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Uhuru elated at Safari Rally return

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has expressed delight at the return of Safari Rally to the World Rally Championship (WRC) calendar.

In a statement, Kenyatta said that the return of the WRC to Kenya was a reward for the work put in by the Jubilee government in the last seven years.

“Before my Administration assumed office in 2013, I made a promise to the people of Kenya, to return the Safari Rally back to the International Automobile Federation World Rally Championship family. This process has taken us seven years.

“It is my pleasure today to announce to the people of Kenya and Africa that this process has been concluded and the Safari Rally has been included in the International Automobile Federation World Rally Championship 2020 Calendar, marking the return of the World Rally Championship to Kenya and Africa, after 18 years of waiting,” read the statement in part.

Kenyatta revealed that plans are underway to make next year’s Safari Rally a success. The rally will be held from July 16 to 19.

“I want to take this opportunity to thank the President of the International Automobile Federation, Mr. Jean Todt, the World Rally Championship Promoter Mr. Oliver Ciesla, the Chairman of the Kenya Motorsports Federation, Mr. Phineas Kimathi and the Directors and Technical teams, for working with my Ministry of Sports, Culture and Heritage through the World Rally Championship Safari Rally project, to deliver this iconic event that forms part of our national heritage.

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“My administration will continue to work with the relevant bodies to ensure that the 2020 Safari Rally and successive events thereafter, are hosted successfully,” continued the statement.

Safari Rally was first held in Kenya in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. It started as the East African Safari Rally traversing the three East African countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania. The Rally developed to become the toughest Rally in the world and was regarded as a true test of man and machine.

In 1973, the Safari was admitted to the prestigious International Automobile Federation (FIA) World Rally Championship (WRC) held within the boundaries of Kenya.

The Safari Rally continued to enjoy International Automobile Federation World Rally Championship status until the year 2002 when the event was dropped from the World Rally Championship and relegated to the African Rally Championship (ARC).

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2 Homabay MCAs who robbed colleagues while armed with stones and clubs charged

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Two members of the Homa Bay County Assembly were on Tuesday, July 7, charged after allegedly robbing their colleagues while armed with clubs and stones, the Daily Nation reported.

The two, Kendu Bay Township MCA Morris Ogwang’ and his Kibiri counterpart Michael Odira, reportedly robbed property worth Ksh 272,500 from their victims.

The duo were said to have been in the company of other people and stole cash as well as other valuables from Homa Bay Town East MCA Juma Awuor and Homa Bay Town Central’s Julius Nyambok.

The incident took place on May 7 at Kendu Bay, Rachuonyo North Sub-county.

Awuor was reportedly robbed of Ksh 75,000 and had his wristwatch worth Ksh 15,000 and open shoes worth Ksh 2,500.

In another count, the two were accused of robbing Nyambok of Ksh 180,000 and later injured him.

The publication further indicated that the lawmakers also damaged a car belonging to Awuor, a Toyota Land Cruiser whose rear left window cost Ksh12,000.

While appearing before Homa Bay Senior Resident Magistrate Joy Wesonga, the two pleaded not guilty to the charges and were released on Ksh150,000 bond each.

Hearing of the matter is scheduled for July 28, 2020.

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Autopsy offers zero clues on how Athi River children died

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It will take about three to four weeks to establish when exactly two children who were discovered in the back seat of a car at Athi River Police Station died, after they went missing for three weeks.

This is after an autopsy conducted on the bodies of Alvina Mutheu (3) and Henry Jacktone (4) yesterday returned inconclusive results.

Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor said that the two bodies were too decomposed for him to find out the reason for their death.

“We could not establish the cause of the deaths of the children because their bodies had decomposed and had experienced a lot of deterioration. There has been massive tissue loss and maggot infestation that hindered us from drawing a firm conclusion,” Dr Johansen said.

It also emerged that there were no signs of injuries on the two bodies, and consequently, the government pathologist said he has forwarded samples to the government chemist for further tests.

A forensic entomologist will be able to analyse the samples and tell exactly when the two children died, a process that will take another three to four weeks.

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“There were no fractures on their bones and we cannot attribute their deaths to any specific cause. We now rely on the police and further results from the government lab to figure the details of the deaths,” he added.

NO PEACE

The Executive Director of Haki Yetu activist group Hussein Khalid asked the police as well as the Directorate of Criminal Investigations to fast-track investigations into the deaths.

Baby Jackton’s father, Stephen Mulinge, said he was not yet at peace and would only rest when the truth surrounding the deaths of the children is found.

“We are still waiting for the results from the government chemist. I am not yet satisfied with the autopsy done today. We want justice to prevail. For now, we will wait,” Mr Mulinge said.

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Clinton Odhiambo and Finny Aoko parents to Henry Jacktone. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

This development will now see the burial of the two children postponed further because the bodies were retained until the government tests are completed and results given.

TOUGH QUESTIONS REMAIN

Many questions remain after their bizarre deaths, including who killed the two children and how they got to the backseat of a car that had been towed to the police station.

It is also not clear how the officers based at the station did not detect the smell emanating from the decomposing bodies.

The two children had gone to play near the Kenya Meat Commission (KMC) in Athi River but never came back home, prompting their parents to report their disappearance on June 11 at the same police station.

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Stephen Muthiani and Cathrine Musembi, parents to Alvinah Mutheu. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

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Court bars DPP, DCI, media from commenting on Babu Owino’s shooting case

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BY KEVIN KOECH

A Nairobi court has barred the office of the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Directorate of Criminal Investigations (DCI) and the media from commenting on the merits of the Babu Owino and DJ Evolve case.

This is after the court heard that the DPP reportedly incited Embakasi East constituents to recall Babu Owino as their MP.

Babu Owino’s lawyer, Cliff Ombeta told the court that the DPP’s remarks is affecting the emotions of the lawmaker.

Speaking before Milimani Senior Principal Magistrate Bernard Ochoi, the lawyer urge the public prosecutor to stick in his line.

DPP Haji, who noted that the case had slowed down, had suggested that the public could petition to eject the lawmaker as an alternative for those seeking justice.

The DPP had earlier explained that the case had been dragged due to DJ Evolve’s inability to record a statement after his voice was affected.

The Embakasi East MP had issued a 2-day ultimatum to NTV following the airing of a story on Felix Orinda, alias DJ Evolve’s health condition, on Monday, June 29.

In a demand letter, dated Wednesday, July 1, the lawmaker demands an apology from the Nation Media Group aired on NTV and ran on the front page of Daily Nation newspaper.

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