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Embu County on New Measures To boost Miraa Farming

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In a effort to boost the production and consumption of miraa in Kenya, Embu County Government has partnered with Kenya Agriculture and Livestock Research organization (KARLO) to train miraa farmers and guide them on the proper use of chemicals.

The new procedures, according to the county’s Executive Committee member Annie Nyaga, will address adverse effects affecting the miraa business.

“We need to figure out how we can help this sector grow and even perform better, as such the training will help in knowing better ways to support this sector,” she said.

Other measures by the county to boost the commodity include construction of five earth dams and seven market sheds to support miraa farmers.

The initiatives are part of the implementation of the Miraa task force appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta last year.

The projects being undertaken by the county and national governments includes construction of earth dams in Kamugushu in Mbeti South, Nyuari in Mavuria. Gitumbiri in Nthawa and Kiangithi in Eurore and Murindi in Mavuria.

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Why Former Nairobi County Finance Boss Will Pay Ksh.317M to the Government

He was convicted in a case filled by the EACC in a bid to recover Sh872 million from the former chief finance officer (CFO) on grounds that his accumulated wealth did not tally with his known legitimate sources of income.

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Former Nairobi County Chief Finance Officer Jimmy Kiamba was ordered to pay the government Sh282 million by a Nairobi Court.

Further to this, Kiamba is required to pay an additional Sh35 million to the government, failure to which he will forfeit his house in Runda Water Estate, Nairobi.

The judgement was arrived after the court established that the convicted is in possession of unexplained assets.

While delivering the judgement, Lady Justice Hedwig Ong’udi ruled that Jimmy Kiamba could not explain how he acquired his massive wealth, which the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission (EACC) said was looted from the county coffers.

“My analysis of evidence proves that the EACC established that the huge cash deposits in his accounts were proceeds of economic crimes and constitute unexplained assets which must be forfeited to the state,” the judge ruled.

The case was filled by the EACC in a bid to recover Sh872 million from the former chief finance officer (CFO) on grounds that his accumulated wealth did not tally with his known legitimate sources of income.

In its argument, the EACC submitted that Kiamba’s salary between 2009 and 2015 totalled to Sh5.8 million and wondered how he ended up with over Sh1 billion in cash and assets during his tenure as CFO between 2013 and 2015.

The commission, through Philip Kagucia, said it investigated Mr Kiamba’s 11 accounts in eight banks and obtained bank statements for the accounts and compared the amounts deposited and his salary. It is through this investigation that the commission noted huge inter-account transfers.

Mr. Kiamba is said to have deposited more than Sh400 million between January and November 2014 despite earning a monthly salary of Sh85,000 as City Hall CFO. Evidence provided showed that he used several people at City Hall to make deposits in his accounts including Joseph Njoroge, his driver.

Mr Njoroge made total deposits of Sh66.8 million, while former head of treasury at City Hall Stephen Osiro made total deposits of Sh4.1 million.

In his defense to explain the source of the huge deposits, Kiamba told the court that he was in engaged in several other businesses apart from employment including farming, hotel business, transport, rental income as well as water business, while interior design and beauty parlor were his wife’s. This, as narrated in court, amounted as follows: Cattle revenue (Ksh.21,971,810), Wheat revenue (Ksh.17,094,610), maize revenue (Ksh.12,478,430), landed property (Ksh.35,000,000), Kwamga Mboya advocates (Ksh.300,000), totaling Ksh.317,648,604.

However, the judge argued that it was impossible to know how much had been injected in the transport business and therefore the house, which he allegedly bought at Sh35 million, fell under the category of unexplained assets.

It is after this analysis that the court ruled that EACC had established on a balance of probability that the cash deposits which Kiamba tried to explain through the revenue collection constituted unexplained assets as defined under Section 2 of ACECA and should be forfeited to the State.

“I therefore declare that the total sum of the, money indicated to be unexplained assets,” ruled Justice Hedwig Ogundi.

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City Hall To Pay Sh 60M to a Couple For Demolishing Their Property

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Nairobi County Government is staring a financial crisis and stands a chance to lose up to Sh100 million daily should there not be another service provider for the ICMS.

City Hall will have to pay Silas Njeru and Florence Gatari Njeru a sum total of Ksh 60m as compensation for their properties were demolished last year without notice.

The couple’s four-storey building in Kariobangi South was demolished in March 2018 to pave the way for the construction of a fire station.

The County Assembly Planning and Land Committee, which heard petition found that the couple had been allocated the plots regularly and put up the four-storey building with the approval of the City Hall and duly paid rates up to 2017.

Daily Nation reports that the couple was allocated two plots in January 7, 2002 under the KCC village formalization project.

The Njeru couple together with other victims had petitioned the county assembly on May 2, 2018, challenging the repossession of their plots by City Hall through Mowlem MCA Benson Mwangi.

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Nairobi’s Khoja Bus Terminus to be Scrapped In A Bid To Decongest the CBD

The terminus will be moved to the land beneath the Globe Cinema overpass.

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In an effort to decongest the city, Nairobi County Government has set out plans to scrap the popular Khoja bus terminus.

“The plan is to restore sanity on our roads and avert snarl-ups especially from vehicles accessing the city through the Globe Roundabout onto the Khoja/old Nation stage. We will also be create walkways in the streets within the CBD,” said the county’s Roads and Transport chief officer Frederick Karanja on Wednesday.

The terminus will be moved to the land beneath the Globe Cinema overpass.

“We are planning to get rid of the Khoja/Old Nation terminus and move all matatus to the empty land beneath the Globe roundabout overpass, which has been acting as a holding ground for the buses,” he informed.

However, Mr. Karanja said the move is subject to consultations with relevant stakeholders before implementation.

“The move will be implemented soon and we are currently engaging stake holders on the issue,” he said.

Vehicles operating from the lower Kabete, Village Market, Thika Road, Muchatha and Banana routes will be affected by the move once implemented.

Mr. Karanja’s statement statement followed concerns by Members of County Assembly of the executive’s plan to manage congestion in the CBD.

In addition, the chief officer announced that City Hall was targeting to acquire Kenya Railways land located at Ngara to be used as holding grounds for matatus. He urged the county transport committee to initiate talks with the Railway operators in order to fast track the process.

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