Raila attacks MCAs, says their number be reducedOpposition chief Raila Odinga during the homecoming party of Rangwe MP Lilian Gogo at Omoche Primary school in Homa Bay County. [Emmanuel Wanson, Standard]The number of MCAs should be reduced to enhance success of devolution, ODM leader Raila Odinga has said.Speaking during Rangwe MP Lilian Gogo's homecoming party at Omoche Secondary School yesterday, Raila argued that Kenyans would be given opportunity through a referendum to review the number of MCAs each county should have. He argued that the large number of MCAs would have been significant if they were performing their roles effectively. Raila said MCAs deliberately sabotaged budget approval in county assemblies to intimidate governors to bribe them. Eradicate povertySEE ALSO :MCAs: No more drama, we have moved on“MCAs are fond of giving scapegoats for rejecting county budgets during approval.
Gemstone firm appeals magistrate's verdict in land caseGemstone mining company in Taita Taveta wants magistrate out of land dispute case with ranchers. Company CEO Lilian Mercy Mutua wants Justice Ann Omollo to set aside orders by Senior Principle Magistrate EG Nderitu in Voi and allow them to continue mining the gems. Mrs Mutua also wants Nderitu to recuse himself from hearing the matter further because he lacks jurisdiction as set in the Mining Act. SEE ALSO :World Bank eyes stake in ailing ARMThe Kasigau Ranching DA Company Limited had filed a case seeking orders to have the gem mining company evicted from the land and stopped from further mining on the piece of land. Preliminary objection Last October 30, Nderitu declined to stay a preliminary objection raised by the company last August 24, and proceeded to stop mining of the stones from the suit property.
Chess: Ngani and Jumba are new national champs77 Monday, December 17th 2018 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Monday, December 17th 2018 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Sports By Gilbert Wandera:Kenya national women's chess championships winner Gloria Jumba. [Courtesy]Event was used as first phase qualifier for 2019 Africa GamesNgani and Jumba are new national champs2016 men's winner Ben Nguku finishes second. Victor Ngani is the new Kenyan national chess champion. In the ladies' category, Gloria Jumba was in a blistering form as she won the national title with a round to spare. The top 20 finishers in the Open and ladies category qualified for the second phase that will take will take place in February next year.
The Muslim community in Kenya is concerned and urges the feuding parties to enter into dialogue and solve this crisis, not just for their own sake, but for the good of the Muslim world and the international community at large. Political and security analysts in the sub-region have been following closely the crisis and asking—should the Muslim community in Kenya be worried about the escalation of this crisis? The Muslim community in Kenya has benefited in many ways, but now that its benefactors are quarrelling, the community is at a crossroads, unsure of which side to take. For example, there are local Muslim organisations that have been receiving various kinds of support from Qatar and Saudi Arabia. It is because of this dilemma that the Muslim community in Kenya can no longer ignore the feud.
Narok county commissioner George Natembeya said they have deployed GSU officers, the Rapid Deployment Unit and other security officers to Ololoipangi, Nkoben and Oloruasi to resotre calm. During Jamhuri Day celebrations in Narok Stadium on Wednesday, Natembeya announced that the state has lifted the curfew imposed after peace returned. “We have sent a contingent of security officers to the troubled areas to deter the recurrence of the further violence,” Natembeya told The Star on phone. More than 10 houses were torched in the fresh violence. He downplayed the narrative that the fresh violence erupted after the cattle theft.
Why FGM has forever captured Kerio ValleyFemale Genital Mutilation (FGM) has yet again reared its ugly head in North Rift region. Mr Kilimo said the fight against the outlawed practice had been further complicated by the cultural attachment to it. “The uncircumcised ladies will forever be seen as children and will not attract a man to marry from FGM practicing communities. Ruth Kilimo, a founder of Marakwet Girls Foundation, an anti-FGM organisation, has vowed to aid combing of the Kerio Valley for arrest of FGM perpetrators. The Kenya Demographic and Household Survey Report 2014 shows at least 9.3 million girls have undergone FGM locally.
Men have been urged to go for screening of cancer and other non-communicable diseases so they can get treatment early enough. Medics from Naivasha Subcounty Hospital yesterday said the number f men seeking cancer screening services has dropped by six per cent over the last one year. The doctors said cancer of the breast and prostrate cancer were still the leading cases among women and men respectively. She said the camp was organised in honour of the elderly who walk for long distances to access health services. He said MCAs were working with stakeholders to ensure improved access to health services for residents.
MPs will tomorrow hold a special sitting to approve or reject Twalib Mbarak for appointment as anti-graft agency CEO after a House vetting panel endorsed him. If approved by the House, Mbarak, 53, – a former military and ex-intelligence officer, will succeed Halakhe Waqo as the EACC chief executive officer for a fixed term of six years. While appearing before the vetting panel, Mbarak told the committee that he doesn’t engage in any business, putting his net-worth as Sh152 million. When asked why he was seeking to be the EACC chief knowing that the institution had a lot of turnovers, Mbarak said he will execute his work with military precision. Read: Waqo exits EACC with ‘no real result to show six years later’Click here for the latest political news
We were not smoked out of Uhuru-Raila meeting, says Nyamira governorNyamira governor John Nyagarama addresses the press at Kegirigo High School on 10/08/2017. The governor spoke at Riatuya SDA Church on Saturday where he joined area MPs for a funds drive to aid the church build the pastor a house. "I'm an elder and I never tell lies. We left the Kisumu meeting after President Kenyatta gave us Sh500,000. Raila also gave us Sh200,000 and Dr Fred Matiang'i Sh200,000 to take to a funeral we were attending," said Nyagarama.
The government has been asked to hire more doctors to support the Universal Health Coverage launched by President Uhuru Kenyatta last week. Read: What services to expect as Uhuru launches Universal Health Coverage pilotOluga said more health workers must be employed to drive the rollout. He said the programme should be used to test viable public-private partnerships in the provision of health services. You will need more doctors and clinical officers to deliver the services," Oluga said. The services those of emergency, child health,maternal, mental, infectious disease management, non-communicable disease management, inpatient and outpatient and community health services.
Golf: Njoroge claims 2018 Nyali trophy77 Monday, December 17th 2018 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Monday, December 17th 2018 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Golf By Maarufu Mohamed:Kenya Railway's Samuel Njoroge Displays his trophy after winning the Nyali open 2018 Champion at the Nyali golf and Country club course in Mombasa County on Sunday,016th December,2018. [Maarufu Mohamed,Standard]Samuel Njoroge of Kenya Railways is the 2018 Nyali Open champion. Henry Kamau, on 217 nett, was the overall winner, while Sammy Mulama, on 219 nett, was the runner-up. The tournament, which was sponsored by Grain Bulk Limited, Shikara Limited and AAR Health Services, was the 19th series in the 2018 Kenya Golf Union’s (KGU) organised Kenya Amateur Golf Championships calendar of events. KGU chairman Lucas Maranga said the series has been successful and the overall Kenya Amateur 2018 Champion will be declared and crowned later.
Busia countysand Ubuntu Rave Kenya Chapter have urged residents to take the lead in guarding the environment. Put garbage in bins and don’t throw it everywhere, residents were told. They defended the Garbage Bill, which is being drafted by the executive, saying the punitive measures will deter people from throwing litter anywhere. Even at your own home you can’t be throwing litter aimless, but you put them in dustbins,” he said. Ubuntu Rave Kenya is celebraring African diversity in fashion, film, culture, music, dance and above all to bring people together.
Kenya plans to roll out a national census at midnight August 24, 2019, at a cost of Sh18.5 billion. The census provides an opportunity for more discussion about the right to privacy and data protection. The census was postponed to 1987 (which was Germany’s last census mandating all citizens to provide information). Second, 70 per cent of participants (state and non-state actors) pointed out that there was a countrywide lack of implementation of data protection policies. Third was the notable gender dimension in the data protection forums and surveys.
Polo: Lachlan win Ndume title in Gilgil ties77 Monday, December 17th 2018 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Monday, December 17th 2018 at 00:00 GMT +3 | Sports By Ben Ahenda:Kigen Moi (in front) of Off beat battles out with Izzy Parsons of Lachlan during The Ndume Christmas Polo Tournament at Manyatta Polo Club in Gilgil Nakuru county on December 16,2018.Photo:Kipsang Joseph/StandardHandicap 6.5 Lachlan team of Izzy Parsons, Kimoi Moi, Ben Stonewigg and Harry Stichbury are the 2018 Ndume Trophy Christmas Polo champions. Yesterday, Offbeat outplayed their opponents in all the four chukkas and scored seven times through Archie Voorspuy (five), Gideon Moi (one) and Kigen Moi (one) to prove their superiority over their opponents. Gideon attributed their loss to the temporary absence of Kigen (Moi) whom he described as a utility player. Kigen was substituted by Chris Foot in their opening match against Lachlan, which they lost 9.5-4 before the final match yesterday. Izzy Stichbury (three), Millar (two) and Roumeguere (one) scored for the winners while Morendat replied through on form Vishal Somaia who scored a hatrick.
Residents decry rising cases of human-wildlife conflictResidents have decried rising cases of human-wildlife conflict. The most affected areas are Marmanent in Laikipia West and places bordering Rumuruti forest and Laikipia Nature and Conservancy. Two people have been killed, a woman injured and crops worth millions of shillings destroyed in the past two months. SEE ALSO :11 probed over suspected Al Shabaab linksAmong those killed is a Kenya Wildlife Service ranger who was attacked by an elephant while patrolling Rumuruti forest. Marmanet ward MCA Simon Kanyutu whose area has been the most affected noted that the animals are from the nearby Rumuruti forest.