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Murder, murder, murder and more murder of women has dominated the headlines in recent weeks.

With the string of horrifying and senseless killings, concern has peaked in the country on the safety of women who seem to be the main casualties.

Between January 1, 2019 and April 13, 2019 only, 40 women have been murdered, this is according to data from Counting Dead Women Kenya.

Nairobi county leads in this body count of murdered women, followed by Kiambu and Nakuru county.

A majority of the 40 women and girls were killed by their intimate partners or members of their own family.

In the latest incident, which occurred on Monday in Nyeri County, a 24-year-old woman was stabbed and killed by an estranged lover.

MURDERS

According to the Economic Survey 2018, there has been a steady rise in the number of murders over the last three years.

Homicides have steadily increased by five percent from 2,648 in 2015 to 2,774, after dropping by a quarter in 2014.

The number of people reported for committing homicide increased by six percent to 2,240 people in 2017 from 2,112 in 2016.

According to Global Homicide Report, women are far more likely to die at the hands of someone they know.

Women who have experienced serious abuse face overwhelming mental and emotional distress.

Nothing justifies the killing of another person, but these recent killing have brought to the fore the debate on mental health, unemployment and drug abuse. These are among the major causes of the killings.

MENTAL HEALTH

According to the Kenya Mental Health Policy (2015-2030), about 40 percent of in-patients in the country’s health facilities suffer from mental disorders.

The World Health Organization estimates that globally 540 million people suffer from mental disorders, with three-quarters of them living in middle and low-income countries.

Some of the more common mental disorders in the country listed by the Kenya Mental Health Policy (2015-2030) include bipolar disorder, dementia, and schizophrenia, which globally affect about 60 million people.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), half of all mental illness begins by the age of 14, but most cases go undetected and untreated.

With about two million cases of depression annually, Kenya ranks second in East Africa after Tanzania (2.1 million cases), according to WHO data.

There are also concerns that the number could be higher since there are people who are depressed yet do not seek treatment.

At this rate, mental health should be declared a national disaster because people are suffering in silence mostly because of how our society looks at mental illness.



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Firm sues county for Sh3.5b project delay : The Standard

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An international data company has sued the county government seeking Sh800 million damages for delaying to approve construction of its data centre.

Kooba Kenya Limited Chief Officer Richard Bell told High Court Judge Eric Ogola their effort to start construction of Sh3.5 billion data centre was frustrated by the county government after it refused to approve it.
Mr Bell said the company lost Sh847 million due to the delay between November 2016 and August 2017.
“We had procured financing, including shareholder equity of approximately Sh224 million, as well as a construction debt guarantee facility of Sh850 million committed by Messrs Guarant Co, but the respondent frustrated the entire process,” said Bell.

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Bell said investors had so far invested Sh284 million in the project and if no award of damages was made, the project investors stood to lose their sunk costs on the investment.

Bureaucratic hurdles

The company CEO said the delay due to bureaucratic hurdles placed by the county government had severe consequences on their proposed project that was to start operations in August 2017.
He said on April 13, 2017, the court held that the county government had violated the company’s rights and directed the devolved unit to stamp and return the company’s building plans and to issue a certificate of approval.
Bella said despite the orders, the county delayed the entire process, occasioning the petitioner’s loss.
He said the firm had lined up various investors and identified several customers and also negotiated a contract for the project works, but frustration made the investors to withdraw from the project.

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Kooba’s advocate Walter Amoko said the county government only provided them with building plans and certificate of approval on July 18, 2017, a month to the period in which the data centre should have been operational.
Mr Amoko said the company had sought to establish a colocation centre in the county, with a view to constructing multiple facilities in the East Africa Region.
However, the county government, through its lawyer Tajbhai Murtaza, termed the request for damages vexatious, frivolous, misconceived and outright abuse of court process and ought to be struck out with costs.
The case will be heard on May 13, after both sides file submissions.

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A 4-3 majority decision affirming the validity of 2017 constitutional amendments was widely expected in the East African country where critics say judicial independence has been eroded under President Museveni’s 33-year rule.

Parliament, which is controlled by the ruling party, voted overwhelmingly in December 2017 to scrap an age limit of 75 years for presidential candidates.

The original legislation would have effectively barred 74-year-old Museveni from standing in the next elections due in 2021. Opponents of Museveni, including lawmakers and individual opposition activists, mounted a legal challenge to the amendment first in the constitutional court which rejected their petition.

That rejection triggered their appeal to the supreme court.”The decision of the constitutional court is upheld. This appeal therefore fails,” ruled Bart Katurebe, the country’s chief justice and a member of the panel. The process to amend the constitution was marred by widespread violence including police dispersing rallies by MPs consulting their constituents on the amendments and beatings and detentions of opposition activists

Some opposition MPs were also at one time forcefully removed from the House’s debating chamber by members of military. The petitioners had cited these incidents and other irregularities as sufficient grounds for nullification of the amendment.

Eldad Mwangusya, of the three justices who ruled in favor of the petition said widespread violence and security personnel interference in MPs’ public consultations made the removal of the age limit unconstitutional.”Members of parliament… were assaulted, thrown onto public vehicles, detained and released without charge all of which amount to inhuman treatment which is in contravention of the constitution,” he said.

In power since 1986, Museveni has been accused by critics of using security forces to stifle opposition through intimidation. Political activists routinely allege arbitrary arrests and beatings.

In February the executive committee of the ruling National Resistance Movement endorsed Museveni as its candidate in the next presidential election due in 2021, potentially extending his rule to 40 years.

One of his opponents in the next polls will likely be singer and lawmaker Bobi Wine – real name is Robert Kyagulanyi – who has rattled officials with his fast-growing support base.Kyagulanyi’s following has ballooned since he joined parliament nearly two years ago, drawn by his criticism of Museveni’s long rule and government excesses through his lyrics.




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Egg on the face for Wangusi as State House, Ministry disown SIM-card switch-off threat

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Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) Director General Francis Wangusi has been forced to eat his words about an alleged plan by the government to switch off SIM-cards of mobile subscribers who will not have registered for the Huduma Namba before the set deadline of May 18.

In a rather common fashion and frantic attempt to calm down a countrywide storm sparked by his words, Wangusi now claims he was misquoted by the media when he stated: “We are waiting for the 45 days to end. We will say, unless you have a Huduma Namba, you don’t have a SIM-card.

So prepare yourself. And when we say it that way, it could be a polite order but it’s an order that is enforceable.”

Interestingly, according to Wangusi, those words did not suggest any plans to switch off SIM-cards but only “emphasized the importance of the Huduma Namba”

“We wish to clarify that the Director General has been quoted out of context. For the record Mr. Wangusi emphasized the importance of the Huduma Namba as a single source of the truth for the identity of citizens,” said Wangusi.

He issued the statement after State House and the Ministry of Information, Communication and Technology disowned the alleged plan to switch off SIM-cards.

Wangusi, however, added that “Huduma Namba may be considered for use in the registration of SIM-cards.”

“After adequate consultations with the relevant stakeholders and changes in the law, the Huduma Namba may be considered for use in the registration of SIM-cards,” said Wangusi.

“The Authority, therefore, wishes to assure Kenyans that there are no plans in place to switch off SIM cards for subscribers who will have not registered for Huduma Namba by the set deadline of May 18.”

The ICT Ministry, in its statement, reiterated that the Huduma Namba registration is a voluntary exercise in compliance with the recent High Court ruling.

“There is absolutely no directive from the Government to institute any punitive measures against those who don’t register,” reads part of the statement issued by ICT PS Jerome Ochieng.

Earlier, State House Chief Nzioka Waita also emphasized that registration for Huduma Namba is a purely voluntary process and that nobody will be forced to participate in it.

“There is no directive from the Government to institute any punitive measures against those who don’t register. More emphasis will be laid on civic education!” Waita wrote on Twitter.

The roll out of the National Integrated Identity Management System (NIIMS), also known as Huduma Namba, had been challenged in court but the government was allowed to continue with the registration on condition that it should not be mandatory.

A three-judge bench – comprising Justices Weldon Korir, Pauline Nyamweya and Mumbi Ngugi – on April 1, 2019, also barred the government from collecting DNA data and GPS coordinates as well as sharing the NIIMS information with any foreign organization.

 




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