KENYA WINS EARLY GOLD AND SILVER MEDALS AT COMMONWEALTH GAMES

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Flomena Cheyech won Women’s Marathon

As thousands of spectators lined the streets of Glasgow in Scotland to watch the morning marathons yesterday and a further 44,000 packed into the Hampden Park stadium that provides the focal point of the Commonwealth games, Kenya scooped gold and silver medals in the distance running events.

WOMEN’S MARATHON VICTORY

The women’s marathon was won by Flomena Cheyech Daniel in a time of 2:26:45, the Kenyan adding Commonwealth gold to the Paris Marathon title she won earlier this year.

In the lead group throughout the race, by 30km Daniel was clear of the rest of the field with her team-mate Caroline Kilel. In the closing stages, Daniel eased clear to take the gold medal leaving Kilel to pick up the silver medal.

GOLD HAIR, GOLD MEDAL FOR NDIKU

The flamboyant Kenyan Caleb Ndiku, who dyed his hair gold for the occasion, won the 5,000 metres, his second major title of the year, adding to the world indoor 3000m title he won in March.

Pacing his run to perfection, Ndiku gradually moved through the pack as the laps went by. In the last lap the race was between Ndiku and fellow Kenyans Isaiah Koech and Joseph Kitur, and New Zealand’s Zane Robertson.

With 250 meters to go Ndiku surged clear as Koech was forced to settle for silver and Robertson got the bronze. Ndiku’s winning time was 13:12:07.

SILVER IN THE MEN’S MARATHON

Earlier in the day Kenya’s Stephen Chemlany won a silver medal in the men’s marathon 43 seconds behind Australia’s Michael Shelley. The bronze medal went to Uganda’s Abraham Kiplimo after he out-sprinted his fellow countryman Munyo Mutai.

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ALGERIAN PLANE GOES MISSING

airAlgeria’s national airline, Air Algerie, has reported loosing contact with one of its planes flying from Burkina Faso to Algiers .

The plane is reported to have been en route to Algiers from Ouagadougou in Burkina Faso .

Air traffic control lost contact with the aircraft around 50 minutes after take-off when it was forced to change course because of ‘poor visibility’,
Flight AH 5017 has 110 passengers and six crew on board.

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REVEALED: HOW THE 10TH PARLIAMENT SQUANDERED CDF KITTY

Auditor General, Edward Ouko

Auditor General, Edward Ouko (Photo courtesy)

An audit of the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) for the 2012/2013 financial year has revealed how the kitty was looted by the unscrupulous MPs in the 10th parliament.

According to the report, which was submitted to the National Assembly by Auditor General Edward Ouko, members of the last Parliament squandered some of the Sh17 billion from the CDF pot through fraudulent deals, which include political campaigns in their final year in office.

Tigania East constituency for instance, allegedly misappropriated Sh1.55 million from the CDF account which was used to procure services of preparing a documentary in form of DVDs and magazines. The report maintains that the message in the magazine was a campaign tool.

The reports indicates a massive violation of procurement laws and also indicates that several projects under the fund in various constituencies stalled despite full payment of contracts.

GOVERNMENT CANNOT ACCOUNT FOR SH33.9B
The Auditor General claims that weak and inadequate maintenance of accounting records in ministries and departments during the year, as well as poor management of imprests and expenditure without the approval of Parliament has contributed a great deal to the missapropriation of funds as detailed in the report.

Out of Sh813,222,666,210, the total revenue recorded during the 2012/13 financial year, only Sh11,266,757,66 (1.38 per cent) was fairly recorded while revenue amounting to Sh801,955,908,550 (98.62 per cent) had no proper records and could not therefore be confirmed as accurately reported.

The report also reveals that the Government incurred excess expenditure amounting to Sh38, 495,253 without parliamentary approval and State House failed to avail documents in support of various expenditures totaling over Sh150 million.

Other ministries that could not avail records to back their huge expenditures include Ministry of Education with Sh6.7 billion and the Ministry of Higher Education with Sh4 billion, Foreign Affairs (Sh4, 521,596) and Defense (Sh350, 00,000)

“In the absence of the records and documentation, the propriety of the expenditure of the funds could not be ascertained and therefore these public funds may not have been utilized lawfully and in an effective manner,” the audit report reads.

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US VOLUNTEER CONFESSES TO SEXUALLY MOLESTING CHILDREN IN A KENYAN CHILDREN HOME

Matthew Lane Durham - charges with sexual misconduct

Matthew Lane Durham – charges with sexual misconduct

A US court is handling a criminal case pertaining a 19-year-old man from Edmond who confessed to have engaged in illicit sexual conduct with underage children at a children’s home in Kenya where he had served a a volunteer.

As reported by Edmond Sun, Matthew Lane Durham, 19 engaged in the sexual conduct with the children, both male and female, between the ages 4-9 at Upendo Children’s Home, which is located in the Juja area in the outskirts of Nairobi. He  volunteered with Upendo in June 2012, June 2013, December 2013 and from April 30 to June 17, 2014.

According to court records, one of the founders of Upendo Children’s Home, an Edmond couple of Kenyan origin, Monday morning, is reported to have confronted Durham on June 12, after a caretaker at the children home raised the matter.

Durham allegedly initially denied the allegations but later on admitted to be struggling with homosexuality and child pornography,

The live-in caretaker is reported to have observed some peculiar behavior by Durham with the children such as finding him late at night lying beside some of the children on their beds and providing lingering embraces with them

Durham is said to have admitted to performing sexual acts on several children to the founder of the children’s home on on June 17, including having sexual intercourse with them and at least one of whom is HIV positive.

“During the confession, the founder was recording him through her cell phone and has saved the video, court records state. When his description became unbearable for her to hear, she had Durham write what he had done with the children, court records state.

She provided the U.S. Embassy with copies of the page-long handwritten, signed statements by Durham, according to court records. Excerpts from six of them are listed in court records.” Wrote the Edmond Sun.

In one of the papers, after describing an illicit sex act with a victim, Durham stated: “Any time I try to read the Bible or pray, this image comes to my head.”

Durham was arrested in July 17, and he appeared before a U.S. magistrate judge in Oklahoma City late Friday afternoon. He is being held without bond and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 1.

Federal law makes it a crime for any U.S. citizen to travel in foreign commerce and engage in any illicit sexual conduct with another person under the age of 18. If convicted, Durham faces up to life in prison. The case is being prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert Don Gifford II.

According to the Prosecutors, while the alleged sex crimes were committed in Kenya, Durham can be held accountable for the crimes in Oklahoma but then again, the crime was committed in Kenya and we definitely have an equally capable judiciary.

Under Kenya’s Sexual Offenses Act, A person who commits an offense of defilement with a child aged eleven years or less shall upon conviction be sentenced to imprisonment for life.”

The constitution of Kenya is the supreme law of the country and it safe guards the rights of the innocent children which were grossly violated by the one person who was supposed to be protecting them.

Over to you Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko.

 

 

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ICC ‘DISSENTING’ JUDGE HANS-PETER KAUL HAS DIED

ICC Judge Mr Hans-Peter Kaul who died on Monday

ICC Judge Mr Hans-Peter Kaul who died on Monday

The International Criminal Court (ICC) has announced that Mr Justice Hans-Peter Kaul has died after a long period of serious illness. The ICC statement said that Mr Kaul died on Monday as the result of an illness that led him to resign from the ICC on July 1. He would have been 71 on Friday and had been with the ICC for 11 years.

“We are deeply saddened to announce that the former ICC judge has passed away,” read the statement.

ICC SHOULD NOT HEAR CASE AGAINST KENYANS – JUDGE KAUL

Justice Hans-Peter Kaul from Germany was described as the “dissenting judge” after he said at the pre-trial hearing in 2012 that the ICC could not hear the case against Uhuru Kenyatta, William Ruto, radio presenter Joshua arap Sang and former head of Public Service Francis Muthaura. The case against Muthaura was later dropped.

The other judges on the ICC’s pre-trial Bench were Justices Ekaterina Trendafilova and Cuno Tarfusser.

Justice Kaul’s opinion was that the charges against the four Kenyans did not fall within the ambit of the court because the prosecutor had not proved that they were committed “in furtherance of an organisational policy”. His view was that Mungiki and the network whose structures the four accused were alleged to have used to allegedly commit the crimes did not meet the definition of an “organisation” as set out in the Rome Statute.

Related Kenya Forum posting: ‘Judge Hans-Peter Kaul and his ‘dissenting opinion’ on the ICC ruling in the Hague, and the ‘Ocampo six’ (25 January, 2012)

Judge Hans-Peter Kaul’s ‘Dissenting Opinion’ in full (15 March, 2011)

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