Kenya, however, has an opportunity to put that genie back in the bottle, and place Kenya back on that international pedestal. To do this though, is to ask what type of Kenya we want to be? ALSO READ: Lamu cultural festival comes against backdrop of heightened safety concernsChoose optimism over pessimismAn optimistic Kenya which looks forward? And they have not seen the stable country of which we are all so blessed to be a part of. So at this critical juncture in our nation’s short history, we must ask ourselves the big question: What type of Kenya do we want to become?
November 22, 2017 21:00 UTC
| Published Thu, November 23rd 2017 at 00:00, Updated November 22nd 2017 at 20:48 GMT +3Houses that were razed by boda boda riders on Monday. [Nathan Ochunge, Standard]IN SUMMARY Cases of motorcycles being stolen and owners murdered are rampant in Mumias and Matungu Boda boda men accuse four people of being behind the killing of their colleague. At least 10 houses were torched early on Monday in Mirere village, Matungu sub-county, after a boda boda rider was killed on Sunday night. Speaking to The Standard in Mirere village on Wednesday, Charles Omar, a boda boda operator, said they burnt the houses as a way of revenging the death of their colleague. Cases of motorcycles being stolen and the riders hacked to death are rampant in Mumias town and Matungu sub-county.
November 22, 2017 21:00 UTC
Man allegedly found in possession of cocaine in courtWhat To Read NextJason Dylan Walker was arrested for alleged drug dealing. (Image supplied by Hawks)Cape Town – A Cape Town man who was arrested for alleged drug dealing made a brief appearance in the Bellville Magistrate's Court on Wednesday, the Hawks said. Jason Dylan Walker, 39, was arrested on November 20, shortly after he landed at the Cape Town International Airport on a flight from Luanda in Angola. Walker was on a connecting flight from São Paulo in Brazil. Western Cape Hawks spokesperson Lloyd Ramovha said, on receiving information, Walker was identified and taken to a nearby medical facility for x-rays.
November 22, 2017 20:37 UTC
DISTRESSThe development will push Kenya to the ranks of countries that have humanised exams and respect the rights of learners in distress. Special exams are a traditional practice in universities, which give students afflicted by misfortunes a chance to be tested instead of waiting for a year or so to sit fresh tests. UNFAIR“It is traumatic and unfair to candidates to do exams when they are hurting,” said Prof Magoha. “We welcome the new move but, realistically, we agreed that it should start next year because this year’s exams are now gone.”Knec, he said, will work out the criteria for determining those eligible to sit the special exams and the objective would be to ensure only those in dire straits are given the tests. “We do not expect to have many candidates sitting the tests if we go by the number of those who sit exams in special circumstances,” he said.
Kathigiri B Primary School in Meru County was the top public school, with a mean score of 404. Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i said public schools that performed well would be provided with funds to support their infrastructure. Janet Leakey of Kasaka Primary School scooped 402 marks, while Kerore Anna Linnet of Ortum Primary School scored 401 marks. CATTLE RAIDS“For the first time in history, public schools have done us proud,” said West Pokot Knut executive secretary Martin Sembelo. Other counties were candidates in public schools posted impressive results included Nakuru, Laikipia, Kisumu, Vihiga and Bomet.
The meetings were a continuation of discussions the President and his team started after the Supreme Court upheld his win in the October 26 election. SWEARING-INWednesday’s meetings came against a backdrop of intensified preparations for Tuesday’s swearing-in of President Kenyatta. At the Treasury, the President, his economic team and National Treasury officials continued with consultations that will inform the agenda that he will lay before Kenyans on Tuesday during his swearing-in. In the first and second meetings, President Kenyatta was briefed on ongoings in the energy and water sectors. The Sh2.6 trillion budget has been amended to include “austerity measures for the current fiscal year to accommodate unplanned expenditures such as the rerun of the election, National Treasury Secretary Henry Rotich said in September.
By PHILIP MUYANGAMore by this AuthorBy WINNIE ATIENOMore by this AuthorThe Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission chairman Wednesday dismissed calls for the resignation of commissioners and the secretariat. Speaking on the sidelines of the annual Jurists Conference at Serena Beach Hotel in Mombasa, Mr Chebukati said the IEBC did a commendable job in presiding over two elections in three months. “The Supreme Court confirmed the election of October 26 was done within the law and Constitution,” said Mr Chebukati. He added that they want to focus on strengthening the commission so that the next election will even be better managed. Kenya Human Rights Commission (KHRC) Executive Director George Kegoro, however, said Mr Chebukati ought to tell the country within what time he and the commissioners will vacate office.
By KEN KIMANTHIMore by this AuthorA Chinese firm controversially awarded a tender for the construction of Thwake Dam, which was later cancelled, will now build the Sh10 billion irrigation project on River Nzoia. The contract for the Nzoia projects was signed Wednesday between the Water and Irrigation Ministry and Sinohydro Company. “The Sh5 billion from the World Bank funding will finance the first operation under the Kenya Water Security and Climate Resilience Programme aimed at achieving water security throughout the country,” said Cabinet Secretary Eugene Wamalwa. Mr Wamalwa said the irrigation project would boost production of rice, which is one of the country’s staple foods. This is because River Nzoia feeds the lake, which contributes 15 per cent of the Nile waters while the rest comes from the Ethiopian highlands.
By GERALD BWISAMore by this AuthorKitale Catholic Diocese Bishop Maurice Crowley has been appointed the apostolic administrator of the Diocese of Eldoret. Bishop Crowley will head Eldoret in an acting capacity until Pope Francis appoints a substantive bishop. Fr Kemboi added that the Eldoret diocese was happy to receive Bishop Crowley. He had been receiving treatment at St Luke’s Hospital, Eldoret, but died upon arrival at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital on the morning of October 30. Bishop Crowley, 71, was born on May 11, 1946 at Berrings, County Cork, in the Diocese of Cloyne, Ireland.
By DAVID MWEREMore by this AuthorNasa women MPs have claimed that 54 people have been killed by police since last Friday and accused Jubilee administration of presiding over the crime. On Friday, some policemen were captured on video hurling stones at motorists in Nairobi as police battled to control Nasa supporters. We will not accept, we will not move on, it will not happen,” Ms Wanga said. Ms Odhiambo said that a fundraiser to offset hospital bills as well as burial expenses will be held tomorrow with all Nasa leaders expected to attend. “Five people were killed by stoning in different incidents as they accompanied their leaders after having been caught stealing by enraged crowds.
Ahmed Iman alias Kimanthi, who appeared in numerous Al-Shabaab propaganda videos taunting Kenyan troops fighting in Somalia, the group’s stronghold, is now seeking to surrender to Kenyan forces and get amnesty, the Nation has learnt. A number of Kenyans and other foreigners who joined Al-Shabaab terrorists in Somalia have since been captured and executed. On November 6, a 25-year-old Kenyan from Garissa was among four people who were publicly executed by the terrorists in Somalia. Besides Kenya, whose soldiers are operating in southern Somalia, Al-Shabaab is also being fought by the US and other countries in Amisom, including Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi and Djibouti. 100 fighters killedOn Tuesday, 100 Al-Shabaab fighters were killed in an air strike by the US.
By AFPMore by this AuthorHARAREEmmerson Mnangagwa, who will be inaugurated on Friday as Zimbabwe's next president, is a political veteran and party hardliner who for decades worked closely with Robert Mugabe. Here are key dates in his career:September 15, 1942: Born in the British colony of Southern Rhodesia but moves as a teenager with his family to Zambia, known at the time as Northern Rhodesia. December 2004: Sidelined for the post of vice president when Mugabe appoints a rival. December 10, 2014: Is named vice president and deputy head of the Zanu-PF, putting him in pole position to one day succeed Mugabe. November 6, 2017: Mugabe sacks Mnangagwa on grounds of disloyalty in a dispute over succession, triggering the country's worst political crisis since independence.
November 22, 2017 19:52 UTC
By BARACK ODUORMore by this AuthorFormer Kasipul MP Oyugi Magwanga’s witness in the ongoing Homa Bay gubernatorial petition hearing on Wednesday produced video evidence before court allegedly connecting Governor Cyprian Awiti to bribery of voters. The witness told the court that the governor engaged in electoral misconduct by bribing voters before the August 8 General Election. Mr Ochieng’ told the court that he had gathered enough proof that Mr Awiti was re-elected unfairly. Mr Biko argued that the video clips did not connect the governor with the offence that Mr Magwanga alleged in his case. He argued that the witness could have recorded the videos before the campaigns and they should not be used as evidence to challenge the re-electionof Governor Awiti.
November 22, 2017 19:07 UTC
By JAMES KAHONGEHMore by this AuthorBusinesses in Nairobi are to blame for illegal dumping of waste in the Central Business District, Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko has said. Mr Sonko singled out hotels, saying they were notorious for unlawful disposal of waste. The governor added: “I have authorised my inspectorate department to arrest anyone doing illegal dumping, starting tonight”. MANIFESTO“If you spot any illegal dumping near your place of work, kindly inform me through 0722886600,” he tweeted. Mr Sonko also promised to work with development partners to establish a recycling system and an energy generation plant at Dandora dumpsite.
November 22, 2017 18:56 UTC
Vodafone on August 7 transferred its 35 per cent stake in Safaricom, held in the investment vehicle Vodafone Kenya Limited, to Vodacom in exchange for 233.5 million new shares in the Johannesburg-based firm. Vodafone did not respond to our request for clarification on whether it also paid tax on the transaction to the UK government. “The shares transfer from Vodafone International Holdings BV to Vodacom Group Limited was done through direct transfer and was therefore subject to capital gains tax,” the KRA said in a statement to the Business Daily. Kenya re-introduced the capital gains tax effective January 2016, with the rate set at five per cent. KRA says the Vodafone/Vodacom deal was not exempt from the tax as it was done outside the Nairobi Securities Exchange.
November 22, 2017 18:56 UTC