| Published Sat, August 19th 2017 at 00:34, Updated August 19th 2017 at 00:38 GMT +3Friends and relatives view the body of former ICT Manager at IEBC Chris Msando after the body arrived at Kisumu International Airport ahead of burial at his Lifunga home in Ugenya, Siaya County. Msando’s widow, Eva Buyu Msando, her children and close family members were at hand to receive the body that arrived aboard a Kenya Airways flight. Chris Msando will be buried at his Lifunga home in Ugenya, Siaya County. Prof Nyong’o challenged the Government to investigate and name those behind Msando’s death. “Let us keep the family in our prayers during this trying time and pray that the killers face justice,” he added.
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On Wednesday, NASA changed tune after earlier denouncing any move to petition the election at the Supreme Court, and announced a court action. ALSO READ: Campaign trail is not for the faint of heartAnxious supportersFriday, it was a cat and mouse chase as NASA lawyers failed to communicate on the exact time of filing. As the clock ticked, anxious NASA supporters were grouping outside the Supreme Court with the hope of witnessing their leaders arrive at the Judiciary to file their case. The Supreme Court premises and its environs teemed with uniformed and plain clothes police men. “Kindly note the NASA coalition will file its election petition with the Supreme Court at 3pm this afternoon.
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The complainants in the presidential election petition, Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka were in the same team and the case they filed on Friday at the Supreme Court is similar to the one in 2013. Sources said three law firms have been contracted by NASA to work on the petition which runs to dozens of lawyers. In 2013 Supreme Court judges Ibrahim Mohammed, Jackton Ojwang, Njoki Ndung’u, Philip Tunoi, Smokin Wanjala and Chief Justice Willy Mutunga declared that Kenyatta and Ruto had been validly elected. “For the Presidential Election petition, let me tell you and let me be very candid: If it was my option, I would never want to sit and preside over an election petition matter,” he said. ALSO READ: Raila’s dossier that could make or break his dreamSince 2013, Raila’s supporters believe the Supreme Court was part of a conspiracy to deny him from ascending to power.
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ALSO READ: What NASA petition means for KenyaA source within the pool of lawyers told Saturday Standard that NASA’s case will be hinged on Raila Odinga’s claims of hacking of the IEBC servers and inconsistent results. IEBC’s defence on the credibility of the results it announced will be critical to the case. Raila has accused Jubilee of hacking into the IEBC database and manipulating election results to ensure that the incumbent wins. NASA, Jubilee and the IEBC have assembled the best legal minds in the country to argue their case before the Supreme Court. “We are ready and waiting to see if they have a strong case.
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Kenyans abroad sent home Sh92 billion over the first six months of 2017, a four per cent increase compared to Sh88.3 billion in the first half of 2016. It recently published guidelines for Kenyans working abroad on the most effective way to send money home as well as make meaningful investments. The guidelines, Send Money and Invest in Kenya, are aimed at helping Kenyans in the diaspora send money cheaply, open accounts and target investments back home. “Government can leverage on the remittances from Kenyans residing abroad and channel them towards national development,” said Diaspora and Consular Affairs Director Washington Oloo. The plan will be implemented by the newly-established African Institute of Remittances (AIR), hosted by the Foreign Affairs ministry.
The Kenyan U23 women’s volleyball squad to this year’s FIVB World U-23 Championship has intensified training ahead of next month’s (September 10-17) global tournament in Ljubljana, Slovenia. We resumed training on Monday and so far the response has been encouraging,” Mabwi told Standard Sports. ALSO READ: Malkia Strikers start chase for global ticket at Kasarani today“We are working on our tactics and accuracy of skill execution. “So, that means four more players will be dropped in the coming few weeks.”Just like Mabwi, team manager Martin Makokha said the team is ready for the task ahead. The team is expected to depart for Slovenia on September 8.
| Published Sat, August 19th 2017 at 00:00, Updated August 18th 2017 at 20:45 GMT +3Nothing could have adequately prepared me for my debut experience on the campaign trail. Hours of watching political drama such as Netflix’s acclaimed series ‘House of Cards’ or ABC’s ‘The Good Wife’ came to naught. Keeping up with our national politics from the luxury of my couch is in many ways tantamount to watching fictional political drama. The rough road is dotted with women, walking in pairs, weighed down by buckets of water on their heads. A group of women dance towards the motorcade and the candidate accompanies them and they dance towards the people.
On a national scale, Kenya’s 19.6 million registered voters will cost the government $25.40 per voter, (About Sh2,500) the highest of any African nation. Nigeria, with nearly 70 million voters, spent $603 million in its 2015 elections, translating into $8.61 per voter while the 2016 Ghanaian elections cost $12 per voter. The Rwandese 2017 elections cost less than a dollar per voter. To address this, the government needs to strengthen the electoral and judicial institutions so that Kenyans have confidence with the voting process. This will increase economic stability, greatly reducing the cost of Kenya’s elections for generations to come.
The Supreme Court — comprising seven judges — will now decide the poll outcome in the next 14 days. The bench at Supreme Court comprises Chief Justice David Maraga, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Judges Isaac Lenaola, Jackton Ojwang, Njoki Ndung’u, Smokin Wanjala and Mohammed Ibrahim. This race, the second round of presidential elections, will be purely simple-majority based. Given that the first presidential petition was filed yesterday, a decision on it must be delivered by September 2. In this case, the petitioner will have up to around November 17 to file the second presidential petition and the courts will have to determine it by December 1.
ALSO READ: Effects of post-election riots in NyanzaThis is as the harvesting season that kicks in has found itself overlapping with the subsidy program. Farmers fear that millers may have taken advantage of the government subsidy to stockpile which may cause a glut come October when the duty free importation subsidy ends. Last year maize production declined from 42.5 million bags in 2015 to 37.1 million bags in 2016 according from data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) due to poor rainfall. But when extending the importation period for subsidised maize last month, Cabinet Secretary Willy Bett said he had projected a shortfall during the harvest period. We do not know when our next harvest will be, therefore, we might need to extend the importation period,” he told reporters.
ALSO READ: Agriculture needs to attract more youths, argues expertThe chemical also serves as a pesticide and weed killer. Based in Eldoret, Uasin Gishu County, the factory is expected to be a major boost to maize farmers who can now earn from the cobs, which often end up as waste or domestic fuel. ISONS, which purchased Kenya Furfural Company plant from its receiver managers Ernst & Young, commissioned the plant last week. Bio-Corn Products Chief Executive Ashite Patel said furfural is also a crucial ingredient in the cracking process of crude oil. Mr Patel said Bio-Corn Products will directly employ 400 people and consume 60,000 tonnes of corncobs annually, producing 5,000 tonnes of furfural, 2500 tonnes of acetic acid and 400 tonnes of formic acid.
The agency said it has recovered Sh79.67 million held in Faulu Micro Finance Bank in the name of Charity Wangui Gethi. An account at Standard Chartered Bank holding Sh7.8 million and another at Old Mutual Money Market Fund with Sh204,000, in the name of Charity Wangui Gethi, have been frozen. Early last year, the Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko recommended that money laundering proceedings be opened against 11 suspects. These are Mr Benson Gethi and some of his family members including his mother Charity Wangui Gethi, cousin Anthony Gethi Kihara and sister Jedidah Wangari Wangui. Early this year, Parliament recommended investigations on 28 banks suspected of handling the Sh791 million siphoned from the NYS.
Also with us is a top cop, a member of the cream of the Kenya Police Service. In spite of a new Constitution and new leaders, Kenya faces the same old challenges. Whatever the outcome of the Supreme Court process, it seems critical for the country’s leadership to understand that Kenya has entered a very dangerous phase. ALSO READ: Yes, Kenya deserves better than violent street protestsThe Manichean structure of the State must be dismantled. - Mr Muluka is a publishing editor, special consultant and advisor on public and media relations.
What kind of society produces men that go about killing children like Pendo and Nyarangi without remorse? Our security officers remain exposed to all kinds of compromise. And so there might come a time when communities in certain parts of Kenya resolve to create and maintain their own means of protection from State violence. The agreement to grant the central State the exclusive right to legitimate use of violence is a conditional agreement. There is a reason we changed the name from Kenya Police Force to Kenya Police Service.
The IEBC on Thursday said it will make public all the forms 34A by close of business on Friday. “We have finished scanning all the forms 34A and we intend to finish uploading the forms unto our online portal by end of tomorrow [Friday],” he said. NASA has accused the election’s commission of failing to provide particularly forms 34As, which they argue would help unearth electoral fraud at the polling stations. “They [IEBC] gave figures from non-existent Forms 34A and 34B. Forms 34As are statutory instruments used to tabulate presidential results for each candidate at the polling stations.
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