KENYA: NINE GOVERNORS AND THEIR DEPUTIES TAKE OATH OF OFFICE

NAIROBI, Nine Governors took oath of office Friday following their victories in the just concluded Kenyan general election.

Those sworn-in at the county headquarters include Martin Wambora of Embu, Mwangi Wa Iria of Murang’a, Kajiado’s Joseph ole Lenku, Paul Chepkwony of Kericho, Onesmus Njuki of Tharaka Nithi County, Kiraitu Murungi of Meru County, Cyprian Awiti of Homa Bay County, Fahim Twaha of Lamu County, and John Nyagarama of Nyamira County.

Those scheduled to take oath of office on Saturday include Council of Governors Chairperson Josphat Nanok of Turkana County and Kiambu Governor-elect Ferdinand Ndung’u Waititu.

Nairobi’s Mike Sonko and Granton Samboja of Taita Taveta will be sworn in on Monday followed by Hassan Joho of Mombasa, Jackson Mandago of Uasin Gishu and Kitui’s Charity Ngilu on Tuesday.

Alfred Mutua of Machakos and Mandera’s Ali Roba were the first to take oath of office on Thursday.

Meanwhile, Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko says his office is currently prosecuting 70 poll related cases involving 85 individuals.

In a statement Friday, Tobiko said among those to be prosecuted are 24 Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) officials.

Kenyans went to the polls on Aug 8 to pick a new President.

Another 59 individuals Tobiko is prosecuting are non-IEBC officials while two are politicians.

The poll-related offences range from bribery, failure to perform official duty, illegal possession of ballot papers, impersonation, and murder.

Tobiko said 17 of the cases involve bribery allegations, 19 are failure to perform official duty and only one is a murder case. Some 20 other individuals are facing charges classified as others in the report, without further details.

Elsewhere, Independent Police Oversight Authority (IPOA) is investigating at least 28 deaths following last week’s protests that broke out after announcement of the presidential results.

IPOA officials say investigators have already attended the autopsies of a young girl and a baby allegedly killed by the police.

IPOA Chair Macharia Njeru said the authority is fast-tracking investigations of all deaths and injuries attributed to the police following the elections

Investigation teams have already started work, Njeru said. All the post mortems that are being carried out on anybody who may have died we are attending.

Njeru declined to give a total, saying they were still gathering details.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK