Thursday 22 June 2017
(Voice of America 06/11/13)
Kenyan civil society groups plan to protest Tuesday against the decision by members of parliament (MPs) to increase their own salaries. Maurice Odhiambo, president of the National Civil Society Congress, says the protest is designed to pressure MPs to cancel their pay increase, which he says violates the constitution. The legislators voted unanimously to increase their salaries, 130 times the legal minimum wage. “We will be mobilizing as many Kenyans as possible to go outside parliament. It will be a peaceful protest,” said Odhiambo. “If we let members of parliament have their way, then it will be one way of clearly undermining the constitution. “We will also hold discussions with members of the public, in which case we are going...
(Standard Digital 06/11/13)
Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero has banned scrap metal trade and ordered the County licensing department to revoke monthly trade licenses issued to businesses. Dr Kidero at the same directed a thorough scrutiny on all the business premises since this has led to massive vandalism of electric cables, lamp posts and guard rails along roads. “ No more trade licenses will be issued henceforth,” stated Kidero. He added, “I am ordering all my licensing staff with immediate effect to revoke all the trade licenses and embark on a thorough audit of all the firms and individuals trading in scrap metal businesses to avert the massive vandalism within the County.” He at the same time stressed the importance of security in the...
(Standard Digital 06/11/13)
Nairobi, Kenya: President Uhuru Kenyatta has issued a fresh order to police to immediately arrest and deport foreigners suspected of engaging in drug trafficking, saying time for action is now. Speaking yesterday during a conference organised by the National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse (NACADA), Uhuru said the time for talk without action has ended and decisive action is needed to fight the vice before situation gets out of hand. The President expressed frustration the fight against drug and alcohol abuse has been too much of talk and short on action saying he will no longer tolerate that. He warned County Commissioners that they will lose their jobs if they don’t fight drug and alcohol abuse in...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/11/13)
Kenya will graduate next week a military unit trained to handle chemical and biological weapons in an effort to boost the country's counter-terrorism abilities, Kenya's Daily Nation reported on Monday. "Through the support of the US government, Kenya has made a stride in training a military unit, for the first time in Africa, capable of handling chemical and biological weapons, which have become a terrorism threat," said Colonel Isaac Muchendu, director of the Kenya Rapid Deployment Exercise. Trainees include members of the Africa Standby Force, an African Union force that remains prepared to intervene in the event of large-scale violence.
(Standard Digital 06/10/13)
President Uhuru Kenyatta has introduced changes in the management of State affairs that differs radically from those of his predecessors, including his father. Among them is the shifting of his key presidential functions to stations outside Nairobi. Taking prominence is Sagana State Lodge, where Kenyatta recently met Somali Prime Minister Abdi Farah Shirdon. Sources close to the presidency say youthful Uhuru plans to turn Sagana Lodge into Kenya’s version of America’s Camp David, popularized by presidents in the United States of America as a working-cum-holiday retreat. Uhuru received his university education in America. The head of Presidential Press Service Isaiah Kabira explained Sagana State Lodge’s importance to the head of Sate’s work arrangement: “I think he will be working from...
(Standard Digital 06/10/13)
His assailants are also suspected to have attempted to steal from women who were heading to a market in the town yesterday morning. Murang’a South Deputy OCPD Benson Musingi said they were yet to establish the motive of the murder but that the crime scene indicated there might have been a struggle. In Nyahururu, Nyandarua County, police at the weekend netted 30 suspects amid complaints from the public following several house breaking incidents. They also recovered various household items stolen from a prison warder’s house. Alphonse Njenga had lost his uniforms, boots and swagger canes together with his furniture, bedding and electronic equipment. “Sixteen among them have so far been directly linked with crime while we are still investigating the...
(Standard Digital 06/10/13)
The report handed to the Budget and Appropriations Committee of Parliament gives a breakdown of financial benefits of buying a 14-seater Cessna 2008B Grand Caravan as opposed to hiring one for accessing remote areas. The judiciary says it intends to own an aircraft to cut on the costs of hiring for flights to remote stations that are not accessible by road. Further the judiciary intends to use the aircraft to generate revenue which would then subsidize the operational costs.Ha€œIf purchased, the aircraft will be used as a tool to enhance service delivery and at the same time will be used as a source of revenue,€ the report says. The financial analysis estimates that in five years the judiciary would spend...
(Standard Digital 06/10/13)
Speaking on Monday during a conference by NACADA in Nairobi, the President said the time for talk has ended and that decisive action is needed to fight the vice. The Head of State t expressed frustration that the fight against drug and alcohol abuse has been too much of talk and short on action saying he will no longer tolerate that.He called on County Commission that they will lose their jobs if they don’t fight drug and alcohol abuse in their jurisdiction. “I have already given an order that all foreigners who are either suspected of engaging in drug trafficking to be deported and go back to their own countries to do their business there. They don’t need to be...
(AFP (eng) 06/10/13)
At least 10 people were wounded in two separate attacks in Kenya, police said Sunday, including a blast at a church in Mombasa and a grenade hurled in a crowd in Nairobi. In the port city of Mombasa, attackers on a motorbike threw a homemade bomb into a church service, wounding seven, while in Nairobi, a grenade was thrown in the largely ethnic Somali district of Eastleigh, wounding three, police said. The attacks are the latest in a string of grenade blasts or shootings to have hit Kenya, although it was not immediately clear if the two attacks were connected. In Mombasa, coastal police chief Aggrey Adoli said that police were searching for the attackers. "The attack occurred at a...
(Standard Digital 06/10/13)
A day after she declared interest in the seat, residents of Wote town held street demonstrations to express their disapproval of her candidature. Business in the country headquarter was brought to a standstill as residents thronged the streets to protest Nduku’s candidature terming her a spoiler for her step daughter’s chances of succeeding her late father. Led by former Wote town councilor Joseph Musau, the residents said they have welcomed Kethi Kilonzo’s candidature and are not ready to be treated to another family feud. “We are ready to support Kethi for this seat, but we do not want to be treated to another family feud. Let Nduku support her step daughter because Kethi declared interest first and is more qualified,”...
(Daily Nation 06/10/13)
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday reaffirmed his commitment to ensuring that the East African Community (EAC) succeeds in its regional integration efforts. Speaking at State House Nairobi during a meeting with members of the Kenya Chapter of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) who paid him a courtesy call, President Kenyatta assured them of his support in their duties. Mr Kenyatta said his government will look into ways of facilitating the smooth operations of the EALA Members of Parliament when on official duties in the country. On their part, the EALA Members of Parliament appreciated President Kenyatta’s steady support to the East Africa Community. They pledged to continue working tirelessly to ensure that appropriate legislation will be fast-tracked for the...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/10/13)
President Uhuru Kenyatta said the country must take action against alcohol and drug abuse with the resources it already has. This is according to the Star, online news source. Addressing the second National Conference on Alcohol and Drug Abuse in Nairobi the President said there are laws in place to deal with drug and alcohol abuse. “I particularly call on the National Police Service to tighten law enforcement measures to deal with illicit drug trafficking across our borders, enforce the law on access to alcohol, stamp out illicit brews in our towns and villages, and deal firmly with those encouraging underage drinking,” Uhuru said Any foreigner suspected to be dealing with drugs must be deported adding that the fight against...
(Voice of America 06/10/13)
Decades of drought in central Africa may have had a surprising cause, according to new research that challenges the notion that the severe dry weather was triggered mainly by bad agricultural practices and overgrazing. The research, done at the University of Washington, shows that the drought was at least partially caused by pollution in the Northern Hemisphere. The researchers said that sulfate-laden aerosols coming from coal-burning factories from the 1960s through the 1980s actually slowed warming in the Northern Hemisphere compared to the Southern Hemisphere. This shifted tropical rain bands south, away from the Sahel region, and led ultimately to the near drying up of Lake Chad, which is used to water crops in surrounding areas. Africa's Sahel regionAfrica's Sahel...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/09/13)
(Reuters) - South Africans prayed for Nelson Mandela's recovery on Sunday as the 94-year-old former president spent a second day in hospital with a recurring lung infection. Mandela, who became a global symbol of triumph over adversity and South Africa's first black leader in 1994 after the defeat of apartheid, was hospitalized early on Saturday after his already frail health worsened. It is his fourth hospital stay since December and the government said on Saturday his condition was "serious". During previous hospital visits it had highlighted his "good spirits". His health is a cause for concern to the millions of South Africans who revere Mandela for his decades of struggle against white-minority rule and steering the continent's biggest economy to...
(BBC News Africa 06/08/13)
Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital with a lung infection. The former South African president is in a "serious but stable condition", a spokesman for the current President, Jacob Zuma, says. Mr Mandela, 94, has been ill for some days but deteriorated overnight and was transferred to a hospital in Pretoria. Mr Mandela led the fight against apartheid, became South Africa's first black president, and is widely regarded as father of the nation. He has recently suffered a series of health problems and this is his fifth visit to hospital in two years. In April he was released from hospital after a 10-day stay caused by pneumonia. His illness was described on Saturday as a recurrence of a lung...
(Voice of America 06/07/13)
LONDON — Britain has apologized and agreed to pay compensation to thousands of veterans of the Mau Mau nationalist uprising in Kenya, which was brutally suppressed by the British colonial government in the 1950s. It could pave the way for further claims against Britain for its actions in its former colonies. The uprising by Mau Mau nationalists in 1950s Kenya was brutally suppressed by the British colonial government. The Kenya Human Rights Commission estimates that 90,000 Kenyans were killed or maimed and 160,000 detained. Torture and rape were common. More than 50 years later, British Foreign Secretary William Hague has apologized and agreed to pay compensation. “The agreement includes payment of a settlement sum in respect of 5,228 claimants, as...
(Business Daily 06/07/13)
Kenya’s Senate has asked President Kenyatta to reject a Bill from the National Assembly that seeks to cut the allocation to Counties by Sh48 billion. The Senate said the MPs had failed to comply with the Constitution and the law when they ignored the amendments to the Division of Revenue Bill, which determines the allocation of revenue between the national government and the county governments. Addressing journalists at the Kenyatta International Conference Centre Friday, the Leader of Majority in the Senate Kithure Kindiki said he had consulted with the leadership of the Upper House and the agreement was that the President should reject the Bill. “If the President assents to that Bill, it will be unconstitutional,” said Prof Kindiki. He...
(In2 East Africa 06/07/13)
Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga has asked African governments to come up with concrete steps to provide justice to citizens whose rights have been abused by leaders. Raila said he is disturbed by attempts by the continent’s leadership to demonise institutions that seek to protect ordinary citizens, who have suffered abuses in hands of leaders. Addressing students and staff of University of Pretoria on Wednesday evening, Raila said growing attacks on International Criminal Court(ICC) are disturbing and hypocritical. Raila once again defended ICC from accusations that it targeted African leaders saying the continent was a victim of its own failures. He said it was difficult to understand why leaders, who voluntarily appended their signatures toRome Statute that set up ICC...
(Business Daily 06/07/13)
The strengthened shilling has lessened Kenya’s foreign debt burden by reducing its rate of growth in the past three quarters, a budget review by the Treasury has showed. The review for up to third quarter of the financial year 2012/2013, published by the ministry of finance, shows that between June 2012 and March 2013 Kenya’s foreign debt increased to $9.9561 billion (Sh844 billion) from $9.195 (Sh780 billion). But the pace of the debt’s growth, when broken down on a quarterly basis, has decelerated. Between June and September 2012 it grew by $220.3 million (Sh18.7 billion), which reduced to $135.7 million (Sh11.5 billion )in the next quarter (September –December 2012) and in the first quarter of this year it grew by...
(AL Jazeera 06/07/13)
Foreign secretary says Mau Mau fighters who suffered abuse for resisting colonial rule will receive $30.8m. Britain has agreed to compensate Kenyans tortured during the Mau Mau uprising against colonial rule in the 1950s, Foreign Secretary William Hague has said. Hague expressed "sincere regret" on Thursday that the abuses had taken place and told parliament the government would pay a total of $30.8m to 5,228 clients represented by a British law firm. A lawyer for the vicitms had said on Wednesday the settlement had been agreed without disclosing the sum. "[The negotiations] have included everybody with sufficient evidence of torture. And that number is about 5,200," Kenyan lawyer Paul Muite said. Negotiations began after a London court ruled in October...

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