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Mother in Custody Over the Death of Her Son

By Beldina Nyakeke

Musoma — Police in Musoma are holding a woman with connection to the killing of her son.

Mara regional police commander Mr Mohamed Jaffari said the 22 year old women who is a resident of Rwamlimi street (name withheld), allegedly committed the crime on June 28.

He went on by saying that after one day the child died in undefined circumstances the situation that forced the neighbors to become suspicious, that the death of the child was caused by the punishment from his own mother.

Commander Jafari added that the neighbors then reported the incident to police, linking the mother with the death of her son. Thus led to her arrest her and holding her for some days while the police exams the source of the death.

“The body of the deceased child is being preserved at Mara regional government hospital for medical examinations, so that we can prove without a doubt what the cause of the death of that child was,” he explained.

Speaking to The Citizen on the condition of anonymity some neighbors said that the death of the child was caused by his own mother, as she caned him so much the circumstance led to the death of the child as he cried nonstop until he died.

They said that it was not true that the child died after one day, but he died a few hours after the punishment. Therefore alleging that the mothers source of the punishment, was that the child without being canned he would not eat the food that his mother prepared for dinner.

He said that since the child died at undefined circumstances they decided to report the incident at the police post so that thorough examination can be conducted, there after measures to be taken upon the mother to find the source of the death of her son.

Tanzania

Embattled Miner Acacia Serves Govt With Notice of Arbitration

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‘Kiswahili Is Making Huge Strides Globally’

By Syriacus Buguzi

Dar es Salaam — Minister for Youth, culture and Sports, Dr Harrison Mwakyembe has commended the ongoing efforts by various stakeholders in strengthening Kiswahili language.

Dr Mwakyembe said Tuesday that Kiswahili is now being recognised globally because top leaders, including President John Magufuli have decided to use the language in high profile gatherings.

He said this in Dar es Salaam during the event to mark the 60th Anniversary of BBC Swahili.

The event, which took place in the city, was attended by veteran journalists, politicians as well as Kiswahili lecturers.

“We have recently launched a Comprehensive Kiswahili Dictionary and I think this is a step towards the right direction in making this language grow and spread across the world,” he said.

East Africa

Kenya Third Most Innovative Sub-Saharan Africa Country

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Political Parties Challenged to Embrace Gender Equality

By Janeth Mesomapya

Dar es Salaam — Women participation in politics is said to remain low because it isn’t a priority within political parties. Political Science Professor Ruth Meena voiced this during a panel discussion at this year’s Mwalimu Nyerere Professorial Chair on Wednesday.

She said that the gender gap in politics is fueled by the fact that gender equality is not a priority, even in nominating candidates during the elections. “The constitution should compel political parties to align with international policies in order to enhance gender equality and bridge the gap,” she said.

Former Parliament Speaker Ms Anna Makinda said young girls should be taught to be bold from the family level to be able to stand against any sort of gender discrimination. “Let’s build a society where women are confident of who they are and participate all socio-economic activities,” she added.

Tanzania

Magufuli Orders Seizure of Undeveloped Farms

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Police Spokesperson Threatens to Resign Over Torture Statement

All is not well in the Uganda Police Force over the handling of the suspects accused of torturing Kamwenge town council mayor, Geoffrey Byamukama.

URN understands that police spokesperson Asan Kasingye threatened to resign on Wednesday after his colleagues, during a meeting of the senior officers of the force, asked him retract his statement that four suspects had been arrested in connection to Byamukama’s torture.

Byamukama, alongside at least 15 other suspects, is accused of taking part in the March 17 murder of Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi, his driver Kenneth Erau and bodyguard Godfrey Wambewo.

Besides Byamukama, the other suspects have also appeared in court with fresh wounds allegedly sustained during torture at Nalufenya police detention centre.

The police first denied Byamukama’s arrest in early April until it all came to light late last week when he was found at Nakasero hospital in Kampala with deep wounds all over his body. Kasingye first said the torture could have happened elsewhere and not in police custody.

The Inspector General of Police, General Kale Kayihura, ordered for the arrest of two senior officers, Patrick Munanura and Fred Tumuhirwe together with their juniors, Sgt Tumukunde and Constable Ronnie Byenkya in connection with Byamukama’s torture.

Kasingye who had earlier denied that Byamukama had been tortured by the police later admitted in a statement that there had been “a scuffle in which the mayor sustained superficial injuries.”

A week ago Kasingye also confirmed that the four torture suspects had been arrested. State minister for Internal Affairs Obiga Kania in his address to parliament apologised to the nation that Byamukama had been tortured.

Obiga also ‘confirmed’ police had arrested four officers allegedly linked to the torture of Byamukama and other suspects at Nalufenya police detention facility. He said investigations were still ongoing.

Now URN has learnt from reliable sources in the police that the suspects have never been arrested as earlier claimed. Kayihura ordered for their arrest before he left to Algeria on official duties.

A source told URN that the police accounts committee held a meeting on Wednesday where the torture issue was discussed. The highly-charged meeting is said to have taken place in the board room at police headquarters in Naguru.

The police accounts committee is comprised of members of top police management who include all the directors. The source says the only officer absent in the meeting was John Ndungutse, the director of Counter Terrorism. The meeting was chaired by deputy Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola.

The meeting reportedly learnt that no suspect had been arrested. A report from the police Professional Standards Unit was brought into the meeting indicating that the four supposedly arrested officers are neither in custody nor at their known addresses.

Those in attendance tasked deputy director Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate, Moses Musana and Nixon Agasirwe, who until recently was head of the Special Operations Unit, to produce the suspects but they could not be produced. Musana reportedly used to head the Nalufenya facility.

The meeting, according to the sources, also tasked the Director Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID), Grace Akullo to open an inquiry into the torture allegations with view of instituting criminal proceedings against the suspects.

The meeting allegedly turned stormy when police spokesman, Asan Kasingye was advised to call a media briefing in which he would retract confirmations about the arrest of the two senior officers and their juniors.

Kasingye, according to the sources was not happy with calling a press conference to retract his earlier statement that the four had been arrested. He reportedly threatened to resign over the matter that would depict him as a liar.

Kasingye in a telephone interview on Wednesday evening did not confirm or deny whether the police accounts committee meeting was held. But he denied that he had threatened to resign. He, however said the Internal Affairs minister, General Jeje Odong, was to issue a statement about the progress in the investigations into torture allegations.

General Odong could not be reached on his known mobile phone number. State Minister for Internal Affairs, Obiga Kania, could not confirm reports that the four suspects were not in detention.

Obiga Kania who sounded furious about the matter said Kasingye and his boss would have to explain why they would let him lie to the public and parliament that the arrests had been made.

On Tuesday, President Museveni weighed in on the issue, writing a letter to his top security chiefs warning against the use of torture. The president said the practice is “unnecessary and wrong and must not be used again”.

Museveni said torture was wrong because it could lead to innocent people admitting guilt just to end the pain. In the letter addressed to Chief of Defence Forces, General David Muhoozi, IGP Kayihura and the Director of Intelligence Services, Museveni said torture is not “consonant with logic.”

URN

Capital Development Authority ‘Outlived Its Purpose’

Photo: Daily News

Capital Development Authority building.

By Alvar Mwakyusa

Former Speaker of the National Assembly, Pius Msekwa has joined an array of patrons supporting dissolution of the Capital Development Authority (CDA), stressing that the purpose for its establishment in 1973 had long gone.

“CDA was formed to serve its purpose at that time. Things have changed and we need to move with time. Its dissolution is a significant step towards development,” the senior citizen remarked in response to an inquiry by ‘Daily News’ on the disbandment.

Mr Msekwa hailed President John Magufuli for the bold move to disband the authority, remarking further that; “every generation must write its own book.”

In a previous interview with this paper last year, the former Speaker revealed how he and other leaders at that time played an instrumental role in establishing CDA, to foster the transfer of the capital city from Dar es Salaam to Dodoma.

“I remember attending a meeting chaired by the then President, Mwalimu Julius Nyerere, which agreed on forming an entity that would spearhead the transfer and it came out to be CDA,” he said then, during the interview at his home.

And, in another interview towards the end of last year, former Prime Minister Cleopa Msuya recalled how the government was determined to shift its seat to the central region.

“The late George Kahama was the first Director General of CDA and he is the one who developed the master plan for Dodoma,” the former PM explained.

In a related development, the chair of a taskforce formed by Dodoma Regional Commissioner, Jordan Rugimbana to work on grievances of residents against the now defunct CDA, Mr Aron Kinunda, echoed the views by Mr Msekwa, noting that the objectives for its formation had been met.

“The dissolution of CDA, by President Magufuli, is a good step for the development of Dodoma; it is now apparent that land conflicts arising from differing legislations covering CDA on one hand and Dodoma Municipal Council on the other, will be no more,” he explained.

According to Mr Kinunda, residents in the designated capital received the news with a sigh of relief, since the authority had turned out to be “a menace to the society.”

Tanzania

Increased Budget Allocation to Push Govt Industrial Drive

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Karua’s Promise to Kirinyaga People

By George Munene

Narc Kenya leader, Martha Karua and the Kirinyaga Central MP Gachoki Gitari have declared that they are ready for the gubernatorial race and pledged to jointly slay the dragon of corruption if elected.

Ms Karua, a fierce politician is the flag-bearer while Mr Gitari who is a two-term lawmaker is her running mate.

While announcing publicly that they have teamed up to capture the county’s top seat, the two leaders vowed that they will not tolerate graft in the devolved unit.

“We shall ensure that corruption is eradicated in order to spur economic growth in the region,” said Ms Karua.

Mr Gitari praised Ms Karua as an honest leader who has been on the forefront in the fight against corruption in Kenya.

WIN SUPPORT

“Ms Karua is a courageous and honest leader and together we shall win the war against corruption,” he said.

The two leaders said they were united and challenged their rivals to brace themselves for a tough political battle.

Speaking in Sagana town on Tuesday afternoon, the leaders said they will embark on aggressive campaigns saying they will be moving from door-to-door to win support.

They will fight it out with former Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru (Jubilee) and Macharia Karani of Maendeleo Chap Chap as well as the incumbent Joseph Ndathi and Muriithi Kagai both who will be running as independent candidates.

PROPAGANDA

The two leaders hit out at Ms Waiguru whom they accused of misleading the residents that she had been endorsed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.

“There is a candidate who is going round the region telling residents that she is the president’s preferred candidate. The President has not endorsed anyone for the gubernatorial seat and she must be ignored,” said Ms Karua in reference to Ms Waiguru.

Ms Karua reiterated that her party had endorsed President Kenyatta’s re-election but the head of State himself had not endorsed any candidate for any political seat.

“Anyone seeking to be elected as a governor must sweat,” she said.

Kenya

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Why Nairobi County Budget Is in Limbo

By Lillian Mutavi

Nairobi County Assembly has ordered the republishing of the county’s Appropriation Bill, 2017 which could render the devolved unit’s 2017/18 budget null and void.

The assembly has also faulted the committee executive for finance Gregory Mwakanongo for the passing of Sh35.9 billion 2017/18 budget un-procedurally.

The budget could be rendered null and void since the executive published the Nairobi City County Appropriation Bill, 2017 before the passing of the 2017/18 budget estimates.

However through communication to the chair, speaker Alex Ole Magelo has ordered that the Bill be republished in accordance with Public Finance Management Act, 2012 section 129(7).

“Upon approval of the budget estimates by the county assembly, county executive committee member for the finance executive shall prepare and submit a County Appropriation Bill to the assembly of approved estimates,” reads Section 129(7) of the Act.

The County Government’s Sh35.9 billion 2017-2018 budget was un-procedurally passed after county treasury published the Appropriations Bill, which is meant to authorise expenditure, before MCAs approved the budget estimates.

It was published on April 4 before the assembly had even passed the budget estimates for the financial year 2017/18.

The assembly considered and passed the report of the select committee on finance, budget and appropriation on the submitted budget estimates for the 2017/18 budget on April 5 and passed the Nairobi City County Appropriation Bill, 2017 a day later.

“There was no authority from the County Assembly for the decision to publish the Appropriation Bill which as shown earlier should be entertained once estimates have been passed,” said Ole Magelo.

Mr Ole Magelo has blamed the finance department for contravening the Public Finance Management Act which requires the county executive member for finance to submit budget estimates and other documents to county executive committee for approval before publishing an Appropriation Bill.

Kenya

Former President Kibaki’s Bodyguard Sues For 2002 Accident

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Mineral Output, Export Audit System Polished

By Bernard Lugongo

Dodoma — Over the years, Tanzania has improved its national capacity of physically auditing mineral production and exports, a new study has established.

Launched by the Energy and Minerals Parliamentary Committee on Monday, the report on ‘Taxation and the State of Africa Mining Vision implementation’, attributed the introduction of mineral audit agency, the Tanzania Minerals Audit Agency (TMAA), to the achievement.

“This has resulted in identification of unpaid taxes owed, while helping to build the capacity of mining companies to calculate tax revenues payable.”

Presenting the report to members of the committee, a representative of the Tax Justice Network-Africa (TINA), which conducted the study since 2011, said following the introduction of the Mining Policy of 2009, the country has also undertaken reforms in the tax systems to increase revenue from the mining sector. The move has seen the revenue increased from 2.4 per cent to about 4.4 per cent in 2001 to 2014, respectively.

However,it suggested that the country still needed to do more with respect to reviewing terms of double taxation agreements and Bilateral Investment Treaties (BIT’s) which Tanzania had signed with host countries of mining companies.

The Committee’s Chairman, Dotto Biteko, said the report had come at a right time, considering the ongoing exploration in various parts of the country, promising that the committee will use it as a reference tool.

Commenting on the report, Mlimba MP Susan Kiwanga said the document will be a crucial tool for her to effectively oversee the government on issues of mining taxation, considering that the country has continued to discover minerals in various areas.

Tanzania

Capital Development Authority ‘Outlived Its Purpose’

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MCA Aspirant’s 3 Children Go Missing in Uasin Gishu

By Wycliff Kipsang

Three children belonging to a candidate for MCA in Uasin Gishu County have gone missing for the fourth day running.

The three boys — Clifford Nyambane, six, Dan Nyamweya, five, and Glen Ongagi, three — went to Eldovil SDA Church in the company of their cousin on Saturday but failed to return.

DISTRAUGHT

Their father James Ratemo, a Kanu candidate for Kapsoya ward, was in agony on Wednesday after efforts to find them failed to bear fruit.

Their mother, with teary eyes, said the children had gone ahead of her to church but she did not find them when she arrived a few minutes later.

“I prepared very early for church as is the norm on Saturday,” she said.

“However, when I reached church, which is just 500 metres away, I could not find them. I assumed that they had gone to play with their friends but I was alarmed when they failed to come back home.”

PUPILS

She appealed for help to help find her children.

“These children are my only hope. Please, anybody with information, assist me to find my children,” she said.

An uncle of the children, who was last seen with them, has denied any knowledge of their whereabouts.

He has since been questioned at the Naiberi and Central police stations.

Clifford is a Standard One pupil at Highland Grace Academy while Dan is in Middle Class at Shalom Academy. The youngest, Glen, is yet to go to school.

Mr Ratemo said they had searched for the boys everywhere, including in children’s homes and relatives’ houses, but to no avail.

UNCLEAR

“I cannot rule out that the children’s disappearance is related to politics, but I cannot speculate. Let police do their own investigations,” he said.

He said he had not had any differences with his rivals or his neighbours.

“We call on well-wishers to assist us to find our children,” he added.

Cases of children disappearing in unclear circumstances in the North Rift have been on the rise recently.

Uasin Gishu County Commissioner Abdi Hassan said investigations into the latest disappearances had begun.

He called on parents in the region to keep an eye on their children.

“Parents should also vet people who take care of their children when they have gone to work,” he said.

Court Wants Jubilee Politician Arrested Over Sh2.2m Fraud

By Richard Munguti

Police have been ordered to arrest a Jubilee Party politician charged with defrauding a businesswoman of Sh2.2 million.

Peter Mburu Muthoni, alias Solomon Kamau Nyingi, who is eyeing the Kaguduini ward seat in Murang’a County, will be produced in court on May 22 to plead to six counts of obtaining money through false pretences and forgery.

Issuing the warrant of arrest, Senior Principal Magistrate Kenneth Cheruiyot said Mr Muthoni had been summoned to appear in court to answer the six counts filed against him by the Director of Public Prosecutions.

He did not turn up, prompting angry residents of the ward to protest in the court precincts and shouting that they do not want to elect a suspect.

The charge sheet handed over to Mr Cheruiyot read that on diverse dates between June 18 and 29, 2016 at Pioneer House in Nairobi, jointly with others not before the court with intent to defraud, obtained Sh2.2 million from Alice Peninah Wanjiku Guchu by pretending that he was in a position to sell her a motor vehicle, a fact he knew to be false.

Mr Muthoni is facing five other counts, among them one of forging and making a national identity card in the name of Solomon Kamau Nyingi.

The prosecution alleges Mr Muthoni purported that the ID was genuine and had been issued to him by the registrar of persons.

Kenya

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