Kenya: Police seek to arrest lawyer Lilan who wanted to stop Too burial

| Updated Sun, January 22nd 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3Eldoret-based Lawyer Simon Lilan. (Photo: Peter Ochieng/Standard)Police have been ordered to arrest Eldoret-based Lawyer Simon Lilan and his brother John Tallam. Two weeks ago, the lawyer went to court and sought to halt the burial of politician Mark Too until the police unearth the cause of the former nominated MP’s death. Meanwhile, Nairobi lawyer Paul Lilan has distanced himself from the court case. He said since Simon Lilan moved to court to stop Too’s burial, people had been calling him thinking he was the one.

January 21, 2017 19:55 UTC

Kenya: Yes, proactive citizens can make a difference

The primary school management board willingly approved the offer of a church to level their parking area without informing or involving the local community. Tweets, Facebook posts and then media articles alleged the public school was being grabbed by the church. Mobilised by genuinely concerned neighbouring residents, lawyers, officials from County of Nairobi, Ministry of Education and Office of the President were demanding answers from the school management board. Not far away, community members confronted the Kiambu County Forest Officer and demanded that a wealthy businessman’s attempt to hive off forest land for a car showroom be reversed. The School Management Board, the Forest officer and County Executive could be excused for feeling besieged by the public.

January 21, 2017 19:50 UTC

Kenya: Work with unions to resolve pay disputes

It is expected that as the TSC starts to implement the Sh54 billion pay agreement, the ground will be set for future honest discussions between the commission and teachers. And this is why we must begin to see progress in the negotiation between the government and unions. There is far too much bad faith between both levels of government and unions. This is why unions have often had to go to court to compel the government to honour Collecting Bargaining Agreements. Employers must work with unions to resolve pay disputes.

January 21, 2017 19:50 UTC

Kenya: Issue new IDs fairly across Kenya, Raila warns over Uhuru order

| Updated Sun, January 22nd 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3CORD leader Raila Odinga wants issuance of ID cards to be applied uniformly across the country. CORD leader Raila Odinga has warned that speeding up the issuance of ID cards must be applied uniformly across the country. In his Friday tour of Central Kenya to rally residents to register as voters, President Uhuru Kenyatta directed the National Registration Bureau (NRB) to issue identity cards in three days. ALSO READ: Raila hits back at Uhuru, Ruto over taunts“All Kenyans of voting age must be facilitated to obtain national identity cards through a process that is timely and fair to all,” said Raila, warning that the Opposition will accept nothing less. “There are deep concerns by the emerging developments in voter registration and shared identity cards used by different people to register as voters,” he said.

January 21, 2017 19:39 UTC

Governor calls for help to prevent locals from dying

By GALGALO BOCHAMore by this AuthorMore than 50,000 people are facing death in Tana River County due to the persistent drought that has ravaged most parts of arid and semi-arid region. Governor Hussein Dado has warned that the figure might rise if the current humanitarian situation will not be complemented by rainfall. In an interview with the Sunday Nation, Mr Dado appealed to the national government, donors communities and other well-wishers to help alleviate the situation. "The River Tana, which is relied on for farming, has dried up and everywhere you go you will see carcasses strewed all over. The situation is worrying everybody,” Mr Dado added.

January 21, 2017 19:31 UTC

Kenya: Robbery with violence suspects ask for transfer to another court

| Updated Sun, January 22nd 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3The duo on Thursday urged Kakamega chief magistrate Bildad Ochieng to transfer them to the neighbouring Butali law courts in Malava.PHOTO: COURTESYTwo robbery with violence suspects do not want to be tried in Kakamega law courts, saying the courts take too long to conclude such cases. Samuel Alufunzi, alias Johnie, and Oscar Angura are accused of killing watchmen and robbing a soda depot and supermarket in Kakamega town. The duo on Thursday urged Kakamega chief magistrate Bildad Ochieng to transfer them to the neighbouring Butali law courts in Malava. However, their request was rejected and the case will be heard on February 27 in Kakamega. - Robert AmalembaALSO READ: Nairobi police shoot dead two suspects and recover two guns

January 21, 2017 19:22 UTC

Ramos saves Madrid as fans target Ronaldo

By AFPMore by this AuthorMADRIDSergio Ramos struck twice to get Real Madrid back to winning ways as the home fans targeted Cristiano Ronaldo in a 2-1 victory over Malaga at the Santiago Bernabeu on Saturday. And Ramos soon took his career tally to 50 La Liga goals by bundling home another Kroos delivery despite standing in an offside position. Whilst Ramos was riding to Real's rescue, off-colour Ronaldo endured another forgetful afternoon in front of goal and was even whistled by the Madrid fans early on after a sluggish start to 2017. Ronaldo shot straight at Carlos Kameni with just the Cameroonian to beat and Karim Benzema headed over as Madrid started brightly. "Sometimes when you have difficulties you need the fans' help and to be behind you," said Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane.

January 21, 2017 18:51 UTC

Kenya: Selling tourism in big numbers is good for the economy

Panari Hotel Managing Director Patrick Marekia, a veteran hotelier with over three decades in Kenya’s hospitality industry, says conference tourism is one of the most rewarding segments of any tourism destination in the world. ‘’Without doubt, conference tourism will continue to be a booster to tourism. The more conference infrastructural developments are put in place, the more conference tourism events are attracted to our country,’’ Marekia says. This is as opposed to the current situation where if the Kenyatta International Convention Centre is booked, no other international conference can take take place. “This is important if Kenya is to realise her full potential in conference tourism,’’ he adds.

January 21, 2017 18:43 UTC

Kenya: Banks in fresh trouble as new Bill proposes ban on deposits of public funds

These are just five: Kenya Commercial Bank, National Bank of Kenya, Consolidated Bank of Kenya, Development Bank of Kenya and the Post Office Savings Bank.PHOTO: COURTESYMPs are now mulling a fresh law to stop State agencies from depositing public money in commercial banks. These are just five: Kenya Commercial Bank, National Bank of Kenya, Consolidated Bank of Kenya, Development Bank of Kenya and the Post Office Savings Bank. All the other major commercial banks will lose government business, unless they invest in government securities. In addition to the ban on banking public funds in commercial banks, the MPs have a fresh surprise to banks. These frustrations are centred around the cost of credit and the applicable interest rates on their hard–earned deposits.

January 21, 2017 18:32 UTC

Kenya: Kenya Civil Aviation Authority grants licences to several airlines

The licence includes two frequencies per week and the airline will deploy a Boeing 738 based in Warsaw on the route to Mombasa.PHOTO: COURTESYKenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) has okayed several applications for air service licences. Other successful applications are; Buff Airways Holdings (3 years), Baracuda Airways Holdings (one year), Imatong Airlines Limited (granted for1 year), and Airvan Airlines Limited (one year). However, an application by Mombasa-based Multiple Solutions Limited to operate an international scheduled air services for passengers and cargo has been denied. Another firm which had its application rejected is Jetways Airlines Limited which had applied for an international scheduled air services for passengers and freight from JKIA/Wilson to /Juba, Mogadishu, Kismayu Galkayo, Hargeisa. ALSO READ: Turkish cargo jet crash kills 37 in KyrgyzstanIt was, however, successful in its bid for non-scheduled passenger and freight within Kenya to Eastern, Central, Southern, Northern Africa and the Middle East as well as domestic scheduled air services.

January 21, 2017 18:32 UTC

Kenya: Taita Taveta traders lament over rising trade barriers

| Updated Sun, January 22nd 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3Traders arrested for operating without health licences in Taita Taveta countyPHOTO: COURTESYTraders in Taita-Taveta have complained over growing cross-border trade barriers with Tanzania. Women traders mainly cereal dealers, say they are not allowed to conduct business in Tanzania freely despite the East Africa Common Market Protocol. The two-day workshop sponsored by TradeMark East Africa (TMEA) aimed at training women traders in EAC member States on how to grow their businesses at the border. “Women traders should ensure they get valid travel documents while conducting their business in a foreign country because if they do not do so they are likely to be harassed,” she said. Taita Taveta County First Lady Hope Mruttu noted the cross-border trade is still favouring Tanzania traders who conduct their business freely in Taveta border town.

January 21, 2017 18:31 UTC

Kenya: Oloo, Sakaja now reveal how they plotted to secure Uhuru presidency

(Photo: File/Standard)Details of complex and insidious political intrigues that propelled President Uhuru Kenyatta to the presidency in 2013 can finally be revealed today, courtesy of two of his henchmen. I was the Secretary General of a party and my mandate then was to help secure the presidency for my party,” Oloo said. ALSO READ: President Uhuru: IDs must be ready in 3 days“These were tense moments. Both Oloo and Sakaja tell of palpable tension at the Jubilee camp as they waited for the final results. He, however, said he worked well with President Kenyatta until Ruto’s team came in.

January 21, 2017 18:29 UTC

Do not interfere with Kibra politics - Raila told

By JUSTUS OCHIENG'More by this AuthorA former aide to Cord leader Raila Odinga has told him to stop interfering with matters concerning the next leader of Kibra constituency or risk losing a chance of being president. Mr Eliud Owalo said Mr Odinga should focus on his bid for presidency and not dabble in Kibra politics. "Raila Odinga should choose between Kibra Constituency and the Presidency. Mr Owalo had last year petitioned Mr Odinga over what he claimed to be a plot to hand his daughter the ODM ticket for the seat. Ms Odinga was in Kibra today mobilising locals to register as voters.

January 21, 2017 18:26 UTC

Kenya: Why SGR is a tiny part in China’s game plan to become superpower

China's "One Belt, One Road" (OBOR) includes physical road, which takes one from China all the way through Europe to somewhere up north in Scandinavia - or the belt. The financiers, Export-Import Bank of China, also signed with Tanzania a $7.6 billion (Sh788 billion) loan agreement with the Export-Import Bank of China (China EXIM Bank). In Africa, China might also be looking at the continent's prevalent natural resources which are important for its ubiquitous manufacturing industry. Already, Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda import more from China than from any of the five member states of the East African Community. The SGR, which will be operated for the first five years by China Road and Bridge, might end up carrying more Chinese goods than regional countries' goods.

January 21, 2017 18:24 UTC

Our 40 years working for Kenya Airways

Uganda Airlines, which began shortly after Kenya Airways, was liquidated in 2001 after attempts to privatise it failed to materialise due to mismanagement and a huge debt load. It was my worst day.”Nevertheless, both Mrs Kamau and Captain Kinyanzui believe the airline’s worst years are behind it despite its current challenges. She has been at Kenya Airways for 40 years. Over the course of the four decades they have worked at the airline, the two have seen Kenya Airways from the inside during its best and worst times. Captain Kinyanzui (standing far right) with his workmates in the early years of Kenya Airways.

January 21, 2017 18:17 UTC

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