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V-Ball – Bitok Adds Five New Faces to Squad

By Peter Kamasa

Rwanda senior men’s volleyball team coach Paul Bitok has added five new faces to his provisional 22-player squad for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations scheduled for October 20-28 in Egypt.

The continental event will also serve as qualifiers for next year’s FIVB World Championships. The team started training on Wednesday with non-residential camp at Amahoro Indoor Stadium.

In July, Rwanda reached the final qualification round for 2018 FIVB Men’s World Championships after finishing second in the FIVB-Africa Zone V tournament behind winners, Kenya in Kigali, The five new faces include; Valens Ndiyonze (IPRC-South), William Mudahemuka (Gisagara VC), Thierry Mugabo (Gisagara VC), Fred Muvunyi (Kirehe VC) and Felix Niyomugabo (IPRC-South).

Rwanda

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Leopards Edge Out Thika, Muhoroni Hold Nakumatt

AFC Leopards on Wednesday beat Thika United 2-0 at the Thika Sub-County Stadium in a thrilling midweek SportPesa Premier League match.

In other results, Allan Wanga-inspired Tusker sunk Bandari 3-0 at the Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa while Karibangi Sharks rallied from two goals down to draw 2-2 with Posta Rangers at Kasarani.

The other contest between Muhoroni Youth and visiting Nakumatt also ended in a one-all stalemate.

Burundian import Alexis Kitenge scored the opener for Leopards before a Christopher Oruchum own-goal sealed the victory for Robert Matano’s men in Thika.

“This is a better performance compared to how we played (in the goalless draw) against Homeboyz. But there are areas we should improve on because we want to get into the top eight,” Leopards coach Robert Matano said after the match.

At Kasarani, an impressive Rangers seemed on their way to garner a comfortable victory against a plucky Sharks side before Masoud Juma struck twice to deny Sammy Omollo’s charges maximum points.

Joseph Nyagah opened the scoring for Rangers just nine minutes into the match before completing his brace in the 27th minute.

Then Masoud Juma took over.

The forward, who was impressive all afternoon, responded with goals late in the first and second half to help his side snatch a point.

“Lots of energy eventually paid off. We gave away two easy goals in the first half but managed to fight back. That is crucial,” Sharks coach William Mluhya explained.

In Mombasa, Wanga gave the visitors the lead in the opening half, before further goals from Humphrey Mieno and Michael Khamati struck late on to give Tusker their third successive win in the league.

Wanga opened the scoring after he was teed up by Jackson Macharia before Mieno struck from the spot after Boniface Muchiri was brought down inside the box. Khamati then completed a sweeping counter-attack from the brewers.

“We dominated this game for most of the time and we deserved to win by more than three goals. My players played confidently and after just quarter an hour of play, I already knew we will win this match,” Tusker coach George “Best” Nsimbe said.

In Muhoroni, A Hassan Kikoyo penalty at the death helped hosts Muhoroni Youth salvage a point in their 1-1 draw with debutantes Nakumatt. Kelvin Thairu put the visitor ahead after 20 minutes of play before Kikoyo struck deep into stoppage time.

COLLATED RESULTS

AFC Leopards 2-0 Thika United

Bandari 0-3 Tusker

Muhoroni 1-1 Nakumatt

Karibangi Sharks 2-2 Posta Rangers

Reports by David Kwalimwa, Abdulrahman Sherrif and Vincent Opiyo

Kenya

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Kenya: Railway Set to Cut Down Cargo Freight Costs

By Allan Olingo

Kenya recently approved freight tariffs for the standard gauge railway, as the government seeks to meet its target of transporting 40 per cent of cargo from Mombasa port by rail.

Kenya Railways Corporation (KPC) managing director Atanas Maina told The EastAfrican that the corporation has received approvals of the tariffs from the Ministry of Transport, which will be half the road haulage rates, and will now begin discussions with transporters.

“We had to go through the process of the approval of the freight tariffs, which the Cabinet Secretary approved last week. We will now start engaging the freight players on the implementation, and possibly enter into contracts with them to move their cargo,” Mr Maina said.

KRC will charge $500 to transport a 20ft container between Mombasa and Nairobi, half of the $1,000 that truck owners charge.

However, traders say they will spend an additional $200 on the last mile transport to industries and other destinations in Nairobi.

Last mile talks

The SGR cargo line will run freight trains with 54 double-stack flat wagons, carrying 216 twenty-foot equivalent units (TEU) per trip, with a load of 4,000 tonnes on each train.

“One of the key issues we will be engaging the stakeholders on is the last mile. This discussion will include whether the customers want us to do a full package that will see us deliver the goods to their doorstep or to the inland container depot,” Mr Maina said, adding that they hope to start signing contracts with cargo firms over the next three months before officially rolling out services in January.

From next month, Kenya will also scale up the cargo service and undertake a three month trial period to allow business people and cargo freighters to do pilot runs on the SGR line.

“We want to start more trials with commercial customers next month so that we can get honest feedback from them over the next three months. We already have 1,620 freight wagons, and we will receive 620 in January and February next year.

“What we have is sufficient to get the cargo line going,” Mr Maina said.

Since June, Kenya Railways has been doing a daily eight hour cargo trip from Mombasa to Nairobi but only with government supplies. The cargo is then distributed to the rest of the country.

Kenya’s Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said that improvement of the inland container deport is critical, and that the government is looking for more land to upgrade Kenya’s overall cargo-handling capacity.

“The expanded ICD can only serve the country up to 2023. In the next five years, we will be expecting to see an upward spiral in cargo traffic from the current 30,000 TEUs to 500,000. That is why we need to start thinking of a bigger handling centre to accommodate this cargo growth,” Mr Macharia said.

“We have been paying the same rate to transport a container via Rift Valley Railways, so Kenya Railways will have to offer competitive rates to attract the freighters and also address the last mile issues in order to remain competitive,” William Ojonyo, the Kenya International Freight and Warehousing Association chairman said.

Railway extension

In Mombasa, ongoing works to build a railway extension line from Berth Number 10 to Number 1 to ease access to cargo are being undertaken by China Railway and Bridges Corporation. The expansion will extend the fast train tracks to cover the 10 berths.

Meanwhile, Uganda hopes that cargo operators will use the SGR network from the port of Mombasa to the Nairobi inland depot, then move the cargo from there using trucks.

Ugandan traders

Uganda’s SGR project executive director Kasingye Kyamugambi said that traders were losing up to $1.2 billion annually transporting their goods from Mombasa to Kampala due to inefficiencies.

“We have seen traders spending up to $5,000 to bring a container from Mombasa to Kampala. This is incurred in high insurance premiums and costs paid to trucking firms. The SGR will definitely cut down this cost drastically, including the delivery timeline,” Mr Kyamugambi said.

Currently only five per cent of imported cargo destined for Kampala uses the railway line. The rest is transported by road, either through Kenya or Tanzania.

Katakwi Residents, Cattle Share Contaminated Water

By Simon Peter Emwamu & Joshua Imalingat

Katakwi — When Ms Helen Apule, 22, got married, she knew her next residence would be at Ongongoja Village in Ongongoja Sub-county, Katakwi District.

One of her roles as housewife was to ensure that the day’s meals are ready on time. However, this task is harder as she lives in a water-scarce village.

From her home to the nearby water source is 4kms.

For more than 35 years now, this borehole is the only source of “clean water” for many families. They share it with domestic animals.

“Each day is a struggle for me as I search for water. I wake up very early and walk 4kms. I make three routes a day to ensure there is enough water at home,” Ms Apule explains.

She narrates that in addition to long distance, the water is not clean and the consequences associated with it are immense. Her three-year-old child was recently diagnosed with typhoid, a disease attributed to drinking contaminated water.

“The borehole water sometimes comes with termites and worms. What we call clean water is not safe for us to drink and use at home” Ms Apule notes.

The sub-county has more than 22 boreholes, most of them broken down. The water scarcity haunts the residents both in dry and rainy seasons.

“Since the start of this year, we have had several cases of typhoid fever and it is expensive to treat. This is because of the contaminated borehole,” Mr Michael Odem, another resident, narrates.

He says four villages draw water from his village borehole.

Pointing at a water pond created by cattle that throng the borehole for drinking, Mr Odem tells Daily Monitor that they have to endure the stench from cow dung to access water. He says government needs to rescue them if they are to stay healthy because the local leadership lacks money to respond quickly to the needs.

According to the area LC3 chairperson, Mr William Omeke, water is not the only problem.

“The scarcity of safe drinking water is not only in dry season but a crisis all year through. Wells that served people during rainy season are also silted and they need to be worked on,” he explains.

He says the most hit villages with hardly a working borehole are: Okoco, Okuda, Oserein and Okudasama.

“I have always maintained my stand. Ongongoja Sub-county needs an affirmative action for both water sources and roads construction,” Mr Omeke says.

“NGOs withdrew from this area, but we implore on them to return. The water crisis here is beyond our reach, our children in schools struggle to find water and so are their teachers,” he adds.

He claims government has for long not heeded to their pleas to have the wells de-silted and valley dams constructed to separate humans’ water sources from those of the animals.

However, Katakwi District water officer Lydia Apio says Ongongoja Sub-county is not being neglected.

She says boreholes sunk in, leading to loss of millions of shillings and that others cannot be successful because of a rocky surface.

“Of all places in the district, it is only in Ongongoja that you find a host of nonfunctional boreholes. This is a result of an underlying rock which hampers construction of boreholes. We have only succeeded in a few places and the boreholes are running,” Ms Apio says.

Ms Apio says with plans by the Ministry of Water and Environment to put up 250 water harvesting tanks, there is hope that the sub-county will be relieved especially during rainy seasons.

According to Dr Emmanuel Tumwesigye of the WSS Services Limited, a firm hired by the ministry to oversee the new project, the 250 tanks will have a good water handling capacity to enable the host family to share with others.

Mattaka Skips Prison By Paying 35m/ – Fine

By Faustine Kapama

FORMER Managing Director of Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) David Mattaka has opted for the 35m/- fine option, to keep at bay, the 21 years imprisonment sentence imposed on him recently for conspiracy, abuse of position and occasioning loss to the government.

Senior State Attorney Mutalemwa Kisheni confirmed to the ‘Daily News’ in Dar es Salaam over the weekend, that Mattaka paid the fine last Thursday and was subsequently released from Ukonga Prison after showing receipts for authenticating payment.

A re-confirmation was made by an official of the cash office at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court, where the former ATCL boss was convicted, as well as a senior Prisons Department official who sought anonymity.

Last Wednesday, Senior Resident Magistrate Victoria Nongwa convicted Mattaka and his co-accused, Elisaph Ikombe, who was acting ATCL Chief Finance Officer of the three offences and sentenced them to either pay a 35m/- fine each or serve a 21-year jail term.

Ikombe, who is currently a bishop of Pentecostal Motomoto Church, paid the fine on the same day. Mattaka didn’t raise the money immediately and was taken to prison instead, to start serving the custodial sentence.

The magistrate had sentenced the duo to either pay a fine of 5m/- or serve three years custodial sentence for conspiracy each. A similar sentence was imposed on each of them on five counts of abuse of position and pay a fine of 10m/-; or go to jail for six years for occasioning loss.

The magistrate clarified, however, that in the event of failure to pay the fine, the convicts would be in prison for only six years, as the sentences imposed on them run concurrently.

Magistrate Nongwa further gave the two convicts one month within which to pay compensation to the ATCL a sum of 143,442.75 US dollars, being the loss they occasioned due to their misdeeds.

The amount, she explained, had to be raised jointly by the convicts, noting that she had been satisfied by the evidence tendered in court by 14 prosecution witnesses. She, however, acquitted William Haji, the former Chief Internal Auditor of ATCL, who was charged jointly with the duo, for lack of conclusive evidence.

The three accused persons had been charged with conspiracy, abuse of office and occasioning loss to the State-owned company, a sum of 143,442.75 US dollars. They allegedly conspired to commit the offences between March and July 2007 in Dar es Salaam.

The prosecution had alleged that while discharging their duties, the trio intentionally abused their positions by inviting a tender to supply ATCL 26 motor vehicles without approval of the company’s tender board.

It was alleged that the accused persons abused their positions by procuring the motor vehicles without conducting competitive tendering from Bin Dalmouk Motors Company Limited, a company based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates and by purchasing the vehicles on behalf of ATCL.

Furthermore, the accused allegedly abused their positions by authorizing payments for purchase of the motor vehicles without there being a formal procurement contract between ATCL and the Dubai based Company, which was signed by the parties and certified by a competent state attorney.

Govt Asked to Repossess Idle Land

Photo: Omar Furnu/The Citizen

Journalists Environmental Association of Tanzania Board member Leau Mushi speaks during a press conference in Dar es Salaam. On the left is her colleague, board member Aisia Rweyemamu.

By Kelvin Matandiko

The government has been requested to repossess more than 64,000 hectares of land owned by Bioshape Tanzania Ltd and restore it to Kilwa District villagers after the investor failed to develop it for the past five years.

The appeal was made by the Journalists Environmental Association of Tanzania (JET) Board member Ms Leah Mushi yesterday when speaking to reporters.

According to her, the land in question is located around four villages namely Mavuji, Migeregere, Nainokwe and Liwiti in the district.

Ms Leah revealed that the investor between 2006 and 2008 signed a contract with the government and acquired the land, but in the past five years he has not developed it despite promising to use it for agriculture.

A JET team is expected to prepare a report and submit it to the Ministry of Lands, Housing and Human Settlements Development and other relevant institutions.

“We will prepare a report and submit it to the ministry. Instead of using the land for agriculture as it is shown in the contract, the investor opted to engage in timber harvesting,” she said.

She added that efforts to reach the investor to clarify on the matter were in vain and that reports availed by Kilwa District Council leaders suggested that he had abandoned the land and was not in the country.

For his part, another JET board member, Mr Moses Masenga said the investor’s failure to develop the land, has denied villagers an opportunity to carry out agricultural activities.

“We understand that the land has been abandoned for a long time and the investor has already left the country, so we call on the minister (Mr William Lukuvi) to restore the land to the villagers as he did elsewhere,” he said.

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Kenyans Are Ready for Repeat Elections – Kenyatta

press release

President Uhuru Kenyatta has said Kenyans are ready for elections and asked the Opposition to stop issuing unnecessary demands.

The President said unlike the Opposition, which keeps on addressing press conferences in Nairobi, Jubilee Party is already campaigning in preparations for the October 17 elections.

“We have already hit the ground while our colleagues in the opposition are still wasting their energies issuing statements in press conferences in Nairobi,’ said President Kenyatta.

“We are ready for the polls. This is why we have embarked on campaigns to woo support from Kenyans.”

The President, who was addressing Nakuru residents at Free Area, castigated NASA leaders for continuously antagonizing Kenyans who want to move on with their day-to-day activities, saying elections should not derail the development of the country.

“Kenyans want to do away with issues of elections. They want to carry on with their day-to-day activities away from political life and that’s why they are preparing for theOctober 17 polls,” said the President.

Deputy President William Ruto said the Opposition has nothing new to offer Kenyans and have already sensed defeat.

“They know we will beat them like the way we did on August 8. This is why they are now claiming that they will not participate in the October polls,” said the Deputy President.

The President and his Deputy urged Kenyans to continue embracing peace especially now that the country is heading for the repeat presidential polls.

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We’re Ready for Poll as Nasa Wastes Time in News Conferences – Kenyatta

Nakuru — President Uhuru Kenyatta has said Kenyans are ready for elections and asked the Opposition to stop issuing unnecessary demands.

The President said unlike the Opposition, which keeps on addressing press conferences in Nairobi, the Jubilee Party is already campaigning in preparations for the October 17 election.

“We have already hit the ground while our colleagues in the Opposition are still wasting their energies issuing statements in press conferences in Nairobi,” said President Kenyatta.

“We are ready for the polls. This is why we have embarked on campaigns to woo support from Kenyans.”

The President, who was addressing Nakuru residents at Free Area, castigated NASA leaders for continuously antagonising Kenyans who want to move on with their day-to-day activities, saying elections should not derail the development of the country.

“Kenyans want to do away with issues of elections. They want to carry on with their day-to-day activities away from political life and that’s why they are preparing for the October 17 polls,” said the President.

Deputy President William Ruto said the Opposition has nothing new to offer Kenyans and have already sensed defeat.

“They know we will beat them like the way we did on August 8. This is why they are now claiming that they will not participate in the October polls,” said the Deputy President.

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I’m Only Human – Kenyatta Defends Strong Reaction to Poll Nullification

By Olive Burrows

Nairobi — President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday defended his less than diplomatic reaction to the nullification of his August 8 re-election by the Supreme Court of Kenya.

Addressing members of the Abagusii community who called on him at the Nakuru State Lodge, President Kenyatta said his reaction was not anything out of this world and if anything, was to be expected.

President Kenyatta who referred to the Supreme Court judges who were in favour of the nullification as “wakora” (crooks) said his anger at Chief Justice David Maraga – who hails from the Abagusii community – was justified.

“It’s true. I was really pained… . pained. How would you feel if you were asked to re-sit an exam you passed? I’m also human and I was angry, enraged by Maraga and his court. I must speak truthfully. Why should I be dishonest?”

“Let’s be honest with one another, how would you feel if you had your cow stolen only for the court to award it to the thief because the P3 was not properly filled out? Would you take daylight robbery lying down? Were you expecting me to laugh about it? I have to stand up for myself. Should I fail to do so then it would send the message that I stole the election. When a wrong is done to you, you’ve got to speak up for yourself.”

President Kenyatta’s tirades against the Chief Justice and a majority of the Supreme Court judges have met disapproval including from the Abagusii community; a section of whom have demanded an apology.

On Wednesday however, President Kenyatta said he had no apologies to make because his problem was not with Maraga as a Kisii but Maraga the judge. “When a wrong is done to you, does tribe matter?”

If that were the case, President Kenyatta said the same yard stick should be used to measure the Opposition who have on numerous occasions bayed for his Interior and Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiangi’s blood.

“They immediately moved to capitalise on my exception to Maraga’s judgement by campaigning in Kisii and Nyamira but isn’t Matiangi one of you? They have no leg to stand on,” he said dismissively.

In his opinion, President Kenyatta said, the prudent thing for the Supreme Court to have done was to order for a recount. “It would have been better if they directed that the ballot boxes be taken to Kasarani stadium, be opened and the ballots therein be recounted.”

His deputy William Ruto also sought to assure the community influencers that their problem lay with Raila Odinga who petitioned their win in the first place. “What case do we have with Maraga? Odinga is the one who took us to court. He started it. Even today you’ll hear him complain about this visit. As though we’ve tasked him with cleaning the dishes that will be used,” Ruto said to laughter.

It is however not only the Abagusii community which has taken issue with the threats President Kenyatta and his deputy have made against Maraga and his deputies because the Supreme Court decision did not go their way or how they thought it should.

Diplomatic missions, election observers and Maraga himself took great exception to Jubilee’s attacks on the Judiciary in the period leading up to the August 8 election where judgements concerning the exercise were not in their favour.

“We note with concern the audacity of the party as it seeks to select who hears the cases it files in court. The emerging culture of public lynching of judges and judicial officers by the political class is a vile affront to the rule of law and must be fiercely resisted,” he stated.

READ: CJ Maraga takes stand against ‘vile public lynching’ of judges

In a one-on-one interview with Capital FM News thereafter, President Kenyatta defended his utterances saying accountability and oversight cut both ways and the Judiciary couldn’t reasonably claim immunity from deserved criticism.

Ex-ATCL Chief Convicted

By Faustine Kapama

Former Air Tanzania Company Limited (ATCL) Managing Director David Mattaka and his acting Chief Finance Officer Elisaph Ikombe were yesterday convicted of conspiracy, abuse of office and occasioning loss.

The convicts were sentenced to either pay 35m/- fine or serve 21 years behind bars, each. Mattaka who once served as Director General of PPF Pension Fund and Ikombe, who currently serves as the Bishop with Pentecostal Motomoto Church, were also linked to dirty deal of 26-vehicle purchase.

Senior Resident Magistrate Victoria Nongwa, who tried the case at the Kisutu Resident Magistrate’s Court in Dar es Salaam, meted out the sentence after convicting the two accused in all the six counts they were facing.

The trial magistrate sentenced each convict to either pay the 5m/- fine or serve three years custodian sentence for conspiracy. Similar sentence was meted out to each of convict on five counts of abuse of position and each was ordered to pay the 10m/- fine or go to jail for six years for loss occasioning offence.

The magistrate clarified that in case of default in paying the fine, the two convicts will remain behind bars for only six years, as the sentences run co-currently. As of yesterday, only Ikombe had paid the fine.

Magistrate Nongwa gave the two convicts a one-month ultimatum to compensate ATCL with 143,442.75 US dollars (over 320m/-), being the loss they caused due to their misconducts. The convicts will equally share the compensation amount, the magistrate ordered.

She said the accused were convicted upon satisfactory evidences adduced before the court by 14 prosecution witnesses. She, however, acquitted William Haji, former ATCL Chief Internal Auditor, earlier charged jointly with the duo, due to lack of evidence.

Before imposing the punishment, the prosecution, led by Senior State Attorney Mutalemwa Kishenyi, asked the court to severely punish the convicts to serve as a lesson to them and other officials wishing to commit similar offences.

But, Mattaka prayed for mercy, saying whatever he did, he was implementing directives by ATCL board of directors in attempt to salvage the then ailing company. He told the court that the vehicles were purchased in good faith and are still being used even today.

He pleaded for lenient sentence, saying he has a family and several other dependants and at 66 years old, his age has advanced. On his part, Ikombe requested the court to consider his status in the society, as the Bishop with several followers.

During the trial, the three accused were charged with conspiracy, abuse of office and occasioning 143,442 US dollar loss to the public company. They allegedly conspired to commit the offences between March and July 2007 in Dar es Salaam.

The prosecution alleged that while discharging their duties, the accused intentionally abused their positions by inviting tenders to supply ATCL with 26 motor vehicles without approval of tender board.

It was alleged that the accused abused their positions by procuring the motor vehicles from Dubai-based Bin Dalmouk Motors Company Limited, without conducting competitive tendering.

Furthermore, the accused allegedly abused their positions by authorising payments for purchase of the motor vehicles without a formal procurement contract between ATCL and the Dubai firm.

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