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Blue Eagles beat People’s team Bullets to be crowned 2018 Airtel Top 8 champions

LILONGWE-(MaraviPost)-Blue Eagles Football Club on Sunday beat the People’s team Nyasa Big Bullets 1-0 through a controversial penalty goal to become 2018 Airtel Top 8 Champions.

The win has ended their six-year cup drought in grand fashion when they edged giants Bullets before a huge crowd at Bingu National Stadium in Lilongwe.

The goal that brought both chaos and misery in the Bullets’ empire came from the penalty spot in added time as brave Mzuzu based referee Misheck Juwa ruled Bullets’ defender Yamikani Fodya to have fouled Gilbert Chirwa inside the box.

Substitute Stewart Mbunge made no mistake from the spot, beating Bullets’ substitute goalkeeper Ernest Kakhobwe, who had been introduced for Rabson Chiyenda in the 89th min to assist his team in the anticipated penalty shoot-outs.

After the final whistle, Bullets’ striker Chiukepo Msowoya led a physical attack on the referee before othe members from his camp joined in.

Consequently, the police and match stewarts quickly rushed into the pitch to protect the match official and a free-for-all battle involving the security forces and members from the red camp ensured.

Although police tried to apprehended the culprits but more members from Bullets joined the fray to protect their friends from arrest.

Apparently, a barrage of missiles in the form of soft drink canes and other objects threw from the stands occupied by Bullets’ supporters onto the pitch.

After protracted battles, the security personnel managed to calm the situation and the Rodney Jose boys were crowned Top 8 kings in a subdued environment.

Eagles’ coach Deklerk Msakakuona was all smiles after the whistle, saluting his boys for a battle well fought.

“People had completely written us out but we had trust amongst ourselves that we could beat Bullets, which is what the boys have done.

“Although we got a late goal from the penalty spot, we controlled the whole game. We were only poor in our finishing,” said Msakakuona.

However, Bullets did not grant both post-match interviews and the presentation ceremony as their entire squad left the pitch during the fracas.

According to sports commentators, the officiating referee made a wrong decision for a penalty at 58 seconds in the extra minutes before all were set for post match penalties.

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Sleuths unearth car theft ring in Nairobi, arrest two suspects

By STELLA CHERONO
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On Tuesday last week, undercover detectives from the Kilimani Police Station sent Sh50,000 to conmen purporting to be selling cars.

The detectives had been directed to deposit the amount as a commitment fee for the purchase of a Toyota Harrier. The deal was that the ‘clients’ deposit the money so that the car would be driven from Mombasa to Nairobi and then the complete deal sealed.

What the ‘dealers’ did not know is that the officers had been investigating them for defrauding three people of a total of Sh7.1 million.

The two officers- male and female, after sending the money to a mobile number the two conmen had given claiming it was the office line, agreed to meet them at a show-room along Kiambu Road.

On Friday, the officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations arrested Eric Wabwire Illode, 27 and an former Kenya Wildlife Service officer, Simon Muchemi Mbuthia, 30.

“They were arrested at the showroom along Kiambu Road. An identification parade by the victims identified the two as the men who conned them.

“They operate on Facebook pages; City Importers, City Motors ltd and Direct Importers and they usually post pictures of cars they purport to be selling.

“Once the buyer identifies the car, they negotiate the prices and then ask the person to meet them so that they can view the car either in Nairobi or Mombasa. They then ask you to send an amount of money as commitment, but once they have it, they take off,” Kilimani OCPD, Michael Muchiri said.

SWITCH OFF PHONES

They switch off their phones or tell their victims blatantly that they are conmen and that they should be careful next time they are purchasing cars.

The suspects admitted that they registered their mobile numbers using Identity Cards they collected from the streets, and which belong to people they have never even met.

This raises the question of whether Sim Card registration agents double check their clients’ identification documents.

The police are warning the public to only pay money to the dealers themselves, and once they are sure that the product they are purchasing exists.


Payment row to delay Sh6 billion Eldoret bypass

By BARNABAS BII
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The construction of the 6 billion bypass to de-congest Eldoret town might take longer than expected due to land compensation disputes.

The National Land Commission (NLC) has moved to resolve some of the issues that have delayed the implementation of the Eldoret Southern Bypass project funded by the African Development Bank (AfDB) in conjunction with the government.

NLC Chairman Muhammad Swazuri yesterday admitted that there had been disputes over compensation of displaced families.

He disclosed that a team had pitched tent in Eldoret for the last one month in an attempt to resolve the compensation issues in order to facilitate implementation of the project. “The project is expected to begin now that some of the underlying factors have been resolved,” said Dr Swazuri in Eldoret. “The inspection of the project that runs from Cheplaskei to Maili Tisa is ongoing, and we are determined to ensure that it gets completed as planned to help decongest Eldoret town,” he added.

Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago has, however, petitioned the Kenya National Highway Authority (KeNHA) to rescind its decision to change the design for the construction of the bypass from the original dual carriage to a single lane.

CONGESTION

“As leaders from the North Rift Economic Bloc, we are opposed to the change of design of the road that is to connect Eldoret–Kisumu road from the initial dual carriageway to a single lane by KeNHA,” said Mr Mandago.

He made the remarks on Tuesday during a courtesy call by a team from ADB led by Executive Director Weggoro Nyamajeje, KeNHA and Treasury officials.

The officials were on a two-day tour of the North Rift counties to assess progress of the construction. Dr Weggoro disclosed plans to lobby for more funds for the project. “We need to construct a dual carriage bypass to cope with traffic congestion, and if a proposal for more funds for such projects reaches my table, I won’t hesitate to ink it,” he said.

REPRESENTED

He noted that with contractors already on the ground, construction is expected to begin soon. “The project has already started, the contractor is on site, the supervision consultancy firm is also on site, the regional manager and the entire KenHA team is also on site, and the county is well represented,” he said.

He reiterated that he was happy with the ongoing works funded by the bank in the country.

“In terms of general allocation, Kenya is leading followed by Ethiopia and Tanzania in the region, as well as Uganda and Rwanda. Kenya receives substantial amounts because the government utilizes the money properly,” explained Dr Weggoro.

The 32-kilometer bypass will begin from Cheplaskei along Eldoret-Nakuru highway through to Kapseret trading center and end at Cheplaskei, Maili Tisa, on the Uganda road.

Construction work is expected to take process of the by-pass will last 30 months.


Jubilee set to hold key meeting amid infighting

By SAMWEL OWINO
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By IBRAHIM ORUKO
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Jubilee Party is set to hold its Parliamentary Group meeting on Tuesday, the first formal gathering after the handshake between President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga on March 9.

Although most of the MPs told Nation they are yet to be formally invited and are still not aware of the agenda, the recent infighting within the party is expected to be top of the issues to be discussed.

The party meets in the face of many issues such as the renewed war on corruption and a declaration by President Kenyatta that all public officers must undertake a lifestyle audit.

Some of the MPs allied to Deputy President William Ruto have openly questioned the war on corruption and the demand for a lifestyle audit, saying it is not anchored in any legal framework, and that it is a scheme to target the DP as a way of ensuring he does not succeed President Kenyatta.

The MPs expect the President to brief them on the handshake, the war on corruption, the lifestyle audit and also define the way forward for the party after the 2017 general election.

AGENDA
National Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale said he is yet to get the program detailing the agenda of the meeting.

“I have also just heard about the meeting in the media, I am yet to get the agenda,” Mr Duale said.

Cherangany MP Joshua Kutuny said they have not been told the agenda of the PG so far, but he hopes the meeting will be used to put the Jubilee house in order, and also address the issue of lifestyle audit.

“We have seen leaders from Jubilee talking as if they are in the opposition, and that is one of the things that must be addressed in the PG,” Mr Kutuny said.

“We also expect that the meeting will be used to re-the President and Mr Odinga,” he added.

HARSHEST CRITIC

Nandi Senator Samson Cherargei, who has recently emerged at the harshest critic of the March 9 handshake, told Nation they are ready for the meeting even though they have not formally been notified.

He said he hopes the meeting will go on as scheduled so that MPs get an opportunity to ventilate the many issues that have rocked the party in the recent weeks.

Meanwhile, leaders from the Rift Valley region have dismissed reports of a split in Jubilee Party.

The leaders denied that the union between President Kenyatta and his deputy is on the rocks, saying those thinking that Jubilee is poised to break are day dreaming. Led by Senator Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen and a section of MPs, they maintained that Jubilee is united “despite propaganda being perpetuated by false prophets and the media”.
Mr Murkomen said those hoping the party will die so they can have an easy time in 2022 are dreaming. Speaking yesterday at Town View Academy in Kapenguria during a funds drive, the leaders said they will attend the party’s PG.


Cash-strapped university fights to stay afloat

By OUMA WANZALA
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The Catholic University of Eastern Africa (CUEA) is facing a cash crunch, which has led to salary delays and disruption of services, for the last three months.

Following the development, the university has developed a new format in paying its workers’ salaries as it struggles financially, which has seen net salaries paid to workers in ratios.

Vice-chancellor Prof Justus Mbae has since warned that the disruption in salary payments and other benefits may be extended to July and the institution hopes to attract more students in coming months for more revenue.

“I write to you with reference to my earlier message on salary disruption dated 27 April 2018 and 25 May 2018 respectively, as we embark on transformation plan,” reads a communique to all staff dated June 28 by Vice-chancellor Prof Justus Mbae.

JUNE SALARY

He goes on: “I wish to share the following payment format for June salary; taxable income 0-Sh49,000-100 per cent of net pay, taxable income Sh50,000-Sh99,000 – 100 per cent of net pay, taxable income Sh100,000-Sh149,000 – 100 per cent of net pay , taxable income Sh150,000-Sh200,000 – 25 per cent of net pay and taxable income Sh200,000 and above – 20 per cent of net pay.”

The payment schedule is for the month of June.

PAYMENT SCHEDULE

However, Prof Mbae said, all staff banks and SACCO loan remittance, payroll recoveries and other statutory deductions will be paid in full through the period.

According to Prof Mbae, the University has recorded decrease in both new student enrollment and the registration of continuing students therefore affecting revenue.

Prof Mbae has since asked staff at the institution work hard towards launching diploma programmes and short courses in July to stabilize finances prior to the August and September intake.

The university council has also authorised the management to sell designated land in Karen and use the capital raised as an injection into the university to manage liabilities and meet obligations.

CAMPUSES SHUT DOWN

Last year in October, the university shut down its campuses in Nairobi city centre and Kisumu. It later put the premises for Kisumu campus on sale.

The University has been struggling since 2016 after it emerged that it lost at least Sh400 million to former officials.

The 34-year old institution owned by the Catholic Church sits on over 100 acres in the plush Karen neighbourhood in Nairobi.

Last year, the Commission for University Education gave it one year to put its house in order after it emerged that it was indebted to the tune of Sh1.5 billion.


 Sh11bn development cash idle as poor counties fail to use fund

By KENNEDY KIMANTHI
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A big chunk of development allocations meant to improve socio-economic conditions for residents in 14 marginalised counties is yet to be utilised three years after the initial implementation of the special fund.

According to the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA), beneficiaries of the Equalisation Fund only spent Sh1.1 billion out of Sh12.4 billion allocated to them for specific development projects.

The CRA said that though demand for public services in the marginalised areas was very high, Sh11 billion was not spent on projects across the counties in the fund’s first policy of three-year implementation period (2014/15; 2015/16; 2016/17), which lapsed in the FY 2016/17.

But the implementation of that first policy also began in FY 2016/17.

“Out of a total of Sh12.4 billion allocated during the first policy, only Sh1.1 billion had been spent by June last year. A total of Sh11.3 billion remained unutilised in the Fund,” CRA boss Jane Kiringai said.

SH482 MILLION SPENT

Only Sh482 million had been spent by June last year on projects across Garissa, Kilifi, Kwale, Lamu, Mandera, Marsabit, West-Pokot, Isiolo and Tana River counties.

Project implementation was yet to begin in Narok, Samburu, Taita-Taveta, Wajir and Turkana, which are the other beneficiaries singled out by the commission.

The government’s first policy on marginalisation identified Turkana, Mandera, Wajir, Marsabit, Samburu, West-Pokot, Tana River, Narok, Kwale, Garissa, Kilifi, Taita Taveta, Isiolo and Lamu as beneficiaries.

The second policy identifies 1,424 sub-locations spread across some 366 wards in 34 counties, especially in the northern Kenya region, as being marginalised.

The second policy, launched last week, will be used to share revenue from the Equalisation Fund for the period ending 2021, and also to identify marginalised areas within various counties.

MINORITY GROUPS

In it, four minority groups have been singled out by the CRA as the most deserving of special consideration for basic services.

The marginalised groups are; Elmolo (in Marsabit), Makonde (in Kwale), Waata (Isiolo and Mandera) and Dorobo-Salieta (Narok).

This second policy, which addresses extreme forms of marginalisation arising from barriers in relation to access to public services such as water, education and health facilities, also identifies the Endorois (in Baringo), Ilchamus (in Baringo), Sengwer (in Trans-Nzoia), Aweer-Boni, Yaaku (In Laikipia) as some of the other deserving groups.


Gideon Moi tells rivals to rest easy

By MAGATI OBEBO
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Baringo Senator Gideon Moi has told his opponents to rest easy as he has not declared interest in the country’s presidency.

During a fundraising in Sotik yesterday, Mr Moi was heckled by a group chanting Deputy President William Ruto’s praises.

Some people in the crowd at St Phillips Anglican Church told the senator to forget presidency “since Rift Valley is firmly behind Mr Ruto.”

The group was later ejected from the church by police officers.

When he rose to speak, Mr Moi said he had not told anyone that he will contest the presidency in 2022.

“I am not interested in anybody’s position for now. Some people get jitters at the mention of my name,” the senator said.

“There is no need to hate one another or hurl insults.”

Mr Moi was accompanied by Tiaty MP William Kamket who said he backs the war against corruption.

CORRUPTION

“Those castigating the fight on corruption have shown that they have something to hide. They should be arrested and prosecuted,” the MP said.

Kanu Secretary-General General Nick Salat asked Rift Valley leaders to go slow on politics, adding that it is slowing down development.

Kerichi ACK regional leader Earnes Ngeno said Christians fully support the against corruption.

He said if corruption is tamed, the country can register immense economic growth.

Mr Moi’s party has not fielded a presidential candidate in the last three elections.

Its last candidate was Mr Uhuru Kenyatta who lost to Mr Mwai Kibaki in 2002.

But there is a belief in the country that Mr Moi could gun for the seat.

He has toured the South Rift three times in less than two weeks, attending youth meetings and causing a political stir in the region deemed to be the support base of Mr Ruto.

Details of Mr Moi’s first visit emerged when photos of him being hosted by Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony on June 17.

It was at a function at Chebwagan Youth Centre in Bureti Sub-County. The senator went back a week later.

Whereas the reactions to the visits were mixed, some Jubilee supporters openly questioned Mr Moi’s agenda and accused Governor Chepkwony of being a Kanu operative.

Kapsoit Ward Representative Paul Chirchir said the Constitution allows freedom of assembly and speech “but the people of Kericho will not allow the idea of their county being used to show a false image of leaning towards a dead party.”

Kipkelion West MP Hillary Kosgei said the meeting between the two was inconsequential, and that if it were important, other leaders would have been invited.

“We take it as a private forum, like we usually see Gideon take photos with Kirinyaga or Mombasa governors. Gideon is not bold enough to face Rift Valley residents and ask for votes. All he does is photo sessions,” Mr Kosgei said.

However, Prof Chepkwony’s defenders were on the offensive, reminding critics that Senator Moi is an investor and has the freedom to move to any part of the country.

Mr Moi owns a tea factory in Kericho County.

The governor said Senator Moi had just flown in to condole with him following the death of his uncle, Stephen Kerio, a former county council clerk, who was buried on Saturday.


Stop premature 2022 election campaigns

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The intensified political activities in the past few weeks linked to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s succession have threatened to divide the country once again, only a few months after last year’s General Election.

At the centre of it is Deputy President William Ruto, who has been traversing the country under the guise of conducting fundraisers or initiating and supervising development projects, but actually rolling out his campaign ahead of the 2022 elections. The net result is that this has started polarising voters.

We have argued before that this is premature and unnecessarily creates tension in a nation still recovering from the aftermath of tumultuous elections last year.

Pointedly, the early campaigns had threatened to undermine the government’s development agenda and particularly derail the ongoing crackdown on corruption.

UHURU SUCCESSION

Now, Mr Ruto has declared that the campaigns will stop and instead pledged to concentrate on pushing the government’s programmes of improving the lives of fellow Kenyans.

We hope he means his words and that his retinue of sycophants will also stop the high-decibel noise about the Uhuru succession.

Notably, some of Mr Ruto’s key supporters had taken to politicising the fight against corruption, opposing the proposed lifestyle audit and the sacking of suspected perpetrators of the vice, arguing that all those measures were intended to besmirch their man and wreck his chances of ascending to the high office. All these must stop.

The amount of time and resources devoted to the political side-shows should be better utilised to push meaningful activities that can give the country a big leap.

UNEMPLOYMENT

Poverty, unemployment, insecurity, economic stagnation, poor infrastructure, failing education standards and inefficient healthcare system are some of the challenges that Kenyans seek a resolution for. They want the government to focus resources on these and the MPs to monitor and ensure proper execution. But this is not possible in an environment where politics reigns, where MPs jump from one podium to another to fight invisible enemies and create a siege mentality over the population.

Mr Ruto’s best campaign tool for the next elections will be the role he plays in catalysing development programmes, but not the premature and divisive political campaigns.

He has done the right thing to call for a cessation of the campaigns; now, he and his backers should walk the talk.


Time we conserved wetlands to reduce water shortage in Kenya

Developers have developed a preference for wetlands, especially in urban areas, encroaching on riparian areas — as is the case in Makadara Estate, Nairobi, which has Ngong River running beneath it.

The Environmental Management and Co-ordination Act 1999 regulates sustainable management of wetlands and water resources and ensures protection of wetlands as habitats for species of plants and animals.

EMCA provides a framework for public participation in the management of wetlands and enhances education research and related activities and prevents and controls pollution and siltation of dams.

The law states that no person shall discharge an effluent from sewerage treatment works without a valid licence.

No one should abstract ground water or carry out any activity near a lake, river, stream or spring that is likely to have adverse effects on water quality and quantity without an environmental impact assessment licence.

IRRIGATION
The Act is categorical on the use of waste water for irrigation. No person is permitted to use waste water for irrigation unless it complies with the set quality guidelines.

We have seen people grow vegetables in urban areas using sewage water, which has significant effects on health.

To solve the problems of water shortage, it is imperative to conserve the natural landscape water collection points.

This water flows from source in form of wells and springs through river and ground water and, ultimately, to lakes or the sea.

Global experience shows an integrated approach to wetlands management is the most appropriate and sustainable.

We must look at what puts pressure on our water resources and ensure that people who live in the wetland areas can easily relate to them.

This will help us to support the ecosystem that depends on it.

ENVIRONMENTAL SUSTAINABILITY
Future generations need this water for their survival, hence the need for its environmental sustainability.

To manage the water wetlands effectively and efficiently, we need data on how many people use the water for domestic use, agriculture or industrial purposes.

We need to understand where the water comes from, how it flows through the landscapes and what activities in the wetland may be causing pollution and ensure that activities that pose a significant threat to water resources are effectively managed.

This will, in the long term, lead to a healthy, resilient, productive and valued resource that supports vibrant communities.

A well conserved wetland also helps to control flooding, which has been a menace in rural and urban areas during the rainy season.

It’s high time the government reviewed the performance of the environmental law enforcers like National Environment Management Authority and Water Resources Authority if at all we want to achieve the ‘Big Four’ agenda, Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and Vision 2030.

MWARI MAINA, Nyeri.


Let rugby gremlins rest

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All’s well that ends well. After the tumultuous past few days at the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) that led to the sacking of the national sevens head coach and withdrawal of sponsorship for the team following a row over unpaid bonuses, the dust seems to have settled in the rugby circles.

A player mutiny that saw the national sevens team boycott their Brand Kenya-branded kit in the Paris leg of the World Sevens Series, and the subsequent sacking of coach Innocent Simiyu had threatened to put a damper on Kenya’s preparations for this month’s Rugby Sevens World Cup in San Francisco, USA.

SH20 MILLION SPONSORSHIP

Sports Cabinet Secretary Rashid Echesa and his tourism colleague, Mr Najib Balala, on Thursday announced that the Sh20 million sponsorship had been reinstated following talks between the government and the KRU that also reinstated coach Simiyu.

The good news was followed by Kenya’s 45-36 victory over Zimbabwe on Saturday in the qualifying series for the 15s World Cup, which came just a week after the Simbas had defeated hosts Morocco in another match of these series.

It is important for Kenya to qualify and perform well at the World Cup tournaments in both versions of the game, as this will open up further funding and encourage fledgling talent.

Therefore, the national team players and coaches must be allowed to focus singularly on clearing the high hurdles ahead of them than engaging in boardroom battles with the union over what’s rightfully theirs.

There’s no question over the fact that KRU erred in failing to keep its part of the bargain by delaying the players’ allowances. That shouldn’t happen. In fact, the monies should be paid direct to the players’ bank accounts rather than through the union’s coffers, where they risk being diverted to other “projects”.