Sheikh is being held for terror-related attacks and radicalisation in Marsabit [George Njunge, Standard]An Intelligence report by Kenyan security agencies has linked controversial Muslim Sheikh Guyo Goza to slain Al Shabaab operative Mbaraka Ali Huka who was killed in Isiolo recently. The Al Shabaab operatives are suspected to have been discussing a planned attack in Nairobi before they were ambushed by the police. Mbarak taught at Taqwa Madrassa run by Sheikh Guyo where it is believed he was radicalised and recruited into Al Shabaab and later connected to Hassan Jarso Kotolla in Somalia. ALSO READ: Tragedy as Al Shabaab terrorists end lovebirds' dreamsHis death comes at a time when Guyo is facing charges of recruiting youth into Al Shabaab in Marsabit County and supporting the militants in Somalia. Police investigations have established that the youth who caused chaos are former and current students of the Sheikh at Taqwa Madrassa
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345Former Manchester United Louis Van Gaal [Photo: Courtesy]Louis van Gaal is the shock name in the frame to replace Antonio Conte at Chelsea. And Van Gaal could be asked to step in on an interim basis if the Italian leaves. The rivalry escalated last month with the Manchester United boss referring to match-fixing allegations against Conte and the Italian dismissing the Portuguese multiple-winner as a “little man”. But former Chelsea and Manchester United star Ray Wilkins said: “When you meet them they are both very nice human beings. I think Chelsea will not be beaten.”
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Since he stepped down as Safaricom CEO, I was expecting him to be at Kenya Airways where he is now chairman. I spend most of my time at Kenya Airways but it is a long way to go and traffic is horrendous. “Going to Kenya Airways was very different because I was inheriting a 40-year-old organisation. He moved to Europe and became an independent consultant and eventually Vodafone offered him the opportunity to build a mobile phone network in Hungary. That legacy led to his appointment at Kenya Airways, and people have wondered if he will replicate the same success there.
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| Published Sun, February 25th 2018 at 09:16, Updated February 25th 2018 at 09:20 GMT +3Lands and Physical planning Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney at her new office during the handing over at Ardhi House, Nairobi. [Photo by Boniface Okendo/Standard]Lands Cabinet Secretary Farida Karoney has advised Kenyans living in rich agricultural regions not to sub-divide their land. Ms Karoney said the country is grappling with food insecurity because our farms are getting smaller and smaller. Kenyans should realise that the smaller a farm is, the less productive it is economically,” she said. Karoney said though the government has one million acres for tree plantation, ordinary Kenyans must supplement the government efforts by planting trees in their farms.
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[Courtesy]When five armed gunmen stormed the Karen residence of Pembe Millers director Ahmed Salim last week, they did not expect the tide to turn on them. ALSO READ: Simple mistakes exposing you to bank fraudSalim had been hosting guests at his residence. One of the guests, only identified as Ibrahim, notices the gunmen and runs back into the house shouting. He found the two gunmen he had first shot dead along the road and the third deeper in the trees. His Muthangari Garden Road residence in Nairobi’s Lavington estate had just been attacked in 2005.
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| Published Sun, February 25th 2018 at 10:30, Updated February 25th 2018 at 10:35 GMT +3Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto and US’s Donald Trump. [Photo: Courtesy]U.S. President Donald Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto postponed plans for the Mexican leader’s first visit to the White House, after a testy phone call involving Trump’s push for a border wall, a senior U.S. official said on Saturday. ALSO READ: Report says Trump had an affair with Playboy modelMexican officials had been talking about a summit between Trump and Pena Nieto in the next few weeks, without specifying when. A Mexican official said Trump lost his temper during the conversation, the newspaper reported. Trump also met the Mexican president once during the 2016 election campaign.
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Tension is high following renewed clashes at Chepchoina farm in Trans Nzoia County after about 200 squatters were left homeless when their houses were torched. In renewed daytime clash on Thursday, an unknown number of people raided villages and set ablaze about 15 houses that belonged to Kamtel village occupants. Rael Korerwong, 57, who has lived for 15 years at Chepchoina farm said she lost her property after an unknown number of people raided and torched her house. Endebes Sub-county Deputy County Commissioner Peter Maina said the land dispute has been there for years and assured residents of security. Some people might use the courts to oppress others - we should not politicise the land issue so that the first occupants of the land are displaced,” he said.
This follows the proposal to reduce the amount the community will earn from the oil when commercial production starts in three years. ALSO READ: Kenya to start exporting oil in 2021/22, says TullowThe community initially expected 10 per cent of what will be paid to the Government by Tullow Oil once the country starts exporting oil on a commercial basis. I am optimistic that Kenya will be a successful country in production of oil and gas,” the CS said. Despite the stumbling blocks that stand in the way of the pilot project, both the Ministry and Tullow Oil said EOPS is ready to commence in the first half of this year. ALSO READ: Why Tullow Oil has fired local staff and shut down rigs at LokicharThough it has in the past been termed as an unnecessary loss making venture, Tullow Oil said the project it is expected to give an insight into how the market will react to the Kenyan oil and inform the commercial development.
| Published Sun, February 25th 2018 at 00:00, Updated February 24th 2018 at 23:23 GMT +3Nakuru Governor Lee Kinyanjui with Deputy President William Ruto at a past function. [Photo: Courtesy]Plans to spend Sh20 million to refurbish Nakuru’s Nyayo Garden have not gone down well with a section of MCAs who have accused the county executive of misplaced priorities. In a supplementary budget tabled before the Assembly, the County Treasury noted that the garden is a key landmark. Renovation of the garden is not a priority at the moment,” said an MCA who sought anonymity for fear of being seen as undermining the governor. However, Governor Lee Kinyanjui defended the project saying it was key as Nakuru town gears up for elevation to a city.
It desperately needs the IMF facility to redeem itself at a time it has dug itself into a refinancing circus. In January 2015, the government approached the IMF for the $1.5 billion standby credit facility. Luckily, Kenya faced no such risks by the time it approached the IMF. It froze Kenya’s access to the credit facility until the review is completed. If, God forbid, there is an exogenous shock, Kenya cannot access the $1.5 billion.
Like all the other termini, the Nairobi SGR terminus is located away from the city centre and far from establishments such as supermarkets and restaurants. When Sunday Standard visited Mukene’s kibanda, it was about an hour to the departure of the 2.30pm train to Mombasa. Business people are striving to earn a living by easing travel for the SGR passengers, by bringing essential goods they might need closer. ALSO READ: SGR hits legal barrier“It is too hot and most passengers going to board the train rarely walk. As a result, Mukene’s customers are mostly factory and SGR employees, as opposed to travellers who were her initial target market.
How we address that imbalance in healthcare should be a major concern for the Government, the Health Ministry, medical practitioners and the health insurers, both private and public. It is also unfair that cartel-like healthcare providers have denied majority of Kenyans decent medication by hiking the cost of treatment and drugs. They exaggerate consultation fees, cost of drugs and even propose expensive procedures, especially if a patient has a health insurance cover. Previous regimes have attempted to make health insurance accessible to majority of Kenyans, but they have flopped due to various reasons. Quality careThat said the onus is on Kenyans to demand affordable healthcare.
ON 07/02/16 PHOTO: JENIPHER WACHIEMakuto to miss Africa clubs eventNational team player is ineligible after playing in United Arabs Emirates. National women’s champions Kenya Pipeline’s preparations for next month’s 2018 Women’s African Club Championship in Cairo, Egypt have suffered a major blow after instrumental right attacker Violet Makuto was ruled out. “She has been very instrumental on both local and international scenes, but unfortunately she has been ruled out of the club championship. Despite the challenges, the national women’s team head coach is confident of reclaiming the title they last won in 2005. Apart from Siwa, the Embakasi-based outfit has also roped in youthful right attacker Winnie Odhiambo from Kwanzanze and Soweto Academy’s left attacker Jemimah Nafula.
Yesterday, sources told Sunday Standard that they had approved all nominees despite a majority of them exhibiting little knowledge on diplomacy. “We have to do so as Wednesday is actually the 14th day after their names were sent to Parliament. ALSO READ: Vetting committee approves all Cabinet nomineesStern stanceOthers are Dan Kazungu (Tanzania), Phylis Kandie (Belgium, Luxembourg and the European Union), Willy Bett (India), Hassan Wario (Austria) and outgoing State House Comptroller Lawrence Lenayapa (Netherlands). Macharia had complained that many Kenyans have been tortured in South Sudan, despite Kenya investing heavily in the stability of the country. “We host tens of thousands of refugees here from South Sudan.
(Photo: Denish Ochieng/ Standard)Cash-strapped retailer Uchumi Supermarkets is exiting Sarit Centre bringing to an end a three-decade old business story in the iconic building. This was also confirmed by Sarit Centre management. “Uchumi has been located at the Sarit Centre for over 30 years and we wish to thank the management for their support over the years and also grateful to all our loyal customers,” said Mr Dixon. On Thursday, the retailer announced that its half year losses had widened by 63 per cent to Sh895 million. ALSO READ: Uchumi posts Sh895 million loss