Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has denied allegations by former Senator Hassan Omar that he colluded with the electoral agency to be declared the winner. Omar filed a petition against Joho asking the court to nullify his election, adding Joho’s election was unfair. Joho (pictured) said the IEBC is a free and independent institution which carried out its mandate without interference or orders from anyone. Joho testified before judge Lydia Achode and said he was declared the winner and issued a certificate after beating his rivals, including Omar, by a large margin. “I cannot remember whether I am the one who signed the declaration form or my chief agent did,” he said.
NASA is plotting a vigorous fightback to win back disaffected supporters and defuse fury triggered by the aborted swearing-in of Raila Odinga. The game plan to resist President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee administration will be firmed up after a retreat by opposition chiefs. Yesterday, the Star established that Raila, who flew to Kilifi on Jamhuri Day, this weekend will meet Kalonzo and co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang'ula. Some of the Jubilee-led counties NASA is targetting include Samburu, Narok, Wajir, Kajiado and Turkana. “We are asking supporters not to worry, we know how they feel but definitely our principals will communicate on the swearing-in.
The government will spend Sh500 million to construct a dual carriage road along the Eldoret-Nakuru Road. Speaking yesterday at Sachangwan where several people died in a grisly road accident, Roads and Infrastructure Principal Secretary John Mosonik said the construction with begin either in January or February. "We will have to divert Sh500 million meant for other projects for construction of dual carriage way to minimise accidents along this deadly spot," he said. At the same time, Kenyan National Highways Authority officials will begin marking the road for bumps to be erected. He further recommended that the use of older road bypassing the main road be opened soon.
Knut boss Wilson Sossion and his Kuppet counterpart Omboko Milemba are among 11 trade unionists set to lose their positions in the unions after being listed as state officers. Sossion was nominated to Parliament by the ODM Party while Milemba won the Emuhaya parliamentary seat in the August 8 general election. Among those affected Governors Mutahi Kahiga, who served as executive secretary for the Nyeri branch of the Kenya National Union of Teachers and Baringo's Stanley Kiptis. He was last year barred by the court from participating in the union elections because of his position as MP. Bungoma Women Representative Catherine Wambilianga is also set to lose her position as Kuppet gender secretary as is Nyatike MP Tom Odege who is the secretary general of the Union of Kenya Civil Servants.
Lamu county on Tuesday held its annual fishing competition on Lamu Island. It was caught by Omar Hussein’s team, which was awarded Sh100,000. The competition is organised every year by the Lamu government under the Department of Fisheries, Livestock and Cooperative Development. It is an opportunity for fishermen from various parts of the Lamu archipelago to display their skills. The one-day event entails fishermen going fishing for several hours after which the winner is rewarded with cash and fishing equipment.
Baringo residents want the government to ensure constant security patrols along the porous Tugen-Pokot borders so they can enjoy a peaceful Christmas. This comes after suspected armed Pokot bandits attacked residents of Yatya and Chemoe in Baringo North on Sunday and stole 38 cows belonging to three Tugen families. He urged the government to deploy more security officers to patrol the borders to keep off the armed bandits. Also at the function was Baringo North deputy county commissioner John Tanui, police boss Chemongis Ndiema and subcounty administrator Luka Aengwo. Tanui blamed the Pokot bandits’ cattle rustling on the need for dowry.
Maina and Manyatta MP John Muchiri expressed anger at residents whom they say have formed a habit of setting suspects on fire. She warned against the lynching of suspects during the Christmas holidays and asked residents to cooperate with their Nyumba Kumi administrators to stop crime. Maina added that taxi crews are at the forefront in lynching and setting suspects ablaze. In a separate incident on November 24, students of the University of Embu set ablaze a boda boda operator. A boda boda rider and his passenger were killed by a gang in Mwanyari village, Mbeere South.
The law is clearly distinct on the roles of the national government and the county governments. The two governments are interdependent and at no point has State House ever taken over the affairs of Nairobi county. We can only achieve this desired growth through cooperation by both the national and the county governments. Then we had an assembly with almost equal strength represented by the Party of National Unity and the Orange Democratic Movement. Isolation often breeds contention, which almost guarantees failure: You need cooperation among all the involved parties in order to succeed.
The government has released an extra Sh1 billion to the National Cereals and Produce Board to pay maize farmers. Three weeks ago the government paid farmers Sh600 million. NCPB officials have denied claims by farmers that it is buying imported maize from influential traders pretending to be local producers. But NCPB spokesman Titus Maiyo said they are still processing the subsidised government maize bought from Mexico. “We still have a quantity of the subsidised maize at the port.
Kenyan farmers will benefit from Sh64 billion funding to develop new crops that can withstand harsh weather and resist attacks from pests and diseases. The commitment, made by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the European Union, will be spread over three years. Gates Foundation is to donate Sh31 billion to complement various projects funded by the European Commission worth Sh33 billion. They will also fund initiatives to help farmers protect their crops from drought and floods. The Gates Foundation also launched a Sh1.8 billion programme dubbed One Planet Fellowship to help farmers adapt to climate chang
Leaders from West Pokot county have urged the government to address historical injustices against the community. Atudonyang said historical injustices aggravated hatred and animosity among communities with border disputes. “There are many land disputes in this region, yet the government is not committed to address them,” Atodonyang said. He said reconciliation will only come if historical injustices are addressed and justice done. West Pokot region lags behind.
According to players in the local real estate sector, prolonged drought, lack of access to credit and a lengthy electioneering period saw the sector face one of its turbulent periods. 2017 saw a depressed lending environment. You must remember that people buy into real estate, especially residential units as a third option. We adopted an institutional framework for the development of diverse concepts in real estate. These projects saw our real estate investment portfolio grow to Sh82.1 billion.
More than three million title deeds issued by the Jubilee administration since 2013 may be rendered illegal. This is due to failure to comply with a court order issuing steps to regularise them. This was as experts warned of a looming upheaval in the real estate and financial sectors, and the economy in general, should the decree that the title deeds are illegal come into force. In June, when President Uhuru Kenyatta issued 7,137 title deeds to Tharaka Nithi residents, the Government reported more than three million land papers had been given by the Jubilee regime in the last four years, nationally. Title deeds form the biggest form of immovable property that borrowers use to acquire loans," Mr Olaka said.
Plaids or chequered fabric are versatile choices that will give you instant wins this Christmas. Then use your chequered fabric to wrap the bucket or create a tree skirt to conceal an unsightly base. Table runnersAlternative cut the chequered fabric into long strips of rectangles and use as table runners for your dining or coffee table. Place your rectangular long strips of chequered fabric at the foot of your bed to act as a sash and reinforce your theme with two pillow cases in matching plaids. Normally the plaid fabric is made from wool which makes it super ideal to act as a throw and cuddle up to the warmth of family during holiday festivities.
Criminals are taking advantage of the situation to bring in guns used in the attacks that have seen many killed and others maimed. I feel so much pain after losing my children.”Reports indicate that at least ten people have been killed in attacks in Mt Elgon within the past one month. But Mt Elgon MP, Fred Kapondi, denied claims SLDF militia was regrouping. Western Regional Commissioner Mongo Chimwaga urged residents to volunteer information that will lead to the arrest of the criminals. Chimwaga who spoke at Masaek market warned residents against harbouring criminals or withholding information on their activities.