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Principal, 4 Others Freed on Sh1 Million Bond Each in Murder Case

Mombasa — The principal of St Augustine Preparatory School in Mombasa and four others have been released on a Sh1 million surety bond each over the murder of a six-year-old pupil who was killed by the institution’s bus

The principal Kesi Sara, and employees Venant Mwasaru, Vald Mbadi, Abednego Mwendwa, and Charo Kazungu pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Wednesday.

High Court Judge Dora Chepkwony dismissed an application by the accused for the establishment of an inquest to determine the cause of death.

The case will now be mentioned on October 4th, 2017.

The boy was run over by the back wheels of the bus when he fell down through an opening on the floor of the vehicle.

The Director of Public Prosecutions had recommended the five charged with murder.

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Two Grassroots Leaders Arrested Soliciting Bribes

Two grassroots leaders in Ndera Sector of Gasabo District have been arrested in connection with soliciting bribes from people to unlawfully allow them construct residential houses.

The duo, from Kira Village of Kibenga Cell in Ndera, were taken into custody on Wednesday after the would be victim reported the matter to the police.

The suspects were arrested in the act receiving the bribe, police spokesperson for the City of Kigali said.

It is said that, on September 16, one of the suspects found one Josephine Mukanemeye building a house without a construction permit, and ordered her to halt the illegal activity.

The structure was originally meant to be a kraal but was later turned into a residential house- illegally.

However, the suspects connived and later approached Mukanemeye demanding Rwf200, 000 to be given the green light to continue with the works, police said.

“We bargained until we agreed that I give them Rwf100, 000. They were listing a number of leaders they would share the money in the village and cell,” Mukanemeye said.

“I knew that what they were asking for was unlawful, so I called the police and informed them, and that’s how the two were arrested red-handed after receiving part of the money.”

One of the suspects had received Rwf70, 000 while another had taken a bribe of Rwf20, 000.

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Govt to US – We Are Not Keen on Lectures from Foreign Agents

Photo: Abubaker Lubowa/Daily Monitor

Police arrest DP president Norbert Mao at Parliament over anti-age limit protests on Thursday.

By FREDERIC MUSISI

Kampala — The government on Thursday responded with derision to criticism by the US ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac on arrests of opponents of the proposal to remove the presidential age limit and Wednesday’s raid on the offices of two NGOs.

Mr Ofwono Opondo, the executive director of Media Centre, the government information clearing house, said that while they “value diplomatic relations with all the countries of the world, Uganda is not very keen to take unqualified lectures from foreign agents.”

“The government through its law enforcement agencies cannot sit back as misguided people especially opposition politicians and civil society leaders intimidate elected Members of Parliament and the wider public simply because they don’t hold the same views as theirs on any matter,” Mr Opondo, noted in a statement.

The US embassy in Kampala, on Thursday morning, issued statement in which Ambassador Malac decried the security crackdown and raids on the NGOs, which she said risked “tarnishing” Uganda’s image globally.

“Infringements on protected rights under Uganda’s Constitution will impede the country’s development. We call on the government of Uganda to guarantee all its citizens freedom of speech, expression, and assembly, without fear of intimidation,” the embassy statement further indicated.

In defence of Wednesday’s action, police said they needed to search the offices of ActionAid and the Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies, both situated in Kampala city suburbs, to search for evidence of possible illicit financial transactions.

The offices of the NGOs remain closed, the staff locked out and detectives are continuing with the office-to-office searches.

Mr Opondo, in the statement issued by Media Centre, further stated that “government will spare no effort in promptly dealing with and neutralizing criminal minded people including political leaders who think they enjoy the misguided protection from some foreign missions.”

“Only Ugandans through their government and elected representatives know and shall decide how best they want to be governed and by whom.”

Early this week, police summoned MPs Muhammad Nsereko, Theodore Ssekikubo, Barnabas Tinkasimire and Allan Ssewanyana, to record statements on charges of allegedly incitement on age limit debate.

Security forces on Thursday rounded up several activists and opposition politicians opposed to the ongoing machinations by the ruling NRM party to amend the Constitution to remover Article 102 (b) which bars President Museveni, in power for 31 years now, from running again in 2021. He will be 76 then.

Mr Opondo said that while the government “notes with concern” the issues raised by Ambassador Malac, “it is our considered view that they are misplaced because those so far summoned or held as a preventive measure are well-known to have been making statements over the last couple of months on various public media threatening violence over what should otherwise be a civil and democratic process.”

TEXT OF THE GOVERNMENT STATEMENT

Early today the US Ambassador to Uganda Ms. Deborah Malac hastily issued a media statement expressing her concerns over freedom of Expression in Uganda, with regard the alleged arrests, and, or police search of offices of some Non-Governmental Organisation that have been linked to receiving financial support from foreign sources with the intention committing illegal activities in Uganda.

Firstly, these under the laws of Uganda, and in accordance with international protocols, it is illegal to receive money from undisclosed sources as those sources could be part of terrorism networks around the world, and also the need to disrupt money laundering.

While the Government of Uganda notes her concern, it is our considered view that they are misplaced because those so far summoned or held as a preventive measure are well-known to have been making statements over the last couple of months on various public media (Radios, TVs, and social media) threatening violence over what should otherwise be a civil and democratic process and debate in the parliament of Uganda. Some of those summoned by police have made recorded statement and posted them on the media threatening to kill those they disagree with together with members of their families which cannot be tolerated. We therefore ask for patience as law enforcement conducts its investigations.

The government of Uganda through its law enforcement agencies cannot sit back as misguided people especially opposition politicians and civil society leaders intimidate elected Members of Parliament and the wider public simply because they don’t hold the same views as theirs on any matter. The on-going debate in parliament and within the country with regard to possible constitutional amendments, and electoral reforms must be conducted by all sides to the debate in a civil, cordial and peaceful way however contentious the issues may be in an effort to build consensus.

Should consensus fail, then the matter shall be decided by parliament as the elected legitimate body as the constitution provides. The government of Uganda wishes to reiterate its firm commitment to observe and protect the enjoyment of all their rights and freedoms to peacefully assemble in order to, express, associate, and petition government on any matter without threatening the lives or property of others including those of the people with whom they may disagree.

And in doing so the Government of Uganda will spare no effort in promptly dealing with and neutralizing criminal minded people including political leaders who think they enjoy the misguided protection from some foreign missions. Only Ugandans through their government and elected representatives know and shall decide how best they want to be governed and by whom. While we value diplomatic relations with all the countries of the world, Uganda is not very keen to take unqualified lectures from foreign agents.

OFWONO OPONDO P’ODEL

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

UGANDA MEDIA CENTRE

Zari Hints At Split From Diamond in Cryptic Message

Despite Diamond Platnumz saying that he is prepared to pay the highest price to ensure that he does not lose Zari Hassan after he cheated on her and sired a baby with model Hamisa, it seems like the union might soon be headed for a split.

Diamond, on Tuesday, publicly apologised to Zari on Tanzania’s Clouds FM and declared he would crawl on his knees all the way to South Africa if he had to earn her forgiveness and trust.

However, Zari seems to be disinterested in his apologies. In a series of cryptic posts, Zari seems to be preparing for a “war” with Diamond.

In her Snapchat post on Thursday, Zari hinted at a split when she posted:

“Good morning from the General who never needs an army but when she pulls the trigger, the bullet will crack your skull to pieces.”

It’s worth remembering that two months ago, when the Mobeto affair with Diamond rumours started doing rounds, Zari dropped Diamond’s name when she stated on her Instagram post that she was no longer Latiffah Dangote but Latifah Hassan.

We await with bated breath what the power couple’s next move will be.

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We Must All Adhere to the Law, Says CJ Maraga

By Wanjohi Githae

Chief Justice David Maraga on Wednesday warned that democracy would be under threat if Kenyans did not follow the Constitution and laws passed by Parliament unquestioningly.

In a long lecture after reading the main body of the judgment, Mr Maraga said citizens regardless of their stature in society ought to adhere to all provisions of the Constitution.

And in a signal that the court would lead from the front and won’t succumb to intimidation on how it should rule, he declared that the court would not hesitate to overturn the October 17 presidential election if the litany of omissions of law, the majority decision set forth, are not resolved.

“Whenever called upon to adjudicate, the court will reach the same judgment if the anomalies are not rectified irrespective of who the aspirants may be,” said the CJ.

Mr Maraga seemed to buttress his Tuesday press briefing where he put his foot down, declaring that the Judiciary would not be intimidated through what he termed as persistent attacks on individual judges.

CONSTITUTION

In his address from the bench on Wednesday, he said the moment Kenyans ignore the Constitution they fought for, then they lose it.

“It is also in our view that the greatness of a nation lies not in the might of its armies, important as that may be, not in largeness of its economy, important as that may be, the greatness of a nation lies in its fidelity to the Constitution and the strict adherence to the rule of law and above all the fear of God,” he said.

In noting the emotional investment Kenyans put in presidential elections, “then they should not fail to understand that the law must be followed up to the time their candidate win or loses,” said the Supreme Court president.

HIGH PRESSURE

“Candidates for elective office and political parties often do anything to be elected besides the candidates, the citizens themselves hoping for an improved standard of living get equally agitated,” he added.

Mr Maraga noted that the said factors render elections high pressure events and if mismanaged or candidates do not respect the rule of law and stakeholders don’t perceive the polls as free and fair, the elections can cause instability as seen in 2007/08 skirmishes.

The CJ said the court would not shy away from putting its foot down whenever it felt that the Constitution was not followed even where the will of the people is clear.

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Angola: First Nursing Scientific Technical Day Open

Cuito — The Vice Governor of central Bie province, Carlos Ulombe da Silva, inaugurated the first technical-scientific nursing day on Wednesday.

On the occasion, the official asked for a greater commitment and dedication of the subjects to be approached aiming at improving the levels of health care in health institutions, as regards medical care.

The head of department of public health and control of endemics, Isaías Sambunga Cambissa, stressed that the goal of the day is to enhance and reflect the figure of the nursing patron, to improve the technical, professional and scientific knowledge of the staff of the branch at all levels.

It’s aimed to create an environment of debates around the themes proposed, to reduce maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, to increase vaccination coverage rates as a fundamental pillar in the prevention of diseases, are among other objectives.

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Angola: Lunda Sul – Governor Evaluates Progress of Activity to Stem Fina Erosion

Saurimo — The governor of the eastern Lunda Sul province Cândida Narciso Wednesday assessed the ongoing activity aimed at stemming Fina ravine and construction of primary school in Candembe neighbourhood.

This was during her field visit to said locality, having also visited the Candembe market.

In the meeting with the local residents, Candida Narciso thanked the people of Lunda Sul for the civic and orderly manner they participated in August 23 elections.

She called on traditional authorities to continue working on consolidation of unity, reconciliation, peace and harmony in the communities.

According to her, their engagement will help the government identify problems that affect citizens and find solutions.

The school under construction comprises 16 classrooms, library and administrative areas.

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Angola: Cunene – Expert Calls for Responsible Use of Social Media

Ondjiva — A sociologist Garcia de Jesus Ndaepele Wednesday in southern Cunene province advised young people to make more responsible use of the social media.

Garcia de Jesus was speaking to ANGOP on pros and cons in the use of social media.

According to academic, young people should take most advantage of the information and communication, but avoid the negative things.

Social media help increase access to communication and information on social interaction, but should not be seen as a means and an opportunity to promote actions harmful to the good society.

Families, as the main nucleus of society, should step up control of their members, by teaching them on how to take advantage of internet.

Young people should not expose themselves not even hurt the sensitivity of the others but respect for the elders, preserve their own dignity and build a society characterised by educated youths, he said.

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Coast Residents Told to Brace for Heavy Rains

By Collins Omulo and Nyaboga Kiage

The coastal region will experience heavy rains for the next four days, the weatherman has said.

The Kenya Meteorological Department, in its latest seven-day forecast covering the period between September 19 and 25, says the coastal strip will receive heavy rainfall of between 20mm and 50mm from Wednesday through Thursday.

The rains are expected to subside from Friday.

WEATHER PATTERNS

The coastal strip covers Mombasa, Tana River, Kilifi, Lamu and Kwale counties.

On Tuesday, the department’s assistant director, Mr Samwel Mwangi, said Kwale and Mombasa had already started receiving heavy rainfall.

This, he said, is expected to spread towards the North Coast starting Wednesday.

“When we witness a significant shift in weather patterns, we always give a warning. This is in line with the one we issued on Monday about the heavy rains in the coastal strip,” he said.

SUNNY

Mr Mwangi said more regions were likely to receive rainfall, although not heavy as at the Coast.

“The highlands west of the Rift Valley, highlands east of the Rift Valley including Nairobi and parts of the northwest are also likely to receive rainfall on a number of days,” he said.

Kisii, Nyamira and Trans Nzoia counties are in the highlands west of the Rift Valley while Uasin Gishu, Elgeyo-Marakwet, Nandi, Laikipia, Nakuru, Narok, Kajiado, Kericho, Bomet, Kakamega, Vihiga, Bungoma and Busia counties are on the east.

The weatherman further said the Lake Victoria Basin, covering Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay and Migori counties, is expected to continue experiencing mainly sunny intervals in the morning throughout the forecast period, with the possibility of morning rains on Thursday and Friday.

CLOUDY

Central highlands region, including Nairobi area, are expected to have cloudy mornings accompanied by rains in a few places up to Thursday.

The cloudy mornings will then give way to sunny intervals before afternoon showers kick in in a few places.

This region consists of Nairobi, Nyandarua, Nyeri, Kirinyaga, Murang’a, Kiambu, Meru, Embu and Tharaka-Nithi counties.

According to the weatherman, the North Eastern counties of Marsabit, Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Isiolo are also likely to experience rains over a few places near Garissa and Moyale on Wednesday and Thursday mornings.

DAMAGE

In the South Eastern counties of Kitui, Makueni, Machakos and Taita-Taveta, there will be mainly sunny intervals the whole day throughout the forecast period.

North Western counties of Turkana, West Pokot and Samburu are expected to have sunny intervals throughout the day for much of the forecast period.

Meanwhile, heavy rains on Tuesday damaged homes and other property in parts of Gusii region.

Mr Abel Morang’a, a resident of Igare town, said most rivers were full and some had broken their banks.

Zari Focusing On Putting ‘Negative Energy’ Behind Her

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Zari distances herself from Diamond’s claims on the love affair with Hamisa.

By Paul Owere

One day after Diamond admitted that he had cheated and fathered a child with video vixen Hamisa Mobeto, his fiancée and mother of his two children Zari Hassan is focusing on the positive.

In an early morning post on her instagram page on Wednesday, the socialite and business woman based in South Africa appreciated the concern that her thousands of followers had expressed over the incident.

“Ladies and gentlemen I have heard you loud and clear, the advices, the consolation, the pity, the hurt you are feeling on my behalf most of all the betrayal. But let’s look at this on the positive side,” she wrote.

This left her fans wondering whether she had already chosen to forgive and forget and above all move on.

“When a person chooses to cheat on you it’s not you actually it’s them who usually turn out to have played themselves while they thought they are playing you,” she added.

She instead advised that no one should look down on themselves when such things happen it was never of her making.

“You should never look down on yourself, don’t ever think you are worthless because of another person’s mistake and never blame yourself,” she said.

With her birthday approaching she is looking forward to picking herself and get into a celebratory mood.

“Always look at how to pick yourself up and get going. That said, with my birthday approaching let’s put all this negative energy behind us and appreciate life!”

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