Pope Francis to youth: Food and mobile phones don’t go down well

A man looks at the Instagram account of Pope Francis launched on March 19, 2016. AFP PHOTOPope Francis has urged the youth to get off their phones during family meals, warning the “death” of face-to-face conversations is having dire conversations to the society, and even resulting to wars. The leader of the Catholic Church’s comments come at a time when the mobile phone is fast becoming the most influential gadget in the daily lives of many, with contrasting consequences. At the same time, the 80 year old pontiff also chastised the youth for their manners, accusing them of swapping a cheery “good morning” greetings, for the anonymous “ciao ciao”, saying it appeared standard in today’s society for people to insult strangers. Said the Pope: “We need to lower the tone a bit, speak less and listen more, dialogue which brings hearts closer together is a medicine against violence.”

February 22, 2017 09:45 UTC

New girl in town: Are you the type of lady who just entertains the boys?

ALSO READ: Men like quickies- House girl confessionsRemember those beautiful girls you used to have as close family friends? She has the dates of big matches marked on her calendar and travels with the boys out of town wherever there is an ‘away’ game. If she calls her a ‘bi**h’, keep off that new girl you are trying to introduce to the boys. Other girls are simply attention hogsShe is protected by the boys and she will always get whatever she wants. Besides, being around the guys all the time has rubbed off on her and she now thinks like the boys.

February 22, 2017 09:44 UTC

Uhuru makes unannounced trip to Mogadishu amid lockdown

President Uhuru Kenyatta. PHOTO | FILEPresident Uhuru Kenyatta has arrived in Somalia’s capital, Mogadishu for the inauguration of new Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed. His arrival was reported by State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu through his Twitter handle. President @UKenyatta has arrived in Mogadishu for the inauguration of new Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed — Manoah Esipisu MBS (@MEsipisu) February 22, 2017Mogadishu is under security lockdown, with roads closed and commercial flights cancelled ahead of the president’s inauguration. In a sign of the challenges facing the new administration, a car bomb at a busy market killed 39 people on Sunday.

February 22, 2017 09:38 UTC

Kenya: Mombasa husband and wife charged with Sh47 million heroin trafficking

| Updated Wed, February 22nd 2017 at 12:51 GMT +3Swaleh Yusuff Ahmed and his wife Asma Abdalla Mohamed at the Shanzu Law Courts in Mombasa County (Photo: Kelvin Karani)Mombasa, Kenya: A middle aged man and his wife suspected to be major narcotic traffickers in Mombasa were charged at Shanzu Law courts with trading in heroin worth Sh47 million. Swaleh Yusuff Ahmed and Asma Abdalla Mohamed are accused that on February 13 2017 at Bamburi in Kisauni Mombasa County jointly with others before court trafficked 15,984 kilograms of heroin worth sh47, 952, 030. Assistant Director of Public Prosecution Alexander Muteti, senior state prosecutors Daniel Wamosa and Jami Yenina told Principal Magistrate Diana Mochache that Ahmed had been charged in 2010 and 2013 with similar charges of trafficking drugs and sentenced to 25 years in jail. The prosecution stated that the witnesses are well known and connected to the two accused and fear intimidation if the two are set free.

February 22, 2017 09:22 UTC

Games fees will be a burden for parents

It is unwise to ask parents to bear the burden of financing co-curricular activities considering the hard economic times and the high school fees charged. The directive by the Ministry of Education calling on parents to finance their young ones' co-curricular activities to the tune of Sh1.4 billion is very unfortunate for some parents who are yet to clear the term's fees arrears. Is this the same government that introduced free primary education to the extent of cutting examinations charges? The same latitude should be extended to co-curricular activities, which form a crucial part of the curriculum.

February 22, 2017 09:18 UTC

Let us not discriminate against any tribe or colour

Through an accident of birth, the most vicious member of a 'superior' group is inherently better than the most virtuous member of an 'inferior' group. When a member of the superior group commits a crime, for example, culpability is assigned to him as an individual. Responsibility for crimes committed by individuals belonging to the inferior group, on the other hand, is always assigned to the collective, with collective consequences. The perception is that, because the group is inherently inferior, aberrant behaviour is the norm, not the exception. The hollow-eyed man, Terrence Crutcher, an unarmed African American was shot dead by police after his car stalled on the road.

February 22, 2017 09:11 UTC

Two killed after suspected Somali bandits attack Mwingi village

Suspected Somali bandits on Tuesday killed two people in Mwingi during a fight over grazing areas. The area remained tense for the better part of the day as police drove the Somali herders away. On December 24, bandits posing as herders gunned down a man in Katangini, Ukasi, Mwingi East. Read: State crackdown on killer Kitui ‘herders’Also read: Women take up arms to fend off murderous Somali banditsIn January, suspected Somali bandits killed one person in Mwingi. More on this: Suspected Somali bandits kill one in MwingiRead: Police in hot pursuit of Mwingi bandits

February 22, 2017 09:00 UTC

Kenya: Nairobi's Sh300b housing project fails to take off

A Sh300 billion housing project that aimed to create an additional 14,000 housing units in Nairobi has hit a snag. City Hall confirmed a delay in documentation at the National Land Commission offices and compensation issues had stalled the process. "For the process to kick off, there needs to be financial closure, which cannot happen unless documentation on compensation has been finalised," said Urban Housing Renewal Executive Tom Odongo. He said where relocation was a must, the county would pay tenants the equivalent of their rent for 12 months. The houses will be in Old and New Ngara, Pangani, Jeevanjee-Bachelors, Ngong Road Inspectorate staff quarters, Uhuru and Suna Road.

February 22, 2017 08:57 UTC

Kenya: No more protocol hitches; here are the types of US Visas for Kenyan government officials

| Updated Wed, February 22nd 2017 at 11:44 GMT +3Kenya’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs has explained what types of visas various government officials are entitled to. Eliaphas Barine adds County officials traveling for official duties on behalf of the national government qualify for official visas. It added all County officials must follow the normal visa application procedures including physical appearance to the embassy for interviews, fingerprints and payment of visa fee. B1 visa category is issued to athletes, amateur of professional competing for prize money only or business visitor and domestic employees. Journalists are usually issued with I visa category, according to the US State Department.

February 22, 2017 08:37 UTC

Two suspected Mombasa drug barons in court over Sh47m heroin

Two suspected drug dealers were charged in Mombasa on Tuesday with trafficking 15 kgs of heroin worth Sh47 million. [VIDEO] Five more suspected drug barons arrested, Sh18m cash, Sh170m heroin foundThe couple, who were in a list of suspects wanted by police, were charged with trafficking narcotics. The court will also determine whether four other suspected drug dealers will be detained for 21 days. Nabil Loo, Bakari Kali, Lilian Bernard and Stephen Mangi’ra are facing charges of drug trafficking and money laundering. Read: War on drugs intensified as police arrest wanted drug baron's accomplice

February 22, 2017 08:29 UTC

Senators to meet governors over revenue Bill

By DENNIS ODUNGAMore by this AuthorThe Senate Finance Committee is expected to meet governors and Speakers of county assemblies over a Bill that determines the amount of money allocated for devolved functions. The Wednesday meeting that will include officials from the Commission on Revenue Allocation (CRA) comes in the wake of complaints by governors that county governments were short-changed in the Division of Revenue Bill that is now before the Senate. The governors want the Senate to reconsider the equitable share for the 2017/18 financial year that they said is inadequate. The Senate will also have to approve the County Allocation of Revenue Bill that divides among the counties the revenue allocated to them. County officials have called the budget ceilings unconstitutional, saying county assemblies cannot effectively discharge their oversight roles if they cannot be allowed to control their expenditure.

February 22, 2017 08:12 UTC

Kisumu morticians on go-slow

Some services at various hospitals in Kisumu have been paralysed after mortuary attendants started a go-slow over low pay and poor working conditions. The morticians claim their work has been affected by the ongoing doctors' strike. They say most of the bodies brought to the facilities needed to be operated on by a doctor. But [now] we are forced to release them, which is against the law," said Mr Ombegi. “We need protective clothing such as water repellent gowns, gloves and surgical masks to put on when handling bodies,” said Mr Baraza.

February 22, 2017 08:10 UTC

Kenya: Francis Kimemia among five aspirants eying governorship in Nyandarua on Jubilee ticket

| Updated Wed, February 22nd 2017 at 11:07 GMT +3Former Head of Civil Service Francis KimemiaProbably no seat in Nyandarua County has attracted attention and promises a vicious political battle as the gubernatorial race. All the aspirants are battling for Jubilee ticket apart from Kanja who is vying on a Maendeleo Chap Chap party ticket. However, they (Waithaka and Kimemia) will have to fight it hard as the deputy governor comes from the region," he says. That is the only way that they can weaken the support of the deputy governor who enjoys massive support from his backyard," he notes. But Governor Waithaka is confident that he will retain the seat.

February 22, 2017 08:03 UTC

Kenya: Private equity funds buy 40pc stake in Kenafric

| Updated Wed, February 22nd 2017 at 10:59 GMT +3Two private equity funds have bought a minority stake in Kenafric Industries as the firm eyes regional growth. Paris-headquartered Amethis Finance and South Africa’s Metier are buying a 40 per cent stake in the confectionery and culinary segments of the local manufacturing business. “This transaction is limited to the confectionery and culinary business and the Shah family (founders of Kenafric) will continue to operate the footwear and stationery business separately,” said Kenafric Industries in a statement Tuesday. Popular products under the confectionery and culinary segments include Fresh brand of chewing gum and Oyo food additive. “Kenafric has reached a critical size and now intends to expand into a regional packaged food platform,” the company said.

February 22, 2017 08:02 UTC

Police gun fight leaves two officers dead, one survives with injuries

Two police officers died while another was injured after they fought among themselves at a Nairobi estate. During the fight, one of the officers attached to Embakasi police station shot dead his colleague then turned the gun on himself. The duty officer visited the hospital and found the injured colleague had a bullet wound on the right shoulder,” the preliminary police report said. At the hospital, the injured officer said he had run away from the scene where he left his two colleagues embroiled in a physical struggle. The wounded officer was transferred to Nairobi West Hospital in stable condition,” according to a police report.

February 22, 2017 07:50 UTC

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