Dispute over transfers threaten to split IEBC

RETURNING OFFICERSIn the proposal, 47 constituency election managers and 290 constituency election officers were to be to be redeployed by May 4. These are the people who will later be gazetted as returning officers for county and constituency elections respectively. At the meeting, IEBC chairman Wafula Chebukati contradicted Mr Chiloba before the staff, many of whom were to be affected by the proposed movements and transfers. Mr Chebukati and Mr Chiloba had gone to the hotel where at least 400 election staff have been training. The commission staff said that after Mr Chiloba had addressed them on the proposals, Mr Chebukati openly differed with the CEO.

April 29, 2017 20:48 UTC

I pray I die serving God's people, says Archbishop

By KITAVI MUTUAMore by this AuthorThe elevation of Kitui Catholic Bishop Anthony Muheria to Archbishop of Nyeri may have surprised him but not the church faithful. “I was ordained as a priest to serve and I have tried to continue serving as a priest while being a bishop. "I pray I die serving, whether after many years or after a few, as an instrument, without any need of human glorification,” he said. However, he downplayed the notion that he was influential within the church terming it misguided and said it was the wrong understanding of how the Catholic church works. That is why, when looking at the Catholic church, many who apply these standards are totally mistaken,” he said.

April 29, 2017 20:15 UTC

Uncertainty clouds awaited promise of cheaper flour

By EDWIN OKOTHMore by this AuthorUncertainty continues to cloud the promise of cheaper maize flour even as Kenyans brace for harder times with inflation driving the cost of living higher. PRICE DROPThe anticipated relief was pegged on a release of some one million bags of maize from the government’s strategic grain reserves at a cheaper price to the millers who would then translate it to the consumers in cheaper maize flour. The Cereals Millers Association, which backed Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and his Agriculture counterpart Willy Bett in the April 4 promise, now says the cheaper maize flour will take longer. However, questions remain unanswered regarding the promise of cheaper ugali that was celebrated after the reading of the pre-election budget. The National Strategic Food Reserve, which had only 1.3 million bags of maize in January against the required three million bags, is also fast depleting.

April 29, 2017 20:03 UTC

Teachers due to receive house allowances

By OUMA WANZALAMore by this AuthorThe Teachers Service Commission has assured more than 6,635 teachers and secretariat staff who missed their April house allowances due to a technical hitch that they will be paid. The commission regrets the error and wishes to most sincerely apologise to the affected employees,” Mr Kamotho said but did not specify when. Kenya National Union of Teachers secretary-general Wilson Sossion asked the commission to put its house in order. “We will not condone such excuses anymore,” Mr Sossion said adding that teachers needed money to pay their children’s school fees this week. Dr Matiang’i said the wastage had created a situation where the 1:1 pupil to textbook ratio had not been attained in many schools.

April 29, 2017 19:41 UTC

STYLE: Shunning favourite brand

By CAROL ODEROMore by this AuthorOn Monday SheaMoisture, founded in 1991/92 by a trio of Liberians, released advertisements on their hair products. Their strong brand association and community that identifies with the product is now also a Damocles Sword for businesses. It is also an unfair presumption by the core demographic to imagine Caucasian women do not, in fact, also love and use SheaMoisture products. SheaMoisture may be proof of a business unaware of the intensity of brand ownership it’s consumers have. But the same base quickly fell on the side of distrusting a brand they had known and loved for years.

April 29, 2017 19:30 UTC

Chaos erupt in Eldoret as political factions clash

| Updated Sun, April 30th 2017 at 00:06 GMT +3One of Zedekiah Kiprop Buzeki's supporter who was hit by stone by suspected youths alleged to be supporters of Governor Jackson Mandago in Eldoret. Several people were injured Saturday when they were pelted with stones as two political rival groups clashed in Eldoret town. Vehicles belonging to Uasin Gishu governor aspirant Zedekiah Kiprop, alias Buzeki, were extensively damaged and police were forced to lob teargas canisters and shoot in the air to disperse the rowdy crowds. Trouble started when Buzeki’s convoy snaked its way into the town’s Central Business District (CBD) but supporters waving Governor Jackson Mandago’s posters started pelting the vehicles with stones. The supporters of my competitor started pelting us with stones and injuring my supporters,” Buzeki said.

April 29, 2017 18:33 UTC

APA Insurance to upgrade systems

| Updated Sun, April 30th 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3APA Insurance, a subsidiary of Apollo Investments says it is upgrading its systems to improve quality of services. This will enhance the firm's efficiency and competitiveness by leveraging on modern technology. The upgrade will occur on Monday May 1, 2017 and during this period, some of the services may be impacted. "This new system will open a new exciting chapter for our General Insurance Business," said Ashok Shah, Apollo Group CEO. "Besides the usual modules for an insurance system it will include portals for clients, intermediaries, claims intimidation and an upgraded Customer Relationship Management."

April 29, 2017 18:33 UTC

Mudavadi says he sacrificed presidency for the sake of Kenya

Photo WILLIS AWANDUNASA Principal Musalia Mudavadi has asked those complaining about their line-up to sacrifice personal ambitions for the sake of the country. Mudavadi who is the founder of coalition said those making noise are playing to the Jubilee den. "I ask our supporters and every Kenyan to give NASA a little of themselves for the sake of all of us. We must give meaning to Kenya Kwanza (Kenya first)," he told Sunday Standard. Nevertheless, Mudavadi is confident of a round one win come August.

April 29, 2017 18:32 UTC

Order and calm as ODM holds elections in Mombasa

| Updated Sun, April 30th 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3Orange Democratic Party (ODM) members in Mombasa County held repeat party primaries in three constituencies Saturday after initial exercise aborted last week due to violence. ODM National Election Board Commissioner Edward Nyale said the repeat polls were more peaceful and orderly this time round. We have put our house in order and today (yesterday) ODM members have voted,’’ he said. Other aspirants eyeing various seats under the party’s ticket had to square it out with their rivals. In Kisauni constituency, Junda ward, voters cast their votes to decide who will fly the party’s ticket in the ward come August 8.

April 29, 2017 18:25 UTC

Why middle class Kenyans are living a lie

Taste for foreign thingsThis is a member of the so-called Kenya’s ‘rising’ middle class, eating in a low-income eatery. They serve exotic cuisines, from Ethiopian to Chinese, popular with the typical middle class with a taste for all things foreign. IEA’s report, “The Middle Class in Formal Sector in Kenya,” found that there are about 272,569 middle class wage employees in Kenya, with another 74,337 wage employees taking home more than the middle class. The African Development Bank (AfDB) defines middle class as anyone who spends between $2 and $20 a day (Sh200 and Sh2,000) — putting the middle class at 34 per cent of Africa’s population, or nearly 350 million people. “So that demarcation is a thin line for policy-makers to know who is a middle class and who is not.”The term middle class emanated from a group of workers who neither the owners of capital nor the peasants who worked in the factories in the age of the industrial revolution.

April 29, 2017 18:22 UTC

Notorious Afghan warlord calls for peace in first public speech

In his first public speech since signing a peace deal with the Afghan government, one of Afghanistan's most notorious warlords on Saturday called for the Taliban to stop fighting and begin negotiations. The Afghan government requested the move as part of a peace deal with Hekmatyar and his militant group, Hezb-i-Islami, in September. Afghan President Ashraf Ghani welcomed Hekmatyar's public return, saying the former strongman would cooperate with the government. "Hezb-i-Islami leader Gulbuddin Hekmatyar’s return will have remarkable effects on peace, stability, prosperity and development in all aspects," Ghani's office said in a statement. American and other Western leaders praised the deal with him, however, hoping it could help lead to wider peace in Afghanistan.

April 29, 2017 09:33 UTC

Pope celebrates Mass in Cairo, urges unity against fanaticism

Pope Francis celebrated a Mass in Cairo on Saturday, the last day of a brief visit during which he urged Muslim leaders to unite against religious violence as Islamic militants threaten to rid the Middle East of its ancient Christian communities. Francis' trip, aimed at rebuilding ties with Muslim religious leaders, comes three weeks after Islamic State killed at least 45 people in attacks on two Egyptian churches. He has used the visit to launch a strong appeal for religious freedom and accuse extremists of distorting the merciful nature of God. The pope himself declined the use of an armoured limousine, preferring instead to travel in an ordinary Fiat car to be closer to people. The visit was the first by Francis to Cairo but the second by a Vatican pope.

April 29, 2017 09:00 UTC

Joho blocking my bid for Nyali ODM ticket, Jicho Pevu's Mohammed Ali says

Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has stamped his authority to make sure I do not get the ODM ticket, former KTN journalist Mohammed Ali has claimed. Mohammed is competing with Joho's cousin, Said Salim alias Saido, for the Nyali ODM ticket. On Wednesday, the ODM tribunal recommended to the National Elections Board to repeat Nyali MP nominations. More on this: Protests after ODM tribunal orders repeat of Nyali MP primariesLast week, Mohammed claimed that Joho - who was seen during the voting exercise - paid voters to support his cousin Salim. More on this: I will be on ballot despite losing in ODM primaries, Jicho Pevu's Mohammed Ali says

April 29, 2017 08:26 UTC

Zuma signs anti money-laundering bill into law

South African President Jacob Zuma has signed the anti-money laundering bill FICA, which allows increased scrutiny of the bank accounts of "prominent individuals", including himself, into law, his office said on Saturday. The country risked being kicked out of global fraud monitor, the Financial Action Task Force (FATF), if the Financial Intelligence Centre Amendment (FICA) bill was not signed by June. But Zuma sent in it back to the legislature saying he was concerned about the legality of provisions allowing searches without warrants. Gordhan, axed by Zuma as finance minister in March, said in court papers the Gupta family was waging an "organised campaign" to smear him and the Treasury. Zuma has said he is close to the family but denies being under their influence.

April 29, 2017 08:15 UTC

ODM nullifies Ranguma, Nyong'o nomination certificates

ODM's tribunal committee has nulified nomination certificates given to Kisumu Governor Jack Ranguma and Senator Anyang' Nyong'o. Ranguma and Nyong'o had both been declared winners after ODM Kisumu governor primaries on Tuesday. Nyando MP Fred Outa, Kisumu Senator Anyang Nyong'o and Woman Representative Rosa Buyu display their provisional nomination certificates after ODM primaries, April 25, 2017. /COURTESYMore on this: Drama, confusion in Kisumu as both Ranguma, Nyong'o are declared winnersRanguma and Nyong'o, through their lawyers, argued their case before the ODM tribunal, each saying they were duly elected. But on Friday tribunal committee chair Willis Otieno said ODM National Executive Committee will make the final decision on the matter.

April 29, 2017 08:03 UTC

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