Kanu will support Uhuru re-election, Salat says after NEC meeting

Kanu will support President Uhuru Kenyatta's re-election in the August 8 poll, secretary general Nick Salat has said. Salat spoke after a National Executive Council meeting at Lake Nakuru Lodge on Thursday, with officials including party leader Gideon Moi. "It has been agreed that Kanu will support Uhuru in the poll. Salat, who had declared support for Nasa and attended its grand Bomas of Kenya rally, said the decision to back the President was reached after a vote. More on this: Why Mama Ngina met Mzee MoiRead: Kanu won't be forced into coalitions, Gideon Moi says, drums up for announcement

February 23, 2017 11:38 UTC

Bamboo flooring is the new way to go green

“Bamboo flooring is made from a fast-growing renewable “timber” (bamboo is actually a grass). This earned the development a GreenStar Multi-Unit Residential V1 green building rating from the Kenya Green Building Society. The design involves the use of bamboo flooring in the living, dining and kitchen areas, bedrooms, staff quarters, staircase and all the corridors. Bamboo is a high quality and long-lasting green flooring option that is more cost-effective than ordinary hardwood floors. “Bamboo is an amazing crop, with several lucrative end product uses, including bamboo flooring.

February 23, 2017 11:32 UTC

Doctors' union officials receiving orders from 'certain quarters' says CS Rotich

Treasury CS Henry Rotich has claimed doctors officials have stalled negotiations to end their strike following instructions from "certain quarters"Rotich has told the joint parliamentary Health and Labour committee that KMPDU officials were ready to accept an offer but hesitated after consulting individuals, whom he did not identify. The government made a 40 per cent offer and union officials were willing to take it," he said on Thursday. But officials led by secretary general Ouma Oluga said they had to meet the national executive council on the offer, he added. The secretary general had said doctors were not to blame for their lengthy strike and explained their courses of action. Union officials were chased from Treasury on January 6 after reporting that the National Governing Council had rejected the government's latest offer to end their strike.

February 23, 2017 11:24 UTC

Uber drivers march to Parliament, demand new rules, revised rates

Uber drivers marched to Parliament on Thursday in a demand for rules for fair operation and the revision of rates. The drivers want MPs to help them formulate a comprehensive set of rules and regulations for the industry to accommodate digital platforms and analog or operators. A section of Uber taxi drivers have gone on strike in a demand for higher rates because of low profits. More on this: Uber taxi drivers go on strike, demand higher ratesWhen they issued their ultimatum for the strike, Uber partners and drivers complained about harassment and unbearable treatment by company owners. Read more: Drivers give Uber 24-hour ultimatum to act on their grievances

February 23, 2017 11:15 UTC

Chiloba defends IEBC on readiness for polls

By Caroline WafulaMore by this AuthorBy MACHARIA MWANGIMore by this AuthorThe Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says preparations for the August polls are on course and there is no cause for alarm. The commission was reacting to opposition claims that it is ill-prepared for the polls, just six months away. BEHIND SCHEDULEThe opposition Nasa coalition has claimed the commission is shoddily prepared for this year’s General Election, stating that it has breached timelines for the polls. We are doing everything possible to ensure we recover any lost time,” Dr Chiloba said on Thursday. SPECIAL TRAININGAs part of the preparations for the August polls, the IEBC says its senior electoral commissioners will undergo a crash programme and election managers will also undergo special training.

February 23, 2017 10:52 UTC

Rooney's agent in China for transfer talks

By AFPMore by this AuthorLONDONWayne Rooney's agent Paul Stretford held talks in China on Thursday amid mounting speculation over the Manchester United captain's future, British media said. Rooney, 31, has been sidelined by manager Jose Mourinho heightening expectations he could leave United for the mega-rich Chinese Super League. Mourinho said that Rooney's future was in his own hands in comments at his pre-match press conference that only fuelled the speculation. Pushed on whether it was possible Rooney could leave in the next week, Mourinho retorted: "You have to ask him, not me. However, a switch to China could bring Rooney's England career to an abrupt end.

February 23, 2017 10:25 UTC

Kenya: West Pokot leaders challenge colleagues to spearhead peace talks

We appeal to our leaders and kinsmen to stop any further revenge attack and seek peace," urged Lomunokol. We took the initiative as elected leaders, what are our colleagues still doing in Parliament and there is trouble at home?" Prof Lonyangapuo said, "We call on our colleagues from Baringo County to quickly go home and console with their people. We have done it with Elgeyo/Marakwet county leaders, it can be done in Baringo too," said Lonyangapuo. The weekend killing of the two leaders came just a day after Baringo leaders were summoned by Nkaissery over insecurity in the area.

February 23, 2017 10:18 UTC

I am ready to give up my kidney for a job, says graduate

PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGODennis Omundi, a BSc Agricultural Economics graduate from Egerton University, has a request. He wrote in an email:“I am willing to donate a kidney to anyone in need in exchange of a JOB. I want to pay school fees for my younger sister who is in form two right now. NO JOBNow, he is a graduate and out of university, but with no job. I have Googled what living with one kidney means and it is a risk I am willing to take.

February 23, 2017 10:18 UTC

Bandits kill bus driver in Kerio Valley

By PHILEMON SUTERMore by this AuthorA minibus driver was on Wednesday night killed by suspected Pokot bandits near Tot in Kerio Valley as insecurity in the region deteriorates. Three other people were injured after the bandits sprayed bullets on the vehicle once the driver lost control and it started rolling. Officers from the nearby Tot Police Station rushed to the scene as the bandits started shooting at the injured passengers. The same bus had narrowly escaped an ambush by the bandits at the same spot three days ago. Security officers estimated that at least 10 gun-wielding suspected Pokot bandits from Tiaty lay in wait for the bus.

February 23, 2017 10:16 UTC

Gor Mahia risks losing FKF’s provisional club license

Gor Mahia chairman Ambrose Rachier. Gor Mahia could lose their provisional club licence following the recent temporary closure of its secretariat, coupled with challenges in securing a training ground for the first team. “I am sure you also owe someone money,” said Rachier, adding “We have debts and are trying to clear them. Worse, the club is also facing challenges accessing the Camp Toyoyo grounds for training after the management demanded payments for accrued debts stretching back six months. In worst case scenario, Gor Mahia could lose their licence and get relegated to the second tier league, a situation that has already happened to Muhoroni Youth and Sofapaka.

February 23, 2017 10:07 UTC

Jeff Koinange Live finds a new home, to make comeback next month

A screenshot of an episode of Jeff Koinange Live. PHOTO | COURTESYTelevision host Jeff Koinange has finally reveled the new home for his political show Jeff Koinange Live (JKL) after it stopped airing on KTN in November last year. During his stint at KTN, Mr Koinange received a backlash online after one of the show’s guests made a rape comment. Months before the unfortunate incident hashtag #BoycottJKL trended for days with viewers accusing the host of incompetence. Mr Koinange has been plotting a comeback since November when his show ended on KTN abruptly.

February 23, 2017 09:32 UTC

Man sets himself ablaze after quarrel with wife

A 33-year-old man on Saturday set himself ablaze after a quarrel with his wife in Nyamarambe, Kisii county. Police said Evans Ondieki of Mochachi village, Bomonyara location, had quarreled with his wife Rael Bitengo, over an alleged extramarital affair. “Following the disagreement, Ondieki chased away his wife, locked himself in his bedroom and set himself ablaze using mattresses. The mother, an 18-year old form three student, was arrested after throwing the baby girl she had delivered in the pit latrine. According to police commander, Ms Mudambi, the baby was pulled alive out of the latrine after a delicate operation.

February 23, 2017 09:32 UTC

Scholars honour Prof Nabhany's achievements - UPDATED

According to his uncle Athman Ahmed, Prof Nabhany had been suffering from the effects of a stroke. Prof Nabhany, 90, was buried at 5pm at the Matondoni Muslim Cemetery. Noted Swahili author Prof Wallah Bin Wallah called Prof Nabhany’s death a blow to the entire Kiswahili fraternity. "I have received the bad news of our beloved Prof Nabhany with great sorrow. Prof Nabhany was born on November 27, 1927 in Mombasa.

February 23, 2017 09:23 UTC

Kenya: Three people killed at a food court in Garissa

| Updated Thu, February 23rd 2017 at 14:43 GMT +3Three people were killed by unidentified persons this morning while at a food court in Garissa Town, motive still unknown. In Kiambu County police recovered four male bodies that were abandoned in a car in Gitaru area, off Nairobi-Naivasha highway. This comes in the wake of security concerns in different parts of the country. Baringo Country was recently declared insecure as leader called upon President Uhuru Kenyatta to take charge. ALSO READ: Bodies of four men found abandoned in Kikuyu

February 23, 2017 09:22 UTC

Scandal rocks Nakuru county over hiring of high school students

PHOTO | FILEThe embattled Nakuru County Public Service Board is on the spot once again, this time, over shocking revelations that it recruited high school students as county enforcement officers. The board is being investigated over illegal recruitment of 30 enforcement officers. Documents available at the assembly indicate that Sh17.2 million was allocated to recruit 100 enforcement officers. The advertisement to recruit the enforcement officers was placed in the local dailies in 2014, but the process of hiring the officers was done last year and letters issued in January this year. “The recruitment of the enforcement officers was stale from the word go and should be nullified,” said Mr Kihara.

February 23, 2017 09:21 UTC

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