The Digo Council of Elders will support Nyali MP Hezron Awiti’s bid for Mombasa governor as long as he choses a Mijikenda as a running mate, they said. Council chairman Fosi Khamisi said the community resolved that Awiti should only run for one term and groom his deputy to succeed him. Awiti, an ethnic Luo who is yet to settle on a running mate, agreed to the conditions. Shakombo said Mombasa needs an administrator and a manager who can attract investors and Awiti fits the bill. The lawmaker urged youth leaders from the various wards of Likoni to promote awareness of the voter registration process and ensure all residents acquire voters' cards.
Bura MP Ali Wario has dismissed reports that his clan's elders have barred him from defending his seat and endorsed another candidate through a negotiated democracy. Wario said it is cheap politics. Wario said he will defend his post on the Jubilee Party ticket. The MP urged residents to vote for JP as they know the candidates—President Uhuru Kenyatta and DP William Ruto. Wario asked Kenyans to remain peaceful during campaigns, elections and even afterwards.
More than 200 Siaya business transporter traders yesterday barricaded a road leading to Governor Cornel Rasanga’s office. They were protesting against the increased levy imposed on them by the county government. Officials said the county has no designated parking spots and they operate under trees. They waved twigs and placards and chanted anti-Rasanga slogans. The protestors blocked the governor’s office entrance, demanding that he addresses them.
The Shimba Hills Secondary Schools alumni is currently ranked top in rebounding in Division One league with her Texas College. According to statistics available, the 21-year-old forward is ranked top in defensive rebounds averaging 12.188 per game. Juma, who played for Shimba Hills Secondary and National Youth Talent Academy (NYTA) before joining Cooperative Bank women in Nairobi also ranks top in total rebounds with an average 15.938 per game. Juma, who won several national and East Africa secondary schools games titles at Shimba Hills, says she is determined to help her college win several accolades as she warms up for American top league the WNBA. “I am working hard everyday both in class and on the courts andI am targeting a top spot in the American league,” Juma said.
The hearing of a Sh60 million corruption case against former minister Amos Kimunya and two other people was yesterday adjourned until March 29. The trial was to start yesterday and continue for three days, but presiding magistrate Felix Kombo was unavailable. The trial resumed after Director of Public Prosecutions Keriako Tobiko rejected Kimunya’s plea to settle the case out of court. Kimunya is charged with abuse of office by fraudulently disposing of public property worth Sh60 million. It is alleged that Kimunya and Njenga allocated Midlands 25 acres of public land in June 2005.
Spinner Jadavji ‘Malindi’ picked up five wickets as Swamibapa skittled Ruaraka Sports Club for 30 runs in the ongoing 2017 NPCA Twenty20 tournament on Sunday. Chasing a daunting task of 205 runs to win, Ruaraka were all out for the lowest score in the event in 11 overs, thanks to Malindi’s five-wickets haul and Emmanuel Bundi’s four at Nairobi Jaffery. Hitesh Varsani was the only batsman in the Ruaraka team to have gotten into the double digits with 10 runs. Meanwhile, Maurice Ouma and Alex Obanda played the innings of the day with a knock of 58 and 54 respectively. At Sikh Union, Stray Lions won their third straight match with a 36-run win over the hosts.
Kotecha looked out of sorts in the first set with the Serbian player punishing her with superb strokes to take a deserved 3-0 lead. A fired up Kotecha made amends in the second set, breaking the Serb’s serve to race to a 2-0 lead and never looked back. The Serb looked disjointed in her play and easily lost the set with Kotecha tying the match. He started poorly in the second set and never recovered, allowing Denicoloi to advance to the second round. In other results, Joseph White of Great Britain beat Veer Devang Shah of India 6-2, 6-1 while Hoziane Kitambala of Burundi beat Mialy Ranaiavo of Madagascar 6-2, 6-2.
The Kenya Accreditation Service has confirmed it suspended the licence issued to industrial laboratory services firm Agric-Quest Laboratory Supplies following an assessment on December 12. The firm was at the centre of the dispute between the Catholic Church and the Ministry of Health over polio and tetanus vaccines, which the church said were contaminated. Kenas said its investigators found the laboratory did not meet requirements for the accreditation in 2012. The agency indicated the company lodged a formal complaint protesting against the assessment and subsequent suspension on December 6. Investigations by an independent team and Kenas are ongoing in line with procedures that should be followed when handling such complaints, the state agency said.
Days after six Nzoia Sugar Company managers were arrested and charged with embezzling funds, farmers want former MD Saul Wasilwa prosecuted as well. The farmers yesterday said the EACC should dig deeper to expose the rot at the factory and prosecute more managers. A lot of money has been stolen at the factory, leaving farmers, who toil everyday, poor. They face 10 counts of economic crimes, including abuse of office, fraudulent acquisition of public property, forgery and violation of the public finance law and regulations. Last year three sugarcane farmers sued to block Wanyonyi’s appointment as acting MD, citing conflict of interest.
Two parents in Madinda village, Bunyala, have lost their belongings and Sh20,000 meant for fees in a fire, after the man set their bathroom on fire to smoke out a snake. Selestine Ajiambo said her husband Anaclet Juma had gone to take a bath on Thursday in their makeshift bathroom when he saw the snake. Juma then set the bathroom on fire. Then the wind picked up and the fire spread to their grass-thatched house. Ajiambo said she was tending to her sick daughter, a student at Mundere Girls Secondary School, when she heard her husband calling for help.
Congolese import Felly Mulumba’s 52nd minute strike is all Bandari needed to hold visiting Ulinzi Stars to a 1-1 draw in an entertaining friendly match at Mbaraki Sports Club in Mombasa on Sunday. The no-nonsense defender traded from Sofapaka last year, soared in the air to nod home the equaliser after Ulinzi Stars had taken a 22nd minute lead through Enos Ochieng. John Makwata came close for Ulinzi but was denied by hawk-eyed Bandari keeper Wilson Obungu. After a series of missed chances, a mix up in the Bandari defence saw Ochieng’s shot pass a forest of legs beating Obungu all the way. Ulinzi coach Benjamin Nyangweso said his was work in progress as they look for a winning combination ahead of their continental assignments.
Parliament will wind up all crucial bills and business of importance by March 30, National Assembly majority leader Aden Duale has said. The National Treasury plans to have the National Budget read early to ensure the 2017-18 budget is appropriated in good time for smooth operations before and after the General Election. Among the bills include the Division of Revenue Bill and the County Allocation of Revenue Bill. Other important bills that are before the House are the Statute Law (Miscellaneous Amendment) Bill, the Anti-Money Laundering and Proceeds of Crime (Amendment) Bill and the Public Service (Amendment) Bill. MPs handled and passed the Elections Laws (Amendment) Bill despite protests from the opposition.
“The total production for 2017 is expected to drop to about 416 million kilos or 12 per cent decrease from 2016. Speaking yesterday in Nairobi while releasing the tea performance report, Lekolo said tea production in 2016 reached an all-time high of 473 million kilos. It was also remarkably higher compared to other record outputs of 445 million kilos in 2014 and 432 million kilos in 2013,” the chairman said. In 2016, the smallholder sub-sector output was 265.6 million kilos, while the estate sub-sector produced 207.4 million kilos. Some 480.3 million kilos of tea were exported in 2016, 36.8 million kilos higher than 443.4 million kilos exported in 2015.
New anti-corruption agency boss Eliud Wabukala yesterday said he will hold top government officials personally accountable on graft issues. He said those in leadership positions, especially the Cabinet secretaries, PSs, CEOs and governors, must take responsibility and be held answerable for what happens in their departments. Wabukala appealed to judges and magistrates to impose harsh sentences on those convicted of corruption to deter others. Wabukala, who was sworn into office yesterday, is the retired Anglican Archbishop. Wabukala urged the public and faith groups to join the war on corruption, saying they should stop watching from the sidelines.
Police in Mandera are yet to make any arrest after suspected al Shabaab militants hurled grenades in the town yesterday and killed one reservist. The daring attack was at the Equity Bank and the residence of Deputy Governor Omar Maalim. Police reservists manning the CBD said they came into contact with the attackers as they tried to plant explosives at Equity Bank. When they realised they had been spotted, they escaped and hurled grenades as they run towards Jabane Hotel and Maalim’s home, where they threw more explosives. The attack is the first within Mandera town after the curfew started in October last year following the killing of six people.