Since 1902

By JOB WERU

Finance minister Njeru Githae has said that the Government would support the Mau Mau war veterans pursue the compensation case filed against the British Government.

Githae said he was preparing a Cabinet paper to facilitate funding of the case. Mr Githae was speaking at Ihururu, Nyeri County during the launch of Dedan Kimathi Health Centre and Maternity. He said the Government was committed to pay for the legal fees.

“The Government is committed to honour our independence heroes, and by so doing, I am preparing a Cabinet paper that would enhance funding of legal fees to be accrued,” said Githae.

He said the claims were genuine.

“We are in independence and enjoy freedom because of these gallant Kenyans who fought tirelessly to secure our nation.”

At the same time, the minister exuded confidence the Government would procure the Biometric Voter Registration (BVR) kits in time in readiness for the November 12 voter registration.

He urged Kenyans to register as voters, adding that youths should collect their identification cards from respective registration offices countrywide.

“I urge the youths to register as voters to ensure they exercise their constitutional right by voting,” he said.

The minister also urged Uhuru to join hands with other presidential aspirants, such as URP’s William Ruto, Najib Balala of Republican Congress (RCP), and Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper), among others.

“We want Uhuru to approach other leadersto ensure victory in the first round of elections,” he said.

Elsehwere, leaders aspiring various political positions in the March elections have signed a peace accord aimed at curbing violence in their campaigns.

 Commitment

The Kieni constituency aspirants committed to ensure the youth were not used to cause chaos during the campaign period.

 During the signing held at Mweiga’s Wembley Stadium, Kieni West DC Abdi Noor said the accord was meant to promote integration and a peaceful political transition.

 “We are looking forward to a process on non-violence and alcohol free period. We would also establish a name, shame and fame Website where names of politicians involved in any animosity would be published,” he said.

He said the Website would also have photographs of errant aspirants, so as to help the public identify them.

He observed that youths were being used by politicians to create chaos and to harass female candidates.

 “We will identify politicians going against the peace accord and also use the police and other legal apparatus to bring them to book,” said Noor.

Those who signed the accord included Kieni MP Nemesyus Warugongo,  Nyeri County Council Chairman Wachira Keen and Ms Catherine Wanjiku Irungu, among others.