Kenya: Governor Evans Kidero foundation permit revoked

| Updated Thu, February 23rd 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero. (Photo: Boniface Okendo/Standard)The Government has ordered the deregistration of Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero's foundation. "The membership of the organisation raises critical questions of possible conflict of interest between the county government and the Evans Kidero Foundation," read the letter. Another concern was the acquisition of a property known as the Evans Kidero Centre in Kileleshwa. ALSO READ: Evans Kidero and Peter Kenneth call for peaceful campaigns

February 22, 2017 18:58 UTC

Kenya: Keep your bathtub clean with these simple steps

| Updated Thu, February 23rd 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3You should clean your bathtub every week to prevent soap scum buildup and stains. The material from which a tub and sink is made determines how you clean it. Clean your bathtub every week to prevent soap scum buildup and stains. Porcelain bathtubsMost bathtub cleaners are safe for porcelain. For a natural cleaner, wet baking soda with water to form a paste and then rub the paste on a sponge or brush to clean.

February 22, 2017 18:51 UTC

Kenya: How NASA plans to solve challenges facing Kenya

(Photo: Beverlyne Musili/Standard)The National Super Alliance (NASA) has promised to strengthen devolution by committing more money to the counties if it forms the next government. The seven-pillar strategy includes supporting devolution, national reconciliation and healing, resolving historical injustices, and realising equality for women, youth, persons with disabilities, and disadvantaged communities and groups. ALSO READ: Secrets of new NASA power dealSHARED FUNCTIONSThe coalition leaders also promised that NASA would share other functions such as development of school infrastructure and some aspects of security. Musyoka added that NASA would institute a national dialogue to heal divisions in the country. ALSO READ: Raila's daughter, Rosemary, admitted to city hospitalMudavadi called for equality for women, youth, persons with disabilities, and other minority groups.

February 22, 2017 18:07 UTC

EDITORIAL: In solidarity with Somalia

By EDITORIALMore by this AuthorThe attendance in Mogadishu of the inauguration of new Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed 'Farmajo' by three regional heads of state is a welcome endorsement of the new leader. President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Djibouti counterpart, Mr Omar Guelle, and Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn were in war-torn Somalia for a visit that is full of symbolism, as it demonstrates commitment to helping stabilise the country. This is, perhaps, the most important signal to Al-Shabaab terrorists that the regional resolve to restore peace and order in Somalia is unstoppable. The message to the militants, who have staged two fatal attacks since President Farmajo’s election, is that their bloody campaign will not change the resolve to get Somalia back on track. President Kenyatta’s presence is a bold statement of Kenya’s commitment to fighting terrorism.

February 22, 2017 18:03 UTC

Kenya: Moving towards smart neighbourhoods

More cities, neighbourhoods and homes are turning to technology to keep up with the times. Planned roll outOchieng says that together with Safaricom, they are putting up a high-tech telecommunication infrastructure, fibre optic cable lines in selected neighbourhoods before the plan is rolled out to all city neighbourhoods. Smart devicesThe smart devices will alert their owners of any faults in their appliances and will keep an eye on their homes while away. The Nairobi County Government is on the way to adopting a non-motorised system as part of achieving the smart city goal. As the policy awaits adoption, motorists should be ready to embrace this way of life that is common in smart cities.

February 22, 2017 17:35 UTC

Kenya: Why Kenya could be among failed states

The Fragile (formerly Failed) States Index 2016, a United States think tank, says Kenya is a failed state. ALSO READ: Turkana drought prompts locals to share food with livestockWhile Somalia scored 114 points, Kenya scored 98.3, yet the country’s leadership has the effrontery to send Kenyan soldiers to that human abattoir to stabilise it. Attributes of a failed state include a weak dysfunctional central government, collapsed public services, rampant corruption, a non-performing economy and rising incidents of crime. ALSO READ: Provide security to all aspirants now, Wetang’ula tells GovernmentOften, you’d hear hundreds of heads of cattle have been stolen. Kenya holds the world record of not having had a functional health service sector for 81 days today and the top leadership is unfazed.

February 22, 2017 17:08 UTC

State cleared over abduction of two South Sudanese

The High Court has absolved the government and security agents in the disappearance of two South Sudanese nationals. Dong Luak and Aggrey Izbon went missing in Nairobi on January 23. The two were allied to former South Sudan Vice President Riek Machar and worked in senior capacities in the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition. More on this: Query Nkaissery over missing South Sudanese, families sayBut Justice Luka Kimaru said the two went missing as a result of foul play by unknown persons. On February 8, a South Sudanese sleuth appeared before the court over the matter.

February 22, 2017 16:56 UTC

Africa night sets the pace for Safaricom International Jazz Festival

Jazz fans had their first glimpse into Kenya's biggest Jazz event, with Safaricom providing them with a taste of artistes on the Safaricom International Jazz Festival line-up. The invite-only concert held at the Kenya National Theatre, Nairobi, saw local and international acts take the stage and offer stellar performances. Shamsi Music, who featured in the Safaricom Jazz Lounge in 2016, wowed the crowd with a classical rendition of the song "Murata". After a short interlude, fans were welcomed back into the theatre to a smooth Jazz performance from South Africa's Bokani Dyer trio. Shamsi MusicThe Safaricom International Jazz Festival is set to take place on February 26 at the Kasarani Training Ground.

February 22, 2017 16:27 UTC

Kenya: First Lady Margaret Kenyatta to support distribution of relief food in drought-hit areas

| Updated Wed, February 22nd 2017 at 19:04 GMT +3First Lady Margaret Kenyatta. (Photo: Courtesy)First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has announced that her office will support relief efforts aimed at mitigating drought that has hit various parts of the country. She also visited North Horr Health Centre and witnessed the livestock off take exercise at North Horr Livestock Market. Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet on the other hand said the Kenya Red Cross is working with other partners and well-wishers to help the affected communities. “Kenya Red Cross has been working closely with the County and National Government to address the drought crisis," said Gullet.

February 22, 2017 16:05 UTC

'Desperate' Jubilee behind fake script naming Kalonzo Nasa flag bearer - ODM

ODM has refuted claims that Nasa has named Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka as its flag bearer, as alleged in a letter circulating on social media. This was signed by Raila Odinga (ODM), Musalia Mudavadi (Amani), Kalonzo Musyoka (Wiper) and Moses Wetang'ula (Ford Kenya). Moments after, a statement purporting that Kalonzo would be the coalition's flag bearer was widely shared on social media. "Even a silly dog in the village will know the document Jubilee is spreading around is as fake as their ideas," he said. Nasa leaders Raila, Kalonzo, Musalia, and Wetang'ula said the team will also select a running mate for the presidential candidate.

February 22, 2017 15:33 UTC

Kidero reads malice in his NGO’s deregistration

By LILLIAN MUTAVIMore by this AuthorNairobi Governor Evans Kidero has described as malicious and politically motivated the NGOs Coordination Board's decision to release information regarding the deregistration of his foundation. Dr Kidero's comments come after letters on investigations into the Evans Kidero Foundation and its deregistration were leaked to media. Speaking to the Nation, Dr Kidero said he had not been served any letters by the board and had only seen them in the media. I will not be cowed by small politics carried out by Jubilee,” said Dr Kidero. On Tuesday, in a letter dated February 21, 2017, NGOs Coordination Board Executive Director Mahamed Fazul informed the chairman of the foundation that its registration had been cancelled.

February 22, 2017 15:08 UTC

Kidero vehicle stoned in Kawangware after Nasa function

Nairobi Governor Evans Kidero's vehicle was on Wednesday stoned by angry youths in Kawangware. Witnesses said the youths felt shortchanged when Kidero refused to give them handouts after he left an Okoa Kenya function in Lavington. Read: Nasa to hold first rally in Ruto's backyard, lists seven pillars to 'Okoa Kenya'During the commotion, some boda boda operators were also stoned, prompting them to follow Kidero demanding for compensation. They said the youths wore t-shirts bearing Arati's name. City Hall denied that Kidero was in the car during the incident.

February 22, 2017 15:06 UTC

Crisis hit Uber declines to meet drivers’ demands

PHOTO | FILERide hailing company Uber is facing an imminent industrial action from its driver-partners following a standoff between the two parties. Even in the face of a strike notice which the drivers intend to execute from Thursday over reduced rates, the company insists it is obligated to offer affordable taxi rides to its clients. “Time and again we have seen that price cuts result in more people wanting to take trips with Uber. Their main concern is on the pricing, with competitors charging almost double what Uber charges for the same distance. The development comes at a time when the company is facing legal battles with driver-partners in other countries over benefits of traditional workers.

February 22, 2017 14:59 UTC

[VIDEO] Laikipia wildlife starving to death after invasions clear pasture

Wildlife have started dying due to the land invasions in conservancies in Laikipia county, which has also been affected by drought. The video below shows a buffalo dying of starvation in Laikipia Nature Conservancy. Pokot invaders have also turned to killing buffalo and cutting off parts for witchcraft spells to protect themselves from police. On Laikipia Nature Conservancy five buffalo have been poached in this way just over the last week. More on this: Pokot invaders now killing Laikipia buffalo, cutting parts for witchcraft

February 22, 2017 14:58 UTC

Quack nurse sentenced to two years imprisonment

A 32 year-old man who impersonated a nurse and even treated some patients at Embu Level Five Hospital has been sentenced to two years imprisonment. Embu Senior Resident Magistrate Vincent Nyakundi said prosecution had proved beyond doubt that Mr Erick Mukundi had indeed impersonated a public health worker, before someone discovered that he was not a nurse. ARRESTEDThe nurse narrated to the court how at one point Mr Mukundi sought to use the hospital phone to inquire something since he was new and was not familiar with the hospital settings. She alerted the hospital management who visited the ward and interrogated Mr Mukundi who confessed that he was not a trained nurse. In mitigation Mr Mukundi told the court that he was the sole breadwinner to his family, taking care of his elderly mother and two other siblings.

February 22, 2017 14:19 UTC

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