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ODM abandons Obado in graft case

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) Secretary-General Edwin Sifuna revealed why the party had been silent in regard to Migori Governor Okoth Obado’s corruption charges.

Sifuna was responding to a firey reply from Deputy President William Ruto who accused ODM Party Leader Raila Odinga of double speak.

“We have demonstrated it, I’m giving the example of Migori Governor Okoth Obado, have you seen us calling for prayers like you saw at Walukhe’s home, we have not done that.

“The former Governor of Nairobi Evans Kidero is a staunch member of ODM, he is facing corruption charges but he understands that it has nothing to do with the party, we believe that he has the capacity to defend himself because we were not there when these things were happening,” he explained.

Sifuna added that the party has not called for a press conference to defend Kidero and also cited Busia Governor Sospeter Ojaamong who is facing corruption charges but the party had not held prayers at his home either.

The Sec-Gen branded Tangatanga as criminals for holding prayers for Sirisia MP John Walukhe who was sentenced to 67 years in prison over the Sh297 million maize scandal.

“Criminals from the Tangatanga side, they have a convicted felon, Walukhe is not a suspect, he is a convict but they are holding prayers for him, they are raising harambees for him so that they release him.

“Those in Tangatanga are not people to lecture anyone with regards to corruption cases, someone like the Deputy President, everyday he criticises bodies such as DCI,” he noted.

Sifuna also clarified his previous statement noting that he did not clear any ODM member from the KEMSA scandal but will let justice take its course.

ODM has been under fire since releasing a statement on Saturday, August 22 on the Covid-19 scandal that has rocked the country.

In the statement, ODM was responding to Ruto’s remarks about being sidelined from the government as Sifuna accused him of jealousy.

“It expresses the jealousy of being left out of the gravy train,” stated Sifuna.

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Father John Pesa fined Sh500,000 for detaining mentally ill KCSE student 

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BY KEVIN KOECH

Holy Ghost Coptic Church preacher Father John Pesa was ordered to pay Sh500,000 as compensation fee to a 2017 Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) student he detained for nearly two years.

The cleric was accused of detaining the student from July 2017 to May 2019, forcing him to miss sitting national exams.

Parents of the boy argued that they took their son for prayers at Pesa’s church after they found out that he was ill.

Pesa reportedly detained the student using heavy metallic chains and declined to release him as per the wish of his parents.

A psychiatrist based in Kisumu ascertained that the student was mentally ill, a condition which prevented him from focusing on his school work.

Pesa refuted that he tortured the student, arguing that the court failed to present medical documents for clarity purposes.

High Court Judge Tripisa Cherere ruled that everyone has the right to education which should not be compromised on the basis of one’s religious beliefs.

She added that the student’s freedom of movement was also curtailed.

“In this respect, I am persuaded that the 3rd Respondent not only failed in his duty to take the student to school but by removing him from school, also breached his right to education. Detaining him also subjected him to psychological torture,” she ruled on Thursday, October 22.

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Kenyan lawyer Nzamba Kitonga is dead

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Nzamba Kitonga, a Kenya lawyer who played a pivotal role in drafting the 2010 constitution, is dead. Kitonga died of cardiac arrest on Saturday evening, a government official said quoting the family. He was aged 64.

“He is dead. He suffered cardiac arrest,” the official said.

Kitonga’s death is a big blow to the legal fraternity and the country, coming at a time the document he helped craft is being subjected to a review under the Building Bridges Initiative jointly spearheaded by President Uhuru Kenyatta and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga.

The BBI report due to be formally unveiled to the public on Monday, October 26, has substantial changes altering the governance model adopted under the 2010 constitution.

Proposed changes include the adoption of a hybrid presidential-parliamentary system under which an elected President appoints a Prime Minister from among members of the majority party in the National Assembly.

The BBI also proposes the appointment of two deputy Prime Ministers and ministers from within the membership of the National Assembly.

-Capitalfm

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Couple’s pain after woman offers to hold baby, then disappears without a trace

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A couple’s five-month-old baby boy is missing after a woman who visited them in Utawala offered to hold him to allow his mother time to finish washing her clothes on Wednesday afternoon.

At the time, baby Harold Ochieng was crying and his mother, 24-year-old Pauline Ilenje, who had strapped her baby to her back, needed time to finish with her laundry.

“She requested to hold him until I was done with cleaning and I agreed,” said Ochieng’s mother.

Unbeknown to her, the intention of the woman, only identified as Aisha, was not good. Pauline unstrapped her child and handed him over to the woman without any qualms. Aisha is said to have been visiting the couple’s neighbour that day.

After finishing her laundry, Pauline realised that the woman who had offered to hold her baby had vanished.

What followed later were hours of panic and a painful search for her baby as the reality that her child had been stolen started hitting home.

Shocked at the turn of events, Pauline made frantic calls to her husband David Ochieng (43), a casual labourer, but she could not reach him.

“I then rushed to Utawala police post to file a report where the officers told me to look for my neighbour and report back to the station with him,” she said.

At around 1pm, her husband called her and informed her that he would join her in the search but, before getting home, he called their neighbour asking for the whereabouts of his visitor.

At around 4pm, the neighbour returned and left in a rush but the couple caught up with him and reported back to Utawala police post for questioning.

She came and left quickly

“Officers at the station then asked us to search for Aisha, whose house we traced to Githunguri in Kiambu County. However, we did not find her there. The door was open but no one was inside. Neighbours told us they spotted her come and leave with a baby and a bag,” Pauline’s husband says.

The couple then returned to Utawala to update the police on their findings, but they were referred to Ruai police station where they were asked to continue with the baby’s search until yesterday afternoon.

“We wondered how we could continue with the search even past curfew hours but we did it anyway without a police escort,” said the baby’s father.

The couple decided to return to Githunguri where they were hopeful that they might find the woman at her house.

Unfortunately, the woman had not returned. Instead, they found a young girl identified as Diana who confirmed that the woman lives there but was not in.

Yesterday, the couple returned to Ruai police station where they recorded a statement and shared their child’s image for circulation.

“The officers informed us that they are tracking the woman’s phone to establish her whereabouts,” Pauline told the Nation.

Police also questioned the couple’s neighbour and the girl who was found at the woman’s house in Githunguri.

“Our neighbour now claims that the woman was his laundry person and not the girlfriend,” she said.

Officers at Ruai police station declined to comment on the matter.

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