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CJ Maraga Outlines Executive Frustration of Judiciary

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Chief Justice David Maraga addressing the press during the official opening of Ruiru Law Courts on August 28, 2019/FILE – JUDICIARY PRESS

Chief Justice David Maraga has broken his silence over frustrations from the Executive, which he blamed on under-funding, and failing to treat him with the dignity and respect he deserves.

“We have a huge backlog of cases which continue to pile because of lack of funds to even move judges around,” he said, “Some judges are not able to get fuel for their cars and we are having to ask them to get money from their pockets so that we can refund them.”

In Nyeri, Nakuru and Mombasa, the CJ said the Court of Appeal is not able to operate due to lack of funds.

“We should be given at least Sh5 billion every year for us to operate properly, or at least a reasonable amount,” he said.

And he also blamed the Executive for failing to treat him with dignity, citing state functions where he is never recognised.

Worse still, he said, as the country’s Chief Justice, he is never allowed to access the VIP lounge at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) yet junior officers than him are given access.

“Let the office of the CJ be treated with dignity,” he said.

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Olympic Qualifiers: Starlets brace for a Mountain Climb in Zambia

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Kenya’s national women’s team with a mountain to climb, arrived in Lusaka ahead of the 2020 Tokyo Olympic qualifiers return leg on Monday.

The team under the tutelage of David Ouma arrived on Saturday night after being held to a sloppy 2-2 draw by the Zambians in the first leg match at home in Nairobi last Friday, November 9th.

The return leg is scheduled for Monday, November 11th at Lusaka`s Nkoloma Stadium.

Ouma rued poor defending and anxiety among the Kenyan players in the playing unit for the draw.

“All is not lost, my girls were the better side in the first leg but Zambians were not tough but just lucky to pull a draw in our backyard,” said Ouma.

Ouma said he will work on the defence to be watertight as he was confident of the Starlets fire power potential in annihilating their rivals.

Zambia national Women’s team Copper Queens coach Bruce Mwape is not excited and not taking anything to chance despite carrying with him two goals to the return tie in Lusaka.

“We still have another 90 minutes awaiting us in Zambia. Kenya is a formidable team that you can only underate at your own peril,” he said.

The winner of the two-legged tie will face either Cameroon or Côte d’Ivoire in the final qualifying round for a ticket to the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

The winner in the final of the Olympic qualifiers will book an automatic ticket as the runners up battle Chile in a two legged play off.

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IEBC says number of registered voters in Kibra is 118,658 Read more

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The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) has announced that Kibra has a total of 118658 registered voters following the completion of a voter verification exercise.

 

This is in line with the preparation of the by election in the constituency slated for Thursday November 7.

 

In a gazette notice dated October 25 and signed by the commission Chairman Wafula Chebukati, Laini Saba has 17,455 voters, Lindi 16,688, Makina 25,695, Woodley/ Kenyatta Golf Course 28,066 and Sarangombe 30,754

 

The Kibra seat was left vacant after the death of former MP Ken Okoth and has attracted 24 candidates including Jubilee aspirant McDonald Mariga, Imram Okoth of ODM, Khamisi Butichi of Ford Kenya party and Eliud Owalo of ANC.

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Mariga: My sports dream for Kibra

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Uefa Champions League winner and the Jubilee Kibra parliamentary by election aspirant McDonald Mariga has outlined his sports vision for the Constituency.

Mariga launched an eight point manifesto dubbed “Mariga Scoring for Kibra” of his intentions to promote sports once elected as Kibra Constituency Member of Parliament in the forthcoming by elections scheduled for November 7th.

Mariga envisions to improve sports infrastructure by upgrading Woodley stadium into a a multi sports ultra modern stadium through mobilization of funds from international partners together with the Nairobi County and national Governments.

He intends to set up a football academy in Kibra and link it with scouting agencies associated with top locals teams and internationally.

Mariga who is the first African from East and Central Africa to lift the Uefa Champions League will lobby through his connections to lobby for sports based scholarships for talented sports men and women through legislation and his connections with local and international partners.

The former National football team Harambee Stars captain targets to upgrade existing playgrounds in Laini Saba, Sarangombe, and others to acceptable levels to host football, rugby, volleyball, netball, boxing and indoor games.

Mariga who won the Uefa Champions League in 2011 by featuring for Italian side Inter Milan under the tutelage of Jose Mourinho plans to use sports in promoting behavioural change in the sensitisation against against societal vices and promote environmental conservation.

Mariga is set to conduct a national and international training for coaches, umpires, referees and technical officials to promote quality sports in Kibra.

Mariga who is the son to former AFC Leopards and Harambee Stars winger Noah Wanyama envisages to start a Kibra team in various sporting disciplines to participate in national leagues.

The elder brother to English Premier League (EPL) side Tottenham Hotspur ace Victor Wanyama will put in place structure of identifying talented players to expose them in training with various national teams depending on the sport with a view of them playing for the national team and scouted to teams internationally.

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