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How Jaguar’s past has come back to haunt him

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The past has finally caught up with Starehe Member of Parliament Charles Njagua aka Jaguar after he denied bail on Thursday by a Nairobi court where he was charged with making xenophobic remarks..

Jaguar, who appeared before the Milimani Law court, will now spend another night at Kileleshwa Police Station to allow the prosecution to complete investigations.

The prosecution wanted to be given 14 days while his lawyers wanted to secure a bail for him.

It’s here that Jaguar’s past came back to haunt him.

RECKLESS DRIVING

“It is important for the court to be aware that he’s a convict. He was sentenced on February 21, this year on two counts of causing death by dangerous driving. If released on bail he might commit further crimes,” State lawyer Duncan Ondimu said.

According to the court papers, Jaguar was charged with reckless driving on March 21, 2017 causing the death of a motorcyclist, Mugo Mwangi.

A Range Rover with Registration No. KCB 808J was said to have hit and killed the rider and his passenger on Sagana-Makutano road within Kirinyaga County.

BAIL DENIED

Jaguar insisted that he was the one driving the car, although an eye witness said they saw a female driver when the accident occurred.

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According to the prosecution, it is this case that warrants a denial of bail.

The lawmaker was arrested on Wednesday for making xenophopic remarks which have strained diplomatic relationship between Kenya and Tanzania.

The Kenyan government, through its spokesperson Colonel (Rtd) Cyrus Odhiambo Oguna, on Tuesday issued a statement denouncing the lawmaker’s remarks.

Source:nairobinews

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Court orders government to build free toilets along Kenyan highways

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By JUDITH GICOBI

The High Court on Tuesday ordered the government to facilitate the building of free toilets and sanitary facilities besides Kenyan highways for travelers.

The verdict was given by Justice Kossy Bor after a petition was filed by Adrian Kamotho. He requested the court to order the Ministry of Transport to construct sanitary facilities besides the highways in the country within 60 days.

Justice Bor directed Transport Cabinet Secretary James Macharia to create a team from the council of governors (CoG), Kenya National Highways Authority (KenHA), Kenya Rural Roads Authority and Kenya Urban Roads Authority to look into the issue.

However, the Judge did not give the 60-day deadline to the government as requested by the petitioner, because of the budgetary requirements of formulating and implementing the policy.

Currently, only Machakos County has built free toilets along the highways, one at Mlolongo, Chumvi Junction and Mwala Junction.

In his petition, Kamotho referenced Article 42 of the Constitution, which entitles every citizen to a clean and healthy environment and reasonable standards of sanitation. 

“The national transport policy should incorporate toilets and other sanitation on road stops on the national and international trunk roads. The policy should take into account the need to have toilets and other sanitation facilities maintained properly by the county governments once constructed,” ruled the judge.

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My daughter’s bank account had Sh9,000, not Sh100 Million, Waititu says

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Ferdinand Waititu, embattled Kiambu Governor, on Tuesday said that he and his family were being targeted and are victims of political propaganda.

The governor was speaking at the Senate in a plenary sitting over his impeachment. Governor Waititu blamed bloggers in Kiambu, who are creating and spreading lies about him and his family with the aim of destroying him. 

“Honorable House, you will see in this sitting, some politicians have paid bloggers to spread false stories about me and my family, they are all lies,” said Waititu.

He mentioned reports spread that detectives from the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC) found KSh100 million in his daughter’s bank account, saying the reports are false and malicious.

Waititu clarified his daughter had only KSh9,000 in her bank account when EACC was investigating him over corruption reports.

The Senate has two days sitting; January 28th and 29th- to discuss Waititu’s impeachment. Waititu was impeached by members of the Kiambu County Assembly on December 19th, 2019 for abuse of office and corruption allegations. 

If the Senate upholds the MCAs decision, Waititu will lose his seat as the Kiambu County Governor. 

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Mysterious banners rebuking Kenya’s Judiciary crop up along Nairobi roads

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By JUDITH GICOBI

Anti-judiciary banners that were put up anonymously were found along major roads to the city Centre on Tuesday morning.

They were written in bold, all caps with different messages addressing the Kenyan judiciary for unfair rulings against the poor. 

Banners found just after Embakasi East MP Babu Owino was released on a KSh10 million cash bail in an attempted murder case where he shot Felix Orinda, alias DJ Evolve.

Kenyans online were upset with the court’s ruling, where Owino was ordered to pay bail amount in four installments of KSh2.5 million over four months.

“Akashas were free in Kenya for over four years but were jailed in two months by a USA court. We demand a working judiciary free of corrupt judges now,” a banner erected at Nyayo Stadium roundabout read.

Another on put up on a footbridge in Pangani stated: “Why is the majority of inmates in Kenya the poor?”

The one along Ladhies Road, asked: “Will Kidero, Sonko or Waititu ever step in jail for corruption?”

Commenting about the sentencing of Akasha brothers in the US two weeks ago, President Kenyatta said: “I think it is a shame on our country that we prosecuted a case against drug traffickers in our country and we couldn’t get a conviction and, within a year of them being arraigned in the United States, they have been jailed for not less than 25 years. That is something that our judiciary should come to terms with.” 

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