NEMA warns of fresh land slides

The National Environment Management Authority is warning people living near mountain Elgon to evacuate ahead of the rainy season. This follows reports of a looming landslide which could put lives of about 8,000 residents at risk. Speaking to kfm a senior natural resources management specialist Dr Festus Bagoora explained that the cracks developing are an indication of slow movement of the soil which could lead to a landslide when the rains start. He advises that the residents find settlement elsewhere and leave the area close to the cracks for plantation of trees. He says plantation of trees would help in the restoration of the ecological system in the area. Land slides that hit the area in March last year left …

EC rejects mayoral candidates’ demands

The Electoral says it will not disqualify any one from the Kampala Mayoral race over the malpractice in the aborted exercise. The elections were cancelled on 23 February over wide spread malpractice and violence. Ballot stuffing was reported at some polling stations and voting started as early as 5.00am at some centres. Four of the mayoral candidates petitioned the Commission asking that any candidates implicated in the said malpractice should be disqualified from the race. The four including, Francis Babu, Sandra Ngabo, Mike Mabikke and Emmanuel Tumussime also threatened to quit the race if no action is taken against the said culprits. They also want compensation from the Commission for time lost and resources. The Electoral Commission says it has …

Kiboko Squad leader arrested

The police in Kampala has arrested the man suspected to be the leader of the infamous Kiboko squad believed to have been behind the fracas that left several people nursing injuries during the Kampala mayoral elections. A group of stick-weilding men believed to have been acting under Semakula’s command beat up several people indiscriminately including journalists on Wednesday last week. Speaking to KFM, the police spokesperson Judith Nabakoba identified the man as Juma Ssemakula. She says he is was arrested this morning from Kireka, a Kampala surburb and is currently being held at the Rapid Response Unit. Nabakoba says police has launched though investigations about the man who claims to be working on behalf of the police. She asks members …

Candidates react to postponment of elections

Candidates in the Kampala mayoral race have welcomed the decision by Electoral Commission to postpone their elections, amidst reports of widespread rigging. The elections were postponed following reports of massive rigging, with boxes packed with pre-ticked ballot papers recovered at polling stations. Speaking to KFM, mayoral aspirant Francis Babu demanded for an explanation and apology from the Electoral Commission for having allowed such a mess to happen. Babu described the elections as ultimate robbery that should be condemned. The other candidate in the race Mike Mabikke calls for thorough investigation of the exercise and stern action taken against those implicated. Independent candidate Elias Lukwago says his agents at the various polling stations have been beaten up and many are hospitalized. …

Kenyan MPs summoned to the ICC

Six Kenyan politicians have been summoned to appear before the International Criminal Court next month. The six are required to appear before the Court on 7th April 2011 for their alleged role in the 2007-2008 post election violence. The six include William Ruto, Henry Kiprono Kosgey, Joshua Arap Sang, Francis Kirimi Muthaura, Uhuru Kenyatta and Mohammed Ali. Three judges of the Pre-Trial chamber examined the evidence so far presented by the prosecution and decided that there was substantial ground for the politicians to be summoned before the Court. They face charges over crimes committed against civilians in Nakuru and Naivasha by the Mungiki and supporters of the Party of National Unity PNU, against perceived Orange Democratic Movement supporters. 112 deaths …