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Sunday, 22 April 2018

How Kalonzo led Kanu politicians in vicious attack against Matiba

SUNDAY APRIL 22 2018   
 
 

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Wiper Democratic Movement leader Kalonzo Musyoka. On July 10, 1990, he lead Kanu MPs in Parliament in criticising Kenneth Matiba and other pro-democracy leaders. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP 
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On July 10, 1990, Stephen Kalonzo Musyoka interrupted the business of the House to discuss Kenneth Stanley Njindo Matiba and the quest for multiparty democracy.
On the chair was then Malindi Town MP, Francis Bobi Tuva, who allowed Mr Musyoka to invoke Standing Order No. 20. Mr Musyoka, who is today the Wiper Democratic Party leader, read the relevant clause: “If any Member rising in his place at any time shall propose to move the adjournment of the House for the purpose of discussing a definite matter of urgent national importance, and if the Speaker rules that the matter is a definite matter…and not less than 15 other members rise in their places in support, Mr Speaker shall nominate a time on the same day at which such a Motion may be moved.”

President Kenyatta assures investors of stable business environment

LONDON, 17 APRIL 2018, (PSCU)


President Uhuru Kenyatta today assured UK investors that Kenya’s business environment is stable and conducive for investment.

The President said the country had withstood the immense burden of going through two presidential elections within two months at the end of last year.

Eastleigh: The secret of Somalis’ business success

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Eastleigh recently hosted Firi Festival to celebrate its cultural and business diversity.
‘Little Mogadishu,’ as Eastleigh is nicknamed, owing to the largely Somali population, is an interesting study of culture and business. Besides Somalis, there are Eritreans and Ethiopians in this neighbourhood that never sleeps. 
Though outsiders, these immigrants have injected into Eastleigh the do-or-die work ethic characteristic of ‘displaced communities’ and attendant reciprocal relationship built on networks and trust.
Eastleigh, Nairobi’s xanadu of commerce, boasts more shopping malls than anywhere else in Kenya, besides a 24-hour economy via its multi-billion shilling wholesale and retail enterprises.

Arsène Wenger: Arsenal’s miracle worker who lost his touch but kept his values


Few modern managers have had as profound an impact on one club as Wenger, whose long reign ultimately will be remembered more for the glorious history than underwhelming end
Arsène Wenger celebrates after Arsenal win the Premier League unbeaten in 2004.
 Arsène Wenger celebrates after Arsenal win the Premier League unbeaten in 2004 but the banners latterly were largely less complimentary than ‘Arsene Knows’. Photograph: Stuart MacFarlane/Arsenal FC via Getty Images
La Fin. And so the credits finally roll. Like reaching the end of some heaving biopic, it may take a while for Arsène Wenger to feel able to shake himself back into the real world, to emerge blinking from that life intensely lived as manager at Arsenal Football Club, to take off the red and white spectacles and not assess everything through that prism.

Thursday, 19 April 2018

Ramaphosa proposes single African currency: AU Summit


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File: South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday strongly punted the idea of creating a single homogeneous currency for African countries in a bid to attract infrastructure investment and enable ease of intra-African trade.

Friday, 13 April 2018

‘MURATINA’ NO LONGER AN ILLICIT BREW AFTER LANDMARK COURT RULING

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Principle Magistrate D N Musyoka in March recognised muratina as part of the Kikuyu traditional customs. PHOTO | FILEPrinciple Magistrate D N Musyoka in March recognised muratina as part of the Kikuyu traditional customs. PHOTO | FILE

Monday, 2 April 2018

The Letter Kenyans in Diaspora Ignored in 2012 Addressing Current Dual Citizenship Concerns

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Carol Gachiengo wrote a brilliant piece in the East African back in 2012, where she raised salient points relative to Diaspora and the idea of dual citizenship.
Back in 2012 when this article was penned, then, debate on renunciation of citizenship slipped our attention because there was no “major” player involved. Today, the same topic has been clouded by our partisan biases. Our arguments are anchored, for the most part, on what we think about one individual, as opposed to having a constructive engagement and guidance of the confusion, heck contradiction at hand.

How Miguna Miguna bluffed his way to infamy

MONDAY APRIL 2 2018   
 
 

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Lawyer Miguna Miguna gestures at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on March 27, 2018. Dr Miguna believes that he is being persecuted for staying the course. PHOTO | DENNIS ONSONGO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 
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On Saturday, March 10, just a day after President Uhuru Kenyatta and opposition leader Raila Odinga shook hands on the steps of Harambee House, Nairobi, and vowed to bury the hatchet, deported lawyer Miguna Miguna, who commissioned Mr Odinga’s ‘oath’ as the ‘people’s president’ on January 30, flew to Dallas, Texas, USA, to deliver a talk about his resistance movement’s ideals.

Sunday, 1 April 2018

Kenyan Women in Diaspora Use Facebook to Create a Ksh 60 Million SACCO in a Year

In the wake of the Cambridge Analytica scandal, the #deletefacebook movement has been gathering momentum. Tesla and SpaceX chief Elon Musk, together with WhatsApp co-founder Acton are some of the well-known figures to have deleted facebook.
All is not lost for Facebook, however as a group of Kenyan women has utilized the social media platform to create something many find too difficult, if not cantankerous, to achieve.  Last year, through Facebook, a group of Kenyan women in Diaspora connected to explore ways in which they could together, harness resources for a common mutual project. The conversations eventually led to the formation of a Sacco which they named Kenya North America Diaspora Sacco (KNADS). Using Facebook, an initial group of 8 women communicated this idea to their friends and networks and today, KNADS is 700 member strong-and growing.

Saturday, 31 March 2018

Reasons Why Most Women Don’t Find A True Gentleman

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Women complain a lot that chivalry is dead and that there are no true gentlemen left in the world. But, chivalry is a concept from the medieval period that dictated the behavior between two warriors. The code of chivalry only relates to women in that women were a man’s property (either daughter or wife) and what a warrior needed to do so as not to offend his host or liege lord by not taking liberties with the women of the house.

Russia strikes back at US, expels diplomats and shuts consulate

FRIDAY MARCH 30 2018   
 
 

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Russian President Vladimir Putin. Russia is also mulling tit-for-tat responses to the other countries that have expelled its diplomats. PHOTO | POOL | YURI KADOBNOV | AFP 
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Russia on Thursday announced a mass expulsion of US diplomats and the closure of the US consulate in Saint Petersburg in retaliation to coordinated moves by Western countries to isolate Moscow in the wake of the poisoning of a former double agent in Britain.
Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov said Moscow would expel 60 US diplomats and close Washington's consulate in Saint Petersburg in a tit-for-tat response to the expulsion of its envoys across three continents.

Tuesday, 20 March 2018

Get used to trade imbalance and public debt, China tells Kenyans


TUESDAY MARCH 20 2018

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Kenya's SGR project financed by Chinese loans. Beijing is also the largest creditor to Kenya, having financed major infrastructure projects like the Thika Road and the standard gauge railway. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 
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The Chinese government has asked Kenyans to get used to trade imbalance and public debt in order to get industrialised.
Visiting top Chinese envoy for Sino-African relations Zhou Yuxiao said on Monday that critics of China’s trade with Africa had forgotten that Beijing was in similar circumstances years ago.
“In this world, striking an absolute balance is not possible. In Kenya, you are at the first stage of industrialisation, so there are certain things you need (to buy). Initially, this imbalance is unavoidable but later, we can try to rebalance,” Mr Zhou said in a statement, yesterday.

Cambridge Analytica says it worked for Uhuru Kenyatta




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  • In the investigation, the company’s bosses, including chief executive Alexander Nix, are secretly filmed saying they secretly campaign in elections across the world through a web of shadowy front companies or by using sub-contractors.
  • The executives boast that Cambridge Analytica and its parent company, Strategic Communications Laboratories (SCL), has worked in more than 200 elections across the world, including Nigeria, Kenya, the Czech Republic, India and Argentina.
  • Cambridge Analytica executives say they could entrap politicians in compromising situations with bribes and Ukrainian sex workers.
    An undercover investigation has blown the lid off the workings of Cambridge Analytica, the British data company that was suspected and now boasts of influencing Kenya’s 2017 presidential election.

Monday, 19 March 2018

John Nottingham: Briton who sought justice for Mau Mau fighters

SATURDAY FEBRUARY 24 2018

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John Nottingham, a former Colonial District Officer in Kenya, poses for photographers outside the High Court in central London on April 7, 2011, where he went to seek justice for Kenyans tortured during the Mau Mau uprising by the British army. PHOTO | CARL COURT | AFP 
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When the story of the search for justice for Mau Mau freedom fighters is finally written, former colonial district officer John Cato Nottingham — who was buried on Friday — will always feature.
No other Briton has dedicated his life, albeit silently, to searching for justice for Mau Mau than Mr Nottingham — the man whose evidence in British courts led to partial compensation of 5,228 victims. 
In 2013, the Mau Mau victims received payments totalling £19.9m (Sh2.8bn) following a controversial out-of-court settlement.
Mr Nottingham was a star witness in the case. Thousands of other victims said they were left out.

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Wednesday, 14 March 2018

Stephen Hawking, renowned scientist, dies at 76


(CNN)Stephen Hawking, the brilliant British theoretical physicist who overcame a debilitating disease to publish wildly popular books probing the mysteries of the universe, has died, according to a family spokesman. He was 76. 
Considered by many to be the world's greatest living scientist, Hawking was also a cosmologist, astronomer, mathematician and author of numerous books including the landmark "A Brief History of Time," which has sold more than 10 million copies.
With fellow physicist Roger Penrose, Hawking merged Einstein's theory of relativity with quantum theory to suggest that space and time would begin with the Big Bang and end in black holes. Hawking also discovered that black holes were not completely black but emit radiation and would likely eventually evaporat and disappear
    "A star just went out in the cosmos," Lawrence Krauss, a theoretical physicist and cosmologist, wrote on Twitter. "We have lost an amazing human being." 
    Hawking suffered from ALS (amyotrophic lateral sclerosis), a neurodegenerative disease commonly known as Lou Gehrig's Disease, which is usually fatal within a few years. He was diagnosed in 1963, when he was 21, and doctors initially only gave him a few years to live.
    The disease left Hawking wheelchair-bound and paralyzed. He was able to move only a few fingers on one hand and was completely dependent on others or on technology for virtually everything -- bathing, dressing, eating, even speech.
    Hawking used a speech synthesizer that allowed him to speak in a computerized voice with an American accent.
    "I try to lead as normal a life as possible, and not think about my condition, or regret the things it prevents me from doing, which are not that many," he wrote on his website.
    "I have been lucky that my condition has progressed more slowly than is often the case. But it shows that one need not lose hope."
    Cosmologist Stephen Hawking on October 10, 1979 in Princeton, New Jersey.
    Hawking was married twice. He and his first wife, Jane Wilde, wed when he was still a grad student and remained together for 30 years before divorcing in 1995. Hawking was later married for 11 years to Elaine Mason, one of his former nurses.
    Hawking was born in Oxford, England, on what turned out to be an auspicious date: January 8, 1942 -- the 300th anniversary of the death of astronomer and physicist Galileo Galilei.
    In an exclusive interview with CNN in October 2008, Hawking said that if humans can survive the next 200 years and learn to live in space, then our future will be bright.
    "I believe that the long-term future of the human race must be in space," Hawking told CNN's Becky Anderson.
    "It will be difficult enough to avoid disaster on planet Earth in the next 100 years, let alone next thousand, or million. The human race shouldn't have all its eggs in one basket, or on one planet. Let's hope we can avoid dropping the basket until we have spread the load."
    At Cambridge, he held the position of Lucasian Professor of Mathematics -- the prestigious post held from 1669 to 1702 by Sir Isaac Newton, widely considered one of the greatest scientists in modern history.
    Yet Hawking once said if he had the chance to meet Newton or Marilyn Monroe, he would opt for the movie star.
    Hawking became a hero to math and science geeks and pop culture figure, guest-starring as himself on "Star Trek: The Next Generation" and "The Simpsons." His life was dramatized in the 2014 movie, "The Theory of Everything."
    He had at least 12 honorary degrees and was awarded the CBE in 1982. A CBE, or Commander in the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire, is considered a major honor for a British citizen and is one rank below knighthood.
    Despite being a British citizen he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the US's highest civilian honor, in 2009 by President Barack Obama.
    In September 2016 Hawking joined 375 "concerned" scientists in penning an open letter criticizing then-presidential candidate Donald Trump, citing the threat of climate change and blasting his push for the US to leave the Paris Accord.
    Fellow scientists hailed Hawking for his work and influence in the field. 
    "His passing has left an intellectual vacuum in his wake," tweeted Neil deGrasse Tyson. "But it's not empty. Think of it as a kind of vacuum energy permeating the fabric of spacetime that defies measure."
    Hawking leaves behind three children and three grandchildren. "We are deeply saddened that our beloved father passed away today," Hawking's children, Lucy, Robert and Tim, said in a statement. "He was a great scientist and an extraordinary man whose work and legacy will live on for many years. His courage and persistence with his brilliance and humor inspired people across the world."
    "He once said, 'It would not be much of a universe if it wasn't home to the people you love.' We will miss him forever."