| Published Thu, March 22nd 2018 at 00:00, Updated March 21st 2018 at 23:01 GMT +3Lincoln Olunga, who supplies cane to Mumias Sugar Company, in his farm. [File, Sandard]Operations at Mumias Sugar Company have ground to a halt following a cash crunch and cane scarcity. The sugar milling firm is grappling with up to Sh18.6 billion debt owed to banks, Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA), employees and sugarcane farmers. ALSO READ: Counties in paralysis as cash crisis worsensMilling was suspended a week ago to pave way for accumulation of adequate sugarcane. ALSO READ: Sell of sugar millers long overdueDespite the challenges, Aseka is optimistic the company will overcome the financial turbulence.
ALSO READ: Farmers told to look out for armywormsThe cartels are allegedly working with brokers to repackage the fertiliser for sale to desperate farmers. Now, with a shortage of the fertiliser in NCPB stores, farmers are buying the input from retailers at higher prices. The sources say the system lacks safeguards and is open to abuse by well-connected individuals to access the subsidised fertiliser. They also buy top-dressing fertiliser in advance, when farmers are rushing for planting fertiliser. Early this week, hundreds of farmers were shocked to arrive at NCPB depots only to find top-dressing fertiliser instead of planting fertiliser.
[Photo by PSCU]President Uhuru Kenyatta was among 44 heads of delegations who ratified the landmark African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) treaty in Kigali, Rwanda, yesterday. The pact also seeks to promote industrial development through diversification, regional value chain development, agricultural development and food security. When the AfCFTA pact is fully operationalised in the signatory State parties, residents of these nations will enjoy the convenience of a single passport and currency. The AfCFTA binds all State parties to eight objectives including the progressive elimination of tariffs and non-tariff barriers to trade in goods. The State parties also committed themselves to co-operate on customs matters and the implementation of all trade facilitation measures.
The Texas-based Harris Media produced and anonymously circulated one video targeting Raila Odinga titled The Real Raila and another backing President Uhuru Kenyatta tiled Uhuru for Us. ALSO READ: Behind the propaganda machine in Uhuru winThis is the first time that the two videos posted just two weeks to the elections have been linked to the firm. The videosFrom the videos, Harris Media has elaborate information about Kenyans from browsing history, location, online friends, or how frequently they charged phone batteries. The Real Raila came top in search results to words such as violence or Raila. A search of the words president and Uhuru redirected users to the Uhuru for Us website.
Text the word 'NEWS' to 22840The heart and lung machine at KNH has not been working for months. Plastic surgeons at KNH have sometimes had to manually harvest and transplant skin on patients requiring grafting. Patients are referred to lower cadre hospitals, an irony for a facility that is meant to be last resort for patients. In the past one year, patients at KNH have not accessed MRI services after the machine broke down and was declared unserviceable. An MRI machine costs Sh200 million.
The Bamburi Cement Cancer Centre, built in conjunction with Bamburi Cement Limited, was launched by the Mombasa government at the end of last year after Sh18 million renovations. The Bamburi centre marks the culmination of a journey experienced since May 2010, when the centre started with only two beds. The facility will also help in treating the increasing number of cancer patients, which has doubled. According to a report announced at the launch of the centre, the leading cancer is breast cancer followed by cervical cancer. However, according to Worldwide Cancer Research, lung cancer is the most common, followed by breast cancer.
The petition ended by asking the salary increase be canceled and the money be redistributed throughout Quebec's healthcare system. Canada has a universal healthcare system, which, as in many other countries, does not include coverage of prescription medication. There is no need of having a good health system that is not backed by enough qualified and well-paid medics. Community-based health insurance, social healthcare coverage and strengthening and broadening primary health care system are also key to UHC. Let’s all support the Jubilee administration to successfully implement Universal Healthcare as this will transform every aspect of how we live.
The Buildings Inspectorate has condemned more than 400 structures in Nairobi as unsafe for human occupation (see P2). Half of 2,260 buildings in Nairobi are in urgent need of inspection and drastic action. That is why we commend the county government and the National Construction Authority (NCA) for the ongoing demolition of substandard buildings in Zimmerman, Roysambu Constituency. We are also informed that a whopping 217 buildings need immediate action to prevent calamity. It is upon the Judiciary to immediately clear up this mess to save lives or it shall take responsibility for this impunity.
I am inclined to agree with Tiaty MP William Kamket that there is an air of inevitability to the eventual passage of the Bill he has presented before Parliament for the return to a Westminster parliamentary system. Maybe because once again, we have proved that our political culture — as opposed to our political system — has in-built self-correcting mechanisms. Our existing political system may not be one that guarantees inclusion — much less electoral justice. However, be that as it may, the electoral justice Kamket’s Bill promises to deliver over time, is only a solution to our most immediate problem. In other words, economic justice exists where ordinary people have enough money to live ‘above the poverty line’.
The opening up of these geo-political zones has thrown open the field ahead of the 2022 race for State House. It now throws in possibilities for new coalition arrangements with new regions, easing his dependence on Mt Kenya. But would he relinquish Mt Kenya? Already, Raila has regained his ‘sainthood’ status in the Mt Kenya region, which he lost after he fell out with Mwai Kibaki in 2005. The new UhuRao pact has however complicated the ethno-political position of Ruto’s perennial rival Gideon Moi ahead of 2022.
The ability for industry to create an inclusive society is often obscured by narratives that center profits and markets or languages of GDP growth and trade statistics. Yet, the single most important function of a well-established manufacturing base for any country is to create social equity, reduce inequality and alleviate poverty. Meaning, it is not just about creating the means of income generation for citizens, it is also about providing them the basic capabilities to function in a society. Thirdly, a thriving industry is able to produce quality material for the construction of quality and affordable housing. They boost individual morale and vitality to engage in the political, economic and social life of society.
President Uhuru Kenyatta’s Jubilee Party has dismissed ODM’s demand that it comes clean on UK firm Cambridge Analytica’s involvement in the outcome of the 2017 polls. Opposition chief Raila Odinga’s ODM party demanded that Uhuru’s Jubilee Party come clean on the role of Cambridge Analytica in the 2017 polls which Uhuru won. In an undercover news documentary, Cambridge Analytica Managing Director Mark Turnbull confirmed that the company worked for Uhuru. Yesterday, Cambridge Analytica whistle blower Christopher Wylie revealed further that his predecessor in Kenya was found dead in a hotel room. “We would want our Jubilee counterparts to come clean on the role of Cambridge Analytica played in their campaigns, especially their campaigns, in the new found spirit of dialogue in the country.
The underground fault lines along the Mai Mahiu-Narok road were caused by floods washing away deep deposits of volcanic ash, the Geological Society of Kenya has said. It sought to allay fears by some people that the phenomenon could lead to parts of the African continent drifting apart. This emerged when the experts visited the area as fault lines continued widening and getting deeper, raising fears amongst residents. GSK chairperson Gladys Kianji said the fault lines occurred after volcanic ash in underground trenches was washed away. She said had geologists been consulted, they would have advised road engineers to avoid the area owing to the underground fault lines.
President Uhuru Kenyatta was in Kigali yesterday to join other African leaders in sigining a new trade agreement. The African Continental Free Trade Area, which has been in the works for six years, will bring together 55 countries with a combined population of 1.2 billion and GDP of about Sh344.08 trillion. The trade pact, which includes Protocol on Trade in Goods, Protocol on Trade in Services and Protocol on Dispute Settlement, is expected to reduce tariff and non-tariff barriers which hamper intra-African trade. Signatory states will commit to absolving tariffs on 90 per cent of goods with 10 per cent of “sensitive items” to be phased out after further deliberations. This, despite the deal being approved by the countries’ ministers for trade only a week ago.
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