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Kenya – police says elections will be peaceful in violence-prone counties

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Saturday March 18 2017
Many have died from banditry this year in Baringo County

Police officers escort women and children out of Mukutani centre in Baringo County on March 15, 2017, to a safer area. Many have died from banditry this year. PHOTO | CHEBOITE KIGEN | NATION MEDIA GROUP  

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Rift Valley will have peaceful elections despite the current insecurity challenges in some regions, the government has assured.

Regional Coordinator Wanyama Musiambo said security departments have intensified operations to ensure peace prevails before elections.

“Security agencies are ready for the elections. We are working hard to ensure that a repeat of 2007/08 post-election violence does not occur,” Mr Musiambo said on Friday.

He was reacting to the recent banditry attacks in Baringo, adding the police are making a positive progress in curbing insecurity incidences.

According to him, the re-opening of three schools that had been closed due to insecurity was a positive sign.

Parts of Baringo, Elgeyo Marakwet, Pokot and Laikipia counties have been worst hit by insecurity leaving dozens of people dead and scores injured since January.

The most recent attacks happened on Wednesday where 11 people were killed by suspected Pokot bandits who raided Mukutani village in Tiaty.

Most affected were women and children, some who are fighting for their lives in hospitals.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday ordered the deployment of military forces to the troubled North Rift region to help police restore law and order.

 

Kenya – nine killed in further violence in Baringo district

Daily Nation

Wednesday March 15 2017

This boy, with a bullet in his chest, survived

This boy, with a bullet in his chest, survived the Tuesday night attack that left nine dead in Mukutani . In this photo, taken on March 15, doctors are giving him First Aid at Marigat Hospital. PHOTO | CHEBOITE KIGEN | NATION MEDIA GROUP.  

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Nine people are dead and scores injured after a night of horror in Mukutani Village of Tiaty Sub-County in Baringo.

Suspected Pokot bandits imposed a reign of terror on the hamlet on Tuesday night to avenge the killing of two Pokot women who were shot dead in a police vehicle on Tuesday morning.

DEEP CUT

The bandits attacked the village, slashing and shooting people, including children, according to those who survived the attack.

Among the survivors is a little boy, who is fighting for his life at Marigat District Hospital with a bullet lodged in his chest.

The boy suffered a deep cut on the head and bled profusely.

Other villagers who escaped death narrowly were also rushed to the hospital on Wednesday morning.

BANDITS

Medical workers including doctors, who resumed work today after a 100-day strike, were busy attending to the boy when the Nation visited the hospital.

The bandits targeted a primary school in the area and Mukutani market centre.

The two Pokot women were killed not far from the centre by suspected Ilchamus bandits who ambushed a police vehicle early Tuesday.

They had been offered a lift on their way to Kabarnet to collect cash for orphans.

19 AREAS

Mukutani is among the 19 areas gazette as disturbed and dangerous by Interior Cabinet Secretary Joseph Nkaissery and is covered by the ongoing security operation launched by Deputy President William Ruto three weeks ago.

It is not clear why the hundreds of officers deployed to the county did not repel the bandits.

Top security officers said they would give a briefing on the matter later on Wednesday.

Kenya – Baringo insecurity makes teachers ask for a transfer

Star (Kenya)

Mar. 03, 2017, 9:00 am

More than 300 teachers hold protests in Marigat, Baringo county in a demand for transfers amid increasing bandit attacks, February 23, 2017. /JOSEPH KANGOGO
More than 300 teachers hold protests in Marigat, Baringo county in a demand for transfers amid increasing bandit attacks, February 23, 2017. /JOSEPH KANGOGO

About 266 teachers who have fled clashes in Baringo county are demanding to be transferred.

They were serving in the 47 schools in volatile Baringo North, South and Tiaty subcounties before they were closed last week.

Knut county executive secretary Joshua Cheptarus asked TSC to heed to the teachers’ plight as they desperately seek transfer letters.

Cheptarus said they have been traumatised by the “bloody happenings” and require counseling.

“We have scheduled a meeting for next Monday at a Kabarnet town hotel to encourage and counsel them in order to diminish their fear,” he said on Thursday.

Read: Moi hits out at state over late response to Baringo bandit attacks

Two teachers were among tens of people killed in attacks by armed Pokot bandits.

Cheptarus said that last Sunday, armed bandits attacked Chemorongion village in Baringo South at 4pm and killed a primary school teacher as his pupils watched.

Three days later, he said, another primary school teacher was killed at Chepkesin in Baringo North subcounty.

He said TSC should also plan on how to replace the teachers since they are not ready to serve in other hostile areas.

“I would rather quit my job permanently than be reprimanded [for failing] to go back and teach in the same school,” he said.

Among the closed schools were Ngaratuko, Chemoe, Yatya, Tuluk, Kagir, Loruk, Chepkesin, Kapturo, Toboroi, Barsuswo and Lokorotabim in Baringo North.

In Baringo South, Ramacha, Karma, Katilimwo, Kapndsum, Chemorongion, Embosos, and Arabal schools have been closed.

Others are Chebinyiny, Sosionte, Nyimbei, Kasiela, Keon, Tuiyotich, Lamaiwe, Karne and Kabel, Rugus, Noosukro and Siarata.

The schools have become IDP camps for thousands of residents fleeing attacks.

In the most heinous incident, bandits killed a mother and her three-day-old infant at Natan village, Baringo North late last month.

During DP William Ruto’s visit to the region, bandits killed the Bartabwa chief during a shootout with security officials.

Ruto issued a shoot-to-kill order and deployed more than 200 reservists in the operation to flush out the bandits.

Read: Ruto under fire for shoot-to-kill order in tackling Baringo bandits

Also read: Stop using kids in bandit attacks, Ruto tells disgraceful leaders

The government has commenced operations to flush out the bandits and restore calm.

The government gazetted Baringo North and South as “disturbed areas’ but this did not stop the bandits from driving away more than 300 animals in a fresh attack on Wednesday.

Kenya – lawyer who said Mark Too’s death was political killing disappears

Star (Kenya)

Jan. 11, 2017, 9:00 am

A file photo of lawyer Simon Lilan speaking to journalists in Eldoret. /MATHEWS NDANYI
A file photo of lawyer Simon Lilan speaking to journalists in Eldoret. /MATHEWS NDANYI

Lawyer Simon Lilan, who made sensational death claims after the death of former Nominated MP Mark Too, has been missing for three days.

His brother John Tallam and wife Irene said Lilan was last seen in Eldoret town at about 11am on Monday, after which his phones went off.

Lilan had claimed his life was in danger and that unknown people had issued threats by phone, asking him to stop pushing for independent investigations into Too’s death.

Tallam said his brother was to go for a meeting in Ziwa the day he went missing. Too was buried that day after a court lifted an order blocking the ceremony.

“We have looked for him all over including at the homes of his relatives but he cannot be traced,” said Tallam.

He said the family reported the matter to police.

The lawyer, who declared interest in the Uasin Gishu senate seat on a Wiper party ticket, claimed Too was killed for political reasons and his wealth.

He also alleged a plot for the late former MP’s first wife, Mary, to be killed. He had wanted Too buried at Mary’s home.

But an autopsy by chief government pathologist Johansen Oduor found Too died from a heart problem.

More on this: Mark Too had heart problem, autopsy shows

Lilan obtained an order for an independent probe into Too’s death. He has threatened to push for his body to be exhumed for the probe to begin.

Kenya – five policemen killed in Mandera in grande attack

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Five police officers escorting a passenger bus

Five police officers die in Mandera after vehicle is hit by rocket propelled grenade
The officers were escorting a bus bound for Nairobi.

MONDAY JUNE 20 2016
Five police officers escorting a passenger bus from Mandera were killed Monday morning after their vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade near Kotulo.

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Mandera County Police Commander Job Boronjo confirmed the morning attack and said the bus was not hit.
The passengers had spent the night at Kotulo and had left in the morning.

Five police officers escorting a passenger bus from Mandera were killed Monday morning after their vehicle was hit by a rocket-propelled grenade near Kotulo.

The attackers, police say, also burnt the vehicle.

The officers were escorting the bus, called the Desert Cruiser, that was travelling to Nairobi.

The passengers had spent the night at Kotulo and had left in the morning.

Mandera County Police Commander Job Boronjo confirmed the morning attack and said the bus was not hit.

In 2015, three people were killed during a dawn attack a few kilometres from Kotulo when gunmen attacked a bus and a lorry.

Kenya – CORD cancels Thursday’s IEBC protest

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Senator Orengo said that there is determination being exhibited by both parties.

Cord leaders address the Press outside Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters on June 14, 2016, after the police arrested some of their leaders for alleged hate speech. Protests against the electoral commission scheduled to take place on June 16, 2016 have been called off. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP
Cord leaders address the Press outside Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters on June 14, 2016, after the police arrested some of their leaders for alleged hate speech. Protests against the electoral commission scheduled to take place on June 16, 2016 have been called off. PHOTO | JEFF ANGOTE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

In Summary
This is the second time Cord has decided to abandon the demonstrations to give dialogue a chance.

By PHILIP MOMANYI MAOSA

The Coalition for Reforms and Democracy (Cord) has called off demonstrations calling for the removal of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) scheduled for Thursday to allow for the conclusion of talks with the Jubilee administration.

In a press statement, Siaya Senator James Orengo said that there is determination being exhibited by both parties, hence there is a high possibility of arriving on an amicable solution.

“We see political will and rays of good faith being exhibited by all parties and a conducive and enabling environment created, although we are yet to conclude discussions on a few but equally important issues,” he said.

This is the second time Cord has decided to abandon the demonstrations to give dialogue a chance.

The Raila-led coalition has been vehemently opposed to the idea of the current polls body chaired by Isaack Hassan to conduct the 2017 General Election, arguing that it lacks credibility and has lost Kenyans’ trust.

On Sunday, when addressing a presser Senator Orengo said they had agreed during an extensive engagement with diplomats, the business community and the clergy that the IEBC has lost its integrity.

He added they have given the Jubilee coalition, headed by President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto, time to respond to their demands.

“The coalition says that lately, the engagement has been more constructive and candid, with the diplomatic community coming out actively.”

Kenya – Mudavadi says banning of anti-IEBC protests is illegal

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Banning anti-IEBC protests is unconstitutional, Mudavadi warns Nkaissery

By Standard Reporter Updated Wed, June 8th 2016

ANC leader Musalia Mudavadi says action by Interior CS Joseph Nkaissery with the connivance of the Attorney General Githu Muigai to outlaw the right to demonstrate amounts to an overthrow of the constitution and declaration of martial law.

In a press statement Mudavadi said, “For all practical purposes, the CS has suspended Chapter Four on the Bill of Rights in a blinker of executive authorization to also curtail freedom of association. The remedy in banning is not provided for in any law hence suspicion that Jubilee is intent on governing through unconstitutional edits and introducing military authoritarianism.” According to Mudavadi, this kind of action is unnecessary unless it is admission that executive, legislative and judicial branches of government have failed to function effectively. “The Jubilee government needs reminding that only courts can uphold or limit enjoyment of fundamental rights and freedoms.

Conversely, the government has a duty to observe, respect, protect and fulfill the rights and freedoms in the Bill of Rights. Banning demonstrations is abdication and violation of this very constitutional demand.”

He said Jubilee is trying to justify toppling the constitution by the unilateral suspension of articles 36 freedoms of association and 37 assembly, demonstration, picketing and petition  of the constitution under undeclared state or emergency and without going through Parliamentary approval. “This action must be condemned and resisted lest the country is thrown into a constitutional crisis where the country is run by counter-constitutionalists within the executive under undeclared military law.

In the Arab Spring uprisings, in Tunisia, Egypt etc., the regimes purported to suspend the constitution and called in the military as caretaker in the same manner Nkaissery is undermining the constitution. Martial law is imposed only in extreme situations to maintain order and security or provide essential services. But Jubilee seems threatened by popular protest or fear of imagined insurrections. It is important to understand that there is no law that empowers anyone or institution to criminalise the constitution. When such action is taken, it amounts to a coup or suspension of the constitution. “I am mortified that the free advice I gave the president to take charge at the burial of Soita Shitanda may have been taken literary to mean a license to overthrown the constitution and introduce military dictatorship.”
Read more at: http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/article/2000204453/mudavadi-banning-anti-iebc-protests-is-unconstitutional