Genetically engineering of crops is technology too valuable to ignore. It is the key to President Uhuru Kenyatta’s quest to ensure food security and nutrition in Kenya. Contributing factors could be global warming which has led to a change of weather patterns or even pests and diseases which are a great threat to all crops. Second generation GMOs are increased in nutrition serving fully the need for food security and nutrition in the country. We don’t have to import maize every year yet we have several counties producing millions of bags of maize.
Schoolgirls are targeted because they are cheap to maintain, are highly vulnerable and most of them have no idea about issues involving mental health and sex. Most people are victimised when they speak about their mental health status, therefore, they hide as the symptoms of their mental health illness develop. In fact, most therapists do not speak about that aspect of mental health. Religious leaders can offer programmes that train the youth on sex and what implications it can have in their lives. Mental health and youth advocate
Missed tax targets cannot warrant a tax on water. How can the taxman be so desperate after missing the revenue target to tax pure drinking water? The Kenya Revenue Authority can go for alcoholic drinks, cosmetics or even beverages like soda, juice but not the natural commodity like drinking water. Whether the water is packed in jerrycans containers, in plastics jugs, cups, glasses or in bottles, water should not be taxed. The taxman should find other ways to recover from missed targets.
Technology will be used during the census in August. It would be prudent for the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics to employ temporary people who will use smartphones to take pictures of families. This will allow for accurate figures to be taken for the sake of resource allocation, provision of education and healthcare. There was a picture of first President of Kenya, the late Jomo Kenyatta, with his family during the census. Creation of new administrative and electoral units and representation closer to the people uses figures sourced from the exercise.
Voices Mondli Makhanya: A very rough ride ahead with Donald Trump and Boris Johnson in chargeOn Thursday last week the president of the US embarked on one of his famed Twitter tirades that went on for three hours. Out of the blue he tweeted this: “The White House will be hosting a very big and very important Social Media Summit today. Would I have become President without Social Media? “A big subject today at the White House Social Media Summit will be the tremendous dishonesty, bias, discrimination and suppression practised by certain companies. “The Fake News is not as important, or as powerful, as Social Media.
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Ukrainian swindled Sh132 million in gold scamA Ukrainian national is fighting for justice after being conned millions of shillings in a fake gold scam. In October 2016, Hennadii and an acquaintance went to Kampala, Uganda where he was introduced to a gold dealer who hails from Democratic Republic of Congo. According to Hennadii, the dealer had 350kg gold nuggets and they agreed at a price of Sh3,088,500 ($30,000) for every kilogramme of gold. This is when the dealer suggested to him to ship the gold through Kenya since according to the Ugandan, Kenya is an honest country and it will be easier to ship gold from there. “But after about one week he failed to ship the consignment and said he needed additional Sh20,000,000 ($200000),” he said.
July 14, 2019 21:22 UTC
Edward Ouko wants MPs to refund Sh5m illegal payAuditor General Edward Ouko. He wants MPs to refund allowances advanced to them for attending a conference in Kisumu. In his latest report for 2017/18 financial year, Ouko has revealed that Privatization Commission paid some MPs subsistence allowance against a circular by the Office of the President. MPs allowances are supposed to be catered for by Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) and not state departments or agencies. SEE ALSO :Taita Taveta residents question MPs hefty house allowancesIt is not the first time Ouko is directing for recovery of monies illegally paid to MPs.
July 14, 2019 21:11 UTC
Armed goons attack villagers leaving tens without homesResidents of Kwa-Mulinge village stare at a burnt car after armed men descended upon the village leaving a trail of destruction. Residents of Kwa-Mulinge village which was under attack said trouble started when more than 100 men descended upon them with crude weapons. Those interviewed said the men were hired to evict them from a disputed piece of land. SEE ALSO :Governor Mutua wants school curriculum to include effects of corruptionThe goons then proceed to a pastor’s house, attacked him and his family, leaving them for dead. The villagers, through their spokesman David Mutuku, insisted to The Standard that the 2000-acre piece of land belonged to them.
July 14, 2019 21:11 UTC
Trade CS Peter Munya chides DP Ruto alliesTrade and Industry CS Peter Munya (pictured) at the weekend took a swipe at DP William Ruto and his Tanga Tanga brigade for engaging in early 2022 campaigns. He said it was wrong for some political leaders to plunge the country into a political mood. The CS said a leader's development track record and not politics would determine their fate in coming elections. The CS also supported a referendum to change the country’s leadership structure and the current "winner takes all" system. The Ruto team is opposed to a referendum that will expand the executive.
July 14, 2019 21:10 UTC
How Al Shabaab infiltrated Garissa University before attackRashid Charles, Mberesero Hassan Edin and Mohamed Abdi at the Milimani Law Courts during sentencing for their role in the Garissa University attack. Witnesses testified that terrorists called out people by names during the April 2 attack, which suggested they had prior knowledge of the facility. But his safety was not immediately assured even with the presence of security officers who had come to their rescue because he had to dodge a hail of bullets. A total of 22 witnesses testified in the trial against Mohamed Abdi Abikar, Hassan Edin Hassan, Sahal Diriy Hussein, Garissa University guard Osman Abdi Dagane and Tanzanian national Rashid Charled Mberesero. “I received intelligence reports of the impending attack by Al Shabaab on the university from PC Munyeki of Garissa Police Station who was working in the operations room which gets all the intelligence reports.
July 14, 2019 21:10 UTC
It accuses them of trying to take credit for and manage LBDA projects, which are not their own. LBDA chairman Odoyo Owidi expressed concern on Friday that some county governors want to be given management of some projects undertaken by the authority. Owidi argued that some governors even go as far as pointing out people [to manage] some projects which have been constructed by LBDA in their counties. He said it is hypocritical for county governments to take credit for projects which do not belong to them. Some multi-billion projects done by LBDA include the Kimira-Oluch Irrigation Scheme (Homa Bay), the Magwagwa Multipurpose Hydro Power (Nyamira), and the [LBDA] Mall (Kisumu) among others.
July 14, 2019 21:01 UTC
Kitui county says it has put in place measures to boost mango farming. As part of the initiative, it will sell a huge proportion of fruits to Makueni county for processing. Migwani alone has more than 1000 registered farmers and 300 of them attended the meeting. Timothy Mwangi, an officer working with the USAID in Kitui, said they will fund farmers through registered cooperative societies depending on the proposals submitted. “USAID has partnered with Kitui to help registered cooperatives achieve better results,” he said.
July 14, 2019 21:00 UTC
Governors march to top court over county fundsCouncil of Governors members L-R: Wycliffe Wangamati (Bungoma), Chairman Wycliffe Oparanya (Kakamega), Mwangi wa Iria (Muranga), Paul Chepkwony(Kericho) and Anyang Nyong'o (Kisumu) at past Senate committee meeting. The National Assembly wanted counties allocated Sh310 billion while the Senate insisted on Sh335 billion. Senators have been accusing National Assembly members of wrongly siding with Treasury that is insisting that there are no funds. Meanwhile, Majority leader in the National Assembly Aden Duale has clashed with governors Sang, Mandogo and senator Samson Cherargei on the revenue bill. Sang accused the National Assembly and Treasury for failing to factor in inflation while determining allocations to the counties.
CA opens door for Airtel-Telkom merger approvalCommunications Authority of Kenya (CIA) Headquarters in Nairobi County on Thursday in 2015. [File, Standard]The approval of the proposed merger of Airtel and Telkom Kenya could happen by the end of next month.The Communications Authority of Kenya (CA) said on Friday it would within 30 days approve the merger of the two telcos, giving rise to a new operator that will be known as Airtel-Telkom. “The authority intends to grant approval or no objection to the intended merger, subject to the parties fulfilling certain conditions,” said CA in a Kenya Gazette notice. Airtel and Telkom have over the recent past sold off many of their assets, leaving them with just the bare minimum. In a statement following the announcement that they would merge, Telkom said its prime real estate portfolio and specific government services would not form part of the combined entity.
Cancer of blood that killed Collymore difficult to treatProf Othieno Abinya, an oncologist at Nairobi Hospital. Unless he opens up, one would never know that the 27-year-old has been living with chronic myeloid leukaemia, a type of blood cancer, since 2013.“You cannot tell that I am sick. The symptoms of the chronic myeloid leukaemia began manifesting in 2011. This thanks to Imanitib, a breakthrough drug that has greatly transformed the treatment of chronic myeloid leukaemia globally. Before 1999, there was no cure for chronic myeloid leukaemia, except for patients who underwent bone marrow transplants.