The fake prodigal son

A for Andrea, B for Baloteli, C for Cristiano, D for Drogba… P for Pogba, Provocative, Plagiarized, Penalty, Poor, and Pathetic. That’s how the media operates, it builds your name in years and spoils it within seconds just as easy as ABCD. The prodigal son! All the good names from the media and the fans changed to negatives. This is not how united plays from Ferguson’s era, it’s a team that likes to attack and stay with the ball as least as possible to avoid losing.

January 21, 2017 08:23 UTC

Kenya: Bull-wrestling is legal in India again after PM overturns Supreme Court ban

PHOTO: AFPPrime Minister Narendra Modi has overturned a Supreme Court ban on a bull-wrestling festival that fuelled massive protests in southern India by demonstrators who called it an attack on their culture. "We are very proud of the rich culture of Tamil Nadu. All efforts are being made to fulfil the cultural aspirations of Tamil people," Modi posted on Twitter on Saturday. The Tamil Nadu governor is expected to approve Modi's executive order later in the day, paving the way for Jallikattu to resume as early as Sunday. Hundreds of people have been detained by police over the past week for allegedly organising local Jallikattu contests in defiance of the court ban.

January 21, 2017 08:18 UTC

Uhuru congratulates Trump, invites him to visit Kenya

President Uhuru Kenyatta has invited US President Donald Trump to visit Kenya hours after he was sworn in. "I take this opportunity to invite you to visit Kenya at your earliest convenience," Uhuru said via twitter on Friday night. "In this regard, we look forward to the commencement of direct flights between Kenya and the United States of America," Uhuru said. Noting that the people of Kenya cherish his Kenya visit, Uhuru said Kenyans still remember his assurance to work with the continent after his Presidency. Read: Obama arrives 29 years after first Kenyan visit"In this regard, I would like to extend invitation to you to visit Kenya at your earliest convenience.

January 21, 2017 07:57 UTC


Nandi County Senator Stephen Arap Sang has asked Governor Cleophas Lagat to release all the outstanding bursaries amounting to Kshs 180 million that the county government failed to disburse in the last three financial years. Senator Sang has accused Governor Lagat of playing politics with funds meant to assist bright needy and deserving children. He said Lagat was holding bursary funds so as to release them during the election period in order to use it as a bait to hoodwink parents of needy children. The Senator who was reacting to the bursary disbursement fiasco said it was unfortunate that Governor Lagat had promised residents to release the bursary funds which have accumulated for three months only to announce only to release Kshs 60 million. "When does he expect to release the balance of Kshs 120 million considering that the country is gearing towards an electioneering period?

January 21, 2017 07:29 UTC

Suspected robber lynched in Kisumu

A suspected robber was on Friday lynched by angry mob in Kondele Kisumu after he seized a phone from a woman. Moses Ooko, 20, was caught by irate mob and set on fire after the woman raised alarm after the incident. Kisumu county commander Titus Yoma said police arrived at the scene immediately they received the information and rescued the suspect. In 2016, a man and his daughter were lynched by residents on suspicion of bewitching their neighbour's circumcised son and causing his death. More on this:Man, daughter lynched for ‘bewitching and killing boy’Also read:Man lynched for stabbing sex worker to death after refusing to pay

January 21, 2017 07:21 UTC

PNU billboards vandalised in Meru ahead of Uhuru visit

There has been bitter rivalry between supporters of PNU led by Meru Governor Peter Munya and those of Jubilee. President Kenyatta is then expected to head to Kaaga Primary School grounds after which he will address residents of Meru town. Jubilee supporters donned in party colours started trooping to the venue of the rally early morning. By KENNEDY KIMANTHIMore by this AuthorThe Party of National Unity billboards in Meru town were vandalised on Friday night ahead of President Uhuru Kenyatta’s visit to the county today. President Kenyatta is then expected to head to Kaaga Primary School grounds after which he will address residents of Meru town.

January 21, 2017 07:18 UTC

Company bosses resolve to invest in community in order to grow

“Business has the obligation to be an active part of a more responsible and inclusive society. We are on the edge and business will drive more political opposition giving us an economy that simply does not work for enough people. We have to switch tracks to a business model that works for a new kind of inclusive growth,” he said. The report, entitled ‘Better Business, Better World’ proposed that companies must tackle in-house environmental degradation activities and contribute towards environmental conservation among other projects that help build resilient communities. The Commission resolved to mobilise all corporate companies to sign a voluntary social contract with governments as well as society representatives so as to win loyalty among the local populace where they operate.

January 21, 2017 07:15 UTC

Anxiety at KWS as sons of pioneer wardens return in 'secret' recruitment drive

Anxiety has gripped Kenya Wildlife Service after Mark Jenkins was hired this week in what staff said signals the return of 'unqualified' sons of pioneer warden. Read: KWS sacks three top officers in reshuffleIn 1990s, Mark was hired at Meru National Park as a senior warden. The moment we got a new chair, he came with director general early last year. Last year in February KWS sent home acting deputy director finance and administration, head of procurement and head of flight management. "We are not aware of any plans to bring back any of the pioneer wardens your refer to," Kitili said on February 24.

January 21, 2017 06:46 UTC

Politicians, businessmen behind cattle raids: Intelligence

By JOSEPH OPENDAMore by this AuthorProminent politicians and businessmen have been linked to cattle rustling that has led to the loss of dozens of lives in North Rift and Laikipia. On Tuesday, Rift Valley Regional Coordinator Wanyama Musiambo unearthed part of the cartel that is believed to be behind cattle rustling in Laikipia and Baringo Counties. Mr Musiambo has since linked it to prominent people and businessmen whom he said could be funding the illegal trade. According to Mr Musiambo who was accompanied by the Officer Commanding Police Division (OCPD) Mogotio, Patrick Nyangaresi and area deputy county commissioner Philip Nzungo, unscrupulous businessmen could be behind the cattle rustling. They are the cause of insecurity in most parts of Baringo ,Laikipia and the North Rift areas at large,”he said.

January 21, 2017 06:25 UTC

Smarting Quins seek redemption

Quins will be seeking to bounce back when they host Nondies in a tough Kenya Cup match at the RFUEA ground from 4pm. Quins' unbeaten run came to a halt last weekend when they lost 15-10 to Homeboyz and slipped to second on 30 points, two behind KCB. In the first, Quins recorded an easy 24-10 win at the Jamhuri Park Showground in November. Quins assistant coach Joe Nganga attributed the loss to complacency from his charges. Key for Quins will be battle hardened lock Tony Mutai alongside Kenya international prop James Kangethe, John Kiilu and Herman Humwa.

January 21, 2017 06:17 UTC

Kenya: This is your moment, new US President tells divided nation

| Updated Sat, January 21st 2017 at 08:46 GMT +3US President Donald Trump waves after being sworn in as President on January 20, 2017 at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. ALSO READ: Trump takes over as U.S. president, vows 'America First' in nationalist speech“We are transferring power from Washington D.C. and giving it back to you,” he said. In another location not far from the White House, protesters also scuffled with police, at one point throwing aluminum chairs at them at outdoor café. Trump and his vice president, Mike Pence, began the day attending a prayer service at St. John’s Episcopal Church near the White House. ( ascension to the White House, while welcomed by Republicans tired of Obama’s eight years in office, raises a host of questions for the United States.

January 21, 2017 05:48 UTC

Uhuru told to make issuance of IDs prompt

Former Assistant Water Minister Mutua Katuku has appealed to President Uhuru Kenyatta to intervene and help Kenyans get National IDs with ease. The People Trust Party leader said some of the party’s supporters have raised fears over the withholding of their IDs in hospitals over unpaid bills. His intervention would go a long way for those potential voters,” Katuku said. Read: Uhuru directs Nkaissery to solve IDs delayThe former Mwala MP was addressing media at the party’s head office in Nairobi. Also read: IDs out in three days, Uhuru says in push for voter listing

January 21, 2017 05:43 UTC

Kenya: Why funerals attract more money than medical appeals

Last week, this column reported that just 16 per cent of the Kenyan workforce is formally employed and earns a salary. ALSO READ: Why Kenyans are losing hopeThe study found that for the majority of Kenyan households, incomes are patched together from multiple sources, to try and construct a bigger whole. But the reality is that remittances from relatives and friends account for 36 per cent of income for these households. The typical study household mediates the equivalent of 128 per cent of its income through financial devices. In the Kenyan context, the mobile phone’s importance is in mediating mobile money, through MPesa and the like.

January 21, 2017 05:38 UTC

Kenya-US relations to be 'different' under President Trump:

By KEVIN J. KELLEYMore by this AuthorThe second-ranking diplomat in Kenya's Washington embassy represented the nation at Friday's inauguration of Donald Trump as the 45th president of the United States. “It was good to see a mature democracy at work in making a peaceful transition of power,” Ambassador Gacheru said in an interview following the event. “Time will tell,” he said in regard to whether President Trump will take a confrontational or conciliatory approach on the international stage. “We should wait for at least the first 100 days to see what happens.”Kenya-US relations are sure to be “different” under President Trump than under Barack Obama, who is part Kenyan, Ambassador Gacheru observed. “But we hope he [Mr Trump] will get the opportunity to share in our values and that we will be able to communicate to him the accomplishments of our country.”

January 21, 2017 05:04 UTC

Trump takes office, vows to put 'America first'

"From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land," Trump said, promising an end to business-as-usual in Washington. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN"Together we will make America strong again. And, yes, together, we will make America great again," Trump said. Trump painted parts of America as a dystopian hell, with mothers trapped in poverty and "rusted-out factories scattered like tombstones across the landscape." When Trump descended the escalators of his glitzy New York tower in June 2015, his run for office was roundly dismissed and even mocked.

January 21, 2017 04:40 UTC

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