Real Madrid have launched ‘Operation Eden Hazard’ — but it will take a world-record fee for them to have any chance of signing the Chelsea star. Real manager Zinedine Zidane is a huge fan of Hazard and is the driving force behind the club’s interest, which is not always the case at the Santiago Bernabeu. But suggestions that Hazard is learning Spanish ahead of a move to Madrid are wide of the mark. Whether Hazard stays or goes, Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko is a top option for Chelsea as boss Antonio Conte looks to strengthen ahead of a Champions League campaign next season. Monaco lead PSG by three points at the top of Ligue 1 and face Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League quarter-finals next month.
By AGGREY MUTAMBOMore by this AuthorPresident Uhuru Kenyatta has joined other world leaders in mourning South African anti-apartheid icon Ahmed Kathrada who died on Tuesday. In a statement to newsrooms, the President said Kathrada was an exemplary freedom fighter who teaches all Africans of the need to defend rights for all. Kathrada, often known as ‘Kathy’ for short, was a South African political activist born in 1929 to a family that had emigrated from Lachpur, Gujarat, India. According to the Kathrada Foundation, the renowned politician died from cerebral complications and was due to be buried on Wednesday in Johannesburg. Kathrada rose from a passive Indian family from an early age and was attracted to some of the country’s renowned freedom fighters such as Nelson Mandela and Walter Sisulu.
TransCentury's shares rose yesterday after the infrastructure-focused investment firm announced completion of sale of a quarter of its stake to New York-based Kuramo Capital for Sh2.02 billion. Kariuki is the co-chief executive of Kuramo Capital Management, while Adeosun serves as the chief investment officer, while Pallan is the chief operating officer. TransCentury said it has allotted 93,776,173 new ordinary shares to Kuramo Capital. The stake effectively makes Kuramo Capital the single-largest shareholder in the firm. “These new shares have been allotted to Kuramo Capital with effect from April 3, 2017,” the company said in a statement.
“A technical error occurred and I had to spend 53 hours travelling back from the US,” said Prof Swazuri. TAKE MONEY TO NYALIThey would refer to Prof Swazuri as “Mzee”, said Mr Njeru. PHOTO | FILEMr Njeru said that Prof Swazuri was in the company of a woman, who he was told is the chairman’s first wife. PART WITH MONEY“A number of people who have received compensation have had to part with some money,” Mr Njeru told the MPs. “We realised we were in a predicament,” Mr Njeru said.
Besieged Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has admitted he scored a D-minus in the 1993 KCSE exam results. On Monday, Joho, through his aide Richard Chacha, said he did ‘several’ courses before being admitted at the University of Nairobi for a degree course. He had said Joho scored a C-plus, raising more questions over authenticity of his degree certificate that has seen Jubilee sustain efforts to have him blocked from defending his governor seat. Let’s wait,” Joho said yesterday, when asked if he bridged courses to enable him to pursue a degree course. The governor says his woes are Jubilee’s desperate attempt to drive public agenda and put him on defensive and at fault.
This being a key focus area, the government has indicated that it aims to increase access to education and training. A growing education sector can be a significant contributor to economic growth. The government has moved to overhaul the education system to one that will focus more on developing young people’s talents, skills, abilities and competencies. Free primary education saw an increase in pupils’ numbers, however the number of teachers did not increase in tandem. The government is also expected to allocate funds towards building teachers’ capacity to roll out the new curriculum.
This raised the budget ceiling from Sh31 billion proposed by Treasury to Sh36 billion. PS Thugge last Wednesday told the committee they must maintain Parliament’s budget cap at Sh36 billion, not Sh40 billion that PSC proposed. “We hope they will stick with the Sh36 billion budget ceiling so we don’t cut other expenditures,” Thugge had said. The PSC budget shows allowances paid to MPs will jump from Sh4.5 billion in the current year to Sh7.2 billion in the year starting this July. "We discussed this with the budget committee two days ago and agreed with the earlier ceiling of Sh36 billion, which didn’t include severance pay.
Maendeleo Chap Chap leaders have resolved to use direct nomination and consensus to pick aspirants. The party, which has said it will field candidates in all elective seats apart from that of President, will hand out direct nominations in regions they are sure of victory. Consensus will be in regions where the party has more than one aspirant. Party leader Alfred Mutua told members at Kasarani yesterday they would only go for ballot nominations if consensus fails. The party will begin nominations in mid-April.
By MACHARIA MWANGIMore by this AuthorA lobby has moved to court to challenge the requirement of a certificate of good conduct for job seekers. The organisation’s executive director, Ms Janet Munywoki, said the check mechanism is prone to abuse and termed it a violation of rights. Ms Munywoki said many former inmates, whose fingerprints had not been expunged from the record, faced challenges when looking for jobs. Ms Munywoki called for discussions involving the institutions on how the records can be managed for the public good. GUIDING FRAMEWORK“Our argument is that there is a need for a guiding framework which is very clear on how such documents should be issued,” said Ms Munywoki.
Questions have been raised regarding the path he took to a university degree if he scored a D-, but Mr Joho insists that he followed the right route to university. On the D- aggregate score, Mr Joho said he was happy with the marks and proud that he had been able to turn that “failure” into a success story. Instead, said Mr Duale, Mr Joho should just demonstrate how he ended up with a degree without the requisite qualifications. Mr Duale, who spoke in Parliament, further dismissed Mr Odinga’s assertion that the Jubilee administration is corrupt. However, Amani National Congress’ Esnas Nyaramba differed with Mr Duale, saying the zeal directed at fighting Mr Joho should be channelled towards fighting graft.
Jubilee unity in Kakamega is threatened by feuding between former TNA and UDF members. Former TNA members in Kakamega claim they have been short-changed by those who formerly identified with UDF, led by Mumias East MP Ben Washiali. Former TNA county coordinator Khatete Mumia yesterday said he was short-changed by Washiali after his appointment as JP county coordinator early this month and wants justice. “The youths complained Washiali pushed former TNA county chairman Desmond Shinaka out and now wants to kill Mumia’s aspirations,” the source said. Despite the wrangles, Western Jubilee regional coordinator Mwongo Chimwaga said his office was ready to welcome the President.
Four years later, the incumbents are being called upon to give an account. The incumbents should account for the Sh24 billion each county has received, on average, from the National Treasury and other sources, over the past four financial years. Some of the ghosts are double employees, feeding from the same public account. The incumbents must account for this cocktail of corruption and impunity before demanding votes through violence. How do you convince victims of official misrule to vote when they are suffering the consequences of misinformed leadership?
NLC chairman Muhammad Swazuri will be questioned today after a petitioner seeking his removal from office over fraud told MPs he bribed him with Sh1 million. Swazuri was to be questioned by National Assembly Lands Committee chaired by Alex Mwiru (Tharaka MP) yesterday afternoon over claims he received the sum. “I received instructions two hours ago and I have no sufficient time to defend Swazuri. Njeru accompanied by his lawyer Ndegwa Njiru told MPs Swazuri agreed to a Sh1 million bribe after informing him that he could not raise an extra Sh200,000. He told the committee a surveyor from the Lands ministry surveyed the disputed land and wrote a report confirming that he was the owner.
“You are soon going to get information on how to adopt a polling station,” he told members of the Bunge La Mwananchi caucus. The agents will also send immediate results from polling stations to the NASA presidential tallying centre. I have been hearing them say nobody is allowed to have a parallel tallying centre. The Jubilee brigade, led by Deputy President William Ruto, said the parallel tallying system is illegal. He said, “You saw in America, they showed results in polling stations, Trump verses Clinton.”
The Sh62.3 billion Thwake Dam project was thrown into doubt after Water PS Patrick Mwangi defied advice and awarded the contract to the second-lowest bidder. The ministry’s Tender Evaluation Committee recommended the contract be awarded to China Gezhouba after its Sh36.9 billion bid. Overruled decisionBut the Ministerial Tender Committee appointed by Mwangi overruled the decision to award Gezhouba citing integrity concerns. These included the blacklisting of its subsidiary firm by World Bank but AfDB wrote to the committee and PS clarifying the company had been cleared. The multi-purpose water project is set to supply Makueni and Kitui county residents.