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ODM threatens to resume anti-IEBC demos

ODM is threatening to continue with anti-IEBC demonstrations if the Chepkonga-led committee fails to suspend its deliberations with immediate effect. In a National Executive Council meeting, ODM noted that the ongoing negotiations by the joint parliamentary select committee on IEBC reforms could be sabotaged by the parallel activities of the Justice and Legal Affairs Committee of the National Assembly.

“We demand that the Hon. Samuel Chepkonga led committee suspends with immediate effect its deliberations or else we revert to the streets protests until a genuine process is realized,” a statement from the party reads.

Kenya Pipeline moves to acquire Mombasa refinery

The Kenya Pipeline Company (KPC) is searching for a consultant to help it assess the viability of the Mombasa Oil Refinery ahead of a planned acquisition.

KPC had also earlier hinted to plans to convert the refinery into an oil storage facility as the government gears up for commercial oil production in 2017.

“Kenya Pipeline Company Ltd invites sealed requests for proposals from eligible candidates for the provision of transaction advisory services for the acquisition of Kenya Petroleum Refineries Ltd,” it said in a statement in the dailies.

Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich had earlier said the fate of KPRL is now hinged on the crude oil that Kenya expects to export next year in a plan revised after government’s acquisition of new shares in the facility for Sh500 million following the exit of Essar Energy.

Athletics agent Rosa charged with doping in Kenya

Italian sports agent Federico Rosa, who managed disgraced former marathon star Rita Jeptoo, was on Thursday charged in a Kenya court with doping offences.

Rosa, 30, a director of Italy-based sports management company Rosa and Associati, denied six counts of doping athletes, including Jeptoo who was banned for two years in 2014 after testing positive for the blood-boosting drug EPO.

Prosecutors allege that Rosa — who was arrested earlier this month along with his father Gabriele who has not been charged — was involved in “administering a prohibited substance through a prohibited method” in the town of Eldoret close to Kenya’s famous high-altitude training town of Iten.

Rosa and Associati manage several top Kenyan and African athletes, including former Olympic and three-time 1500m world champion Asbel Kiprop, world 800m bronze medalist Eunice Sum and reigning London marathon champion Jemima Sumgong all of whom are members of Kenya’s Rio Olympics team.

Dubai Bank directors charged with fraud

Five Dubai bank directors and senior officials have been charged at a Nairobi court with conspiracy to defraud Bank of Africa over Sh 48 million. The five- Abdul Hafeth Zubeidi, Ali Basher Sheikh, Adam Ali Mwanaidi, and Robert Gitobu Kimonye- are sued together with Dubai Bank Kenya Limited.

They appeared before Senior Principal Magistrate Martha Mutuko and denied the charges. The court heard that the accused committed the offence on July 2, 2015 at Dubai Bank Kenya and Bank of Africa Kenya. The officials are said to have conspired jointly with others who were not before the court to defraud Bank of Africa of Sh 48,180,000.The plea against three other co-accused who failed to appear before the court was deferred to July 28.

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