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City lawyer: Take it from me, I’m going nowhere



Top city lawyer Assa Nyakundi has denied reports that he is on the run after a warrant was allegedly issued for his arrest for skipping a court session.

“There has been no arrest warrant issued against me that I am aware of, or which my legal team has been informed about,” Mr Nyakundi told the Nation in an exclusive interview.

The lawyer spoke Monday at the Milimani Law Courts, where he had gone to represent a client.

Reached for comment, Assistant Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Catherine Mwaniki, who is leading the prosecution, told the Nation that she is not allowed to comment on the matter.

The Director of Communications at the DPP, Mrs Beatrice Omari, also failed to confirm whether the DPP had a warrant for Mr Nyakundi’s arrest.

Mr Nyakundi said that he spent the weekend running errands in Nairobi and in social joints, where he joined other revellers to watch the Uefa Nations League final on Sunday night.

“At no time have I contemplated running away. I am abiding by the court orders and proceedings,” he said.

Mr Nyakundi failed to appear in court on June 5, when Kiambu Senior Principal Magistrate Teresia Nyangena was to determine whether she will recuse herself from the case after she was accused of making an inappropriate contact with the suspect’s lawyers.

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“I did not go to court since the day fell on a public holiday, and as a result, the magistrate set July 5 as the date for a ruling on the matter,” he said.

His failure to appear in court annoyed the prosecution, which saw Ms Mwaniki ask the court the next day to issue a warrant for his arrest. The application led to a showdown between her and Senior Principal Magistrate Brian Khaemba.

While Ms Mwaniki wished to have Mr Nyakundi arrested for contempt of court, Mr Khaemba declined to give the order, saying his senior, Ms Nyagena, still had the lawyer’s file.

Mr Khaemba also rejected her request that he goes through a skeleton of the file and make a ruling.

Since Mr Nyankundi shot his 29-year-old son, Mr Joseph Bogonko, in unclear circumstances on the afternoon of March 17, the incident has sucked in officers from the Judiciary, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (ODPP).

It began with Mr Nyakundi’s long stay at a private hospital, where it was said that he was seeking medical attention, and ended with Director of Criminal Investigations George Kinoti interdicting his officers for bungling the case.

Mr Kinoti accused the investigating officers of intentionally failing to include scene of crime photos, a scene of crime analysis report, or a ballistics report in the trial file.

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Further, he wants the manslaughter charges substituted with murder, saying that there is sufficient evidence that the shooting was made with the intention to kill.

Already, the DPP has applied to have the charge substituted, a move that the lawyer’s wife, said to have been listed as a prosecution witness, has opposed.

Further, on May 20, Ms Mwaniki filed an application in which she accused the court of having been compromised to influence the outcome of the case.

The case has taken yet another twist with Mr Nyakundi saying he reads malice in the conduct of the DCI and DPP.

 “I will file a constitutional petition at the High Court against the DPP and the DCI for violating my rights,” said Mr Nyakundi, who accuses both the DPP and DCI of exposing him to negative publicity and issuing untruthful information to the public on the ongoing investigation.

The trial of Mr Nyakundi, one of the country’s leading lawyers, makes for a tough battle, given that it pits seasoned prosecutors said to do what it takes to have a suspect convicted against a team of lawyers renowned for saving their clients from the hangman’s noose.

Ms Mwaniki, one of the longest serving public prosecutors, was the head of the murder section at the public prosecutor’s office until June last year, when DPP Noordin Haji moved her to the Extradition and International Cooperation Division.

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A prosecutor with one of the highest conviction rates, she has a history of working tirelessly to ensure suspects are convicted.

Judiciary insiders say that she is the person to go to when you want to nail high-profile individuals and in complex murder issues.

 In the most recent cases, Ms Mwaniki was the lead prosecutor in the murder cases against journalist Jackie Maribe and Migori County Governor Okoth Obado.

Meanwhile, Mr Nyakundi’s defence team comprises six lawyers, including Mr Cliff Ombeta, the poster boy of the country’s most controversial and emotive trials, and veteran John Khaminwa, whose experiences include being detained alongside his clients.

Dr Khaminiwa was first detained from 1982 to 1983 and again in 1990 during the clamour for multi-party democracy.

In the 1990s, he represented lawyer Rumba Kinuthia in a treason case and won, a rare feat during the Moi era.

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ROTICH ARREST: Uhuru set to name his replacement as Treasury CS [VIDEO]



President Uhuru Kenyatta is set to name a replacement for Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich ans well as Principal Secretary in the same Ministry, Kamau Thugge, following their arrest on Monday. A source at the State House told that the President had made it clear to his cabinet that if any of them is charged in court over corruption, he would have to be replaced as the case is prosecuted.

“It goes without saying. The gloves are completely off and the President is ready to go the whole haul,” said the source who sought anonymity as she is not authorised to speak to the media.

Earlier this year, President Kenyatta told a joint sitting of parliament that those who will be taken to court will have to step aside.

“If you are charged in a court of law, you will be replaced,” said Kenyatta amid cheers from the lawmakers.

On Monday, the Director of Public Prosecution put out a lengthy statement, with minute details of how Kenyans were taken for a ride over dam projects whose cost was inflated to Sh63B.

Former Vice President Musalia Mudavadi is in agreement that the President should immediately name a replacement. “He has to do it even if on a temporary basis,” Mudavadi told NTV’s Kennedy Muriithi in an interview on Monday evening.

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All eyes are now set on the presidency to see whether these statements will come to pass.


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Anne Kiguta pulls no punches in Ruto interview, Kenyans unimpressed



TV anchor Anne Kiguta marked her debut on K24 TV with a no-holds-barred interview with Deputy President William Ruto on her new show ‘Punchline’.

Anne was making a comeback to TV screens after a 10-month hiatus.

Her Sunday night interview lacked the finesse of an experienced TV anchor dealing with a hostile guest.

One instance was when Anne asked Ruto about the assassination claims the Deputy President had raised with the Director of Criminal Investigations.

Anne Kiguta: Do you believe there are forces planning to kill you?

Ruto: Is this your first time to come to Karen? Do you have children?

The TV anchor also asked the DP about his net worth.

Anne Kiguta: Are you willing to declare your wealth?

Ruto: Have I told you I am not willing to declare my wealth

Kenyans on social media had this to say about the interview.

@PeterPirate95 tweeted; “#RutoOnPunchline. All of us watching kindly tell me if Ruto has answered a single question because im bored just as much as Ann Kiguta is. All the DP is doing is diverting and rushing to the next question which he still wont respond to”.

“Even BEING BAHATI REALITY show is better! Compared to what we witnessed last night. ~Ann Kiguta promised us real punches but she was knocked down with LIES,” posted @Gideon_Kitheka

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@Margaretwmumbi said; “#RutoOnPunchline Ann Kiguta is trying too hard to look like a bold interviewer. She is exuding arrogance and even dismissive of the DP. She is listening selectively, not to understand the DP but to counter attack his responses. Ann, you need to change that.”

“The interview felt like Ruto was just having some good time at his Karen Home giving Ann Kiguta homework to take home. #RutoOnPunchline,” commented @alyedy2

“The moment ANNE KIGUTA started quoting questions from Instagram I knew we were in to real hogwash! The DP referred to media as ambassadors of FAKE NEWS & PROPAGANDA which ANN KIGUTA failed to defend, she sank so low! The show was overhyped! #RutoOnPunchline,” tweeted @Duke_Korir

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#FirstClassBetrayal: Tear-jerking story of first class graduate who ended up on streets



Jobless Kenyans have swarmed social media to share their heartbreaking struggles in searching for employment to no avail despite holding impressive academic papers.

On Sunday, Citizen TV,  aired the story of Kelvin Ochieng, a First-Class graduate at University of Nairobi (UON) who is jobless and homeless.

Kelvin, a former Maranda High School student, scored straight A’s in KCSE and proceeded to study Actuarial Science at the university.

A stranger, Christopher Oloo, one day saw him sleeping on the streets and took him in. They live together in Kosovo, Mathare slums.

“I was frustrated and went to live in the streets for a year after failing to land a job. It’s better living in Mathare than lying in the streets. Back home, they all believed that I would be the saviour,” said Kelvin.

“I applied to Central Bank and other top firms but ended up in vain. This frustration weighed up on me until I contemplated suicide,” he added.

Jeff Koinange, the TV host, called on potential employers to come to Kelvin’s aid.

“There has to be somebody out there who can help Kelvin. First-class Honours. A First-class student. It’s not right. We will have failed as a nation if we can’t help such people out there,” said Mr Koinange.

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He later revealed that several people had reached out asking for the graduate’s number.

Soon after the story aired, other frustrated graduates took to social media to ask for help. Many shared their certificates and mobile numbers just in case there is an opening.

Here are some of them.

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