345Harambee Star's Head Coach Paul Put during CECAFA Challenge Cup match between Harambee Stars and Tanzania at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos County. [Jonah Onyango, Standard]When Paul Put addressed the Press for the first time since taking over as Harambee Stars’ coach, he said his wish was to use the Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup as a buildup tournament. However, his side’s character comes to real test today (3pm) when they battle the unpredictable Swallows of Burundi in Kisumu. Despite the hurdle awaiting the hosts, Put says there is enough confidence in Stars’ dressing room after Monday’s crucial 1-0 victory over Tanzania. We know what Fiston and his teammates are capable of, but we are well prepared and ready to handle them.
December 14, 2017 05:04 UTC
345Zanzibar coach Hemed Suleiman Ali against Tanzania during the CECAFA Senior challenge cup at Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos on Wednesday 07/11/17. [Boniface Okendo,Standard]Zanzibar Heroes coach Hemed Suleiman insists his side respects but does not fear Cecafa Senior Challenge Cup champions Uganda ahead of their semifinal encounter tomorrow (3pm) at Moi Stadium, Kisumu. We just need to remain focused, put the Libya disappointment behind us, and play our game,'' Suleiman told The Standard Sports. "We were and still are ready to play any team in the semifinals. "The boys have really sacrificed themselves and we are now in the semis carrying the flag of the entire Tanzania."
December 14, 2017 05:03 UTC
By BENARD ROTICHMore by this AuthorWork on the first phase of construction of Kipchoge Keino Stadium in Eldoret is almost complete. The company working on the first phase of the project, Chinese-owned WIETC Company - has finished 90 per cent of the work. “We’ve done almost 90 per cent of the work awarded to us and soon we’ll be handing over our part to the government,” he said. Interestingly, the company has been using it’s own money to undertake construction work after Sports Kenya provided only eight per cent of the project cost. Shiv Construction which was to work on phase two (building VIP dais and parking area) has since stopped work on the project because it has not received money from the government.
December 14, 2017 05:03 UTC
SUMMARY President Uhuru Kenyatta was furious as he could not understand why his foot-soldiers let him downDuring the fete the Head of state was greeted by empty terraces when he arrived at the Kasarani Sports ComplexDid President Uhuru Kenyatta give MPs aligned to his Jubilee Party a thorough tongue-lashing yesterday for failing to mobilize people to attend the National Jamhuri Day celebrations? A little birdie whispered to Grapevine that a furious president could not understand why his foot-soldiers let him down. On Tuesday during the fete, the Head of state was greeted by empty terraces when he arrived at the Kasarani Sports Complex. MPs from Nairobi and the neighboring counties during the parliamentary group meeting at Statehouse, are said to be the ones that were on the receiving end. Most of them could not explain why they did not facilitate their supporters to go Kasarani.
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By BBCMore by this AuthorSouth African President Jacob Zuma has lost two court cases in one day, both linked to corruption allegations. Pretoria's High Court ordered Mr Zuma to set up a judicial inquiry, calling him "seriously reckless" for challenging recommendations by a watchdog in a case against him. Mr Zuma quits as ANC leader next week. In the first ruling, the court gave Mr Zuma 30 days to appoint an inquiry into allegations of corruption against him and his associates. Mr Zuma has been accused of conspiring with a wealthy business family, the Guptas, to control lucrative state contracts.
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The sanctioned individuals are Okut Lukwang, a Ugandan serving as an LRA intelligence officer, and Musa Hatari, a Sudanese merchant, according the Treasury. The US received assistance from Ugandan and Sudanese authorities in the effort, he said. The US received assistance from Ugandan and Sudanese authorities in the effort, he said. The sanctioned individuals are Okut Lukwang, a Ugandan serving as an LRA intelligence officer, and Musa Hatari, a Sudanese merchant, according the Treasury. They also allege he has coerced civilians to provide information on troop deployments to provide intelligence to Kony.
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By KITSEPILE NYATHIMore by this AuthorZimbabwe will not force former Ethiopian dictator Mengistu Hailemariam to return home despite the fall of his ally and Robert Mugabe, official said. Mengistu fled Ethiopia after he was toppled in 1991 after a brutal reign that left thousands of his compatriots dead. Zimbabwean opposition parties have been calling for Mengistu’s extradition since Mr Mugabe was forced to step down after a military coup on November 15. Mr Charamba said Mr Mengistu’s extradition was not among the new government’s priorities. “Don’t we have the Rwandese, the Congolese and Mozambicans, why then him.”The Zimbabwean opposition once accused Mengistu of advising Mr Mugabe on policies that were meant to clamp down on dissent.
December 14, 2017 04:18 UTC
Winning an Olympics gold medal is an assurance of easy entry into professional boxing where every boxer dreams of making millions of shillings. Promoters followed Wangila from Seoul to Nairobi soon after the Olympics to negotiate a contract. Soon, Wangila would fly to USA to start a new life as a professional boxer. No one knew better to have these ingredients for his boxing career than The Greatest Muhammad Ali who died over a year ago. Boxing experts were startled by how awkward Wangila looked early in his pro career and how hard he was getting hit by journeymen fighters.
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The IMF also issued a stark warning to financial authorities to rein in the rising levels of public debt, which will negatively affect future economic output. The IMF pointed out that the nation’s public debt pressure is so intense that the country uses 25 per cent of revenue to service debts. These events may be brushed off by the government as usual, but taken together, it’s crystal clear that we are heading to an approaching financial storm. A key plank of any public finance system is to distribute the burden and benefit of public debt between the current and future generations. The nation’s economic state of affairs is thus in perilous state.
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President Uhuru Kenyatta has directed the ministries of Defence and Agriculture to suspend the fishing licenses of international trawlers, arguing that they are taking advantage of Kenyan waters. “Today, foreign trawlers enter our waters and return to their countries filled with our fish. He noted that Kenya has over 400 kilometres of a rich coastline and a share of the second-largest freshwater lake in the world. Instead, we have allowed others to take our resources, build their economies and create jobs for their people at our expense,” he added. “Here in Kenya, the bulk of employment comes from SMEs, which are an important contributor to the gross domestic product.
December 13, 2017 21:30 UTC
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho has denied allegations by former Senator Hassan Omar that he colluded with the electoral agency to be declared the winner. Omar filed a petition against Joho asking the court to nullify his election, adding Joho’s election was unfair. Joho (pictured) said the IEBC is a free and independent institution which carried out its mandate without interference or orders from anyone. Joho testified before judge Lydia Achode and said he was declared the winner and issued a certificate after beating his rivals, including Omar, by a large margin. “I cannot remember whether I am the one who signed the declaration form or my chief agent did,” he said.
NASA is plotting a vigorous fightback to win back disaffected supporters and defuse fury triggered by the aborted swearing-in of Raila Odinga. The game plan to resist President Uhuru Kenyatta's Jubilee administration will be firmed up after a retreat by opposition chiefs. Yesterday, the Star established that Raila, who flew to Kilifi on Jamhuri Day, this weekend will meet Kalonzo and co-principals Musalia Mudavadi and Moses Wetang'ula. Some of the Jubilee-led counties NASA is targetting include Samburu, Narok, Wajir, Kajiado and Turkana. “We are asking supporters not to worry, we know how they feel but definitely our principals will communicate on the swearing-in.
Knut boss Wilson Sossion and his Kuppet counterpart Omboko Milemba are among 11 trade unionists set to lose their positions in the unions after being listed as state officers. Sossion was nominated to Parliament by the ODM Party while Milemba won the Emuhaya parliamentary seat in the August 8 general election. Among those affected Governors Mutahi Kahiga, who served as executive secretary for the Nyeri branch of the Kenya National Union of Teachers and Baringo's Stanley Kiptis. He was last year barred by the court from participating in the union elections because of his position as MP. Bungoma Women Representative Catherine Wambilianga is also set to lose her position as Kuppet gender secretary as is Nyatike MP Tom Odege who is the secretary general of the Union of Kenya Civil Servants.
The government will spend Sh500 million to construct a dual carriage road along the Eldoret-Nakuru Road. Speaking yesterday at Sachangwan where several people died in a grisly road accident, Roads and Infrastructure Principal Secretary John Mosonik said the construction with begin either in January or February. "We will have to divert Sh500 million meant for other projects for construction of dual carriage way to minimise accidents along this deadly spot," he said. At the same time, Kenyan National Highways Authority officials will begin marking the road for bumps to be erected. He further recommended that the use of older road bypassing the main road be opened soon.
Lamu county on Tuesday held its annual fishing competition on Lamu Island. It was caught by Omar Hussein’s team, which was awarded Sh100,000. The competition is organised every year by the Lamu government under the Department of Fisheries, Livestock and Cooperative Development. It is an opportunity for fishermen from various parts of the Lamu archipelago to display their skills. The one-day event entails fishermen going fishing for several hours after which the winner is rewarded with cash and fishing equipment.