Kenya: Man accused of killing daughter put on defence

(Photo: Kibata Kihu/Standard)A Mukurwe-ini man who is on trial for the murder of his six-year-old daughter yesterday presented his testimony before the High Court in Nyeri. Solomon Kirigi, a former shoe trader in Nairobi, is accused of killing his daughter, Beth Njeri, and dumping her body in a hole on October 26, 2011 in Mutonga village. The prosecution accused Kirigi of despising the child and using it as a motive to kill her. His wife, Hannah Waganu, testified that the child was not Kirigi's daughter and that is why he hated her (child). I believe Njeri was my daughter."

February 23, 2017 20:37 UTC

Kenya: Attack survivors narrate ordeal at hands of bandits

| Updated Fri, February 24th 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3Mr Kimwilu Kang'ata at Mwingi level 4 hospital bed where he is admitted with bullet and machete wounds after a bandit attack reportedly meted on him. (Photo: Philip Muasya / Standard)From his hospital bed at Mwingi Level 4 Hospital, Mr Kimwilu Kang’ata contorts his face in agony, trying to turn himself. Lucky to be alive, Mr Kang’ata has been admitted here since Tuesday night with gunshot wounds on the hip and machete cuts on his shoulder and back. Their bedding are soaked in blood, a stark remainder of the grim attack that almost snuffed out their lives. Mr Kang’ata told The Standard that they were taking a rest at their makeshift structures at Kathungu-Sosoma junction, few Kilometres off the Mwingi–Garissa highway when an army of about 10 heavily armed men waylaid them.

February 23, 2017 20:26 UTC

Kenya: We will resolve all murders, police assures

"There has been good progress in tacking and arresting dozens of suspects in connection with the killings with several cases having been dealt with conclusively," Sakwa said. In one of the attacks, a 20-man gang killed six night guards at Mitamboni market in Kathiani sub-county in August last year. A month later, three suspects were arrested in Nairobi's Huruma estate and the laptop and phones recovered. Former Kangundo DCIO Wycliffe Sifuna said the suspects were charged with murder. Thursday, Kangundo DCIO David Wafula said three suspects were arrested in connection with the killing in Thika town, Nairobi and Donyo Sabuk.

February 23, 2017 20:15 UTC

Kenya: Ex-minister Musa Sirma sued in dispute over tree harvesting

| Updated Fri, February 24th 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3Former cabinet minister Musa Sirma and the Kenya Forest Service have been restrained from harvesting trees in a disputed portion of Mau forest. Nakuru Environment and Lands Court judge Sila Munyao issued the orders on Monday, as sought by Raycon Ltd Director Patrick Bundotich. Mr Bundotich has sued Sirma, the alleged director of Superply and Awen Sawmills Ltd, together with Kenya Forest Service, claiming the two harvested trees that were legally allocated to him through a competitive process. He claimed the illegal harvesting on ARAMA 3(F) portion 2, if not stopped, would see him lose over Sh4.8million. He claimed KFS granted him an annual General Forest Licence to harvest 612 trees on Arama 3(F) in 2015.

February 23, 2017 20:07 UTC

Ghana is ‘most expensive’ country in Africa to live in

By XINHUAMore by this AuthorACCRAGhana tops the rest of Africa as the most expensive country to live in, Starrfmonline, local news network said here yesterday, citing a survey by an international relocation company. The survey report published by MoveHub, an Independent website, Ghana ranks among 20 other nations the world over considered as the most expensive to reside in. The report said MoveHub based its assessment on a range of costs such as the price of groceries, transport, bills, restaurants and rents. “New York was given an index score of 100, and countries were then ranked based on this. So a country with a score higher than 100 is more expensive than New York, while below signals that it is cheaper.”

February 23, 2017 20:03 UTC

Kenya: Two nursery school pupils drown in flooded quarry

Beverly and her neighbour, Brenda Chepchirchir, six, drowned in a flooded quarry as they walked from school. [Photo: Peter Ochieng/Standard]Two nursery school pupils drown in flooded quarryTwo families are mourning the death of their children who drowned in a flooded quarry. The two girls, Beverly Kemei, seven, and Brenda Chepchirchir, six, who were pupils at Toloita Primary School, were holding hands as they walked home from school when they slipped into the water-filled quarry. The families and area residents blamed the county for the tragedy, saying it had failed to fence off the dam. He called on area residents to find an alternative route for pupils to use to go to school.

February 23, 2017 19:52 UTC

Kenya: Health CS Cleopa Mailu declares March 3 Jiggers Awareness Day

| Updated Fri, February 24th 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3Health CS Cleopa Mailu before Parliamentary Labour and Social Welfare Committee. (Photo:David Njaaga/Standard)Health Cabinet Secretary Cleopa Mailu has declared March 3 Jiggers Awareness Day. In the Kenya Gazette notice number 1302, the CS announced that the day would be marked every year. The national policy on the prevention and control of jigger infestations notes tetanus as a common secondary infection that has been associated with death and the spread of HIV.

February 23, 2017 19:52 UTC

Kenya: Uber taxi drivers want passenger fares increased

| Updated Fri, February 24th 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3UberAbout 300 Mombasa Uber taxi drivers on Thursday boycotted work to demand better terms of service. WAITING CHARGESThe chairman of the Uber Taxis partners in Mombasa, Mr Evanson Mbugua, said their operations were no longer profitable. He said drivers used to make Sh3,000 daily when they joined Uber Taxis in February last year following attractive initial incentives but that they now hardly make Sh1,000. The drivers also appealed to the Uber management to initiate talks with the Kenya Airports Authority, which they accused of harassment. ALSO READ: Uber Kenya unveils updated version of its app

February 23, 2017 19:41 UTC

Kenya: It's 30 years in jail for man who defiled daughter

| Updated Fri, February 24th 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3Man sentenced to 30 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of defilement. (Photo: Courtesy)A man has been sentenced to 30 years imprisonment after he was found guilty of defilement. The man is said to have defiled his 15-year-old daughter at his home in Ukunda between July 16 and 17 last year. The man had denied the charges. It was alleged that before his arrest, the man had been warned by his wife over a similar attack against his daughter.

February 23, 2017 19:41 UTC

Kenya: Tough law slaps 10-year jail term on bribe givers

| Updated Fri, February 24th 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission chairman Archbishop Eliud Wabukala with Kenya Association of Manufacturers CEO Phyllis Wakiaga in Nairobi. [Photo David Gichuru]Anti-corruption chairman Eliud Wabukala has welcomed a new law that seeks to punish bribery offenders. Retired Arch-Bishop Wabukala said the Bribery Act 2016 addresses the gap in law by providing two general offences, unlike before when it only focused on public officers. "This rendered it ineffective as bribery is a two-way traffic affair where there is a giver and a taker," Wabukala said during a seminar on the Bribery Act, 2016, which was attended by Kenya Association of Manufacturers. The findings, contained in a report titled 'Voter Bribery as an Election Malpractice in Kenya; A Survey Report Dec 2016', reveals a deeply rooted culture where election outcome is influenced despite the act being criminalised in law.

February 23, 2017 19:33 UTC

Kenya: High Court suspends law blocking politicians from party hopping

This comes after the High Court suspended section 28 of the elections law, which bars them from party hopping, until a case filed by the Council of Governors is heard and determined. "Party nominations are poorly conducted. In view of the chaotic political parties nominations, a candidate can defect from a party and go and win the seat," Mr Wanyama said. He claimed: "Party leaders and well connected individuals in the party determine who get the party tickets to vie for elections." Being a member of a political party or not is an individual's choice and cannot be limited," Wanyama said.

February 23, 2017 19:28 UTC

Israeli police find evidence of corruption against Netanyahu's former aide

Israeli police said on Thursday they have evidence that a former chief-of-staff to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu illegally advanced his own business interests while holding the position. The allegations against Ari Harow have been widely reported in Israeli media, and this latest development seemed unlikely to have any political impact on the prime minister, who himself is linked to two other corruption probes. The police said in a statement that they have been investigating Harow since mid-2015, shortly after he stepped down as Netanyahu's chief-of-staff. Prior to being made chief-of-staff, Harow had "pledged to sell the company that he owned and not to engage in matters relating to it," the statement said. The police said they were handing their findings over to the State Attorney's office, which could lead to charges including bribery, fraud and breach of trust.

February 23, 2017 19:20 UTC

Kenya: Ways to be excellent in the workplace

An excellent achiever therefore is someone who attains more than the expected goals. An excellent employee is one who possesses both good work ethics and work excellence. While good work ethics refers to being honest and hardworking, work ethics refers to an individual’s ability to perform his or her job extremely well. Some of the parameters that measure work ethics are integrity and honesty, positive attitude, love for work, punctuality and timeliness, enthusiasm and the amount of effort expended to perform job-related tasks. They are always in search of better ways to improve themselves and their performance.

February 23, 2017 19:10 UTC

Kenya: Bandits kill man in Kerio Valley ahead of Deputy President's tour

| Updated Fri, February 24th 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3A man was on Wednesday night killed by bandits in the volatile Kerio Valley, Elgeyo Marakwet County. The man and seven others were in a matatu that was travelling to Tot centre when the bandits sprayed the vehicle with bullets. Marakwet East police boss Remmy Njiru said the man, who was driving the matatu, was shot in the head and died on the spot. ALSO READ: Schools shut as insecurity worsens in BaringoArea residents claimed that the vehicle had been attacked two weeks ago. Elgeyo Marakwet Senator Kipchumba Murkomen said Ruto's visit would kick off as planned, adding that security had been beefed up.

February 23, 2017 18:52 UTC

Kenya: Commercial banks set to give more loans, says report

(Photo David Njaaga/Standard)Financial services firm, Metropol Corporation, expects pressure for banks to offload expensive deposits to lift private sector borrowing from the current 10-year low. “The demand for government paper may remain high but it will not be enough to satisfy banks’ desire to lend. Metropolis further sees lending to private sector increase by Sh80 billion in the first half of the 2017-18 financial year supported by mobile lending services. The mobile borrowing platform has been growing as banks increase confidence in lending to such groups,” said Mr Omukoko. The banking industry is dominated by six large institutions — Kenya Commercial Bank, Equity Bank, Barclays Bank, Standard Chartered Bank, Cooperative Bank, and Citibank, which controls 53 per cent of customer deposits.

February 23, 2017 18:38 UTC

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