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Kenya: Income From Coffee Rises 10% on High Price

By Gerald Andae

Coffee earnings in the year to August rose by 10 per cent on strong pricing, helped by a scramble for the smaller volume available at the weekly auction.

A prolonged drought into the first-half of the year affected production in key growing areas, lifting demand of the commodity.

Data from Nairobi Coffee Exchange (NCE) showed the country earned Sh15.3 billion in the period under review compared with Sh13.9 billion realised in a corresponding time last year, representing a 10 per cent growth.

The volume of coffee offered for sale at the auction was however lower at 31 million kg as at August, down from 35 million sold over a similar window last year.

“Better prices were realised in July this year resulting from high competition as traders competed for the little volumes of coffee available at the auction,” says NCE in a statement.

NCE attributes the decline in quantities on drought mainly in the main growing regions of Mount Kenya.

The exchange is suffering low volumes of coffee to trade, a move that saw the auction suspended last month after it had resumed from a one-month break.

According to NCE, there is a significant drop of coffee from farmers in the eastern part of the country which is supposed to be supplying beans now.

The auction took a break on May 23 as the main crop from Central Kenya came to an end, which saw a sharp decline in the quality of coffee at the auction.

About 85 per cent of the Kenyan coffee is sold through the auction with the remaining percentage sold direct to buyers in overseas.

The government has been pushing for direct sales to enable growers earn much from their crop by eliminating the middlemen who exploit farmers when their crop goes through the auction.

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Kecoso Games – Football Title Race Thrown Wide Open

By Philip Onyango

Ministry of Sports, Culture and Arts walloped Kenya Airports Authority 8-1 in football, while Kenya Ports Authority and Kenya Maritime Authority drew 0-0 in Kenya Communications Sports Organisation (Kecoso) games in Kisumu on Tuesday, throwing the title race wide open.

This year’s Kecoso games, which attracted only four football teams following the late withdrawal of Kenya Posta and Kenya Ferry Services, will now be determined on Thursday when the teams play second leg matches against each other.

KPA had beaten KAA 2-0 in the opening match, while KMA beat Ministry of Sports, Culture and Art (Mosca) 3-0 in the first match.

Against KAA, Filbert Ochieng and William Odera scored a hat-trick each, while Sajad Aslam and Tich Oleso scored a goal each to crown a successful evening for Mosca.

The match between KPA and KMA match was evenly-contested, with Enock Agwanda and Anthony Kimani proving wasteful for KPA while Mohammed Yusuf and Wyclife Ochomo failed to find the target for KMA, with the goal at their mercy.

BASKETBALL ACTION

In men’s basketball, the going got tough for KPA men who lost to KCAA 70-63 in an ill-tempered match.

KPA’s Alex Ramazani stood out in the game, scoring a game-high 25 points. KCAA led 13-09 in the first quarter and went up 18 -12 in the second for a 31-21 lead at the break.

Women’s basketball matches saw Kenya Ports Authority defeat Mosca 51-37, with Cynthia Irankunda and Evelyn Itabo scoring nine points each for the losers, while Betty Kananu and Felmas Adhiambo scored eight and seven points respectively.

In netball matches, Ministry of Transport and Information beat Ministry of Sports 65-11, Kenya Ports Authority beat Kenya Airports Authority 58-27 while KCAA defeated Kenya Maritime 53-3.

The only volleyball match played saw Kenya Maritime Authority beat Ministry of Sports 3-0 (25-18, 25-22, 25-17).

The games continue at various venues in Kisumu on Wednesday.

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

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Blame for Nullified Poll Lies Squarely On IEBC – Supreme Court

By Olive Burrows

Nairobi — The Supreme Court on Wednesday laid bare its reasons for – by a majority – declaring the August 8 presidential election and the result thereof, null and void.

Chief Justice David Maraga, his deputy Philomena Mwilu, Isaac Lenaola and Smokin Wanjala (in absentia) sought to show why elections are more than just about numbers amid a clamouring led by President Uhuru Kenyatta that they were misguided in not ordering a recount of the votes cast.

“Elections are not just about numbers, even in numbers, we used to be taught in school; to arrive at a mathematical solution, there is always a computational path that one has to take. Elections are not events but processes as many, even senior lawyers would like us to believe. Incidentally, IEBC’s own elections manual recognises that indeed an election is a process,” Deputy CJ Mwilu stated.

In a stinging indictment of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission, the four judges went to great lengths to demonstrate why the comparison of the electronic results transmission system to a ‘matatu’ by President Kenyatta’s counsel, was misguided.

Fundamentally, they found IEBC failed in its constitutional duty to verify the results by going ahead to declare a final result and winner, before receiving in scanned format, a significant number of Forms 34A from the polling stations.

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Kenya: NTSA to Fine Applicants for Late Collection of Logbooks

By Ouma Wanzala

Kenyans who fail to collect their vehicle logbooks on time will now be charged Sh500 per month, National Transport and Safety Authority Director-General Francis Meja has said.

Mr Meja said the authority is working on how the fines will be paid before being rolled out.

The fine was to be effective from mid-September.

“We do not want to receive cash,” Mr Meja said, noting that the fines will be for the period the logbook will have stayed at their offices.

CULPRITS

The agency takes five working days to process logbooks and at the moment is holding more than 15,000 uncollected documents.

Nairobi County has the highest number of uncollected logbooks at 8,763, followed by Mombasa (5,998).

Some 228 and 130 logbooks are yet to be collected in Kisumu and Nyeri respectively.

NOTIFICATION

Mr Meja said some of the logbooks have been lying on the shelves for more than seven months.

“Applicants should move with speed and pick up their documents,” he added.

He said the agency had made efforts to contact the individuals via SMS and through their accounts on the Transport Integrated Management System but the customers had ignored all the communication.

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

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Kenya: CBK Optimistic About Economy Despite Repeat Election Jitters

By Brian Ngugi

Favourable weather for agriculture and sustained public investment in infrastructure development will help cushion the economy against knocks of prolonged electioneering, the Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) has projected.

CBK Governor Patrick Njoroge said the economy will grow at 4.7 per cent as recorded in the first quarter of the year.

“We don’t see any factors that would combine to shave growth projections for 2017… let’s say upwards of 0.5 per cent,” he told a press briefing in Nairobi.

The Kenya Meteorological Department (KMD) has projected good rains in the main food basket areas for the rest of the year.

“Enhanced rainfall is expected over most agricultural areas of the country. It is also expected that the rainfall will be well distributed making it favourable for agricultural activities in most of the areas.

“Farmers are, therefore, advised to take advantage and make use of the good rains to maximise crop production, ” the weatherman said in a forecast for the October-December short-rains season.

A prolonged drought early this year affected food production leading to a sharp rise in inflation. The country’s overall inflation peaked at 11.7 per cent in May but dropped in June and July as the return of rain improved food supplies.

Inflows from the peak tourism season between June and October and the projected expenditure on the repeat presidential election tentatively scheduled for October 17 are further expected to boost growth.

“This is additional stimulus that was completely unexpected. That will stimulate growth,” he said. The election will cost more than Sh15 billion, according to Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has presented a Sh12.2 billion budget to the Treasury for review. Mr Rotich last week however said the total budget for the repeat poll could cross Sh15 billion when related activities – largely security measures – are factored in.

Dr Njoroge however warned that extended low activity in the post-election season would affect the economy.

“Consumers will delay their decisions if there is too much uncertainty,” he said. “That has ripple effects if you think of trade. If there is more noise there will also be delay in terms of government execution of products.”

The economy takes a dip every five years as businesses hold back investments awaiting elections outcome.

The violence witnessed following the disputed 2007/08 presidential election results has caused uncertainty in successive general elections in 2013 and 2017.

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

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You’ll Soon Know Our Reasons Why…

By Olive Burrows

Nairobi — The Supreme Court will on Wednesday deliver, in full, the reasons why by a majority, it nullified the August 8 presidential election and President Uhuru Kenyatta’s declaration as winner.

The bench will deliver the judgement in the face of intimidation and bad-mouthing from the Executive which has exhibited a strong reaction to the ruling.

Only 12 hours ago, Deputy President William Ruto tweeted: “So has CJ taken sides? Listening to the tone, language & drift of Maraga’s lecture the only phrase missing is NASA HAO! TIBIN! (sic) & TIALALA!” in reaction to Maraga himself coming out strongly in condemnation of their attacks on his person and his staff.

“We will never agree to work in accordance with the whims and desires of the Executive and Parliament. The Judiciary as currently constituted cannot and shall not guarantee a particular outcome to any individual,” Maraga had stated a few hours earlier.

The two judges, of the six, who dissented with the majority of their counterparts – that is Justices Njoki Ndung’u and Jackton Ojwang – will also deliver their detailed reasons why they were of a different mind.

On September 1, Chief Justice Maraga, Deputy CJ Philomena Mwilu, Isaac Lenaola and Smokin Wanjala were all in agreement that the August 8 presidential election was marred by irregularities and illegalities and should therefore be annulled; ordering that in accordance with the provisions of the Constitution, a fresh one be conducted within 60 days.

The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission immediately thereafter urged the judges to make speedy work of their full judgement to better inform their preparations for a fresh exercise.

The Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko said he would not take any action against the Commission for the said illegalities until the Supreme Court made itself clear on what they were exactly.

The reason provided by the majority on the bench on September 1 was to do with the electronic transmission of results with Maraga stating that an election was a process, not an event.

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Supreme Court Delivers Much-Awaited Full Ruling

By Marion Maina

Supreme Court judges is Wednesday morning reading 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.

ENTRANCE

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

Police cordoned off the entrances to the Supreme Court. Three water cannons and police barriers have closed off the access routes.

There is also heavy police presence within Nairobi Central Business District.

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.

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Two Lawyers Wanted By Hague Court to Know Fate

Photo: Thijs Bouwknegt/RNW

International Criminal Court in the Hague

By Sam Kiplagat

Two Kenyan lawyers wanted in The Hague over allegations of trying influence International Criminal Court (ICC) witnesses will know their fate Wednesday.

Lawyers Paul Gicheru and Philip Kipkoech Bett, are fighting the warrants, which were issued by the ICC on 10 March 2015. Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko later sought to enforce the warrants before the High Court.

The two, however, moved to court and temporarily stopped their arrests, pending the determination of their case.

Mr Gicheru and Mr Bett are accused of blocking the administration of justice by allegedly corruptly influencing witnesses in the case against Deputy President William Ruto and former radio presenter Joshua Sang.

WITNESSES

While issuing the warrant two years ago, Pre-Trial Chamber II found that there are reasonable grounds to believe that two are criminally responsible for offences against the administration of justice, by trying to influence the prosecution witnesses.

But the two argued before Justice Luka Kimaru that the case can be tried here in Kenya and the warrants are flawed because Mr Tobiko did not make an independent evaluation of the warrants, but was simply asking the court to execute it on its face value.

The arrest warrant lists six counts against Mr Gicheru and four against Mr Bett. It is alleged that the two attempted to bribe the witnesses between April 2013 and September 2013.

BRIBERY

The two are alleged to have bribed or attempted to bribe six prosecution witnesses, offering them each between Sh500,000 shillings Sh5 million, so that they could withdraw as witnesses. These bribery allegations are offenses under Article 70 of the Rome Statute.

Another Kenyan, former journalist Walter Baraza, is fighting extradition to The Hague, following a similar application. The case by Mr Barasa, who is fighting his extradition, is pending before the Court of Appeal.

Mr Barasa has faulted Interior Cabinet Secretary, the Attorney-General and the DPP saying they contravened the law when they called for his arrest on accusations of interfering with the administration of justice.

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

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KRU Extends Samurai Kit Deal to 2020

Nairobi — The Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) and Samurai have extended their kit deal for another three years to 2020.

Kenya Rugby Union CEO, Ronald Bukusi said, “We are pleased to extend this important relationship with Samurai who are not just a sponsor but a real partner of the Kenya Rugby Union.”

Samurai’s Executive Director Terry Sands commented, “Samurai are delighted that Kenya Rugby Union have decided to extend their contract with us and can’t wait to bring new and exciting designs to this well-respected union,” Sands said.

“Samurai Sportswear is delighted to announce a new long-term agreement with Kenya Rugby Union, which will see the partnership continue for another three years.

“Samurai joined forces with Kenya Rugby Union on December 2012 and since then, they have worked together to produce some of the most striking and innovative rugby shirt designs on the market, using the latest Performex™ fabric technology.”

By continuing to work with Samurai Sportswear, a company which prides itself on manufacturing industry leading custom team wear, KRU have shown that they have every ambition to continue to progress and succeed.

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

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Gor Mahia Midfielder Ernest Wendo Wins May Award

By Cellestine Olilo

Burly Gor Mahia midfielder Ernest Wendo was on Tuesday belatedly named the SportPesa Premier League Player of the Month for May.

Wendo, was voted best player for that month by a committee of sports journalists, has been an integral player in the Gor Mahia midfield set-up.

For this, he was handed a Sh100,000 cash prize, a trophy as well as a 49-inch frat screen television.

Wendo was nominated alongside veteran Tusker custodian Duncan Ochieng, strikers Kepha Aswani of Nakumatt and Stephen Waruru of Ulinzi Stars.

The former Bidco United player amassed 23 votes in the poll conducted by the football committee, three more than Ochieng who was his closest challenger.

Ochieng made it to the nominees list by keeping four clean sheets between the sticks for Tusker in that month while Waruru, winner of the April award, scored three times for the soldiers.

Aswani on the other hand netted five times for Nakumatt including two match winners.

Wendo starred for K’Ogalo in crucial victories over rivals AFC Leopards, Nzoia Sugar and Chemelil Sugar in May, a feat that saw him earn a call up to the national team.

The 15-time champions also drew with Thika United and Posta Rangers in May.

“I feel so happy to be recognised because I have worked quite hard to be where I am,” an elated Wendo said during the awards ceremony conducted at the team’s Camp Toyoyo training ground.

“Playing at Gor Mahia makes one steely and the coaches and teammates demand for better performance every game. I have to work hard and maintain the levels that won me this award and hopefully help my team win silverware.”

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

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