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Hawkers Threaten to Return to Nakuru Town Streets

By Magdalene Wanja And Reitz Mureithi

Tension is rising in Nakuru town after hawkers threatened to return to the streets.

Residents woke up to a dramatic scenes on Wednesday morning after the hawkers demarcated parking lots along the town’s Kenyatta Avenue, Gusii and Neru Pundit roads, with some writing their names on the tarmac using white chalk.

The hawkers then put pieces of sack on the sections they had demarcated to show seriousness of their intentions.

It was not clear who could be behind the looming return of the hawkers who were driven out of the streets by the county government two years ago.

But the business community in the town suspect a political hand could be behind the turn of events, given that their eviction had been politicised.

CAUGHT UNAWARES

Shop owners in town were caught unawares by the Wednesday morning scenes. Shocked and confused, they stood outside their shops in small groups conversing in low tones.

The battle between the hawkers and the county government has quietly been simmering since January 2015 when they were forcefully evicted from Nakuru Central Business District following a directive issued by Governor Kinuthia Mbugua.

According to the governor, the hawkers’ presence on Nakuru streets created disorder, making it difficult for visitors to navigate their way around the town.

The hawkers were then moved to the bus terminus area where stalls were hurriedly erected and allocated to individuals.

Traders in food produce were taken to the town’s Wakulima market where a temporary structure was established to accommodate them.

CAMPAIGN AGENDA

The hawkers’ eviction quickly formed a campaign agenda for candidates who were seeking various elective posts in the August 8 polls.

Depending on whether one was for or against the eviction of hawkers, two teams were formed.

The opposing team was led by Nakuru East MP David Gikaria and backed by his Nakuru West counterpart Mr Samuel Arama.

Governor Mbugua took reigns of the proposers’ team and was publicly supported by Biashara Ward representative Stephen Kuria.

As news came in on April 27 that Mr Mbugua had lost the Jubilee nomination to Mr Lee Kinyanjui, residents quickly concluded that it was the eviction episode that prematurely killed his political dream.

ANTICIPATED DEFEAT

Vendors in Wakulima and Nacha markets said they had anticipated the defeat as they had vowed to send the governor home.

However, during his campaigns Mr Kinyanjui went on record saying his administration would look into the plight of the hawkers.

During the just concluded Jubilee Party primaries, leaflets warning business owners against nominating Mr Lee Kinyanjui because he ‘intended’ to bring back the hawkers to the streets, were circulated in the town a day before the nominations.

Mr Kinyanjui dismissed the claims terming them as “kicks of a dying horse”.

He said he said he has never made any promises to return the hawkers back to the streets despite being against their forceful eviction.

Nyeri Jubilee Nominees Say Independent Candidates Rebels

By Joseph Wangui

Jubilee Party nominees in Nyeri County have launched a scathing attack on independent candidates terming them as rebels.

The 39 candidates said the “rebel” politicians who ditched the party will be treated as part of the opposition.

Senatorial aspirant Ephraim Maina, who is the group’s spokesman, disclosed that there was an agreement amongst the party aspirants before nominations that losers in primaries will support those who win.

“I am surprised that those who we were competing with have defaulted on this agreement and we are therefore urging voters to completely reject them. In Nyeri they are part of the opposition for defying President Uhuru Kenyatta,” he said.

WORKING WITH NASA

Governorship candidate Wahome Gakuru claimed that independent candidates are working with Nasa and should therefore be denied a chance to hold elective positions in the county and also in the entire Mount Kenya region.

Kieni MP Kanini Kega said electing independent candidates would be harmful to the Head of State in the National Assembly.

He said that elected independent lawmakers will find it hard to operate in parliamentary committees and even sit in the Business Committee that sets the House agenda.

The MP observed that it is likely the current independent candidates will side with either majority or minority sides in parliament, which is contrary to the behaviour of independent candidates as stipulated in the Constitution.

CAMPAIGN FOR UHURU

The politicians further resolved to campaign together for President Kenyatta’s re-election and ensure he gets more than 460,000 votes in Nyeri County.

Mr Maina also said they decided to forget their past political differences to strengthen their newly-agreed political resolve.

He said that the infighting amongst them will only affect the re-election of President Kenyatta, adding that they must now have a working synergy to ensure that the worst does not happen.

“Before nominations, most of us were pulling in different directions but this Jubilee ticket has literally forged a common front for us. Going forward, we shall work together for the sake of our President,” he said.

Among those vying as independent candidates in Nyeri include current Governor Samuel Wamathai, Women Representative Priscilla Nyokabi and Nyeri businessman Dan Wamahiu who is vying for the senate seat.

The independent candidates are, however, insisting they are supporting President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election bid adding that they lost the party’s ticket unfairly.

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Election Dispute Tribunals Have 108 Pending Cases

By Richard Munguti

With only two days remaining for the Political Parties Disputes Tribunals (PPDTs) to conclude deciding on the cases arising from the recently concluded primaries, there are 108 undecided disputes among them that of Governor Mwangi wa Iria (Murang’a), Machakos gubernatorial aspirant Wavinya Ndeti (Wiper), and Nyandarua Woman Rep Wanjiku Muhia.

The tribunal has given a jail warning to Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju if the party presents the name of Senator Chris Obure to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) as its gubernatorial candidate for Kisii County. Mr Obure’s nomination has been challenged by four petitioners led by Mr Alfred Nyangweso and Mary Okemwa.

Also the certificate issued to Mr wa Iria has been cancelled as well as that of Ms Muhia.

Jubilee Party has been directed to repeat nominations for Endebess within 72 hours under the watch of a returning officer from outside the area.

As the two tribunals appointed by Chief Justice David Maraga worked late into the night to conclude the 263 disputes arising from the party primaries, IEBC expressed concern that the tribunal had over shot the timelines allocated to finalise the disputes.

BY FRIDAY

One of the tribunals’ chairpersons Kyalo Mbobu told the Nation that by all means all the hearings must be concluded by Friday.

“We have tried our best to dispose of the disputes as they were filed but the number kept swelling day by day. But come Friday we shall have finished determining those that are pending,” Mr Mbobu, who is sitting alongside James Atemi and Hassan Abdi, said.

“As at today (Tuesday) the tribunals have heard and disposed of 155 disputes out of 263,” he said.

Mr Mbobu is chairing one tribunal while Ms Milly Lwanga Odongo is presiding over the second comprising Mr Paul Ngotho and Dr Adelide Mbithi.

The two tribunals had not sat since Tuesday morning as they were in a meeting and also writing judgements.

The tribunals were expected to conclude the disputes by last Saturday but were compelled to continue this week due to their increasing number.

When PPDT presided over by Mr Mbobu resumed session it ordered Jubilee to hold repeat polls for Entebes within 72 hours. At the same time it dismissed the appeal filed by Dagoreti South MP Dennis Waweru against John KJ Kiarie.

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Time to Wipe Out Kalonzo Party for Lacking Agenda – Mutua

By Correspondent

Machakos — Maendeleo Chap Chap party leader and Machakos Governor Dr Alfred Mutua has hit out at the Wiper party and its top leadership saying it had nothing to offer the Kamba Nation.

He urged the electorate to vote for his party candidates saying they were committed to offering transformative and people-driven leadership.

Mutua said his four years in Wiper party were tormenting as he was being fought by the party top brass.

“The party even supported its MCAs to impeach me. Their mission was to slow me down in my development agenda,” he said.

Mutua said he quit Wiper to form his own party after he realised that the Kalonzo Musyoka outfit was engaged in retrogressive politics.

“Wiper leaders did not at any time when we had meetings discuss about development. Their agenda was always how to undermine other leaders,” said Mutua.

He said his Chap Chap party was committed to offering transformative leadership that will improve the lives of the people.

Mutua said that his party had attracted many aspirants and supporters and will play a key role in the country’s politics.

He said Musyoka had failed to transform the region politically and economically during the many year’s he has been in positions of power.

Mutua said he supported President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election.

“We agreed with Uhuru that our people be considered for senior State positions in his next government. As a community we cannot allow ourselves to be sidelined in the dishing out of top posts,” said Mutua.

The Chap Chap party leader was speaking at Nguluni, Tala, Kinyui, Katheka and Donyo Sabuk towns in Matungulu constituency in Machakos County.

“I am so glad to have met and spoken with residents and traders of Matungulu today. I have also listened to their needs,” said Mutua.

He said his government has upgraded the road network, essentially opening up rural Machakos for business and communication.

“We have lit up the streets and market places to enable people do business even at night, “said Mutua.

He was accompanied by the party aspirants eyeing the various elective seats.

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Nigeria: Allow States to Generate, Distribute Power, Says Tambuwal

By Eric Meya

Sokoto — Sokoto State Governor Aminu Waziri Tambuwal has called for a review of the law on power generation in the country, so that states would be allowed to generate and distribute electricity.

The governor who spoke yesterday while opening the 2017 Law Week of Sokoto State branch of the Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), said the existing practice of states generating power and evacuating it to the national grid was no longer in the best interest of the country.

He also said there should be a review of the method of appointment of states’ representatives to federal agencies such as the Federal Character Commission, National Population Commission and the Revenue and Fiscal Mobilisation Commission.

He canvassed for the separation of the offices of the Federal Attorney-General and Minister of Justice to avoid partisanship and hampering the ability of the latter to prosecute cases without bias.

The governor also supported a review of the revenue sharing formula so that states and local councils would get more allocation.

Tambuwal suggested that the railway service should be removed from the exclusive legislative list so that interested states would be able to invest in it.

He assured the NBA that its members would be included in the proposed general review of the state’s laws, which he described as obsolete.

“The laws have to be properly updated to address present realities. Imagine, some of the laws are still using pounds and shillings,” he stated.

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Nigeria: 47 Years After Civil War – Govt Begins Construction of Link Roads to Isolated A’Ibom Communities

By Emmanuel Ikora

Ikot Ukana — IKOT Ukana and other communities in Obot Akara Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State erupted in joy as Governor Udom Emmanuel commenced the construction of link roads. The communities have been isolated since Federal soldiers blew up the only bridge linking their villages with neighbouring Abia State during the Nigeria/Biafra war, which ended 47 years ago.

Bridge blown up by 3rd Marine Commando: The major bridge linking Obot Akara in Akwa Ibom State with Umuahia in Abia State was blown up by the then Third Marine Commando of the Nigerian Army led by the then commander and leader of the Nigerian troops, former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo.

The pains of the communities under the control of defunct Biafra started when the 3rd Marine Commando captured the area after blowing away the only bridge linking the communities with the rest of the country. Niger Delta Voice gathered that the bridge was blown up to prevent the advancing Biafra from accessing the communities.

The communities complained of outright neglect by successive military and civilian administrations even though they pay taxes and partake in all states and national elections.

Still haunted by war

A community leader, simply identified as Ettedung, lamented that “we are not treated like Nigerians. After the war, we are supposed to be treated as one Nigeria, but here, we are still haunted by the war that ended over 40 years ago.

“The federal military government, headed by General Yakubu Gowon (retd.) had assured massive reconstruction, rehabilitation and reconciliation, necessitating in the establishment of NYSC, but our community is left without any form of consideration.”

The Akpan Otoro of the community and former Deputy Governor of Akwa Ibom, Obong Chris Ekpenyong, also bemoaned that the people have remained without link roads and any form of development for years.

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Respect Customary Rules to Solve Land Confusion in the Country

opinionBy Peter Mulira

For almost one hundred years, Uganda was known for its land registration system, which secured land rights. This reputation has now been dissipated through rampant frauds, which have invaded the land sector.

It is common today to have two title deeds in respect of the same piece of land.

Similarly, one could have a title deed in his names only to find that at the land office, his land has been subdivided into as many as 20 plots registered in the names of different people.

According to the Country Commercial Guide for US Companies report for 2016, land ownership is one of the barriers to investment in Uganda and unless we wake up to the chaos in the land registration system, the country will face difficult times ahead. The solution to this crisis lies in amending the law to make registrars of title accountable for their actions.

The first law to control land matters in Uganda was the Land Regulations of 1897, under which the Commissioner (Governor), was given power to grant to any person a certificate authorising them to hold and occupy a portion of land described in the certificate for a term of not more than 25 years, which was extended to 99 years under the Crown Land Ordinance of 1903.

Under the Land Law of 1906, ownership of mailo land by non-Africans was restricted.

Section 2 of the Ordinance provided that “The words which are herein written are the words which shall govern every owner of their land when the government has surveyed his land and has finally recognised this as his land. To hold land in this way will be known as mailo and the land of this description will be called “mailo.”

The Registration of Land Titles Ordinance of 1908 introduced the Australian torrens system of land registration, which was based on the indefeasibility of title deeds and also the principle that upon registration, all land had to be identified. This meant that the registration process started with the survey of the land by the survey department.

Mailo land, which has been in the news of late, had the following features:

– An individual could only own up to 30 square miles. This came about because a number of people who did not appreciate the meaning of a certificate started to sell their allocations.

– The mailo owner could not transfer his land to a non-African without the consent of the Lukiko [Bugand Parliament] and the Governor.

– Where a person left no will, succession was ascertained by customary rules.

– Customary rights of the people to the use of roads, water and springs was protected.

Before 1900, the rights of control over land in Buganda fell into four main groups namely – the rights of the king and his chiefs, clan rights, individual proprietary rights and peasants’ rights of occupation.

The present constitution allows a regional government to control land policy through regional land boards with representatives on each district land board. The rejection of this proposal has contributed to confusion in land matters in Buganda.

In order to solve the confusion in the land sector, the power of the Commissioner for Land Registration to cancel title deeds, should be transferred to a tribunal for land adjudication.

Secondly, the office of the Commissioner for Land Registration, should be separated from that of Commissioner for Land Administration.

Thirdly, all microfilms, which were fraudulently removed from the custody of the Commissioner for Survey, should be returned for the public to access them.

Fourthly, the book recording instrument numbers should be accessible to the public. Lastly customary rules must be given respect.

Mr Mulira is a lawyer.

UN Needs $1.4 Billion in Help for Refugees

The UN has appealed for more funding to help nearly two million people who have fled South Sudan. A World Food Programme (WFP) official called their suffering “unimaginable.”

The UN requested on Monday $1.4 billion (1.3 billion euros) for 2017 alone to aid the nearly two million people who have fled violence and hunger in South Sudan.

The African country was plunged into civil war at the end of 2013 after President Salva Kiir accused his former deputy Riek Machar of attempting a coup. Since then, 1.8 million people have been forced to leave their homes to neighboring countries Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Congo and the Central African Republic. Children have been hit especially hard by the conflict, and they make up 62 percent of refugees.

An additional two million people have been internally displaced. Some 100,000 people are suffering from famine in the country, and millions more are dependent on food aid.

The UN and its food-assistance branch, the World Food Programme (WFP), had originally requested $1.2 billion but revised the appeal after deciding the amount would not be enough. WFP Executive Director David Beasley, a long-time member of the US Republican Party and former governor of South Carolina, called the suffering “just unimaginable.””They are close to the abyss. Violence is at the root of this crisis. Aid workers often cannot reach the most vulnerable hungry people. Many are dying from hunger and disease, many more have fled their homeland for safety abroad,” Beasley said.

The UN said the rate of people fleeing the country has increased, with the number fleeing to neighboring Sudan in March exceeding the expected number for the whole year.

Neighboring Uganda has had to contend with the largest number of refugees – there are now nearly 900,000 South Sudanese refugees there. Beasley said the WFP’s funding situation had forced the organization to cut food aid for many of those in Uganda.

He urged donors not to get distracted with other issues and to do more to help those from South Sudan in need. “Everybody’s talking about Trump, Trump, Trump or Brexit, Brexit, Brexit…and people aren’t receiving the normal information they receive on international crises,” he said. “We’ve got to break through all of the smoke.”

blc/jm (AFP, dpa)

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Angola: Poultry Farmers to Debate Sector’s Actions

Luanda — The National Association of Poultry Farmers (ANAVI) will organise on 24 May, in Luanda, the first national meeting of poultry farmers, aimed at discussing, among other things, the new goals of the sector and present a census on this activity.

According to note that reached ANGOP last Saturday, the gathering will happen as a result of various meetings between ANAVI and professionals from different provinces linked to the poultry farming activity, held between 2016 and 2017.

“During the event it will be presented the National Census on Poultry Farming- Installed capacity, current production levels, potential of growth and market, and medium and long term goals – as well as it will be discussed strategic topics on the revitalisation of the poultry farming sector and short and medium term actions turned to the national production of eggs and meat”, reads the ANAVI note.

ANAVI also informs that the present production capacity of the sector is of about four million eggs per day and 20,000 tons of chicken meat per year.

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Kenya: Fidelity Gets 3 New Directors After SBM Deal

By Brian Ngugi

Mauritian firm SBM Holdings has appointed three new local directors at Fidelity Commercial Bank after getting green light from the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) to takeover the lender.

Fidelity Commercial Bank has now officially changed its name to SBM Bank (Kenya) after the acquisition.

The new board includes businesswoman and chair of Kenya Manufacturers Association Flora Mutahi, Strathmore University don Jim McFee and lawyer Sharad Rao.

East African Development Bank country manager Jotham Mutoka has been appointed acting CEO ahead of the appointment of a Kenyan managing director.

“Now, it is a shift from suitcase banking to direct brick-and-mortar branch banking. SBM’s entry into Africa begins from Kenya as hub for East Africa expansion followed by expansion into other regions,” said SBM Holdings Kee chairman Chong Li Kwong Wing who revealed the bank previously had Kenyan clients.

SBM Bank (Kenya) said it would retain Fidelity staff and branches — six in Nairobi and four in Mombasa.

CBK governor Patrick Njoroge said the entry of SBM Group into Kenya provides a welcome impetus to the sector that has seen turbulence after failure of three banks.

“SBM will bring its experience and expertise from Mauritius and other markets, to enhance the competitiveness and resilience of Kenya’s banking sector,” said Dr Njoroge.

“Going forward, SBM is well poised to play a significant role in financing intra-Africa trade and investments, using Kenya as a launching pad into other African markets.”

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