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Police Ordered to Stop Harassing Joho Over Academic Papers

By Philip Muyanga

The State has been stopped from arresting and prosecuting Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho over his academic credentials.

The High Court further stopped police, the Director of Public Prosecutions and the Attorney General from continued harassment of the ODM deputy party leader concerning the papers.

According to the High Court, the State violated Mr Joho’s rights by starting fresh investigations into his academic credentials.

Justice Eric Ogola on Thursday ruled that the investigations were ill timed, politically instigated and that the intended prosecution against the governor was not consistent with constitutional values.

MISCHIEVOUS

He wondered why a complaint against Mr Joho over an alleged forged examination result slip was made this year yet there was a similar complaint on fraudulent acquisition of a degree certificate made in 2013.

“Why did the complainant make the complaint in 2013… this to court seems mischievous,” said Justice Ogola adding that threats to arrest Mr Joho are political.

The judge noted that the petitioner is a governor and investigations against him had been conducted over four years ago and he has not been charged.

He said there was an ulterior motive behind the intended prosecution of Mr Joho, to make him not to contest the gubernatorial election.

POLITICAL

“The material placed before the court shows a process well-articulated to harass and intimidate the petitioner,” said the judge who allowed the petition by Mr Joho against the State.

He said restriction of movement and removal of his security by the State showed that there was an element of discrimination and the petitioner was being punished for his political views.

Justice Ogola said the court does not agree that utterances by President Uhuru Kenyatta against the governor resulted in the issues faced by the petitioners.

He noted that the (utterances) may have had an impact on other State actors leading to the fresh investigations.

“The respondents misinterpreted the President utterances,” he said.

SUED

In his petition, Mr Joho had sued the Inspector General of Police, Director of Criminal Investigations, Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) and the Attorney General.

An application by Senior Assistant DPP Alexander Muteti and litigation counsel from the AG chambers Emmanuel Makuto seeking to have the execution of the judgment suspended was declined by the court.

Justice Ogola directed them to file a formal application for stay within the next 14 days.

Mr Joho, who was represented by lawyers Senior Counsel James Orengo, Mr Dennis Mosota and Ms Julie Soweto said the investigations against him were being conducted to ensure he did not participate in the August polls.

The State wanted the petition by Mr Joho dismissed saying police were still at the stage of investigations and were yet to submit a report hence only then will the DPP decide if there was any offence.

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Malawi: When Baby Is Denied Health Services for Mother’s ‘Sins’

By Yamikani Yapuwa

Blantyre — At three months, baby Luciano (not real name) has not received any vaccine since birth as his parents are yet to pay fines for breaking safe motherhood bylaws instituted in their area.

Newly born babies are supposed to receive Bacille Calmette-Guerin (BCG) at birth, Diphtheria (DPT) 1 and Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV) 1 at six weeks and DPT 2 and PCV 2 at 10 weeks which protect them against TB, Diphtheria, Tetanus and Pertussis as well as Pneumonia.

Immunization against the diseases is according to World Health Organization (WHO) standards and recommended for all newly born babies.

However, this is not the case with baby Luciano of Kaukutu Village in the area of Senior Chief Nyambi in Machinga District.

His mother, Susan Wyson, 28, cannot access health services at Nyambi Health Centre where she contravened Safe Motherhood Bylaws that were put in place by local authorities.

This was the genesis that triggered the vicious cycle that has seen baby Luciano shouldering the price of his parents’ ‘sins.’

Currently, Luciano’s life is under threat considering that he has not been immunized against any of the diseases that the early vaccines protect one against for their lifetime.

“I went to the health centre with my husband when I was two months pregnant but I was sent back because the pregnancy tested negative; however, we were told to go back after three months.

“Unfortunately, I went back to the health center after four months and I was told that I had contravened the safe motherhood bylaw that stipulates that one has to start antenatal visits at three months hence was told to pay K3,000,” Wyson says.

She says they [with her husband] failed to pay the fine because they could not afford it and the health personnel confiscated her health passport.

However, despite the seizure of the health passport, Wyson continued to go for antenatal and on June 16 she was given an appointment of July 10 as her due date.

Ironically, Wyson went into labour on June 30 and left home for the health centre. Unfortunately, she did not make it to the clinic and ended up delivering outside hospital premises.

“When we reached the clinic the nurses started shouting at me for not giving birth at the hospital. Another K5,000 penalty was imposed on me in line with the set bylaws, bringing the figure to K8,000.

Meanwhile, she says her health passport is still at Nyambi Health Centre and the baby has not gotten any as well.

I have never attended any postnatal clinic as on top of the K8, 000, I am supposed to pay an extra K2, 000 every visit because the bylaws require babies born at home to pay that amount to access postnatal service,” she says.

So far, baby Luciano has fallen sick once with cough and flu.

Senior Chief Nyambi confirmed to have set the bylaws with the chiefs in the area in order to reduce cases of maternal death in the area.

“We sat over this issue with the concerned parties including medical personnel at the facility and we reached a conclusion but I am not aware that the baby is not getting any postnatal services from the hospital,” Nyambi says.

Nyambi says most women were delivering their babies outside clinics which saw a number of preventable maternal and neonatal deaths taking place in the district.

Hospital Advisory Committee (HAC) Treasurer at Nyambi Health Centre, Samson Manyowa, says they received reports about Wyson and were making arrangements to visit the area and meet the chief and concerned parties.

“During our meeting where Senior Chief Nyambi was briefing us together with the medical workers from the centre, the committee raised the issue of poor people who cannot manage to pay the fines.

“The medical workers at the centre assured us that they will be offering them [those that cannot afford to pay] the services while they are servicing their debts arguing that removing the fines or penalties will result into women giving birth at home anyhow,” Manyowa says.

Machinga District Health Office (DHO) Public Relations Officer (PRO), Clifton Ngozo, says he is aware that people pay fines for breaking bylaws but stated that the fine is K3, 000.

He, however, says Wyson’s issue never came to their attention and will investigate to see if the woman and her baby are failing to access postnatal care due to unpaid fine.

“This has just come to our attention and we will investigate the matter to see if the woman is, indeed, being denied services because of the fines,” Ngozo says.

Ministry of Health spokesperson Adrian Chikumbe says in line with the Universal Access to Health Care concept by World Health Organization (WHO), no health facility has the right to deny services to mothers and their babies.

“This means even after failing to pay fines, women and their babies are not supposed to be denied health services but rather the women just need to be advised accordingly on the need to follow the bylaws,” he says.

Malawi Health Equity Network (MHEN) Executive Director, George Jobe, feels the penalties stipulated in the bylaws should include non-monetary aspects such as community work for those with limited financial resources.

“In this case, we may lose the baby or the mother because they are not accessing postnatal health care.

“The local leaders should consider giving community work as a punishment to those who cannot afford to pay a fine under the bylaws,” Jobe says.

According to the Ministry of Health’s Road Map for Accelerating the Reduction of Maternal and Neonatal Mortality and Morbidity in Malawi (2005), the country registers the highest number of deaths of infants globally.

Currently, it is estimated that 1120 infants out of 100,000 live births die during the first 28 days. This is an increase from 620 per 100,000 live births in 1992.

Indeed desperate times call for desperate measures hence the community bylaws. But should the country lose baby Luciano and, possibly, increase further neonatal mortality because of the by-laws?

14-Year-Old to Face Murder Charges for Fire That Killed 9

By Simon Ndonga

Nairobi — A girl suspected to have started the fire that killed nine of her colleagues at Moi Girls High School in Nairobi is expected back in court Wednesday to face murder charges.

The girl was first arraigned in court last week when the court allowed police to detain her for seven days to complete investigations.

The orders were issued by Senior Principal Magistrate Theresa Nyangena following a request by Senior Assistant Director of Public Prosecutions, Alloys Kemo, who had asked for 10 days to allow further investigations.

According to an affidavit filed by the Milimani DCIO Phylis Kanina, the minor who has been codenamed T.W.G in court papers was arrested on Tuesday, at her parent’s home in the city.

Kanina told the court that the student was found in possession of a Tecno phone whose SIM card was registered under her mother’s name.

A laptop was also recovered from the home which is currently undergoing forensic examination.

Family lawyer Stanley Kang’ahi told Capital News that minor will continue to cooperate with authorities if released on bail.

On Tuesday, all the nine girls were positively identified following the completion of DNA that was led by Government Pathologist Dr Johansen Oduor.

Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has pledged to assist the bereaved families transport the bodies to the various counties as per the family plans and is planning to attend the funerals.

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Ghana: Glo Recharge Bonus Hits Market

By Ernest KISSIEDU

Glo Mobile has unveiled four new products for the benefit of existing and new subscribers on the network across the country.

The products include “Ay3 D3 k3k3” Recharge bonus, Welcome Back Offer, e-Top-Up 15% Recharge Bonus and Glo Café.

“Ay3 D3 k3k3” Recharge Bonus is a new offer which is available to all existing and new Glo prepaid customers and gives them four times the value of the amount recharged on specific E-Top-Up recharge values.

The airtime can be used to call and send SMS on the Glo network and other networks in Ghana.

According to Glo’s Head of Business, Rowland Odolokor, “the product is designed to let subscribers, old and new, enjoy the benefit of what they spend and even more as Glo recognizes that people deserve to get full value and extra on the money they spend on recharging.”

The company also has the all-appealing and customer friendly Glo Café, a one-stop telecommunication solution application, which aims to empower the consumer to have access to all products and services offered by Glo and manage the account with ease and authority.

It guarantees real-time voice and data balance enquiry and allows the customer to recharge and view recharge history with an added option to migrate to any tariff plan of choice. Aside this, the customer also has the option of buying, sharing and gifting data bundles and subscription of voice bundles through the use of mobile money.

Glo Mobile charged subscribers and lovers of good offers to take advantage of the new and beneficial propositions from the company, adding that the network is primed to attend to the voice and data needs of millions of subscribers across Ghana.

Glo made history as the first single company to build an $800 million high-capacity fibre-optic cable, known as Glo-1. It is the first successful submarine cable from the United Kingdom to Nigeria; and it has decreased telecom process and provided excess bandwidth to all the cities connected to the cable. This historical initiative has improved teleconferencing, distance learning, disaster recovery and telemedicine among several other benefits.

In 2010, Glo sponsored the African Handball tournament in Benin Republic as well as the biggest cultural festival (FITHEB) held in the Benin Republic.

Glo has also sponsored the annual Confederation of African Football (CAF) Awards since 2005. Glo is also the sponsor of the Glo Lagos International Half Marathon.

Ghana

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Kenya: Safaricom Appoints Two New Directors

By Margaret Njugunah

Nairobi — Safaricom has appointed two new directors in what it says is part of its strategy to enhance shareholder value.

Mohamed Shameel Joosub and Linda Watiri Muriuki join the company’s board as non-executive directors with immediate effect.

Safaricom Chairman Nicholas Ng’ang’a says the two directors bring with them a wealth of expertise in creating world-class mobile companies in both Europe and Africa.

“We continue to place a keen focus on building an inclusive board that can both meet the evolving needs of our business, and which takes into account the recent changes in our shareholding structure,” Ng’ang’a said.

Joosub is the current CEO and Executive Director of Vodacom Group as well as the Chairman of the Vodacom Group Executive Committee and Vodacom Limited.

On the other hand, Muriuki currently serves as the Senior Partner at LJA Associates, where she is a practising Advocate of the High Court of Kenya with over 27 years of experience.

At the same time, Safaricom announced the resignation of Gianluca Ventura as a substantive director of the company, who will now act as an Alternate Director to Vivek Badrinath.

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Botswana: Housing Appeal Shelters Thousands

By Thandy Tebogo

Mokubilo — The President’s Housing appeal has contributed immensely to uplifting of the lives of Batswana and its beneficiaries have graduated from poverty.

The Senior Private Secretary to the President Brigadier, George Tlhalerwa said on Monday during the handing over of five houses built through the initiative in Mokubilo and Mmeya.

He stated that 102 houses had already been built in Boteti through the initiative while 750 houses inclusive of the five had been constructed country-wide.

Dignity of the beneficiaries he said had been restored adding its aim was to promote one of the country’s vision 2016 aspirations of being a compassionate, just and caring nation.

Mr Tlhalerwa said housing appeal was started in 2010 with the aim to provide accommodation for the needy but also afforded Batswana one of President Khama’s five Ds, dignity.

The initiative he said had received donations from individuals, various organisations, churches and many other well-wishers and it had catered substantially for underprivileged.

The assistant council secretary Ms Ndidza Molatole said providing shelter to the underprivileged, who mostly were the elderly, would uplift the spirits and more essentially protect them from harsh weather conditions.

One of the beneficiaries Ms Reabaswabisa Nkemelang applauded President Khama for donation of the house, expressing gratitude.

Area councillor Mr Phankgi Resetse said poverty eradication had been achieved in Mokubilo.

Source: BOPA

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Senior Delegation Attends Sworn in Ceremony of Rwandan President

Asmara — Senior Eritrean delegation comprising Eritrea’s Foreign Minister, Mr. Osman Saleh, Mr. Yemane Gebreab, Head of PFDJ Political Affairs and Mr. Hagos Gebrehiwet, Head of PFDJ Economic Affairs, has attended on 18 August at the sworn in of the President of Ruanda, Mr. Paul Kagame.

The senior delegation also conveyed message of congratulation from President Isaias Afwerki to President Kagame. The delegation stated that the existing relation between Eritrea and Ruanda is based on mutual interest of both countries.

In the speech he delivered, President Paul Kagame underlined that Africa’s future should be decided by its people and not be manipulated by foreign forces.

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Uganda: Another Baby Goes Missing From Jinja Referral Hospital

By Tausi Nakato

Jinja — It’s double tragedy for a Senior Four drop-out, also a rape victim who is desperately searching for her missing baby.

The new mother claims to have delivered from Evangel Church in Jinja Town on July 6, a place where she had taken refuge during her pregnancy since she had been chased away from their home in Mayuge by her father.

But after developing post-delivery complications, a ‘good samaritan’ helped her check into Jinja Referral Hospital on the same day.

Little did she know that the ‘good samaritan’ would be the source of her antagonising pain after she allegedly stole her newborn baby in the wee hours of the following day.

The theft of her baby was confirmed by an eyewitness, who claimed to have seen the ‘good samaritan’ take the baby through the window.

“My baby was on the bed and as I bent down due to excessive stomach pain, the ‘good samaritan’ used that opportunity to snatch him through the window,” she recalls.

Her misery goes deeper as she also does not know who the father of her stolen baby is since she allegedly conceived after being raped by a stranger.

“I completed Senior Four at Delta High School in Mayuge in 2014 and a former classmate invited me to their home to advise me on how I can join an institute and pursue a course,” the mother narrates.

She continues: “However, in the process of coming back, it threatened to rain and became dark; then two men found me and one of them raped me and after a few months, I realised I was pregnant.”

Following the alleged theft of her baby, police in Jinja have embarked on a search for the baby.

Speaking to Daily Monitor on Saturday, the Kiira regional police commander, Mr Gerald Twishime Byansi, said they have intensified the search and formed a team of intelligence officers to help with investigations.

The detectives officers have been tasked to establish the whereabouts of the two baby boys who have so far been stolen from this facility since the beginning of the year. “We suspect that the babies might have been stolen on issues to do with child sacrifice or the fathers could have connived with the culprits,” Mr Twishime said.

He added: “Police retrieved CCTV surveillance footage from the hospital and upon review, it emerged that a lady who had covered her face with a veil, was seen passing through the small gate of the hospital.”

The deputy hospital superintendent, Mr Dan Balinanseko, explained that their hospital records don’t show the particulars of the stolen baby since it was born outside the healthy facility.

Mr Balinanseko explained that it’s only the mother’s particulars that were recorded since she had a tear and needed to be stitched.

“Although the mother came to the hospital with the baby, it was not our responsibility to register it. We only registered the mother who had complications,” he said, before confirming that they had handed over the CCTV surveillance footage to police.

According to the information obtained from the healthy facility, the first baby was stolen at a time when the hospital had no surveillance cameras.

This prompted the hospital authorities to purchase and install 12 surveillance cameras worth Shs43m in ‘very sensitive places’ such as wards, theatres, pharmacies, stores, and all entry points, but this preventive measure has not stopped the vice.

Ms Zaina Magomu, a resident of Nalufenya Parish, Mpumudde-Kimaka Division in Jinja District, gave birth to premature twins.

After the premature delivery, one of the twins died and the other was stolen from an incubator. The nurse who was on duty then, was briefly arrested and during interrogation, she revealed that the baby could have been stolen when she stepped out to answer nature’s call.

Busingye Tips Senior Police Officers On Justice

By John Mbaraga

There is need to enforce justice in all circumstances to prevent people from taking the law in their own hands, the Minister for Justice and Attorney General, Johnston Busingye said.

He was addressing a group of Senior Police Officers from ten African countries that are undertaking Police Senior Command and Staff course at Rwanda National Police College (NPC) in Musanze District.

The students had visited the Ministry of Justice on Monday to be enlightened on justice, peace and security.

The discussions were carried out under the theme ‘The Role of Justice as a Pillar to Peace and Security’.

“Peace and security are not imposed by force, but by justice, by fighting impunity and making sure people respect others’ rights,” he said.

He told the officers that when justice system contributes to impunity and chaos it obviously results into a situation of volatility.

Take an example if two societies collide and you tell them to take action, what will happen is war. That’s why I tell you that the presence of justice in society prevents chaos, war and insecurity, Busingye told the police officers.

Rwanda’s experience

Speaking about Rwanda’s experience in implementing justice, peace and security, Busingye said that before 1994 the justice system was characterised by impunity, discrimination, corruption without rule of law or respect of human being.

He added that after the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi, the country had to rebuild afresh by putting in place laws and institutions to administer justice as well as handle a huge number of genocide cases that were awaiting trial.

He said Rwanda introduced home grown solutions like Gacaca and mediators (abunzi) which contributed a lot in problems resolution.

“You’re managers of people, security and also managers of good politics. The price of divisionism is genocide, you must not tolerate any form of divisionism,” Busingye urged the senior police officers, speaking about the causes of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

He reminded police officers against tolerating impunity in their every day job.

“You might be doing a good job, but when the system of justice is not running well, you will fail. You do not manage people by force, you manage us by the law, so in whatever you do fight anything that could lead to impunity,” he urged.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Ismael Keita from Sierra Leone said they enjoyed the discussion, saying it was very educative as they had learnt a lot of theories in class and took it as an educative practical presentation.

Keita told journalists that what they learnt was helpful and would be supportive when they are applied appropriately.

“We shared a lot of experience. Even though we are from different backgrounds but we are all from African countries, so there are a lot of similarities in terms of system and cultural traditions, so those are good practices we will pick,” Keita said.

The commandant of NPC, Commissioner of Police Felix Namuhoranye told the media that the police officers are doing a one-year course that offers strategic command and leadership skills as well as Master’s programme in Peace Studies and Conflict Transformation.

He said when they are about to conclude their studies, they visit different institutions and industries in order to link what they learnt in theory with practice.

The trainees are from Kenya, South Sudan, Sudan, Somalia, Namibia, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Uganda, and Rwanda.

Prosecutor to Appeal Court Order Stopping Arrest of Joho

By Philip Muyanga

The Director of Public Prosecutions has filed a Notice of Appeal against a decision by the High Court restraining him and the police from arresting, charging and prosecuting Mombasa Governor Ali Hassan Joho over forged exam results.

According to the notice filed by Senior Assistant DPP Alexander Muteti, the prosecutor’s office, Inspector-General of Police and Director of Criminal Investigation intend to challenge in the Court of Appeal last week’s ruling by Justice Eric Ogola.

The judge issued the orders pending the hearing and determination of a petition by Mr Joho against the IG, DCI, DPP and Attorney-General.

Justice Ogola also ordered the IGP to reinstate police guards assigned to Mr Joho by virtue of his position as a duly elected governor.

He directed the State agencies not to harass and intimidate the governor.

However, the court did not stop the agencies from continuing with their investigations against Mr Joho, although the judge observed that any further probe on the governor amounted to malice.

The judge said the court did not accept that utterances attributed to President Uhuru Kenyatta were meant to harass the governor, saying they were political. But he said the words may have had an effect on State actors, including the police, noting that there had been fresh investigations and withdrawal of bodyguards.

“Why the flurry of investigations and why now?” Justice Ogola asked. “The respondents misinterpreted the President’s utterances.”

He added that what the President is alleged to have uttered has not been denied and what matters is the context in which they were made.

Through Senior Counsel James Orengo and lawyers Dennis Mosota and Julie Soweto, Mr Joho said the issues against him have been investigated and decisions made in various courts.

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