwanda

Rwemalika Calls for More Support in Girls’ Football

The Rwanda Football Federation’s Executive Committee member in charge of women football, Felicitee Rwemalika has called… Read more »

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