Two killed after suspected Somali bandits attack Mwingi village

Suspected Somali bandits on Tuesday killed two people in Mwingi during a fight over grazing areas. The area remained tense for the better part of the day as police drove the Somali herders away. On December 24, bandits posing as herders gunned down a man in Katangini, Ukasi, Mwingi East. Read: State crackdown on killer Kitui ‘herders’Also read: Women take up arms to fend off murderous Somali banditsIn January, suspected Somali bandits killed one person in Mwingi. More on this: Suspected Somali bandits kill one in MwingiRead: Police in hot pursuit of Mwingi bandits

February 22, 2017 09:00 UTC

Kenya: Nairobi's Sh300b housing project fails to take off

A Sh300 billion housing project that aimed to create an additional 14,000 housing units in Nairobi has hit a snag. City Hall confirmed a delay in documentation at the National Land Commission offices and compensation issues had stalled the process. "For the process to kick off, there needs to be financial closure, which cannot happen unless documentation on compensation has been finalised," said Urban Housing Renewal Executive Tom Odongo. He said where relocation was a must, the county would pay tenants the equivalent of their rent for 12 months. The houses will be in Old and New Ngara, Pangani, Jeevanjee-Bachelors, Ngong Road Inspectorate staff quarters, Uhuru and Suna Road.

February 22, 2017 08:57 UTC

Kenya: No more protocol hitches; here are the types of US Visas for Kenyan government officials

| Updated Wed, February 22nd 2017 at 11:44 GMT +3Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has explained what types of visas various government officials are entitled to. Eliaphas Barine adds County officials traveling for official duties on behalf of the national government qualify for official visas. It added all County officials must follow the normal visa application procedures including physical appearance to the embassy for interviews, fingerprints and payment of visa fee. B1 visa category is issued to athletes, amateur of professional competing for prize money only or business visitor and domestic employees. Journalists are usually issued with I visa category, according to the US State Department.

February 22, 2017 08:37 UTC

Two suspected Mombasa drug barons in court over Sh47m heroin

Two suspected drug dealers were charged in Mombasa on Tuesday with trafficking 15 kgs of heroin worth Sh47 million. [VIDEO] Five more suspected drug barons arrested, Sh18m cash, Sh170m heroin foundThe couple, who were in a list of suspects wanted by police, were charged with trafficking narcotics. The court will also determine whether four other suspected drug dealers will be detained for 21 days. Nabil Loo, Bakari Kali, Lilian Bernard and Stephen Mangi’ra are facing charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. Read: War on drugs intensified as police arrest wanted drug baron's accomplice

February 22, 2017 08:29 UTC

Kenya: Francis Kimemia among five aspirants eying governorship in Nyandarua on Jubilee ticket

| Updated Wed, February 22nd 2017 at 11:07 GMT +3Former Head of Civil Service Francis KimemiaProbably no seat in Nyandarua County has attracted attention and promises a vicious political battle as the gubernatorial race. All the aspirants are battling for Jubilee ticket apart from Kanja who is vying on a Maendeleo Chap Chap party ticket. However, they (Waithaka and Kimemia) will have to fight it hard as the deputy governor comes from the region," he says. That is the only way that they can weaken the support of the deputy governor who enjoys massive support from his backyard," he notes. But Governor Waithaka is confident that he will retain the seat.

February 22, 2017 08:03 UTC

Kenya: Private equity funds buy 40pc stake in Kenafric

| Updated Wed, February 22nd 2017 at 10:59 GMT +3Two private equity funds have bought a minority stake in Kenafric Industries as the firm eyes regional growth. Paris-headquartered Amethis Finance and South Africa’s Metier are buying a 40 per cent stake in the confectionery and culinary segments of the local manufacturing business. “This transaction is limited to the confectionery and culinary business and the Shah family (founders of Kenafric) will continue to operate the footwear and stationery business separately,” said Kenafric Industries in a statement Tuesday. Popular products under the confectionery and culinary segments include Fresh brand of chewing gum and Oyo food additive. “Kenafric has reached a critical size and now intends to expand into a regional packaged food platform,” the company said.

February 22, 2017 08:02 UTC

Taking care of ‘prison babies’

According to Nakuru Women Prison in-charge Rosemary Njenga it is mandatory for expectant mothers, who come to the facility, to enroll for antenatal clinic. After birth, they receive their post natal care from Level 5 hospital in Nakuru. These mothers are then given three months 'maternity leave' where they are exempted from normal duties so they can take care of their children. Njenga says the prison facilitates this exercise with vaccination and medical examination conducted by two clinical officers who run the prison clinic. However at the facility, children are not provided with special diet.

February 22, 2017 07:41 UTC

Locked up and expectant- Child bearing behing bars.

A mothers mending a dress at the Nakuru Women Prison. Margret Kilunja holding her two and half year old daughter at Nakuru Women Prison. Nancy Chepkoech from Keringet area in Kuresoi together with her three year old boy at Nakuru Women Prison. “Despite freedom being limited at prison, mothers have enough time to monitor their children’s growth. Mothers at Nakuru Women Prison day care section where they take their children as they go for their routine roles at the facility.

February 22, 2017 07:41 UTC

Kenya: IBM unveils technology that warns of severe weather

| Updated Wed, February 22nd 2017 at 10:22 GMT +3IBM and its subsidiary the Weather Company have introduced new Mesh Network Alerts, a technology that will enable users communicate even in instances where there is limited connectivity. It is designed enable communication with underserved populations in developing countries to notify of potential severe weather events or disasters. Mesh Network Alerts technology is particularly crucial where cellular networks are congested, intermittent and data access is often limited. "The combination of the Mesh Network Alerts and global reach of The Weather Channel mobile app can help deliver a new level of emergency awareness to underserved populations,” said Bijan Davari, IBM Fellow and vice president, next generation computing systems and technology, IBM Research. “We’re proud to be able to quickly offer a critical and potentially lifesaving capability to hundreds of millions of people around the world.”

February 22, 2017 07:23 UTC

Kenya: Nairobi policeman kills colleague, injures another before turning gun on himself

| Updated Wed, February 22nd 2017 at 10:28 GMT +3The officers had been watching a football march between Manchester City and Monaco. NAIROBI: A policeman shot dead his colleague, injured another one before he turned the gun on himself and died in an argument in Tassia area, Nairobi. According to police, the argument persisted outside the bar before one of them pulled out a gun and shot the first colleague injuring him. Constable Patrick Kihagi who was attached to Embakasi police station is accused of shooting dead Constable James Makokha in the incident. ALSO READ: Four suspected thugs shot dead by police in Kayole

February 22, 2017 07:18 UTC

Pregnant Jackline Mwende explains why she cheated on her hubby

Everyone is intrigued by the story of Jackline Mwende who has emerged after her traumatic domestic violence incident that saw her husband chop off both her hands. She is back again in the headlines talking about the affair she had that led to the brutal attack by her hubby. Jackline, was gifted a house by a German pharmaceutical organization that will serve as her home and that of her unborn child. Jackline will also be a beneficiary of a monthly stipend of Sh 25,000 from the same organization. I was desperate and it was that yearning...and probably the devil too...that made me stray out of my marriage.

February 22, 2017 06:54 UTC

Kenya: Why Jubilee is fighting for control of Mombasa

Mombasa County ODM chairman Mohamed Hatimy notes that the direction Mombasa politics takes usually influences the other five counties of Kilifi, Kwale, Tana River, Taita Taveta and Lamu and hence is crucial for political parties. But I want to tell Jubilee that ODM is still in control of Mombasa and Coast. “The critical reason why Jubilee wants to control Mombasa County is that it is the second powerhouse in the country. He argues that being the capital of the entire Coast region, control of Mombasa has always been considered control of the other counties. “The Mijikenda are a dominant vote in Mombasa County.

February 22, 2017 06:11 UTC

Kenya: Bandits shoot dead two people in fight over pastures in Mwingi

The drought situation has forced herders to cross borders in search of pasture for their livestock. Two more people were Tuesday night killed by Somali bandits in Mwingi in retaliatory attack after five camels were slashed to death in fight over pastures. Five others are hospitalised with bullet wounds following the attack that happened minutes after government officials left a peace meeting in the area. Police headquarters said an operation had been ordered in the area to drive away the Somali herders as part of efforts to contain the violence. And minutes after they had left, the bandits emerged from the bushes and shot at the villagers killing two and injured five others.

February 22, 2017 06:00 UTC

Please do not ignore that heartburn

Acid reflux is very common and most people experience it at some point in their lives. In Kenya, although no studies have been done to determine the exact figures, about one to two in every ten people suffer from acid reflux. Further, over 50 per cent will have reflux symptoms over a 12-month period. Dr Rajulla added: “Recently, a 45-year-old male patient was referred to my clinic with long-standing discomfort, difficulty sleeping and heartburn with reflux and regurgitation symptoms. The doctor, however, notes the duration of taking these drugs depends on severity of the acid reflux and can be anything from eight weeks to life.

February 22, 2017 05:50 UTC

Plastic from tyres 'major source' of ocean pollution

Particles of debris from car tyres are ending up in the ocean as "plastic soup", conservationists warn. Microplastics from tyres and textiles are a bigger source of marine pollution than the breakdown of larger plastic waste in some areas, says the IUCN. Up to 30 per cent of plastic released into the oceans each year comes from primary microplastics, not the disintegration of larger pieces, a report found. These are tiny plastic particles from the likes of consumer products rather than the degradation of larger bits of plastic in the oceans. Synthetic rubber, made from a variant of plastic, makes up around 60 per cent of the rubber used in tyres.

February 22, 2017 05:45 UTC

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