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LIVE TV: Uncertainty looms as Kenyan High Court nullifies presidential ballot paper tender

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Daily Nation is reporting that the Kenyan High Court has ordered the electoral commission to advertise a new tender for printing presidential poll ballots.

“However, Dubai-based Al Ghurair Printing and Publishing Company will proceed with the printing of ballots for other races, judges Joel Ngugi, John Mativo and George Odunga said on Friday,” wrote the paper on Friday

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In their judgement, the judges faulted the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) for failing to consult all candidates in the August poll before awarding the Sh2.5-billion tender to Al Ghurair.

The commission, the three-judge bench established, also did a shoddy job on public participation as required in law.

The judgement is a big victory for the National Super Alliance (Nasa) and its presidential flagbearer Raila Odinga who had opposed the tender award, citing conflict of interest

 

 

Mr Odinga’s alliance had argued the award to Al Ghurair favoured the incumbent Uhuru Kenyatta, his arch-rival in the March 4, 2013 and now August 8, 2017 polls.

Al Ghurair, Nasa claimed, had close links with Mr Kenyatta, the first family and senior people in the Jubilee Party.

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However, the judges dismissed this allegation in their judgement, saying Nasa relied on newspaper cuttings to prove the claim yet paper cuttings are not admissible in law.

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President Kenyatta’s Jubilee had supported IEBC’s defence and the verdict has also dealt a blow to the ruling party.

With only 31 days left to the General Election, IEBC will have to race against time to deliver ballots for the high-stakes election in which both Mr Odinga and Mr Kenyatta are battling for political lifeline.

Mr Kenyatta is seeking a second and final term while Mr Odinga is seeking to break the jinx that has seen miss State House three times.

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IEBC on Thursday said Al Ghurair had executed over 50 percent of the work but printing of presidential ballots is yet to start.

The printer, the commission said, had been given the green light to print ballots for all races that did not have conflicts stemming from candidates’ list.

The judgement means Al Ghurair will miss only 19 million out of the 120 million ballots it was supposed to print and deliver to IEBC.

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Mombasa lawyer Sammy Anyanzwa dies by suicide

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Mombasa-based lawyer Sammy Anyanzwa died by suicide on Wednesday, police have said.

Mombasa Urban Police Commander Eliud Monari said Mr Anyanzwa jumped from a window on the eighth floor of the Uhuru na Kazi building, which has government offices.

“It is unclear why he threw himself off the building but we have launched investigations” Mr Monari told the Nation on phone.

He said First Aid was administered but that the lawyer succumbed to his injuries. Reports indicated that he was 69 years old.

A police source told the Nation that Mr Anyanzwa visited the Ministry of Lands’ offices before proceeding to the eighth floor.

The source said the senior advocate checked a file there and then excused himself to “make a call”.

“He was first seen on the seventh floor, where a staff member asked him whether he wanted any assistance as he had been seen looking down the building from the window,” said the person who works at one of the offices at Uhuru na Kazi.

He said Mr Anyanzwa said he was “okay” and that he only needed to make the call.

An official from the Lands Ministry claimed the lawyer was displeased by what he saw in the file he checked.

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An officer from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said “It is still unclear what the file contained but we are investigating.”

Mr Anyanzwa recently represented relatives of victims of the Mtongwe ferry tragedy in a compensation case.

Mv Mtongwe capsized in 1994 with more than 400 passengers on board. At least 270 of them died.

The lawyer’s body was taken to the Pandya Memorial Hospital mortuary.

By Nation

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Nigerian gospel singer Sinach welcomes first child at 46

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Nigerian gospel singer Osinachi Joseph popularly known as Sinach and her husband Pastor Joe Egbu have welcomed their first child after five years of marriage.

During the Love World International music and arts awards (LIMA) founder of Christ Embassy, Pastor Chris Oyakhilome announced the good news while presenting her with an award for the song of the year, There’s An Overflow.

An award that earned the 46-year-old 100, 000 dollars in prize money.

“Thank you for that song, we are all excited with what the Lord has done in your life, of course in the life of many others standing with you here we just love you. And I told them, you just had a baby! So, everybody got excited,” said Pastor Chris.

With over 200 songs to her name, Sinach got married to Joe Egbu, a Christ Embassy’s Pastor, in 2014.

She is globally recognized for several hit songs which include, ‘Way Maker’, ‘I Know Who I Am’, ‘Great Are you Lord’, ‘Rejoice’, ‘He did it Again’, ‘Precious Jesus’, ‘The Name of Jesus’, ‘This Is my Season’ and ‘Awesome God’,

Sinach recently hit over 1 million subscribers on her Youtube channel, making her the only female gospel artiste in Nigeria, and, by extension Africa to hit that landmark.

The worship leader together with Bishop David Oyedepo of Living Faith Church, Reinhard Bonnke of Christ For all Nations (CFAN), Bishop Dag Heward-Mills of Lighthouse International, Nick Vujicic and Winnie Byanyima, the Executive Director, Oxfam International among others made it to the list of 100 most reputable people on earth.

By SDE

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Student sues Equity Bank over song

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A university student who claims to have composed a popular song used by Equity Bank to promote its business has gone to court over a Sh10 million pledge, among other constitutional and fundamental reliefs.

Eric Obiero Nyadida, who was prosecuted at the instigation of the lender for forgery alongside his brother Geoffrey Nyadida Odongo then acquitted in October 2017 for lack of evidence, has urged the High Court to prohibit the bank from using the song to advertise its Wings to Fly education sponsorship project for bright but needy children.

Testifying before Justice Wilfrida Okwany, Mr Obiero said his rights were violated when he was locked up in a police cell with adults when he was 16.

He says he was denied his legal rights and access to his parents while in detention at Kileleshwa Police Station.

Mr Obiero, who is pursuing a Journalism course at a private university, told Justice Okwany over the last six years he has suffered mental anguish and violation of his property rights.

He said he was dragged through a criminal trial because he asked the bank to pay him Sh10 million as promised by senior officials of Equity Bank (Kenya) Limited and Equity Group Foundation (EGF) for using his song.

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The petitioner says the lender has continued to use his work with no direct benefit going to him.

He is now asking the High Court to issue a conservatory order restraining EBL and EG) from using his piece of music in any of its advertisements on the internet, television, radio or any other media to popularise its EGF Wings to Fly project pending determination of the suit.

Mr Obiero is also seeking costs of the case. Hearing continues.

by nation.co.ke

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