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Uhuru is “shredding” the constitution which is disastrous for the country, says Prof Yash Pal Ghai

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Former Kenya Constitutional Review Commission chairman, Prof Yash Pal Ghai (pictured) on Saturday did not have very kind words for  President Uhuru Kenyatta whom he accused of  going against the Constitution.

Speaking outside the gates of the Technical University of Mombasa (TUM), Prof Ghai said that after the enactment of the new Constitution, Kenya was headed for glory days but failure by leaders to carefully read the Constitution and in particular the chapter that deals with devolution had led to the country experiencing problems.

”The President has let us down on this. I thought President Uhuru had more potential and ought to have been more involved in problems afflicting the common mwanainchi. The President has completely ignored his own obligation. It is with great sorrow he has let us down on this,” he said.

Ghai and other human rights activists and Economist David Ndii were prevented from addressing a meeting of Okoa Mombasa, a local coalition for people of Mombasa who were due to deliberate on devolution. But TUM management informed the organisers that they could not go ahead with their planned meeting.

”We were poised to discuss devolution issue. The promulgation of the Constitution had brought forth fortunes for a vibrant Kenya where all would cherish and prosper and remain united,” Ghai said.Muslim for Human Rights (Muhuri) chairman, Khelef Khalifa said that they shall be going to court to sue the cancellation of the meeting.

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”We had booked well in advance and made the requisite payments of Sh25,000 for hire of the university hall. On Friday, the university management called us and said that we could not go on with the meeting,” he said.

He stated that they (university) management had informed them that there were security issues that prompted earlier change of plans.”We were told that the university management further said that they did not want what happened to Garissa University a few years ago to happen at TUM and that they also feared their students would join in during the planned meeting and cause riots,” Khalifa said.

He added that they had spent over Sh2 million to prepare for the meeting with some of the key speakers and delegates having flown in from USA and Nairobi.

-Standard.co.ke

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Woman fined Sh50,000 & six months in prison for insulting lover’s wife

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A woman has been fined Sh50,000 for insulting his lover’s wife and provoking her to a fight while drunk.

In default, Saida Mohamed Amin, the convict, will spend six months in prison.

Senior resident magistrate Charles Mwaniki of Kibera law courts handed the sentence to her after she pleaded guilty to charges of offensive conduct.

She admitted that she visited Kush Apartments in Parklands on Sunday where the complainant Salima Mohammed Ismail resides while drinking alcohol from glass and used abusive words her.

Saida told Salima that they are co-wives and hurled insults at her but in courts, said she was not in her right senses at the time.

She pleaded for leniency claiming that she is jobless and a single mother of two.

The convict claimed she has a debt with her landlord as she has not paid rent for months and pleaded to be forgiven.

She was given 14 days to appeal the sentence.

By NN

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Terror suspect arrested for threatening to kill DCI Kinoti 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

A Nairobi woman who was recently arrested for sending letters laced with deadly chemicals to the Canadian embassy in Nairobi has yet again been found on the wrong side of the law.

Tracy Wairimu Ndegwa was arrested on Thursday, August 6, for threatening to kill the Director of Criminal Investigations (DCI) George Kinoti.

Wairimu is reported to have threatened to kill the DCI boss shortly after she was released to go for a mental checkup at DCI headquarters.

She was to be charged on Friday, August 7, but her arraignment coincided with her appointment at the Mathari Mental Hospital where she was to undergo mental checkup.

Like in the case of the Canadian embassy, the woman sent Kinoti letters containing a white powder and alleged he would die after inhaling the powder.

Prior to sending the letters laced with chemicals to the Canadian envoy Lisa Stadelbauer, Wairimu had been arraigned at Milimani Law Courts for threatening to kill another person and was released on KSh 50,000 bond.

She was to be charged before senior resident magistrate Charles Mwaniki of the Kibera Law Courts for threatening to kill Stadelbauer but the matter was postponed until August 24, 2020.

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Her lawyer, Steve Ogolla, said she was an outpatient at Mathari but the prosecution said he had been making similar claims without furnishing courts with any documents to prove the same.

The suspect was released on KSh 100,000 bond and allowed to honour her appointment with the mental hospital until August 24 when she will be arraigned for the two offences of threatening to kill Kinoti and Stadelbauer.

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Sonko celebrates Elachi’s resignation 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Nairobi governor Mike Sonko seems to be in a celebratory mood after the resignation of Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi.

Moments after Elachi announced her resignation, Sonko posted several videos on his social media accounts that suggested that he was celebrating the exit of speaker.

In one of the worship songs he posted, Sonko captioned “Yuko Mungu Mbiguni Asikiaye Maombi yetu (There is God in Heaven who hears our prayers)”.

In another video, Sonko said that “We have seen your mighty hand Lord”, before he added another one with the infamous Jubilee Party supporters campaign slogan that “sio juju ni maombi (It’s not witchcraft, it’s prayers)”.

Sonko and Elachi have been at loggerheads, and at one time Elachi declared herself the governor after Sonko was barred from accessing his office.

Announcing her resignation today, Elachi accused Sonko of being one of the people after her life.

“Governor Sonko, you cannot go on threatening people’s lives and their families. You also have a family. You cannot have everything, just nurture what God has given you,” Elachi said in a statement.

Former Nairobi County Assembly Speaker Beatrice Elachi and Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko

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