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Kitany: I have lost my father-in-law

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The divorce case filed by Marianne Kitany against Meru Senator Mithika Linturi has taken a new twist following the death of the lawmaker’s father on Monday.

On Tuesday, Ms Kitany told court that she is not ready to proceed with the case as she is mourning the death of her “father in-law”.

Through her lawyer Danstan Omari, Ms Kitany said she was planning to travel to Igembe to take part in the burial plans.

“On behalf of the petitioner, we are not ready to proceed. She lost her father in-law, who passed on last night. She is mourning and in the process of going to Meru to be part and parcel of the burial programme,” Mr Omari said.

“She cannot proceed with this matter. I have very strong instructions from her to pass her sincere condolences to her husband and the entire Igembe people.”

Mr Omari said his client would be ready to proceed with the case after the burial.

“It is totally unAfrican for him to say they are ready to proceed. She is saying the dead person is her father-in-law. She will be ready to proceed when she is emotionally stable,” he added.

But Mr Linturi’s lawyers— Muthoni Thiankolu and Prof George Wajakoyah— opposed the delay, saying their client was determined to continue with the case.

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“It is very difficult to speak about death but it is unfortunate to use it. It is presumptuous and unfortunate to use it to determine the issue which is before this court,” Mr Thiankolu said.

He punched holes in Ms Kitany’s claim that the senior Linturi was her father-in-law.

“Whether senior Linturi is a father-in-law is matter to be determined. The instructions I received was that unfortunate as the event might be, we should proceed,” he said.

Mr Thiankolu said the senator would not entertain any further delays in the case because it had held “many aspects of his life in abeyance and in limbo”.

“The petitioner cannot be heard to be crying louder than the bereaved,” he said.

“Soon after obtaining orders she has latched on them and dragged the matter. We should proceed expeditiously. We cannot lose sight of the hardship he is undergoing.”

And through Prof Wajakoyah, Mr Linturi said his father was unhappy because of scandalous allegations that Mr Kitany built him a house when he has sons and daughters.

“To make it worse, a woman from another tribe yet he has able sons. It was scandalous for a Meru elder, a Njuri Ncheke,” he said.

But Mr Omari replied: “If it true that he was shocked that it is her who built the house, then I sympathise with him”.

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Chief Magistrate Peter Gesora said he would not delve into claims that Ms Kitany was Linturi senior’s daughter-in-law.

Additionally, he said he would not focus on defence lawyers’ claim that Ms Kitany’s built a house that shocked senior Linturi.

Those two claims, the magistrate said, are matters to be determined later in the case.

The court adjourned until Wednesday because Ms Kitany was not in court.

By Nation.co.ke

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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 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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