US Homeland Security employees locked out of computer networks

US Department of Homeland Security employees in the Washington area were unable to access some agency computer networks on Tuesday, according to three sources familiar with the matter. It was not immediately clear how widespread the issue was or how significantly it affected daily functions at DHS, a large government agency whose responsibilities include immigration services, border security and cyber defense. At least four DHS buildings were affected, the source said, including locations used by US Citizenship and Immigration Services. At a White House event last month he said he would "hold my Cabinet secretaries and agency heads accountable, totally accountable, for the cyber security of their organisations." Trump had planned to sign a cyber security executive order last month but it was put on hold to allow more time for review.

February 21, 2017 17:37 UTC

Kidero foundation deregistered, NGO board demands audit

The Evans Kidero foundation has been de-registered over financial irregularities. NGO board executive director Fazul Mahamed said the foundation breached several sections of the Non-Governmental Organisations Coordination Act. The NGO coordination board suspended the entire board of the Evans Kidero foundation in December last year, following claims that it receives monies into its bank account from suspicious sources. More on this: NGOs regulator suspends Evans Kidero Foundation, demands details of bank accountThe NGO regulator added that the foundation last filed annual returns in 2013. The Evans Kidero Foundation was registered in October 2012.

February 21, 2017 17:26 UTC

Kenya: Retrenchment was a blessing in disguise

[photo: Amimo Zacchaues/standard]After finding himself among employees who had just been laid off, Elias Otieno hopped onto the next bus out of Nairobi destined for his home town of Oyugis. Back home, the thought of tilling his land to cater for his family was not entirely appealing and he opted to lease a motorcycle and start operating a boda boda business. From the boda boda, I was able to go home with Sh500 each day — after giving my employer his cut. That was a decade ago — the girl is now a first year student at Kisii University courtesy of the boda boda earnings. The entrepreneur and his wife, who runs a green grocer kiosk, now have plans to purchase a tuk tuk.

February 21, 2017 17:26 UTC

Kenya: It is 15 years for man who killed friend after drinking spree

On November 15, 2009 Mwangi was informed of a foul smell, emanating from Wenani’s house. In his defence, Kingara said they were on a drinking spree and an argument ensued when Wenani wanted to retire but Kingara wanted to continue consuming alcohol. ALSO READ: Court bars Wavinya Ndeti from conducting party activitiesWenani said he left for his house but Kingara followed him. Wenani, however, appealed the decision saying he had not killed his friend intentionally and should have been charged with manslaughter. On January 25, 2017, they set aside his death sentence and substituted it with 15 yearsALSO READ: Court upholds seven-year jail term for cops who killed Kwekwe Mwandaza

February 21, 2017 17:15 UTC

Jamia Mall closed as owners protest high 'goodwill' payment

Sixty-six shops at Jamia Mall in the CBD have been closed after the owners protested against the high “goodwill” amount demanded by the landlord. They said that the landlord is demanding Sh1.25 million to renew their leases, which have expired. He said the management of the mall had demanded Sh1.8 million but scaled down to Sh1.25 million after the tenants complained that it was too high. The tenants said they paid Sh500,000 as goodwill 10 years ago when they rented the shops. "We agreed with them 10 years ago that when the lease expires, they will pay goodwill.

February 21, 2017 17:07 UTC

#FRONTROW: Uhuru danced as critical issues in the country went unattended

Journalists who “cover” State House didn’t ask you or your spokesman because that would be going against the State religion and they would lose their privileges. We’re confused; can we still dab and send pictures to get an invite to State House? Your people are telling us that you don’t care that millions more Kenyans haven’t had public healthcare for more than two months because the doctors are on strike. You don’t care that learning at state universities countrywide has ground to a halt, with lecturers demanding better pay. Your attitude is telling us that you don’t care about the drought has hit parts of the country so bad, beyond declaring it a national disaster.

February 21, 2017 17:06 UTC

EDITORIAL: Curb poll-related crime

In Baringo County, two political aspirants have been slain. With political rivalry thrown into the mix, one can understand the fears that violence could escalate. According to a former senior government official, some aspirants are hiring gangs to intimidate their would-be opponents. Security personnel must not only get to the bottom of this particular incident, but even more crucial, come up with stringent measures to curb violence during the elections. For the true verdict of the voters in every ward, constituency and county to emerge, security is paramount.

February 21, 2017 16:53 UTC

Kenya: Doctors’ dilemma in weak public health systems

To quit and go south or stay on and be posted to a health centre. I received a call that I had been posted to Sindo Health Centre in the newly created Suba District. I complied and ended up in Sindo health Centre. I posted two to Senna Health centre in Mfangano and two to Sindo health centre. Within one month we had more than 100 safe deliveries in the health centre on Mfangano island.

February 21, 2017 16:52 UTC

Kenya: Police declare Baringo unsafe and uninhabitable

| Updated Tue, February 21st 2017 at 19:47 GMT +3Rift Valley Regional coordinator Wanyama Musiambo (center) flanked by Baringo police commander Richard Ndungu (Left) ,Baringo county commander Peter Okwanyo (second left), Baringo Ap Comander Robinson Ndiwa (right) , Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi (second right) and Nakuru County AP commander Francis Kirathe addressing the press in Marigat Baringo county on February 21,2017. [PHOTO:KIPSANG JOSEPH/Standard]A Rift Valley security team has recommended that Baringo South and North be gazetted as highly unsafe and uninhabitable. Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Wanyama Musiambo on Tuesday said illegal gun possession had led to numerous deaths and loss of property due to rampant cattle rustling. At the same time, Baringo Senator Gideon Moi called on President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and end locals' suffering. Mr Musiambo said the region will be gazetted as uninhabitable and a security team deployed there to disarm locals and arrest criminal elements.

February 21, 2017 16:41 UTC

Jubilee aspirants issued March 4 deadline for nomination fee payment

The Jubilee party has written to all aspirants seeking to have them pay nomination fees by March 4. The party wants the incumbents and aspirants to present the necessary documents to the party before the deadline. Jubilee is expected to attract a large number of aspirants after many shunned ODM because of their high nomination fees. More on this: Aspirants shun ODM over nomination feesODM requires presidential aspirants to pay Sh1 million, while governor aspirants pay Sh500,000. Read: Jubilee MPs hail plans for IEBC to oversee party nominationsAlso read: Jubilee wants to bar nomination losers from joining other parties

February 21, 2017 16:41 UTC

Jubilee 'point man' Wamalwa dismisses rivalry with Lusaka

Water CS Eugene Wamalwa has rubbished claims that there is bad blood between him and Bungoma Governor Kenneth Lusaka. There was tension between the supporters of the two after Lusaka dissolved New Ford Kenya whose leader was Wamalwa. But Wamalwa said he intends to campaign for Lusaka to ensure he retains his seat after the August 8 polls. Read: Western leaders court Wamalwa as he shies away from Trans Nzoia governor bidHe will instead become a point man for Jubilee in Western where he will coordinate party campaigns. Mumias East MP Ben Washiali asked Wamalwa to not only concentrate on Bungoma and Trans Nzoia counties, but to take campaigns throughout Western.

February 21, 2017 16:32 UTC

Anti-drugs crusader's car burnt, says 'barons' after his life

An anti-drugs crusader in Kwale county says his life is in danger after his car was torched — he blames drug barons. Teens Watch director Cosmas Maina's car and one next to it were set ablaze Sunday night at a parking yard in Ukunda. "Our center helps drug addicts shun drugs," Maina said, adding that he has about 4,000 drug addicts - majority being youths - undergoing rehab. "Using methadone, which helps them stop using drugs completely, will be a setback to the barons who benefit from the business of selling heroin," he said. On January 31, two sons of slain drug baron Ibrahim Akasha - Ibrahim and Baktash - were extradited to the US.

February 21, 2017 16:18 UTC

Drivers give Uber 24-hour ultimatum to act on their grievances

Uber partners and drivers have threatened to paralyse services on Thursday if the company fails to address their grievances in 24 hours. Uber partners and drivers association chair Evans Mbugua accused the taxi hailing service of failing to consult them before implementing any changes to the business. More on this: Uber taxi drivers go on strike, demand higher ratesRegarding workload, the chairman said cars previously had two drivers who alternated between day and night, but that the new rates have forced them to downsize. The taxi company launched its services in Nairobi in January 2015, and has since branched into towns including Mombasa and Thika. Uber drivers faced major resistance from regular taxi operators when they joined the market.

February 21, 2017 16:17 UTC

Russian athletes await IAAF neutrals verdict

By AGENCIESMore by this AuthorMOSCOWSome three dozen Russian athletes are awaiting an IAAF decision on whether they can compete as neutrals, Moscow said Tuesday, as time ticks down to the European indoor championships. Russia's track and field team has been banned from competition over state-sponsored doping since 2015, but world athletics authorities have ruled individuals can compete as neutrals if they are proved to be drug-free. Russian athletics federation chief Dmitry Shlyaktin said that 33 athletes have so far asked the IAAF to compete, and another 11 were considering putting in applications. "For the time being we're still awaiting the IAAF decision," Shlyaktin told journalists. The IAAF ban led to Russian athletes missing the Olympics in Rio and the world athletics governing body ruled to extend the punishment earlier this month.

February 21, 2017 15:57 UTC

Kenya’s ‘most eloquent man’ now off the hook in plagiarism row

PHOTO | DAILY NATIONFormer Ethics and Anti-Corruption boss Prof Patrick Lumumba’s legal nightmare over plagiarism allegations have come to an end after his accuser withdrew the suit from court. The turn of events came after lawyer Wachira Maina who had sued PLO for plagiarising his work, agreed to have the matter marked as withdrawn and as one settled amicably. Apparently, the settlement was reached after PLO accepted to tender his apology to Mr Wachira as per his terms. Mr Wachira had sometime last year sued the renown eloquent English speaker but the matter has been settled owing to the consent recorded and presented before court on Tuesday. “In further consideration of Mr Wachira foregoing further claims on this matter, the parties have agreed to an amicable settlement,” read the consent.

February 21, 2017 15:49 UTC

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