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Transparency news October 3rd 2013

March 24 th.


Standard: Acid test for Kenya  as ICC acts on claim  of influencing  three witnesses (Pg 2)

The ICC Wednesday moved to a showdown with the government, issuing an arrest warrant against a Kenyan journalist and accusing a “circle of officials” of devising a “criminal scheme” to compel witnesses to withdraw from The Hague cases.

Standard: Chronology of events, according to Barasa (Pg 3)

Between December 1 and 5, 2012, Walter Barasa is contacted by an ICC investigator who introduces himself as Paul Irani.

Standard: Journalist claims arrest order linked  to his non-cooperation with ICC (Pg 3)

Journalist Walter Barasa has claimed that his refusal to co-operate with the ICC’s Office of the Prosecutor (OTP) had led to the issuing of an arrest warrant against him.

Standard: JSC meets to give verdict on Shollei (Pg 5)

The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) held the first of its final meetings to decide the fate of Chief Registrar Gladys Shollei.

Standard: Bill on governors powers tabled (Pg 8)

Governors are up in arms over a new Bill introduced in the Senate, which they claim seeks to usurp their powers.

Standard: NHIF bosses charged in fraud suit(Pg 10)

Former National Hospital Insurance Fund (NHIF) boss, Charles Kerich, and two other senior managers were yesterday charged in court over a Sh116 million fraud case.

Standard: Judiciary on  the spot over  hefty fines (Pg 10)

The judiciary has defended itself against accusations that it was crippling the public transport through hefty and inhumane fines

Standard: Mother, son accused of faking document(Pg 10)

A middle-aged woman and her son were arraigned in court and charged with falsifying land

documents with the intention to commit fraud

Standard: MPs say firm duped State,  put refinery on deathbed (Pg 12)

The government was conned in the partnership deal with Essar Energy Overseas Limited to run the country’s sole oil refinery, a parliamentary committee said Wednesday.

Standard: Further probe  ordered into  Turkana claims (Pg 12)

The Senate gave a major reprieve to the Turkana County Government after it failed to adopt a committee report calling for investigation into the illegal alteration of the county budget, which had been passed by the Assembly.

Standard: Debate on TSC nominees splits  Parliament down the middle (Pg 13)

Chaos reigned as MPs argued over whether to adopt a report of the Education Committee that rejected President Uhuru Kenyatta’s nominees to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC). 

Standard: Method used to award energy contract open to abuse (Pg 14)

The Energy Committee of Parliament is rightly concerned that the Government may be signing agreements with foreign partners without approval of the National Assembly as required under the Constitution.

Standard: Investigate claims in  Sh2.5b KPA tender (Pg 14)

It is regrettable that questions of impropriety are being raised over Kenya Ports Authority’s handling of a Sh2.5 billion tender at a time when it is expected to play a key role as the country positions itself as a regional business hub.

Standard: 16 ex-DCs enlisted  to help streamline  Immigration Dept. (Pg 22)

Former District Commissioners (DCs) have been recruited to manage  some crucial sections of the Immigration Department

Standard: Governors not fighting  for power, says Kingi (Pg 24)

Governors are not advocating for devolution so as to get more power from the national government, Kilifi County Governor Amason Kingi has said.

Standard: Society directors  sent packing over  fraud claims (Pg 27)

Farmers at Komothai Coffee Farmers Co-operative Society in Githunguri sub-county have sent their directors home after allegations of mismanagement of funds rocked the society’s leadership.

Standard: TA embarks on plan  to devolve education(Pg 30)

The Transition Authority (TA) is negotiating with the national government on how the education sector will be handed over to the county governments.

Nation: ICC orders arrest  of Kenya journalist(Pg 4)

The International Criminal Court has issued an arrest warrant against a journalist it accuses

of tampering with witnesses.


 Nation: Day Kibaki blew  his top in secret  Ocampo talks(Pg 1)

President Mwai Kibaki protested furiously during a secret meeting with Mr Luis Moreno-Ocampo when he was informed that his chief aide, Mr Francis Muthaura, was on the list of suspects, according to a new book.

Nation: Arrest warrant  out for journalist  over ICC cases(Pg 4)

The International Criminal Court has issued a arrest warrant against a Kenyan journalist for "corruptly influencing or attempting to corruptly influence ICC witnesses".

Nation: DC disowns ole  Lenku letter to  hotels, lodges (Pg 8)

A District Commissioner on Wednesday denied asking hotel owners in Loitokitok to contribute money for Interior Cabinet Secretary, Mr Joseph ole Lenku’s home coming ceremony

Nation: Shollei denies role in Sh1bn loss and  turns heat on judiciary committees (Pg 10)

Embattled Judiciary Chief Registrar Gladys Shollei has denied any role in the loss of Sh1.2 billion in the judiciary.

Nation: TSC stando harming  provision of education (Pg 12)

The standoff over the appointment of members of the Teachers Service Commission has serious ramifications on the education sector and must be addressed quickly and professionally.

Nation: I want more arrested: Bensouda (Pg 18)

International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda on Wednesday said she wanted several people arrested for allegedly influencing witnesses.

Nation: Judge seeks  to make up  for lost time  in Ruto case (Pg 18)

The International Criminal Court will extend the hours it will sit in the trial of Deputy President William Ruto and former radio presenter Joshua arap Sang.

Nation: Tainted top police ocers sacked(Pg 18)

A senior General Service Unit (GSU) officer who was in charge of a squad sent to Kibera to restore order during the 2008 post-election violence is one of those dismissed from the force.

Nation: Deadline  for States to  contest Ruto  appearance in  ICC lapses (Pg 19)

The deadline for the five African countries to contest a decision by the ICC requiring Deputy President William Ruto to attend all hearings of his case has elapsed.




Nation: First prosecution witness resumes testimony (Pg 19)

The first prosecution witness on Wednesday resumed her testimony in private sessions.

Nation: House demands  new names for TSC ocials(Pg 28)

Debate on the controversial list of nominees to the Teachers Service Commission (TSC) elicited heated emotions in the National Assembly yesterday as a majority of MPs rejected the names and demanded a fresh list

Nation: MPs grudgingly approve  salaries team nominee(Pg 28)

Parliament yesterday approved the nomination of Mr James Maina Muhoro to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission after a lengthy debate over his integrity and ethnicity.

Nation: NHIF, Meridian chiefs deny fraud

A former boss of the national health insurer has been charged with conspiracy to defraud millions of shillings meant for civil servants and disciplined forces medical schemes.
















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