By HENRY NYARORAMore by this AuthorNyamira Governor John Nyagarama was sworn in Friday signalling the start of his second term in office. He extended an olive branch to his political opponents in just concluded elections, asking them to join him to develop the region. He pledge to construct cottage industries for value addition of bananas, avocados and pineapples. "We will ensure that such cottage industries will be built in every sub-county," he said. He said a sports academy is under construction at Kiendege in Kitutu Masaba and it will help nurture talent among youth in the county.
August 18, 2017 13:41 UTC
Four Mombasa governor candidates are mulling their next move after losing to ODM's Hassan Joho. Whereas Hezron Awiti (Nyali MP) has conceded, Jubilee's Suleiman Shahbal and Wiper's Hassan Omar say they will petition Joho's re-election in court. On Friday, Shahbal said he has come to the conclusion that it is "impossible" to win an election fairly in Mombasa. The election was rigged but I still serve locals without holding political office," Shahbal, who got 69,515 votes, said. Shahbal said he is content with the votes he delivered for President Uhuru Kenyatta.
August 18, 2017 13:30 UTC
Awiti and his Deputy Hamilton Orata were sworn into office by Judge, Justice Aron Makau and Homa Bay Chief Magistrate Thomas Obuto at Homa Bay High school on Friday. "I want to thank my Executive Committee members who have been serving in the first time of my administration because I could not have made any achievement as an individual. The Governor said he had come to the decision after listening to concerns raised by the people of Homa Bay. Awiti said the process of nominating the executive committee members will be more thorough to enable him get better choices. Homa Bay women rep elect Gladys Wanga, Homa bay Senator, Moses Kajwang’ and several MPs attended the colourful inauguration ceremony.
August 18, 2017 12:49 UTC
PARISRussian triple jumper Anna Pystykh was on Friday handed a four-year doping ban and stripped of her 2007 world championship bronze medal, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced. The now 36-year-old Russian finished fourth in the triple jump in Osaka but inherited third after the disqualification of Chrysopiyi Devetzi of Greece, also for doping. The 2007 bronze medal could now go to Slovenian Marija Sestak, who originally finished fifth. Pystykh's positive result for anabolic steroids at the 2007 world championships was revealed in a retest of samples. All Pystykh's results from July 6, 2013 to her provisional suspension on December 15 2016 have also been wiped from the record books, CAS added, after she failed a second test for an unspecified banned substance.
August 18, 2017 12:45 UTC
LEFT: President Uhuru Kenyatta. RIGHT: IEBC chief executive Ezra ChilobaIEBC chief executive Ezra Chiloba has come out to clear the air on his alleged relations with President Uhuru Kenyatta and the First Family. The lanky chief executive was the object of fascination for female netizens who drooled over his features. And he hasn’t helped matters either after hinting at his email address during the interview. Mr Chiloba revealed that his private email address is Chiloba with an “e” at the end.
August 18, 2017 12:33 UTC
Governor Alfred Mutua has performed "radical surgery" and suspended more than 437 Machakos employees in the finance sector, a day after his inauguration. The workers including procurement officers, accountants and auditors were sent home on Friday to allow an audit. Mutua said the affected are from the county treasury headquarters and those seconded in government departments all over the county. More changes will follow in the next few days, the Governor said, adding the process is part of a "comprehensive radical surgery" informed by his interactions with residents. Read: Machakos leaders pledge to back Mutua, Wiper MPs skip swearing-in
August 18, 2017 12:29 UTC
Nurses at Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret ended their strike on Friday after signing a return-to-work agreement. The health workers, who have been on strike for the past two months, will receive their June and July salaries in August. Hospital CEO Dr Wilson Aruasa said the deal was with officials of the Kenya National Union of Nurses. Kennedy Orangi, chairman of the nurses' union at the hospital, said they will now wait for the SRC to avail the structure. Read: Striking Moi hospital nurses accuse SRC of impeding pay rise
August 18, 2017 12:08 UTC
By GEOFFREY RONOMore by this AuthorThe outgoing Bomet Governor Mr Isaac Ruto has said he is ready to hand over power to his successor, Dr Joyce Laboso next Monday. Mr Ruto also said he will not file a case to challenge Dr Laboso’s win even as he claimed that the results were doctored. "Let Dr Laboso continue with development activities from where I left and do more for Bomet people in her administration since this is what they are yearning for" he said. "Mr (Wafula) Chebukati, the chairman of IEBC, how did you give Kenyatta victory yet you did not have the full results with you?" Mr Ruto said he is still in Nasa.
August 18, 2017 11:48 UTC
I grew up knowing that men were the stronger species that didn’t know fear or shy away from responsibilities. A friend of mine recently told me she would rather remain single or become a nun before settling with one of today’s men. She asked me to open my eyes and look around, see if I could tell the men from sissies. These are just examples of what today's men are and a caution to not entirely expect them to do what men of earlier days did. Who is ready to forget what clothes real men are cut from and get married to this very educated less informed generation of men?
August 18, 2017 11:26 UTC
The logo of social media website Facebook. PHOTO | AFPWomen have been sharing different kind of fruits on Facebook as a way of raising awareness on breast cancer. Last year, as part of a worldwide breast cancer awareness campaign, women wrote the color of their bra’s as their relationship status. This is what the fruits they share stands for. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, an annual campaign to raise awareness of the disease.
August 18, 2017 10:41 UTC
The Tourism sector is thriving in some parts of Kilifi just a few days after the general election. In Watamu, hotels have begun receiving foreign tourists in large numbers. Tirito said many investors and tourists were afraid of the outcome of the election. “As investors, we were also worried about the outcome but since it was peaceful we expect more tourists to come." Pietro Marsella, the hotel's manager, said the county and national governments should now invest in infrastructure for tourists' sake.
August 18, 2017 10:41 UTC
By BARACK ODUORMore by this AuthorRescue workers are combing the shores of Lake Victoria in Homa Bay County in search of the body of a Class six pupil who was attacked and killed by a crocodile. According Ms Atieno, her daughter had fetched the water but she went back to clean her feet when the crocodile attacked. She then screamed saying one of her shoes was stuck in the mud before the crocodile grabbed her [and pulled her] into the water,” said Ms Atieno. Kenya Wildlife Service South Nyanza Regional Warden Mary Mayande led a team of armed rangers in searching for the minor’s body. Area Assistant Chief William Omogi said cases of crocodile attacks have escalated in the village.
August 18, 2017 10:30 UTC
An unofficial morgue estimate had previously put the toll at around 400 dead, but the figure had not been officially confirmed until Friday. By AFPMore by this AuthorThe death toll from devastating floods in Sierra Leone has passed 400 with 600 people still missing in the stricken capital, the Red Cross said Friday, as Britain promised £5 million in fresh aid. MORGUES"Today we are counting more than 400 people dead," the secretary-general of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent societies, Elhadj As Sy, told reporters in Geneva. An unofficial morgue estimate had previously put the toll at around 400 dead, but the figure had not been officially confirmed until Friday. The Red Cross has warned that smaller mudslides have occurred since Monday in eastern Freetown and in Sierra Leone's second city of Bo, with the rainy season far from over.
August 18, 2017 10:07 UTC
The lender has partnered with Super Group Limited to offer leased equipment in exploration, infrastructure, manufacturing, construction, transport, and information technology. The rate cap has pinned interest rates charged on loans at 4 percentage points above the Central Bank rate, which currently stands at 10 per cent. Co-op Bank grew its loan book by Sh31.3 billion to Sh252.6 billion compared to Sh221.3 billion in the same period last year. Although the lender increased loans during the period under review by 14.2 per cent, total interest income reduced by 10.3 per cent from Sh21.47 billion in the second quarter of 2016 to Sh19.26 billion this year. Fees and commissions charged on loans also increased by 14.3 per cent from Sh1.2 billion to Sh1.37 billion.
August 18, 2017 10:07 UTC
Twenty four IEBC officials are among 85 facing prosecution over cases related to the general election. This comes a day after Dagoretti North MP-elect Simba Arati stormed Anniversary Towers on claims IEBC officials were doctoring forms 34B. See: [VIDEO] Simba Arati storms IEBC, claims officials forging forms 34AThis happened amid pressure for the IEBC to upload the forms to aid election petitions. A photo of a ballot paper stamped 'IEBC rejected' had been circulating on social media, prompting the electoral agency to take action. See: [VIDEO] IEBC replaces officials rejecting ballot papers, causing delaysNASA presidential candidate Raila Odinga rejected IEBC's announcement of President Uhuru Kenyatta as winner of the hot contest.
August 18, 2017 10:07 UTC