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Lamu chief, his assistant hacked to death

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A Lamu chief and his assistant were on Wednesday killed in cold blood inside their office in Mbwajumwali village.

Lamu County Commissioner Irungu Macharia said unknown assailants stormed the office around midday and hacked Chief Mohamed Haji Famau and his assistant Malik Athman Shee to death.

Mr Macharia said the two attackers were wearing Islamic clothing for women commonly known as buibui.

The county security boss said the motive of the attack remains unknown. He added that officials have opened investigation into the crime.

The killing comes barely two months after a police officer was murdered by unknown people near the same area.

The officer’s mutilated body was found dumped in a thicket on the Mbwajumwali-Kizingitini road on October 5.

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Early this year, a Nyumba Kumi official was murdered by unknown assailants in Mbwajumwali village.

Amina Bakari, 30, who was also a volunteer with the Kenya Red Cross Society, was slashed to death at around 11pm.

This is not the first time that chiefs have been killed in Lamu East.

In 2016, Mbwajumwali Chief Mohamed Shee Mohamed was hacked to death by unknown assailants in the morning while he was on his way to work.

The motive behind the killings of the local administrators is yet to be established.

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Khalwale on his own as Mudavadi, Wetang’ula to attend BBI forum : The Standard

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Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale and former Sports CS Rashid Achesa inspecting Nabongo grounds ahead of the planned today rally at the venue. [File, Standard]
Former Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale could be humiliatingly on his own after leaders at Bukhungu Stadium confirmed that seats had been reserved for ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi and his Ford Kenya counterpart Moses Wetang’ula and the two are to attend the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) meeting at Bukhungu Stadium, Kakamega.

Speaking to KTN at Bukhungu Stadium, a Ford Kenya party official confirmed that his party boss was on his way to the venue and that a seat had been reserved for him.
“I can confirm the two leaders will be here, as you can see there are seats reserved for both Wetang’ula and Mudavadi,” he said.
If the two attend, it would confirm Central Organisation of Trade Unions (Cotu) Secretary-General Francis Atwoli assertion that no leader in western has the muscle to take him head on.
SEE ALSO :Boni Khalwale roughed up in KibraThe two had said they were not consulted and that they would skip the meeting that was to be attended by ODM leader Raila Odinga.
Khalwale who visited the Nabongo Grounds in Mumias town had affirmed the meeting dubbed Wstern Economic Forum, would go on unopposed, stating that he had mobilised local leaders from Trans Nzoia, Bungoma and Kakamega Counties and Vihiga Counties.
He said Mudavadi and Wetang’ula would attend the Mumias meeting.
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Western leaders have differed over the today’s BBI meeting with those allied to Deputy President William Ruto, Mudavadi and Wetang’ula terming it political.
Some claimed the meeting was to be used to endorse host Governor Wycliffe Oparanya as the community’s spokesperson.
SEE ALSO :Showdown looms as Big Two make about-turnThose in support of the BBI meeting chaired dismissed the allegations adding that the event was a BBI affair.
 The meeting was mooted at another meeting held at Atwoli’s rural home in Kakamega.
Those opposed to the BBI meeting questioned Atwoli’s mandate to speak for the Western region.
Giving up
By today 11 am, Khalwale and other Tangatanga allied politicians were nowhere to be seen at the Nabango Grounds as police sealed off the venue.
Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen has condemned the heavy police deployment, saying it shows clearly that BBI is not about uniting the country as claimed.
“Fellow Kenyans, BBI is the only way to end violence and politics of exclusion. We must create a nation of only one democratic idea. We’re uniting this country by force. We’ve deployed our officers to ensure that no other idea thrives, only BBI. Anyone defying will be dealt with ruthlessly,” he posted on his Twitter handle on Saturday.

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Boni KhalwaleMusalia MudavadiBukhungu StadiumMumias townMoses Wetangula

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Regional experts draft confederation constitution

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At least two constitutional experts and a legislative draftsperson nominated by each of the East African Community member states were expected at the consultation meeting on drafting the EAC political confederation constitution that kicked off in Ngozi province in Burundi last week.

After the committee of experts drafts the regional constitution, a Bill will be submitted to the Heads of State Summit for approval.

According to the chairperson of the committee, Benjamin Odoki, a draft constitution is expected in two years, in time for the proposed implementation of the confederation model by 2023.

The Political Federation—the pinnacle of the EAC Regional Integration—is the fourth step after the Customs Union, Common Market and Monetary Union.

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If the constitution is adopted, partner states will begin ceding power to the confederation. Each partner state’s constitution will then be subordinate to the federation’s constitution

Even as Burundi is hosting the five-day meeting, its sour relations with Rwanda came to the fore as Kigali did not send a representative, prompting President Pierre Nkurunziza’s deputy spokesman Alain Diomede Nzeyimana to tweet “President Pierre Nkurunziza believes that the idea of a “Political Federation” will not be easy to realise given the absence of Rwanda in the consultations.”

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Commenting on Kigali’s absence, Rwanda’s EAC Minister Olivier Nduhungirehe said it would not hinder the process “since the absence of Burundi in EAC meeting hosted by Rwanda never impacted the EAC integration.”

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Two Somali nationals held for selling compatriot to slavery in Libya – Nairobi News

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Two Somali nationals are facing human trafficking after allegedly selling their compatriot to slavery in Libya.

They are Abdikadir Ahmed Mohamed and Mohamed Ahmed Ahmed Afrah.

They are accused of trafficking the female refugee by recruiting and transporting her for purposes of exploitation due to her position of vulnerability as a refugee – between November 2 last year and January 2 this year.

The victim is held by rebels in Libya who are demanding Sh1 million ransom from her family to free her.

The two suspects are also charged with unlawfully being present in Kenya. They lured the victim out of Hagdera refugee camp in Garissa and took to JKIA. She later flew to Khartoum from where she was transferred to Libya.

She later reached out to her mother through WhatsApp and informed the family of her predicament in mid-December last year.

The victim told the family that she was in detention with others and gave a mobile phone number of Mohamed who moved her to JKIA before on to take a flight to Khartoum before she found herself in in the Sudan capital. Afrah procured travel documents for the victim.

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The case was reported at Shauri Moyo police station and the two suspects were arrested. The station later handed over the matter to Directorate of Criminal Investigations’ Transnational Organised Crimes Unit.

The two suspects were presented before Makadara law courts on Friday but could not plead to the charges because there was no Somali interpreter. They will be charged on Monday.

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