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Courts in ‘red zone’ areas closed to the public till further notice

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Acting CJ, Philomena Mwilu (Photo: People Daily)

IN SUMMARY:
-The judiciary has directed closure to the public of courts in Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nakuru until further notice
– Acting CJ Mwilu directed courts in Nairobi county to utilize the e-filing system which is accessible online
– All criminal pleas and urgent hearings shall be handled virtually in all courts in the five zoned counties
– Court Users Committees shall issue guidelines to address any unique issues arising in their jurisdictions
– The guidelines shall be reviewed as circumstances allow

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The judiciary has directed closure to the public of courts in Nairobi, Machakos, Kajiado, Kiambu and Nakuru until further notice in a bid to curb the spread of Covid-19.

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In a directive issued by Acting Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu directed Sunday, matters that required urgent hearing will be attended to virtually.

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Further, Mwilu directed courts in Nairobi county to utilize the e-filing system which is accesible online.

Further, all criminal pleas and urgent hearings shall be handled virtually in all courts in the five zoned counties and the Presiding Judges and Heads of Stations/Divisions in consultation with their Bar- Bench and Court Users Committees shall issue guidelines to address any unique issues arising in their jurisdictions.

This follows the directive by the president that there be a partial lockdown in the five counties over the growing trend of Covid-19 pandemic infections.

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“Like all other sectors, the Judiciary and the rest of the criminal and civil justice agencies were asked to take immediate action to eliminate non-essential physical contact or situations within our areas of the mandate that may lead to crowding or the propagation of the disease,” she said.

The DCJ said each court station, tribunal, directorate and implementing unit in the zoned area shall develop and submit a weekly duty roster to the Chief Registrar of the Judiciary ensuring that only 30 per cent of staff are in the office at any given time.

The guidelines shall be reviewed as circumstances allow, and updates shall be given on a needs basis, she added.

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Al Shabaab Suicide Bomber Kills Six At Somali Cafe In Baidoa

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Six civilians died and seven more were injured on Saturday when an Al-Shabaab suicide bomber blew himself up outside a cafe in Somalia, police and witnesses said.

The attack happened in the central town of Baidoa, 250 kilometres (190 miles) northwest of the capital Mogadishu and police said the target was the regional governor, who was inside the cafe taking tea.

“A terrorist suicide bomber blew up himself at Suweys cafeteria and killed six people, he was targeting the governor Ali Wardheere but he survived the attack,” local police officer Mohamud Adan told AFP by phone.

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Uhuru contributes Ksh. 1 Million towards rugby icon Ayimba’s medical expenses

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IN SUMMARY:
– President Uhuru Kenyatta has pledged Ksh. 1 million towards rugby legend Benjamin Ayimba’s medical expenses
– Senator Sakaja disclosed Uhuru’s contribution in a message posted on his Twitter account
– Kenya Rugby union had disclosed that Ayimba was critically ill
– Ayimba is a former Kenya Sevens and 15s captain, who was first appointed Shujaa Head coach in 2006

President Uhuru Kenyatta through Nairobi senator Johnson Sakaja has contributed a sum of Ksh. 1 million towards the medical expenses of ailing rugby legend, Benjamin Ayimba.

On a Tweet posted on his Twitter handle, Senator Sakaja disclosed that the head of state had promised Ksh. 1 million that will go into Ayimba’s medical expenses.

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“Let’s keep at it #TurnUpforBenja. Thank you H.E Uhuru for the KES 1m. Kindly @RailaOdinga @WilliamsRuto @MusaliaMudavadi join in,” said Sakaja in the Tweet.

Kenya Rugby union had disclosed that Ayimba was critically ill and that his condition had drastically deteriorated. The union called on Kenyans to make their contributions via the Paybill number 8021673 with the name BENJAMIN OTIENO AYIMBA MEDICAL towards the rugby icon’s medical bills.

Ayimba is a former Kenya Sevens and 15s captain, who was first appointed Shujaa Head coach in 2006. He went on to guide Kenya to her first ever World Series Cup Final in Adelaide, Australia losing 26-7 to South Africa.

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In 2011, he left the job under controversial circumstances after he openly opposed the fielding of Kenya’s main players at the Safaricom Sevens.

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Kirinyaga: Middle-aged man found dead inside a lodging in Ndia

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IN SUMMARY:
– The middle-aged man was found dead inside a lodging in Ndia area, Kirinyaga
– Police are in pursuit of an unidentified woman who was in the company of the deceased
– His body was moved to Kutus Funeral home, Kutus

Police in Kirinyaga are investigating the death of a middle-aged man who was found dead inside a lodging in Ndia area.

According to the lodging caretaker, the man  booked a room at around 1pm in the company of unidentified woman who latter went missing.

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The incident was confirmed by agio town’s Nyumba Kumi Chairman, Daniel Kangangi who is also a brother to the caretaker.

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The caretaker is my brother. When he called me I informed officers based at Kagio Police station,”  said Kangangi.

Police are now in pursuit of the unidentified woman asking people in the hotel business to ensure that they take details of their customers.

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The body has been moved to the Kutus Funeral home Kutus pending further investigations.

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