IF the election were held today, incumbent President Uhuru Kenyatta would still defeat NASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga, a Star survey indicates. In the opinion poll, Uhuru is ahead with 48 percent while the opposition chief trails him at 39 percent. In May, a similar poll by the newspaper's research department had put Uhuru at 49 percent, while Raila was at 40 percent. Yesterday, President Uhuru unveiled an eight-key pillar reelection manifesto in an aggressive scramble for the 19 million registered voters against Raila. Raila has conspicuously infiltrated Bomet and Meru counties, which voted for President Uhuru almost to a man, getting 20 percent and 32 percent, respectively, according to the poll.
The query over the degree qualification of Wajir governor aspirant Mohamed Mahamud has sparked a war of word among leaders from the county. The Jubilee governor aspirant had been accused of forging academic certificates, but the accuser withdrew the petition and said someone impersonated him. The lawmakers included Adan Keynan (Eldas), Mohamed Ibrahim Elmi (Wajir East), Mohamed Elmi (Tarbaj), Ibrahim Saney (Wajir North) and woman representative aspirant Halima Abdille. “They want to divert attention from the degree issue surrounding the Jubilee aspirant,” he said. “We will get him a place in the Jubilee government of Wajir county.
As time draws nearer towards the ban on plastic bags, manufacturers who have one month to go are yet to start declaring their stock as directed by the government. Environment CS Judi Wakhungu notified the public that six months from February 27 [in September], the use, manufacture and importation of all plastic bags used for commercial and household packaging will be banned. Manufacturers who have until August 28 to declare their stock are also required to stop providing plastic, single-use carrier bags to customers on the same date. Nyabuto told the Star on the phone manufacturers had been “given six months to see what to do with their huge investments”. We continue to receive a lot of complaints from the public on plastic and that is why we fully support the ban,” he said.
The outcome of a probe at Weston Hotel, where 50 people contracted cholera, will be made public this week. Nairobi Health executive Dr Bernard Muia said officials of the Public Health department have started inspections at Weston Hotel, where at least 50 people contracted cholera last week. Weston general manager Michael Nzile said the Ministry of Health had conducted its investigation and exonerated the hotel. Initial culture tests from the National Public Health Laboratories showed that 18 of 25 samples returned positive results for cholera. The cholera victims started experiencing diarrhoea and vomiting starting on Tuesday.
This follows the firms’ introduction of eight new networking solutions that will be available in the market by end of June through November this year. The solutions range from standard basic networking products, wireless technology to collaborative products aimed at ensuring easy, secure and manageable business transactions. He added that the solutions will provide the firms with insights to spot anomalies and anticipate issues in real time, without compromising privacy. The IT expert said local SMEs need to adapt cloud based services and encrypted payment solutions that maintain privacy while ensuring safety when carrying out online transactions. To boost the productivity of SMEs, Akintokun said there is need to invest in educating young entrepreneurs on digitization and guiding them through the journey of innovation.
The handling of the cholera outbreak at the Weston Hotel, Nairobi, has been less than transparent. Fifty people, the majority of them delegates attending a medical/scientific conference, contracted cholera last week (see Page 2). But culture tests from the National Public Health Laboratories showed that 18 of 25 samples returned positive results for cholera. All staff, particularly in the kitchen, should have been speedily quarantined. Kenyans should be told by week’s end what the source was – particularly whether unhygienic staff and supplies.
I am foreseeing that the final results might end up at 52 percent and 47 percent or thereabouts for Uhuru and Raila, respectively. If the opinion polls give a fair representation of what is happening on the ground, the contest between Jubilee and NASA is stiff. Jubilee has already consolidated their bases and we are yet to see their last-minute practical on infiltrating the NASA strongholds. But the issues do not sell so well in the Jubilee strongholds such as Rift Valley, especially on the issue of the maize shortage. Jubilee has tried, but I think they are focussing more on individuals rather than on what they have achieved.
Spirit makers Platinum Distillers will face prosecution for allegedly stealing rival East Africa Breweries Limited keg barrels. Justice John Mativo, in a judgment said Inspector General of Police Joseph Boinnet and Director of Public Prosecution Keriako Tobiko are at liberty to arrest, charge and prosecute the company’s directors for using counterfeit EABL Keg barrels. The brewer is accused of stealing EABL barrels and converting them to their own. In December 2016, ACA and CID officers searched the firm's factory at Ruai and impounded 12 empty EABL barrels, twenty fraudulently converted EABL barrels and two upper keg rings with the words Platinum Distillers Ltd. The rest is left to the trial court.
kenya secondary schools term two A games Joy Kinglady (left) of Nyakach Girls High School attempts to clear the ball against Vanzier Awuor (right) of Utithi Girls High School in one of the girls soccer match as the Kenya Secondary Schools Term Two A national games got underway at the Shanzu Teachers Training College, June 06, 2017. Eastern Region girls’ football champions Utithi Mixed are on a mission to win this year’s national title. Utithi coach Dominic Maingi said their main objective was to lift the national trophy and maintain that form. “We are going for the national title. Others are 2015 national silver medallists Kobala Mixed of Nyanza and Kwale Girls.
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GOtv SHIELD CUP ROUND OF 64 Silver Bullets' Boniface Nzeke (left) challenges Sofapaka's Timothy Luda during their GOtv Shield Cup round of 64 match at Kenyatta Stadium on Sunday, June 25, 2017. [Stafford Ondego/www.sportpicha.co.ke]AFC, Gor, Tusker and Sofapaka in uncompromising mood in knockout competitionBigwigs were in uncompromising mood during the GOtv Shield Cup round of 64 at the weekend, with AFC Leopards notching the highest winning margin in their 15-1 annihilation of little-known Dero FC of Kisumu. Whyvonne Isuza added three goals while other scorers were Jackson Juma, Robinson Kamura, Mussa Mudde and Mercelus Ingotsi. ALSO READ: Sofapaka swoop on Ingwe DenThere was more goal glut as SportPesa Premier League debutants Nakumatt strolled to an 8-2 win over Bigot. Last year’s losing finalists Ulinzi Stars shook off stubborn Division Two side Wajiji with a 1-0 win via an Enosh Ochieng goal.
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Ramadhani cup in Kibra Ismail Fc Nicodemus Malika(l) and Kibra United Christopher Akach fight for the ball when they played 15th edition of Ramadhani cup at Woodly grounds yesterday. ON 26/06/2017 PHOTO: JENIPHER WACHIEThe team bagged the Ramadhan Cup and Sh40,000 in prize money. Kibra United are this year’s Ramadhan Cup football tournament champions. With defending champions Langata Gremio missing in action, Kibra took charge of the proceedings to lift the 15th edition of the tournament. Kibra United celebrates after they won the 15th Ramadhani cup when they played Ismail in the finals at Woodly grounds yesterday.
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However, it is lamentable that, for many people, tree planting has been reduced to a photo opportunity, a mere PR exercise. The cruel irony is that Africa is the continent that contributes least to climate change but suffers most from its effects. If we do not fight climate change with the resoluteness it demands, things will only get worse. COMMUNAL EFFORTWe need collective action to deal climate change a decisive blow. Climate change affects all of us, and, therefore, demands our united efforts.
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| Updated Tue, June 27th 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3Job creation is back on the top priority for the ruling coalition that is now promising to create 1.3 million jobs every year. In his party's manifesto released yesterday, President Uhuru Kenyatta said if re-elected, his government will work with devolved governments to establish at least one industry in every county. "We commit to creating at least 6.5 million jobs over five years to ensure our people, particularly our youth, can secure and maintain good jobs that enable them to enjoy a decent life. We will concentrate investments in the sectors that are growth-oriented and job creating," President Kenyatta said. [Paul Wafula]ALSO READ: President Uhuru outlines his major achievements
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"One of the women gave me a scratch card and asked me to scratch as she led me towards a vehicle that had a crowd participating in the promotion. Immediately after scratching, she announced that I had won a laptop and two phones, much to my surprise," said Kwamboka. The woman then asked for her national identification card and the scratch card so they could process Kwamboka's information and give her the prize. Sensing something was wrong, Kwamboka demanded her Sh6,000 back but the women told her it was not refundable. I suspect police are also involved and collect money from them because there is no justice for the victims," she said.
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International human rights law, which Kenya is a signatory to, states that primary education should be free and compulsory, while secondary and higher education should be made progressively free of charge. SCHOOL FEESHence, the recent pledge by presidential candidates Uhuru Kenyatta and Raila Odinga to provide free secondary education is appealing. In the 2013/14 financial year, the National Treasury allocated Sh74 million to 68 secondary schools under the School Infrastructure Development Programme. In the 2015/2016 financial year, Sh300 million was disbursed to 238 to secondary schools that included Sh24 million disbursed to 24 special needs secondary schools. The government must increase budgetary allocation to the ministry if it is committed to rolling out free secondary education.
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