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Why NEMA shut four high end night clubs in Nairobi

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Why NEMA closed down four night clubs in Nairobi

By ALLAN TAWAI

National Environment Management Authority (NEMA) inspectors raided Kiza Lounge, Space Lounge Bar and Grill, Jiweke Tavern and B-Club to check their sound proof systems after complaints from members of the public over loud music from the clubs.

The inspectors, accompanied by police officers between 10pm and midnight raid, served the management of the night clubs with the notice of closure.

Inside B- Club

Inside B- Club

 

“The Authority has received numerous complaints over noise from members of the public caused by loud music from your facility that interferes with their comfort, health and safety contrary to the provisions of Environmental Management and Coordination Act CAP 387 and the Noise and Excessive Vibration Pollution Control regulations of 2009,” read the letter dated January 10 and signed by Nema Director General Professor Geoffrey Wahungu.

They ordered the entertainment joints to remain closed until they meet conditions set by the authority.

“Ideally, if you have to use a sound amplifying equipment you must have soundproof but there is no evidence of such measures. Therefore, we will serve you with a notice of closure that requires you to close with immediate effect but you can write to us for recourse,” said one of the officer during the raid.

Nevertheless, drama unfolded at Space Lounge Bar and Grill when the club’s staff refused to receive the notice arguing that it was only the manager who can sign such a document.

Inspectors were forced to pin the document on the wall of the facility.

A spot check by the Nation on Thursday established that three of the clubs were closed except for Space Lounge.

Kiza Lounge and Restaurant Managing Director Ali Oumarou confirmed receipt of the closure order.

“I can confirm that I signed the document from NEMA and my lawyer is already working on our reply to them. That’s all,” said Oumarou.

 

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Wetang’ula in China for anti-graft forum

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Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula, the high-profile person of interest in the fake gold scam, is set to attend an international anti-corruption meeting in Hong Kong, China.

The suspect, who is reportedly under the spotlight of the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) for his role in the gold scandal that saw the Dubai royal family lose Ksh400 million, is among leaders representing the Senate, a hallowed House, at the event.

On Tuesday morning, his colleague nominated Senator Isaac Mwaura shared photos showing them on excursion ahead of the conference.

“We paid a courtesy call at the Faculty of Law of University of Hong Kong where Prof Yash Pal Ghai taught for 10 years,” Mr Mwaura posted on his Facebook.

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The Bungoma senator has not been seen in public since his name came up during the investigations into the fake gold scandal.

Despite being mentioned adversely, Mr Wetang’ula, the Ford-Kenya party leader, has remained mute, completely avoiding to speak about it, and shunning any interaction with the media.

According to an audio clip shared on social media, a man believed be the lawmaker is heard mentioning names of President Uhuru Kenyatta and Opposition leader Raila Odinga to assure a Dubai gold investor, believed to be Mr Ali Zandi, a member of the Saudi royal family, that a gold consignment allegedly seized by Kenyan authorities would be released.

Kenyans on social media have made fun of the fact that the senator is attending the anti-corruption conference.

“Is he supposed to be in that forum seriously?” Caroline Mayor asked.

“The irony and paradox in the caption is top notch from the conference to the names,” said Njoki wa Munyeki.

Some also took time to warn Mr Wetang’ula of the wrath of the Saudi prince.

Amos Ng’ongo advised Mr Mwaura: “Please do not expose the whereabouts of Hon. Moses Wetangula given his current standing with Prince Rashid Al-Maktoum, shingo itaenda (he’ll lose his head).”

Dennis Omooria Nyakeri shared in Ng’ongo sentiments: “So you just decided to betray Wetang’ula by exposing his current location…sad.”

source:nation.co.ke

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Boy stabbed to death as parents go to pray

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Family members Malik Moi, the standard one pupil at Bulimbo star who was killed in Matungu on Sunday evening. [Duncan Ocholla, Standard]

A seven-year-old boy died after a brutal attack on Sunday evening in Matungu sub-county, raising the number of people killed in the area to 21.

Malik Moi, a Grade One pupil at Bulimbo Star Academy, was attacked by unknown assailants, as he played with friends.

According to friends he was playing hide-and-seek with, Moi had hidden in an abandoned house where he was later found with stab wounds in the neck and stomach.

The incident happened at 7pm at Simba wa Nyika village when the boy’s parents had left for evening prayers at a nearby mosque.

His friends said they fled when Moi screamed for help.By the time the first rescuer came to his aid, the boy was dying.

A bloodied knife suspected to have been used in the brutal attack was found a few metres from the scene.“He was gasping for breath when he was found, still alive but in pain,” said Rashid Kweyu, the boy’s uncle.

Screaming neighbours

Malik’s mother, Miriam Kaloki, who had just returned from the mosque, said she was in the kitchen preparing the evening meal when she heard screams from neighbours and rushed outside.“I went out and saw people running to one of the houses close to the road. They told me my child’s intestines were spilling out,” she said.

The family rushed the boy to St Mary’s Hospital, Mumias, where he was referred to Kakamega County Referral Hospital but died on the way.

The police were for the better part of yesterday at the boy’s home collecting evidence and taking witness statements.The killing happened in the same family that a man and his pregnant wife were murdered in late March.

Shiundu Kongangi, 29, and his wife Wanjiru Shiundu were on March 27 found stabbed and clobbered to death by unknown people.

The attack also happened on the night when four politicians were released after being held for two days for questioning on the recent Matungu killings.

Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala, Matungu MP Justus Murunga, Mayoni MCA Libinus Oduor and former Sports CS Rashid Echesa were held over the weekend.

Released on Sunday

They were released on Sunday night after the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji ordered further investigations.

Condoling with the family, Mr Murunga called on police to do more to arrest culprits behind the killings.

“The Government should act swiftly and ruthlessly to tame these killings that are even targeting children,” he said.

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Suspects in fake gold scandal walk free

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Zaheer Merhali Jhanda poses with bunches of cash. He has been roped into the fake gold trade. PHOTO | COURTESY

Individuals linked to the gold syndicate in which a member of the United Arab Emirates royal family was conned of Sh400 million continue to walk free, as the controversy surrounding the matter intensifies.

With revelation that the victim of the con game, Mr Ali Zandi, says he will take nothing less than the gold he paid for, there are fears that the situation could result in a diplomatic tiff.

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Mr Zandi is the nephew of Sheikh Mohammad bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the Emir (ruler) of the UAE.

Reports that the Emir had personally sought the intervention of President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga raised the stakes on the scandal

However, despite the President having been made aware of the matter a month ago by a fellow head of a state, Kenyans are yet to see any arrests and prosecution of suspects. Politician Zaheer Jhanda, who has been identified as having played a key role in the scam, did not present himself to the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) as he had promised during a recent interview on NTV.

“Nobody has called me. The DCI has not summoned me. I’ve heard my name mentioned and as a law-abiding citizen of this nation, I’ll go to see the DCI,” he said on Saturday, adding: “I’ll present myself and I’m ready to be questioned. I’ll go myself and talk to them and shed any kind of light they’d want me to shed,” he said.

By Monday, however, Jhanda was yet to be summoned as were the rest of the players in the scandal, who have since gone underground. None of the five other people linked to the scandal have recorded statements.

Meanwhile, it emerged that Jhanda’s wife, Alice Moraa, could also be called for questioning by the police. She is listed as Jhanda’s representative in one of the articles of association related to her husband’s company ZMJ limited.

The Director of Criminal Investigation, Mr George Kinoti, had Monday promised to issue a statement on the matter.

Sources from the DCI headquarters told the Nation that Mr Kinoti had been briefed on the key people under investigation and was supposed to sermon them publicly for questioning.

IMPERSONATING

The scandal has caused a political storm after an audio recording of a conversation believed to be between Mr Zandi and a Kenyan politician was leaked to the public.

In the recording, the politician informs the Sheikh that Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) leader Raila Odinga would seek President Kenyatta’s help to have him order the release of the consignment of gold alleged to have been seized by Kenyan authorities.

source:nation.co.ke

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