By The COAST Newspaper Reporter
Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission barred Professor Gabriel Katana from contesting in the forth coming general elections.
Professor Katana was barred after it was discovered that he belonged to two different political parties which is against the law.
However, Katana over the weekend claimed that he had withdrawn from the Kilifi County gubernatorial race following various reasons.
In a Press Conference Prof Katana a Physics Lecturer at Pwani University announced his withdrawal from the race citing a mix up of names in two different political parties.
According to IEBC, Prof Katana who had already secured a ticket with the Wiper Party for the governor's race his name appeared in the Wiper Party of Kalonzo Musyoka and it also featured in the Nyali MP Hezron Awiti's Vibrant Development Party.
‘When I submitted my nomination papers to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission for verification and clearance it was found that my names appear in the list of members of the two parties and this caused the confusion for me to be cleared," Prof Katana said.
The Professor said: "I rushed to the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties and found the same mix up.
I was advised to write an official letter explaining that am in the Wiper Party and so i did but this never solved the problem on time at the IEBC"
He accused IEBC for the slow-pace in verification of names of aspirants adding that the process was too slow while the number of those who seek the services was too high.
Prof Katana who was accompanied by his would be running mate Duncan Nyale, the Proposer James Mariko Saidi and Seconder Edison Mwayaa wondered who could have registered his name with the Vibrant Development Party without his consent.
The don's supporters in the region accused the Vibrant Development Party for secretly sneaking his name to the IEBC without consulting him.
They said it was a blow to the Wiper Party which was at a better position to win the governor's seat this time round
However, the ODM supporters in the area celebrated the move because analysts say Professor Katana posed the greatest threat to the incumbent Governor Amason Jeffa Kingi.
Khairat Mosque Ustadh Mohamed Rashid said: "Prof Katana enjoys a large support from the residents just like governor Kingi and was set to give him a great challenge for his money in the forth coming general elections but it is a relief to Kingi"
Meanwhile, five independent candidates for MCA seats are going to court to sue IEBC over rejection of their papers .Omar Mbaruk, Maurice Tsuma, Emmanuel Mweri, Festus Tsumah and Charo Nzaro are complaining that the Constituency Returning Officer Mr Hussein Abdulwahi rejected their documents without giving them sufficient reasons.
They want the court to compel him to allow them to vie as independent candidates. Efforts to get comments from Mr Abdulwahi were not successful.
By The COAST Newspaper Reporter
Governor John Mruttu has urged the Maasai community to embrace formal education.
Addressing members of the Maasai community in Orkung'u, Taveta during the Orng'esherr ceremony that marks the graduation from Iltuati (Moranism) to Irrmirishi (adulthood) governor Murutu said education is a key element thatensures a community keeps up with the evolving world.
He however recommended formulation of policies that are favorable to cattle herders to boost their main income generating activity.
In the Maasai Community, Muranism is an age group that lasts for 23 years and is composed of the youth between 15-41 years of age who provide protection for the community.
While Irrmirishi is a junior adulthood age group that is consulted in all community engagements and actions. The governor was accompanied by Mata Ward MCA Reuben Ole Tiges, County Assembly Speaker Hon Meshack Maganga and Hon Crispus Tondoo.
By The Coast Newspaper Reporter
Nyali International Beach Hotel & Spar has finally resumed its operations after weeks of renovations.
The Mombasa based five star hotel now hopes to use its revamped facilities and services ranging from Spa to Wellness Center to retain its former glory in Mombasa’s hotel and tourism industry.
The hotel has since been under renovations a head of the high tourists’ season expected soon, according to its General Manager, Lucy Kimani.
The hotel owned by Mombasa tycoon Ali Punjani has been renovated at a cost of kshs.100 million.
However, the hotel management will be capitalizing on the newly launched Standard Gauge Railway SGR to increase its business and earnings as many visitors’ particularly local tourists begin to trim in Mombasa using the revamped rail transport system-SGR.
Speaking over the weekend, the hotel’s General Manager welcomed the lSGR launch done recently lby President Uhuru Kenyatta, saying more visitors both local and international are expected to come to Mombasa through rail transport system.
“As Nyali International Beach Hotel, we are happy with the launch of SGR, and we are also optimistic that many tourists will be coming to Mombasa soon through SGR and this is absolutely positive sign of growth particularly in our struggling hotel industry” said Lucy Kimani.
The hotel expects an increase of between 50-80 percent of visitors as a result of the SGR, according to the General Manager.
Meanwhile, the hotel management has denied allegations of any takeover saying the facility was still intact and operational under its current owner, Ali Punjab.
Resident manager Peter Kiarie however confirmed that there have been changes in the hotel’s security services provider following a contractual dispute which has already been settled.