Deputy President William Ruto is casting a wide net for 2022 and not necessarily relying on support from President Uhuru Kenyatta's Mt Kenya backyard. Those who think that without the Mt Kenya vote he is finished would be surprised,” a senior Jubilee leader told the Star. There are indications that some Mt Kenya leaders opposed to Ruto, including some Cabinet Secretaries, are plotting against him in the region. “That is why he is combing and marshalling Mt Kenya for his own trusted supporters without banking on Uhuru. He wants to be his own man in Mt Kenya with backers who pledge allegiance to him,” he said.
December 16, 2019 04:07 UTC
Have you ever thought of offering your sperm or eggs to childless couples for free? Nakuru Senator Susan Kihika has introduced a Bill that would allow childless couples to obtain sperm and ova absolutely free. A surrogate mother shall not benefit from any reward or compensation, other than those relating directly to the process of insemination and pregnancy, birth, post-natal and post-delivery complications. Compensation will be limited to loss of earnings suffered by the surrogate mother as a result of the surrogacy and insurance cover for her. Counties will implement the national policy and strategies on reproductive health including the referral mechanism for diagnosis and treatment of reproductive health-related complications.
December 16, 2019 04:07 UTC
By AGNES MAKHANDIAMore by this AuthorGeneral Service Unit (GSU) setter Brian Meli will make his beach volleyball debut during the Tokyo 2020 Olympics zonal qualifiers slated for December 18-22 in Entebbe, Uganda. Meli, the Kenya Volleyball Federation National League best setter in the last two seasons, has been paired alongside teammate Cornelius Kiplagat for the four-day event that will see the top two teams proceed to the next round. Oman-based Evans Bera, who had been drafted in the provisional squad, failed to link up with team that has been training at Shanzu Teachers College grounds. Enock Omogeni of Kenya Ports Authority and Donald Mchete of Mombasa Prisons didn't make the cut after a 10-day training camp. Coach Patrick Owino said both pairs have been outstanding in training adding that their fitness and technique set them aside.
December 16, 2019 03:56 UTC
The singer who also doubles up as a police officer hails from a humble background in Nyandarua county born in a family of five boys. After my father's death, we were forced by his family to leave our home and all we had," narrated Samidoh. Samidoh came to Nairobi in 2009 where he joined his elder brother in Kamande wa Kio's band. The excited singer opened up that he has had opportunities to perform in Qatar, the United Kingdom and Dubai among other countries. Samidoh is a father of two beautiful kids, a boy and a girl.
December 16, 2019 03:45 UTC
Richard Nixon resigned in 1974 just before a House impeachment vote. House impeachment manager Democrat Adam Schiff, appearing on ABC alongside Nadler, called Graham's attitude "disgraceful." And Nadler said McConnell and Graham would be defying the oath required of all senators in an impeachment trial: "to do impartial justice." Sunday evening, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer released a letter to McConnell, putting forward the structure for a Senate impeachment trial that would begin the week of January 6. Schumer also proposed issuing subpoenas for several senior White House officials, including acting Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney and former national security advisor John Bolton.
December 16, 2019 03:45 UTC
However, if the people decide that they want me, I would go for it [governorship],” said Mr Sakaja on K24’s Punchline Show. Mr Sonko is accused of embezzling county funds amounting to Sh357 million through dubious and questionable issuance of tenders. In efforts to avert a looming leadership crisis, Nairobi County Assembly Minority Leader David Mberia has written a letter to Speaker Beatrice Elachi requesting an urgent special meeting of the assembly to resolve the leadership vacuum. The situation is made worse by the fact that Mr Sonko had not named a Deputy Governor nearly two years since Polycarp Igathe resigned. ONE-MAN SHOWIn last night's interview, Mr Sakaja accused Mr Sonko of leading the county as a “one-man show” and isolating other key stakeholders.
December 16, 2019 03:22 UTC
Steve Yongo, who died at the Kenyatta National Hospital last week, was one of them. They are the team that did duty for Kenya in the 1972 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon, the country’s first such outing. David Okello told me he once saw a running Steve Yongo trap the ball on the back of his heel and flip it over his head and that of an on-coming defender. Steve Yongo was one of three men who gave the position of player-coach gravitas in Kenya. Yongo successfully defended the club cup and Luo became the first team in the region to do so.
December 16, 2019 03:00 UTC
Kipchoge received the Doctorate Degree of Science at Laikipia University on December 6 before adding another Doctorate Degree of Law from the University of Exeter in the United Kingdom. Kipchoge had on November 23 won the World Athletics Male Athlete of the Year for the second year in a row. Kipchoge, 35, beat four other contestants to retain the award during the World Athletics gala in Monaco. According to the University of Exeter, Kipchoge was honoured due to his commitment in the field of sports and being a world marathon record holder. The Laikipia University Senate, in making this award noted that Kipchoge has made tremendous contributions in the realm of sports.
December 16, 2019 02:03 UTC
By PATRICK LANG'ATMore by this AuthorStarting next year, South Africa will offer Kiswahili as an optional language in schools, starting with trials in 90 schools. It will be the first African language from outside South Africa to be offered in schools in a country where French, German and Mandarin are already optional subjects. OFFICIAL LANGUAGEIn September, Uganda’s Cabinet approved the formation of the Uganda National Kiswahili Council, which, together with the East African Kiswahili Commission, an organ of the East African Community (EAC), is to help make Kiswahili the second official language after English. A national and official language in Kenya and Tanzania, Kiswahili is also an official language for the EAC that also included Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda and South Sudan. Even then, it took the AU four decades to permit the use of an African language in its meetings.
A few of the agencies that are meant to clear individuals for political or public offices have been accused of turning a blind eye to individuals of dubious character. In criminal law, an omission will constitute an actus reus (criminal act) and gives rise to liability. APPORTION BLAMEThe Treasury has been the latest body to transfer accountants instead of using that opportunity to sack those found to be complicit in the loss of public funds. Stealing is gross misconduct and, without accountants, there would be no public funds processed. Kenya has an interesting way of describing loss (read theft) of documents or public funds.
Our people are vigorous, open to new ideas, risk takers, travelling within and outside our borders for greener pastures, trade and commerce. Unfortunately, our political leaders’ panacea for inequality, bad governance and corruption is often dictated and influenced by the West. As I told a friend recently, Kenyans, like me, in their 30s and 40s, can reshape the trajectory of the nation with more action and less talk. We whine incessantly about bad governance but never attend the next neighbourhood meeting. I admit that Kenya is faced with insurmountable challenges but refuse to believe that we lack a home-grown solution for them.
It is a tale of total deceit where hopeless young African girls, including nationalities from Uganda, Nigeria and Rwanda, are traded by masters who were previously sex slaves themselves. Customers can have their helping within the brothels or “takeaway” the girls for the time agreed on with the madams. She recounts 15 kitchens she was sent to, and where Kenyan girls were slaving their bodies out. Grace discovered in the ensuing investigation that a man called Eddie was at the heart of the sex trafficking network. The man demanded of Grace, in the undercover investigation, more than Sh15,000 to get her own girl to Delhi.
December 16, 2019 01:49 UTC
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December 16, 2019 01:30 UTC
The Nairobi County Government often blames the shortages on low water levels at the Ndakaini Dam that supplies 84 per cent of water used in Nairobi. Fortunately, the ongoing rains have raised the water level in Ndakaini Dam (pictured) to slightly over 68 metres of the maximum 70 metres that the dam can hold. What excuse can the Nairobi Water and Sewage Company and the relevant water authorities give to city residents for this ‘drought’ amid floods? Whatever the case, it is now evident that Ndakaini Dam is not the culprit. Authorities must do everything possible with the shortest time possible to alleviate the burden of water rationing in Nairobi.
December 16, 2019 00:53 UTC
The government has finally eaten humble pie and back-pedalled on the 1.5 per cent compulsory housing levy. After sustained public pressure, President Uhuru Kenyatta (pictured) announced during the Jamhuri Day celebrations last week that it will henceforth not be mandatory for employees and their employers to pay the levy. There is a huge housing deficit in the country, estimated at two million units. That’s why Uhuru’s decision to build the houses was noble. The State also needs to assuage public fears that their money could end up in the pockets of corruption cartels.
December 15, 2019 23:55 UTC