Opposition leaders have hailed the Court of Appeal ruling that presidential results will be announced at constituency level, saying it will ensure credibility in the August 8 polls. Kuresoi South MP Zakayo Cheruiyot said NASA's victory is now clear. The CCM candidate asked IEBC to respect the decision and ensure election results are not manipulated. The MP, a former confidant of Deputy President William Ruto, lauded NASA co-principal Isaac Rutto for uniting Kalenjins in rooting for change. Kilifi Governor Amason Kingi also welcomed the Appellate court ruling, saying it will empower returning officers.
June 24, 2017 13:41 UTC
High levels of insecurity after South Sudan slipped into civil war in 2013 and escalating fighting since last year have made conditions even more challenging in the impoverished country. South Sudan has about 1,700 deaths per 100,000 live births, above the regional average for sub-Saharan Africa of just under 1,000, according to World Bank data. Still, less than 10 per cent of women giving birth in South Sudan receive the help they need to give birth safely, according to UNFPA. Midwives can provide the majority of the services needed for newborns and pregnant women, and women cared for by midwives are less likely to have complicated births or go into labour early. Deng said more midwives are needed to be able reach pregnant women in remote areas, so they do not have to walk for hours to get looked after.
June 24, 2017 13:30 UTC
Top seed Roger Federer will challenge for a ninth Halle Open title after reaching the Wimbledon warm-up event final with a 6-4 7-6(5) victory over rising Russian talent Karen Khachanov on Saturday. Despite a shock exit from Stuttgart on his comeback last week, Federer has improved in Halle and has not lost a set. The pair traded breaks in the first two games but Federer made amends by grabbing a second one to restore his advantage and clinch the first set on his second set point. The Swiss lured Khachanov to the net on several occasions, including at 4-4 in the second set and the Russian dumped a forehand volley into the net to give Federer two break points. He converted his first match point to reach an 11th Halle final.
June 24, 2017 13:07 UTC
The trio of World 10,000m Geoffrey Kamworor, Olympic 10,000m silver medallist Paul Tanui and World Half marathon silver medallist were at it again with a great show in men’s 10,000m. But will Kamworor and company deliver victory this time round after falling short at the 2015 World Championships and Rio Olympic Games? Olympic 3,000m steeplechase champion Consenslus Kipruto will lead a strong team of four times reigning champion Ezekiel Kemboi, 2009 World champion Brimin Kipruto and Jairus Birech to the World Championships. Korir caused a major upset in men’s 800m when he floored well-known athletes to victory for his maiden World Championships ticket. However, it’s only Kibet and National champion Collins Omae who have attained the World Championships time.
June 24, 2017 12:56 UTC
KTN news anchor Betty Kyallo poses with the Media Personality Award trophy during the Soma Awards gala night in Nairobi. PHOTO | COURTESYHuman rights activist Boniface Mwangi, media personality Betty Kyallo, football star Victor Wanyama are among the winners of the 2017 Social Media Awards (Soma). Mwangi, who is also an aspirant for the Starehe parliamentary seat won the Alumni Award while KTN news anchor Kyallo scooped the Media Personality Award. The Soma Awards recognises outstanding individuals and companies on Social Media in Kenya. Here is the full list of the winners:TV Show Award – The TrendSports Personality Award – Victor WanyamaFashion Personality Award – Joy KendiEntertainment Personality Award – Eric OmondiFacebook Personality Award – PropesaTwitter Personality Award – AtanasiNew Blogger Award – www.kenyanmusic.co.keInstagram Personality Award – Joe W MuchiriCorporate Executive Personality Award – Maggie IreriMedia Personality Award – Betty KyalloEntrepreneur Award – Michelle Nkatha NtalamiHumanitarian Award – Ndungu NyoroFinancial Services Award – Equity Bank KenyaRetail Award – Jumia KenyaConsumer Product Award – Dairyland ProductsTechnology Award – Samsung MobileTourism Award – Bonfire AdventuresManufacturing Award – Unga wa dolaLearning Institution Award – University of NairobiState Corporation Award – Huduma KenyaRadio Show Award – Classic 105 FM: #MainaandKing’ang’iYouTube Channel Award – Farhana ObersonAlumni Award – Boniface Mwangi
June 24, 2017 12:56 UTC
| Updated Sat, June 24th 2017 at 15:45 GMT +3Peter Salasia has accused businessman Peter Tharau of buying voters cards from unsuspecting residents. [Photo by DUNCAN OCHOLLA]A Jubilee point man in Kakamega County is under siege after being accused by local leaders and residents of buying voters cards and IDs from residents. In a quick rejoinder, businessman Peter Tharau admitted meeting President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto at the Kakamega state lodge last weekend but dismissed claims of buying voters cards from residents. Why should I buy people's voters cards and IDs, how will that benefit me?" "I have received death threats in relation to the lies that I was buying voters and IDs from the electorate and then burn them so that they do not participate in the voting exercise in the August polls.
June 24, 2017 12:45 UTC
Nominated MP Oburu Oginga has accused Jubilee of funding independent candidates to scuttle Raila Odinga's votes in Nyanza region. Oburu questioned how within a short period all independent candidates in Nyanza have become millionaires dishing money aimlessly to voters. He told off President Uhuru Kenyatta for his "desperate" move to scuttle Raila's voting block. Other independent candidates in the region are Neto Adhola (Rarienda MP) Andiwo Mwai (Bondo MP), Muluan Omondi (Alego Usonga MP), Odunga Mamba (Alego Usonga) and governor candidate Omoro Odhiambo. Also read: Don't vote for independent candidates, Raila tells NASA supportersOburu also asked the President not to go overboard if he receives a hostile reception in Opposition strongholds.
June 24, 2017 12:33 UTC
FROM LEFT: Presidential candidates Abduba Dida, Ekuru Aukot and Cyrus Jirongo. PHOTOS | NATIONWhile President Uhuru Kenyatta and Nasa presidential candidate, Raila Odinga, are busy traversing the country in a bid to woo Kenyan voters, six other candidates have remained conspicuously ‘anonymous’. The ‘silent’ presidential candidates are Ekuru Aukot, Abduba Dida, Cyrus Jirongo, Japheth Kavinga, Micheal Wainaina and Joseph Nyaga. Even after being cleared by the Independent Boundaries and Electoral Commission (IEBC) to take a stab at the Presidential election, none of them has been ‘visible’ to the voter. Also apart from Aukot, none of the aforementioned candidates can be considered to have a “strong” social media presence, which has been identified as an alternative platform to woo the 18 million registered voters in Kenya.
June 24, 2017 11:48 UTC
Presidential flag bearer Raila Odinga has said NASA will field one candidate for the Bungoma governor race in the August 8 polls. The coalition will decide who between ODM's Alfred Khangati, ANC's Stephen Muturo and Ford Kenya's Wycliffe Wangamati will unseat incumbent Governor Kenneth Lusaka. Lusaka is the region's point man for Jubilee party and has been making inroads in Western for the ruling coalition. Read: NASA takes 'unga revolution' to Bungoma, tells Jubilee to forget Western votesHe also asked ODM Senate candidate Bonny Nyongesa to step down for NASA co-principal Moses Wetang'ula. He said NASA is facing problems of candidature because it failed to have a consolidated nomination process like Jubilee.
June 24, 2017 11:37 UTC
Istanbul's governor has banned a gay and transgender pride march which was due to take place in the city on Sunday, citing security concerns after threats from an ultra-nationalist group. It will be the second year running that Istanbul's LGBT march, described in the past as the biggest in the Muslim world, has been blocked by city authorities. The gay pride parade in Istanbul - a city seen as a relative safe haven by members of the gay community from elsewhere in the Middle East, including refugees from Syria and Iraq - has usually been a peaceful event. While homosexuality is not a crime in Turkey unlike many other Muslim countries, homophobia remains widespread. Critics say President Tayyip Erdogan and his Islamist-rooted AK Party have shown little interest in expanding rights for minorities, gays and women, and are intolerant of dissent.
June 24, 2017 11:26 UTC
| Updated Sat, June 24th 2017 at 14:18 GMT +3Kitui Governor Julius Malombe [Photo by Paul Mutua]Kitui Governor Julius Malombe has pledged to rally the residents behind Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and deliver the county's votes as a bloc to the National Super Alliance (NASA) in the August 8 General Election. Malombe urged the residents to be wary of Jubilee moles who were hiding behind Independent tickets and others in parties that were not affiliated to NASA but purport to associate with Kalonzo. He spoke on Friday in Kanyangi ward, Kitui Rural constituency, during an inspection tour of development projects initiated by his government since 2013. The Governor reiterated that he is ready to face his challenger, Senator David Musila, for the second time. Addressing stop-over rallies at Kavoo, Kalulini, Masimba, Kithiani, Kiseuni, Kanyongonyo, Nzambia and Kanyangi trading centres, the Governor appealed to county residents to give him another term in office.
June 24, 2017 11:15 UTC
FILE PHOTOA night of unrestrained passion left one woman traumatized and puzzled the morning after upon realizing that the man she slept left after shaving clean her private parts. The woman who, gave a full disclosure of her identity and that of her one-night partner, narrated on phone to a local radio station how the two met on social media and how after a while they decided to get intimate. WITCHCRAFT“I woke up and when I went to refresh myself, I found I had no hair down there,” she told the radio host. Asked why she didn’t bother to shave before their meeting, the lady said she left in a harry and had no time to shave. When the radio station reached out to the man in question, he admitted his actions saying he did so teach the woman a lesson on being hygienic.
June 24, 2017 11:12 UTC
Cattle rustlers shot dead two people and seriously injured another man at Rabuor village in Suna East subcounty on Friday night. "[Ong'ele] rushed to Rabuor police post only 500 metres away to seek help from officers. Matolo said Ong'ele rushed back to his homestead where he was joined by two neighbours, Okumu Jalang'o and Joshua Ongo in trailing the rustlers. "This police post was placed here because of cattle rustling, sadly officers brought here are a waste of time. Read: Beef up security to end cattle rustling, MP tells police
June 24, 2017 10:52 UTC
By AFPMore by this AuthorNAIROBITanzania President John Magufuli said students who become pregnant should not be allowed to finish their studies after giving birth, sparking outrage from women's rights campaign groups. And then, she gets pregnant, gives birth and after that, returns to school. Magufuli hit back, saying if Tanzanians listened to western human rights organisations, "all the students in an entire class could have babies". DISCRIMINATIONSeveral members of the government have publicly defended the right for teens to continue their secondary school education after having children. Mr Magufuli's comments drew the ire of the African organisation for women's rights Femnet, which called them "unacceptable" and "disgusting".
June 24, 2017 10:41 UTC
The importance of peace need not be overemphasised. Kenyans saw how costly, painful and destructive the 2007/8 Post Election Violence turned out to be, and do not want to tread that path again. The message every nationalist worth his salt ought to preach is the need for credibility in the polls. In this election, like in a football match, the referee must not only be seen to be fair. You can take this to the bank: no one is going to protest a fair, accurate and credible election outcome.
June 24, 2017 10:30 UTC