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Kenya; Berieved Nyakach Mp Aduma Owuor is to be sued by his political opponent Erick Ouma Okeyo

Posted by African Press International on November 15, 2013

  • BY JEFF OTIENO.

Berieved Nyakach Mp Aduma Owuor is to be sued by his political opponent Erick Ouma Okeyo over his utterances in parliament this week that Okeyo is deeply involved in insecurity in the constituency.The mp recently lost both parents in a barbaric arson attack in what many believe was a retaliatory response.

Nyakach is marooned by cattle rustling activities and since his election early this year the Mp formed a vigilante group to stump out the vice but no meaningful success has been seen because he has been doing it without the involvement of  local police and other government agencies all of which he has dismissed as very complacent and allegedly operate as part of the entrenched conduit.Other stakeholders are however of the view that the Mp shouldn’t tire but continue engaging with the local police if anything is to be achieved.Last month the Mp took a cattle rustling victim and dumped the body at the Regional Commissioners office a move which shocked many but the Mp remained adamant and  justified that he had no option but to do exactly that.

Back to the claims in parliament, Okeyo hurriedly convened a press conference where he described Owuors claims as cowardly,hollow and shocking.”I sympathise with the Mp for the most tragic manner in which he lost his dear parents and ive personally and elsewhere conveyed my heart-felt condolences to him, while he remains my political opponent i do not ascribe to the view that our political battles transcend the borders of the personal relationship”, Okeyo told journalists. “Even as he continue to mourn the death of his parents he’s expected to observe basic standards of decency,decorum and utmost respect to the law and others”, he thundered.

Still on the remarks in parliament, he concluded by saying that those are abuse of parliamentary privileges and  demonstration of how a legal coward the mp is.Okeyo has lined up  very influential legal team led by Prof Tom Ojienda and justice Richard Otieno Kwatch to take up the matter. Owuors late parents will be buried on 23 Nov and a major fundraising where Nairobi Governor Dr Evans Odhiambo Kidero is the Chief guest is slated on the 19th at All Saints Cathedral Nairobi.

 

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Kenya: Treasury accused of being reluctant to release funds to County governments

Posted by African Press International on April 7, 2013

County Speakers are now warning that operations of counties could stall due to lack of chambers for debates and enactment of various legislations. The speakers and their deputies noted that over 30 counties did not have chambers and could be forced to conduct their businesses under trees.

Just like the governors, they lamented lack of funds in running of counties and called for urgent action from the treasury. Speaking in Naivasha where the governor’s retreat has been going on, the leaders wondered if the government had been prepared for the devolved system.

Tana River Speaker Dr Abdi Nur Nassir said that it would be impossible to run counties without funds and infrastructure. “Many of the counties do not have chambers and we shall be forced to conduct our business under trees,” he said.

Flanked by his colleagues, Nur revisited the issue of funding and blamed the treasury for the current impasse. He said that only Sh20m had been sent to counties by yesterday while the rest of the funds were yet to be disbursed.

Nairobi County Speaker Alex Ole Magero revisited the issue of salaries and accused the Salaries and remuneration commission of giving them a raw deal. Magero wondered why the commission was having discussions with Mps and disregarding county representatives. “We plan to take out memorandum to the senate as we feel the SRC did this in bad faith and we shall not accept these salaries,” he said.

During the workshop, leaders from cattle rustling areas agreed to work together and eradicate the vice that had adversely affected the region.

Addressing the press, Baringo governor Benjamin Cheboi said that rustling had seen the region lag behind in development. “We have decided to set aside our differences and we shall work together to eradicate cattle rustling in this area,” he said.

The sentiments were echoed by his Turkana counterpart Josphat Nanok who said that they would mobilize their communities to discard the vice. “We admit that the vice has affected all sectors in the county and we shall talk to the electorate to discard rustling,” he said.

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