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Rare migratory bird lands in Kenya after flying 6,948 kilometers from Finland

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By JUDITH GICOBI

A rare species of a migratory bird has landed in Kenya from Finland Northern Europe after covering a distance of 6,948 kilometers (4,317 miles).

The Osprey bird species perched in West Imbo in Bondo, Siaya County, on January 20th, 2020. The rare bird was seen by Walter Oloo and reported to the Kenya Wildlife Services (KWS) team in Siaya, Citizen Digital reports.

The bird was found in a fishing net where it was caught, but it seemed to have struggled to get itself out. It had bruised legs that still looked healthy despite losing some weight and being dehydrated. 

It was then taken to KWS Veterinary Department on Thursday and treated by giving IV fluids, a proper diet and monitored before being returned to the wild.

Going by the refereeing ring on its leg, the origin of the bird was established. It indicates it was ringed in Finland (Museum Zool, Helsinki Finland, M-68528).

Head of Veterinary Services Dr. David Ndeereh, said KWS will try to obtain more information about the bird by sharing the information with the East Africa Bird Ringing Association. 

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MP Johana Ngeno arrested

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Emurrua Dikirr MP Johana Ngeno was on Monday evening arrested at Kimogor trading center in Narok South for holding an illegal meeting on the Building Bridges Initiative (BBI).

The lawmaker was accosted by a team of police officers and ushered into a waiting police Land Cruiser.

The officers were forced to shoot in the air to disperse a charging crowd that attempted to block them from arresting the MP.

The dramatic arrest was characterised by screams from residents and supporters of the MP.

Narok South Sub-county Deputy Commissioner Felix Kisalu said Mr Ngeno defied police orders against holding the gathering aimed at informing residents about the BBI report.

When the Nation contacted Mr Kisalu on phone, he said, “The team on the ground is on the way with the MP. I am yet to meet them. When they arrive I will be briefed on what transpired.”

He said, however, that preliminary reports indicated the MP refused to wait three days, as required, for a permit to hold a gathering.

Mr Ngeno did not answer phone calls for comment on the matter.

The commissioner noted that the area where the MP was arrested is volatile as it was the epicentre of fighting between the Kipsigis and Maasai in 2019.

The dispute concerned theft of cattle and evictions from the Maasai Mau Forest.

Last Friday, Mr Ngeno was in a group of Kipsigis leaders who walked out of a BBI consultative meeting in Narok County.

The MP, Narok Deputy Governor Evalyn Aruasa, and several MCAs stormed out of a meeting of more than 1,000 delegates at Maasai Mara University.

They alleged tribal profiling and hate speech by some speakers.

Mr Ngeno layer vowed to hold rallies at the Kipsigis regions in Narok South, Narok West and Emurrua Dikirr to discuss the BBI report with his community.

MP Ngeno is not new to arrests.

In September last year, he was apprehended on his to the forest to lead protests against the second phase of evictions.

Mr Ngeno was stopped at a road block at Olmekenyu in Narok South and told to go back.

He declined and was consequently arrested and detained alongside Ololulunga Ward Representative Jefferson Langat, who was the host of today’s meeting.

BY Nation

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VIDEO: Ngirita loses her cool, says her son can’t speak German anymore and has become a chokora

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The DCI wants the bank account of a member of the Ngirita family, which is accused of fraudulently receiving millions of shillings from the National Youth Service (NYS), to remain frozen as the monies are proceeds of crime.

Ms Phyllis Njeri Ngirita has filed an application seeking access to her account at KCB to pay school fees for her son.

Chief Inspector Paul Waweru opposed the application on Monday, saying Ms Ngirita did not give compelling reasons for the freeze order to be lifted.

Mr Waweru, who is attached to the Financial Investigations Unit, further said the offences Ms Ngirita allegedly committed are serious as they involve theft of public funds amounting to Sh455.2 million.

OTHER ARGUMENTS

In his reply filed before Justice Mumbi Ngugi on Monday, the officer also said investigators made several applications to freeze the accounts of Ms Ngirita and her co-accused as the funds in question are proceeds of crime.

He noted that the Assets Recovery Agency (ARA) already forfeited vehicles that Ms Ngirita is believed to have acquired through proceeds of crime.

“The Sh700,000 was obtained by the applicant through a loan from Opportunity International Wedco Limited and is related to proceeds of crime,” Mr Waweru also told the court.

He added that the car used as security for the loan, a Toyota Station Wagon, is also on investigators’ radar.

The detectives have preserved the vehicle amid investigations into the NYS 2 corruption scandal.

The account that Ms Ngirita wants to access was frozen following an order by High Court Judge John Onyiego.

Inspector Waweru said, “The application amounts to abuse of court process as the court has already pronounced itself on this. The applicant should have made the application before Justice Onyiego, who froze the account.”

“ONLY MONEY”

In her application, Ms Ngirita said her Standard Seven son at Pembroke House School in Gilgil has been at home due to arrears amounting to Sh3.4 million.

She claims the Sh800,000 that is locked up at her bank “is the only money I have” and that she acquired it as a loan.

Her lawyer Evans Ondieki said he was not a position to respond immediately to the DCI as he was served late.

Mr Ondieki also said the DCI, the ARA and the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution have ganged up and mixed their constitutional duties.

“The ODPP should be an independent office and impartial but it is acting as one unit with the ASA and DCI. This is unconstitutional and against the principle of innocence. They are fused and there no checks and balances,” he said.

Ms Ngirita’s application will be heard on March 3.

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Tanzanian journalist Eric Kabendera finally free after paying US$44k fine

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Journalist Erick Kabendera finally walked to freedom on Monday, almost six months after being arrested on charges of money laundering, tax evasion and leading an organised crime gang.

Of the three charges, Kabendera was cleared of that of leading an organised crime gang and left with the money laundering and tax evasion charges.

Kabendera pleaded guilty to the charge of money laundering and was fined TZS100 million, which he paid, thereby securing his freedom.

The court also ordered him to pay TZS250,000 as a fine for evading taxes, another charge to which he pleaded guilty.

He was further ordered to pay another TZS172 million as compensation, which he will clear in the next six months alongside the TZS250,000.

Earlier on Monday, the office of the Director of Public Prosecution earlier accepted Kabendera’s plea bargain application, paving the way for the Kisutu Magistrate’s Court to begin hearing his case.

The court previously lacked jurisdiction to hear such cases.

State attorney Faraja Nchimbi informed resident magistrate Janet Mtega of the DPP’s acceptance of the plea bargain when the case was mentioned on Monday.

-Nation.co.ke

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