By NICHOLAS KOMUMore by this AuthorArmed criminal gangs have been unleashing terror, and brazenly robbing and injuring Nyeri Town residents, even as police deploy various tactics to crack down on them. ABDUCTIONSIn recent weeks, the town and its outskirts have been grappling with an increase in violent robberies, muggings and abductions. Recently, a Catholic priest was abducted in broad daylight at KCB Bank in Nyeri Town and robbed clean. POLICEAnd even though police have deployed various tactics to crack down on the gang, it still thrives. But Nyeri Central police boss Muinde Kioko insists that police are pursuing the gang and members would soon apprehend them.
But the trip has also brought out the one reality that this country has, over the years, tended to ignore when tackling communicable diseases. That is, the quality that stands out for Cuba: Its insistence on preventive medicine rather than the curative aspect. TRAININGThat is what should guide Kenya in its war against many communicable diseases that have wreaked havoc on the country yet they can easily be managed. The local health system has various cadres trained in the preventive and curative services. As Cuba believes, the key approach to contain a disease is simple: Prevent it.
KTDA chairman Peter Kanyago said farmers would lose in their net pay should the ban remain in force. Mr Kanyago criticised the order saying it would affect production in the industry that relies heavily on firewood to dry the leaf. Mr Kanyago was speaking after his victory in Zone IV Nyeri’s repeat election, conducted at Iriani tea factory on Saturday. He won by 28 votes against his sole opponent, the vice chairman of Gathuthi tea factory, Mr Peter Wanjau. Mr Kinyua appointed Ms Monica Kalenda to replace Mr Mugo in acting capacity.
By JOE MUSYOKIThe high prices of basic commodities, including utilities, have eroded disposable incomes for low- and middle-class earners, partly contributing to the current economic slowdown. To make matters worse, the deficit financing of government expenditure proved unsustainable, leaving the private sector to re-engineer their business models to factor reduced infrastructural projects cash flows. To ignite the economy, manufacturers and importers must shun government handouts and become innovative. One way is for private sector to cut down on super profits — some of which border on extortion — on basic goods and services. Parliament should interrogate the books of accounts of these institutions to determine whether the government is getting value for money.
By ABDUL SIDIMore by this AuthorCarl Tundo and Tim Jessop recorded their fifth win of the Kenya's premiere event by securing victory in the 2018 Safari Rally on Sunday. Carl Tundo and Tim Jessop (CENTRE) celebrate after winning the 2018 Safari Rally at the Sopa Lodge, Nakuru. The Government gazetted two Committees last year - Steering and Organizing to roll out a road map towards the World Rally Championship status that was lost at the end of the 2002 Kenya National Rally Championship season. It is now 15 years since the Safari departed from the 13-rounds series, under the guidance of the World Rally Championship status. Carl Tundo navigated by Tim Jossep in their Mitsubishi Evolution 10 at the Kedong section of the 2018 Safari Rally in Naivasha on March 18, 2018.
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By PIUS MAUNDUMore by this AuthorTwo children were killed and 97 families left homeless after heavy rains left a trail of destruction in Makueni County on Saturday night. FLOODEDNdanu Mwenga and Rhoda Mutambu were swept away from their homes in Musingini and Makutano villages, following heavy rains that caused the area to flood. Ms Kamanthe, who works as a househelp in a neighbouring home, found that her youngest daughter had been swept away by a rivulet that had formed in a nearby path. A woman assesses damage caused by heavy rains at Kamboo Village in Makueni County on March 18, 2018. On Sunday morning, a passer-by found the girls’ bodies deposited by storm water on the roadside, several kilometres from their homes.
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By AFPMore by this AuthorBUJUMBURABurundi’s President Pierre Nkurunziza has set May 17 as the date for a referendum on a controversial constitutional reform that could keep him in power until 2034, according to a decree signed Sunday. Critics accuse Mr Nkurunziza of trying to stay in power for life and say a personality cult has developed around the former rebel chief who has led the central African country since 2005. REFERENDUMThe government in October drafted reforms that would enable Mr Nkurunziza to serve two seven-year mandates from 2020, but it has come under fire from the Opposition and the international community, particularly the African Union. The government had previously announced that the referendum would take place in May but had not announced the exact date. The reforms will be adopted if 50 per cent plus one vote cast ballots in favour.
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[Photo: Standard]Two bloggers associated with Kericho Governor Paul Chepkwony are nursing serious body injuries after they were assaulted by hired goons. Lenny Kipkorir, a blogger associated with former Ainamoi Member of Parliament Benjamin (MP) Langat was also assaulted but escaped with minor soft tissue injuries. The trio were allegedly attacked over unsavory posts on a Kericho Facebook group targeting a Kericho Member of Parliament (MP). The bloggers were allegedly attacked over posts on a Kericho Facebook group targeting a Kericho MP. Members of the clergy led by Fr Ambrose Kimutai of Segemic parish condemned the assault of the bloggers.
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By FRANCIS MUREITHIMore by this AuthorHosts Ulinzi Stars settled for a 2- 2 with 10- man Posta Rangers in a tough Kenya Premier League match played at Afraha Stadium, Nakuru on Sunday. Former Ulinzi Stars striker John Nairuka and his striking partner Gershon Likono should have put the Rangers on the winning path in the 14th and 15th minutes respectively, but Ulinzi goalkeeper James Saruni folied their attacks. Ulinzi's relentless attacks saw two goal-bound shots cleared on the goal line by Rangers defenders, with Cliff Kasuti missing two golden chances. However, assistant coach George Maina said that the sending off of goalkeeper Masita disoriented their game plan. “Playing one man less in the field is not easy and this affected our game plan, but we are happy we snatched at least a point,” said Maina.
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Waithira weaved through Nakumatt defenders to chip an onrushing Nakumatt goalkeeper Frankline Mwenda for the opener. The Harambee Stars trialist turned provider for Wendo seven minutes to full time. Victory takes Wazito's point tally to seven, two ahead of Nakumatt after seven rounds. His Wazito counterpart Frank Ouna was delighted with the win, their second on their debut season in the top flight. He was the culprit of the awarded penalty seven minutes to full time after bringing down Wanyonyi.
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77Darron Gibson moved to Sunderland from Everton in January 2017Ireland international Darron Gibson has been suspended by Sunderland after being charged with drink-driving, the English Championship (second tier) club said on Sunday. "The football club has commenced a full investigation into the matter," a statement on the official website (www.safc.com) said. "We expect the highest standard of behaviour from our players and should any individual fall short of those standards then robust action must be taken," said Sunderland's chief executive Martin Bain. The former Manchester United player joined Sunderland from Everton in January last year but has been injured for the past two months.
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By OUMA WANZALAMore by this AuthorMore than 2,000 teachers have applied for the 900 advertised jobs in Wajir County. JOBSThe Teachers Service Commission (TSC) announced the recruitment of 900 tutors to work in Wajir County following the transfer of non-local teachers from the county over insecurity. Chief executive officer Nancy Macharia said 585 teachers will be posted to primary schools and 315 to secondary schools. TRAINEDHowever, Kenya National Union of Teachers (Knut) Secretary-General Wilson Sossion asked TSC to call off the process and recruit untrained teachers. Kenya Union of Post Primary Education Teachers (Kuppet) Secretary-General Akello Misori supported the move to transfer teachers who felt unsafe in the area.
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BALANCE SHEETSeeking to guide accounting treatment of financial assets, IFRS 9 will affect lending institutions the most. But it is also applicable to non-financial institutions that carry financial assets in their balance sheet. APPRAISALBanks will have to evolve and employ innovative risk management tools that robustly estimate credit risk losses and establish changes in risk. Nonetheless, IFRS 9 is the reset button for 2018, defining the new normal for the financial sector globally. TRANSPARENCYIts sound implementation will contribute to financial sector stability as the standard strengthens banks’ credit risk management systems and greater levels of transparency, which should lead to sustainable returns for shareholders.
The two teams provided a lively spectacle which ended with PSG stretching their lead to 17 points over Monaco. Edinson Cavani of PSG hit a post from close range in the first half after hesitation in the Nice defence. Mario Balotelli forced a flying save from PSG keeper Alphonse Areola and later hit the bar with a header. At the other end, Di Maria forced a full-stretch save from Benitez with a daring volleyed back flick. Kylian Mbappe, who seemed out of touch, wasted a glorious close-range chance with 12 minutes left.
Others speculated whether the State had captured the Opposition just as it had captured some sections of the electoral commission and the Judiciary. And, unlike in 2008, the Opposition is not part of government; it has now, essentially, been reduced to an NGO. The pact seems to protect the interests of individual opposition leaders rather than the nation’s citizens. And as activist Boniface Mwangi tweeted, the pact seems like a licence for the opposition to loot. But comparing the Raila-Kibaki union to the Raila-Uhuru one is stretching the imagination a bit too far.