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South Africa: Probe Into Syringes Used to Inject Learners Underway

A police case has been opened against the owner of the syringes used to inject learners at Mooifontein Primary School in Kempton Park, Johannesburg.

The Gauteng Department of Education has confirmed that a Grade 4 learner brought syringes to the school on 15 September 2017, where she and two friends allegedly started injecting fellow learners.

According to the family of the learner, she used her sister’s bag and only realized when she was in class that there were needles in the bag. The sister is using the syringes for hormonal reasons.

“The school informed parents of approximately 28 pricked learners, and advised them to rush their children to medical practitioners for urgent necessary medical attention.

“As a precautionary measure, medication was administered to learners i.e. ARVs or Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP). Unfortunately, some learners reacted negatively to medication by vomiting, while others experienced a runny stomach,” the department said.

The department also confirmed that the syringes were sent to the laboratory for tests, and a process to conduct counselling to all affected learners has commenced and will continue until the reintegration of learners to the school is concluded.

The School Governing Body (SGB) has also commenced with a disciplinary process against the perpetrators.

“This is indeed an unfortunate incident to occur in a schooling environment, we call upon parents to always be cautious on things that might be detrimental to children’s lives,” the department said.

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UCI Road World Champs – Rwanda’s Ndayisenga Starts Quest in ITT Today

By Richard Bishumba

RWANDA international cyclist Valens Ndayisenga will begin his quest at the ongoing UCI Road World Championships on Wednesday afternoon in the Elite Men’s Individual Time Trial (ITT) in Bergen, Norway, starting at 2:47pm (CAT).

The 2017 world’s biggest annual cycling event started on September 17 and will run through September 24.

The two-time Tour du Rwanda winner and reigning champion Ndayisenga is among only three African riders to be part of the competition’s ITT. The other two are; Meron Teshome of Eritrea and South Africa’s Smit Willem Jakobus.

Defending champion Tony Martin (Germany) returns, but will face strong competition on the hilly route from Tour de France and Vuelta a España winner Chris Froome (GB), Giro d’Italia winner Tom Dumoulin (Netherlands), Victor Campenaerts (Belgium), Stefan Küng (Switzerland), Rohan Dennis (Australia), Michal Kwiatkowski (Poland) and home favourite Edvald Boasson Hagen.

The men tackle two laps of a circuit around Bergen for a total route of 31km, including a finish on the 3.4km-long Mount Floyen climb. The riders are set off in six waves separated by half an hour, with one and a half minutes between each rider within those waves.

On Tuesday, Annemiek Van Vleuten of Netherlands claimed gold in the Elite Women’s ITT, followed by compatriot Anna Van Der Breggen. Britain’s Thomas Pidcock clinched the gold medal in Junior Men’s ITT category.

Rwanda’s four-rider roster was cut to three cyclists after youngster Jean Paul Rene Ukiniwabo, alongside physiotherapist Obedi Ruvogera, was denied Swedish entry visas.

The three riders in Norway include; Ndayisenga, Joseph Areruya and Samuel Mugisha, who ride for South Africa’s Team Dimension Data feeder team, based in Italy.

African entries in ITT

Today, 2:47pm

Valens Ndayisenga (Rwa)

Today, 3:23pm

Meron Teshome (Eri)

Today, 3:27:30pm

Smit Willem Jakobus (SA)

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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.


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.


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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Supreme Court Now Asked Vacate Presidential Petition Judgment

Nairobi — Chief Justice David Maraga has been petitioned to vacate the full judgment of the presidential petition to be delivered Wednesday at 10am.

In his petition, Derrick Malika Ngumu claims that he is in possession of what he describes as highly confidential and detailed documents with evidence relating to the misconduct of two Supreme Court judges, Philomena Mwilu and Isaac Lenaola.

“The detailed analysis of the said documents relate to the period around the filing, hearing and determination of the presidential election petition case of Raila Amolo Odinga & another versus Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission and two others as read and delivered on September 1st,” reads part of the petition.

Ngumu argues that the majority ruling issued by the Supreme Court on September 1 is questionable because it contained input from the two whose independence has been put to question through a separate petition.

The petitioner, who identifies himself as the Executive Director of Angaza Empowerment Network based in Mombasa, also argues that the allegations contained in the petition are so grave as to constitute a dire miscarriage of justice and transgression of the law should they be proven as true after a full investigation on the matter.

“It is our humble prayer that on the basis of the foregoing, that you invoke your powers as conferred by the constitution of Kenya in your capacity as the President of the Supreme Court that you forthwith and immediately vacate the judgment in the Raila Amolo Odinga & another versus Independent Electoral & Boundaries Commission and two others.”

Ngumu who also refers to himself as a whistleblower says in the petition that it was his civic duty that saw him bring the issue of the impropriety of the said judicial officers to the attention of the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

“On the 18th September we filed a petition with the Judicial Service Commission praying for the investigation of the grave allegations contained in the documents in our possession,” he adds.

The petition which was filed on Monday saw the chairman of the National Council of NGOs Stephen Cheboi calling for the resignation of the Supreme Court judges in a letter to newsrooms.

“These allegations certainly bring to the fore a great and sinking feeling that Kenya did not get an unbiased decision in the petition from its last refuge for justice. This has severely eroded confidence in the Supreme Court and the judgment it delivered on the case,” reads part of the statement.


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South Africa: Antiretrovirals for Pupils After Being Injected at School

Photo: Lisa Baird/Pixabay

(file photo).

At least 28 Gauteng school pupils had to receive urgent antiretroviral treatment as a precaution after three grade 4 pupils pricked them with syringes last week, the Gauteng department of education said on Wednesday.

“The Gauteng department of education can confirm that a grade 4 learner brought syringes on Friday, 15 September 2017, and she and two friends allegedly started injecting fellow learners,” said department spokesperson Steve Mabona.

He said the parents were contacted and told to rush their children who attend a school in Kempton Park for urgent medical attention.

“As a precautionary measure, medication was administered to learners ie ARVs or Post Exposure Prophylaxis (PEP).

“Unfortunately, some learners reacted negatively to medication by vomiting, while others experienced running stomach,” said Mabona.

He said the needles belonged to a family member of a grade 4 learner who is using them for hormonal reasons.

“We can also confirm that the syringes were sent to the laboratory for tests. A process to conduct counselling to all affected learners has commenced and will continue until the reintegration of learners to the school is concluded.”

The children accused of injecting the pupils face a disciplinary process, and the owner of the syringes faces a police investigation.

“This is indeed an unfortunate incident to occur in a schooling environment; we call upon parents to always be cautious on things that might be detrimental to children lives,” said Mabona.

Source: News24

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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.


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.


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.


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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Govt Slaps Tabloid With Two-Year Ban

By Hilda Mhagama

Director General of Tanzania Information Services (MAELEZO) and Chief government spokesperson Dr Hassan Abbasi.

THE government has slapped a weekly tabloid, MwanaHALISI, and its online version, with a two-year ban effective September 19, 2017, for publishing seditious and fabricated articles which threatened national security.

Speaking to reporters in Dar es Salaam yesterday, the Director of Information Services Department, MAELEZO, who doubles as the Government Spokesperson, Dr Hassan Abbasi, said the decision was in accordance with Section 59 of the Information Services Act No.12 of 2017.

“This decision has been reached after a long term effort by the government to remind Mwana- Halisi editors over the importance of working accordance to journalism ethics and standards, but they were defiant,” he noted.

Dr Abbasi said that he was irked by the fact that the newspaper has been repeating the same mistakes now and again despite several reminders from the government.

He further said that journalism’s first obligation was to tell the truth, but in their September 4-10, 2017 edition, they published a feature article titled, “Makinikia yakwama” that did not have any truth in it and had intentions to make the public believe that negotiations over the mineral concentrates had failed.

“The editors were summoned and cautioned over weaknesses in the article and were ordered to apologise, but the newspaper chose not to,” he said.

The weekly-tabloid, in its January 30 – February 5 edition, published an article titled “Ufisadi ndani ya ofisi ya JPM,” which can be translated as “Graft in the office of JPM”, however, the content described procurement flaws at Kibaha Education Centre, in Coast Region contrary to the headline.

Expounding further he said the article intended at tarnishing the image of the President, the government and thus instructed the editors of the newspaper to assess themselves and make an apology in accordance to Section 40 of Media Services Bill of 2016, which gives them an opportunity to express regret.

The MAELEZO Boss said due to such reasons, the government has seen that the editors of MwanaHALISI and the entire leadership were not ready to abide by journalism ethics and therefore are given more time to meditate if they still need to continue working as journalists or not.

“Journalism is a profession with rights and responsibilities; the key rights of journalism are clarified in article 19 (2) of the International Political and Civil Rights Agreement of 1966 which Tanzania has ratified since 1976 and incorporated its foundations in its laws, particularly article 7 of the Information Service Act No.12 of 2017,” said Dr Abbasi.


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Keino Makes U-Turn, Throws Hat Into Ring for Nock Top Post

By Author:Sport

Nairobi — The ascendancy of five-time World Cross Country champion Paul Tergat to the National Olympic Committee of Kenya (NOCK) chairmanship was jolted after the incumbent Kipchoge Keino made a U-turn to join the race.

Keino, who had earlier opted out of the race, declared that he was in the race and will collect the nominations forms at the NOCK elections Electoral Board the Centre for Multiparty Democracy (CMD) to defend his seat.

“I will collect my nomination papers at the CMD headquarters on Wednesday (September 20th) to join the race,” he said.

Tergat, a former World marathon record holder, was set to be elected unopposed as the new head of the troubled NOCK after incumbent Keino, who has been in charge for nearly 20 years, failed to secure a nomination.

The NOCK Electoral Board has set the deadline for submitting nomination papers by the close of business on Friday, September 22 before the polls to be held on September 29.

Keino had earlier picked the nominations forms and failed to return them for Tergat to be elected unopposed ahead of the initial NOCK elections which were to be held on May 5 but aborted.

The legend is a beneficiary of a resolution passed during the NOCK Extraordinary meeting held on September 5, which opened the doors for those who were interested in vying and had not submitted nomination papers for elections for the initial polls which were to be held on May 5.

After the resolution was passed Keino was coy about seeking for re-election by keeping people guessing about his intentions.

Keino made the declaration after attending a consultative meeting convened by CMD for aspirants and NOCK Executive Committee Members at the electoral body’s headquarters on Tuesday.

The meeting chaired by the electoral body’s chairman Omweri Angima agreed that all disputes and contentious issues will be addressed by the General Assembly plenary during NOCK’s elective Annual General Meeting to be held on September 29.

Federations with disputes and court cases were urged to resolve them before the election day to be allowed to participate in the polls.

However, if they will not have resolved them by then, their fate will be in the hands of the General Assembly plenary.

The electoral board said it was invoking NOCK’s constitution Article 76.6 which mandates it’s General Assembly to address electoral matters, rules and regulations.

The federations which are disputing are the Kenya Swimming Federation (KSF) which has two sets of names sent to NOCK as the officials mandated to attend the AGM and vote in the elections.

The other sporting federations which are wrangling with their cases having ended up in court are the Kenya Taekwondo Federation (KTF), Kenya Badminton Association (KTA), Kenya Amateur Cycling Association, Kenya Weightlifting Federation (KWF) and the Kenya Rowing and Canoeing Association.


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Repeat Poll Signals Hope For Victims of Poll Malpractices – Hillary Clinton

Photo: Zachary Moskow – Zachary Moskow/Wikpedia

Hillary Clinton.

By Antony Karanja

Last year’s Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Rodham Clinton has said she is open to challenging the results of the 2016 US election.

Speaking during an interview with National Public Radio’s Terry Gross that was released on Monday, Mrs Clinton said she would not rule out questioning the legitimacy of the election outcome should special prosecutor Robert Mueller return a finding that Russia meddled in in a way that directly affected vote counts.


She, however, acknowledged the tall order she would be facing as the US Constitution does not allow for a re-vote.

Ms Clinton pointed out that some scholars and academics had argued that one could take place but that she did not feel they had a strong ground.

She then turned to the September 1 ruling by Kenya’s Supreme Court overturning the re-election of President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying that the election bore the footprints of Cambridge Analytica, a US-based data company.

“You know, the Kenya election was just overturned and really what’s interesting about that — and I hope somebody writes about it Terry — the Kenyan election was also a project of Cambridge Analytica, the data company owned by the Mercer family that was instrumental in the Brexit vote,” Ms Clinton said.


She added that the firm was instrumental in UK’s Brexit vote where investigations have been launched over the use of data and weaponisation of information in the run-up to the vote.

Ms Clinton said Cambridge Analytica was also involved in the Trump campaign where it promised to help him and in turn, he would pick former campaign chief Steve Bannon and Kellyanne Conway, who is currently Adviser to the President.

Veering back to the Kenyan elections, the former US First Lady pointed out that the country’s Supreme Court ruled that there were many irregularities and threw out the results of the election and ordered a repeat election.

“So what happened in Kenya, which I’m only beginning to delve into, is that the Supreme Court there said there are so many really unanswered and problematic questions, we’re going to throw the election out and redo it. We have no such provision in our country. And usually we don’t need it,” she noted.


When Mr Gross pressed her again on whether she would question the legitimacy of the 2016 election if there was proof of Russian interference, Clinton was categorical.

“No. I would not. I would say… ” she started answering Gross.

“You are not going to rule it out?,” Gross interjected.

“No, I would not rule it out,” she said.

On September 1, the Kenya’s Supreme Court annulled the results of the August 8 presidential election after a legal challenge filed by National Super Alliance leader Raila Odinga.

The court ordered fresh elections within 60 days.


The Independent Elections and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has set the date for a repeat poll on October 17.

Mrs Clinton said the decision had signalled hope for victims of electoral malpractices.

Cambridge Analytica is currently under investigations in the UK over its role in the Brexit vote.

Its accusers say it uses personal data to influence voters.

The democratic nominee, has repeatedly blamed Russia for her loss to Donald Trump last year.

Additional reporting by Silas Apollo.

Police Arrest Five in Connection to the Raid of Manji’s Lawyers’ Office

By Witness Robert

Police in Dar es Salaam have arrested five people in connection to what is believed to be burglary at offices of Prime Attorneys last week.

Speaking to journalists on Tuesday September 19, Dar es Salaam Special Zone Police Commander, Mr Lazaro Mambosasa, could not reveal the names of the suspects for fear of jeopardising ongoing investigations.

He said however that the investigations were progressing well and the suspects might be arraigned anytime from tomorrow.

Unknown men broke into Prime attorneys, which is located in Upanga, on wee hours September 12 and stole some documents as well as Sh3.7 million. Among other clients, Prime Attorneys, are also the advocates for business tycoon, Yusuph Manji.

An advocate at Prime Attorneys, Mr Hudson Ndusyepo, who is also among Mr Manji’s lawyers, said then that the bandits overpowered the guards, tied them with ropes before breaking into the building. According to him the incident occurred between 2am and 3am on Tuesday morning.

However, Mr Manji’s documents were not among those stolen as they were stored elsewhere.

The attack came barely three weeks since another law firm, IMMMA Advocates in the city had its offices hit by two explosions in an incident that shocked the legal fraternity and raised questions on the motive of the attackers.

The explosions broke window and blasted open the entrance to the reception of IMMMA House located along United Nations Road, according to The Citizen’s observation. Windows of adjacent properties were also destroyed by the blast.

Meanwhile, Mr Mambosasa said the police have arrested two people in connection to the killing of Palm conservation foundation officer, Mr Wayne Lotter.

Mr Mambosasa said the suspects were arrested last Saturday.

“The suspects were found in possession of two guns, 162 round of ammunitions and five hand grenades,” said Mr Mambosasa.


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