JAILED POLICE IMPOSTER JOSHUA WAIGANJO GRANTED BAIL

police imposter Joshua Waiganjo granted bail

A Naivasha court has finally granted bond to Police imposter Joshua Waiganjo, four years since he was taken into in custody.

Naivasha chief magistrate Dominica Nyambu released Waiganjo on a bond of Sh 500, 000 and a surety of the same or an alternative cash bail of Sh200, 000.

In 2015, Waiganjo was jailed for five years for impersonating a police officer, one year for dressing in police uniform, and six months each for three charges of being in possession of government stores. The sentences were to run concurrently. He was also cleared of robbery-with-violence charges.

Early this month, the High Court, however, suspended his sentence and ordered a fresh trial. Judge Christine Meoli quashed the sentence noting he did not undergo a fair trial as crucial evidence was left out during the hearing.

Waiganjo requested the court to grant him bail, saying he was suffering from diabetes and it was not his fault that the case was set for a fresh hearing.

Waiganjo shot into the public limelight in 2013 when he was charged in court for posing as a senior police officer in Nakuru for five years. He was discovered after flying on a police helicopter to investigate the massacre of officers in Baragoi.

Waiganjo In Politics

Speaking after the ruling, Waiganjo said he will now focus his energy on campaigning to capture the Njoro parliamentary seat, which he is contesting as an independent candidate.

IEBC cleared Waiganjo to vie for the Njoro parliamentary seat in the August 8 polls in March this year following a letter to the commission’s chairman Wafula Chebukati dated February 13, where he sought clearance to vie.

Waiganjo had cited article 99 of the constitution to argue his case.
According to IEBC Chairperson Wafula

According to IEBC Chairperson Wafula Chebukati the Constitution does not bar a convicted person from vying provided the person was still pursuing an appeal against his sentence and the same had not been determined.

“The commission agrees with your accord to Article 99 of the Constitution regarding the qualifications and disqualifications from vying for a parliamentary seat, indeed the Constitution does not bar a convicted person from vying provided one is still pursuing an appeal against his sentence,” Chebukati said in a reply letter to Waiganjo.

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UHURU STILL LEADS IN NEW POLL

President Uhuru Kenyatta would beat his closest challenger Raila Odinga if elections were held today, according to a recent survey by the Star Newspaper.

According to the survey, Uhuru would win by 48 percent margin against Raila’s 39 percent.

Among those who would vote for Uhuru, 59 percent said it would be because of his development record while 15 per cent of those who would vote for Raila tied it to his development agenda.

Raila would, however, beat Uhuru in terms of creation of employment, fighting tribalism and dealing with insecurity at 10.5 per cent, 3.3 percent and 2.1 percent, respectively.

On the gender card, Uhuru is interestingly more popular among women; 50 percent of female respondents say they would vote for him, compared to 34 percent for Raila.

The popularity of the two presidential candidates among male voters seems to be almost at par though where Uhuru has 47 percent, while Raila has 44 percent.

The Star poll was conducted in 28 counties sampled from the former eight provinces. It was done through Computer Aided Telephone Interview between May 3-14, with 3,430 respondents over 18 years old in the counties. The poll carries a 1.7 percent margin of error with a 95 percent confidence level.

The survey also noted an increase in the number of undecided voters, to 12 per cent, compared to 10 percent that was recorded in a similar poll conducted by the same paper in May.

In the May poll, Uhuru’s popularity stood at 49 percent, while Raila was at 40 percent.

Raila Closes Gap On Uhuru-Ipsos poll

A poll by Ipos conducted in May showed an increased public support for Nasa flag bearer Raila Odinga, putting him neck to neck with president Uhuru Kenyatta.

According to the IPOS poll, Raila Odinga and his running mate Kalonzo Musyoka enjoy a 42 per cent support from registered voters while President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto support stands at 48 per cent.

RAILA CLOSES GAP ON UHURU IN NEW POLL

 

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GOVERNMENT LAUNCHES PROBE INTO COLLAPSE OF SIGIRI BRIDGE

Sigiri bridge collapses

The government has launched an inquiry into the causes of the collapse of the Sh 1.2 billion Sigiri Bridge in Budalangi constituency, Busia County.

According to Infrastructure Principal Secretary Engineer John Mosonik , the Kenya Rural Roads Authority (KURA) will conduct a detailed Geotechnical and Structural Investigation to establish the cause of the breakdown.

The ministry has contacted the investigative arm of Government to look into the matter to rule out any possible foul play,” Mr Mosonik said.

Mosonik also said the construction activities on the site have been suspended until a structural integrity report is concluded.

The Sigiri Bridge caved in on Sunday, less than two weeks after President Uhuru Kenyatta launched it, leaving 27 construction workers injured.

The bridge, which is being constructed by China Overseas Engineering Co (Covec) was designed as an aid to cross River Nzoia where several people have died in the past while attempting to get across.

The construction kicked off in February 2016 and its completion was scheduled for July.

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POOR KENYANS HAPPIER THAN THE RICH

poor Kenyans happier than the rich

Money can’t you buy you happiness, so goes the famous old English phrase and true to its assertion, a new study has revealed that poor Kenyans are happier than their rich counterparts.

According to the study, Sauti ya Wananchi ‘citizens values’ by Twaweza East Africa, 73 percent of Kenya’s poorest are happy, compared to 72 percent of Kenya’s richest.

Generally, the study revealed that seven out of 10 citizens (71 percent) say that all things considered, they are happy with their lives in Kenya and, one in 20 (five per cent) say they are unhappy, and one in four (24 percent) that they are neither happy nor unhappy.

The study also revealed some peculiar findings; where for instance 16.75 of those interviewed think it’s justifiable for a man to beat his wife while 11% of women do not have a problem being battered by their husbands.

In addition, 70 percent of Kenyans would not be happy living next to people who consume large amounts of alcohol while 87 percent of would have an issue with living next to drug addicts, and 90% have a problem with homosexuals.

Quite encouraging, only 16% of the respondents said they would have a problem living next door to someone who’s HIV+, which is quite remarkable especially considering that stigma has been one of the biggest challenges facing people living with HIV/AIDS.

The Survey was based on responses from 1,701 people and was conducted in January of 2017.

 

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KENYA’S BOOMING (AND VITAL) TOURISM SECTOR

The great Mara migration began early this year

One of the great wonders of the world, the annual migration across the Maasai Mara-Serengeti national parks in Kenya and Tanzania is already underway, starting earlier than expected. But the millions of wildebeest crossing the Mara River are not the only important annual migration in Kenya. Tourism to Kenya is booming.

The number of tourists coming to Kenya increased in 2016 by 16.1% on the previous year and according to a report released at the end of last week by the World Travel and Tourism Council the tourist sector is expected to grow by six per cent per year for the next ten years, creating as many as 500,000 new jobs.

Tourism in Kenya now contributes Sh700 billion to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), more than mining, manufacturing and automotive production combined. Although the Banking and Financial services sectors may add even more to GDP, tourism supports three times as many jobs as the former and twice as many as the latter.

Tourism is now estimated to be directly and indirectly responsible for 1.1 million jobs in Kenya (2016 figures), some 9.2% of the total labour force.

THE BRITISH ARE COMING!

From January to the end of April this year it has been the British tourists who have led the way to Kenya, surpassing in number the

Giraffe Manor in Nairobi

Americans. Over those four months more than 34,000 Brits have come to Kenya, an increase of 18% on last year. Over the same period the number of visitors from the US also grew by 16.4%.

With the delights of Lamu and Diani Beach on the coast, to the Maasai Mara and the other national parks, and the Nairobi National Park on our doorstep, it’s perhaps no surprise that so many people want to come to Kenya. Let’s make them welcome.

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