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The presidential escort cars, State House has denied reports that one of their armoured car was stolen on Wednesday night (Photo Source: The Star)

Following extensive media coverage, some containing serious factual errors, I would like to clarify this matter.

First. We would like to confirm an incident involving a BMW 735, purchased in 2000, registration number GK A374E, and using civilian number plate KAW 479Y.

Second. On Wednesday, at 9.30 pm, the car’s driver, Chief Inspector Machui , was accosted by four armed men near Ruai, Nairobi. The men drove the Chief Inspector around the city for a few hours, setting him free at about 2.30 am at Mihango, Embakasi. He was robbed of KShs 60,000 in cash and a mobile phone.

Third. The men took off with the vehicle, which is used for police business. A search was immediately launched but the car is yet to be recovered.

Four. This was an ordinary car. It is not armour-plated. It is not a limousine. It is not part of the Presidential fleet. It is not a Presidential Escort car.

Five. As the government always emphasizes, security is a shared responsibility and all drivers should be aware of their surroundings at all times to avoid such incidences. Statistics clearly show a drop in crime in our nation’s capital in recent months and in other parts of the country. And further gains can be guaranteed by vigilance by all Kenyans.

SPOKESPERSON, MANOAH ESIPISU.

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Kenyan and foreign athletes train for the Summer Olympic Games during a morning run in the high-altitude town of Iten on December 2nd. [Source Tony Karumba/AFP]

Kenyan and foreign athletes train for the Summer Olympic Games during a morning run in the high-altitude town of Iten on December 2nd. [Source Tony Karumba/AFP]

Foreign athletes will now be taxed for training in Elgeyo Marakwet if the motion passed by the county assembly is anything to go by.

According to the County government, foregners who train in the high altitude area  are using the county’s facilities including stadiums without paying any fees yet they earn millions after winning races abroad.

Article 209(3)(a) of the constitution which allows counties to introduce such taxes but with this one, no. This is just a very wrong move.

Iten town is the headquarters of Elgeyo Marakwet county and is the most popular training centre for foreign athletes hosting more than 1,000 foreign athletes every year. When the start being taxed what does that mean for Kenya? Taxing them is just the same way as saying tourist visiting Kenya should also be taxed.

This motion by the Elgeyo Marakwet County government was introduced by Emoso ward representative Christopher Cheboiboch who is also a former athlete. He argues that, Those stadiums foreign athletes use need to be maintained and upgraded to ensure that they are in good condition. and this can only be done when the government has enough revenue.

If implemented, this only means that they foreign tourists will look for alternative areas or even neighboring countries to train. This will be a major blow to the county’s’ tourism sector. What the county needs to do is look for alternative sources of revenue to upgrade the stadiums, in the end this will invite more athletes to come and train in the county.

This move will not affect local athletes

”Home of Champions’ as it is commonly know, this a completely wrong move.

What say you?

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A police officer inspects cartons at the port of Mombasa, July 24, 2014. A container carrying the cartons of sweets was suspected to be ferrying suspicious goods. (Source XINHUA PHOTO)

In July Heroin valued at close to Sh1.8 billion was discovered in a merchant ship impounded by the Kenya Navy at the Mombasa port. Anti-narcotics officers in Mombasa seized the 342.67 kg of the hard drugs from a suspicious ship, MV Alnoor (B.Bushehr Amin Darya). 

A Mombasa court later allowed an application filed by the Director of Public Prosecutions, Mr Keriako Tobiko, that an order be issued for the destruction of the drugs due to what he termed as storage and security concerns. 

A Mombasa politician, Mr Maur Bwanamaka , two businessmen and nine Pakistanis were accused to be behind the shipping of these drugs. It is alleged that the accused were trafficking the drugs through cargo ship mv Amin Darya also known as Al Noor.

Today, president Uhuru Kenyatta will be leading security agencies in destroying a ship.

Through a facebook post on his wall, the president said the government does not care who owns the ship or the drugs. ”we will destroy them to serve as a lesson to those bent on ruining our children. We will not allow drug barons to destroy the future of our young people. We will track and deal with them decisively” he posted.

Some good news there, right? but still the question remains, has the port of Mombasa become a passage for the importation of illicit drugs? Have drug traffickers turned East Africa, specifically the port of Mombas into hub?

The UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC) World Drug Report 2013 details how Kenya and Tanzania are becoming major transit points for drugs as number of drug users also increase. The report confirms Kenya as a transit point for heroin trafficked to Europe and the US. 

So how do these drugs enter the country? according to the report, most of It is entered Kenya by sea and air and then re-exported to other markets, either directly to Europe or via West Africa.

As the president leads the destruction, he should know we still have a long way to go.  

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President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated Major General Philip Wachira Kameru as the new Director General of the National Intelligence Service. 

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If approved by parliament, he will take over from Michael Gichangi who resigned a week ago.

Here is some little bio of Major General Philip Wachira Kameru

Kenya’s Director of Military Intelligence Major General Phillip Kameru is a tall lanky figure, athletic, and very good looking to the unsuspecting civies, but behind that good look, is the highly learned, experienced, and very intelligent director of Military Intelligence.

Rising to the rank and having been the key mastermind of the success of Kenya Defense Forces in Somalia, Major Gen Kameru is a rare bird and little known around both military and civilian circles.The avid listener and a very meticulous strategist, the General is very fast in getting things done.

He verifies intelligence with speed and provides leadership in a very professional manner.

He has a penchant for facts and theories that can allow an intelligence production unit deliver desired products fast and reliably.

The General is charismatic and has extremely good interpersonal skills.

He is able to engage in a conversation during a briefing and provide rationale promptly.

The director of Military Intelligence of Kenya Major General Phillip Kameru maybe the most important asset the Jubilee government can ever own to end the wave of insecurity across the country and the East African region.

The man knows the Somali situation very well. He knows the actors in theater and using the resources at the disposal of the directorate of Military Intelligence has contacts who knows who is who in the terror networks across Somalia and the entire East African region.

Taking up the position of the Director General of the National Intelligence Service would serve the Republic of Kenya very well besides allow the Jubilee government achieve the dream of a secure and geopolitically powerful Kenya.

With such a background full of military glory, the General who has planned the war against Al-Shabaab, and offered leadership in shaping the current good stead of Kenya Military face, Maj. Gen Kameru is the ideal replacement for Maj Gen. Gichangi who left the intelligence service for a myriad of intelligence failures.

Source: Strategic Intelligence News

What say you? is he Ideal for Kenya Intelligence Director General?

#KanaliSpeaks 

Health officials say the risk of transmission of Ebola during air travel is low (Source:BBC)

Health officials say the risk of transmission of Ebola during air travel is low (Source:BBC)

Yesterday, KTN run a story on how Hundreds from Ebola stricken countries might have come into the country through the Busia border.

According to County officials in Busia more than 100 people from affected countries in West Africa have entered Kenya through the Uganda border. Claims which the National government back here in Nairobi is disputing.According to the story run by KTN, a county health official in Busia says least 122 people from the four countries have crossed the border in the last few days.

This new revelation comes just weeks after The World Health Organization (WHO) has classified Kenya as a “high-risk” country for the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. According to WHO, Kenya was vulnerable because it was a major transport hub, with many flights from West Africa. 

Is the EBOLA finally here? that is the question that should now leave most of us Kenyans worried. The new developments in Busia border need not to be taken lightly. If indeed citizens from affected countries in West Africa have entered Kenya through the Uganda border, where are they? How did they enter the country?

Last week, Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said it was “in the interest of public health” that the government was going to take strict measure to stop the virus from reaching Kenya. He warned that Kenyans and health workers who had returned from the three west African states would face “strict checks” and would be quarantined if necessary.

Well, it now looks like some people from the West African countries just sneaked into the country. We have a reason to be worried.

#KanaliSpeaks

 

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