He said ‘I don’t want an imperial president and I want a parliamentary system that will not concentrate power in one person. Raila, too, was in support of a parliamentary system,” Ghai recounted during an interview with Tony Gachoka on KTN News’ Point Blank show last night. “But once we were able to take out (retired President Daniel) Moi and time came to push for the parliamentary system, Kibaki changed his mind. “The parliamentary system would have avoided the 2007 chaos as it would have created more centres of power,” he said. But I think there is need to change, not so much but from the presidential to a parliamentary system.
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Community land ticking time bomb that needs to be defused now[Photo: Courtesy]A fortnight ago, I discussed the failure of the Ministry of Lands to develop a manual for public participation on issues of registration of community land.The law recognises and protects community land and also gives guidelines on the role of county governments. However, the regulation has created complications that make the management of community land difficult and messy. The regulation allows the community land management committees to present to the options for benefiting from the resources of the land. Most of the pastoralists’ community land might appear unused because grazing lands are used when there is availability of pasture. The Community Lands Act and the Regulations affecting community lands must be amended in consultation with the communities affected by this legal documents.
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Deaths from C-section upPhoto of a pregnant woman. The study revealed that one in six women developed complications following caesarean delivery, which is nearly three times the rate in United States. And it had the highest attributable risk for maternal mortality,” the study revealed. Neonatal mortality rates are higher among infants delivered by C-section, the survey shows. Incidences of cerebral palsy and epilepsy after a C-section is 11 times higher than in developed countries.
When the DP preaches negative ethnicity there is every reason to worryDeputy President William Ruto. It is a wonder Deputy President William Ruto is still in the ring throwing jabs after all the drubbing he has received lately. His recent pronouncement stereotyping a whole community as thuggish propagated negative ethnicity, betrayed his anguished soul and his feeling of insecurity despite a public façade of confidence. One does not need a PhD degree or to be a rocket scientist to get the inference in Ruto’s remarks. If anybody says Ruto is not bright, they would be delusional; Ruto is a bright spark, alright.
Uproar as over ten class seven pupils get pregnantTimbito Primary School where 10 girls got pregnant in Malava sub county. In another homestead, two girls aged 17 and 16, all in Standard Seven and living with their ailing grandmother, gave birth in March and April respectively. One girl gave birth on March 13 to a baby boy. Timbito Primary School head teacher Alice Mito declined to comment on the matter, saying she was not authorised to talk to the media. “Telling us that over 10 pupils from the same school are pregnant and others given birth is a lie.
DPP wants Muite out of fertiliser caseDirector of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji. The public prosecutor wants lawyer Paul Muite disqualified from a case in which he is representing a businessman who is charged with attempted murder for allegedly releasing contaminated fertiliser into the market.Muite's client, Benson Oduor, is charged alongside Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) Managing Director Charles Ongwae. Director of Public Prosecution Noordin Haji, through State prosecutor Victor Owiti, argued that Mr Muite had represented Kebs in other disputes and was therefore privy to confidential information and witness statement. “Mr Muite appears in Kebs' list of long-term retained lawyers and cannot appear in this matter which the agency has an interest in. But Muite in a rejoinder accused the DPP of using the application to delay the case and frustrate court orders for retesting of the 3,500 tonnes of fertiliser.
Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko on Wednesday stonewalled calls for him to name a deputy and declared it "a non-issue". In a noisy session, Sonko said no law or Supreme Court advisory compels him to name a deputy and he will refuse to do so until enabling legislation is in effect. Deputy Governor Polycarp Igathe resigned on January 31, 2018, saying he did not have Sonko's trust. The Senate panel invited Sonko following Senator Sakaja's petition asking why Sonko failed to comply with the Supreme Court advisory. Miguna’s name was rejected by the county assembly and the self-proclaimed NRM general said he doesn't want the job.
April 24, 2019 21:03 UTC
Police have arrested a taxi driver and impounded a Toyota Probox car believed to have been used in the Sh11 million Barclays bank heist over Easter. The Star on Wednesday reported that the tech-savvy youths used a method known as ATM jackpotting to drain millions out of the machines. In ATM jackpotting, thieves instal malicious software and/or hardware on ATMs, forcing the machines to spit out huge volumes of cash on demand. Brian Krebs, an American investigative journalist, explains in an online article how criminals have been stealing millions of shillings from banks in the US through ATM jackpotting. An ATM at Kenyatta National Hospital was emptied of Sh4.3 million, while another at The Mater Hospital was drained of Sh1 million.
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The National Land Commission is likely to pay double for land it bought for the construction of the standard gauge railway. The commission had paid Sh40 million to Tornado Carriers Limited instead of remitting the payment to Imperial Bank. Before selling the land to NLC, Tornado Carriers Limited had used the same parcel of land referenced MN/VI/3810 as collateral for a loan from the bank. However, Kenya Deposit Insurance Corporation CEO Mohamud Mohamud told the Star on Tuesday that Imperial Bank never received the money. KDIC is the current receiver manager for Imperial Bank which is in the process of being acquired by the Kenya Commercial Bank Group.
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Deputy President William Ruto returns to Western for the third time in two weeks today. The DP will preside over a graduation ceremony at Bukura Agricultural College in Lurambi, Kakamega county. Ruto said he had discovered the way to kingship was divine wisdom and that is why he is donating to churches. The DP restarted his Western onslaught two weeks ago after slowing down. Ruto has visited Western many times, sometimes making two to three visits a month since the 2017 polls to popularise his bid to succeed President Uhuru Kenyatta.
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Two armed gangsters gunned down a boda boda rider and injured a passerby during an attack in which a woman was robbed in Malindi town on Tuesday evening. She was on the boda boda going home. They overtook the boda boda rider, blocked his way and snatched the woman's handbag. He said the boda boda rider was shot in the process. The boda boda rider was shot on the shoulder, hand and legs.
A court has temporarily stopped the Kajiado county government from evicting traders from Kitengela market. But the traders, through representative Joseph Kinyanjui, sought a court intervention through a certificate of urgency filed by lawyer Peter Omino. The ruling barred the county government, its employees or agents from evicting the traders, trespassing, or demolishing structures. On Friday last week, Governor Joseph Lenku told the Star that the expansion would ensure more traders are accommodated. But the traders expressed concern that the department is working with "strangers who purport to be genuine traders" to frustrate their businesses.
More than 11,000 teachers from public and private schools in Nyanza are attending training on the new competency-based curriculum. Chepkawai said no teacher was recorded absent for the ongoing exercise, a clear indication teachers in the region have defied a directive by Kenya National Union of Teachers to boycott the training. He directed teachers to boycott training, saying the CBC is an ill-prepared learning system that should be rejected. Meanwhile, Kenya Union of Post Primary Education chairman Omboko Milemba told the Ministry of Education to train secondary teachers early enough for the new curriculum. “The new curriculum will reduce theoretical teaching and go for skills,” Milemba told secondary school head teachers from Kakamega county in Kisumu.
Hundreds of worshippers on Wednesday converged at various grounds to hold special prayers for rain. The National Drought Management Authority in its latest report painted a bleak future, especially for livestock keepers. “We are supposed to lead our faithful in seeking intervention in matters that are beyond human understanding,” he said. In Bura East town, Fafi constituency, Sheikh Siyat Ismail urged Muslims to remain steadfast in adhering to Islamic teachings "to get blessings from the Almighty". Garissa politicians have asked the national government to declare the drought a national disaster.
Paul Pogba has told his Manchester United team-mates that he wants to leave this summer and the club will not stand in his way of a move to Real Madrid, according to reports in France. Juventus are said to be keen on reuniting with Pogba in Turin while the 26-year-old has openly admitted his interest in moving to Real Madrid and working with Zinedine Zidane. Pogba is said to want to compete for the Champions League on a regular basis and loves the idea of playing under Zidane at the Bernabeu. Pogba is also reported to have told some of his colleagues that he wants to leave the club and it is claimed that United will not stand in his way if Real make a realistic bid for him. “Not to be disrespectful and I am not disrespectful on Everton, but the way we played and the performance of myself, of the team, of everyone is disrespectful,” Pogba told Sky Sports News.