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Why Kibra by-election results were transmitted manually



Nairobi was charged on Thursday as key political parties fought for the Kibra parliamentary seat in a by-election that followed MP Ken Okoth’s death in July.

Voting in Kenya is still manual but there have been attempts to make the process electronic, for reasons including reducing fraud and the time spent voting as the public queues for hours.

Results have, however, been transmitted electronically but this was not the case in the mini poll. The reason is anchored in law.

The results of the by-election were manually transmitted because the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) is not obligated to transmit parliamentary results electronically.

The law limits electronic transmission of results to presidential elections and this has not been expressly stated in relation to the other elections such as governor, senator, member of Parliament, woman representative and member of the county assembly.

On its website, the IEBC stated, “Please note that electronic transmission of election results only applies to presidential elections results”.

Section 39 (1c) of the Elections Act provides that for purposes of presidential elections, the commission shall “electronically transmit and physically deliver the tabulated results of an election for the president from a polling station to the constituency tallying centre and to the national tallying centre”.

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High Court judge Lucy Gitari applied this section of the law while declining a request by Narc-Kenya party leader Martha Karua to be supplied with electronic transmission data for the Kirinyaga County governor seat.

Ms Karua lodged the request in a petition in which she challenged Anne Waiguru’s election in 2017.

“In considering this issue, first and foremost is the fact that electronic transmission of results is only provided for in presidential elections, [as stated in] Section 39 (1c) Elections Act,” justice Gitari said in the October 23, 2017 ruling.

There is no provision for electronic transmission of results from the polling station to the constituency tallying centre in respect of gubernatorial elections.

The declaration of results for gubernatorial elections is at county level through Form 37C.

Section 39(1B) Elections Act provides: “The commission shall appoint county returning officers to be responsible for tallying, announcement and declaration in the prescribed forms, or final results from constituencies in the county for purposes of the election of the county governor, senator and county woman representative to the National Assembly.”

In the same year, the National Super Alliance (Nasa) lodged a case against the IEBC, with Jubilee Party and the Attorney-General listed as interested parties.

The petition revolved around the use of technology in the forthcoming general election.

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Nasa urged the court to declare that the general election on August 8, 2017 be exclusively electronic in respect to voter registration and transmission of results.

A three judge bench of the High Court, including Justices Kanyi Kimondo, Alfred Mabeya, And Hedwig Ong’udi, held in a July 21, 2017 judgment that, “To our mind what was required of the IEBC was to put in place a mechanism that is set out in Section 44 of the Elections Act.

“The particulars of the mechanism, whether electronic, manual or any other mode was not expressly provided in Section 44A. If that were the intention of Parliament, nothing would have been easier than to specify.”


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Standard Group journalist’s daughter scores 439 marks to top in KCPE



Standard Group journalist Jonathan Komen’s daughter, June Cheptoo Koech, is the second-best overall student in the 2019 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE).

June scored 439 marks out of 500 marks and was among the three candidates; Flavian Koech and Sean Michael who tied in the second position nationally. The top student this year, Michael Munyiri, scored 440 marks.

Reacting to the news, her father Komen, who has been christened The Lion by colleagues in the newsroom, said that in Cheptoo, a real lioness had been born.“They call me the lion in the newsroom, well, today I want to announce that a real lioness has been found,” said Komen.

Cheptoo sat her examination at Sangalo Central Primary in Nandi County, a public school.

Speaking to Standard Digital on phone, Komen described her daughter as an avid reader with a cool head, adding that her performance did not surprise the family having scored 446 marks in the final mock examinations.

Komen, a household name among sports journalists in the country courtesy of his nice sports stories has made the headlines, not because of an eye-catching story, but because his daughter is among the best in the country this year.

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Embakasi West MP George Theuri in mourning



Embakasi West Member of Parliament George Theuri is mourning the death of his father Mzee Theuri.

Mzee Theuri passed on Monday morning.

The MP took to his social media accounts to mourn the death of his father.

“My family mourn, I can’t believe Dad you are gone; RIP Dad I celebrate you, my hero. I may try to look strong on the outside, but I am so broken,” Theuri wrote on Facebook.

His followers took the opportunity to send in their messages of condolences to the legislator.

“God gives and he takes. May he rest well,” Hon Simon Mbugua posted.

“May God comfort you and your family and may he RIP. I am sure the way you treated him per your other posts on here made his last days on earth really bright,” Grace Preety Wa Wachira commented.

“Pole sana Mheshimiwa, may God give you the strength you need at this difficult moment,” Catherine Mukunyi wrote.

“Sincere condolences bwana mheshimiwa may his soul rest in peace. It is well,” Ednah Kamau said.

“My sincere condolences to you and your family may God comfort you,” commented Berniece Mugoh.

“So sorry for the loss. May God give you and the entire family strength, peace, and grace that surpasses human understanding during this difficult time,” posted Eunice Wanjiru.

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“My condolences to you and your family. May the Lord comfort you as only he can. May he rest in peace,” Salome Thuo mentioned.

by NN

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More arrests loom over Syombua, children’s killings



More arrests are expected following the killing of the estranged wife of a soldier and her two children as homicide detectives and forensic experts from the Directorate of Criminal Investigation headquarters pitched camp on Sunday at the Laikipia Airbase in Nanyuki.

Following discovery of the bodies at a public cemetery on Saturday evening, detectives are now pursuing leads that the main suspect, Major Peter Mwaura, had accomplices in the killings.

After searching his house for several hours on Saturday, police now believe the murders were committed inside the army barracks. And now, detectives are trying to piece together how the soldier managed to sneak the three bodies out of the military facility undetected.

Sources within the police department revealed that preliminary findings have placed the possible murder scene inside the Laikipia Airbase leading investigators to suspect Major Mwaura had help from inside.

“It looks like he did it from inside the barracks definitely. Maybe he was helped by someone from within,” an officer who requested anonymity due to the sensitivity of the case told the Nation.

Already, the Nation has learned that police have placed in custody and questioned two more people believed to have been involved in the murder and cover up.

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A taxi operator who is yet to be identified is said to have told police in his statement that Major Mwaura sent him to purchase three gunny bags around the time the family disappeared. On Saturday, the three bodies found at Thingithu were stuffed in gunny bags.

At the same time, police reports also suggest that a casual worker at the military base identified as Collins Pamba has also been placed in custody in connection with the killings.

Mr Pamba is said to have helped the army man bury the bodies at the public cemetery where the government disposes unclaimed bodies.

Joyce Syombua, 31, and her two children, Shanice Maua, 10 and five-year-old Prince Michael, were reported missing on October 27 after spending two days at Major Mwaura’s home.

Ms Joyce Syombua (left) and her children Shanice Maua and Prince Michael, who have been missing since October 26. Her estranged husband on November 16, 2019 led police to three bodies dumped in a shallow grave at a cemetery in Nanyuki. PHOTO | POOL | NATION MEDIA GROUP

They had arrived at the Laikipia Airbase Barracks on October 25 where they were staying with the army man.

While police are trying to piece up the timeline of the murders, it has been reported that the suspect left the house with the children a day after they arrived at the base.

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Syombua had apparently gone to fresh up, but afterwards found out that Major Mwaura had taken the children for a walk within the military base.

When he returned, the military officer reportedly claimed he had left the two children with a friend as he wanted to have a private conversation with his estranged wife.

But in his statement to detectives, Major Mwaura did not give finer details of what transpired on that morning.

As investigations into their disappearance took off, he told police that he took Syombua and their two children to Nanyuki bus terminus where they boarded a matatu under 4NTE Sacco.

The trio, however, never arrived at their home in Kayole, Nairobi, raising suspicion over their safety. A missing person report was initially made at the Soweto Police Station and the same relayed to Nanyuki Police Station, prompting investigations into the disappearance.

The discovery of her cellphone inside one of the matatus would later open a can of worms into what is turning out to be a brutal triple homicide and a well calculated cover up.

Major Mwaura is expected to be arraigned on Monday.


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