Caroline Mwatha was murdered. Police have presented their version of what transpired and identified the murder suspects, yet many questions remain unanswered. We don’t know how she ended up in the clinic, for example. It’s as a direct result of Caroline and the Dandora Social Justice Team’s, tireless unselfish efforts in exposing extrajudicial killings. I haven’t seen the same effort being used to discredit Caroline Mwatha, applied in corruption cases.
These factors have had far reaching ramifications for the country in general and Deputy President William Ruto in particular. Ruto is the prime victim of all these events and the following examples serve to illustrate the journey to his current predicament. The fanfare and duopoly of joint government witnessed during the presentation of the first Jubilee Cabinet was glaringly missing. It was left to Ruto and allies to explain that his powers within Cabinet had not been reduced and influence eroded. By dint of these events and deliberate acts of his partner in the presidency, Ruto has been pushed to a tight corner.
Mombasa tea trade to get digital faceliftPlan: Processes will be automated to increase efficiency More than half of the world’s commodity passes through the auction. The East African Tea Trade Association (Eatta) has received Sh150.2 million to upgrade the Mombasa Auction. Despite currently being second largest black tea trade platform in the world, the Mombasa Tea Auction still relies on the ‘outcry’ method for placing and closing of bids, which stakeholders say is inefficient and overtaken by events. The commodity sold through the auction is predominantly black CTC tea, but also orthodox and green tea. According to the International Trade Centre, 55 per cent of tea sold in the world passes through the Mombasa auction.
Income: KRA pushes for early filing of tax returnsKenya Revenue Authority (KRA) has urged employers to issue P9 certificates to their workers to facilitate filing of 2018 individual income tax returns in time and avoid penalties. The income tax returns for the year 2018 are due for submission as from January 1 to June 30. Last year, over 3.2 million taxpayers filed their returns in time through the iTax system, according to the taxman. “KRA has enhanced iTax to have an auto-populated return of employment income. SEE ALSO :Iron ore extraction suspended over alleged tax evasionThis has made it much easier, smoother and faster for employees whose source of income is only employment to file their returns.
How it began: Long road for homosexuals in justice questMembers of the gay and lesbian community outside Milimani courts yesterday. On or about February 2, 2013, Gitari sought to reserve with the board, an organisation named Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Council; or Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Observancy, or Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Organisation. Gitari then changed the name to Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Commission; or Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Council or Gay and Lesbian Human Rights Collective for reservation. SEE ALSO :Another long wait for gays as judges push ahead key verdictThe church and the State opposed Gitari’s case. His reply to the JSC was that the Constitution champions for the rights of every Kenyan, including homosexuals, bisexuals and transgender people.
HR firm launches with eye on SMEsA new human resource consulting firm is aiming to create jobs for the youth by developing entrepreneurial mindsets. Rise and Learn seeks to achieve this by delivering practical, relevant and agile learning programmes. Speaking during the official launch, the firm’s director Emily Kamunde-Osoro, said Kenya must harness the creativity, dynamism and energy of the youth to create job opportunities. SEE ALSO :Crocheting myself to a ‘knit’ fortune"The unemployment levels in my country keep me awake at night, but the possibility of creating one extra job wakes me up in the morning,” she said. Rise and Learn provides services, including corporate training and human resource outsourcing for small firms.
Lack of clear structures on succession at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs continues to cause confusion, disquiet and infighting among senior directors and ambassadors at the headquarters. Speaking to the Star on the phone, Foreign Affairs PS Macharia admitted the concerns are there and are legitimate. Foreign Service Bill 2015, which is still before the House, states: “In the appointment of High Commissioners and Ambassadors, the appointing authority shall endeavour to maintain a fair balance in favour of serving career Foreign Service Officers, to ensure that professionalism and career progression are not compromised”. There have also been complains within the ministry that political appointees performance have been detrimental in furthering Kenya’s Foreign Policy. “In many countries, the Foreign Affairs ministry is a special cadre in terms of recruitment and remuneration,” he said.
The changes must also not allow government to detain any person as now allowed in Section 51 of current constitution, without charge or trial, contrary to constitution as happened under old constitution. Constitutional changes must restore and reinforce Chapter Six of the constitution to remove corruption from leadership, economy, sport and the Judiciary. Further, negative ethnicity needs to be outlawed as ideology of our politics, political parties and coalitions. Arrest and prosecution of persons who instigate ethnic conflicts and propagate negative ethnicity among different ethnic communities should be considered in these changes. As nationalists, Kenyans must not change constitution to entrench negative ethnicity camouflaged as diversity and inclusivity.
Raila lays ground for 2021 summitODM leader Raila Odinga, Kisumu Governor Anyang Nyong’o and Devolution CS Eugene Wamalwa address the media at Capitol Hill, Nairobi, yesterday. Raila said their discussion focused on plans to rid the hyacinth-choked Lake Victoria of the weed and revive water transport. He said Kenya was working closely with the Ugandan government to ensure water transport was revived by removing the hyacinth before the country hosts the ninth edition of the African Cities Summit. “We are trying to revive the lake transport, and this was what the president mentioned when he visited Kisumu last time,” said Raila. Raila added that various ministries, including Transport, Environment, Tourism and Energy, were involved in the reclamation of the lake.
February 22, 2019 20:48 UTC
Singer R. Kelly charged with sexually abusing teenage girlsGrammy-winning singer R. Kelly. Grammy-winning singer R. Kelly was charged on Friday with criminal sexual abuse of at least three girls under 17, a prosecutor said, following years of allegations against the 52-year-old R&B singer.An attorney for the singer did not immediately return a call or email seeking comment. Cook County State’s Attorney Kimberly Foxx said Kelly was expected to appear in court on Saturday for a bond hearing on 10 counts. She made the remarks after the six-hour documentary “Surviving R. Kelly” was aired on Lifetime television. Kelly, singer of “I Believe I Can Fly” and record producer, has for years denied accusations of abuse, including those made in the documentary.
February 22, 2019 20:48 UTC
There are abstract concepts that we generally struggle to understand; we know it when we see it – for instance, forgiveness or uniqueness – and Diligence too. Dictionary.com defines diligence as: a persistent and hardworking effort in doing something. He said, “Diligence is a learnable skill that combines: creative persistence, a smart-working effort rightly planned and rightly performed in a timely, efficient, and effective manner to attain a result that is pure and of the highest quality of excellence.” This definition clearly states the elements of diligence. Effective Planning: Scott talks about “a smart-working effort rightly planned.” How do you operate? When excellence is engaged at the highest level, your diligence shines.
February 22, 2019 20:26 UTC
By Scott Gilfoid: Kell Brook won’t be fighting former Jessie Vargas next after all. Brook has been a non-relevant fighter all by himself by not fighting good opposition since his loss to Spence two years ago in 2017. According to @BarbosaBox at Zona ESPN, Vargas will be fighting Brook later on this year. He could fight Kell Brook later in the year but it won’t be next for Vargas. But there’s no chance that Hearn is going to be able to find someone good that will fight Brook in April.
February 22, 2019 20:26 UTC
Six out of every ten adults without a mobile phone in Kenya are women, the latest mobile gender gap report by GSMA shows. Affordability, low literacy levels and skills, safety and security, and relevance were the main reasons for the gender gap. The findings further reveal mobile and mobile internet gender gap causes Kenya’s GDP to fall short of Sh200,000 for every non-mobile owner annually. Across low middle income countries globally, 15 per cent of adults still do not own a mobile phone and 45 per cent do not use mobile internet. In the same countries, 313 million fewer women than men use mobile internet, representing a gender gap of 23 per cent, while 197 million fewer women own a mobile phone, an equivalent of 10 per cent gender gap.
February 22, 2019 20:26 UTC
Nine of the charges of the 52-year-old embattled singer - dogged for decades by sexual abuse allegations involving underage women - concern minors ages 13 to 16, a Cook County court official told AFP. By AFPMore by this AuthorCHICAGO,R&B star R Kelly was charged Friday in Chicago with 10 counts of aggravated criminal sex abuse, some involving minors. Nine of the charges of the 52-year-old embattled singer - dogged for decades by sexual abuse allegations involving underage women - concern minors ages 13 to 16, a Cook County court official told AFP. The R&B luminary has a court date scheduled for 8 March in Chicago, where he resides, the court official said. "After 25 years of serial sexual abuse and assault of underage girls, the day of reckoning for R Kelly has arrived," tweeted attorney Michael Avenatti, who is representing several clients linked to the American singer.
February 22, 2019 20:15 UTC
Governor Cornel Rasanga’s administration is on the radar of the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission over allegations of illegal recruitments. They will also target reports and other documents by the County Public Service Board in relation to their interviews. The names were sent to the county assembly for approval. But board vice chairperson Florence Oketch told the assembly’s Committee on Appointments that they had no knowledge of the list. Board member John Okere said the issues raised by the ward rep and the residents were “very genuine and the list must be thrown out”.
February 22, 2019 19:52 UTC