Former Internal Security Minister the late John Njoroge Michuki.
A dispute between the daughter of former Internal Security minister John Michuki and a law firm over Sh184 million legal fee has taken a new twist after a judge suspended the magistrate court from proceeding with the matter.
Justice Lydia Achode ordered the magistrate court to temporarily stop dealing with the application filed by the law firm, Agimba and Associates Advocates, pending determination of an appeal lodged by Michuki’s daughter, Yvonne Wanja Michuki.
At stake in the dispute is a claim by the law firm for payment of Sh184 million for legal services rendered to Ms Michuki in a property inheritance case involving estates of her parents (Mr John Michuki and Josephine Watiri).
The estates, comprising various assets such as the once vibrant Windsor Golf Hotel, are said to be worth Sh30 billion.
Ms Michuki moved to the High Court early this year after the magistrate court’s taxing officer dismissed her objection against the legal bill of costs filed by the advocates.
According to her lawyer Wanja Wambugu, the basis of the objection was that the advocates should not have filed the bill since there was an agreement between them and Ms Michuki on legal fees before they rendered the services.
While urging Justice Achode to suspend the proceedings at the lower court, Ms Wambugu stated that the magistrate erred in throwing out the objection because the contract between the advocate and the client was binding. “In the absence of the stay order, the appeal will be nugatory and the appellant will be prejudiced. The stay order is to allow the appellant a chance to argue her appeal against the ruling. It is a straightforward matter,” she added. The proceedings at the lower court were set to resume on May 16.
Agimba advocates did not respond to Ms Michuki’s request for stay. Ms Michuki appointed the law firm in 2018 to challenge the appointment of her siblings Ann Mutahi and Fred Chege as administrators of the estates of their parents.
A year later, she fell out with the advocates and switched representation to W G Wambugu & Company Advocates – her current lawyer.
Mr Michuki died on February 12, 2012 after a heart attack. His wife died on August 22, the same year.
For six years, the Michuki family seemed to have resolved their differences on inheritance silently as not many knew that trouble was bubbling, until Yvonne moved to court, seeking division of the Sh30 billion estate equally among all siblings.
In 2018, she challenged the appointment of her two siblings as administrators of the Michuki estate and made allegations of mismanagement and embezzlement in the operations of the Windsor Golf Hotel and Country Club.
She also demanded valuation of the multi-billion estate and her rightful share. She claimed to have been “excluded from discussions with other beneficiaries with regards to the estate.”
When he wrote his will in 1973, Mr Michuki had named his wife Josephine, together with then East African Breweries executive Kenneth Matiba, as the executors of the estate. – nation.africa.
Military vehicles spotted at the port of Mombasa on April 11, 2019.
Kenya required more money to buy less military equipment such as guns and tanks last year due to the weakening of the shilling against the US dollar.
Data from the Sweden-based Stockholm International Peace Research Institute (SIPRI), an independent global security think tank, shows the government spent an extra Sh2.4 billion to buy less equipment for the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF).
The think-tank says the country used Sh121.1 billion to acquire equipment worth $1.113 billion last year when the shilling lost three percent against the dollar.
In contrast, it bought more arms worth $1.115 billion using Sh118.7 billion in 2020, reflecting the impact of the weaker shilling on the cost of imported goods.
The shilling averaged Sh109.6 against the dollar last year compared to Sh106.4 a year earlier and now trades at Sh115.74 on increased demand for the greenback from importers following the full reopening of the economy, which has unleashed pent-up demand for both consumer and capital goods.
The currency woes add a new layer of factors that are curtailing Kenya’s military spending, which has dropped over the decade even as neighbouring Uganda stepped up equipment purchase by 203 percent in a regional arms race.
“Between 2012 and 2021, military expenditure rose by 203 percent in Uganda but remained relatively stable in Kenya, down by 4.5 percent,” SIPRI said of trends in global military expenditure in 2021.
The dollar has been gaining against other currencies globally amid the Russia- Ukraine crisis as investors view the currency as a safe haven, indicating the pressure on the shilling.
The heightened demand for dollars has triggered shortages. This has forced industrialists to start seeking dollars in advance as the shortages put a strain on supplier relations and the ability to negotiate favourable prices in spot markets.
The shilling has weakened from Sh109.2 in January against the dollar to an average of Sh115.85 units on Thursday.
Reduced spending on military equipment looks set to ease Kenya’s grip in the region as Uganda catches up in arms purchases.
Kenya leads in regional military spending at $1.1 billion, followed by Uganda ($1.06 billion), Tanzania ($742 million), Rwanda $164 million and Burundi ($68 million).
Ethiopia is the only other country that cut its dollar spending on arms to $487.8 million last year from $504.07 in 2020 despite waging a civil war against Tigray forces for two years.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration has increased spending on the military since he came to power in 2013 save for the past two years.
Military spending often diverts money from urgent social needs in developing countries such as Kenya, which have high budget deficits.
Uganda has tripled military spending over the last five years to bridge the gap with Kenya. It spent $346.7 million in 2017 when Kenya splashed $1.015 on arms.
Widespread conflict and terrorism threat in East Africa has fueled an arms race in the region to combat the threat while launching interventionist wars across borders to insulate the stable countries.
In 2021 Kenya, Uganda and Angola were, respectively, the third, fourth and fifth largest military spenders in sub-Saharan Africa.
Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda have employed aggressive foreign policy within the region through interventionist manoeuvres in their backyards and multilateral peace missions while building their military capacity.
Kenya sent troops to Somalia a decade ago to fight the Al-Shabab militant group before joining the African Union (AU) mission in Somalia (AMISOM) backing the Mogadishu government against the insurgents.
Kenya is also involved in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) through the United Nations Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Monusco) fighting the Isis Central African Republic terror group in the eastern part of the country.
The operation also involves armies from Tanzania, South Africa and Nepal.
President Kenyatta ordered the KDF to send its Quick Reaction Force (QRF) to the DRC last year to help stabilise the region.
Uganda and the DRC are currently undertaking a joint military operation in eastern DRC against Islamic States-affiliated group, Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
Rwanda has also been an active player sending troops into Mozambique’s troubled Cabo Delgado Province at the end of July 2021 to combat an Al-Shabaab offshoot, the Islamic State-Mozambique.
They are fighting along the Southern African Development Community Mission in Mozambique (SAMIM) whose troops-contributing countries include South Africa, Botswana, Tanzania, Angola, Lesotho, Namibia, Malawi, DR Congo and Zimbabwe.
Rwanda also operates in the Central African Republic through a battalion operating independently and as part of the United Nations peacekeeping force, the Multidimensional Integrated Stabilisation Mission in the Central African Republic (Minusca) with 21 contributing countries.
SIPRI is an independent international institute dedicated to research into conflict, armament, arms control, and disarmament. – businessdailyafrica.com
Scrap metal collectors at a yard in Kibera.
Applicants for scrap metal dealership permits are expected to know their fate today even as the State set steep fines for illegal traders ahead of tomorrow when a ban on the trade is lifted.
A multi-agency team appointed by the State yesterday concluded vetting of 260 dealers who had registered with the Trade and Industrialiation ministry, which yesterday also said traders who held licenses before the January ban on scrap metal trade was imposed would be vetted afresh.
“Any person or person who undertakes scrap metal trade without a licence commits an offence and is liable on count,” Trade, Industrialisation and Enterprise Development Cabinet Secretary, Betty Maina said in a notice when she released a roadmap for lifting the scrap metal export ban imposed by President Uhuru Kenyatta.
A breach of the permit requirement comes with hefty fines. For the first offence, one is liable to pay a fine not exceeding Sh10 million or imprisonment not exceeding three years or both. For a second offence to a fine not exceeding Sh20 million or imprisonment not exceeding five years or both.
To avoid abuse of the export process, Ms Maina said each consignment of scrap metal for export will be directly approved by the Principal Secretary in the Trade and Industrialisation ministry.
“As per Section 26 of the Scrap Metal Act each consignment for export shall be issued with a certificate from the Principal Secretary,” she said.
Kenya is currently grappling with a surge in vandalism including recent cases of destruction of sections of the Chinese-built standard gauge railway, power transmission lines, road rails, and bridges due to the booming scrap metal demand.
Vandalism was also partly blamed for the collapse of a tower on the Kiambere-Embakasi high voltage transmission line leading to a nationwide blackout in January this year.
The blackout prompted President Kenyatta to ban the scrap metal trade, which has in turn left dealers and companies that use recycled electronics and metal to manufacture products staring at a bleak future.
Ms Maina said dealers who shall have been licensed by tomorrow (May 1) will be allowed to resume trading.
Since the ban was placed four months ago, many businesses have complained that they have lost incomes, with some sectors such as construction and manufacturing claiming the situation has led to an increase in prices for raw materials, eventually raising the cost of business.
The Ministry says it has established a multi-agency team that will be monitoring the scrap metal trade moving forward. – nation.africa.
Denmark has become the first country to halt its Covid vaccination program, saying it is doing so because the virus is now under control.
“Spring has arrived, vaccine coverage in the Danish population is high, and the epidemic has reversed,” the Danish Health Authority said in a statement Wednesday.
“Therefore, the National Board of Health is now ending the broad vaccination efforts against Covid-19 for this season,” it said. People will not be invited for vaccines from May 15, it said, although everyone will be able to finish their course of vaccination.
Denmark’s Covid vaccination campaign began soon after Christmas in 2020. Some 4.8 million citizens have been vaccinated, the health authority said, with more than 3.6 million people receiving a booster shot.
At the same time, many people have been infected since the omicron variant became the dominant strain of the virus, it said, meaning immunity levels among the population are high.
“We are in a good place,” Bolette Soborg, unit manager at the National Board of Health, commented.
“We have good control of the epidemic, which seems to be subsiding. Admission rates [to hospitals] are stable and we also expect them to fall soon. Therefore, we are rounding up the mass vaccination program against Covid-19.”
Soborg insisted that the public can still be vaccinated over the spring and summer if they want, and that vaccination sites will remain open around the country.
He added that immunization was still recommended to people for whom Covid poses a heightened risk, such as those over the age of 40 and for unvaccinated pregnant women. “We also continue to recommend that you complete your started vaccination course,” he said.
Vaccinations likely to resume
Denmark’s move to suspend its vaccination program comes as the Covid situation around the world remains mixed. Europe and the U.S. have abandoned most Covid restrictions, but China is still imposing (or considering) lockdowns as the virus spreads in major cities like Shanghai and Beijing.
Far from scrapping its vaccination program altogether, however, the Danish Health and Medicines Authority said there will probably be a need to vaccinate against Covid-19 again in the fall as the virus continues to mutate.
New variants have emerged over the course of the pandemic, which is now into its third year. These have eroded the efficacy of the Covid vaccines that were developed in record time in 2020, although the shots authorized for use in the West remain effective at preventing serious infection, hospitalization and death from Covid-19.
With the vaccination program likely to restart in a few months’ time, Denmark’s health experts will be looking at who should be vaccinated, when the shots should be given and which vaccines should be used.
The Danish Health and Medicines Authority said it would continue to follow the development of the epidemic closely, and is ready to restart vaccination efforts again if there is a need to immunize additional target groups before the fall. – ncbc.com
The Hilton Hotel in Naironbi’s Central Business District (CBD). The iconic hotel will close its doors indefinitely in December.
Nairobi’s iconic Hilton Hotel will close its doors indefinitely in December and lay off an unspecified number of workers, underlining the troubles of hotels in the wake of Covid-19 travel slump.
The hotel, which is owned 40.57 percent by the government, has pointed to other factors beyond Covid-19 for the planned closure after more than 50 years of operation from its location at the heart of the central business district.
“Following extensive discussions with the hotel ownership, Hilton Nairobi will close its doors for the last time on 31st December 2022 and cease operations,” a Hilton spokesperson told the Business Daily in an interview. – nation.africa.
Baby Logan Mwangi (left) and his father Ben Mwangi (right). Inset, Baby Logan’s mother Angharad Williamson with her current husband, John Cole. Two years ago Baby Logan Mwangi was murdered by his mother and stepfather, a British court found.
A Kenyan boy whose body was found floating on a river in Bridgend, United Kingdom, two years ago was murdered by his mother and stepfather, a British court has ruled.
The court found that the body of Baby Logan Mwangi, whose Kenyan father Benjamin Mwangi works as a bookmaker in the UK, had horrific injuries when it was retrieved from the Ogmore River in Bridgend, England, at the end of July 2020.
The body had 56 external cuts and bruises as well as internal injuries that prosecutors likened to the case of someone who had suffered a high-speed road accident.
The minor had reportedly been brutalised and tortured for months by people who were supposed to take care of him.
“When his body was examined, it was bruised, grazed and scratched from head to toe. He suffered damage to his brain, liver and stomach. His death would have been slow and painful,” reported the The Guardian.
Logan’s mother Angharad Williamson, her current husband John Cole – a man described by British media as harbouring a deep hatred of the boy due to his African roots – and a 14-year-old boy who lived with them have all been found guilty of murdering the young boy.
“Cole hated Logan’s similarity in looks to his biological father, who is of Kenyan heritage. Racism may have played a part in his attitude towards Logan,” heard the court in Wessex, England.
Logan’s father, Mwangi, met Ms Williamson through mutual friends in 2010 when she was working as a warehouse manager in Essex, South East England. They began a relationship in 2014 and had Logan on March 15, 2016.
“I was present when Logan was born and it was the happiest time of my life. I stayed with Claire (Ms Williamson’s mother) for a few weeks but I would clash quite a lot with Claire and did not think it was good for anyone, especially Logan, so I moved back to Brentwood,” Mr Mwangi told the court.
“During that period I was in regular contact with Angharad, who would call me and send me pictures of Logan. He was the cutest little boy…We were back and forth visiting each other,” recalled Mr Mwangi.
Things turned for the worst after Ms Williamson met Cole,” he added.
Mr Cole, 40, who three women who had relationships with him before described to the court as an ‘overly controlling, domineering, violent and uneasy person, had a criminal record for burglary, assault, resisting arrest, possession of bhang and preventing the course of justice.
“He held long-standing racist beliefs which could have been relevant to his motives in the attacks on Logan, and he even stopped him from seeing his real father and grandmother,” heard the court.
Shortly after starting a relationship with Cole, Ms Williamson called Mr Mwangi and informed him that she would not be able to continue speaking with him as her new partner “did not think it was normal” for them to still speak to each other.
Mr Mwangi would henceforth only speak to Logan via video call on weekends when the boy was staying with his grandmother Claire in 2019. It was the last time Mr Mwangi ever saw Logan alive.
The court heard that Logan’s suffering started sometime in 2019 when his mother and stepfather decided to lock him up in a dark bedroom, denying him the food they ate and forcing him to eat only cereals and water for supper.
British media have criticised the UK government’s Social Services department for failing to rescue Logan even after it became apparent that the five-year-old was being brutalised by his family. It was heard that the boy had on several occasions come to school with unexplained injuries. – nation.africa.
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A Kenyan cyclist, 50, dies in hospital days after being hit by a North London bus
A cyclist has died in hospital five days after being hit by a bus in a midnight crash over Bank Holiday weekend. Emergency services rushed to the scene in Seven Sisters Road, N4, shortly before 12.30am on last Saturday (April 16).
Paramedics found a cyclist – who has now been name as 50-year-old Abrajah Rafiq – seriously injured on the busy main road, which runs along the border between the London Boroughs of Hackney, Haringey and Islington. Enquiries established that the man had been hit by a 476 bus, which was out of service and so was not carrying any passengers at the time.
He was rushed to hospital by paramedics, where he remained in critical condition over the past week. The Metropolitan Police confirmed today (Thursday, April 21) that he has died as a result of his injuries.
A spokesperson for the force told MyLondon : “Officers were called by London Ambulance Service to Seven Sisters Road, N4, on Saturday, April 16, shortly before 12.30am to reports of a collision involving a bus and a cyclist. Officers attended, and a 50-year-old male cyclist was found seriously injured. He was treated at the scene by paramedics before being taken to hospital, where he died in hospital on Thursday, April 21 as result of his injuries.
“He has been named as Abrajah Rafiq, from Stamford Hill (N16). His family has been informed. The investigation is being led by detectives at the Met’s serious collision investigation unit. Anyone with information is being asked to call 0208 246 9820.”
The driver of the bus, which is operated by Go Ahead London, did not sustain any injuries. The 476 route runs between Northumberland Park and King’s Cross Station via Seven Sisters, Stoke Newington and Angel.
A London Ambulance Service spokesperson confirmed: “We were called at 12.28am on Saturday April 16 to reports of a road traffic collision on Seven Sisters Road, Finsbury Park. We sent an incident response officer, an ambulance crew, a paramedic in a car, and London’s Air Ambulance by road.
“We treated a man at the scene, and took him to a major trauma centre. No arrests have been made in connection with the tragic incident.” Go Ahead London has been contacted for comment. – mylondon news