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IMG_7586LawyerJessie Oduor for Zachary Onsongo submitting before Employment and Labour court lady Justice Monica Mbaru after he filed application court seeking orders to quash the decision of the President to retire and transfer former Deputy Inspector General of police Grace Kaindi.


Human Right Activist has moved to court seeking orders to quash the decision of the President to retire and transfer former Deputy Inspector General of police Grace Kaindi.

A petitioner has filed an application at the Employment and Labour court alleging that President Uhuru Kenyatta violated the constitution in replacing her.

Zachary Onsongo, says that the move by the head of state is unconstitutional, which calls the court to protect the violation of the constitution.

 The activist through his lawyer  Oduor Jesse, told  the court that the said transfer of  Kaindi erodes the constitutional  gains towards the empowerment of  women..

The lawyer told Justice Monica Mbaru, that in effecting the transfer or retire the President usurped the powers of the National Police Service Commission as enshrined in the constitution

 Mr Jesse argued Kaindi holds a constitutional office in which she was appointed on the basis of competitive process by NPSC.

 He said the said transfer did not factor in the issue of gender as provided in the constitution.

The court that  Kaindi has  five years contract which expire on 2018, saying  her retirement is violation of  her contract  of employment.

The lawyer said that the Deputy Inspector-General of Police holds a constitutional office and was appointed on the basis of a competitive process by the National Police Service.

“By virtue of Constitutional provisions and the National Police Service Act, the deputy inspector general cannot be fired without following the due process of the law,” explained lawyer Jesse.

He added that the deputy inspector general has a five year contract which is to end in 2018.

 Kaindi was retired on 31 August 2015 and appointed ambassador whose station was not disclosed.

The court certified the matter urgent and directed that the application by served upon NPSC and attorney general and same be heard tomorrow due the urgency.

President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday replaced Deputy Inspector General of Police Grace Kaindi in a reshuffle.

The President appointed Joel Kitili, who has been the General Service Unit commandant, to act in her position.

“Kitili will serve with immediate effect, and until the substantive processing of appointment of the next Deputy IG takes place,” the President said.Kaindi has been appointed ambassador without portfolio.

The President also replaced National Counter Terrorism Centre director Isaac Ochieng, who has been appointed ambassador.

Uhuru replaced him with Martin Kimani, who was Kenya’s Permanent Representative to the UN Office.

Kaindi had been excluded from a Sh12 billion police equipment procurement and had earlier been offered a diplomat’s job before yesterday’s shuffle.

The Interior ministry is procuring the equipment through single-sourcing.

In June, National Police Service Commission chairman Johnston Kavuludi had said Kaindi will serve until January 2018.

Kavuludi, in a letter to Inspector General Joseph Boinnet, cancelled the initial letter dated December last year.

The letter directed Kaindi to go on three-month leave pending retirement. She turned 60 on July 25.

“Our letter of December 2014 giving notice for your retirement from October 2015 stands cancelled,” the letter from Kavuludi said then.




Kenya1441199200570 National Teachers Union Chairman Mudzo Nzili and National Secretary General Wilson Sossion  leaving Supreme court on Wenesday September 2 ,2015.



Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has moved to the highest court on the land seeking it to review it last week decision on Teachers payment.

This follows a directive from judges for the parties in the dispute to return to court next week.

TSC wants the Supreme Court to stop the adoption of a 50-60 per cent pay increase ordered by lower courts until its application seeking a review of the ruling is determined.

However, Supreme Court Judge Jackton Ojwang’ has directed the TSC to serve its court papers to the other parties in the case.

“I hereby order and direct that the application in question shall forthwith be served upon all the parties in the case,” said Justice Ojwang’.

The parties should then take a hearing date before the Registrar on Tuesday.

Supreme Court directed TSC to pay teachers their salaries as ordered by Employment and labour relation court judge Nduma Ndeli.

TSC lost it bid to stop the implementation of 50-60% salary increments for teachers before the appellate court that led the commission to rush to the Supreme Court where they suffered a major blow after Supreme Court dismissed their application.

KNUT has already announced countrywide strike, a move that will paralyzed the learning in public schools.

Treasury Cabinet Secretary said they don’t money to pay teachers’ salaries.

The Kenya National Union of Teachers has officially called for the commencement of the nationwide teachers’ strike saying teachers will not resume duty until the Government honors the court order that awarded teachers a 50-60% pay hike.

The union Secretary General Wilson Sossion says teachers will not negotiate with the Government over the court’s order as the Government has the capacity of paying teachers their pay hike.

The nationwide strike has officially commenced today with the Kenya National Union of Teachers saying there is no need to issue a strike notice to TSC as it is a continuation of what began last year.

The ongoing teachers strike entered its third day with no end in sight, and for teachers who have downed their tools the back and forth haggling for a salary rise is symptomatic of serious fundamental problems in the country.

The tussle between the teachers and the Government has left both parents and students especially those that are just about to sit for their national exams worried but KNUT says teachers will remain unmoved by their employers’ plea to resume classes as they only go back to work once their employer the Teachers Service Commission deposits money in teachers’ accounts.

KNUT National Chairman Mudzo Nzili says it is within their constitutional right to demand for a pay increment and will fight on to ensure teachers receive their increment.

According to the Giant teachers’ union they will not negotiate with the Government over the court’s order as the Government has the capacity of paying teachers their pay hike.

KNUT Secretary General Wilson Sossion says teachers do not need to sign performance contracts before getting a pay rise saying teachers’ performance is gauged every year through the national examination.

The official commencement of the nationwide teachers strike came even after the Supreme Court accepted an appeal by TSC challenging its ruling directing the commission to implement a 50 to 60% salary increase for teachers.

Supreme Court Judge Jackton Ojwang directed TSC to serve KNUT and KUPPET with the application it has file in court and directed the parties to appear before the court on next week Wednesday for hearing.





Lawyer Patrick Lutta for the two city lawyers who are being probed by criminal investigation officers at Milimani law courts.


Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) is investigating offences allegedly committed by two city lawyers Nelson Havi and Michael Osundwa involving changes in the shareholding and directorship of Purple Saturn Properties, a firm connected to former Central Bank of Kenya (CBK) Governor Nahashon Nyagah.

Justice Ngugi was on Wednesday heard that criminal charges have however not been lodged against the lawyers.

The Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), through Ashomosi Shitambasi, told the court that the matter is still under investigation and that any criminal charges will be preferred once the DCI has made its recommendations to the DPP.

The two lawyers have in a pre-emptive measure moved to court to challenge their prosecution after being invited to record statements.

Lawyer Patrick Lutta, appearing for the two lawyers, said the intended prosecution relates to a civil suit in which they acted in their professional capacity.

“Any proposed criminal charges will contravene their fundamental rights to a fair trial and administrative action and would amount to an abuse of the legal process,” Lutta said.

Lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi successfully applied for the enjoinment of the two complainants, Rendeavour Services Ltd and businessman Stephen Jennings, to participate as interested parties. He said he required 14 days to file a replying affidavit and grounds of objection.

In their petition, Havi and Osundwa said they were instructed by Purple Saturn, between February 24 and March 3, to change its ownership and management and duly informed the Registrar of Companies about the restructuring of the firm.

The lawyers are under investigation for conspiring to defraud Kofinaf Company Ltd of Sh5 billion worth of shares in Purple Saturn Properties Ltd. The offence was allegedly committed between June 13 and August 3.



1441199353518Some of the 16 current and former officials of Kihiu-Mwiri land buying company charged with murder of four director of the company in Kiambu and Murang’a counties at Milimani law courts on Wednesday 2 September, 2015.


Sixteen former and current directors of the controversial Muranga-based Kihiu Mwiri land buying company have been charged with the killing of former officials.

The officials however did not plead to the charges after the prosecution requested for more time to facilitate their mental assessment to determine whether they are fit to stand trial.

The accused persons will undergo psychiatrist examination at the Mathari Mental Hospital before they formally answer to the capital charges.

The accused are Joseph Thiongo, Henry Ngugi, Julius Kanyiri, John Njoroge, Harrison Kibande, Joseph Muchui, Bernard Murigi and Josephat Macharia.
Others facing charges are Mary Mugechi, Joseph Nyamu, Patrick Ikuu, Samuel Njeru, Peter Mburu, Peter Murigi, Zackaria Ngaruiya and John Kamau.

High Court Judge Jessie Lesiit postponed the plea taking to September 21. Seven of the suspects have been in police custody for the last 28 days while the rest were arrested last week.

Deputy Public Prosecutor Catherine Mwaniki last week had made an application to detain seven of the suspects for eight days to complete investigations.

 She had said that more time was required for investigators to recover weapons believed to have been used in the killings.

Justice Nicholas Ombija had given the State until September 2 to either charge or release them.

The sixteen are accused of murdering Peter Kimani Kuria on May 10 at Kihiu Mwiri in Murang’a County. They allegedly committed the offense jointly with others not before the court.

They are also accused of murdering Paul Muhuhi Bernard on June 28 at Majengo Estate in Thika within Kiambu County.

The 16 are further accused of Murdering Josphat Kibe Nyoike and Zachary Chege Kiratu on July 29 along Kihiu Mwiri in Murang’a County jointly with others who were not before the court.

Lawyers Evans Ondieki and Kamau Mbiyu protested that the police of violating the constitutional rights of the accused persons by holding them without charge beyond the statutory 14 days allowed by law.

 Justice Lesiit however directed the counsels to submit their complaints in writing.

The 15 men will be detained at Industrial Area Prison Remand while one woman Mary Mugechi,will be taken to Lang’ata Women Prison.




1441195793461Two Narok county government Wildlife Services wardens Moses Kuiyoni (right) and Samuel Kishoyan, at Milimani law courts where they were charged with attempted murder on Wednesday 2 September, 2015.


Three Game wardens linked with the killings of a protestor in Narok during demonstration against the Narok County Governor Samuel Tunai seven months ago have been charged.

Julius Dikirr was charged with the murder of Sikona Ole Muntet on January 26 at Narok County Government headquarters.

Warden Moses Kuiyoni faced a charge of attempted murder of Amos Kosion Losaloi by shooting him during the fracas.WARDEN ON MURDER CHARGE

Their co accused, Samuel Kishoyan was charged with causing grievous bodily harm to James Kimpila Ntempei on the same date.

The four denied four counts before Chief Magistrate Daniel Ogembo at the Milimani law court    today morning.

Dikiri who separately appeared before high court judge Jesee Lessit did not plead to the murder charges.

The judge instead directed the prosecution to take him to Mathari mental hospital for mental assessment before he is arraigned in court on September 18   to formally plead to the murder charges.

Director of Public Prosecution made an application seeking to remand the accused until the matter is heard and determined due to security reasons.

The investigating officer Pauline Njoroge in a sworn affidavit states that investigation showed that the accused persons were culpable for the offences as started in the charge sheet.

DPP through Duncan Ondimu said the accused are facing serious offences and if released on bail they are likely to abscond bail and interfere with witnesses who are based in Narok.

“Based on  the seriousness of the offence, the sentence to be passed  if convicted and the evidence gathered so far ,there is a high likely of absconding  by the accused hence them being flight risk” said in his affidavit.

He argued that the accused are licensed fire arm ho;lder and they are still employees of the Narok County Government where the crimes were committed and the witness in the case facing the accused are based in Narok county.

“The accused are based in Narok County and due to the nature of the employment of the accused, there is a high likehood of interfering with witness” said Pauline in her affidavit.

He said the witness in the cases suffered serious injuries which led to serious disability and they are vulnerable witness.

He further argued due to current prevailing volatile situation in Nairok County and considering public interest, bail should not be granted.

He also opposed the accused to be released on bail due to their own security and prevailing volatile situation in Narok County the accused security cannot be guaranteed.

However, the accused lawyer Kangai objected to DPP application saying the issues raised in the affidavit were speculative and the accused learnt about the arrest warrant through newspapers.

The suspects through their lawyer they told the court that they presented themselves to court after they learnt that a warrant of arrest had been issued against them.

Ogembo said he will deliver the ruling on Friday at 11 A.M whether to release the accused on bond or not.

On Friday last week Senior principal magistrate Martha Mutuku said that arrest warrant issued against Moses Kuiyoni and Samwel Kishoyan , but directed that they appear before  Capitol Hill police station on Monday 31 for purposes of recording statements.

Omogeni told trial magistrate, that it’s in good faith that the suspects have appeared in court and it’s upon the court to exercise its discretion and lift the warrant.

Narok Senator Stephen Ole Ntutu and four MPs who are under investigations over chaotic demonstrations late January 2015 warned them to desist from taking part in any demonstration.

the DPP dropped incitement to violence charges against Senator  Ntutu and four  MPs Johana Ngeno (EmurwaDikir), Moitalel Kenta (Narok North), Korei Lemein (Narok South) and Patrick Ntutu (Narok West).

The five were discharged after the DPP found no evidence to prosecute them.

The DPP urged the court to release the five suspects on bond saying he had received information that chaos had erupted in Narok the same morning as residents protested the arrest of the politicians.

During the protests, one person was injured while businesses remained closed as angry youths barricaded roads leading to Narok Town.




APPLICATION TO HAVE PARLIAMENT DISSOLVED (7)Lawyer Edna Arati (centre) leaves Milimani law courts accompanied by political activist Japhet Moroko,(left) and city politician Gitonga Wathanga, after hearing of an application seeking to have the parliament dissolved on the grounds that it have been unable to pass key constitutional bills before the August 27th deadline.
High court has declined to dissolve the parliament and directed the human activist to file and serve the petition to respondent.
Justice Mumbi Ngugi said she cannot issue expartie orders since she has not heard both sides.
Human rights activist wanted the court to dissolve parliament for failing to play it constitutional as it’s enshrined in constitution.
He argues that the decision by the parliament to extend the passing of the key constitutional bills by a year is unlawful.
Moroka want the current parliament dissolved and new parliament elected to allow it to enact the required legislation.
Moroka moved to court on Thursday to contest the decision by Parliament to extend the enactment of 28 Bills by twelve months.
Under a certificate of urgency, Japhet Muroko has accused the August House of unlawfully and procedurally doing so on August 25.
Consequently, the petitioner wants the decision by Parliament declared a nullity and the latter quashed by the High Court.
He has accused Attorney- General Githu Muigai of failing to legally advise the National Assembly that move is unlawful.
Muroko also contends that the A-G has neglected to consult with the Commission for Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) on the issue.
He now wants CIC compelled to prepare fresh bills in accordance to the 5th Schedule and Article 262 of the Constitution.
The activist insists that Article 261(1) does not allow Parliament to change titles of the Bills and ought to pass all legislation as specified without amending the Chapters.
And according to the petitioner, the current Parliament should be dissolved in accordance to Article 261(7) and a new Parliament allowed enacting the required legislation under article 261(8).
“ The High Court should declare that the National Assembly failed to enact all legislation as enumerated in the 5th schedule and in accordance to Article 261(1) and should therefore be dissolved forthwith,’’ he states.
He claims that the purported extended 28 Bills published by Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution and Parliament are not amongst the Bills enumerated in the 5th Schedule.
“The 28 bills extended by Parliament on the August 25 2015 are conspicuously missing in the 5th schedule,’’ Muroko claims.
Further, the petitioner wants CIC to furnish the High Court with all the Bills it timely prepared and forwarded for deliberation, reading and passing by the National Assembly.
In addition, he wants the provincial administration dissolved to enable Article 262(17) take effect under the constitution.
“District commissioners, division officers, chiefs and sub chiefs are stopped from conducting the functions not listed in the constitution,’’ he adds.
The matter is set to be heard on 8 of September for interparty.



hThe three Garissa County Executive officer from left to right: Idriss Muktar incharge of Trade docket, Muktar Burale (water) and Salah Yakub (Environment and Energy) who obtained orders restraining their sacking.
The embattled Garissa County Government governor Nathif Jama has suffered another major blow after the Employment and Labour Relations in Nairobi declined to vacate orders restraining him from sacking three county executive officers serving under his government.
Governor’s lawyer Ahmednasir Abdullahi made unsuccessful application seeking to vacate orders issued against the governor, arguing that the governor has powers to appoint and sack the county executive officers in his government.
Ahmednasir requested for clarification and subsequent vacation of the court order issued by Justice Wa makau.
However the vacation judge, lady justice Monica Mbaru extended the orders pending the hearing set for 21 September,Stating he should wait for 21st for argument and raiding of concerns.
The Employment and Labour Relations Court had earlier extended orders issued against Garissa County Government challenging court orders that called for their sacking from the County Executive officers..
“The order issued by Justice Nzioka Makau on 31 July preserving status quo ante be and hereby extended” said Justice Linette
Justice Linette Ndolo warned the county government against violating court orders issued against them.
Three Garissa County Executive Members through a lawyer Charles Kanjama filed an appeal challenging court orders that called for their sacking from the County Assembly.
Idris Aden Mukhtar, Mukhtar Bulale and Salah Yakub Falah filed the appeal seeking the reinstatement of interim orders issued by Employment and Labour relations Judge Nzioka Makau.
Justice Makau’s orders were set aside on July 27 by a ruling issued by Justice Hellen Wasilwa who said that three could not continue working for their employer, the County Government of Garissa, if there lacked an existing working relationship.
The three also want the Garissa Governor Nathif Jama ordered to appear in court to show because why he should not be cited for contempt and committed to prison for disobeying orders issued on July 27.
Mukhtar, Bulale and Falah also want any orders given to the Garissa Governor to restructure his ministries stayed until the appeal is heard and determined.
The three lost a bid to keep their jobs after the Employment and Labour Relations Court threw out orders reinstating them, a ruling they are now challenging in court.
They were dismissed from office in May this year but were later reinstated after the court ordered so.
Justice Wasilwa agreed with submissions tabled by the Jama led County Government stating that reinstating the three amounts to forcing an employee on an employer.
The County Government through lawyer Steven Mogaka challenged the orders issued reinstating the three arguing that they were issued exparte and the County did not get an opportunity to defend their stand.
The orders issued, Mogaka said, should not have been awarded at that stage without the court having listened to both sides.
“The court ought to have given the county government an opportunity to present its case against the three,” the lawyer said.
Mogaka told the court that the County had not acted in any malice when it made its decision to terminate the employment of the three.
He told the court that Muhktar and Falah were fired after they failed to satisfactorily explain a trip they took to Israel and Italy without authorization from the county.
Buale on the other hand, the court had heard, was fired for failing to explain the delay in establishing a water project proposed by the County.
Delay in commencing work on the water project, he said, is posing a health risk to the residents who are now forced to take muddy water.
He maintained that the court erred in issuing the orders before having listened to submissions from both parties in the matter.
” Reinstatement of an employee is a substantive remedy not temporary relief the law does not contemplate that reinstatement issues as a provisional measure it’s a remedy that should normally be granted upon the full hearing of the employer and employee ‘s case “he submitted.
Before the three were sacked, Mogaka said, they were accorded an opportunity to defend their actions and counter the allegations against them, which they failed to do.
“The county government has since restructured its ministries by reducing them from eleven to seven in a move aimed at reducing expenditures on the county finance,” he said emphasizing that the three have no position in the County Government.
The public, he further stated, have also been informed of the changed after a press statement was sent notifying of the changes.
The County, he said, has appointed Hajir Mohamed Dahiye, Mohamed Aden Noor, Abdihakim Sheikh Dayb, Halima Mohammed Haji, Ahmed Aden and Hubi Hussein as County Executives in charge of Agriculture, Water, Finance, Sports, Transport and Health respectively.
The matters to be heard on September 21 for inter parties and further directions.



ahmdnasir.SeniorCounselAhmednasir Abdullahi representing families of the victims of extrajudicial killings of Muslim men in Kenya.


Religious leaders have condemned ongoing killing of Muslim men which they are certain are “officially authorized at the highest levels as part of a government policy to kill”

On his official twitter page, Senior Counsel Ahmednasir Abdullahi representing families of the victims says that extrajudicial killings of Muslim men in Kenya has now met the test of crimes against humanity. “Bensouda must open preliminary investigation.”

He also claimed that a senior retired police officer during the Kibaki government has been appointed by the present rule as head of a special unit in charge of extrajudicial killings of Muslims.

“On behalf of Muslim leaders, cleric and civil society, I have instructions to serve 21 days notice to the DPP (director of public prosecution) to prosecute 12 top officials of the GOK (government of Kenya)” he said.

The lawyer also warned that failure of the DPP to act, his clients would petition the prosecutor of the international criminal court, ICC to investigate the matter.

Similarly, lawyer Ahmednasir claimed that an alleged government policy of extrajudicial killings of Muslims target a specific ethnic/religion.

Demonstrating the gravity of the alleged executions, lawyer Paul Mwangi commented on the post saying that the continued disappearance of Muslims in Kenya is an international crime against humanity.

He went on to quote an international declaration on the protection of all persons from enforced disappearance adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations in its resolution 47/133 of December 18 1992.

According to the resolution, no one shall be subjected to enforced disappearance and no exceptional circumstances whatsoever, whether a state of war or a threat of war, internal political instability or any other public emergency may be invoked as a jurisdiction for forced disappearance.

Speaking at Mombasa where he met security agencies, Internal Security Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery cautioned that the killings and mysterious disappearance of terror suspects and Al-Shabaab returnees must stop.

The CS also instructed investigators to probe allegations by scores of families living at the coast that police officers could be behind the acts.

A fortnight ago, Kaya elders voiced their frustration claiming that over 50 youths suspected to be members of the Mombasa republican council, MRC had gone missing.

The elders believed that the government had a hand in the disappearance pleading for the whereabouts of their missing youths.

While responding to the accusations leveled against officers, CS Nkaissery told security agencies that they are deployed to provide security to the citizens, “that is their cardinal responsibility, not to make them disappear.”

CS Nkaissery also extended the amnesty period for returnees stating that the government had made substantial success calling on others to come home.

“I informed the security team that we should welcome them, the issue of harassment, I have given instructions that the youth who surrender should be give warm reception and we debrief them,” the CS said.

During the visit, CS Nkaissery also gave a clean bill of health to two NGOs Muhuri and Haki Africa which had been blacklisted by the government on allegations that they were funding and aiding terrorists.

Lawyer Mwangi while quoting the declaration said, “For the purpose of this convention, enforced disappearance is considered to be the arrest, detention, abduction or any other form of deprivation of liberty by agents of the state or by persons or groups of persons acting with authorization, support or acquiescence of the state, followed by refusal to acknowledge the deprivation of liberty or the concealment of the fate or whereabouts of the disappeared person, which place such a person outside the protection of the law.”

The declaration also states that no order or instruction from any public authority, civilian, military or other may be invoked to justify an offence of enforced disappearance.

Lawyer Mwangi also reminded the alleged perpetrators that any person who commits, orders, solicits or induces the commission of, attempts to commit is an accomplice to or participates in an enforced disappearance.



ruto-picDeputy President William Ruto and Bomet Governor Isaac Ruto engaged in a public war of words at fundraising in aid of women groups on Saturday.


The rivalry in the South rift pitting deputy President William Ruto  and Bomet governor Isaac Ruto turned  into public outrage.                This after the Bomet governor lost his temper after he was heckled as he made his speech during a fundraiser attended by the deputy President.

Bomet governor then threatened to call off the meeting  making the crowd even more hostile with the DP dismissing the governor’s threats.

Governor Ruto is facing  stiff opposition from the deputy president’s  allies majority of them MPs who want to oust the governor in the 2017 general election for standing up against the deputy president leadership in the region.

Senator Wilfred Lessan was also booed by the public who demanded to know why he deserted them after the election.

He was forced to cut short his speech and resume his seat as Bomet Central MP Ronald Tonui who was the master of ceremony laughed it off telling the senator that he was paying the price of not bringing his supporters to the meeting.

Bomet DC Benard Leparmarai and the police had a hard time restraining the public from moving to the dais.

“In your absence, MPs have been going round insulting me and publicly stating that they have your blessings to do so,” Mr Ruto said.

“Unless you stop the MPs from insulting us, the political rift in Rift Valley will widen before the next general election and threaten the unity of the Kalenjin community,” he added.

Amidst shouts from the public the governor said, “If these hecklers cannot be stopped.we can bring this meeting to an abrupt end… we can lead people out of this meeting if the nonsense continues,” the governor said at the fundraiser in aid of Joyful Women Organisation (Joywo) whose patron is the DP’s wife Rachel Ruto.

The governor also criticised the government over the resettlement of Mau evictees.

“It is sad that while IDPs were awarded Sh450,000, Mau evictees are still languishing in camps with the government promising them Sh150,000,” Ruto said.

When it came to the DP’s turn to address the public, he accused Mr Ruto of dividing the Kalenjins.

“You can’t threaten us that you will bring this meeting to an end. This is my meeting and you should stop engaging in rhetorical politics,” Ruto said.

He said, “This is my turf and I can’t be threatened. The mentality of dividing the people is primitive and backward.

“All of us were elected by the people and none of us is in an elective position by default,” the DP said.

“I have heard people talking about not knowing who between the two Rutos will be elected President. Is it not clear that there is a difference between Isaac and William?” The DP wondered.

Deputy President also defended the government on the Mau evictees’ issue.

“You can’t lecturer us on how to resettle the evictees for President Uhuru Kenyatta and I know what we are doing.

“Nothing will deter us from moving forward and delivering what we promised the people in the campaigns ahead of the last general election,” said the DP.

The DP also waded into the controversial issue of the proposed Bomet University College to be built by Moi University saying a technical training institute in the heart of Bomet Town would be converted into a university.

He said five technical training institutes had been earmarked for construction in Bomet East, Konoin, Sotik, Chapalungu and Bomet Central.

“Modern medical equipment to the tune of Sh425 million will be delivered to Longisa County Referral Hospital and another batch worth Sh380 million will be given to Ndanai Health Centre,” DP Ruto said.



Mideast-Egypt-Al-Jaze_Horo-635x357 Australian Al-Jazeera reporter Peter Greste Sunday called on Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi to pardon him and two colleagues handed three-year prison sentences, describing the Saturday court decision as “politically motivated”.

Greste, Canadian Mohamed Fahmy and Egyptian producer Baher Mohamed were sentenced for broadcasting “false” news that harmed Egypt in a retrial on Saturday, with the shock ruling by the Cairo court drawing international criticism.

“In the absence of any evidence of wrongdoing, the only conclusion that we can come to is that this verdict was politically motivated,” Greste, who was tried in absentia after being deported early this year, said in Sydney.

“President Sissi now has an opportunity to undo that injustice, to correct that injustice. The eyes of the world are on Egypt.

“It is now up to President Sissi to do what he said he would do from the outset and that is pardon us if we were ever convicted.”

The three journalists were sentenced to between seven and 10 years in jail last year, but an appeals court in January granted them a retrial, saying the verdict had not been backed by evidence.

They were arrested in December 2013, months after the military overthrew Islamist president Mohamed Morsi and launched a deadly crackdown on his supporters.

The case has become an embarrassment for Sissi, who has said he wished the reporters had been deported rather than put on trial.

Greste vowed to use “every legal, political, diplomatic and social means” to fight Saturday’s verdict, which saw Fahmy and Mohamed — who were in court after being released on bail — taken into custody.

“We will continue to fight this using every available means open to us,” he said.

“This is about what this means for due process in Egypt. It’s about what it means for the rule of law in Egypt. It is also about what it means about freedom of the press and democracy in Egypt.”

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop said her government would “do all that we can do help him clear his name,” referring to Greste.

“He’s not in Egypt so that could limit the legal processes that he can undertake,” Bishop told commercial broadcaster Channel Seven on Sunday.

“But most certainly, there is available a presidential pardon, and we made numerous representations to President al-Sissi in the lead-up to the appeal, in relation to the first trial, and now the retrial.”