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Security tight at President Moi’s Kabarak home ahead of burial service

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Security has been beefed up ahead of Wednesday’s state sendoff of the former President Daniel arap Moi, at his Kabarak home in Nakuru County. Rift Valley regional commissioner Mr George Natembeya said a contingent of police officers including General Service Unit (GSU), regular police, traffic police and Administration Police (AP) have been deployed to beef up security at his residential home.

Speaking to The Standard, Mr Natembeya added that Kenya Defence Forces (KDF) has also been deployed in strategic places to beef up security in a send-off ceremony that will be attended by dignitaries and presidents from at least 10 countries.More than 100 Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers are also collecting criminal intelligence reports at his Kabarak home.

“Security ahead of burial is tight, with adequate police officers and KDF deployed at the venue and along the highway,” said Natembeya.Areas that experience high traffic along the busy highway like Gilgil weighbridge have more police officers including Recce Squad to ease traffic.

“We have police officers on standby, who will be deployed to areas of need, and also others continue to conduct traffic patrols in designated localities and the highway,” said the commissioner.

In addition, the commissioner, who is in charge of security said trucks will not be allowed to ply Nairobi-Nakuru-Eldoret highway as directed by Inspector General of Police, Hilary Mutyambai.According to the directive issued last week, trucks were to be barred from plying the highway from Tuesday noon, to Wednesday at 7pm.

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“All long distance truck drivers should follow the law issued by IG, until the state function is concluded. Anybody who will not obey the directive will be arrested because he will be interfering with state plans,” said Mr Natembeya.

A check by The Standard along the highway revealed eased flow of traffic with no trucks plying Nairobi-Nakuru-Eldoret Highway.Traffic police officers led by the Rift Valley Traffic Enforcement officer Mr Rashid Ali manned the Nakuru-Kabarak highway.“So far, there is no traffic challenge. All truck drivers have obeyed the directive and we believe traffic flow shall continue,” said Ali.

Mr Ali told The Standard that Nakuru-Kabarak highway will be closed, and vehicles coming from other designated localities directed to main parking space opposite Kabarak Main gate.

“Only VIP vehicles will be allowed to enter Kabarak while other vehicles will be directed to the parking,” he said.Tuesday, military officers conducted final ritual send-off of President Moi, who was Commander-in-chief,of the armed forces for the 24 he served as the president.

Sitting arrangements of dignitaries and locals who will attend the service was also underway.At least 60,000 people are expected to attend president Moi’s burial service at his Kabarak home.The service will be conducted at Kabarak University, and later, his body laid to rest at his residence in Kabarak, next to his wife Lena’s gravesite who was buried in 2014.

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It was the second president’s wish to have his remains laid to rest at his Kabarak home, where he moved to live in 1970s. He made the pronouncement during Lena’s burial.However, according to security arrangements, there will be no viewing of Mzee Moi’s body at Kabarak.

The body will be flown from Nairobi to Kabarak on Wednesday morning.Burial of Mzee Moi will be conducted in accordance with military rites.The service will be televised on screens at Afraha Stadium in Nakuru, Moi’s ancestral home in Sacho and Kabarnet town, in Baringo County.

Mr Natembeya said people who will attend the burial service will be frisked for security purposes.“Frisking of people attending the service will be done for security purposes. We are therefore asking everyone planning to attend the funeral to observe security directions,” he added.Public school buses will be used to ferry people from designated places to Kabarak.

BY The Standard


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Villagers gift Uhuru with heifer for appointing Yatani to Cabinet

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Residents of Hurri Hills in North Horr Sub-County have donated a fat heifer to President Uhuru Kenyatta as an appreciation for appointing Ukur Yatani to the Cabinet.

Speaking during a tree-planting ceremony at Hurri Hills Primary School on Friday that was graced by Environment CS Keriako Tobiko, the villagers heaped praise on President Uhuru Kenyatta for his kind gestures to the county.

They considered appointment of their son Yatani to the National Treasury docket as a superlative honour by the Head of State  to the pastoralist community.

Hersi Ibrahim praised President Kenyatta’s administration, which he said has endeared itself to the region that was once marginalised for many years.

Labour Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani during a media briefing at his office on March 06, 2019. PHOTO | NATION

National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Ukur Yatani.

Salaton Njau | Nation Media Group

“We appeal to you CS Tobiko to take both our greetings and this token of appreciation to our beloved President Uhuru Kenyatta for his love for us,’’ Mzee Ibrahim said.

He said the cordial relations between CS Yatani and the President have seen Marsabit County improve economically since the time Yatani served as the county’s first governor.

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He also thanked the Head of State for granting North Horr — one of the biggest constituencies in the country —  two other districts namely Turbi and Dukana.

Further, they thanked the Jubilee administration for the planned tarmacking of more than 196km of roads from Marsabit town to North Horr, then to Loiyangalani.

A group of the residents sang and danced gleefully as they presented the heifer, whose head was garbed in a pretty ribbon, to CS Tobiko, who will present the gift to the President.

Maikona MCA Bukhe Diba praised CS Yatani as a pillar and role model to all pastoralist communities. He praised his hard work, professionalism and selfless love for his community.

He also expressed gratitude for the appointment of another local (Mamo Boru Mamo) as the Director-General of the National Environment Management Authority (Nema).

“We have never felt this honoured by previous regimes,” Mr Diba said.

By Nation.africa


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How top-level meeting allowed Radisson hotel to block Arboretum road

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Arboretum park lane has become the latest public road to have a barrier erected, much to the chagrin of many Nairobi residents.

Anyone who wishes to access the Nairobi Arboretum park, Kenya Forest Service, State House, State House Primary School, Kenya Girl Guides Association, Jabali Elementary School as well as the Radisson Blu hotel will have to pass through the Arboretum park lane.

The erection of the barrier left Nairobi Senator Johnson Sakaja seething with rage. And he registered his disapproval on social media.

“The Nairobi Arboretum is a public space that many Nairobians enjoy. The road leading up to it is also a public road. A private entity (Radisson) has put up a barrier on this public road where members of the public are screened. I have asked @NMS_Kenya to deal ASAP,” Sakaja wrote on Twitter.

He then warned Radisson hotel to remove the barrier.

Nation.Africa can, however, confirm that the barrier was erected after meetings of stakeholders and the Westlands sub-county security team.

Arboretum park lane has become the latest public road to have a barrier erected.

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The stakeholders, who included State House, Kenya Forest Service Arboretum, Jabali Elementary, Kenya Girl Guides Association, National Police Service and Radisson Blu requested to have the barrier erected for security reasons.

The conversation to have the barrier started after the January 2019 DusitD2 complex attack.

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The boda-boda operators who camped outside the Arboretum entrance waiting for or dropping clients visiting the park also worried them.

As the conversation was going on, in July 2019, an intruder was shot and injured after he climbed over one of the State House gates.

The need to have a barrier became even more urgent.

So, they contacted the Kenya Urban Roads Authority (Kura) and they were allowed to erect the barrier.

“We are aware of the barrier. We allowed it there because of the security reasons raised by the stakeholders. Remember it is not a throughway, so it is important to know who goes in and comes out to avoid incidents like the State House intruder,” John Cheboi, the chief corporate communications officer at Kura, said.

Thereafter, the stakeholders, through Leisure Park Development Limited — the mother company of Radisson Blu Hotel — on December 10, 2019, wrote to Nairobi City County about the proposed erection of the security barrier.

And, on January 17 this year, the county replied granting permission for the work to begin.

“Authority to erect 1 No. security barrier to serve Plot L.R. No. 1870/X/106 on Arboretum Drive is hereby granted to you subject to compliance with the following conditions…” the letter, signed on February 17, 2020 by the Nairobi Chief Officer, Roads, Public Works and Transport, Eng. F.N. Karanja, read in part.

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The council also acknowledged receiving Sh10,000 inspection fees for the work.

The work was, however, postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, which was first reported in Kenya in March this year.

What followed next was government restrictions to curb the spread of the virus.

According to Edward Momanyi, the Food and Beverage Manager at Radisson Blu, the Sub-County Security Committee visited the hotel in September and spelt out conditions for erecting the barrier.

“The team, led by Westlands Deputy County Commissioner Mwai Gicheru, visited the area in September. They cited the conditions as a bulletproof guard booth, two armed police officers, and two security guards,” Mr Momanyi told Nation.Africa.

Because of the cost implications, the stakeholders met again on November 11, 2020, at the hotel.

“We invited everyone around this area including State House. We discussed the cost of setting up the barrier, bulletproof guard booth, two armed police officers and two security guards and how it would be shared among ourselves,” Mr Momanyi said.

But council warned that should any member of the public or residents along the Arboretum park lane object to the erection of the barrier, the barrier will be removed.

“That you be required to bind yourselves to the conditional clause of removing the barrier should the Nairobi City County receive reasonable objection to the barrier from one or more area residents or other members of the public,” the letter read in part.

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“You shall indemnify the Nairobi City County against any litigation that may arise as a result of these works,” read one of the nine conditions set by Nairobi City County.

“This approval is valid if the works commence and are completed within three months,” it further said.

Arboretum becomes the latest public road to have obstacles.

In September this year, Muthaiga Residents Association mounted a roadblock restricting access to the suburb by boda-boda operators, commercial vehicles and pedestrians.

An email from the association’s secretariat, dated September 22, said the move was due to security reasons.

“No motorbikes and commercial vehicles are allowed to enter Main Muthaiga Road from Oil Libya Plaza, Kiambu Road and from Mini Muthaiga Round-about including house-helps, construction site employees,” read the email signed by Christine Chiriba, for the secretariat.

Further, residents were asked to provide details of their employees, including job card or a letter indicating the name of the staffer, ID number, plot or house number, employer and their contact number.

In 2014, the county assembly moved a motion to remove barriers erected on public roads by the Runda Residents Association.

by Nationafrica


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TRAGIC: Woman kills self after realising hubby’s plan to get second wife

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A 38-year-old woman has committed suicide in Migori after learning that her husband had a secret lover he was planning to marry.

According to police reports, the body of Pamela Atieno was found dangling from the roof of her house on Friday morning at their rural home in Kameji sub-location, Rongo sub-county.

Chief John Agoro who reported the incident to Rongo Police Station said that Atieno took her life after she learnt that her husband was planning to marry a second wife.

“The deceased reportedly differed with her husband after she learned that he had another lover and was planning to marry her as a second wife,” said Agoro.

Atieno is reported to have left a suicide note to her husband before taking her life.

“I have decided to die because of your secret plan to (marry) another wife,” the suicide note read in part.

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Michael Ondito, the woman’s husband, however, denied arguing with Atieno, adding that he had gone to the farm only to come and find his wife had killed herself.

“I was called when I was at the farm in the morning but upon reaching home I found the body of my wife hanging on a rope on our doorstep, I was surprised because we had not quarrelled or fought,” said Onditi.

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Chief Agoro, however, condemned the action saying people should find other ways of solving family differences.

“Domestic problems should not lead to people killing themselves. We are supposed to look for guidance and counselling experts,” the administrator said.

Rongo police boss Peter Okiring while confirming the incident said police received the information and went there to collect the body which was transferred to Rosewood Hospital’s morgue.

“We have launched our investigation into the matter but we are yet to confirm the reason why the deceased committed suicide,” said Okiring.

BY Standardmedia.co.ke


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