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Obado ‘death threats’, How JKIA land was grabbed, Waste plastic boat voyage: Your Breakfast Briefing

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Former PS Lillian Omollo and her co-accused manipulated the Integrated Financial Management System (IFMIS) to embezzle public funds, the court heard yesterday. 

Prosecution Counsel Vera Khamisi told the court that IFMIS was deliberately exploited and manipulated. She said some of the recipients of the lost money used it to corrupt the electoral process.

Here are the stories making headlines in the Star this Tuesday morning.

DCI probes Obado for fresh ‘murder threat’ on associate Jared Kwaga

Officers from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations have summoned a close business associate of Migori Governor Okoth Obado to record a statement over an alleged murder plot.

The investigators are understood to have received an anonymous letter detailing a plot by Obado and his associates to eliminate  Jared Kagwa, the man who conducted lost of businesses dealings for Obado.

The two have since disagreed and it is not clear why they went their separate ways.

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How JKIA lost 11,551 acres to private developers

The grabbing of more than 11,000 acres of land belonging to the Kenya Airport Authority was a highly orchestrated scheme, the Star has learnt.

The scheme revolved around senior Lands ministry officials, powerful land cartels and politicians that called the shots.

For instance, several title deeds in possession of those claiming 11,551 acres were generated December 31, 2002.

This was during the dramatic end to President Daniel Moi’s 24-year stranglehold on Kenya’s politics.

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Alarm as 24 counties spend zero on development

The Controller of Budget has revealed that some 24 counties have not spent a penny on development activities during the current financial year.

They are Baringo, Garissa, Homa Bay, Isiolo, Kajiado, Kericho, Kisii, Kisumu, Lamu, Machakos, Makueni, Mandera, Marsabit, Meru, and Mombasa.

Others are Nyandarua, Samburu, Siaya, Tana River, Trans Nzoia, Turkana, Uasin Gishu, Wajir, and West Pokot.

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First-of-its-kind dhow set for maiden trip

A traditional dhow sailing boat made entirely from plastic trash collected from Kenya’s beaches and towns is set to make its maiden voyage later this month from Lamu to Zanzibar in Tanzania.

It will make the 500-kilometre expedition, stopping at communities along the way to change mindsets about plastic waste.

The FlipFlopi is a first-of-its-kind, 9-metre sailing boat made from 10 tonnes of discarded plastic.

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FGM wreaks lives of hundreds in Kajiado

Female genital mutilation or female circumcision is the ritual cutting or removal of some or all of the external female genitalia.

The practice is found in Africa, Asia and the Middle East, and within communities from countries in which FGM is common.

FGM in Kenya is prohibited under the Bill of Rights in the Constitution but some communities in Kajiado and Narok are still practising under the cover of darkness.

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