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Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa deposits Mercedes Benz to secure Cyrus Jirongo’s freedom

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BY OLIVIA MUNGWANA

Defense lawyers have successfully fought for the release after Devolution Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa deposited his sleek Mercedes Benz as surety on Thursday.

The former KANU youth wing leader also managed to pay the KSh5 million cash bail as had been directed by the Milimani Law Court despite pleadings to have the bail reduced.

Jirongo spent the second night in cell on Wednesday, September 19, after he failed to raise KSh 5 million cash bail

He was arrested and later produced in court for failing to pay KSh 25 million debt.

His accuser claimed Jirongo had agreed to pay KSh 5 million by October 15, 2015 then follow up with installments Ex-presidential candidate and former Lugari MP Cyrus Jirongo has walked into freedom after managing to secure his release from the police custody where he had been held since Tuesday, September 18.

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The moment motorist plunged his car into the ocean at Likoni Channel – VIDEO

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A video capturing what is believed to be the moment a man drove his car into the Indian Ocean at the Likoni Channel has emerged online.

In the video, the vehicle is seen speeding and plunging into the ocean from the ramp which motorists use to get on board ferry at the crossing point.

In the Saturday morning incident, the deceased, identified as John Mutinda, drove his saloon car registration number KAX 475B into the Likoni Channel.

The CCTV footage making rounds on social media was allegedly obtained from the Kenya Ferry Service surveillance centre.

The Kenya Ferry Services, in their statement on Saturday morning said the motorist defied orders from the ramp controllers to slow down and stop and plunged his car into the ocean.

The body of the deceased was recovered at 9:30 Saturday morning while and his vehicle were recovered around noon.

The recovery exercise was carried out by combined teams from Kenya Ferry Services, Kenya Coast Guard Service and The Kenya Navy.

His body was moved to Coast General Hospital Mortuary by ferry police vehicle.

The incident comes barely three months after Mariam Kighenda, 35, and her four-year-old daughter, Amanda Mutheu, died after their car slid from the rear of MV Harambee just before it docked on the Island side.

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Poachers kill 2 southern white rhinos

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Police and the Kenya Wildlife Service are pursuing suspects involved in a poaching incident that left two male southern white rhinos dead and their horns clipped.

The attack at the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Meru County is believed to have taken place at around 11pm on Friday, as it rained heavily.

“Our rangers heard gun shots but it was raining heavily … the terrain are impossible to patrol during such times,” said Joseph Kabiru, an employee at the conservancy.

“The poachers had already disappeared by the time our rangers got to the scene. Usually, poachers take advantage of the heavy rains which make most of the conservancy difficult to access. Police and KWS officers have taken the lead on the matter.”

Dr Tuqa Jirmo, Lewa’s Chief Operations Officer, termed the loss devastating, “after six years of successfully keeping all rhinos in the conservancy safe and recording high birth rates’.

“Since the incident, we have been working tirelessly with the Kenya Police and the [KWS] to apprehend the criminals.”

Dr Jirmo noted that the incident served as a reminder that the threat from poaching is ever-present so animal sanctuaries cannot be complacent.

“The poaching scourge and illegal rhino horn trade continue to put the survival of rhinos at risk across the continent.”

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Tourism CS Najib Balala said in an event yesterday, “The numbers of rhinos killed by poachers had dropped to single digits while those of elephants had dropped to just 38 last year from the hundreds killed years back.”

According to the World Wide Fund for Nature, Kenya is home to around 1,000 rhinos, two-thirds of which are critically endangered black rhinos – the rarer of Africa’s two rhino species, with just 5,000 left in the wild globally.

This is in comparison to around 20,000 white rhinos.

It was reported in the 80s that Kenya’s rhino population had dropped to less than 400.

In 2017, however, the KWS reported that the rhino populations were rising, with a reported number of 1,258 at the time, including 745 black rhinos.

Lewa, which was founded in 1995, spans 61,000 acres and holds 13 per cent of Kenya’s black rhino population and 12 per cent of the world’s Grevy’s zebras.

Two and a half rhinos are killed every day in Africa for their horns, which are illegally traded in the international black market.

This is mainly driven by a huge surge in the demand for rhino horn in Asia – especially Vietnam – where it’s seen as a status symbol.

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Kenya’s worst poaching year was in 2013, when 59 animals or at least five per cent of the national population were killed.

The rhino poaching crisis began in 2008, with increasing numbers of the animals killed for their horn throughout Africa until 2015.

However, there has been a decrease in the number of rhinos poached across the continent since the peak of 1,349 in 2015.

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Nairobi Governor Sonko to spend two more nights in police cells

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Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko and his co- accused will have to remain in police custody for two more nights pending the ruling on his bail application in the graft case.

Sonko lawyers had applied for bail application, arguing that the governor was sick and needed medical attention, but Prosecution team opposed the application saying the governor was a flight risk having escaped from jail before.

While setting the ruling date to Wednesday at 11am, the magistrate ruled that the governor be treated in the presence of the prisons’ authority.Sonko and his co-accused comprising county officers and directors of companies denied multiple corruption and economic crimes charges before Chief Magistrate Douglas Ogoti at the Milimani Law Courts in Nairobi on Monday.

Prosecution team led by Gitonga Riungu and James Kihara had objected Sonko’s release on bail, citing the 1998 incident in which he was convicted for failing to appear before a Mombasa court three times in his previous cases.

The prosecution referred to the instance where the Shimo La Tewa Commissioner of Prisons advanced claims that Sonko escaped from lawful custody after going to Coast General Hospital for treatment.But Sonko’s defence team rebutted arguing that his alleged escape from Shimo La Tewa is a malicious claim aimed at mudslinging him.

The accused face nine charges including conspiracy to commit offence of corruption, willful failure to comply with procurement laws, conflict of interest, abuse of office, unlawful acquisition of public property, deceiving principal, money laundering and acquisition of proceeds of crime.

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In the soup are also county officials who have been charged with benefitting from the irregular procurement and payments. They are County Secretary Peter Mbugua; Head of Supply Chain Management Patrick Mwangangi; Negotiation, Tender Opening and Evaluation Committee members Edwin Kariuki, Lawrence Mwangi, Preston Mwandiki and Clerical Officers Wambua Ndaka and Andrew Nyasiego.

While setting the ruling date to Wednesday at 11am, the magistrate ruled that the governor be treated in the presence of the prisons’ authority.Sonko’s lead lawyer Cecil Miller introduced a phalanx of his lawyer colleagues ahead of the plea taking.

They included Mutula Kilonzo Jr, Harrisson Kinyanjui, Daniel Maanzo, Kipchumba Murkomen, Nelson Havi, George Kithi, Kwanga Mboya, Osundwa Micheal, Alphonce Mutinda, and Phillip Kaindu among many others.

The governor alongside the directors of Web Tribe Ltd is accused of corruption and conspiracy to defraud the county government of Sh24 million.The charge sheet tabulates other fifteen charges of conflict of interest involving Governor Sonko and Web Tribe Ltd, ROG Security Ltd associated with Antony Otieno Ombok among other companies and their directors.

The governor is largely accused of receiving Sh1 million from Yira Enterprises in each of the several deals that involved hiring heavy equipment from the county government.Under the charge of conflict of interest, Sonko is accused of acquiring Sh1 million from Fredrick Odhiambo of Yiro Enterprises on multiple occasions which are proceeds of crime.

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Sonko also faces charges of money laundering and receiving proceeds of crime from Hardi Enterprises Ltd and Toddy Civil Engineering Ltd associated with Antony Mwaura Ng’ang’a and Rose Njeri Ng’ang’a.

On Monday, another charge sheet emerged in which the governor was accused of committing three offences during his arrest in Voi on Friday. They include assault of police officer, willfully resisting arrest and using abusive language towards police officers.He protested his arrest yesterday and blamed his woes on politics.

“I am convinced that my arrest was politically-schemed and designed to humiliate and embarrass me,” read his statement.“There was no point for the deployment of a police helicopter, more than 25 police cars, and 200 police officers to locate and arrest me while we all know on that on the same material day there was terror attack in Wajir County where the chopper with this kind of reinforcement, deployment and operation was needed.”He denied claims that he was trying to escape to Tanzania on Friday when he was arrested in Voi.The Nairobi County crisis has compelled the Council of Governors (CoG) to urgently ask for a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta following the arrest of Governor Mike Sonko.

It is not clear when Uhuru will honour the request.The President on Sunday said no leader would use their position to escape prosecution.

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He added that leaders found guilty of corruption should carry their own cross.He was speaking at St Francis of Asisi Catholic Church in Ruiru town during a fundraiser.In a statement on Sunday, CoG, the body that brings together all the 47 county chiefs, said it has been monitoring and consulting widely.

“We are, however, aware of the uniqueness of the County Government and therefore shall reach out to President Uhuru Kenyatta to convene an emergency Summit to address the evolving situation,” the council chair Governor Wycliffe Oparanya said.

What next for Nairobi?

Without a deputy governor, Nairobi County has found itself in a dicey situation but lawyer Duncan Okatch argues that there is no cause for alarm.”The seat of the governor has not fallen vacant, therefore, we are not in the situation where the law indicates that the Speaker act for 60 days,” he said, in an interview with Standard Digital.

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