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Man pleads for justice over continued detainment of his damaged vehicle in police hands

He has now called on the agencies concerned to ensure the file is taken to court so that the matter can be concluded and justice served.

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Johnson Kamau stares at some of the letters he has written as he seeks justice.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

A middle aged man in Nakuru County is crying for justice in an inquiry case he filed against police officers from Bondeni Police station.

Johnson Kamau’s letter requesting for the release of his vehicle.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

Johnson Kamau says this is in relation to an incident that happened on December 17, 2017.

In a letter to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecution dated January 28 2020,Mr.Kamau states that officers from Bondeni Police station visited him at his home claiming that they needed some cash since there was some charcoal in his vehicle.

He however refused to comply to the officers’ demands and instead called 999 for help and the officer who received the call demanded to talk to one of the officers on the ground but they refused to talk to the 999.

The officers then towed the vehicle to the Police station.

Kamau in the letter to the ODPP also adds that the matter saw him held in custody on December 19,2019 at the Bondeni Police station.

It is while in custody that he learnt several similar cases where another man was also brought that he was found with a lorry full of charcoal and instead of being taken to court the officers at Bondeni Police station demanded a cash bail of Ksh 10,000.

Kamau is however surprised that he was released but without his vehicle and after a few days he was told to go collect the vehicle but he was not refunded the money he had paid.

He adds that then OCS Bondeni instructed that the charcoal be sold and a breakdown fee of Ksh 15,000 be submitted to the station of which he only managed Ksh 8,000.

It is at this point that he decided to reach out to the Nakuru East Sub county Police Commander through the Deputy following the damages on his vehicle and the expenses he had incurred.

His journey to seek justice has seen him receive threats from some of the people he terms as brokers and extortionist who might be working with police officers at Bondeni Police to extort money from people.

“As I was waiting for the Deputy Nakuru East Sub county Police Commander to write my report, I received a phone call from one Aguerro threatening me that I had stepped on a live wire. I walked out of the station and on 30th December 2019 I went back and reported the matter and at the same date I went to tom Bondeni Police station and reported the threat I had received from Aguero of OB NO.35 OF 30/12/2019 Bondeni” Kamau states in the letter to the ODPP.

He further states that on the course of investigation, he was told the vehicle must be taken to inspection to give room for investigation.

However, he wonders why after inspection he was never handed the vehicle.

The office of the Ombudsman through a letter dated February 25, 2020 to the Nakuru East Sub county Police Commander has also weighed in on the matter reiterating the complainant’s request to have his vehicle.

Response letter from Sub county Police Commander.PHOTO/Pristone Mambili.

But in a response letter dated February 27, 2020 the Nakuru East Sub county Police Commander through Deputy Phanton Analo stated that, “the motor vehicle Registration Number KAU779D remains under this command as an exhibit in the ongoing inquiry until deliberation by ODPP.”

Speaking to this writer on Tuesday Morning in Nakuru Town, the complainant Johnson Kamau said he is sensing delay tactics by police officers in handling the inquiry file 1/2020 that was opened on March 17, 2020.

He says it has been a game of up and down as he tries to follow up with the matter from the CICO as well as police and ODPP.

He has now called on the agencies concerned to ensure the file is taken to court so that the matter can be concluded and justice served.

“Why should I suffer when seeking for my justice or is it because my case is touching on police officers?” he stated.

 

 

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New dawn for Kivumbini Ward Politics as Luo community endorses independent candidate Neto Sakwa Alukutsa

Speaking at Christian Brotherhood Church in Manyani, Kivumbini Ward on Sunday, Sakwa vowed to ensure leadership of inconclusiveness once he makes it in the August Polls.

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Kivumbini Ward Independent Candidate Neto Sakwa Alukutsa(Centre) flanked by former competitors Marcel Mulah and Alphonce Owino.

It is a new dawn in Kivumbini Ward Politics in Nakuru Town East constituency following the endorsement of Independent candidature of Neto Sakwa Alukutsa by Luo community.

In a ceremony which brought together family, clergy, elders and friends from both Mulembe Nation and JokaNyanam Community in Kivumbini Ward, the two communities saw a Memorandum of Understanding reached.

Under the MoU, Sakwa committed to protect the interest of all tribes and social classes who reside within the ward.

Speaking at Christian Brotherhood Church in Manyani, Kivumbini Ward on Sunday, Sakwa vowed to ensure leadership of inconclusiveness once he makes it in the August Polls.

“We have suffered a lot but this time round with proper team work we can deliver the seat and end this issue where the people of Kivumbini have been denied that democracy to participate in party primaries by those who have resources. Under my leadership, I will ensure that fair distribution of resources, bursary and development projects through needs-based consultations and all inclusive priorities via public participation platforms” said Sakwa.

It will be noted that Kivumbini is a strong ODM zone in Nakuru with majority of those who have led the Ward before having been elected on ODM ticket.

However, as things stand now there is a clear paradigm shift in the politics of the cosmopolitan Ward.

This has been occasioned by the fact that the people have on many occassions denied the chance to participate in a free and fair nominations.

In 2017 for instance, the nomination exercise by the ODM party did not sail through smoothly leading to unclear fate where newcomer in politics Wilbur Onyango was handed the certificate.Came 2022 and the ODM primaries that were to take place on 1st April did not take place with the National Elections Board led by Catherine Muma citing insecurity issues.

It later emerged that the ODM party had issued two certificates to incumbent Wilbur Onyango and one Hussein. It is however not clear whose name among the two was forwarded to the IEBC.

But with the new development where Sakwa-an independent candidate was endorsed by Luo community for his continued support to the people at all times, is a clear indicator that there is a change in politics of Kivumbini.

The endorsement was witnessed by among others Elder Stanley Kinuthia on behalf of Manyani Landlords and Bishop Geoffrey Buliba of the Christian Brotherhood Church (CBC Upendo) on behalf of Kivumbini clergy.

Present at the function were his former ODM competitors Marcel Mulah and Alphonce Owino.

It will be recalled that former Jubilee aspirant for the seat James Kihoria Nandwa has also in the recent days declared that he will be supporting Sakwa.

The Kivumbini Ward seat has so far attracted the incumbent Wilbur Onyango(ODM), Neto Sakwa(Independent), Rukia Wanjiru(UDA) and Robert Moita of Jubilee Party among others.

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Boost for Neto Sakwa’s MCA bid as former Jubilee aspirant vows total support

Speaking to this writer, Sakwa commended Kihoria for sacrificing his ambition to support him.
He vowed to ensure leadership of inclusivity where citizens are key in decision-making.

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Kivumbini Ward MCA independent candidate Neto Sakwa Alukutsa.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Kivumbini Ward MCA independent candidate Neto Sakwa Alukutsa has received a major boost after former Jubilee aspirant for the seat James Kihoria Nandwa vowed to back him.

Kihoria who was denied Jubilee party ticket in favour of Robert Moita took to social media on Thursday with message, “After great soul searching n self analysis…l wish to state without fear of contradiction…without any push and pull…I will support Hon.Sakwa on his independent candidature because of many reasons n leadership qualities”.

According to Kihoria, Sakwa who was denied ODM ticket despite being popular, has stood with the people
He was n is still with the people when during tribulations of Corona, during demise in terms of contributions n availability and that Sakwa has great knowledge on matters social audit n public participation in budgetary matters of county.

While calling on Kivumbini residents to rally their support for Sakwa whom he termed as a mature and a great peace ambassador as seen thorough his responses on social media.

“When people would fight in social media he always has the ambiance to bring back peace.He is a great resident ranging from the days when he lived with his uncle Bishop Buliba in Kaloleni A in the 90s.”

Kihoria urged his supporters to rally behind Sakwa for a better Kivumbini Ward after August polls.

Sakwa will be battling it out in the August 9 polls with among others the incumbent Wilbur Onyango of ODM and Rukia Wanjiru of UDA.

Speaking to this writer, Sakwa commended Kihoria for sacrificing his ambition to support him.

He vowed to ensure leadership of inclusivity where citizens are key in decision-making.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Flamingo Ward MCA urges electorates to make good use of voter verification exercise

This, he says will ensure no more conflicts come voting day on August 9.

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Flamingo Ward MCA Eddy Kiragu.PHOTO/Courtesy.

Flamingo Ward MCA Eddy Kiragu has urged residents to make good use of the voter verification exercise.

In a message to his electorates, Kiragu noted that the exercise is key in ensuring every voter’s particulars are right.

This, he says will ensure no more conflicts come voting day on August 9.

“Let’s confirm our voting status.This is a paramount exercise towards August polls” said Kiragu.

The youthful MCA was elected in 2017 on Jubilee party ticket.

However, he will be defending his seat on UDA ticket.

Kiragu believes in transformational leadership aimed at improving lives of the electorates.

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