Kenya Diaspora Alliance (KDA) chairman Shem Ochuodho said the scheme would help them to channel investments in the country. “We are engaging experts on how we can pool resources and invest in the country,” said Mr Ochuodho. The KDA represents 44 associations in different countries and Mr Ochuodho said discussions will also be held regarding the establishment of a microfinance bank. Kenyans working and living abroad are now sending home four times more cash than a decade earlier, official statistics show, underlining their importance in growing national wealth. This was a 41.9 per cent growth compared to (Sh183.38 billion) remitted within 12 months through August 2017.
“At the moment we are still waiting for funds before the exercise of buying maize from farmers begins,” said Prof Boga. Treasury failed to comment on this story amid on ongoing investigations at the NCPB of traders and nor farmers having been paid billions from maize deals. Prof Boga said the State would not review upwards the purchase price of Sh2,300 per 90-kg bag that the Cabinet approved on November 22. Last year, the government paid farmers Sh3,200 per 90-kg bag. This has upset the State forecast of a packet of maize flour falling to Sh75 from about Sh90 on increased harvests.
By BRIAN YONGAMore by this AuthorVictor Ngani and Gloria Jumba were on Sunday crowned the new men and women’s National Chess Champions at the Parklands Sports club. Going into the final round nine on Sunday, it was a three-horse race between Matthew Kanegeni, Victor Ngani and Ben Nguku, who all stood a chance to be crowned the national champion. On board two, the 2016 Kenya Open champion Ben Nguku beat Githinji Hinga to finish second on also 7.5 points, but was separated from Ngani on a tie-break. This left the pundits’ favorite Kanegeni crestfallen in third place with seven points. She was awarded Sh50,000 and a trophy as the dethroned national champion Woman Candidate Master (WCM) Joyce Nyaruai dispatched Mwikali in the last round to garner seven points and claim second spot.
KTN News Dec 16,2018View More on CheckpointIt was early Christmas celebrations for inmates at Lang’ata Women Prisons, when women drawn from various Presbyterian churches, under the umbrella body of Women’s guild, visited the correctional facility and showered gifts to the inmates. Former Nakuru woman representative, Mary Mbugua, who led the delegation, highlighted the need for the judiciary and the government to consider pardoning inmates who have been behind bars for long and have transformed to allow them integrate back into the community. She further reminded the community to be mindful of the less fortunate during this festive season.
December 16, 2018 18:45 UTC
KTN News Dec 16,2018View More on CheckpointOrganizations fighting female genital mutilation in West Pokot county have raised concern over reports that many girls are now migrating to the neighboring country Uganda to get circumcised during this festive season. And although stakeholders have pointed out that the practice of FGM in the region has been reducing in the recent past, fears of early teenage pregnancies and other vices creeping back, especially in North and Central Pokot sub-counties have been raised.
December 16, 2018 18:33 UTC
The officers had gone to arrest a man suspected to have attacked a woman but a confrontation ensued leading to the shooting incident. By GERALD BWISAMore by this AuthorAt least 10 people, among them Trans Nzoia County Assembly Speaker Joshua Werunga, are nursing injuries following confrontation with police. The people are said to have been shot by police officers at Kolongolo village in Kwanza. Mr Werunga was hit with a blunt object. The officers had reportedly gone to arrest a man suspected to have attacked a woman but a confrontation ensued leading to the shooting incident.
December 16, 2018 18:31 UTC
KTN News Dec 16,2018View More on CheckpointThe government has announced a dawn to dusk curfew in Nkoben area of Narok county following cases of ethnic violence there. The curfew announced by Narok County Commissioner George Natembeya bans human movement before 6am and after 6pm. Natembeya said the curfew starts today following Friday evening clashes sparked by unconfirmed reports of stolen cattle. The county commissioner says controlled human movement will help security officers restore law and order in the area. Natembeya confirmed that one person has been killed following the clashes.
December 16, 2018 18:22 UTC
* Liverpool at Wolves next, United visit CardiffTwo second-half goals from substitute Xherdan Shaqiri gave Liverpool a 3-1 Premier League win over Manchester United on Sunday as Juergen Klopp's side regained top spot with a pulsating performance in the North West derby. Against the run of play, United drew level in the 33rd minute when Liverpool keeper Alisson Becker spilled a harmless low cross from Romelu Lukaku and Jesse Lingard pounced on the loose ball to find the net. The hosts continued to dominate but it was not until the introduction of Swiss international Shaqiri that the game turned decisively in their favour. Seven minutes later fortune was on Shaqiri's side again as another deflected shot, this time off Eric Bailly, beat the helpless De Gea. Unbeaten Liverpool have 45 points from 17 games with champions Manchester City, who beat Everton 3-1 on Saturday, a point behind.
December 16, 2018 18:11 UTC
KTN News Dec 16,2018View More on CheckpointDeputy President William Ruto has continued to rally maize farmers to diversify instead of depending on one crop to sustain their livelihoods. Ruto who was speaking during Kitale catholic diocese family day in Trans Nzoia county has called on leaders to be sincere on diversification program following resistances by a section of leaders and farmers from the maize growing regions. Maize farmers have decried the low prices that the government set at 2,300 shilling for every 90kg bag. A bag of dry maize was going for 3,200 shillings last season.
December 16, 2018 18:11 UTC
By OUMA WANZALAMore by this AuthorThe Teachers Service Commission (TSC) has now moved to actualise an advisory by Attorney-General Kihara Kariuki on setting of teacher training colleges (TTCs) entry grade. AMINA'S D+However, last month Mr Kariuki told Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed that she had no such powers to lower entry grades to TTCs. “A person shall not engage in any form of teaching unless registered by TSC,” said Mrs Macharia. The AG said only TSC is mandated to prescribe the entry qualifications. Mr Ruto was responding to Northeastern leaders request to have students from the region join TTCs with lower grades because the region was marginalised.
December 16, 2018 18:00 UTC
Mr Maraga said that the cases have been dragging on for long because of the DPP’s failure to present courts with key documents on time. They are working on it,” said Mr Maraga on Sunday. BAIL TERMSMr Maraga’s assertions comes against a backdrop of blame heaped on the Judiciary by both President Uhuru Kenyatta and Mr Haji over the easy bail terms granted to corruption suspects. Mr Haji said that having corruption suspects out on bail, and worse still, allowing them to remain in office with full access to public resources, undermines the war against corruption. Some remain in office to flex their muscles, intimidate witnesses and interfere with the investigations,” Mr Haji said in an interview with Citizen TV.
December 16, 2018 17:10 UTC
Cry for help: Halima, mother of 13-year-old girl badly burnt in Mombasa appeals for helpHalima Omar Abubakar , the mother of a 13-year-old girl who was badly burnt in their house at Old town in Mombasa. The minor is unable to walk,bend or urinate. The woman is pleading for help to enable her daughter get operated on to rectify her condition. 10 minutes ago
December 16, 2018 16:49 UTC
By AYUMBA AYODIMore by this AuthorGuy Iradukunda from Burundi and Madagascar's Narindra Ranaivo are the new Karen Open Tennis Championships men's and women’s champions. Iradukunda easily upset top-seeded defending champion, Kenya’s Ismael Changawa, in straight sets of 6-1, 6-2 in Sunday’s final that saw Changawa call for a medical time-out in the second set to treat his left shoulder. Iradukunda rued Changawa’s injury saying it impeded a good showdown even though he came to Nairobi well prepared for the battle. “I didn’t know what to expect since we had not met for two years. “After the holidays break, I will resume with Futures tournaments in January.”
December 16, 2018 16:41 UTC
Documented reports indicate that from 1963 to 1987, 280 persons out of 3,584 people sentenced to death were executed in Kenya. 'EXECUTION HISTORY'Although Kenya has not executed anyone on death row since 1987 when Hezekiah Ochuka was convicted and hanged for the 1982 attempted coup, the sentence is still handed to offenders. But since 1987, those on death row have been kept waiting for the hangman’s noose. It was not until 2009 when President Mwai Kibaki commuted the sentences of more than 4,000 convicts on death row to life. According to Kenya National Bureau of Statistics, a total of 6,058 prisoners have been sentenced to death since 2011 with the majority of persons on death row mainly convicted for robbery with violence.
December 16, 2018 16:30 UTC
A section of leaders from Western Kenya have told ODM-allied politicians to stop using the handshake to undermine the work of DP William Ruto. Ruto, Senate Speaker Kenneth Lusaka and Sports CS Mohammed Achesa, Vihiga Governor Wilberforce Ottichilo and former governor Moses Akaranga also attended the function. “Leaders should not use the handshake to abuse or undermine the work of the Deputy President. “The handshake is purely meant to unite all Kenyans and accelerate development but not to abuse others,” Khalwale said. Read: Ruto stops anti-Raila taunts, promises to back handshake dealClick here for the latest political news
December 16, 2018 16:30 UTC