Hull City to field fringe squad against SportPesa All Stars

Football Kenya Federation President Nick Mwendwa (centre) joins Hull City FC Partnership Executive Andrew Stead and SportPesa All Stars team at Safaricom Stadium, Kasarani. PHOTO | CHRIS OMOLLOHull City will field a mixed line-up comprising both first team players and those from the development teams for Monday’s friendly match against Kenya’s SportPesa All Stars. “The team selection is really up to the coach, but there will definitely be a few players from the first team there. The All Stars team is made up of local-based players drawn from teams that featured in the SportPesa Premier League last year. The match against Hull City Tigers will be played at 10pm EAT on February 27 at the KCOM Stadium in Hull, and a return match has been scheduled for July this year at Kasarani.

February 23, 2017 04:18 UTC

Astronomers find seven Earth-size planets where life is possible

Astronomers have found a nearby solar system with seven Earth-sized planets, three of which circle their parent star at the right distance for liquid surface water, bolstering the prospect of discovering extraterrestrial life, research published on Wednesday showed. They hope to scan the planets' atmospheres for possible chemical fingerprints of life. The discovery, published in this week's issue of the journal Nature, builds on previous research showing three planets circling TRAPPIST-1. They are among more than 3,500 planets discovered beyond the solar system, or exoplanets. That makes its Earth-sized planets appear large as they parade past.

February 23, 2017 04:16 UTC

Trans Nzoia health workers in strike threat

By PHILIP BWAYOMore by this AuthorWorkers under the Kenya Health Professionals Society (KHPS) in Trans Nzoia have issued a one-week strike notice to the county government if demands they have raised pertaining their welfare are not addressed in time. The lobby group, which comprises 17 carders of health workers who are not nurses or doctors, said they want their plight to be addressed since they have for long been forgotten in debates relating to better terms of health workers. “We have been left out in the quest for better terms yet we play a big role in the provision of healthcare. “Nurses and doctors depend on us in their day to day work,” the union’s area branch secretary Francis Barchebo said in Kitale. “We have advised them to shelve their planned industrial action to give enough time for negotiations that will ensure that they don’t paralyse the provision of health services that is already affected [by] the nurses’ and doctors’ strike,” said Dr Tarus.

February 23, 2017 04:14 UTC

Narok clinical officers stage protest

By GEORGE SAYAGIEMore by this AuthorClinical officers in Narok County on Wednesday staged demonstrations and camped outside the county headquarters demanding promotions and harmonisation of their salaries. The officers downed their tools, accusing the government of failing to harmonise their salaries to match the nursing service allowance awarded last December. They vowed not to resume duties until the emergency call allowances and health service allowances are reviewed. The group said they also need specialist clinical officers to get collar allowances like surgeons. Narok County Public Health Executive Vivian Sereti urged the clinicians to present their complaints for consideration.

February 23, 2017 03:45 UTC

Nyamweya sues FKF for controversial club licensing rules

Former Football Kenya Federation President Sam Nyamweya. FILE PHOTOFormer Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Sam Nyamweya has filed a case at the High Court seeking orders to suspend the Kenyan Premier League club licensing rules and regulations introduced by the federation. In the suit filed at the Milimani High Court Nairobi, Nyamweya argues that the violations will lead to severe wrangles which will adversely affect Kenyan football. “We may be banned from participating in football activities by Fifa and risk losing hosting rights of the Continental African Nations Championship (Chan) 2018 continental tournament,” Nyamweya said. The former FKF boss is also asking the court to restrain Mwendwa from discussing and interfering with the ownership, organisation, management and running of the KPL.

February 23, 2017 03:45 UTC

Somalia's new leader inaugurated

President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, as well as delegations from Kuwait and Egypt, attended the ceremony. The president, widely known by his nickname Farmajo, officially took office last week, but his inauguration was held Wednesday in the presence of several regional leaders. President Uhuru Kenyatta of Kenya, Djibouti's President Ismail Omar Guelleh and Ethiopia's Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn, as well as delegations from Kuwait and Egypt, attended the ceremony. "Al-Shabaab killed about 900 innocent Somalis, most of them children, women and elderly, during attacks and blasts last year ... I am telling you that killing a number of people and destroying property will not deter Somalis," Farmajo said.

February 23, 2017 03:29 UTC

Police officers who died in gunfight were best friends

FILE PHOTOTwo police constables who died on Wednesday in Nairobi during a fight were best friends, while a third who survived with injuries was their acquaintance. Patrick Kihagi shot his colleagues using his police firearm. Kihagi shot Ng’etich in the shoulder and, as Makoha was trying to disarm him, he shot him in the chest. On realising he had killed his friend, Kihagi shot himself in the head,” another officer told the Daily Nation. When they worked together, the three were attached to an undercover unit code-named Spiv at Embakasi police station.

February 23, 2017 03:20 UTC

Mexico's foreign minister rejects Trump deportation policy

Mexico has condemned new guidelines issued by the United States on deporting undocumented immigrants. Under plans unveiled by the Trump administration on Tuesday, almost all people staying in the US illegally can be subject to deportation. Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray said his country could not "accept unilateral decisions imposed by one government on another." It is unclear whether the US has authority to force Mexico to accept foreigners. President Donald Trump made immigration and border control a key part of his campaign.

February 23, 2017 02:31 UTC

EACC probes theft of relief food in Ijara

The Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission is investigating loss of relief food for starving residents of Ijara subcounty, Garissa county. Baithalu did not give more details of the investigations, saying this would jeopardise the exercise. Officials in Ijara told the Star a senior administrator created a nonexistent ‘help fund’ for vulnerable people, including the elderly and the physically challenged. Supkem 'shocked'Supreme Council of Kenya Muslims Ijara branch chairman Abdikadir Sheikh Hassan, a member of the district steering committee which is responsible for distribution of relief food, said they are shocked that administrators have diverted food meant for drought victims. During his visit to Garissa last month, President Uhuru Kenyatta warned administrators who oversee the distribution of relief food against misappropriation.

February 22, 2017 21:48 UTC

Machakos official orders readmission of expectant girl

Machakos TSC director of education Muturi Ireri has ordered the readmission of a 17-year-old form four student from Sengani Girls High School expelled for being pregnant. On Tuesday, he said the expulsion goes against the Ministry of Education policy. In a letter dated February 15, principal Stella Wambua had claimed the girl had been cleared following a request by her parents.

February 22, 2017 21:45 UTC

Nyamweya sues over Premiership

Former Football Kenya Federation (FKF) president Sam Nyamweya is in court seeking to suspend club licensing rules. Nyamweya has sued the Sports Dispute Tribunal, FKF president, Nick Mwendwa, CEO Robert Muthomi and KPL. Kenyan premier league is in charge and owner of the top tier Kenyan Premier League and manages same. FIFA led normalisation process and committee recommended to optimize size of 16 teams in top tier league. And now Nyamweya says that FKF ignored several requests by KPL to hold meetings of joint executive committee.

February 22, 2017 21:42 UTC

Activist sues to protect Kalro’s 400 acres farm

Activist Okiya Omtatah has filed a petition at the Environment and Lands Court in Nakuru, protesting against alleged grabbing of 400-hectare ( 988-acre) Kalro farm in Naivasha. He accused the Isahakiah Self Help Group of being fraudsters used by grabbers to steal land from the public and government institutions. “I am aggrieved that land set aside since colonial times for research has been grabbed by four out of the seven respondents,” Omtatah says in the petition. Accuses PSOmtatah has listed as respondents the Lands ministry, Housing and Physical Planning ministry, National Land Commission and the Attorney General. He also accuses former National Treasury PS and Lands PS in the Kanu era Johnson Hungu of grabbing 28 hectare ( 69 acres )of Ol Magogo Farm.

February 22, 2017 21:42 UTC

Police probe Kapondi threat to opponents

Former Mt Elgon MP Fred Kapondi has recorded statements over remarks he made implying he might recruit young men to cause violence. Speaking to the Star yesterday on the phone, Mt Elgon regional commissioner Stephen Momanyi said the statements have been forwarded to the Director of Public Prosecutions. If I decide to do so, you people will urinate on yourselves," Kapondi is heard saying on the video. Mt Elgon MP John Serut and his Sirisia counterpart John Waluke were present at the funeral. Yesterday, Kiprotich told the Star he will seek the help from the National Cohesion and Integration Commission to bring Kapondi to book.

February 22, 2017 21:42 UTC

Nyairera focused

Olympic 800m bronze medalist Margaret Nyairera is thrilled by the thought of making her international debut on grass as she prepares to represent Kenya at the World Cross Country Championships in Kampala, Uganda next month. Nyairera was named in the national cross country mixed relay team alongside world 1,500m champion Asbel Kiprop, Beatrice Chepkoech and Bernard Kipyego. “It is always a great feeling to make the national team,” said Nyairera. “It is my first time to run cross country. Meanwhile, Team Kenya head coach Wycliffe Ndiwa observed that the relays are an interesting addition to world cross and they are hoping to make a positive start.

February 22, 2017 21:42 UTC

Mbura move to Chap Chap ‘had Uhuru blessing’

President Uhuru may have sanctioned the defection of Jubilee Senator Emma Mbura to Maendeleo Chap Chap, the Star has learned. According to sources, Uhuru asked Governor Alfred Mutua to "capture" Mbura before she made good her threat to move to NASA. At first Uhuru, through proxies, including Nairobi woman representative Rachel Shebesh, had tried to dissuade Mbura from jumping ship. The Star has learnt that Mutua called Mbura at around 10am on Tuesday, a day before she was to announce which party she would move to. On Wednesday, she wrote to Uhuru, thanking her for grooming her politically and for his belief in women's leadership.

February 22, 2017 21:38 UTC

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