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DPP urges promotion of safety of journalists

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The Director of Public Prosecutions, Noordin Haji has said that there is need to continue to recognize and implement obligations to protect and safeguard freedom of expression under international law.

Speaking during during the Training of Trainers on freedom of expression and safety of journalists workshop in Nairobi, the DPP SAID The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the International Convention of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights continue to obligate member states to ensure that the right to freedom of expression and the right to access to information are realized subject to any lawful restrictions as may be provided in law.

‘I am particularly pleased that this training shall focus on judicial officers who are key actors in protecting fundamental rights and freedoms including freedom of expression and protection and safety of journalists.

 

Journalists across the continent many times working under very difficult circumstances have continued to champion the ideal that every African has a right to get information, has a right to be heard and that our leaders are also held to account. And as players in the Criminal Justice System l know that we recognize journalists as essential partners in the administration and achievement of justice.’ Haji said.

He added that promoting the safety of journalists and fighting impunity requires prevention mechanisms and actions to address some of the root causes of violence against journalists. He said it is thus critical that the custodians of justice in the criminal justice sector such as judicial officers continue to develop strategies to protect and promote freedom of expression as enshrined in various international, regional and national legal instruments.

‘This workshop is therefore timely as it will enhance sharing of best practices from different jurisdictions and further strengthen International and Regional cooperation amongst the judges on the prevention and protection of the freedom of expression.’ Haji added.

He said all must continue to recognize and implement their obligations to protect and safeguard freedom of expression under international law. Haji outlined that The Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR), the International Convention of Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the African Charter of Human and Peoples’ Rights continue to obligate member states to ensure that the right to freedom of expression and the right to access to information are realized subject to any lawful restrictions as may be provided in law.

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Gideon Moi assures Baringo residents of security

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Baringo Senator Gideon Moi on Saturday sought to assure our people of Baringo of his commitment and that of the government to ensure that peace prevails in the volatile area by curbing the banditry menace after bandits were reported to have occupied the area, displacing residents from their homes.
Moi assessed the security situation in Mochongoi in Baringo County.

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Murang’a County offices destroyed by fire

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Property worth millions of shillings was today destroyed after fire burnt down a building housing several governments’ offices.

The fire affected an office block housing departments of Youth, Sports, Culture, Social services, Adult education, Women Enterprise Fund and National Council for Persons with Disabilities.

The inferno is said to have started at the office of adult education then spread to other offices before the county fire brigade responded.

Murang’a county disaster management officer, Bilha Wanjiru said they got alert and dispatched two fire engines to the scene.

“We tried to contain the fire but unfortunately we ran out of water. Our vehicles were forced to go back to our fire offices to get more water as there is no water head-drop near the offices,” added Wanjiru.

She observed that more destruction happened when the fire engines went to get more water saying in some offices there were tyres and cooking gas cylinders which prompted the fire to spread fast.

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Odinga Vows to Jail All Corrupt Leaders, warns Ruto of political tsunami

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ODM leader Raila Odinga vowed to jail leaders who stole from public coffers when elected to State House in the 2022 General Elections.

Speaking at the Thika Stadium Saturday the former Prime Minister claimed that some leaders have stolen from public coffers in the past and need to be brought to book.

Odinga opined that some of the public servants in Kenya should be in prison for the crimes they have committed against the Kenyan public.

On the other hand, Odinga has warned Deputy President William Ruto’s hustler nation movement to prepare for a political hurricane that will sweep him away in August.

Raila said his Azimio La Umoja movement which he said brings together all Kenyans will win the presidency in the August 9, General Election.

“I had predicted that it will be Tsunami but now we have a hurricane that will confuse Tangatanga,” Raila said.

‘Umekuwa kwa serikali miaka nane. Unasema eti handshake ndio imefanya kazi ikakwama. Kazi imekushinda, toka wacha Baba akuonyeshe!’ Raila further hit out at Ruto.

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