By AFPMore by this AuthorPRETORIAZimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe, who is seeking diplomatic immunity for an alleged assault in South Africa last weekend, is due to attend a regional leaders' summit in Pretoria on Saturday. IMMUNITYOfficials were unable to provide details about the spouses' programme or confirm if Grace Mugabe was expected to appear in public during the meeting. The 52-year-old Zimbabwean first lady was in South Africa reportedly to have her ankle treated following a minor accident last month. South African police have said they are on high alert to prevent her leaving the country, with an arrest warrant also reportedly being considered. The incident has threatened to create diplomatic friction between South Africa and neighbouring Zimbabwe, who have strong political and economic ties.
August 19, 2017 06:00 UTC
Kiptis who was the Koibatek Knut executive secretary vied on Jubilee ticket and beat Knut National Executive Committee member Isaac Cheprop Chebon of Kanu who got 51,792 votes. Top Knut officials who spoke yesterday said the union may never recover from the humiliating loss of the officials. ALSO READ: IEBC official commits suicide after conducting electionsSome 12 Knut officials contested for parliamentary seats and lost. Those who unsuccessfully contested for MPs seat are Kericho Executive Secretary Stanley Mutai (Ainamoi), Busia Executive Secretary Mark Oseno, (Funyula), Kilindini Executive Secretary Dan Aloo, (Jomvu). Others were Turkana Executive Secretary Tony Nazia, Executive Secretary Patrick Chungani, (Shinyalu), Yatta Executive Secretary Kasimba Ngui, (Yatta), Stella Lochodo, (Turkana Woman Representative), Eldoret West treasurer Irene Malel, (Uasin Gishu Woman Representative) and Albanus Mutisya (Machakos Town).
August 19, 2017 06:00 UTC
Don’t be too fast to judge me or to think that I forgive this man because I need financial support from him. If I ever demanded anything from him, I was only reminding him of his roles as the father of our two children. I forgive this man because he is the father of my children and was and my first love. How I left the house especially when our father would treat us to an outing to Uhuru Park mattered a lot. I got a job pretty soon with a real estate company in Westlands where I met the father of my children.
August 19, 2017 06:00 UTC
Council chairperson Timothy Kiruhi said they were forced to have their planned special meeting on a makeshift space. The vice chancellor is the secretary to the council and therefore, Prof Peter Mbithi ought to have attended the meeting. The development comes as Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i gazzetted the new Council members on August 7, 2017. Matiang’i also gazetted Meshack Kidenda, Victoria Otieno, Mahat Somane, Peter Maangi and Jane Wanjiru Michuki as Council members for three years. “Two of the Council members had sent apologies though they had been consulted about the Special Council meeting, which was meant to update the Council members on the status of the University and also how they can best support the VC and his team,” said Kiruhi.
August 19, 2017 05:26 UTC
We are back to the very Supreme Court the opposition National Super Alliance (NASA) leadership promised not to indulge simply because they did not do what they promised to protect the vote, particularly presidential election vote. Observations by various NASA supporters across the country during and after the August 8, General Election reveal NASA’s blunders that have occasioned the current stalemate. One, NASA did not have party agents in all the polling stations across the country to protect the vote. In polling stations where there were NASA agents, they were poorly coordinated, looked tired and disinterested. Finally, the outcome of the just concluded election confirmed a disconnect between political issues at the national level and in the grassroots.
August 19, 2017 05:15 UTC
By AFPMore by this AuthorWASHINGTONDonald Trump parted ways with his controversial chief strategist Steve Bannon on Friday as the White House reeled from the fallout over the president's much-criticised response to a violent white supremacist rally. "If there's any confusion out there, let me clear it up: I'm leaving the White House and going to war for Trump against his opponents — on Capitol Hill, in the media, and in corporate America," the hero of the so-called "alt right" told Bloomberg News within hours of leaving the White House. It remains to be seen what role the serial provocateur — who was credited with a major role in Trump's upset election victory — will continue play from outside the White House. But the next day he reverted angrily to his initial stance — effectively setting a moral equivalence between the white supremacists at the Virginia rally and anti-racism counter demonstrators there. "Steve Bannon's firing is welcome news, but it doesn't disguise where President Trump himself stands on white supremacists and the bigoted beliefs they advance," House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement.
August 19, 2017 03:45 UTC
A landslide in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo likely killed more than 200 people, based on estimates from the number of households submerged, the vice governor of affected Ituri province said on Friday. The landslide struck the village of Tora, on the shores of Lake Albert, a seismically active zone in the western Rift Valley, on Thursday. On Friday, Sierra Leone buried 461 victims of a mudslide that swept away homes on the edge of Freetown, the capital, and 600 more people are missing. Keta said the toll was an estimate based on the number of households submerged and the population of the households. The aid agencies and MINUSCO (the UN peacekeeping force) are there to evacuate bodies and any survivors as quickly as possible,"Also read: Sierra Leone mudslide: At least 600 still missing in FreetownMore on this: Uhuru mourns with Sierra Leone after mudslide kills at least 270
August 19, 2017 01:41 UTC
However, the apparently accidental explosion at the house forced the conspirators to scale down their plans and to hurriedly carry out more "rudimentary" attacks, Trapero said. Spanish media said two of them may have been killed by the blast in Alcanar while one man of Moroccan origin was still sought by the police. Of 126 people injured in Barcelona and Cambrils, 65 were still in hospital and 17 were in a critical condition. US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said an American citizen was confirmed dead, and Spanish media said several children were killed. Read: Van mows down crowd in Barcelona, 13 reported killed
August 18, 2017 22:41 UTC
| Published Sat, August 19th 2017 at 00:34, Updated August 19th 2017 at 00:38 GMT +3Friends and relatives view the body of former ICT Manager at IEBC Chris Msando after the body arrived at Kisumu International Airport ahead of burial at his Lifunga home in Ugenya, Siaya County. Msando’s widow, Eva Buyu Msando, her children and close family members were at hand to receive the body that arrived aboard a Kenya Airways flight. Chris Msando will be buried at his Lifunga home in Ugenya, Siaya County. Prof Nyong’o challenged the Government to investigate and name those behind Msando’s death. “Let us keep the family in our prayers during this trying time and pray that the killers face justice,” he added.
August 18, 2017 21:33 UTC
On Wednesday, NASA changed tune after earlier denouncing any move to petition the election at the Supreme Court, and announced a court action. ALSO READ: Campaign trail is not for the faint of heartAnxious supportersFriday, it was a cat and mouse chase as NASA lawyers failed to communicate on the exact time of filing. As the clock ticked, anxious NASA supporters were grouping outside the Supreme Court with the hope of witnessing their leaders arrive at the Judiciary to file their case. The Supreme Court premises and its environs teemed with uniformed and plain clothes police men. “Kindly note the NASA coalition will file its election petition with the Supreme Court at 3pm this afternoon.
August 18, 2017 21:33 UTC
The complainants in the presidential election petition, Raila Odinga and Kalonzo Musyoka were in the same team and the case they filed on Friday at the Supreme Court is similar to the one in 2013. Sources said three law firms have been contracted by NASA to work on the petition which runs to dozens of lawyers. In 2013 Supreme Court judges Ibrahim Mohammed, Jackton Ojwang, Njoki Ndung’u, Philip Tunoi, Smokin Wanjala and Chief Justice Willy Mutunga declared that Kenyatta and Ruto had been validly elected. “For the Presidential Election petition, let me tell you and let me be very candid: If it was my option, I would never want to sit and preside over an election petition matter,” he said. ALSO READ: Raila’s dossier that could make or break his dreamSince 2013, Raila’s supporters believe the Supreme Court was part of a conspiracy to deny him from ascending to power.
August 18, 2017 21:22 UTC
ALSO READ: What NASA petition means for KenyaA source within the pool of lawyers told Saturday Standard that NASA’s case will be hinged on Raila Odinga’s claims of hacking of the IEBC servers and inconsistent results. IEBC’s defence on the credibility of the results it announced will be critical to the case. Raila has accused Jubilee of hacking into the IEBC database and manipulating election results to ensure that the incumbent wins. NASA, Jubilee and the IEBC have assembled the best legal minds in the country to argue their case before the Supreme Court. “We are ready and waiting to see if they have a strong case.
August 18, 2017 21:11 UTC
Kenyans abroad sent home Sh92 billion over the first six months of 2017, a four per cent increase compared to Sh88.3 billion in the first half of 2016. It recently published guidelines for Kenyans working abroad on the most effective way to send money home as well as make meaningful investments. The guidelines, Send Money and Invest in Kenya, are aimed at helping Kenyans in the diaspora send money cheaply, open accounts and target investments back home. “Government can leverage on the remittances from Kenyans residing abroad and channel them towards national development,” said Diaspora and Consular Affairs Director Washington Oloo. The plan will be implemented by the newly-established African Institute of Remittances (AIR), hosted by the Foreign Affairs ministry.
The Kenyan U23 women’s volleyball squad to this year’s FIVB World U-23 Championship has intensified training ahead of next month’s (September 10-17) global tournament in Ljubljana, Slovenia. We resumed training on Monday and so far the response has been encouraging,” Mabwi told Standard Sports. ALSO READ: Malkia Strikers start chase for global ticket at Kasarani today“We are working on our tactics and accuracy of skill execution. “So, that means four more players will be dropped in the coming few weeks.”Just like Mabwi, team manager Martin Makokha said the team is ready for the task ahead. The team is expected to depart for Slovenia on September 8.
The Supreme Court — comprising seven judges — will now decide the poll outcome in the next 14 days. The bench at Supreme Court comprises Chief Justice David Maraga, Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Judges Isaac Lenaola, Jackton Ojwang, Njoki Ndung’u, Smokin Wanjala and Mohammed Ibrahim. This race, the second round of presidential elections, will be purely simple-majority based. Given that the first presidential petition was filed yesterday, a decision on it must be delivered by September 2. In this case, the petitioner will have up to around November 17 to file the second presidential petition and the courts will have to determine it by December 1.