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ADB pledges to invest $14 billion on the water sector in Africa

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2008

African Development Bank(ADB), one of the strongest financial institutions in Africa is making efforts to invest $14.2 billion on the water sector in Africa where only about 56 % of the estimated close to 900 million people have access to clean water supply.

The initiative is part of a continental response to the current water and sanitation challenges of Africa where many people still lack access to clean water and sanitation.

A report presented at the AU summit here in Sharm el Sheikh reported that this huge investment is aimed at improving the current poor water supply system in Africa, and to help achieve the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) on the water sector.

The ADB has stepped up efforts in the water sector with an initiative (rural water supply and sanitation initiative), which aims to invest $14.2 billion to achieve the MDGs on water and sanitation, said the report.

The ADB is one of AUs partners attending the summit here in Sharm el Sheikh, being held under the theme “Meeting the Millennium Development Goals on water and sanitation.”

Many African countries suffer large seasonal rainfall fluctuations and periodic cycles of drought and flood. As a result, the population living in water-scarce countries in Africa will rise to over 400 million by 2010, mainly located in North Africa,” ADB said.

There are some 60 international river and lake basins in Africa, although fewer than 10 have the cooperation agreement necessary for sustainable management and equitable sharing of resources between riparian states.

It was reported that in Sub-Saharan Africa, the actual coverage of water supply is far behind the MDG target.

To reach the goal of 75% coverage in water supply in 2015, it should have been 65 % in 2004 instead of 56 %. This means that the actual annual increase of equipment for giving new access to drinking water should grow from 10.5 million people/year up to 28.8 million/year from now to 2015, the report added.

However, North Africa appears to be on track to reach the MDG target on water supply, including Egypt, Morocco and Libya.

Today, according to available information, over 300 million people-some 42 % of Africas population-still have no access to safe water and similarly access to basic sanitation is denied to 60 % of the population.

The 7th MDG calls on governments to ensure environmental sustainability. The goal is to reduce the proportion of the people without sustainable access to safe drinking water and states as an indicator the proportion of the population using improved drinking water sources and using improved sanitation facilities.

Reports indicate that at the end of 2002, some 1.1 billion people or 18 % of the worlds population lacked access to safe drinking water, while 2.6 billion or 40% of the worlds population lacked access to improved sanitation services.

The majority of these figures are said to be in the developing countries, including Africa.

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Germany waives $400 million bilateral debt owed by Liberia

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2008

Germany, which hosts the Liberian Poverty Reduction Strategy forum, that opened in the German capital Berlin on Thursday, has announced the cancellation of over US$400 million in bilateral debt Liberia owes it.

According to a dispatch from Berlin, the outgoing Liberian Finance minister Dr. Antoinette Sayeh and the German Federal Minister for Economic Cooperation and Development, Madam Heidemarie Wieczorek-Zeul, signed the debt waiver agreement Thursday in Berlin, for immediate cancellation of the amount.

In a statement at the opening session of the Poverty Reduction forum, Madam Wieczorek-Zeul also announced a grant of 10 million Euros towards the Liberia Reconstruction Trust Fund.

President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who led the Liberian delegation to the forum, thanked Germany for hosting the forum and for its commitment to Liberias reconstruction efforts.

President Johnson Sirleaf made particular mention of Germanys support and generous contributions for clearance of Liberias debts by the World Bank, IMF and the African Development Bank.

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“Djibouti not in a war logic with Eritrea”, says Djibouti president

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2008

“We will not let ourselves to be drawn into a war logic with Eritrea”, the Djiboutian President, Ismail Omar Guelleh said in a speech Friday marking the 31st anniversary of his countrys independence from France.

“We have undertaken all diplomatic efforts to reach a peaceful solution to this unexpected Eritrean assault”, Guelleh said in his speech during the celebration.

“We will continue this way with the assurance and with the conviction of the accuracy of the legitimacy and righteousness of our position”, he said, adding that this position is comforted by messages of solidarity from the international community.

He lauded the decision of the UN Security Council during its special session on the issue and urged Eritrea last Tuesday to withdraw its forces from the front line.

Meanwhile, the United Nations has decided to send an information mission on the field.

On June 11, fighting broke out between Djiboutian and Eritrean armed forces at the border between both countries where the tension has been high since April.

Eritrea has since April 16 been occupying parts of Djibouti territory and the matter has been referred to the international community, the African Union, the Arab League, IGAD, and to the United Nations Security Council.

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Noble luareate urges AU summit to prioritize the environment

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2008

Professor Wangari Maathai, Kenya Nobel laureate on Saturday urged the African Union (AU) summit in Sharm el Sheikh to prioritize environment at the summit.

Her call was made while the meeting of African ministers spent much of their time on security and conflict issues in the continent.

Maathai, who is attending the summit in Sharm el Sheikh told APA that the summit should give due attention to the environment, which is becoming an international agenda that needs urgent action.

“We are facing many challenges due to lack of action on prioritizing the environment. The problem is resulting to many problems for our continent and other developing countries that are contributing less to climate change. Therefore, this summit should prioritize the environment,” Maathai said.

The issue of climate change is among the agenda items at the on-going summit here in Sharm ele Sheikh. Maathai, along with other environmental activists, is lobbying to push the summit to have time for discussions on the environment.

However, regional security issues and the election in Zimbabwe have so far dominated the discussions.

The summit looks busy discussing mainly on conflict issues while the theme for the summit is “Meeting the Millennium Development Goals on Water and Sanitation.”

The issue of climate change is getting much more attention than the previous years after the world witnessed many disasters due to climate change, which has resulted in the current economic instability world wide.

The 11th AU Summit is scheduled for June 30 to July 1 in the Egyptian Red Sea resort of Sharm el- Sheikh where African leaders are also expected to discuss various other issues related to Africas problems.

However, the current election saga in Zimbabwe, the Eritrean and Djibouti border clash and the issue of Darfur are expected to be on the top agenda of the leaders.

The meeting of foreign ministers or their representatives from the 53 AU member states are discussing how to tackle peace and security, the progress of political and economic integration and progress towards achieving the Millennium Development Goals in Africa, as well as human rights, as well as legal and health issues in the continent.

The ministers are expected to finalize their deliberations by Saturday evening.

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Journalists arrested while covering Mugabe at Zimbabwe polling station

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Two freelance journalists were briefly detained on Friday while covering the arrival of President Robert Mugabe at a polling station where he cast his ballot in Zimbabwes presidential election run-off, APA has learnt.

Reporter Frank Chikowore and a cameraman Edgar Mandiyambira were arrested by police at Mhofu Primary School in the Harare neighbourhood of Highfield where Mugabe and his wife cast their votes in the disputed election on Friday.

They were later released after questioning.

The Paris-based Reporters Without Borders said the journalists were the victims of a climate of constant oppression being imposed by the government and security forces.

We appeal to the Zimbabwean courts not to be accomplices to these abuses, and to protect the few independent journalists still working in Zimbabwe, the media rights body said.

This was the second time this year that Chikowore has been arrested for practicing journalism in a country ranked among the most dangerous places in the world for journalists.

He was arrested in April while covering an opposition protest to push for the urgent release of presidential election results which were delayed by five weeks.

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Spanish judiciary orders provisional detention of a Moroccan Senator

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2008

A Spanish judge on Friday ordered the provisional detention of Moroccan Senator Yahya Yahya, known for his activism against the Spanish occupation of Melilla, a Spanish enclave in northern Morocco, of which Morocco is claiming sovereignty.

According to a statement of the Melilla prefecture, copied to APA, the Moroccan Senator, Yahya Yahya, who was arrested Thursday morning in Melilla by the national police agents, was provisionally detained Friday under orders of the citys highest criminal tribunal judge.

The Moroccan Senator was arrested by the Spanish police shortly after his entry in the town, of which he is a native, like 20,000 other Moroccans living on the enclave.

After being accused of having assaulted an official during his arrest by the police in October 2006, a warrant of arrest was issued by the tribunal of Melilla a few months ago against Yahya.

The Moroccan Senator, who is also the chair of a grouping for friendship between Moroccan and Spanish senators, was arrested in virtue of a warrant of arrest, investigation and presentation before the justice, issued by the same tribunal, the Prefecture of Melilla added.

In fact, Mr. Yahya had refused to wilfully appear before the tribunal of Melilla, which he considers as a Spanish occupation tribunal.

He was first arrested on October 8, 2006 following a complaint from neighbours of noise, as he was discussing loudly with his Spanish wife.

The Moroccan Senator said he was arrested by a six-member commando group of the Spanish national police who assaulted him in his home, while Spanish officials had accused him of having assaulted a police agent during his arrest.

Mr. Yahya, who is known for his activism against the occupation of Melilla and for the return of the enclave to Morocco, is expected to be tried for assaulting an officer.

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DR Congo: UN mission concerned over slow peace-building process

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2008

The peace process negotiated last January in Goma, Northern Kivu, between Kinshasa and the countrys armed groups is “very slow” and “worrisome,” says Alan Doss, the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“We are June 25 2008 today, exactly five months and two days since the signing on January 23rd of the commitments of the conference on peace, security and development in the Kivus”, Doss, also the UN Head of Mission in the DRC, reminded Wednesday.

The Congolese government and the active armed groups of the two regions in Northern and Southern Kivu, have committed themselves, following the Goma conference, to put an end to the conflict. To this end, they had established un stabilisation and development programme with the support of international facilitation.

Since last January, many skirmishes were reported between the two parties that signed the Goma commitments. The latest case of violation was reported on June 18th in the Mutabo town (Northern Kivu), opposing government troops to rebel soldiers loyal to deposed Gen. Laurent Nkunda.

Time is precious , the Special Representative of the UN Secretary General underscored, adding that as long as the Amani programme (meaning peace in swahili) is not translated into concrete and visible actions, over one million vulnerable people” remain “hostages of the volatile security situation in Kivu and cannot join their households to reconstruct their lives”.

According to Alan Doss, it is imperative for the joint technical commission on the “Amani” peace and security programme to start discussing fundamental issues, particularly the disengagement of the troops, mixing, and their return home.

He also urged the signatories of the deal to sit around the negotiating table and stop crippling the peace process and the Congolese legislative bodies by implementing commitment acts, mainly the law on amnesty.

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Libyan, Italian leaders discuss illegal immigration, bilateral relations

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2008

Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi held talks Friday with the Libyan leader Muammar Qaddafi in Tripoli to strengthen the bilateral relations between Libya and Italy and to discuss issues of concern to both countries.

Official sources reported that Berlusconis visit to Libya is the first one outside the European Union since his re-election in April and aims to consolidate the agreement signed between Libya and Italy last year relating to fighting illegal immigration and to cooperating in common patrols along the coast.

The talks between Qaddafi and Berlusconi which were held in Syrt 500 km east of Tripoli also focused on the Mediterranean union project proposed by the French president Nicolas Sarkozi. In this regard Qaddafi affirmed that the project is a repetition of the Barcelona process and as such, it would not achieve the goals that countries of the Mediterranean aspire.

During the few hours of meeting between the two, they discussed the issue of illegal immigration and the flow of thousands of migrants from African countries to Libya and cross the Mediterranean to Italian islands and shores.

Italy is considered Libyas main trading partner in Europe and seeks through its companies to play a big role in Libyas infrastructural projects.

However, as a former Italian colony, Libya has been claiming for compensation from Italy for its colonial occupation of the country.

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US Democratic presidential candidate is hurting Muslims by being seen at every kind of worship house, but a mosque.

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2008

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One day, Barack Osam … er, Obama, is a madrassa-educated closet Muslim whose outward Christian faith is merely overcompensation. Next thing you know, the Democratic presidential candidate is hurting Muslims by being seen at every kind of worship house but a mosque.

Some of the recent criticisms of Obama are more fair than others; take the Times Op-Ed today by Salam Al-Marayati and Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs, which rakes both John McCain and Obama over the coals for alienating Muslims in their rush to draw support from Jewish groups:

Just one day after Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton dropped out of the Democratic race, Sen. Barack Obama rushed to receive the blessing of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee. Last week, his campaign volunteers rushed to remove Muslim women wearing head scarves from a Detroit rally. Though Obama apologized, Muslims felt stung by a candidate supposedly running on a platform of inclusion and change.

But the snubs aren’t limited to Obama. Sen. John McCain recently dismissed a Muslim American businessman from an important campaign committee. In March, McCain visited the Western Wall in Jerusalem but made no similar visit to the adjacent Muslim holy site, the Dome of the Rock. And although both candidates have made frequent stops at churches and synagogues, neither has made a campaign stop at a mosque.

Some pundits, however, spare the rod on McCain. In the New York Times today, columnist Roger Cohen employs the “campaign stop at a mosque” criticism, but aims it only at Obama. For Cohen, the stakes are high a casual drop-in by Obama to a mosque could save (wait for it) … the world!

As Andrea Elliott chronicled in an important article in The Times, Obama has visited churches and synagogues, but no mosque. He had to apologize after two Muslim women wearing head scarves were barred from appearing behind him at a recent rally in Detroit.

Obama should visit a mosque. He has repeatedly shown his courage during this campaign; Americans have responded to his intellectual honesty. One of the important things about him is the knowledge his Kenyan and Indonesian experiences have given him of Islam as lived, rather than Islam as turned into monstrous specter….

Fear-mongering about Islam is a global industry. It thrives on ignorance. Obama has a unique power to break the cycle, not least by emboldening moderate Muslims to denounce terror. Nothing would do more in the long run for the security of the world.

It must be beyond frustrating for Obama that his exotic-sounding name and globe-trotting childhood saddle him with some kind of “responsibility” just as much as they lend themselves to foolish rumors. Just last March, the Pew Research Center released a poll showing all kinds of confusion over Obama’s religion: 10% of Americans thought he was a Muslim, a whopping 79% had heard rumors to that effect and barely half could identify his true faith, Christianity.

Considering how the faith pendulum has swung from an irrational fear of his inner Muslim to furor over his exclusion of Muslims in a matter of a few months, I’m surprised Obama hasn’t decided to become an atheist but that conversion would really ruin his chances.

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Kenyan Woman pleads guilty in identity theft scheme.

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2008

Loretta Wavinya pleaded guilty in federal court Wednesday for her role in an identity-theft scheme that sought more than $15 million in illegal tax refunds.
Wavinya, 31, from Kenya, said she stole the identities of nursing home residents and filed false tax returns in their names.
The Kenyan residing in Kansas City, Mo., pleaded guilty before U.S. Magistrate Judge John T. Maughmer to the charges contained in a July 18, 2007, federal indictment.
According to court records, Wavinya worked for five months beginning in November 2002 as an H&R Block tax preparer and after that prepared returns privately. In early 2005, she and others harvested personal data from residents of at least a dozen local nursing homes and assisted-care centers, according to court records. She then prepared false federal and state tax returns.
The conspirators also filed false tax returns in 27 states, using the stolen identities of more than 300 people, most from the Kansas City area, officials said.

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17 Indicted In Identity Theft Case
July 19, 2007
KANSAS CITY, Mo.A federal grand jury has indicted 17 people for allegedly using the identities of Kansas City-area nursing home residents to file bogus tax returns across the country.
They allegedly sought $13.1 million in refunds.
In an indictment returned Wednesday and unsealed Thursday, prosecutors charge the defendants with stealing the personal information of around 300 individuals and using it to file at least 365 fraudulent federal tax returns since February 2005.
U.S. Attorney John Wood told reporters the conspirators also filed fraudulent tax returns in 27 states.
Wood said some of the refunds paid to the defendants were cashed and transferred to the African nation of Kenya, where 12 were either born or held citizenship.
“We’re seeing identity thieves using more complex and sophisticated methods to commit their crimes than ever before,” Wood said.
The indictment names as defendants Loretta Wavinya, 30; Ervin Somba, 26; Edwin Nyumu Sila, 25; Lillian Nzongi, 26; Moses Ndubai, 33; Bernard Nyemba, 39; Jeanette Alexander, 38; Michael Anderson, 46; Rashira Lewis, 20; and Parker S. Willingham, 23, all of Kansas City; Vincent Niagwara Ogega, 23, of Independence; Aaron Mutavi, 28, of Overland Park, Kan.; Kenneth Njagi, 31, of Lenexa, Kan.; Mary Githia, 25, of San Francisco; Ernest Kangara, 40, of Santa Rosa, Calif.; Paul Kilungya Nyumu, 41, address unknown; and Karingithi Kamau, age and address unknown.
Prosecutors said 10 of the defendants are in custody and being held pending a hearing, three are believed to be living in Kenya and four are unaccounted for. Wood said his office is working with officials in Kenya to try to find the defendants there.
According to the indictment, Wavinya and seven other defendants worked in Kansas City-area nursing homes and hospitals and had access to patient information.
“Frankly, it’s not hard to get identity information in an institutional situation,” said assistant U.S. Attorney J. Kurt Bohling. “On the charts, the patients’ names and Social Security numbers are right on it.”
The indictment claims Wavinya, who worked as a tax preparer at H&R Block Inc. in late 2002 and early 2003, and others prepared and filed false tax returns under the victims’ names, listing jobs and income the victims had never had and claiming thousands of dollars in tax refunds. The returns were filed electronically, sometimes using public Internet portals, such as those in coffee shops, or by piggybacking on someone else’s wireless Internet signal.
The refunds were deposited in bank accounts allegedly opened by the defendants, who then used a series of “runners” to withdraw the money in increments less than $10,000 each in an attempt to avoid federal scrutiny, the indictment claims. In some cases, Wood said, bank officials or the IRS grew suspicious and froze the accounts.
Some of the money was wired to banks in Kenya or withdrawn through ATM machines there. In other cases, the refunds were electronically deposited on prepaid debit-style cards obtained anonymously over the Internet.
Besides the overall conspiracy charge, the indictment charges 14 of the defendants with wire fraud, charges Wavinya with two counts of aggravated identity theft and charges Nzongi with money laundering.
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Desperate call for Help for Simon Peter Karanja.

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2008

Simon Peter Karanja
Many of you will remember our Brother and Minister Simon Peter Karanja
popularly known as Kijana Wa Yesu. He was the founder of Repentance
Ministry in the early 1970s and thereafter he founded other ministries.
This man in is early years was an icon of the revival that swept across
our country. He was a great source of encouragement to many of us who were
growing up in the Lord at that time. The anointing of God upon his life
changed many of us and challenged us to love the Lord even more.Around year 2000, Simon was diagnosed with diabetes. It has become really very bad and recently it brought Glaucoma which has contributed to the loosing of his sight in both eyes. He cannot drive, he cannot write or read, and he cannot even use his phone as he cannot read any phone number.
He cannot live by himself and is being housed by a good Samaritan. His
situation is critical.
Simon is in dire need of our prayers and support. His house rent, car payments among other
bills are all in arrears. His only daughter here is in school in Arizona.
I am writing to you on a compassionate basis on behalf of our
brother Simon. We need to help him where we can while he is alive. We may
not and cannot alleviate all his sufferings and needs but we can make a small difference and bring a smile in his heart in the midst of all his sufferings. Please if you feel compassionate enough to make a difference,consider supporting our brother and no gift is too small.
Also, remember Simon in your prayers and lets help him in any way we can
Pastor Jackson Kingori.

For more information,Please call.
-Pastor Joseph Gichuhi
of Morning Star Victory church.
Tel:9516815686
-Pastor Jackson Kingori
Neema Gospel church
972-8017519
Simon Karanja -714 420 4177
Wangui Karanja-562 331 1610

Greeting in the precious name of Savior Jesus Christ. Please allow me to once again remind you to continue praying for our dear brother and soldier in the army of the Lord Simon Peter Karanja popularly known as Kijana wa Yesu. I know you are aware about his deteriorating health condition and thank you for your prayers and maybe for giving him a call if you have already done it. I spoke to him this morning at his residence in California and it was encouraging to hear that a few concerned brethren have already spoken to him and encouraged him. I’m appealing on his behalf to please step in and help where you can. Simon has been a blessing to many in the Kingdom of God and once again my encouragement is based on the words of James 2:15-16 15 “If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food,16 And one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Simon is in dire need of the practical love support even as we encourage him with warms words and prayers. He cannot drive; he cannot even call out (as he cannot see the phone numbers) and is on daily injection because of diabetes.
Please feel free to pass this e-mail to somebody who truly cares and is concerned. Any help however small is greatly appreciated and may the Lord bless you mightily.

Jackson Kingori
972-8017519
Happy moments, praise God
Difficult moments, seek God
Quiet moments, worship God
Painful moments, trust God

Every moment, thank God

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Kenya: Police in Nyanza interrogate sugar factory directors

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2008

By Leo Odera Omolo

Three top managers of a sugar factory in Kibos area of Kisumu district were on Wednesday this week summoned to the Nyanza Provincial CID offices in Kisumu where they were interrogated for several hours, but later allowed to go home after recording statements with the police.

The managers, according to an impeccable source, were required to record statements with the police following the recent complaints and allegations of causing harassment to a court process server. It was alleged they had master-minded the kidnapping of the court process server at gun-point and forcing him to sign sets of affidavits documents against his will.

Among the three who were interrogated were Mr. Raju {Sokhiwinder Singh Chattae0 who is a director of the Kibos sugar and Allied Industries Ltd, his elder brother Mr.Birey{Raghbir Singh Chattae and one of their employee whose name was given as Mr. Okoyo.. Also questioned was the van driver who had driven the kidnapped court process server in an open double cabin pick-up. Reg. Number KAR 595B.belonging to Channan Agricultural Contractors {CAC} This is also the family business flagship which owns the Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries ltd.

The incident, according to the court process server, Mr. Harun Odhiambo Okello took place in the afternoon of Saturday May 17th, 2008.

Narrating his ordeal, Mr. Okello had earlier told this writer that he had just alighted from a Kisumu City bound country bus after a brief visit to the capital, Nairobi where he had gone for business, but not knowing that he was being followed by some people.

He stopped at a small public join near his residence, called Yala Bar, but before he could consume a bottle of beer he had ordered, a pick up vehicle pulled up outside the bar. Two men emerged. One of them was Mr. Okoyo whom he knew well. The second man who was dressed in a back suit looked like a genuine police officer. The two told him that he should go with the because he was required urgently by the police .He obliged believing that the men were genuinely policemen on their duty.

In the pick vehicle was the driver who Mr. Okello knew his names Mr. John Juma..Instead of driving straight to the kisumu Police station, the group headed for the posh Milimani estate and stopped at a disused house on Nehru Road. And soon aftrer this they were joined by three other Asians of Siklh origins.

At this point Mr. Birey produced sets of documents , which they wanted Mr. Okello to sign repudiating and renouncing all the affidavits he had signed previously with the lawyers in regard to e mega civil case in connection with the auctioning of Miwani sugar Mills 10,000 acres neuclus estate farm. The also wanted to denounced the interview he had given to the representatives of the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission {KACC}ʼ

At this point, the alleged policeman who had accompanied the group pulled a revolver out of his jacket and placed it on the table. The group want mr. okello to state that in the previous affidavits, he was forced to sign them by a Kisumu lawyer against his will. As he feel very much intimidated and sensing that his life was in danger, Mr. Okello signed the documents, and even his finger prints were taken.

He was offered Kshs 20,000 but he declined, and was driven back to Manyatta estate from where he had been picked up by the group. But sensing that the document could be used to undermine his stands and position in the legal tussle involving the irregular auctioning of Miwani property by a ghost plaintiff by the name Negendra Saxena, Mr. Okello immediately reported the incident to the police. the next day he moved to the CID headquarters in Nairobi and recorded statement.. The Nairobi office had given him a letter addressed top the Nyanza Prov9incial CID office and requested that the matter be investigated thoroughly.

Sources at the Kisumu police says that when the group were brought to the police this week they uttered a forged document showing that Mr. Okello had volunteer;ly signed the affidavit before a resident magistrate a Mrs. Maloba on MAY 22, 2008. But this was the very day when Mr. Okello visit the Nairobi CID headquarters and recorded a statement. He should not have been the same person in Nairobi and the same person appearing before a magistrate commissioning the said affidavit.

For our readers, Mr. Okello is the one who was supposed to should have served the management of Miwani sugar company IN May 2007. but he has confessed that he had not physically served the summonses to the relevant persons, and had returned them unserved. But he admitted that he and Mr. Okoyo later posted some of the court document to Miwani via a security service van, and that was the beginning of his troubles.

But as fate would follow, on June 13th, 2008 the High Court sitting in Kisumu law court annulled last yearʼs sale of Miwani property by auction.

Mr. Justice John Mwera in an 18 page judgement said the property in question has been subject of legal tussle between Miwani Sugar Company and a ghost plaintiff Nagendra Saxena declared as invalid summons that culminated in the sale of the 10,000 acres neuclus estate farm at an allegedly stage managed public action in December 2008.

The summlns the company, which is currently under the joint official receivership managers to attend court hearing to defend the suit,which was alleged to have been filed in court in 1993 by Saxena over a debt of Kshs 28 million consultqncy services , which the plaintiff had rendered to the Miwani sugar company in 1987

Summing up the matter, the Judge said that issues before the court were thqat a deputy registrar of the High Court MR. Abdul El-kindy had re-issued the summons following an exp[arte application by a businessman Mr. Nagendra Saxena.

The Plaintiff, through lawyer Gakoi Maina had persuaded the deputy registrar that { the registrar had jurisdictionb to re-issue summons that were first issued in 1993, but were never served to the defendant- the Miwani sugar Company

Saxena who Miwani Sugar Company owed kshs 28 million was later to obtain court sanction to recover his debt through the sale by public auction of the companyʼs property on L.R 21031 and L.R 75445/31R registered in Kisumu district.

The trqansaction, according to sources was hurriedly done in secrecy, and it was Dr. Oburu Oginga, the Finance Assistant Minister who blew up the whistle two months ago. It later emerged that the transaction was done in secrecy and even the title deed for the two farms were changed the same day as the auction took place. This has since degenerated a lot of controversies with residents of Miwani and Kano plains calling for a thorough investigation by the competent team of sleuths so as to ascertain the truth surrounding the Miwani sugar neuclus estate farm.

The controversial case revealed a lot of undercurrent and intriguing issues, in which even the magistrates signetures were forged, and documents massively backdated. As all these happened, the joint receiver managers of Miwani Sugar Company, Eng. Martin Owiti and Mr. Bett were unaware, and they only got rude shock when they read about the sale of the property of a firm in which they are managers through a newspaper report

The case has stirred up a lot of problems. Local scribes were heavily bribed not to report the goings in the media, and .many local journalists based in Kisumu had their hands heavily oiled with bribe money to gag the press. Court officials, police and the entire administration went quiet over the matter, which almost sparked tribal clashes in Kibnos Miwani areas.. the mailstone court judgemnent has amicably resolved the issue once and for all, though the alleged ghost plaintiff had 21 days to lodge the appeal.

Miwani Sugar Company was previously owned by the controversial Kenyan business tycoon MR. Ketan Somaia, who was later persuaded and sold his 49 per cent shares to the Kenyan government which previously had 52 per cent share equity. It became a parastatal owned by the government. But in late last year the government had floated the company for privatization and called for bidder by interested investors. Local and foreign investors won a tender to purchase the run-down sugar firm, which is the oldest white sugar manufacturing firm in Kenya for Kshs 3.7 billion.

But before the transaction could take place, a group of local wealthy Asian farmers in Kibos conspired together and moved to court with what observers alleged to be fictitious claims, and wanted to auction the 10,000 neuclus estate to pre-empty the transaction.

The alleged auctioning of Miwani sugar farm has seen millions of shillings changing hands in massive bribery and fraudulent uttering of falsified documents here and there in vain effort to deny the government of Kenya the right to offload its share in its own investment..

It was not clear what would happen to the current revelation of forged document to justify the harassment complaints of the Kisumu humble process server Mr. Okello.

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POLICE IN NYANZA INTERROGATES SUGAR FACTORY DIRECTORS IN CONNECTION WITH GUN-POINT KIDNAPPING OF COURT PROCESS SERVER.

By Leo Odera Omolo

THREE top manager of a sugar factory in Kibos area of Kisumu district were on Wednesday this week summoned to the Nyanza Provincial CID offices in Kisumu where they were interrogated for several hours, but later allowed to go home after recording statements with the police.

The managers, according to an impeccable source, were required to record statements with the police following the recent complaints and allegations of causing harassment to a court process server. It was alleged they had master minded the kidnapping of the court process server at gun-point and forcing him to sign sets of affidavits documents against his will.

Among the three who were interrogated were Mr. Raju {Sokhiwinder Singh Chattae0 who is a director of the Kibos sugar and Allied Industries Ltd, his elder brother Mr.Birey{Raghbir Singh Chattae and one of their employee whose name was given as Mr. Okoyo.. Also questioned was the van driver who had driven the kidnapped court process server in an open double cabin pick-up. Reg. Number KAR 595B.belonging to Channan Agricultural Contractors {CAC} This is also the family business flagship which owns the Kibos Sugar and Allied Industries ltd.

The incident, according to the court process server, Mr. Harun Odhiambo Okello took place in the afternoon of Saturday May 17th, 2008.

Narrating his ordeal, Mr. Okello had earlier told this writer that he had just alighted from a Kisumu City bound country bus after a brief visit to the capital, Nairobi where he had gone for business, but not knowing that he was being followed by some people.

He stopped at a small public join near his residence, called Yala Bar, but before he could consume a bottle of beer he had ordered, a pick up vehicle pulled up outside the bar. Two men emerged. One of them was Mr. Okoyo whom he knew well. The second man who was dressed in a back suit looked like a genuine police officer. The two told him that he should go with the because he was required urgently by the police .He obliged believing that the men were genuinely policemen on their duty.

In the pick vehicle was the driver who Mr. Okello knew his names Mr. John Juma..Instead of driving straight to the kisumu Police station, the group headed for the posh Milimani estate and stopped at a disused house on Nehru Road. And soon aftrer this they were joined by three other Asians of Siklh origins.

At this point Mr. Birey produced sets of documents , which they wanted Mr. Okello to sign repudiating and renouncing all the affidavits he had signed previously with the lawyers in regard to e mega civil case in connection with the auctioning of Miwani sugar Mills 10,000 acres neuclus estate farm. The also wanted to denounced the interview he had given to the representatives of the Kenya Anti Corruption Commission {KACC}ʼ

At this point, the alleged policeman who had accompanied the group pulled a revolver out of his jacket and placed it on the table. The group want mr. okello to state that in the previous affidavits, he was forced to sign them by a Kisumu lawyer against his will. As he feel very much intimidated and sensing that his life was in danger, Mr. Okello signed the documents, and even his finger prints were taken.

He was offered Kshs 20,000 but he declined, and was driven back to Manyatta estate from where he had been picked up by the group. But sensing that the document could be used to undermine his stands and position in the legal tussle involving the irregular auctioning of Miwani property by a ghost plaintiff by the name Negendra Saxena, Mr. Okello immediately reported the incident to the police. the next day he moved to the CID headquarters in Nairobi and recorded statement.. The Nairobi office had given him a letter addressed top the Nyanza Prov9incial CID office and requested that the matter be investigated thoroughly.

Sources at the Kisumu police says that when the group were brought to the police this week they uttered a forged document showing that Mr. Okello had volunteer;ly signed the affidavit before a resident magistrate a Mrs. Maloba on MAY 22, 2008. But this was the very day when Mr. Okello visit the Nairobi CID headquarters and recorded a statement. He should not have been the same person in Nairobi and the same person appearing before a magistrate commissioning the said affidavit.

For our readers, Mr. Okello is the one who was supposed to should have served the management of Miwani sugar company IN May 2007. but he has confessed that he had not physically served the summonses to the relevant persons, and had returned them unserved. But he admitted that he and Mr. Okoyo later posted some of the court document to Miwani via a security service van, and that was the beginning of his troubles.

But as fate would follow, on June 13th, 2008 the High Court sitting in Kisumu law court annulled last yearʼs sale of Miwani property by auction.

Mr. Justice John Mwera in an 18 page judgement said the property in question has been subject of legal tussle between Miwani Sugar Company and a ghost plaintiff Nagendra Saxena declared as invalid summons that culminated in the sale of the 10,000 acres neuclus estate farm at an allegedly stage managed public action in December 2008.

The summlns the company, which is currently under the joint official receivership managers to attend court hearing to defend the suit,which was alleged to have been filed in court in 1993 by Saxena over a debt of Kshs 28 million consultqncy services , which the plaintiff had rendered to the Miwani sugar company in 1987

Summing up the matter, the Judge said that issues before the court were thqat a deputy registrar of the High Court MR. Abdul El-kindy had re-issued the summons following an exp[arte application by a businessman Mr. Nagendra Saxena.

The Plaintiff, through lawyer Gakoi Maina had persuaded the deputy registrar that { the registrar had jurisdictionb to re-issue summons that were first issued in 1993, but were never served to the defendant- the Miwani sugar Company

Saxena who Miwani Sugar Company owed kshs 28 million was later to obtain court sanction to recover his debt through the sale by public auction of the companyʼs property on L.R 21031 and L.R 75445/31R registered in Kisumu district.

The trqansaction, according to sources was hurriedly done in secrecy, and it was Dr. Oburu Oginga, the Finance Assistant Minister who blew up the whistle two months ago. It later emerged that the transaction was done in secrecy and even the title deed for the two farms were changed the same day as the auction took place. This has since degenerated a lot of controversies with residents of Miwani and Kano plains calling for a thorough investigation by the competent team of sleuths so as to ascertain the truth surrounding the Miwani sugar neuclus estate farm.

The controversial case revealed a lot of undercurrent and intriguing issues, in which even the magistrates signetures were forged, and documents massively backdated. As all these happened, the joint receiver managers of Miwani Sugar Company, Eng. Martin Owiti and Mr. Bett were unaware, and they only got rude shock when they read about the sale of the property of a firm in which they are managers through a newspaper report

The case has stirred up a lot of problems. Local scribes were heavily bribed not to report the goings in the media, and .many local journalists based in Kisumu had their hands heavily oiled with bribe money to gag the press. Court officials, police and the entire administration went quiet over the matter, which almost sparked tribal clashes in Kibnos Miwani areas.. the mailstone court judgemnent has amicably resolved the issue once and for all, though the alleged ghost plaintiff had 21 days to lodge the appeal.

Miwani Sugar Company was previously owned by the controversial Kenyan business tycoon MR. Ketan Somaia, who was later persuaded and sold his 49 per cent shares to the Kenyan government which previously had 52 per cent share equity. It became a parastatal owned by the government. But in late last year the government had floated the company for privatization and called for bidder by interested investors. Local and foreign investors won a tender to purchase the run-down sugar firm, which is the oldest white sugar manufacturing firm in Kenya for Kshs 3.7 billion.

But before the transaction could take place, a group of local wealthy Asian farmers in Kibos conspired together and moved to court with what observers alleged to be fictitious claims, and wanted to auction the 10,000 neuclus estate to pre-empty the transaction.

The alleged auctioning of Miwani sugar farm has seen millions of shillings changing hands in massive bribery and fraudulent uttering of falsified documents here and there in vain effort to deny the government of Kenya the right to offload its share in its own investment..

It was not clear what would happen to the current revelation of forged document to justify the harassment complaints of the Kisumu humble process server Mr. Okello.

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Councillors in Kenya put on notice

Posted by African Press International on June 28, 2008

BY DICKENS WASONGA

The government has issued a tough warning to civic leaders in Nyanza to act responsibly or face legal action.

The warning was delivered to the councillors by the area provincial local government officer Mr. Isaac Kirui during this year’s budget presentation in Kisumu.

The PLGO was angered by what he termed as a crude and unbecoming behavior by a section of civic leaders from the province who have taken it upon themselves to harass and manhandle chief officers over claims of misuse of funds,especially the LATF.

Mr Kirui reminded the leaders that they should stick to their role of policy formulation as the directors of the local authorities but leave the administrative work to chief officers.

He said the issue of who should be posted to any civic authority was the responsibility of the PS and no councillor had the power to dictate to the ministry over who is to be a chief officer.

The PLGO said the law was very clear on how the councils should handle cases of corruption where a clerk or a treasurer is suspected to have stolen public funds but not to take the law into their own hands.

”We have handled many such cases amicably and we don’t want to create a culture where
where our officers are manhandled by councillors who seem not to be a ware of what the law says.Am not trying to defend any officer but let us follow due process of the law.”he said.

He mentioned that in one of the councils in the region the police had to intervene to save an embattled clerk who had been ejected from his office by a group of civic leaders who alleged that he stole funds allocated to the authority by the government through LATF.

The said councillors were arrested last week and charged by a Keroka court.

Mr Kirui said endless bickering between chief officers and the leaders was to blame for poor service delivery which has dogged the province.

He pointed out that his office will not however sit back and watch as corrupt officers loot monies they are entrusted to manage on behalf of the members of the public who pay taxes to run the authorities.

During the budget which was read by the Kisumu county council finance chairman in Holo, the council said it plans to spend a total of ksh.53m to give services to the people they serve.

The council noted that they will be able to raise ksh. 9m from through revenue collection and will aso recieve 36m fro LATF.

Amongst other on going projects the council plans to finish the the Kobewa water project which was funded to the tune of ksh.9m by the EU.

The project will see over 200 water selling kiosks built and is projected to benefit over 2000 residents of Kombewa and its environs.

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