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New Year, same old Frank rescues City

LAMPARD-SUNDERLANDMANCHESTER, January 1- Frank Lampard celebrated his loan extension by scoring the winning goal as Manchester City edged Sunderland 3-2 on Thursday to move level on points with Premier League leaders Chelsea.

City announced late on Wednesday that Lampard’s loan move from their sister club New York City FC had been prolonged to the end of the season and he proved his worth by coming off the bench to score the winner.

City, who left goalkeeper Joe Hart on the bench, took the lead in the 57th minute at the Etihad Stadium when Yaya Toure slammed an exquisite shot into the top-left corner from outside the box.

Stevan Jovetic’s flick made it 2-0, but just as they had done in Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Burnley, the champions allowed Sunderland back into the game.

Two City old boys did the damage, with Jack Rodwell’s header reducing the arrears in the 68th minute and Adam Johnson equalising from the penalty spot three minutes later after Pablo Zabaleta had fouled Santiago Vergini.

But just three minutes after replacing Jovetic, Lampard headed home a cross from Gael Clichy to take City level with his former club Chelsea, who visit Tottenham Hotspur in the late New Year’s Day fixture.

– Burnley refuse to lose –

Freshly appointed West Bromwich Albion manager Tony Pulis watched from the stands as his new club drew 1-1 at West Ham United, with Saido Berahino cancelling out Diafra Sakho’s neatly constructed 10th-minute opener.

The result kept West Brom a point above the relegation zone.

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Second-bottom Burnley showed extraordinary spirit to come from behind three times and force a 3-3 draw at Newcastle United, whose manager, Alan Pardew, is on the verge of joining Crystal Palace.

Steven Taylor’s 15th-minute header put Newcastle ahead, only for his team-mate Paul Dummett to inadvertently loop a header over goalkeeper Jak Alnwick for a comical own goal.

Jack Colback drilled home a fine goal from 25 yards to restore Newcastle’s lead and injuries to Dean Shackell, Dean Marney and Kevin Long meant that Burnley had used all their substitutes by half-time.

Danny Ings drew the away side level again with a 66th-minute glancing header, before Moussa Sissoko put Newcastle 3-2 up, and George Boyd crashed home a third Burnley equaliser with four minutes to play.

Pardew was in the stands to watch Palace draw 0-0 at Aston Villa, ahead of his expected appointment as the successor to the sacked Neil Warnock.

Substitute Wilfried Bony earned Swansea City a 1-1 draw at Queens Park Rangers, cancelling out Leroy Fer’s 20th-minute thunderbolt with a cool last-minute strike.

Meanwhile, Ahmed Elmohamady and Nikica Jelavic scored unanswered goals as Hull City condemned Everton to a fourth straight loss.

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  1. James Shumi

    January 13, 2012 at 9:14 am

    That’s more like it…this in a way reduces the tension that had already started growing in the country…

    • Wilmaa Flinstones

      January 13, 2012 at 9:28 am

      How exactly does an extension reduce tension? Our politics won’t change in 13 months nor will our politicians… Ngoja Ngoja huumiza matumbo!

      • Mgeni

        January 13, 2012 at 11:00 am

        No news can be good on a Friday the 13th. You wait and see even the ICC cases will proceed to full trial, and Barasa will well, be fired.

        • Mgeni

          January 13, 2012 at 11:02 am

          And neither will politics in 13 months. Yaiks, all 13……

    • Mr_wels

      January 13, 2012 at 11:04 am

      This is quite disappointing, if judiaciary cannot intepret laws as per the constitution…then who do we run to? Because this was our only hope to save us from these hyenas.

      • Fincyjunior786

        January 21, 2012 at 9:44 am

         I beg you kenyans .look buck to the institutions as in students lawyers and let them be endipendent.,

  2. Kosgei Isaac

    January 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Bogus this one

  3. sally yasis

    January 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

    This will be agonising for the voters….another thirteen months politics,promises,matusi,alliances. am bored. am was for august but….

  4. Simon Kipkoros Tum

    January 13, 2012 at 9:16 am

    Hooray to the Mps plus our 40+ Ministers more time to eat!

  5. Makoluchi

    January 13, 2012 at 9:20 am

    My constitution reads elections are in August or do i have the distorted version???

    • Guest

      January 13, 2012 at 10:01 am

      There is a transition clause.

    • Pmuluha

      January 13, 2012 at 11:07 am

      the judges have clearly stated … ‘the transitional clauses’ … basically saying mwau was right.

  6. Nash

    January 13, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Good one. We need time to prepare effectively.  2013 it is. No coalition will collapse. Those chaps value their salaries so much!

  7. John Ndeta

    January 13, 2012 at 9:31 am

    Strange! An a ppeal is in order.

  8. Wanjiku Mwangi

    January 13, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I knew Mwau would have his way. In Kenya judges ruling goes to the highest bidder. Mwau rooted for 2013, and Mwau now has his way. Another sad day for this compromised and rotten judiciary.

  9. Jiggah822

    January 13, 2012 at 9:34 am

    This is just Kenya where even judges don’t follow the constitution. What was the point of geting a new constitution is its not adhered to? These lazy parliamentarians need to vacate so that some work can be done in this country!

  10. Johngitunga

    January 13, 2012 at 9:39 am

    I am hoping by now we have put that behind our back…………….now lets to more productive work. 

  11. Emmanuelkimathi

    January 13, 2012 at 9:40 am

    lets be realistic,election is not the issue but the credibility of it.i think there is enough time to prepare the credible election to avoid 07 scenario.that was wise dessision

  12. 0101101

    January 13, 2012 at 9:56 am

    august , december, march who cares…… just reduce fuel prices. from there tutajisort.!

  13. Akolong' Soit Emopus

    January 13, 2012 at 9:59 am

    The Kenyan judiciary is still manipulative…….the principles and cabinet still want to enjoy tax payers hard earned money yet doing nothing to improve kenyans livelyhood.

  14. Ben Musyoka, Kitui Boys High

    January 13, 2012 at 10:06 am

    Just when I thought the judiciary was reforming, they hit us with a brick! When will judges stop being bribed to deliver judgements that favour one party over the other instead of judgements that adhere to the letter of the law? It is a black friday for Kenya, and several feet deeper into the grave for cridibility of the judiciary!

  15. Oloofrank

    January 13, 2012 at 10:20 am

    This is a little confusing “Your Honors”, what ramification does this have for future elections. Going by this argument and taking the choosing the second alternative and we hold elections in March 2013, then the new Mps get sworn in sometime in April 2013, won’t we have some Mwaus in 2017 who will claim that in order to earn all their 5 years of salary the elections for that year should be held in June 2017 and the cycle will continue in 2022? Please clarify this once and for all

  16. Oloofrank

    January 13, 2012 at 10:21 am

    This is a little confusing “Your Honors”, what ramification does this
    have for future elections. Going by this argument and taking the second alternative and we hold elections in March 2013,
    then the new Mps get sworn in sometime in April 2013, won’t we have some
    Mwaus in 2017 who will claim that in order to earn all their 5 years of
    salary the elections for that year should be held in June 2018 and the
    cycle will continue in 2022? Please clarify this once and for all

  17. Mbooni

    January 13, 2012 at 10:30 am

    And there goes the hyenas in the Animal farm. Najililia Kuwa Mkenya. Why did we vote in a news constitution if we cannot follow it?

  18. Stekibila

    January 13, 2012 at 10:32 am

    I think we should go by the constitution. Why should we have a constitution which doesn’t work?

  19. Pmuluha

    January 13, 2012 at 11:09 am

    i don’t understand why people feel the judiciary is being manipulative … they have used the law that kenyans voted for to come up with this ruling. you have no option but to follow the law.

  20. Governor Wasabi Oluoch

    January 13, 2012 at 11:26 am

    We do not have any problem as long as they are done in a free and fair manner and Kenya remains peaceful

  21. legacy99

    January 13, 2012 at 11:29 am

    one of the best brilliant judgement

  22. pfoster

    January 13, 2012 at 11:40 am

    I’ve always said populism should not run us into trouble and this judgement is a sober one and it shows the likes of Nyachae are the problem by populist interpretations all in the name to stay relevant

  23. Alilol

    January 13, 2012 at 12:15 pm

    They are giving time to the fake presidential hopefuls who have been committed to ICC full trial to clear their names.They think ICC full trial will not last long for more than year.Our judicial system is not obeying the new constitution.

  24. Potsyula

    January 13, 2012 at 12:30 pm

    I think Martha Karua is right. “Term of office must include the election period”.

  25. Peterkotuoma

    January 13, 2012 at 1:26 pm

    Election is  Election. Let it be in 2013, this will allow the country to re-organize for the new dispensation: Financially, Socially, Academically, Religiously and Politically. Imagine, Senators and Governors are back in the System. Executive President is back, Upper Chamber and Lower Chamber is back. Thousands of Civil servants will be employed, Offices need to be constructed. The Country needs time to put it’s House in order to accommodate the these bigger family.

  26. Oludavin

    January 13, 2012 at 2:26 pm

     The Supreme court knows that the Constitution must never contradict itself if it is to remain as a valid foundation for our law, because a nation with an arbitrary legal foundation will split along the same lines that the foundation has been split upon, and collapse. Arbitrary law is the definition of TYRANNY. Law is not an arbitrary thing, it is written so that men may read it, learn it, rely upo…n it, and use it to safely guide their daily activities. It must never be allowed to contradict itself, and whenever possible, must always be interpreted in a fashion that gives and preserves effective meaning to EVERY PROVISION, so as to affect a harmonious, peaceful co-existence amongst all the Code sections in the entire Code.

  27. Emuhaya Community

    January 13, 2012 at 4:07 pm

    The Kenyan law is supreme, which law did the judges use? Why do we have August in our constitution? Kenyans are tired of political gymnastics by a section of leaders who want to fulfill their personal interests!

  28. Uhmara

    January 13, 2012 at 10:34 pm

    What The Fuck!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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