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The council of the Law Society of Kenya (LSK) has upheld its earlier decision to allow Senior Counsel Tom Ojienda to seek re-election as its male representative in the Judicial Service Commission (JSC).

The council also resolved on Monday not to admit a motion of no-confidence in LSK President Allen Gichuhi

Following the decision on Monday, Prof Ojienda will face off with the Independent Policing Oversight Authority’s former chair Macharia Njeru, Mr Alex Gatundu, Mr Gathii Irungu and Mr Charles Mongare.

The row concerned cases Prof Ojienda is facing, that involve parties including the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA). The KRA had refused to issue Mr Ojienda with tax clearance, claiming he owed Sh443.6 million tax arrears.

The taxman appealed a decision by High Court Judge Wilfrida Okwany for the KRA to issue Mr Ojienda with the clearance certificate or, in the alternative, for the LSK to accept his nomination papers without the tax certificate.

In his defence, the lawyer told the High Court that the move was calculated to sabotage his bid to be re-elected as the JSC representative.

A section of lawyers at the LSK had wanted Mr Gichuhi to step aside, accusing him of bias towards some candidates for the JSC seat.

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Mr Gichuhi on Friday differed with the decision by the LSK council to clear all five candidates despite an in-house vetting committee disqualifying Prof Ojienda and Mr Irungu, a former Kiambu County Assembly Speaker.

Mr Irungu had been disqualified for presenting his nomination papers late, in addition to failing to attach the requirements prescribed in the LSK’s Electoral Code of Conduct.

“What happened on Monday was not a vetting exercise at all because you cannot clear candidates, especially one candidate who neither signed the declaration form nor provided health, DCI and KRA clearance [certificates]. That candidate has spoilt the entire process and that is why we must vet them afresh,” Mr Gichuhi said.

The vetting team comprised Prof Kameri Mbote, Mr Kenneth Akide and Ms Joyce Majiwa.



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Man dies after being assaulted by police during curfew hours – Nairobi News

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A 35-year-old man suspected to have been assaulted by police officers for flouting curfew regulation has succumbed to injuries while receiving treatment at the Kakamega County General Hospital.

He was identified as Ramathan Juma from Joyland estate in Kakamega town.

His aunt Zainab Abdalla said her nephew, who suffers from a mental illness, left home on Tuesday but did not return home.

“As a family, we are so sad about what has happened. Juma is sickly and sometimes leaves home and we have to go looking for him. I have lived with him for the last 16 years since his mother died and its wrong for police to have attacked him without finding out his condition,” said Mrs Abadalla.

It is suspected that Juma could have strayed from home and got caught up in the curfew melee on his way home.

The family reported his disappearance at the Kakamega police station and were informed he had been admitted at the hospital.

They said he had been found lying unconscious along a road and was taken to hospital by police officers.

“I suspect my son was battered by police officers during the curfew. We are informed he was found in Sichirai with injuries to his head. We suspect police beat him up without realising he had a mental illness,” Mrs Abdalla lamented.

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Kakamega Central police commander Mr David Kabene said the incident was being investigated.

“I have met the family and told them that we need to wait for the postmortem examination to establish the cause of the death,” said Mr Kabena.

In Amalemba estate, several people including a prison warder were arrested and questioned after they were found in a bar belonging to a retired police boss.

Mr Kabene said the Officer Commding Station was summoned and cautioned to ensure the premises are closed during curfew hours.

“She came and explained that the manager was caught while selling take away drinks and food to patrons,” said Mr Kabene.

He said the patrons were escorted to their homes and cautioned not to repeat the offence.

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Coronavirus: Lenku waives taxes for Kajiado traders – KBC

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Traders in Kajiado can now breathe a sigh of relief after the County Government waived all taxes and levies for the next three months.

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Governor Joseph Lenku said the move was meant to ensure business continuity and cushion residents from higher food prices during the Coronavirus/Covid-19 quarantine period.

While issuing the directive the Governor said his government is fully aware that the Coronavirus-19 pandemic has impacted many businesses negatively with many suffering huge losses, enterprises closing down as many workers lose their livelihoods as a result of the slow pace of business.

“I have directed the County Department of Finance to waive all taxes and levies for the months of April to June 2020. We need businesses to thrive so that our people can have food supplies in affordable prices in these difficult times we are all facing,” said Lenku.

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All daily market and transit Cess fees on agricultural produce, Slaughterhouse inspection fees and Monthly parking fees for Passenger Service Vehicles (PSVs) have also been suspended with immediate effect.

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On the County’s preparedness to combat the virus, Lenku revealed that 150 health workers had already been trained on prevention, control and management of the Corona virus pandemic with Ksh 50 million set aside to cater for the purchase of protective gear for the medical staff.

He noted that three isolation centres at the Kajiado Referral Hospital, Kitengela Sub-County Hospital and OlKesasi Health Centre in Ongata Rongai had been set up with two other centres being set up in Oloitokitok and Namanga.

Lenku further directed all business enterprises that deal with essential goods and services and are still operating to ensure that their customers observe the recommended social distancing when transacting.

Currently, 81 people in Kenya have tested positive for Covid-19 with more than 1,500 others put on quarantine awaiting further testing.

Kajiado County is among the five counties listed by Health CS, Mutahi Kagwe, as hotspots with the first positive case being reported in Kenya coming from the County. Others are Mombasa, Kwale, Kilifi and Nairobi.

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Mother and her two daughters arrested for murder in Siaya

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The trio is said to have beaten him senseless before retreating to their house

A mother and her two daughters were on Tuesday evening arrested in connection with the murder of a man suspected to have been beaten to death in Ukwala Township of Siaya County.

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The 37-year-old woman who is a primary school teacher and her daughters are locked up at Ukwala Police Station after the body of the deceased, said to be the caretaker of a plot neighbouring the teacher’s house, was found along a footpath.

Ugenya sub county police commander, Willy Simba who confirmed the incident, identified the deceased as Davine Otieno Ogunja.

Simba said that a member of the public called the police with information that a person had been beaten to death by three women.

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“The officers visited the scene and found the body which had no visible injuries,” said the police commander.

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He said that preliminary investigations have revealed that the deceased had a quarrel with the family after he objected to one of the daughters hanging clothes on the fence of a plot where he works as a caretaker.

Simba said that a bitter argument ensued between one of the teacher’s daughters and the caretaker, attracting the attention of her mother and another of her daughters who all pounced on Ogunja.

The trio is said to have beaten him senseless before retreating to their house.

The police commander said that the body of the deceased was removed to Ukwala sub county hospital mortuary to await a post mortem examination, adding that the suspects will be arraigned in court once investigations were complete.

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