Maara MP Wants Bensouda to drop charges, conduct new investigations

Maara MP Wants Bensouda to drop charges, conduct new investigations

 

Dennis Dibondo

 

February 13, 2014

 

Maara MP Kareke Mbiuki has petitioned International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to withdraw cases against, Deputy President William Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta following former Prosecutor Moreno Ocampo hints that some diplomats wanted them out of 2013 race.

 

Speaking in Iriga, Maara Constituency, on Monday where He was launching an irrigation scheme. Mbiuki said Bensouda should conduct new investigations since the evidence she has before the International Criminal Court (ICC) conspired to oust the president and his deputy.

 

“Fatou Bensouda should now avoid beating around the bush and consider withdrawing charges of crimes against humanity facing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto,” He said. “She has no tangible evidence, since many Key witnesses have withdrawn from the case,”

 

The Mp, who is also the vice chairman of agriculture committee in parliament, said many leaders across the country picked holes in the cases terming them political since they began.

 

“These allegation have now been proven by Moreno Ocampo who was Bensouda predecessor,”

He added that the two leaders should be given ample time by the western powers to undertake their task daily since the cases against them is crippling their operations, and hence the entire country.

 

He commended Ocampo for swallowing his pride and revealing the truth that there was conspiracy in the handling of the whole issue.

 

He commended Kenyans for expressing their democratic right and choosing jubilee despite the pressure to oust its Kingpins from western powers.

 

Kareke was optimistic that the case will take a new turn and the cases are on the verge of collapsing following Ocampo sentiments and will ultimately be dropped.

 

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National Government release Sh.400, 000 for grain storage facilities

National Government release Sh.400, 000 for grain storage facilities

 

Dennis Dibondo

 

February 12, 2014

 

The national government has released Sh.400, 000 for construction of 15 grain storage facilities in areas prone to aflatoxin, parliamentary committee on agriculture has said.

 

Maara Mp Kareke Mbiuki who is the vice chairman of the committee said the national government has already released the funds.

 

Mbiuki said, construction had halted after some cash failed to be released after the function was devolved to county governments.

 

“The process halted after national government isolated the function to the county governments, but it has now released funds to complete the construction” Kareke said.

 

He said the facilities which include installation of a grain driller, will enable farmers in areas mostly affected by aflatoxin store at least 10,000 bags.

 

Speaking to press in Iriga on Monday, Kareke said the committee successfully petitioned government to commence construction.

Once complete the facilities will ensure cereals farmers do not loose their produces due to poor storage.

 

Kareke also urged residents in the area to use modern methods of farming and fully utilize the water they have.

 

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Witch doctors stun locals with ‘JUJU’

 Witch doctors stun locals with ‘JUJU’

Dennis Dibondo

February 12, 2014

 Police in Tharaka Nithi rescued two elderly women, suspected to be witch doctors from being lynched by a mob on Monday.

 The ordeal took place in  Kamaguna village,in Tharaka sub county,after the two,Stella Kaburi 60 and Janet Kanyore 62 were found in an abandoned house.

 They attracted a huge crowd after they were found with strange charms among them cowrie shells, inner wear with feces, and kids socks et set era.

 They were stripped naked and green gram seeds were found hidden beneath their inner wears.

 The locals accused the two of causing havoc in the are following a series of death cases in the area.

 Angry members of the public had already dosed the two with petrol and were ready to lynch them before police intervened to save the two.

 Police had a hard time dispersing the crowd who were yearning for their blood.

 The two were were taken to Gatunga police station accompanied by their charms.

 Confirming the incident, Tharaka Nithi police boss Johnstone Ipara said, the two were taken to court to answer witchcraft charges.

 They were arraigned in Marimanti law courts charged with conducting witchcraft practices.

The two denied the charges before Marimanti Resident Magistrate Fredrick Nyakundi.

 The case  will proceed on March 6,2014.

 

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Guardian to sue Chuka Hospital for Negligence

Guardian to sue Chuka Hospital for Negligence

 Dennis Dibondo

 February 12, 2014

 The guardian of Nancy Kananu, a 21 yr old lady who died on Friday over surgery complications has said she will sue Chuka General Hospital for negligence.

 Nancy Kananu died on last Friday after being admitted in Kenyatta National hospital after he developed complications after delivering a baby through cervical surgery on November 3, last year.

 Violet Mwende who lived with Kananu as a house help accused Chuka sub county hospital of neglecting Mwende immediately after she developed the complications after birth.

 Kananu gave birth to a bouncing baby boy on November 3 and was discharged shortly before the nurses and doctors strike in strike November 10.

 Mwende from Nkio village said Kananu was taken to the hospital to deliver and begun having complications after the caesarian section was conducted on her in early November last year.

 Speaking to Journalists yesterday in Chuka, Violet Mwende Kananu’s guardian explained that after Nancy had delivered hospital ordered her to remain in the ward for further observation.

 Mwende explained that on the following day upon her visiting the hospital she was worried to find her stomach swollen three times more than the time she was expectant. 

 “Her stomach would expand more each day and after I talked to doctors they did some tests that showed that the stomach had inflamed due to urea in the stomach,” She said.

 She added that it is then when the doctor decided to operate on her to find out where the problem was.

 “The doctors told me that they had discovered that when the caesarian section was being done her bladder was slightly cut thus leaking some urine to the stomach to an extent of some drops leaking through the stitches,”   Mwende said.

 The doctors told Mwende that they had repaired the problem and that Kananu would be okay but this did not happen.

 “You would turn her and the urea would leak uncontrollably from her wound since she could not pass urine normally,” she added

 Mwende and her mother asked the doctors to refer her to another hospital but the administration promised all will be well.

 After her condition failed to improve after two months in the hospital is when the doctors decided to take her to Kenyatta National Hospital last week.

 In their defence Medical Superintendent Dr Sarah Gichuku for Chuka General Hospital said the hospital did not neglect her but did all they could for Kananu.

 “There are many complications in surgery, one can injure another organ accidentally which is a possible risk during surgery,” Gichuku said.

 She said the doctors did all they could to save her saying after they realized the injury the surgeons took over to help her.

 Gichuku said Mwende was brought to the facility on November 3rd last year and delivered through Caesarian; all was well with Mwende and was discharged on during the Medical workers strike in mid November.

 She disputed claims that the operation was done by an intern who had no experience.

 Gichuku explained that on December 23 the deceased was readmitted in the hospital after she complained of a complication.

 “She was reviewed by a surgeon the following day who recommended that Kananu be taken to Meru Level Five hospital for medical investigation to determine her condition”

 Gichuku said they detected ‘Vesicocutaneous fistule’ , a condition where she was passing urine through the skin and treated given medication.

 According to Gichuku her condition worsened when she developed another complication where she was passing stool through the skin and she had to be transferred to Kenyatta on January 28 after a CT scan on her abdomen in Meru Level Five Hospital.

 The doctor termed lack of proper equipments to having been a major factor that attributed to Kananu’s death.

 “If the facility had proper equipments the situation would have been detected early”

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NGO urges County assembly to make policies that will ensure locals benefit from resources

NGO urges County assembly to make policies that will ensure locals benefit from resources

Dennis Dibondo

February 9,2014

Tharaka Nithi county assembly has been urged to make policies that will ensure locals benefit from the resources in the county.

Speaking yesterday in Chuka, in a forum aimed at  educating locals on environment conservancy. Forest Action Network (FAN)  programme officer Karen Nekesa said the county assembly should make policies to empower residents.

Nekesa said MCAs assist in formation of various committees to spearhead development in the county including Pasture management committee,charcoal dealers registration, sand harvesting committee.

“As an NGO we want locals in areas where these resources are to benefit from them a, eradicate poverty by ensuring sustainable development” Nekesa said.

Nekesa urged people living in water catchment area to protect manage and preserve them.

Joel Kithure Caritas Meru Agriculture officer, urged charcoal dealers to follow forest act in logging of trees ” We are not against charcoal burning but the law should be followed.

Kithure said Catholic Church is  partnering with Forest Action Network ( FAN) to empower, educate locals on devolved functions of government.

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Police Searching Watchman Killers

Police searching for watchman killers

Dennis Dibondo

February 9, 2014

 Police in Tharaka Nithi are searching for a gang that killed a watchman, in Chuka town and made way with at least Sh 400,000 on Friday night.

 The group raided a wholesale shop in the town and hacked 38 years old, Patrick Kimathi Riungu to death using crude weapons.

 Confirming the incident Tharaka Nithi police boss Johnston Ipara said they disposed the body of the deceased in a nearby farm and proceeded to raid the shop.

 “They forced entry into the premises after breaking into the steel gate and took cash after dismantling a safe in one of the offices.” Ipara Said.

 Ipara said Kimathi’s body was later discovered on Saturday morning, disposed in a nearby farm with blood oozing from his head.

 “He was lying lifeless, had three deep cats in the left side of his head, we are going to conduct a postmortem”

 His body was taken to Chuka sub county hospital mortuary.

 The police boss said they are following various leads that will ensure Kimathi’s killers are nabbed.

 He added that police in the Chuka town have begun operations to flash out criminal gangs.

 He urged the public to embrace the ‘Nyumba Kumi’ to boost security, asked public to volunteer information that will help police avert criminal and terror activities.

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Knut Engage county over ECDE staffing

Knut engage county government in a Brawl

By Dennis Dibondo

The Tharaka Nithi County Government has been challenged by the Kenya National Union of Teachers to embark on a recruitment exercise for the Early Childhood Development Education (ECDE) teachers across the county.

 According to the Tharaka Nithi Knut Secretary General Njeru Mutani said the county government has been slow in allocation of funds to the education department.

 He said other counties had achieved rapid development in the education sector and deployed ECDE teachers to various centers and challenged the Education department in the area to be more pro active.

 “Other counties have already employed teachers but our county government is still moving at a snail pace”, Mutani said.

 He further accused the county government of meddling in affairs of teachers’ employment and deployment to various schools and areas saying that responsibility should be left to the Teachers Service Commission.

 Speaking in his office yesterday Mutani also called upon the county government to partner with the national government and upgrade structures of various primary schools around the county which he said are in poor status.

 

The Secretary General said the county is understaffed and some of the teachers have been in the same job group and need to be promoted but have never been.

 “There are over eight hundred teachers in the county who need to be promoted and we are asking the Teachers Service Commission to consider them. Teachers are spending a lot of fortunes going for further studies and they should be promoted to boost their morale”, he said.

 The Tharaka Nithi governor Samuel Ragwa had faulted TSC leaders in the county for job allocation of 14 teachers which he said the process of selecting teachers was not transparent.

 “There were no equitable structures in place; the forms were issued behind closed doors and I have tangible evidence that the process was marred with corruption where Sh. 150,000 was dished out in issuance of forms”, he said.

 He said TSC should conduct fresh appointment a move which was also supported by the Maara MP Kareke Mbiuki.

 

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Kareke Wants Bensouda to drop charges dropped

Maara MP Wants Bensouda to drop charges, conduct new investigations

Dennis Dibondo

February 13, 2014

Maara MP Kareke Mbiuki has petitioned International Criminal Court (ICC) prosecutor Fatou Bensouda to withdraw cases against, Deputy President William Ruto and President Uhuru Kenyatta following former Prosecutor Moreno Ocampo hints that some diplomats wanted them out of 2013 race.

Speaking in Iriga, Maara Constituency, on Monday where He was launching an irrigation scheme. Mbiuki said Bensouda should conduct new investigations since the evidence she has before the International Criminal Court (ICC) conspired to oust the president and his deputy.

“Fatou Bensouda should now avoid beating around the bush and consider withdrawing charges of crimes against humanity facing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto,” He said. “She has no tangible evidence, since many Key witnesses have withdrawn from the case,”

The Mp, who is also the vice chairman of agriculture committee in parliament, said many leaders across the country picked holes in the cases terming them political since they began.

 “These allegation have now been proven by Moreno Ocampo who was Bensouda predecessor,”

He added that the two leaders should be given ample time by the western powers to undertake their task daily since the cases against them is crippling their operations, and hence the entire country.

He commended Ocampo for swallowing his pride and revealing the truth that there was conspiracy in the handling of the whole issue.

He commended Kenyans for expressing their democratic right and choosing jubilee despite the pressure to oust its Kingpins from western powers.

Kareke was optimistic that the case will take a new turn and the cases are on the verge of collapsing following Ocampo sentiments and will ultimately be dropped.

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Tharaka North Sub County, in Tharaka Nithi is set to start coffee growing following research that has established that the area is suitable for coffee production.

 

Speaking yesterday  at a luncheon with the members of Tharaka Nithi county Assembly, the chairman of the Meru south farmers cooperative union Julius Riungu pointed out that the sub county will in the near future be expected to be a coffee producing zone.

 

‘’We have started a union coffee plantation at Mukothima in the sub county and have also licensed a local resident Mr. Kaimba Mang’ara to develop a coffee nursery. We have done feasibility studies and the crop can do well there.’’  Riungu said

 

‘’The Union is planning to purchase land up there and establish more coffee plantations that will also create job opportunities for the area residents’’,  he added.

 

The union official called on the county government to prioritize irrigation since most of the Tharaka region suffered from perennial drought which was unfavorable for crop farming.

 

He also advised the residents to form farmers’ cooperative societies and get facilitation from financial institutions to enhance coffee production

 

Coffee production in Tharaka Nithi has been on the decline with only some 4,100 hectares of land under the crop from acreage of 9,100 hectares some ten years ago.

           

The chaiChairman of the Mitheru Farmers’ Cooperative Society  John Micheni who attended the function attributed the decline in coffee production to mismanagement and poor pay to farmers as well as reluctance by the youth to involve them in the sector.

 

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Three deny stealing pajero

Three men were yesterday arraigned in Chuka Law courts and charged with stealing a Pajero Mitsubishi valued at 1.5 million.

Spephen Njiru ,Asman Ndegwa and Samuel Gisovi are alleged to have attacked Judith Kaari Mbaka and robbed her vehicle.

It is alleged they raided Kaari’s home in Ikuu village, Chuka sub county on January 27.

 

The group gained entry into the premises after breaking through the farm gate and attacking the watchman.

 

They then ordered Kaari into her vehicle where they locked her in the vehicle’s boot after failing to extort money from her.

 

Kaari was abandoned in a plantation in Embu county, made away with the vehicle which was later recovered on streets of Embu town on January 29.

 

The three denied the charges before Chuka resident magistrate Simon Ruto Rotich.

 

Rotich ordered the three to be remanded in Chuka police station and urged police to conclude their investigations.

 

The case will proceed on February 12, 2014.

 

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