Fights, no NASA leader ‘made MP leave ODM’

Dadaab MP Mohamed Dahiye ditched ODM and joined Kanu because NASA did not name a presidential candidate and the “squabbles” on who will be flagbearer are working to the advantage of Jubilee Party. Kanu is an affiliate of JP, while ODM is part of the National Super Alliance. This is the first time the MP has spoken on the issue since he decamped from ODM. Dahiye said he does not regret leaving ODM and it is the wish of every leader for his constituents’ needs to be met. Dahiye, until his recent defection, was one of the most loyal ODM members in Garissa alongside Balambala MP Abdikadir Aden.

April 25, 2017 20:37 UTC

Sang asked how Sh13bn spent, locals seem to agree with him

Nandi Governor Cleophas Lagat suffered a humiliating defeat in the Jubilee nominations after he lost to Senator Stephen Sang. “I’m happy that my dream to be governor is almost [beng realised] and I thank the people of Nandi for believing in me,” Sang said. Sang has always questoned how Sh13 billion allocated to the county was spent and voters seem to agree with him. Sang was Lagat’s harshest critic. “Nandi county had the highest number of strikes by health workers, some lasting for more than three months,” Sang said.

April 25, 2017 20:37 UTC

No respite yet in mass staff cuts, warn company chief executives

“Only 30 per cent of the CEOs surveyed expect to hire more people in the next six months, 52 per cent said their hiring position would remain unchanged while 18 per cent foresee staff cuts,” Kepsa chief executive Carole Kariuki said. The drop in earnings has had a serious impact on the industry having forced a number of banks to cut their payrolls. The CEOs are also worried of possible outbreak of political instability in the coming General Election. Political instability tops the list of concerns among corporate executives having been identified by more than two thirds or 66 per cent of those surveyed. Interest capping is considered a major impediment to growth by 57 per cent of banks while insecurity is of concern to 52 per cent.

April 25, 2017 19:30 UTC

OLX’s new car sale service to curb theft

By MUTHOKI MUMOMore by this AuthorOnline advertising site OLX on Tuesday introduced a car-selling service to curb theft and speed up sale of vehicles through agents. Users of the new service will pay Sh2,000 to be provided with an OLX agent who will place the car advert on the site, source for buyer and agree on a selling price. Money for car purchase will be sent directly to OLX and released once the vehicle has exchanged hands, offering an additional security amid a rise in theft. OLX has just been providing an online platform that allows for interaction of car buyers and sellers —making the sale of vehicles one of its biggest business. “OLX champs will handle the entire selling process for both the buyer and seller coupled with a seamless safe payment method,” said OLX country manager, Mr Peter Ndiang’ui, adding that it has hired 20 sale agents to push car sales.

April 25, 2017 19:18 UTC

Governor Cheboi concedes defeat after flashy campaigns for Jubilee ticket

Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi has conceded defeat after losing out to Stanley Kiptis in the Jubilee primaries on Tuesday. Cheboi said although he has lost the ticket his loyalty to the party remains. "I must take this time to register my sincere appreciation to all Jubilee candidates who managed to win the tickets in various seats. "After all, the people will have the final word to decide who is the best person to serve them," he added. Read: Cheboi shakes rivals in Baringo race, unveils 20 Jubilee branded busesAlso read: Residents demand removal of 'useless' Governor Cheboi posters

April 25, 2017 19:07 UTC

Late call earns Chepkoech star status

By BERNARD ROTICHMore by this AuthorIt’s every athlete’s dream to be in the London Marathon line-up. Last Sunday, she caused a sensation by pacing Mary Keitany to a new women’s marathon record of two hours, 17 minutes and one second at the London Marathon. “During the Mumias event, I got a call that I was supposed to be at the London Marathon as a pacemaker. True to her words, she ran a good pace that left many in awe. Last year, Chepkoech ran with Keitany in Big Seven 12km race in USA where she came in second after Keitany winning the race.

April 25, 2017 18:45 UTC

Governor Kabogo concedes defeat

At St George’s Primary School in Ruiru, which is his polling centre, Governor Kabogo got 469 votes against Mr Waititu’s 870 while at Igegania Primary School polling centre Mr Waititu go 1, 292 votes against Mr Kabogo’s 202. Mr Kabogo spoke just after 10 polling stations filed their results showing Waititu leading him by about 8,000 votes. Earlier in the day, Mr Kabogo, after casting his vote at St George's Primary School in Ruiru, said he was sure of a win saying he never loses in battles. The governor, without mentioning names claimed that there were powerful people who do not want him remain as the next Kiambu governor. The two sued each other over academic papers with Kabogo claiming the Kabete MP never attended University in India as claimed.

April 25, 2017 18:36 UTC

Pros Andersen, Ngige chase Zambia Open honours

By LARRY NGALAMore by this AuthorAfter failing to make the one over par-145 cut in Zimbabwe Open last weekend, Kenyan professional golfers Stefan Andersen and Simon Ngige are in Lusaka to try their luck in the Zambia Sugar Open. The first round of the tournament tees off tomorrow at the par-73 Lusaka Golf Club course. SOUTH AFRICAN WONSouth Africa’s JC Ritchie beat Trevor Fisher in a play off to win the Zimbabwe Open. The two will be seeking a share of Sh12.48 million (1.6 million Rand) at the Zambia Open. Many Kenyan pros have played well in Lusaka, a challenging but fairly easier course compared to Nkana Golf Club in Kitwe which will host the Mopani Zambia Open in June.

April 25, 2017 18:22 UTC

Confusion as Returning Officers go underground at ODM primaries

| Updated Wed, April 26th 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3ODM Secretary General Agnes Zani flanked by National Elections Board secretary Dr Robert ArungaConfusion marred ODM primaries in most of the constituencies after returning officers went underground. The action was taken after the constituency returning officers switched off their phones. Returning officers decided to switch off their phones and disappeared from tallying centers. Some of the returning officers of those constituencies decided to leave constituency tallying centers for their own destinations. The returning officer declared Mr Owino the winner before switching off his phone and disappearing,” Mr Neto said.

April 25, 2017 18:19 UTC

Prevention of Torture Act is a vital step in the right direction

By DEMAS KIPRONOMore by this AuthorOn April 13, President Uhuru Kenyatta assented to the Prevention of Torture Act. The Constitution of Kenya neither defines torture nor does it provide a framework for the reparation of victims of torture. These laws include the National Police Service Act, the Kenya Defence Forces Act and the National Intelligence Services Act. Political activists, suspects, complainants, lawyers, human rights defenders, whistle blowers and journalists have been victims of torture. HUMAN RIGHTS ABUSESOn March 26, a journalist, Mr Isaiah Gwengi, was tortured by Administration Police officers in Usenge Township in Siaya County in retaliation for his investigative articles of human rights abuses.

April 25, 2017 18:11 UTC

EDITORIAL: Take drastic steps to end Laikipia mess

The British High Commission has expressed outrage at the deaths targeting their nationals as the violence escalates without an end in sight. Last month, Deputy President William Ruto convened a meeting in Laikipia and issued a directive to the security agencies to rein in the bandits. He promised enhanced security operations to end the violence. As we have said before and must repeat now, the problem in Laikipia is not just about grazing fields. This is the reason the government must come out forcefully to apprehend those behind the raids and punish them severely to end the mayhem.

April 25, 2017 18:11 UTC

EDITORIAL: Back malaria vaccine trial

By EDITORIALMore by this AuthorThe choice of Kenya among three African countries to pilot a malaria vaccine is a welcome development. It is a recognition by the World Health Organisation of the enormous disease challenge, but most importantly, the efforts being made by the government and other organisations to fight malaria. Mosquirix, which according to the WHO, is the only vaccine developed against malaria that has reached the large-scale testing phase, will besides Kenya, be used in Ghana and Malawi from next year. This high-profile support that comes with adequate funding is something the health authorities must take full advantage of in the effort to roll back malaria. It remains a major problem in the coastal, and Lake Victoria regions and parts of Rift Valley.

April 25, 2017 18:11 UTC

WEYA: Phasing out wooden power poles unwise

In a move that has baffled stakeholders in the forestry and energy sectors, the firm will phase out wooden poles it has used since 1922 and turn to concrete poles for all new transmission lines, with wooden poles left for domestic connections only. It will also replace existing wooden poles with concrete poles. Kenya Power says wooden poles have a shorter lifespan and are, therefore, more expensive over time. The lifespan of a well-done concrete pole is 50 years, while that of a treated wooden pole is 40 years. TREATED WOODEN POLESome wooden electricity poles erected in the country in 1954 are still in use today.

April 25, 2017 18:11 UTC

Sikh Union eye revival

By BRIAN YONGAMore by this AuthorFormer champions Sikh Union Nairobi play Parkroad Badgers Wednesday evening in a mid-week Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier league match at City Park Stadium, Nairobi. Sikh are in 10th place with the Badgers to places back in 12th in the 15 team league. Sikh, the 2012 champions though enjoy a superior goal difference on their opponents. Badgers coach Cyrus Kanyi termed Sikh as an experienced side but believes his team can secure the three points if they contain their dangermen upfront. His opposite number Inderjit Matharu of Sikh said they will be out to build on their recent 5-0 win against United States International University Africa (USIU-A).

April 25, 2017 18:11 UTC

Governor Mruttu and Mwadeghu clash over certificate at Orange House

Mwadeghu seemed to have secured the concession from the party on a day of high drama at Orange House where he and his rival, Governor John Mruttu, had gone to present their respective cases. Mwadeghu and Mruttu moved to Orange House to seek a solution to the stalemate. Their supporters camped outside Orange House where they shouted each other down, each side claiming its candidate won the recent nominations. ODM ordered a repeat of voting in two wards, a move that was welcomed by Mruttu but contested by Mwadeghu. The voters are aware no voting took place in Chala," Mruttu said.

April 25, 2017 18:00 UTC

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