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Samburu Governor decries accounts freeze

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Governor Moses Kasaine Lenolkulal (pictured) has pleaded with the court to save his family from suffering over his frozen bank accounts.

Mr Lenolkulal argued that since the High Court froze the four accounts in March, he had not been able to access his salary to cater for personal needs, his family, subsistence or pay for utility bills and other accruing expenses.He swore that the freeze orders were issued without basis, given that the millions of shillings stashed in the accounts were obtained through honest means.

“I obtained all my money through legal means through my businesses and salaries, and not as a result of corrupt dealings as alleged,” he said.Justice

John Onyiego in March stopped the governor from operating or withdrawing money from his accounts and those of his company, Oryx Service Station, for six months following an application by the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission.

EACC argued that the governor was likely to withdraw from the accounts and hide over Sh80 million he allegedly swindled from the county government before investigations into the scandal are complete.

EACC case was that after Kasaine was elected Samburu Governor in 2013, he incorporated and registered Oryx Service Station as a conduit for siphoning public funds from the county government.

The commission stated that the governor’s company was awarded an exclusive contract for supply of fuel to the county government in a clear case of conflict of interest where an elected leader is using money meant for the public to pay himself.

According to EACC, Kasaine received in excess of Sh80,763,715 in his personal account from the county coffers by purporting that his company had supplied diesel and petrol for use by the county’s vehicles.

EACC argued that the governor acted like a man robbing and eating from his own children through collusion with his county officials to siphon the loot using bribery, conflict of interest and blatant disregard of the poor people the devolved money was supposed to serve.

But Kasaine in his application denied the allegations and accused the court of treating him unfairly by issuing the orders without giving him a chance to be heard.

“The orders were issued on a basis of baseless and unreasonable apprehension that I will withdraw and transfer the funds held in my accounts. It was unfair for the commission to seek the orders against me without giving me a chance to explain my sources of wealth,” swore Kasaine.

He also wants the name of his company struck from the proceedings, arguing that it is a privately registered business name with no legal capacity to be sued.Kasaine has also been charged with abuse of office and conspiracy to commit economic crimes by receiving Sh84,695,996 from the county government through his company Oryx Services Station.

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Husband attacks wife in class

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A teachers’ lobby has condemned a recent attack on a female teacher in Bondo, Siaya County, in class.

The Kenya Women Teachers Association (Kewota) has termed the assault on Everlyn Otieno, 25, as she taught at St Paul’s Gulf Academy as barbaric, inhuman and traumatising to teachers and pupils.

Mrs Otieno was attacked by her 32-year-old husband Kevin Otieno Ochieng on September 17 while in class.

According to witnesses, Mr Otieno stormed into the classroom and demanded for Ms Otieno’s phone, which she gave.

He went out only to come back and beat her then drew a knife and stabbed her on the neck and the left cheek.

Mrs Otieno, a mother of two, was treated and discharged from Bondo Sub-County Hospital.

She said that her husband had threatened to kill her on several occasions.

Kewota Chairperson Dorothy Muthoni on Friday called on police and state prosecutors to take action against Mr Ochieng, who is said to have been arrested but later was released under unclear circumstances.

“Couples should find amicable solutions to domestic problems without resorting to violence or murder,” she said.

This incident comes barely a week after another female teacher was found murdered by unknown people in Kisumu.

Her husband is among those suspected to have had a hand in the brutal attack.

The Kewota chairperson called on Teachers Service Commission to ensure the safety of teachers in schools.

“Murder cases involving women teachers is on the rise and women teachers should take utmost precaution when signs of domestic violence start showing before they turn tragic,” she added.

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Wairimu requests to attend Cohen’s burial – VIDEO

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Sarah Wairimu Kamotho, who is accused of murdering her Dutch husband Tob Cohen, wants to be allowed to attend his burial, slated for Monday.

Ms Kamotho on Friday filed an application at the High Court seeking orders to compel Lang’ata Women’s Prison to allow her to send off her estranged husband.

“We urge this court to issue  a production order to the OC Lang’ata Women’s Prison to produce and escort Sarah  Wairimu to the Jewish  Cemetery on September 23, 2019 at 1.30pm to attend the funeral of Tob Cohen,” her lawyer Philip Murgor says in the application.

Ms Kamotho, who refused to witness opening of her husband’s Will on Friday, is awaiting to plead to a charge of murdering him on September 26.

In the application by Mr Murgor, Ms Kamotho has named Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji as the defendant while Ms Gabrielle Van Straten, Mr Cohen’s sister, has been named as an interested party.

Ms Kamotho says she wants to participate in the burial rites of her late husband.

Lawyer Cliff Ombeta, who is representing the Cohens, said the family is not opposed her attendance.

DPP Haji did not oppose the request either.

Justice certified the case as urgent and directed the parties to return to court on Monday 8am for the ruling.

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EXPLAINED: Everything you need to know about applying for 2021 US Diversity Visa [VIDEO]

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Once again, up to 55,000 foreign nationals and their families from around the world will have a chance to legally immigrate to the United States and achieve the American Dream with a Green Card in hand in 2021, thanks to one of the Diversity Visa lottery Program. Although President Donald Trump is against it, that will not happen unless the law is changed…and the US is a land strictly governed by the rule of law.

The U.S. State Department, which administers the Diversity Immigrant Visa Program, better known as the visa lottery, announced Thursday that it will go ahead with the lottery for 55,000 diversity visas available for Fiscal Year 2021.

In case you missed it The US government announced Thursday that the registration period for DV-2021 will begin on Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 at 12pm EDT and end on Tuesday, November 5th, 2019 at 12pm EST.

The winners will be drawn from random selection and there is no cost to register.

There is a limited period of time during which you can register for the Diversity Immigrant Visa (DV) Program during each fiscal year. Each year, the Department of State publishes detailed instructions for entering the DV Program. These instructions include the dates of the registration period during which you will be able to enter.

All entries must be submitted electronically on the Electronic Diversity Visa (E-DV) website at www.dvlottery.state.gov during the specified registration period. No late entries or paper entries are accepted. The law allows only one entry by or for each person during each registration period. The Department of State uses sophisticated technology to detect multiple entries. If you submit more than one entry you will be disqualified.

Some changes have been made since the last such Lottery Program. Here is all you need to know:

Detailed guidance for completing the online entry form is included in the DV Instructions.

Please view our video for an introduction to the Diversity Visa program, and step-by-step guidance to help you submit an entry. (Note: minor changes have been made to the DV-2020 entry form, but the instructions provided in the video are still valid.)

After you submit a complete entry, you will see a confirmation screen containing your name and a unique confirmation number. Print this confirmation screen for your records. It is extremely important that you retain your confirmation number. It is the only way you can check the status of your entry, and you will need it to obtain further instructions or schedule an interview for a visa if you are selected.

There is no cost to register for the DV Program. You are strongly encouraged to complete the entry form yourself, without a “Visa Consultant,” “Visa Agent,” or other facilitator who offers to help. If somebody else helps you, you should be present when your entry is prepared so that you can provide the correct answers to the questions and retain the confirmation page and your unique confirmation number.

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