Man, child burnt to death

| Updated Sun, April 23rd 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3Two people were Saturday burnt to death in two separate fire incidences in Kisumu. In the first incident, a five-year baby was burnt to death when their grass-thatched house caught fire in Wawidhi village, Nyando Sub-County. Kisumu Police Commander Titus Yoma said the boy's parents were attending a funeral in a neighbouring home and had lit a tin lamp which started the fire. The owner of the single-roomed shanty in which the fire is believed to have started died in the 1am incident. ALSO READ: Raging floods displace thousands in NyandoThe 25-year-old man was believed to have been drunk and could have passed out.

April 22, 2017 20:37 UTC

Police clobber Parklands: Former hockey champions hammer helpless Parklands 6-1

Kenya Police player Felic Okoth(l) fights for the ball as Green Sharks player Leon Magomere when they played Men Premier League at City Park. ON 09/04/2017 PHOTO; JENIPHER WACHIEPolice run over opponents: The big win stretched their unbeaten run in the leagueFormer Kenya Hockey Union men’s Premier League champions Kenya Police yesterday hammered Parklands 6-1 in a match played at City Park Stadium. In another Premier League encounter, Chris Muchwanju scored a brace to give Greensharks a 2-1 win over Kenya College of Accountancy University (KCAU). Five minutes into played heir efforts paid off as Muchwanju send the ball home past KCAU goalkeeper Collins Odongo. However, Sharks did not leave anything to chance and three minutes later Muchwanju scored the winning goal.

April 22, 2017 20:37 UTC

Coast Stima awarded aborted match

Coast Stima has been awarded the aborted match of the FKF Division One league against Fresha. The match was slated for last weekend at Githunguri Stadium but failed to kick off due to unavailability of the venue which was being used for a political rally. According to the current league standing released by the federation, Coast Stima has been awarded the match and the points reflected on the table. With the results, Coast Stima have maximum six points from two matches and three points behind leaders Green Berets. ALSO READ: Coast Stima sign four players from Bandari

April 22, 2017 20:26 UTC

How many days will it take Zuckerberg to clear Kenya’s Sh3.6 trillion public debt?

Kenya’s total debt as at December 2016 as stated by the Central Bank of Kenya was at Sh3.8 trillion. Kenya’s public transport has been dominated by rail and road transport over the years. Initially, Kenya Bus was the major provider of public transport in Kenya’s major cities of Nairobi and Mombasa. This is 3.5 times more than those in Tanzania which has an estimate of 22 political parties and 2.6 times more than those in Uganda which has an estimate of 29 registered political parties. Notably, 14 counties do not have a public library and Wajir has the highest number of public libraries —5.

April 22, 2017 20:26 UTC

Tharaka Nithi leaders warn of massive fallout in Jubilee party

| Updated Sun, April 23rd 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3Jubilee aspirants in Tharaka-Nithi County have warned of mass defections from the party if the nominations will not be free and fair. Addressing the Press in Chuka town, Saturday, Maara MP Kareke Mbiuki said some aspirants would consider contesting as independent candidates. He warned Jubilee Party leader, President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto to prepare for defections if the repeat exercise after the one cancelled on Friday, will not be credible. Tharaka Nithi Women Representative Beatrice Nkatha demanded that the party prints different ballot papers to avert rigging. Chuka/Igambang'ombe MP Muthomi Njuki who is vying for governorship noted that the logistical challenges marred the nominations.

April 22, 2017 20:09 UTC

Vivian Cheruiyot to make marathon debut in London

Olympic 5000m champion Vivian Cheruiyot will on Sunday make her debut in the 2017 London Marathon. Cheruiyot won the 5000m gold medal during the 2016 Rio Olympics as well as bagged a silver medal in the 10000m at the competition. They include London Marathon defending champion Jemima Sumgong, Tokyo marathon winner Helah Kiprop, New York winner Mary Keitany and Florence Kiplagat (Chicago). Others are Ethiopian three-time Berlin Marathon champion Aberu Kebede and compatriots Tirunesh Dibaba and reigning world champion Mare Dibaba. The 2015 London champion Tigist Tufa has also enlisted in the race.

April 22, 2017 20:03 UTC

Intrigues that led to Jubilee Party's failed nominations

| Updated Sun, April 23rd 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3President Uhuru Kenyatta, his deputy William Ruto (right) and Jubilee Party Secretary General Raphael Tuju (left) address journalists at State House, Nairobi, yesterday. The number of clerks originally planned at 6 per polling stations were reduced to 3. Aspirants claimed only a quarter of this ended up arriving at polling stations on Friday morning. By yesterday morning however, most polling stations sampled by journalists had only 250 ballot papers each. To print the millions of ballot papers, the printer required a minimum of 30 days ahead of the April 21 nomination date.

April 22, 2017 19:52 UTC

How Mungiki has taken over mines

Green Garnet, also known as Tsavorite, has for decades driven many towards the mines of Taita Taveta. These are just blanks to scare off our friends,” says Philip Syengo, head of security at Bridges Mining and Exploration’s Kabanga mine. The mines have become a preferred destination for individuals enchanted and drunk with the allure of instant, life changing riches. It is from Mkuki that the last and most lethal threat to workers of Bridges Mining came from. Mcharo is also the chairman of Chawia CBO, which operates the mines at Mkuki on behalf of the county government.

April 22, 2017 19:41 UTC

Land grabbers now strike Nairobi Dam

| Updated Sun, April 23rd 2017 at 00:00 GMT +3Herders graze their cows at a section of the Nairobi dam bordering Nairobi’s Langata estate and Kibera slums’ upgraded housing plan. [Elvis Ogina, Standard]Faceless individuals have descended on Nairobi Dam and are subdividing the water body in what could be the last painful nail on the coffin for what was once the city's spare water reservoir and popular leisure location. An acre of land in Lang'ata where the dam is situated, costs Sh80 million making the value of the land occupied by the dam which is 88 acres, worth at least Sh7 billion according to current market rates. Mutoini River which originates from Ngong Forest flows through the slum into the dam where its waters are held temporarily. ALSO READ: Land grabbers encroach on Lake Oloidien in NaivashaThe Nairobi Dam Initiative in 2004 sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (Unep), the United Nations Human Settlements Programme (UN-Habitat) and the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) ended in futility.

April 22, 2017 19:41 UTC

Jubilee Party aspirants, supporters call for fair primaries

North Rift Jubilee Party candidates and supporters are now directing their resentment and disappointment at President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto over the botched nominations. Mr Keter alleged a plot to eliminate some leaders to pave way for some preferred candidates. We are aware of a list of preferred candidates that is circulating among some influential operatives in the Jubilee leadership," he said. ALSO READ: Raila mocks Jubilee over primaries as Uhuru apologises to supportersKeter was accompanied by at least 20 senatorial aspirants from Nandi, Uasin-Gishu and Elgeyo-Marakwet. At least 50 parliamentary aspirants, over 100 MCA candidates and a dozen gubernatorial and women representative candidates were also present.

April 22, 2017 19:19 UTC

Why gender target has been so near yet so far since 2010

Many women have opted to go for the County Woman Rep seat which gets them into the National Assembly. The number is less than the 117 minimum MPs required to meet the two-thirds gender threshold in the 349-member National Assembly. Musalia Mudavadi’s Amani National Congress is the next in the tally with five women competing with men for the National Assembly ticket. In Kalonzo Musyoka’s Wiper Democratic Movement Party, only two women signed up to compete with men in party primaries for the parliamentary seat. But a look at the party lists shows that out of all ten parties, only two have women seeking the gubernatorial seat in the party primaries.

April 22, 2017 19:18 UTC

Why we quit priesthood

While there, my love for Catholic Church was rekindled and slowly, the vocation to priesthood begun to show again. Charles Ouma* quit because he found himself breaking the rules of seminary life. He says it has not been easy given the fact that he was up against the more entrenched Catholic Church. “In Catholic Church, there are married permanent deacons who cannot be ordained to priesthood. “Catholic priests do not marry so the family decided that one proceed and one quit and I was the sacrificial lamb.

April 22, 2017 19:07 UTC

Genuine or fake designer wear?

By CAROL ODEROMore by this AuthorDo you own something by a famous designer? Knock offs: a copy or imitation, especially of an expensive product like Channel, Guchi or Lui Futon. UNLIKELY COOPERATIONAs of last week, Puma was concerned about fake Rihanna creepers declaring it bad for business. Forever 21 was the culprit selling fake Fenty X Puma. Genuine Christian Louboutins for instance cost an upward of $400 (Sh4,000) depending on the style and year.

April 22, 2017 19:07 UTC

GOING PLACES: Nights in the elephants’ bedroom

For our guests, though, the choice of Samburu was inspired mainly by the chance to watch elephants by the Ewaso Nyiro River. We opted to stay at Elephant Bedroom Camp, which is not fenced, inviting elephants to roam happily between the tents. Elephant Bedroom is one of four luxury camps in the Atua Enkop Africa collection, including the excellent Mbweha Camp in the Congreve Conservancy by Lake Nakuru. On the second day, Larry spotted two young lionesses sitting alert in the shade of a salt bush. We drove to the source of the noise and watched in amazement as a flash flood swept across the dry Ewaso riverbed.

April 22, 2017 19:07 UTC

MANDI: Sufficient grace for this very day

I check out of the hotel, and ask for a cab to take me to the train station. Getting friendly with absolute strangers is one of those really African things I do that embarrasses my children no end. Grace sufficient for this day. I remember feeling overwhelmed that morning and breathing the prayer, “Oh God, please help me.” And He answered. The unfolding of grace for this day’s challenges.

April 22, 2017 19:07 UTC

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