Suspects in Kenya university attack appear in court.

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Five suspects arrested in connection with a terror attack at a Kenyan university that killed 148 people appeared in court Tuesday, the Associated Press reports.

Police have accused the suspects of supplying guns to the four gunmen who carried out the attack at Garissa University College in northeastern Kenya on Thursday. The al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab militant group, based in neighboring Somalia, has taken responsibility.

The court granted police 30 more days to investigate the suspects — Mohammed Adan Surow, Osman Abdi Dakane, Mohammed Abdi Abikar, Hassan Aden Hassan and Sahal Diriye Hussien — before any charges can be brought.

The police also said they want more time to investigate a sixth suspect, Tanzanian national Rashid Charles Mberekesho, who is being held in Garissa.

The gunmen were killed after security forces stormed the university.

Around 250 students gathered in the Kenyan capital of Nairobi on Tuesday to honor those who died and to demand better security on campuses and around the country. They stopped at President Uhuru Kenyatta’s office building to present their demands.

Their demands include state compensation for the families of the victims, and a memorial for the dead.

Many of the students held flowers and lit candles.

Security services have faced criticism for a slow response to the attack. The country’s Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed on Monday told CNN that the response was “adequate.”

Nairobi Universiy engineering student Maureen Mucheri, 21, told the AFP news agency that she refuses to go to malls and churches because “the government is doing nothing.”

She added: “We are mourning the loss of our fellow comrades, we have lost the vibrant blood that would have built tomorrow’s Kenya.”

Walter Mutai, 22, a statistics student at Moi University in Eldoret, western Kenya, said: “We might be next. These people, they can target anywhere.”

Kenya launched airstrikes on two Islamic militant camps in Somalia on Monday in retaliation for the attack on the university. No casualty reports related to the airstrikes were immediately released.

Al-Shabab said the attack was a reprisal for Kenyan efforts to put down the Islamic insurgency in Somalia. The group’s leaders have warned of a “long, gruesome war” unless Kenya withdrew its troops from Somalia.

Contributing: John Bacon, Associated Press

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Zakayo Cheruiyot quizzed by EACC sleuths over his Lavington home.

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Kuresoi South MP Zakayo Cheruiyot a multi millioner at a past event. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP

Kuresoi South MP Zakayo Cheruiyot was on Tuesday grilled by anti-corruption sleuths over his Lavington home.

Detectives from the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) are investigating how the MP, who enjoyed powerful connections in previous regimes, acquired his home in Lavington.

The EACC officers visited the MP’s home on Thursday accompanied by armed police and demanded documentary evidence from the legislator showing ownership of the property.

The MP who visited the EACC offices on Tuesday morning said he suspected the matter was political and linked it to Anglo-leasing scandal.

“If this is an issue of corruption, it cannot be fought politically,” the MP said after emerging from the EACC offices.

The MP who served as an Internal Security Permanent Secretary in the Moi government said he was ready to avail himself for any further questioning should he be required to do so.

“If they want me again I will be available even in the next stage of investigations,” he told journalists who were camping at the Integrity Centre monitoring prominent people who had gone for questioning over corruption related issues.

He said he was not in the corruption ‘list of shame’ and that he had nothing to worry about.

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ORENGO: Kenya is a nation of submissive, powerless citizens.

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By Orengo Kenya

National insecurity in the Jubilee government has reached a point where it can now be officially declared national disaster with a rescue and contingency fund.

It would be improper to begin this discussion without expressing my deepest condolences to the 147 Kenyans left to defend themselves in the hands on Jihadists who are related and known to the high and mighty in the Jubilee Government.

My line of thinking in the last few days has taken me to my days at the mighty University of Nairobi, Looking at how those boys and girls were killed, its shows an emerging trend and as much as we want to blame the government, analyst need to look at the current crop of students in our public and private institutions of higher learning.

It would be important and informative to a study on their behaviours, attitudes towards life and what they consider important and fun in university life.

As an observer aptly captured it, “there is nothing more to campus life than sex, movies and occasional peeping into lecture halls to see if there could be a complex idea that calls for my physical presence”.

What motivates an ordinary student of any Kenyan University?

This line of fear I have been having is confirmed when I hear SONU elections focusing on killing and burying goonship , combative student elections and making student leadership be like election for the chair person for the parish choir or village welfare group.

How can the leadership of the oldest political party after KANU be electing flower girls and cry babies? How can we elect people who discuss Vera Sidika and expect students to be safe in our Universities?

How can people who don’t believe in fighting for anything be part of the leadership of an army of change warriors?

This lazy and ‘I don’t care’ attitude and easy going behaviour makes me think of and miss the titanic battle during the return of SONU in 1998 just before the 2002 elections and how students engaged on discourse of the methodologies and strategies of returning the mighty students union.

I was in 1st year and would attend Kamkunji to Listen to Otieno CD, Koome Mburugu, Daktari Murage, Opata Opata, Ngesa Ngesa, Fwamba Nc Fwamba, Irungu Kangata, Mbara Ka Mbara, Thomas Mbewa, Mutuse Muthusi and other big guns.

Our dream was to listen to Wafula Buke and Kabando Wa Kabando.

How vicious and tactical were the campaigns for example the battle for the SONU chairmanship between Ted Munovi and Adhiambo Adhimabo, the secretary General’s duel between CPA Makokha Wanjala and Ken Obura, now Kisumu Central MP.

The current generation of University students are trained all the way from primary school that what is important is to pass exams, stay away from trouble and not be associated with activism, violence and politics.

What would have been the case if there was Kosovo Garisa University Branch?

I walk past some of the students on my way to the Jomo Kenyatta Memorial Library and the dickheads are busy talking about Vera Sidika.

I don’t know some woman called Hudda and some Oyier woman who ate and could not pay her bill at Intercontinental excites University students.

The biggest social media searches for kenya today are these same vixens.

Going back to the sad story of Garissa University, Kossovo comes to my mind and I wonder how Owiro Karl Marx (RIP) would have reacted in case hall 9 or hall 13 was under attack.

I wonder how Awuor Ponge, Washington and Harambe Elias would react to the clarion call by the ladies in box or even hall 4.

What would Oulu GPO have done if Kimberly was attacked like this in Kikuyu Campus, Would Otieno CD, Sam Owuor (RIP) and Fred Ayim have lied down on their belly waiting for the bullets to kill them?

What has gone so wrong that University students can be told to sleep on their bellies, hands up and be shot by less than 10 gun men?

Who instilled the fear and culture of compliance in these students, what made University Students so scared that they would all lie down and wait for their death.

Where did the phrase “Better die on your feet than on your knees “disappear to among the university students? The government of Kenya needs to look at the option of making as much Kenyans as possible defiant, militarized and combative.

As a nation, we have to move away from creating a society of zombies who comply and follow orders, and build a society that can demand for better and reject incompetence, oppression and mediocrity.

We must demand for a society that have something that they wish to fight and die for, a society that has the confidence and courage to stand and be counted and not a conforming and obedient society.

Orengo Kenya is founder of ROC Associates Consulting

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14 suspected Al-Shabaab operatives held over Garissa College massacre.

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Families at Chiromo Mortuary on April 6, 2015 waiting to identify the bodies of their relatives killed in the attack on Garissa University College. PHOTO | EVANS HABIL

A Nairobi court has ordered the detention of 14 suspected Al-Shabaab operatives, including five men linked to the Garissa University College massacre in which 148 people were killed.

The five will spend a month in custody at an undisclosed police station in Nairobi while the rest will spend between five to 15 days at the Muthaiga and Kileleshwa police stations.

On Tuesday, prosecutor Daniel Karuri told the court that police were following strong leads linking Mr Mohammud Adan Surrow, the owner of a hotel in Garissa Town where the terrorists who attacked the university stayed, Mr Osman Abdi Dakane, a security guard at the ill-fated campus who was arrested while taking pictures of the dead and making frantic telephone calls, Mr Mohammed Abid Abikar, Mr Hassan Adan Hassan, and Mr Sahal Diriye Hassan, who allegedly delivered weapons to the attackers and were intercepted while crossing over to Somali after the bloodbath.

A sixth suspect in the Garissa massacre, Mr Rashid Charles Mberesero, alias Rehani Dida, a Tanzanian, was not in court, “ having travelled with detectives to Garissa to gather more evidence” after he confessed of being a member of Al-Shabaab.

TAKING PICTURES

“The suspects are believed to have been involved in the attack at Garissa University (College) on April 2 in which innocent students lost their lives… investigations so far have established that they had contact with the attackers,” the prosecutor told the court as he sought orders to detain the suspects longer.

He said members of the public requested the security guard at the university to help remove the dead “but instead he started shooting pictures and making phone calls”.

“Preliminary investigations on his call data have revealed that he has been in constant communication with several contacts in Somalia suspected to be Al-Shabaab operatives,” Mr Karuri told the court.

The prosecutor also said that investigations had established that some of the attackers went to Mr Adan’s hotel in Garissa Town.

Mr Karuri said there was information that the Tanzanian was headed to Somalia to join forces with the terrorists.

“In light of this revelation, it was necessary that investigators rush him to Garissa for further probing,” he said.

The suspect is expected in the Nairobi court on April 9 for a similar request to detain him further.

Documents presented in court stated that the rest of the nine suspects, among them a Yemeni and a Ugandan, were suspected of being on a surveillance mission for “soft targets”.

The Yemeni, Mr Ahmed Mohamed Ali, was arrested at the University of Nairobi’s Kabete campus hostels but he denied being a terrorist and told magistrate Benson Nzakyo that he had come to Kenya to study English.

NOTHING TO DO WITH IT

“I am sorry about what is happening to Kenya, but I must state that I have nothing to do with it,” he said.

The suspect is among those to spend the next 15 days in custody for profiling.

The Ugandan, Mr Andrew Katende, was arrested alongside Mr Antony Maina and Mr Samuel Njuguna at a mall in Mlolongo while in the company of a Spaniard, who has since been handed over to the respective authorities for further investigations.

Mr Mustafa Abdi Yusuf and Mr Abdi Elimi Rag,e who said they are Kenyans and “born-again” Christians but were still detained for “verification”, were arrested at the Nairobi Assemblies of God church.

The suspects claimed they were estranged from their families after they denounced Islam and became Christians, but the prosecution said they were suspected to have been on a surveillance mission for soft targets for terrorist attacks.

Among the suspects was Mr Hassan Munguti Muiya, who said he is a beggar, but the prosecution said he had been arrested while trying to “force his way into the NPC Valley Road church last Sunday wearing a Muslim head cap”. He will be detained for five days at the Muthaiga Police Station.

Two other suspects said to have been operating a “business front” for funding Al-Shabaab activities have also been remanded in police custody for 15 days.

Another suspect said to have been on a surveillance mission was arrested at the Pangani shopping centre and will be in custody for 15 days to help with investigations.

The magistrate said he had no choice but to detain the suspects as requested because of the widespread public outcry following the Garissa massacre despite their objections and their right to bail.

Via Daily Nation

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Jakaya Kikwete tells of presidency being stressful, thankless as end nears.

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President Kikwete is seen above right with President Uhuru Kenyata center and President Museveni far left.

Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete has described his job as “stressful and thankless”.

Two terms are enough, he said at the Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars in Washington DC on Friday.

The centre focuses on independent research, open dialogue and actionable ideas.

In a particularly candid moment, President Kikwete added: “After 10 years, you need to move on. It’s been 10 years since I came to this high profile office. I was very young, just 55. But what I can tell you about this job is that it is stressful and thankless.”

President Kikwete, whose second and final five-year term ends in October, reflected on his accomplishments, the key challenges and lessons learned during a decade at the helm.

The session was coordinated by Ms Monde Muyangwa, the director of the African Programme.

Ms Muyangwa asked President Kikwete if he could share his views on why African leaders tend to cling to power, but he avoided a direct comment, saying instead: “I should not speak on their behalf. You need to invite them and get their opinions.”

He also spoke of his plans for the future — and it would appear that he was keen on three things: Agriculture, reducing maternal mortality and fighting malaria.

President Kikwete added: “When I look back to 2005, when I assumed office, I have no regrets. The one who comes will take it from there. We have built a very strong foundation, especially Vision 2025.”

The major policy tenets that he considers the hallmark of his presidency include a united nation, peace and political stability, fast socio-economic growth and development, the fight against poverty and accelerated development.

He is also especially proud of his efforts to consolidate democracy and ensure good governance, the rule of law and human rights, undertaking an unrelenting fight against crime and developing good relations with other countries.

But, at the end of the day, he considers his greatest source of pride is to have to continue holding the country together despite the challenges.

President Kikwete said he had done so because he made it a point to move fast to head off whatever threats arose.

And should the people feel he would be useful in any other capacity, he would be happy to volunteer and take up offers as he values his health.

NEW CONSTITUTION

Meanwhile, Tanzania has postponed a referendum on a new constitution after delays in registering voters, the electoral body said. The delays could complicate presidential and parliamentary elections due to be held in October.

The new constitution would replace one passed in 1977 when the state was under one-party rule. The opposition says it was approved last year without a quorum by an assembly dominated by President Jakaya Kikwete’s Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) party, which has been in power since Tanzania’s independence from Britain in 1961.

The electoral commission said it has not received enough biometric voter registration kits to enable the vote on the constitution to take place as planned on April 30.

“The previously announced referendum … has been postponed until the National Electoral Commission announces a new date,” it said in a statement late on Thursday.

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Suspended Land CS Charity Ngilu to face anti-graft team.

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Land Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu. She is set to appear before the EACC officers at Integrity Centre over graft allegations levelled against her. FILE PHOTO |

Via Daily Nation.

Suspended Land Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu is Tuesday morning set to meet officers of the anti-graft agency at Integrity Centre in Nairobi over impropriety allegations levelled against her.

Mrs Ngilu, who was forced to step aside, is understood to have spent part of the Easter holiday preparing her defence.

Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission spokesman Yasin Amaro Monday said Chief Registrar of Lands Sarah Mwendwa would also appear before the officers Tuesday morning.

Nairobi County Chief Finance Officer Jimmy Kiamba is expected at the EACC offices on Thursday.

In a dossier handed over to Parliament by President Uhuru Kenyatta, Mrs Ngilu is accused of impropriety involving land belonging to Mr Evanson Waitiki in Likoni, Mombasa, a Sh8 billion piece of land in Karen and dealings involving a plot on State House Crescent.

At the same time, members of the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Kenya want to be part of a team investigating fraud cases against the 175 people named by the anti-graft watchdog.

The accountants wrote to the anti-graft agency last Thursday, expressing their wish to take part in the investigations.

They said the anti-corruption agency cannot adequately investigate financial fraud cases.

“The institute members are willing to offer their services to the EACC at short notice,” says the letter.

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