Contractor given twelve weeks to complete flats in Kisumu

| Updated Fri, March 24th 2017 at 11:14 GMT +3Principal Secretary, State Department of Housing and Urban Development Aidah Munano PHOTO:COURTESYThe Government has given a contractor 12 weeks to complete a Sh700 million housing units for civil servants in Kisumu. “We have now given the contractor 12 weeks to complete the project and we hope by September, we will have the houses ready to sell to civil servants in Kisumu,” said Munano. To own the apartments, civil servants will apply for loans through the Civil Servants Housing Scheme Fund and repay within 25 years at an interest rate of five per cent. The civil servants will part with Sh6.4 million to purchase a three-bedroom house. “There are financial consequences if we do not complete the project and sell it in time and that is what we are trying to avoid,” said Munano.

March 24, 2017 08:15 UTC

Kakamega's Rosterman gold mining banned

| Updated Fri, March 24th 2017 at 13:29 GMT +3The county government has barred residents from mining gold at Rosterman, citing health and environmental concerns. Defending the decision, Environment Executive Robert Sumbi said noise pollution was another reason for the ban. The public complained to the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) that the excavation was too noisy, especially at night. The miners argued that they were in possession of temporary licences allowing them to excavate for three years. "The area was agricultural but it has now been turned to a mining zone," said Sumbi.

March 24, 2017 08:15 UTC

Gambia to set up truth and reconciliation commission on Jammeh's rule

Gambia said on Thursday it would set up a Truth and Reconciliation Commission and offer reparations to victims of former President Yahya Jammeh's government, which is accused of the torture and killing of perceived opponents. Jammeh lost an election in December to the now President Adama Barrow but refused to accept the result. "A Truth and Reconciliation Commission with appropriate reparations for victims will be set up within the next six months and public hearings will be expected to commence by the end of the year," Tambadou said. South Africa established a Truth and Reconciliation Commission after apartheid ended in 1994 and other African countries have set up similar bodies. More than $11 million (£8.8 million) went missing from The Gambia's state coffers following Jammeh's departure, an adviser to President Adama Barrow said in January.

March 24, 2017 08:10 UTC

[Statement] 'Sad' Joho condemns repression after Kwale GSU attack

The noble people of Kwale were forced to flee like strangers while in their own home. This Jubilee administration has yet again shown that it does not and will not respect the law of the land. I also wish to reiterate to our friends, that I shall not cease to tell Kenyans the truth, that the truth shall always remain the truth. And the erosion of the powers of the National Land commission means our all our peoples from Lamu to Lunga Lunga will never get justice under Jubilee. I wish to invite you all to the Pwani Declaration to be held at the historic Tononoka grounds on March 26.

March 24, 2017 08:05 UTC

Why diluting alcohol may be a death trap

Many alcohol consumers who prefer diluting alcohol with caffeinated energy drinks may be exposed to numerous problems upon intoxication. The study involved the sampling of responses from 13 respondents, where 10 of them confessed having mixed alcohol and energy drinks. Dubbed as ‘Alcohol Mixed with Energy Drink’, AmED, the study took 35 years to be completed and was first published in the Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs in March 2017. That many Kenyans consume the alcoholic drinks may present another worry because this would elevate their vulnerability to using AmED. According to the National Authority for Campaign against Alcohol and Drug Abuse, NACADA, alcohol consumers currently stand at 16% and 11% for urban and rural dwellers respectively.

March 24, 2017 08:03 UTC

Busia teacher under probe over claims of caning pupil

| Updated Fri, March 24th 2017 at 11:05 GMT +3A primary school teacher is on the spot after he reportedly assaulted a Standard Three pupil. "The teacher asked some girls to hold me on the table as he beat me up," the girl said. When we went to find out why she was beaten up, the teacher harshly dismissed us," the woman said. School head teacher Floridah Malaki said she had been informed about the incident and investigations were going on. We are carrying out internal investigations because the teacher who has been accused has denied it," Malaki said.

March 24, 2017 08:03 UTC

'Team Nairobi' down to Sonko, Wanjiru after Waweru goes for Dagoretti South MP

The Jubilee Party 'Team Nairobi' has narrowed down to Senator Mike Sonko and former Starehe MP Margaret Wanjiru. This is after Dennis Waweru allegedly withdrew his candidature and presented nomination papers for Dagoretti South MP bid. Sonko and I are working as a team," Wanjiru said. But Sakaja bowed out of the race and presented his papers for Nairobi Senator nomination to the party headquarters last week. Read: Jubilee's Peter Kenneth presents nomination papers, says Kidero must goAlso read: Jubilee's Team Nairobi in turmoil after Sakaja, Sonko hit hurdles

March 24, 2017 07:52 UTC

Danes praise dairy Co-operative's management style

| Updated Fri, March 24th 2017 at 10:55 GMT +3PHOTO:COURTESYA Netherlands NGO has feted Meru Dairy Co-operative Society for being among the best managed in Kenya. Agriterra, a Dutch agricultural NGO paid tribute to the dairy society's management, membership, loyalty, its balance sheet, daily sales and payments to dairy farmers. Agriterra Executive officer Tjeerd Rijpma said the NGO would work with local dairy farmers to share knowledge on how to increase production using advanced technology.

March 24, 2017 07:52 UTC

Four arrested for stealing Sh15,000 from mourners in Kakamega

| Updated Fri, March 24th 2017 at 10:40 GMT +3Police in Lurambi are holding four people from Mulunyu village who allegedly robbed mourners of Sh15,000.PHOTO:COURTESYPolice in Lurambi are holding four people from Mulunyu village who allegedly robbed mourners of Sh15,000. The mourners had raised the money to help a family clear the hospital bill of a relative who has died. Eunice Anyango, who was in charge of the fundraiser, said three men ambushed her and and took her to the bedroom where she had kept the Sh15,000. “We were supposed to raise Sh25,000 but we managed to raise only Sh15,000. The money was to clear the hospital bill of Wycliffe Ochillo, who will be buried this weekend,” Ms Anyango said.

March 24, 2017 07:41 UTC

Arrest warrant issued against Kandara MP Alice Wahome for contempt of court

| Updated Fri, March 24th 2017 at 10:49 GMT +3Kandara MP Alice Wahome.PHOTO BY BONIFACE GIKANDI. The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) has obtained a warrant of arrest against Kandara MP Alice Wahome after she failed to appear in court. State counsel Solomon Njeru obtained the warrant after the MP failed to appear before Principal Magistrate Antony Mwicigi to face charges of obstructing police officers and abuse of office. The court heard Ms Wahome, on June 17, 2016, obstructed traffic police at Mackezie along Nairobi-Nyeri highway from executing arrest.

March 24, 2017 07:41 UTC

Why the cancelled 3B tender may be costly for IEBC

The recent move by the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to cancel the 3B tender meant for procuring electoral management system may plunge the country into a constitutional crisis. This means the commission has only four months procure the electoral management system and to run and verify it. It is a system that was meant for installation, delivery, testing and commissioning the electoral management system that was to be used in the forthcoming August 8 general election. But in a sudden turn of events, the commission closed the tender hence casting more doubts on its preparedness for the coming elections. It is another blow that comes after the High Court nullified a 2.5B tender for ballot papers early this year.

March 24, 2017 07:41 UTC

Mother’s effort to sell one-day old baby for Sh80k lands her into police custody

Police officers in Nakuru on Thursday arrested a new mother as she tried to sell her baby just hours after she had given birth. The 29 year-old woman wanted to sell her baby for Sh80,000 and was nabbed after it emerged that she had been reaching out to possible buyers during her stay in the labour ward. Diana Wanjiku had been discharged from Nakuru Referral Hospital on Wednesday and went to meet the would be buyer at a nearby restaurant. Unknown to her, the would be buyer, who works for a children’s home in Ol-Kalau in Nakuru County, had alerted the police about the bizarre transaction. According to the police, the woman was planning to deceive her husband that the baby either died or was stolen from the hospital.

March 24, 2017 07:26 UTC

Okumbi: We were unlucky to concede late goal against Uganda

Harambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi leaves the pitch after training session on March 22, 2017 at Machakos Kenyatta Stadium. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLOHarambee Stars coach Stanley Okumbi says his team was unlucky to concede a last gasp equaliser against Uganda in an international friendly match played at the Machakos County Stadium on Thursday. Moses Waiswa, however ensured the two teams shared the spoils with a late goal that beat Martin Musalia at the far post. The trio are expected to be available for Stars next friendly against the Democratic Republic Congo at the same venue on Sunday. Kenya and Uganda also drew in another friendly match played Uganda last October.

March 24, 2017 07:21 UTC

Have a Coke and a smile at Disney Springs

The relationship between the two companies continues to grow in present day with Coca-Cola Store, a massive presence at Disney Springs. The Disney Springs Coca-Cola Store facade is massive and seems to glow at night. Prices run about what you'd expect at Walt Disney World in general. These drinking glasses evoke the old 1950s malt shop and are a conversation piece whenever we have people over for dinner (where we of course serve Coke products in the Coke glasses). I wrote previously that Disney Springs' Town Center section was essentially a high-end mall that would be at home pretty much anywhere, and which didn't say Walt Disney World to me.

March 24, 2017 07:07 UTC

Widow of Majimazuri ward representative wins by-election

| Updated Fri, March 24th 2017 at 10:32 GMT +3PHOTO:COURTESYThe widow of Peter Kigathi, the immediate former Majimazuri/Mumberes ward representative in Baringo County, has emerged the winner of the by-election. Susan Wacuka won after garnering 2,106 votes against Narc candidate Eliud Kamau, who bagged 313 votes. Returning officer Vincent Kimeli said only 34.1 per cent of the 7,079 registered voters turned out to vote in the 19 polling stations. Ms Wacuka, who came second in the Jubilee primaries, was handed the ticket after the party learnt that the winner was not a registered voter. The electoral commission could not clear Cornelius Cheruiyot as he was ineligible to participate in the mini poll.

March 24, 2017 06:56 UTC

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