This could explain why the cost of electricity has been going up since last year. Kenya Power said electricity generated by diesel fired plants increased 66 per cent to replace power that ordinarily comes from hydroelectricity. Due to this, the country has had to engage thermal power producers that use diesel to generate electricity. Whenever this happens, the entire cost of fuel is borne by consumers and is captured in the monthly power bill as the Fuel Cost Charge. Electricity units generated from thermal plants increased by 66.9 per cent from 1 297 gigawatt hours the previous year to 2 165 GWh,” Tarus said.
Although the number of officers that will be deployed is yet to be made public, indications are it will be more than 40,000. ALSO READ: Report: Expect fewer A’s, more E’sThe Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) says it needs at least 80,000 security officers to man 40,883 polling centres, 290 constituency tallying centres and Bomas of Kenya. The National Police Service (NPS) which is mandated with providing security for these two events is expected to face logistical complexities. A group of 530 officers from the National Intelligence Service, Kenya Defence Forces, National Police Service, Kenya Forest Service, Kenya Prisons, Kenya Wildlife Service and National Youth Service are working on a coordinated approach to insecurity during this period. The Ministry of Interior has been allocated an extra Sh6.9 billion in the Supplementary Budget to manage the election.
By Monday, the group will have covered 43 counties in the last one month as they seek to push for high turnout in the poll. Behind the rejuvenated campaigns is the push for numbers as Jubilee Party hopes to ensure Uhuru gets millions of votes. Two weeks ago, Raila withdrew from the repeat election that Supreme Court ordered after the nullification of the August 8 poll. The NASA leader has insisted that the election would not be free and fair and he would therefore not participate in it. Yesterday, during the Mashujaa Day celebrations at Uhuru Park, President Kenyatta vowed to ensure Kenyans go to the poll on Thursday in spite doubts and threats against the exercise.
| Published Sat, October 21st 2017 at 00:00, Updated October 20th 2017 at 18:02 GMT +3Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry President and CEO, Hamad Buamim. The conference, which will take place on November 1 and 2, 2017, will host five African heads of state and 12 ministers. The event is being hosted by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry. “The Global Business Forum on Africa, which is set for an unprecedented top-tier attendance, including distinguished African heads of state and ministers, is testament to Dubai’s firm position on the global economic map,” Mr Buamim said. The Global Business Forum series was launched by the Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry in 2012, and focuses on Africa, the Commonwealth of Independent States and Latin America.
/ AFP PHOTOJapan-based athlete now targets good show in big city marathons after fourth-place finish at London World Championships. After making his debut at the London Marathon in April where he finished third in 2:07:41, Japan-based Bedan Karoki says he now ready to fully concentrate in marathon running. The 27-year-old Nyandarua-born has ruled out going back to track running as he targets big city marathons. His fourth place finish at the IAAF London World championships in August marked the end of his track appearance. World championMany Kenyan top runners have benefited from the programme since the time of the 1987 World Marathon Champion Douglas Wakiihuri, the late Samuel Wanjiru and former national cross country champion Gideon Ngatuny.
| Published Sat, October 21st 2017 at 00:00, Updated October 20th 2017 at 23:48 GMT +3Jackbed Njue at her poultry farm in Gachoka, Mbeere South, Embu County. She rakes in Sh30,000 every week from the sale of day-old chicks, eggs, mature chicken, manure and training fee for young farmers. To void pitfalls that many upcoming farmers face, before she forayed into poultry farming, Ms Njue researched intensely on chicken rearing. To avoid that scenario, I read widely on poultry keeping online and magazines like this and visited successful poultry farms. Always research“I sourced the KARI improved kienyenji chicks that made my initial stock from an established poultry farm.
Mabati manufacturers are reporting sharp drops in sales – by up to half in the run-up to the polls. Sustained politicking would only help to exacerbate an already precarious situation which sadly would be felt by every household, now or later. Foreign investors bring in their home currencies, mainly the US dollar, which are changed into the Kenyan Shilling before the money is spent to acquire assets. We have been through worse times and emerged stronger, learnt our lessons and embarked on our lives and businesses afresh. Lower inflation numbers are a major boost for the operations of our members – which are firms that employ millions of Kenyans.
Just like in other areas, we have borrowed heavily from the US on matters that touch on democracy and human rights. But when it got to demonstrations, protests and picketing we appear to have given the limitations to the Second Amendment a wide berth. Already, business entities in all our cities and towns are appealing for designated places for demonstrations, protests and picketing. You may hold signs, but do not affix them to wooden sticks or metal poles or affix them to public property, such as light posts. ALSO READ: Anti-Matiang'i protests rock Kisii townThe police have a standing practice of barring the use of rigid materials as supports for signs at demonstrations (wooden sticks, pipes or plastic tubes).
He insisted they would ensure thorough investigations are conducted before charging suspects to avoid a repeat of the botched investigations that led to the crumbling of the cases against Federico and the acquittal of Berardelli. “As everyone is aware, the cases against the Italians were not brought to court by Adak. The athlete involved felt perhaps at the time felt she was entitled to seek justice after being suspended from the sport,” he added. “Although the aggrieved athlete felt the need to take the complaints to court, the assembly of information was not thorough. Adak, he maintained, would still work with the DCI and Anti-Narcotics officers in pursuing those involved in the vice.
Let us first disabuse ourselves of the naïve notion that politicians are committed to free polls as a principle. Having been in politics for the last 20 years, I have only met a handful of politicians who would not exploit an opportunity to rig an election. So when the average politician complains about rigged polls, the complaint is about absence of opportunity, not a commitment to constitutional principle. The people to whom free and fair polls should matter is us citizens. Other than biometric registration and voter identification, which so far have worked error free, elections in Kenya are largely manual.
He said no amount of intimidation and cajoling will make him take part in the repeat election until the IEBC reforms NASA demands are undertaken. ALSO READ: Raila urges peaceful coexistence between NASA, Jubilee supportersSpeaking in Bondo and Kisumu during emotionally charged special prayers for those killed by police during the anti-IEBC demonstrations, Raila said he will give his supporters the way forward on October 25. Raila maintained there will be no election on October 26. Uhuru should know that he is facing Raila in the race and not the people of Kenya,” he said. Raila said i t has now been proved beyond any doubt that IEBC as currently constituted cannot deliver a credible election.
[Stanbic Bank]IN SUMMARY Last year, Kenya exported Sh121 billion worth of goods and services to its EAC neighboursEconomists are warning that the impasse together with Kenya’s law that caps interest rates and effects of drought experienced over the past year will depress regional economic growthThe political stalemate over next week’s repeat presidential election could dampen Kenya’s economic growth. Economists are warning that the impasse together with Kenya’s law that caps interest rates and effects of drought experienced over the past year will depress regional economic growth for the short to medium term. This crucial export revenue is now in jeopardy as the political uncertainty slows down output in the private sector and among manufacturers. Kenya’s PMI posted a four-year record low of 40.9 last month, down from 42 in August and 53 in January this year. If Kenya’s output continues to lag behind, the country might find its markets in the EAC usurped by Chinese and Indian competitors and lose more of the remaining dwindling market share.
After acquiring Fidelity Bank last year and throwing a non-binding offer for Chase Bank this month, Mauritius’ SBM Holdings is now said to be eyeing the troubled Imperial Bank. An SBM Kenya spokesperson told the Star last week he was not aware of the intended acquisition. With a combination of Fidelity Bank (now SBM Kenya), Chase Bank and Imperial Bank, observers say this will in no doubt place SBM as among the largest lenders in the country. For instance, Kenya Commercial Bank Group has an asset base of Sh630 billion as at June 30, 2017 while Equity Bank commands an asset base of over Sh505 billion. The other big lender, Barclays, has an asset base of Sh268 billion with Diamond Trust Bank commanding a Sh343 billion asset book.
Governor Martin Wambora has said the Embu Level 5 Teaching and Referral Hospital will not be sold, but made autonomous for efficient service delivery. Wambora said making the hospital autonomous will get rid of bureaucracy and interference from the county and ensure efficient and affordable service delivery. Speaking to the press on Thursday, Wambora said he wants the hospital to reach the level of Kenyatta National Hospital or Moi Teaching and Referral Hospital in Eldoret. There is nothing like selling Embu Level 5 Hospital. Wambora said he wants the hospital to run like those in India, where employees are hired on contract.
The IEBC has said election will go on in Mombasa, despite some staff resigning and MCAs warning that they will ensure no voting takes place. Mombasa elections manager Nancy Kariuki told the Star on Friday that everything is going according to plan and there are no security concerns so far. “Those ones [ballot papers] are controlled in terms of distribution so they are scheduled,” Kariuki said. It said if any process takes place it wil be a Jubilee nomination, not the Kenyan election. “We’ll do everything possible to stop that election,” Oyugi said during a press conference attended by more than 20 MCAs.