Month: July 2019

A note from the editor Please consider making a v

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first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please remember that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… Inclusive education campaigners have condemned the government’s “woeful” response to a review of the experiences of disabled children and young people in residential special schools.The Alliance for Inclusive Education (ALLFIE) said the government had again failed to take action that would “turn the tide against increased segregated education” and improve inclusive education in mainstream schools.Dame Christine Lenehan, director of the Council for Disabled Children, who co-chaired the independent review, said last November that she had found the quality of support in residential special schools “extremely variable”, while there was “far too little focus” on educational outcomes.Far too often, she said, the disabled children and young people who ended up in residential special schools had been failed by the system.And she called for a system which enabled disabled children to attend schools in their local communities.Dame Christine’s review, which was commissioned by the government, concluded that “experiences and outcomes for these children and young people are too often not as good as they should be”.About 6,000 disabled children and young people are educated in about 330 residential special schools and colleges, in the state, non-maintained and independent sectors, costing about £500 million a year, with each placement costing between £35,000 and £350,000 a year.In his response to the review, education secretary Damian Hinds (pictured) said in a letter to Dame Christine this week that he recognised there had been “a steady movement of children with special educational needs out of mainstream schools and into specialist provision, alternative provision and home education”, with increasing rates of school exclusions.He said it was “right that the presumption in law is for mainstream education” but that he was also “clear that specialist provision can be the right choice for many of those with more complex needs”.He said he wanted to “equip and incentivise” mainstream schools “to do better” for disabled children and young people, and said the government had begun a review of the national minimum standards for residential special schools.Hinds also pointed out that the government had put in place a contract with the Whole School SEND Consortium – worth £3.4 million over two years – to “embed SEND [special educational needs and disabilities] within approaches to school improvement in order to equip the workforce to deliver high quality teaching across all types of SEN”.But ALLFIE said it was “very disappointed by the government’s lack of action to eradicate residential and day special schools and continued failure to turn the tide against increased segregated education, resulting in too little being done to improve inclusive education practice”.It pointed to the comments of the UN’s committee on the rights of persons with disabilities last September – in its “concluding observations” on the UK’s progress in implementing the disability convention – in which it said it was concerned about “the persistence of a dual education system that segregates children with disabilities in special schools”.The committee called for “a coherent and adequately financed strategy… on increasing and improving inclusive education”.The UN has separately made it clear that inclusive education means that all disabled children and young people are educated in mainstream settings and that the right for disabled students not to be discriminated against “includes the right not to be segregated” into special schools.ALLFIE said the contract awarded to the Whole School SEND Consortium was a “distraction” from the findings in Dame Christine’s report that £500 million was spent supporting just 6,000 disabled young people in residential special schools every year – an average of about £80,000 per pupil – while mainstream schools were facing “substantial cuts” to their budgets.It said that the suggestion by Hinds that parents “actively make a choice” of specialist provision was not based on evidence, with Dame Christine finding that “many of the children and young people currently in residential special schools and colleges could be educated in their local communities if better support was available”.An ALLFIE spokeswoman added: “We know of families who have been offered residential special school placement in lieu of no suitable provision being made available in their local mainstream schools. It’s not a choice.”last_img read more

JAMES Roby has been selected in a 20man England s

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first_imgJAMES Roby has been selected in a 20-man England squad for the International Origin match against the Exiles taking place at The Halliwell Jones Stadium, Warrington on Friday June 14 (8.00pm).The 20-man squad includes 15 players who were involved in the 2012 Autumn International Series final victory over France last November.“There is continuity about the squad make-up,” England Coach Steve McNamara said. “We will reward those players that have been part of the programme over the past couple of years. They continue to be the most consistent performers in the Super League each week, which is testament to their qualities as Rugby League players.“It is important for the development of the national team that the core of the squad is used to playing with each other and is firmly ingrained in the overall England programme.“Our philosophy has always been about creating a ‘two-team’ mentality within the national set-up, where we get buy in from every individual. This is now our biggest strength.“The International origin will be the perfect test for us. Since its inception two years ago, the matches have been intense affairs. The Exiles will want to upset our plans and our players know they will be in for an battle. It should be a cracker.”The squad will meet up at their Loughborough base on Sunday night and McNamara will announce his team to face the Exiles on Wednesday June 12.England Squad:Rob Burrow, Josh Charnley, Rangi Chase, Eorl Crabtree, Leroy Cudjoe, Gareth Ellis, Liam Farrell, Brett Ferres, Ryan Hall, Zak Hardaker, Chris Hill, Jamie Jones-Buchanan, Adrian Morley, Lee Mossop, Richie Myler, Sean O’Loughlin, James Roby, Kevin Sinfield, Sam Tomkins, Ben Westwood.last_img read more

OUR review of the 2015 season continues with July

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first_imgOUR review of the 2015 season continues with July, August and September.Please note that some of the links below may contain advertising that is no longer relevant. JULYAs Saints travelled to Headingley, they knew that a win would take them back to the top of the Super League table. But it wasn’t meant to be. A slow start saw the Rhinos 22-0 up; 46-18 being the final score.With the injury crisis deepening, Saints looked to the NRL for a full back who could fill the huge void at the back. Adam Quinlan was to be the man, the Parramatta full back secured on a short-term contract and put on a plane to arrive in time for the next game.He arrived alright, as after being in the country a matter of hours, Quinlan scored a hat-trick on debut, laying the perfect platform for a 35-34 home win against fellow top four contenders Huddersfield Giants.Tries came a plenty from both sides, but ultimately it was a 30 yard drop goal from Walsh that sealed the deal.Saints-Warrington clashes at the Halliwell Jones Stadium have been tense over the last few years and this one didn’t disappoint either.With the scores tied at 14 a piece with only a couple of minutes to go, it took a superb team try, rounded off by Jordan Tuner, to break the hearts of the Warrington faithful again.It was Saints’ third win over the Wolves this year.Vea returned from injury, scoring a superb try as Saints beat Hull KR 52-12 at Langtree Park. Quinlan grabbed his fourth try in three games whilst Greenwood and Swift each crossed for braces to complete a comprehensive performance.But Leeds’ third successive victory over Saints this season ended their hopes of a Challenge Cup final appearance.More signing news came at the end of the month with Dominique Peyroux coming in on a two-year deal from 2016 – and Andre Savelio agreeing a two-year extension at the Champions.AUGUSTSaints’ first game of the Super 8s saw them face a tough away match at Catalan, and despite the home side being down to 12 men, the visitors couldn’t capitalise and slipped to their second defeat in the South of France, 26-16.Another disappointing defeat came a week later when Hull FC rolled into town. Despite tries from Thompson, Swift, Roby and Percival, five second half scores from the visiting team sealed an unlikely 32-22 victory.Things went from bad to worse too as Huddersfield visited Langtree Park in the third round of the Super 8s and won 28-22 – but the home side’s performance gave the home support a lot of hope…SEPTEMBER… And so it proved.With everyone writing the Saints off, they produced a stunning display at the newly crowned Challenge Cup winners Leeds, winning 32-18. Walsh put in a sterling performance, having a hand in all Saints tries on the night, with Wilkin also capturing the headlines for his captain’s knock.If you thought that was good, then what happened a week later at the home of the Castleford Tigers proved that this squad truly were Champions, with a superb display to win 42-38.After cruising into an 18-0 lead, a spirited fightback from a team whose season was on the line nearly spoilt the party. With both defences shaky, attack came to the forefront and Saints sealed a huge win.Wigan then came to Langtree Park – full of confidence knowing that a win would take them to the summit of Super League. But in true Saints style they tore up the rule book and put on a magnificent defensive display to take the spoils 18-14.Josh Jones scored the winning try with only two minutes on the clock to notch up Saints’ third win in a row.Due to their start of the Super 8s finishing top was always going to be tough for Cunningham’s side and so it proved with realistically only Leeds, Wigan and Huddersfield in the hunt.That showed in the final match with Warrington as Saints showed the effects of the win over Wigan in a tired looking 32-16 loss.September brought transfer activity to Langtree Park too with several players agreeing extensions and Theo Fages joining the club.Matty Fleming, Oliver Davies, Dougie Charnock, Danny Richardson, Calvin Wellington, Regan Grace Morgan Knowles, Ricky Bailey, Jake Spedding and Levy Nzoungou all agreed deals.James Roby and Alex Walmsley were named in the 2016 Dream Team too – with the latter being shortlisted for the Steve Prescott Man of Steel and winning three awards at the Club’s End of Season Dinner.The big forward was named the Club’s Player of the Year as well as Players’ Player of the Year and Founder Members Player of the Year.Tomorrow, we conclude our review with October, November and December.last_img read more

Whilst the Super League fortunes of both sides are

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first_imgWhilst the Super League fortunes of both sides are somewhat different so far this year, Justin Holbrook knows that the Champions always raise their game against his side.“Obviously Leeds have been inconsistent this year and they won’t be happy with where they sit,” he said. ”But every time we play them I look at the games beforehand … and then they play so much better against us.“They do a good job on us so we have to plan for them to be at their absolute best. Anything less is a bonus for us.“We have some bumps but hopefully everyone will be ok. We’ll get a check on Kyle (Amor) too.“Jonny (Lomax) and Wilko didn’t play on Friday but we still had a good day. They should be back this week. Wilko has been crook for a while but still played really well against Hull FC whilst Jonny’s knee flared up a little before the game.“He could have played but it made sense to give him a rest.”Lomax, alongside teammates Tommy Makinson, Luke Thompson, James Roby and Mark Percival, were all selected in England’s 19-man squad for next Saturday’s test against New Zealand in Denver.Recognition well deserved according to their Head Coach.“I’m thrilled that Tommy and Luke have been called up,” he added. “It is great news and well deserved. I am happy for the other three players too, in particular Percy because he only got one game in the World Cup.“They’ve picked the side on form and I think it is a good side. It is great for us to have so many in it. If you’re playing well for your club team you generally get picked in rep teams. It is great for the club and hopefully they can play well.”Tickets for Friday’s game at Leeds remain on sale from the Ticket Office, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

This Seasons MeetingsHull FC 18 St Helens 34 S

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first_imgThis Season’s Meetings:Hull FC 18, St Helens 34 (SLR21, 13/7/18) St Helens 25, Hull FC 22 (CCQF, 3/6/18) St Helens 26, Hull FC 12 (SLR10, 6/4/18)Last Ten Meetings:Hull FC 18, St Helens 34 (SLR21, 13/7/18) St Helens 25, Hull FC 22 (CCQF, 3/6/18) St Helens 26, Hull FC 12 (SLR10, 6/4/18) St Helens 6, Hull FC 8 (SLS8-R2, 11/8/17) St Helens 19, Hull FC 12 (SLR21, 7/7/17) Hull FC 0, St Helens 45 (SLR14, 20/5/17) (at St James’ Park, Newcastle) Hull FC 24, St Helens 14 (SLR4, 10/3/17) St Helens 31, Hull FC 10 (SLS8-R4, 2/9/16) Hull FC 32, St Helens 24 (SLR16, 28/5/16) St Helens 18, Hull FC 47 (CCR6, 8/5/16)Super League Summary:St Helens won 31 (includes win in 2006 Grand Final & wins in 2001 and 2006 play-offs) Hull FC won 17 3 drawsHighs and Lows:St Helens highest score: 74-16 (H, 1999) (also widest margin) Hull FC highest score: 44-6 (H, 2005) (also widest margin)Super League Head to Head:SaintsHull FC Tries141 (1st)96 (9th)Goals115 (1st)90 (7th)Metres37,850 (1st)32,352 (8th)Breaks213 (1st)150 (8th)Tackles8,924 (6th)9,075 (5th)Factoids:Jonny Lomax – 2 points away from 500 in Super League (498 for St Helens, 2009-2018)Tommy Makinson – 3 tries away from 100 in Super League (97 for St Helens, 2011-2018)Danny Richardson has the longest scoring streak in the game, having registered points in our last 30 matches. His scoring streak began with seven goals in our 46-6 home win against Castleford on February 2.Squads:Saints: 1. Jonny Lomax, 2. Tommy Makinson, 4. Mark Percival, 6. Theo Fages, 10. Kyle Amor, 11. Zeb Taia, 12. Jon Wilkin, 14. Luke Douglas, 15. Morgan Knowles, 16. Luke Thompson, 18. Danny Richardson, 19. Regan Grace, 20. Matty Lees, 21. Jack Ashworth, 23. Ben Barba, 24. James Bentley, 25. Aaron Smith, 30. Matty Costello, 31. Jack Welsby.Hull FC: 1. Jamie Shaul, 2. Bureta Faraimo, 3. Carlos Tuimavave, 5. Fetuli Talanoa, 8. Scott Taylor, 9. Danny Houghton, 11. Dean Hadley, 14. Jake Connor, 16. Jordan Abdul, 17. Danny Washbrook, 20. Brad Fash, 21. Sika Manu, 22. Jez Litten, 26. Jordan Lane, 28. Hakim Miloudi, 29. Masimbaashe Matongo, 30. Cameron Scott, 35. Liam Harris, 36. Lewis Bienek.Betfred Super League Leading Scorers:Tries: 1 Ben Barba (St Helens) 24 2 Tom Johnstone (Wakefield Trinity) 21 3 Mark Percival (St Helens) 18 4 = Bureta Faraimo (Hull FC), Ben Jones-Bishop (Wakefield Trinity) 17 6 = Jonny Lomax (St Helens), Tom Lineham (Warrington Wolves), Liam Marshall (Wigan Warriors) 16 9 Josh Charnley (Warrington Wolves) 15 10 Darnell McIntosh (Huddersfield Giants) 14Goals: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 115 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 88 3 Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants) 57 4 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 56 5 = Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers), Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 54 7 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 51 8 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 48 9 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 41 10 Liam Finn (Wakefield Trinity) 39Goals Percentage: 1 Jake Connor (Hull FC) 89.74 (35/39) 2 Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 88.52 (54/61) 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 86.15 (56/65) 4 Luke Gale (Castleford Tigers) 85.41 (41/48) 5 Lucas Albert (Catalans Dragons) 85.00 (17/20) 6 Tom Gilmore (Widnes Vikings) 84.61 (33/39) 7 Krisnan Inu (Widnes Vikings) 84.00 (21/25) 8 Tyrone Roberts (Warrington Wolves) 82.85 (29/35) 9 James Batchelor (Wakefield Trinity) 81.25 (13/16) 10 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 77.27 (51/66)Points: 1 Danny Richardson (St Helens) 249 2 Sam Tomkins (Wigan Warriors) 220 3 Ryan Shaw (Hull Kingston Rovers) 156 4 Josh Drinkwater (Catalans Dragons) 124 5 = Danny Brough (Huddersfield Giants), Ryan Hampshire (Wakefield Trinity) 120 7 Jamie Ellis (Castleford Tigers) 117 8 Marc Sneyd (Hull FC) 111 9 Stefan Ratchford (Warrington Wolves) 106 10 Bryson Goodwin (Warrington Wolves) 102Table:POSTeamPWLDPFPADIFFPTS1Saints272340797382415462Wigan Warriors272070687393294403Castleford Tigers271881681534147374Warrington Wolves271791711478233355Huddersfield Giants2713131509715-206276Wakefield Trinity271214168059684257Hull FC2711160571709-138228Catalans Dragons2710161526684-15821Tickets:Tickets are on sale from the Ticket Office at the Totally Wicked Stadium, by calling 01744 455 052 or online here.last_img read more

Children tee off with stars at the Willie Stargell Celebrity Invitational

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first_img The First Tee of Greater Wilmington is a group that hopes to “impact the lives of young people by providing educational programs that build character, instill life-enhancing values and promote healthy choices through the game of golf.”Willie Stargell Foundation Chairman Tim Gardner said this was a great way for the community to meet some of the stars.“We wanted to engage the community. A lot of times it can be difficult to get the celebrities and the public together and we felt this was an ideal opportunity partnering with First Tee where the youth can come in and actually meet the celebrities one on one,” Gardner said.Related Article: “Extremely rare”: Star golfer’s tee shot blinds woman in one eyeThe First Tee of Greater Wilmington said this was an exciting event for them to participate in. The First Tee of Greater Wilmington at meet and greet (Photo: Jenna Kurzyna/WWAY) WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Dick’s Sporting Goods hosted a ‘Meet and Greet’ Saturday with participants in the 15th annual Willie Stargell Celebrity Invitational.The First Tee of Greater Wilmington was invited by the Willie Stargell Foundation for the first time, and children got a chance to warm up on the green with celebrities.- Advertisement – last_img read more

UNSOLVED Woman asks for help moments before being killed in Bladen Co

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first_imgBLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Nine years ago, a twenty-year-old woman was killed just minutes after asking for help.What happened to Amber Babson on September 14, 2008 remains unsolved.- Advertisement – As David Babson walks down Pleasant Garden Road near Bladenboro, about once a week, he holds onto memories of his youngest daughter Amber.“She was very outgoing. She was fun to be around. She was just precious to us,” Babson said.It is a path he has walked over and over for the last nine years. It is where Amber was killed on September 14th 2008.Related Article: #UNSOLVED: Man shot during storm, power outages in Wallace“On Saturday night which would have been September the 13th, she was at our home,” Babson said.Babson said Amber decided to clean her car that day.“I was getting on to her about it being so dirty, so she took it to the car wash and washed it. She called me and she said, ‘Daddy, you’re going to be so proud of me. You ought to see my car,’” Babson said. “She said, ‘I am about to carry the spare key to you.’ She never made it. She never came home.”Lt. Morgan Johnson with the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office said Amber and some of her friends went out drinking later that night.“Amber Babson met with some of her friends in Chadbourn,” Johnson said. “She went from there to a juke joint on Pleasant Garden Road.”Johnson said around two or three o’clock Amber left and she decided not to ride home with her friends.“She got out of the vehicle with her friends and walked a period of distance,” Johnson said.Johnson said Amber got to a house down the road and knocked on the door to ask for help. He said the woman inside called 911, but Amber kept walking down the road.“She was struck by someone and was killed there,” Johnson said. “Ms. Babson was left for dead.”Then, Johnson said another 911 call came into dispatch.“Another vehicle left the juke joint and ran over her and then stopped and realized what had happened and called law enforcement,” Johnson said.Later that morning, the coroner tracked down Amber’s dad and told him what happened.“I had to stand at the other end of this road knowing that was her under that sheet,” Babson said. “A feeling that no parent should ever have to go through.”Johnson said detectives began looking for the driver of the first car.“We have no idea who might have been driving the vehicle, what the vehicle looked like,” Johnson said. “Law Enforcement later located a burnt vehicle. I think that kind of ran dry.”Johnson said someone out there knows what happened.“Someone knows. Someone somewhere knows who ran her over. Someone was there. Someone said something to someone,” Johnson said. “All we would like to do is for someone to have a heart and at least come forward. They can call anonymously. They can call Bladen County Sheriff’s Office. They don’t have to give a name.”Meanwhile, Babson continues to walk this path searching for the end.“Closure,” Babson said. “We realize she’s not coming home. We just want to know what happened that morning.”If you know anything please contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office.last_img read more

High school basketball players face off at 20th Annual Carolina Classic

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first_img There were t-shirt giveaways, shooting contests, and performances by the Wilmington Hurricane youth cheerleaders.Some players said while they will miss certain aspects of playing in high school, they are excited for the next step in their lives.“Just the relationships I’ve built with all the guys, the coaches, I like the coaches so I’m going to miss that a lot. That was my hometown, so being able to play in front of my community every week, that was also a lot of fun, but I’m super excited about going to Clemson,” said Unionville Piedmont High School player Hunter Tyson.Related Article: Duke’s Grant Hill, UNC’s Charlie Scott enter Hoops HallIn honor of the two All Star games, The House of Raeford awarded a check for $25,000 to New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s Betty H. Cameron Women and Children’s Hospital. WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some of the best high school basketball players from the Tar Heel State took on their counterparts from the Palmetto State at Hoggard High School last night for the 20th annual Carolina classic boys and girls All Star game.The stands were packed with fans from both states as players took to the court to showcase their skills in a little friendly competition.- Advertisement – last_img read more

MISSING Teen was last seen in Bladenboro nearly a week ago

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first_img Bladen County deputies say she may be with a Hispanic man named Paco.She was reportedly last seen in a small dark colored four door sedan with an unknown friend named Marina.If you know any information, please contact the Bladen County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 862-6960. BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Bladen County Sheriff’s Office are looking for a 16 year old who ran away from a foster care home last week.Deputies say Chantal Kristen Carrico was seen at a home on Singletary Mill Pond Road in Bladenboro around 10 p.m. Friday.- Advertisement – last_img

Kenyan finance minister arrested on graft charges

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first_img SharePrint <a href=’http://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/ck.php?n=ab2c8853&amp;cb={random}’ target=’_blank’><img src=’https://revive.newsbook.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=97&amp;cb={random}&amp;n=ab2c8853&amp;ct0={clickurl_enc}’ border=’0′ alt=” /></a> FILE PHOTO: Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of National Treasury (Finance Minister) Henry Rotich holds up a briefcase containing the Government Budget for the 2019/20 fiscal year in Nairobi, Kenya, June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File PhotoFILE PHOTO: Kenya’s Cabinet Secretary of National Treasury (Finance Minister) Henry Rotich holds up a briefcase containing the Government Budget for the 2019/20 fiscal year in Nairobi, Kenya, June 13, 2019. REUTERS/Baz Ratner/File Photo Kenyan Finance Minister Henry Rotich was arrested on Monday on suspicion of corruption related to the construction of two dams. Despite Kenya’s notorious graft, it is unprecedented for a sitting minister to be arrested for corruption.Charges against Rotich, announced on Monday, stem from a police investigation into the misuse of funds in a dam project overseen by the Italian construction company CMC Di Ravenna.Rotich denied any wrongdoing in a large newspaper advertisement in March. The company has also denied any wrongdoing.Rotich and his co-accused face eight charges, ranging from conspiring to defraud and financial misconduct, Noordin Haji, the director of public prosecutions, said. The minister and other officials will have to resign immediately, he said.Rotich was arrested shortly after the charges were announced, George Kinoti, the head of the police Directorate of Criminal Investigations, told Reuters in a text message.The minister will be charged along with 27 other people, including Italian Paolo Porcelli, the director of CMC di Ravenna; and Rotich’s number two at the ministry, Kamau Thugge, the principal secretary.“They broke the law on public finance management under the guise of carrying out legitimate commercial transactions, colossal amounts were unjustifiably and illegally paid out through a well choreographed scheme by government officers in collusion with private individuals and institutions,” Haji told a news conference.The two dams were budgeted to cost 46 billion shillings ($446 million), he said, but the treasury borrowed far more.“The national treasury negotiated a commercial facility increasing the amount to approximately 63 billion shillings – which is 17 billion more than necessary or required, payable on a timely basis without regard to a performance or works,” he said.Kenyan prosecutors have requested help from British and Italian authorities, Kinoti said, and more charges could result.POLITICAL DIMENSIONSMarket reaction to the news was relatively muted, with little change in the shilling. Kenya’s dollar bonds maturing in 2028, 2032 and 2048 slipped around 0.5 cents in the dollar, according to data by Tradeweb.However, Rotich’s indictment will send shockwaves through the political elite, who are accustomed to graft scandals resulting in little official action.His arrest may also be seen as further evidence of a growing distance between President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto.Rotich was appointed at Ruto’s request. Ruto has made clear that he expects to receive the ruling coalition’s nomination for the presidency in the 2022, despite objections from some in Kenyatta’s camp. Kenyatta will have served two terms and be ineligible to run again.Earlier this year, Rotich’s questioning by police provoked an angry reaction among politicians from Ruto and Rotich’s powerful Kalenjin ethnic group. Their home area saw some of the worst violence after the disputed 2007 elections, in which 1,200 people died.Ruto’s allies played down the charges.“There is nothing to worry about. Relax,” Kipchumba Murkomen, the senate majority leader and a Ruto ally, told reporters.Ruto’s supporters have repeatedly accused police and prosecutors of trying to derail his presidential ambitions, said Ngunjiri Wambugu, who is opposed to Ruto’s candidacy.“There was a lot of claims especially from the Ruto wing of (the ruling coalition) Jubilee that corruption was being weaponised against them. And there was a lot of vicious attacks,” he told Reuters.Haji closed his press conference with a pointed warning against politicians using the case to score points.“Corruption always fights back,” he said. “There may be elements who may seek to exploit these indictments to instigate social unrest.”MANY CHARGED, FEW CONVICTEDCritics accused Kenyatta of failing to deal with corruption during his first term, despite his promises to do so when he was first elected in 2013. Now more people are being charged, but successful prosecutions are rare.Hundreds of senior government officials and business people are already facing various charges related to corruption, including the chairman of the National Land Commission, the managing director of the Kenya Railways Corporation, the deputy chief justice, the CEO of Kenya Power and the head of Kenya Pipeline Company.None of the cases has resulted in a successful prosecution.Auditor general Edward Ouko has said his detailed reports on corruption are often ignored. Corrupt judges interfere with cases and the government’s own anti-corruption watchdog built cases that were too weak to prosecute, Haji said last year.Rotich’s arrest was a “significant” step on a very long road, said Samuel Kimeu, the head of Kenya’s chapter of Transparency International. But he added:“I would not be celebrating arrests. We need to see people in jail and we need to see what has been stolen recovered.”WhatsApplast_img read more