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No end to Kwale land ownership saga – Weekly Citizen

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The issuance of title deeds for the over the 60,000 hectares of a disputed land at Maji Ya Chumvi sublocation of Chengona location in Kwale county has to be done overboard.
Kinango lawmaker Benjamin Tayari cautioned there will be no shortcut in the issuance of the 500 titles which have led to protests from aggrieved parties who are against those who are pushing for the exercise to be carried out.
He assured those who own parcels of land in the constituency that they will get their title deeds.
Tayari said he will not allow fraud and a sham exercise to be carried out in the issuance of the title deeds of the land in dispute which was subjected to adjudication in 2014.
He spoke during a ceremony to hand over four renovated classrooms at Mwache Primary School in Kinango constituency. The renovation of the school infrastructure was done through the national government in partnership with the National Government Constituency Development Fund during the financial year of 2017 and 2018.
The MP said he will not allow issuance of title deeds from the adjudication committee which has sparked tension as the subdivision was marred with irregularities.

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He cited a case where a person has been allocated a hectare of land but the remaining 300 hectares are allocated to a private developer.
“To make matters worse, the private developer who was allocated the 300 hectares is not a local resident but someone from outside the constituency,” he pointed out.
The legislator lashed out at the adjudication committee which was mandated to carry out the exercise to settle the genuine settlements on the parcel of land but has instead reduced them to squatters at the expense of taxpayers.
Tayari has distanced himself from those having interest to grab some land at the disputed site which has led to several meetings aimed to end the stalemate.
He assured his constituents that he will ensure justice, fairness and transparency takes place during the subdivision of land in the area.
The lawmaker alleged that chunks of land were allocated to private developers who are not local residents while members of the adjudication committee are also said to have allocated themselves parcels of land.
Tayari stressed that the perennial land problem in coast region is a creation of elected leaders from the region who have been benefiting from it.
He said land disputes in the region are created by politicians who are in power and who take advantage of the electorate instead of using their position to help them.
Residents said that a former MP who served as an assistant minister for Lands never assisted the constituency to resolve land issues but instead the situation moved from bad to worse.

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How sick Catholic priest gave sacrament – Weekly Citizen

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When Catholic priest Father Richard Oduor decided to preside over a burial ceremony on March 14 2020 in Ugunja subcounty, Siaya county little did he know the national heat it was bound to generate.
For now, mourners numbering to 148 have been tracked and placed under isolation.
The priest attended a relative’s funeral in Ambira area and served the Holy Communion to mourners and held talks with a priest friend in Sega.
Fathers Bosco Kamau and Anthony-Mario Egbunonu from the Utawala Parish interacted with him.
A press statement by Nairobi Utawala parish reads in part, “We allowed him back on condition he would self-quarantine for 14 days. On his arrival on Monday, March 16, we immediately took him to a room at the back of the parish compound, formerly a store, and isolated him there. We never allowed him to say any mass in the Holy Family parish or the Outstation of St Patrick’s a Mavoko,” the parish said in a statement..
“On Saturday, March 21, after fever and vomiting, Fr Richard was taken to Mbagathi Hospital where yesterday we were informed that he tested positive for Covid-19,” the statement said.
Father Oduor has taken responsibility for his actions and is informing the authorities of all the people he met, the parish said.
A multi-agency team, comprising health workers, and national government administrative officers have since been dispatched to track the contacts of a Catholic priest.
At the same time, three people have been put on forced quarantine at Jaramogi Oginga Odinga Teaching and Referral Hospital in Kisumu after they failed to observe self-quarantine regulations for Kenyans jetting back into the country.

Fr Richard Oduor

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The three who jetted into the country from Dubai on March 16, 17 and 20 respectively travelled by public means from Nairobi to Migori and Kisii respectively to renew their passports. The burial has left many residents in counties of Siaya, Kisumu, Homa Bay, Busia, Vihiga, Kakamega and Nairobi worried. In Kisumu, the priest spends several hours at Kisumu hotel. Already, many of the staff at Kisumu hotel are living in fear after four other colleagues that closely interacted with Father Oduor were placed under mandatory self-quarantine.
Fr Oduor according to his passport travelled from Rome-Italy entering Kenya via Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on March 12 2020.
At JKIA, his temperature after test was found to be normal. A source close to Fr Oduor revealed to your favourite Weekly Citizen, the result made him sigh with relief as he was worried after having been in coronavirus hotbed Italy.
The results were a blessing to Oduor who immediately decided to embark on his mission in the country. What he failed to understand was the fact that despite his temperature results at JKIA showing normality, he was required to undergo a 14-days mandatory self quarantine.
Weekly Citizen has information, the state’s main concern has been, once one arrives in the country and is tested normal temperature at any entry point; they tend to forego the 14 days self-quarantine mandatory.
The cases have been profiled across the country. Apart from Fr Oduor, a nun in Makueni who travelled from Spain was forcibly isolated after she failed to self-quarantine herself.
She arrived on March 18 at JKIA and was received by her father, mother and two sisters. With her also was a Machakos nurse.
After a tipoff by members of public, the state administrators forced her into self-quarantine. Due to her interaction, 37 people have been placed under forced quarantine in Makueni.
Another case is that of Samson Rutto, a Kenyan athlete. He was forced out of a public service vehicle at Mau Summit, Nakuru county. Crime, he had landed at JKIA on March 22, screened and decided to travel to Eldoret, Uasin Gishu.
Passengers’ concern was that, Rutto was boasting of his trip to India and back with someone on mobile phone. He was arrested and quarantined at Nakuru Institute.
Then we have Kilifi deputy governor saga. The office of Kilifi deputy is a cursed one so they say. In December 2018, former deputy governor Kennety Kombo was shot dead by gunmen at his Nyali residence in Mombasa.
This time round, the current deputy is in the news. Gideon Saburi was forced to undergo quarantine after testing positive for the Covid-19 virus.

Rev. Father Richard Oduor (second right) with fellow priests

After his return from Germany, Saburi decided to endanger other people’s lives. He engaged his boss governor Amason Kingi and conducted official county duties.
With the disease, Saburi visited Cafesserie joint, located at City Mall, Mombasa and was with county officials at Rabai, Kilifi and attended funeral at Dandora in Kamba-Ribe ward.
Then we have the case of 19- year-old student who flew from Switzerland landing at JKIA.
Using Fly540 he laned at Kisumu International Airport and then decided to use a PSV to Mumias.
Feeling sick, he checked into St Mary’s Hospital Mumias and then to Bungoma Life-Care Hospital.
He was at Bungoma Hospital with relatives. He was transferred to Mbagathi Hospital and tested positive.

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Panic as Kenyan MP Mwamkale tests positve corona virus – Weekly Citizen

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Panic has gripped National Assembly with 38 MPs and a number of Parliamentary Service Commission staff being ordered to self isolation after they came in contact with Rabai MP Kamoti Mwamkale.The mp has tested positive for covid-19.

Clerk of the National Assembly Michael Sialai, has submitted the MPs’ names to the Health ministry for testing, and wants them quarantined for 14 days.

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“We asked all the Members, especially Members of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee and the Delegated Legislation Committee, who interacted with Hon Kamoti to go for self–isolation,” the clerk has said.

Parliamentary reports indicate, the MP attended meetings of the two committees. Sialai, however, said none of the MPs had shown any symptoms of Covid-19.Further, MPs who attended the burial of Msambweni MP Suleiman Dori on March 9 will undergo after close contact with Kilifi Deputy Governor Gideon Saburi who is undergoing treatment for the disease. Saburi is positive.

Funyula MP Wilberforce Oudo, a Member of the Delegated Legislation commit-tee, confirmed that he had been on self-quarantine as a precautionary measure following reports that one of their col-leagues had tested positive.“I have been on self-isolation since March 17, today marks the 14th day. I have not developed any symptoms of the corona virus. I am well,” Oudo said.

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The two committees with a combined membership of 38, held a joint sitting on March 17 in the presence of Kamote, who is a member of the Justice and Legal Affairs team.

Makueni MP Dan Maanzo, who is a Member of the Delegated Legislation Committee, confirmed that he had been called by officials of the Ministry of Health who asked him to self-isolate.“Fortunately I did not attend that particular meeting. I responded to all the questions concerning my health but told them I did not interact with Kamoti,” said Maanzo.

Waihenya Ndirangu (Roysambu) mp although committee member, did not attend the meeting. According to Ndirangu, the situation could be deadly had Kamoti sat through the meeting. According to Ndirangu, luckily Kamoti came in the meeting late and found those present winding up.

Baringo North MP William Cheptumo is the chairman of Justice and Legal Affairs Committee with Uasin Gishu Woman Rep Gladys Shollei in charge of Delegated Legislation committee. Kamoti, who is the first mp to to test positive, after enjoying time with Kilifi Deputy Governor Saburi.

Mps who attended Dori burial are Senators Mohammed Faki (Mombasa), Issa Juma Boy (Kwale), MPs Ali Mbogo (Kisauni), Omar Mwinyi (Changamwe), Khatib Mwashetani (Lunga Lunga), Benjamin Tayari (Kinango) and Kassim Tandaza (Matuga). National Assembly Leader of Minority John Mbadi and ODM secretary General Edwin Sifuna.

Kamoti tested positive for corona virus at Premier Hospital, in Nyali Mombasa where he had been forced to quarantine after coming into contact with Saburi who is at Mbagathi Hospital in Nairobi.

 

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NIS secret report on Mmust management crisis – Weekly Citizen

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The decision by government to name a new team to manage Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology council was based on debriefs by state security agencies.
The appointments were done via a gazette notice signed by Education cabinet secretary George Magoha
recently.
The new council members are under strict instructions to fill top management slots at Mmust that
have no substantive office bearers.

Prof Asenath Sigot

Prof Asenath Sigot, the current vice chancellor is acting. A secret report by National Intelligence
Services on state of affairs at Mmust seen by Weekly Citizen has linked tribalism, more-so the Luhya factor as being the major headache. Blamed are union officials who instead of fighting for their members’ rights engage in pushing for tribal appointments for top varsity management.
The report further reveals that the fights even trickle down to Luhya subtribes of Abakakamega,
Babukusu, Bavihiga all out to run the institution.
The former late VC Fredrick Otieno, despite being a Luhya from Mumias, according to the report was
thought to be a Luo due to his name.

The late Fredrick Otieno

He died due to pressure and frustration and was buried at Riat Hills in Kisumu county where he had bought land in the location as any Kenyan can do. Family members say, if Otieno had opted to ply his trade in South Africa where the family is, he would still be alive.
To perfect witch-hunting activities according to NIS report, a section of the staff claim to be whistle blowers by involving Ethics Anti-Corruption Commission, DCI and other state agencies including courts creating panic and fear in management.
VC Sigot’s three deputies have been acting for more than a year. Patrick Ojera is acting DVC, Administration and Finance. Bernadette Sabuni acting DVC Academic and Students affairs and Charles Mutai, acting DVC Research and Innovation. Vincent Chibini is acting librarian.

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Patrick Ojera

The NIS report also reveals tribalism being rampant at the institution departments and top offices. Deans and chairpersons of departments are holding positions in acting capacities.
The report calls for dismantling of tribalism at the management apex including, offices of VCs, composition of university council members and election of union officials based on articulation of members’ rights but not tribal demi-gods.
Jane Mutua has been named the council chairperson for a period of three years. Other council members who have been appointed include Consumer Federation of Kenya secretary general Stephen Mutoro, Connie Mogaka, Joshua Ogango and Gad Kiragu. Only Mutoro who ran for Bungoma governorship race 2017 on ANC ticket is a Luhya. Mutoro’s name has featured prominently in management wars at University of Nairobi as consumer body filed cases challenging leadership appointments.
“The cabinet secretary of Education appoints Dr Mutua as the chairperson of the council for a period of three years with effect from March 10 2020,” read part of the gazette notice.
Mutua was the chairperson of Pwani University council. She succeeds Jeremy Bundi, whose term
ended on March 10 and who was at war with the late Prof Otieno. Mutua was named to the position by former Education cabinet secretary Amina Mohamed, but Labour Relations and Industrial
Court revoked her appointment after the Kenya University Staff Union argued that the appointment was
unprocedural.
The new council has been tasked with overseeing a leadership transition at the institution, where
most of the management positions are occupied by individuals in an acting capacity.
Workers at the institution have been threatening to down their tools if Magoha does not appoint VC and
deputies.
Kenya Universities Staff Union, Masinde Muliro chapter argues that the vacancies are affecting implementation of key projects.
The process of appointing a new VC to replace the late Otieno hit a snag after one of the candidates moved to court to challenge the decision by the Public Service Commission to drop his name from those shortlisted for interviews for the position.
Kusu officials are secretary Ronald Wamalwa and chairman Onzere Mulongo all Luhyas.

Going by the report, an outsider is bound to land the VC slot for harmony.

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