Friday, 31 May 2013
If he doesn't want you, nothing can make him stay. Stop making excuses for a man and his behavior. Allow your intuition (or spirit) to save you from heartache.
Stop trying to change yourself for a relationship that's not meant to be. Slower is better. Never live your life for a man before you find what makes you truly happy. If a relationship ends because the man was not treating you as you deserve then heck no, you can't "be friends". A friend wouldn't mistreat a friend.
Don't settle. If you feel like he is stringing you along, then he probably is. Don't stay because you think "it will get better." You'll be mad at yourself a year later for staying when things are not better. The only person you can control in a relationship is you. Avoid men who have a bunch of children by a bunch of different women. He didn't marry them when he got them pregnant, why would he treat you any differently? Always have your own set of friends separate from his. Maintain boundaries in how a guy treats you. If something bothers you, speak up. Never let a man know everything. He will use it against you later.
By the time of writing this, even the President seemed to be against the MPs’ hell-for-leather rush to have the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) effect the ‘self-awarded’ pay hike.
There is a catch, though. Should the PSC go ahead and effect the pay, its members, who include the Speaker, will likely face a legal suit that could have them surcharged for ‘unconstitutionally’ increasing public officers’ pay.
|Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal|
The DCJ in brief
Rawal has filled in the vacancy left by Ms Nancy Baraza who resigned from the Judiciary last year following a determination by a judicial tribunal that she was unfit to continue holding the office.
|By WAHOME THUKU|
KENYA: Doctors investigating the sudden death of Makueni Senator Mutula Kilonzo have solved most of the mysteries surrounding his death last month, we can reliably report.
Their findings are now only being held back awaiting completion of specialised tests of samples of his liver, which was found to have unusual damage. Reliable sources say samples of body hair are also being inspected abroad for poison. The bloody vomit, stomach contents and other samples tested at the Government Chemist laboratories in Nairobi, however, all showed no sign of any poisons.
PHOTO | FILE Joginder Singh in an interview with journalists at Jamhuri Park during the East African Safari Rally on March 26, 1967. NATION MEDIA GROUP
Posted Friday, May 31 2013 at 23:27
- The challenge is always that these parameters sometimes get into each other’s way and can cancel out each other. All said and done, it can sometimes be easy, like selecting Robert Wangila, the only Kenyan and African to win an Olympic boxing gold medal and it can also be impossibly difficult, like trying to wade into the minefield of who the greatest footballers are.
Posted Friday, May 31 2013 at 22:09
- Jaramogi Oginga Odinga: Arguably the father of opposition politics in the country he was arrested in the biggest crackdown by the colonialists on Mau Mau and Kenya African Union leadership. He is credited with refusing an approach from the colonialists to form a government until Jomo Kenyatta was released from prison.
- Thomas Joseph Mboya: A trade unionist-turned-politician, he was central in the formation of the Kenya Local Government Workers Union, he is credited with some of the best policies during the early years of Kenya’s independence, including Sessional Paper No 10 on African Socialism when he was Economic Planning minister.
- Michael Wamalwa Kijana: Renowned for his oratory skills, the former Vice-President was credited with holding together the National Rainbow Coalition government, which had managed to end the hold of Kanu on power since independence.
Posted Thursday, May 30 2013 at 05:12
- According to Light Years IP, an NGO which specialises in securing intellectual property rights in developing countries, about 80 companies around the world are currently using either the Maasai image or name.
- If the Maasai “brand” were owned by a corporation, it would be worth more than $10m (about Sh0.5 billion) a year, perhaps even “more”, according to Layton. How much of this the Maasai might be able to claim would be up to negotiation.
- If the Maasai do take control of their brand, large sums of money could suddenly start flowing into the community.
Posted Friday, May 31 2013 at 04:26
- The report hails "the long-awaited passage of Kenya’s Prevention of Terrorism Act." Kenya also made "significant progress" in correcting deficiencies in its apparatus for preventing money-laundering on the part of terrorism financiers, the State Department says.
Posted Friday, May 31 2013 at 22:04
- A combination of declining income from exports and a change in economic strategy forced Kenya to turn to the World Bank in 1980 to be able to pay its debts. One of the first African countries to do so, Kenya was set on a path towards a smaller state, and a stronger market economy, courtesy of internationally designed Structural Adjustment Programmes. While this may have allowed private enterprise to thrive, the state itself became weaker as a result.
- The assassination of Foreign minister Robert Ouko on February 13, 1990, was every bit as important in its ramifications. Most notably, it led international donors to take a much more critical attitude towards the Kanu government, which eventually translated into greater pressure for the end of the one-party state.
Thursday, 30 May 2013
Members of Parliament got a slap in the face after the High Court on Thursday barred the Parliamentary Service Commission (PSC) from paying them salaries higher than the Sh532,000, recommended by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC).
Justice David Majanja gave the orders following a suit filed by the Law Society of Kenya (LSK), which is among other things asking the court to nullify any action taken by MPs aimed at determining their own salaries.
LSK is represented in the case by lawyer Nzamba Kitonga.
All the parties were ordered to appear in court on Friday at noon for more direction in the matter, which was filed under a certificate of urgency.
“We are asking the court to declare that Parliament has no power to revoke the Gazette Notice by the SRC; that Parliament has no power to decide its own salaries and that it is only the SRC that can do that,” Kitonga told Capital FM News on phone on Thursday.
“We also want the court to declare that any action taken by Parliament in determining salaries as null and void and that the plan to remove SRC Commissioners from office is unconstitutional because they cannot be removed from office for doing their job.”
LSK Chairman Eric Mutua had on Wednesday maintained that the action by MPs was illegal because they did not have powers to legislate and interpret laws at the same time.
“We will be in court on Thursday and if not, the following day seeking an interpretation of the roles that MPs are required to play. We need to know if they can be the makers and interpreters of the law,” he had said.
The Commission for the Implementation of the Constitution (CIC) as well as the SRC had on Wednesday threatened to take legal action against the PSC in the event that they awarded a higher pay to MPs.
And to add salt to injury, the CIC said it would also target individual MPs who drew a salary higher than that set by the SRC in addition to seeking a Court order that would direct them to refund such monies.
“The Constitution in Article 226 (5) clearly states that any officer who makes such payment takes personal responsibility and we would also be seeking to ensure that these officers refund such benefits,” CIC Chairman Charles Nyachae had said.
The emotive matter has taken the country by storm and MPs are now threatening to slash the President’s, Deputy President’s and Judiciary’s pay by 57 percent.
They are also threatening to cut down the budget of independent Commissions by 43 percent.
One other item that the legislators are keen on doing as they bully their way into having their pay demands met, is to lower the Value Added Tax and ensure that persons earning less that Sh50,000 are exempted from taxation. - Capital FM
|President Kenyatta vowed that his government will follow the pay guidelines set by the Sarah Serem-led SRC/FILE|
He insisted that the commission is mandated by law to set and review salaries of all State officers.
“For the avoidance of doubt, all State officers in the Executive will continue to abide by the determination of the Salaries and Remuneration Commission,” said the president in a statement on Wednesday.
He added that the continued paralysis occasioned by the stalemate is not in the national interest.
“It is the expectation of the people of Kenya that independent constitutional institutions including Parliament must respect the institutional arrangements and division of mandates in our Constitution.”
Members of the National Assembly on Tuesday evening made a unanimous resolution to revoke a Gazette Notice by the Salaries and Remuneration Commission that set MPs’ pay at Sh532,000 down from Sh851,000.
The Office of the Prosecutor said in response to queries by Capital FM News that the Kenyan cases can be referred if Kenya proves that there is a genuine national process handling the same cases, same persons and for the same charges being handled by the ICC. However the office says it is a judicial process that will be determined by the ICC judges.
This 15-person strong delegation was my first ever official trip since I was sworn in as Senator. I can attest without any fear of contradiction whatsoever that it was a memorable and worthy eye-opener to members of our delegation as it was to our hosts.
Mr Ruto’s entourage comprised government leaders drawn from several departments and hierarchies. In the spirit of role-sharing and creating synergy, each stratum represented took home its portion of assignments from the overall experience offered by the trip. This, in my opinion, is the way to erase presumption and second-guessing on the part of those involved in formulating government policy.
That this is Africa’s moment is no longer idle talk anywhere in the world. And Kenya’s current regime is aware that romanticizing Africa without taking real action in propping it up, clothing her people with dignity and guaranteeing them security is a waste of time.
Wednesday, 29 May 2013
Since the economic crisis tore Greece apart, people have been trying to find someone to blame. Some blame immigrants for the high unemployment and crime. Racist attacks against immigrants have been rising steadily. In the last year alone, more than 150 racist attacks were recorded by police, but most go unreported.
Greece is a gateway to Europe and many immigrants travel there as an entry point in the hope of reaching the richer nations on the continent.
Newly arrived immigrants, who do not speak the language or have proper documentation, live in fear. But Michael and his friends are taking on the extremists.
She still feels pain, she told Al Jazeera. Memories of the December morning – when baton-wielding paramilitaries ransacked her apartment block and beat, detained and demanded cash from the Somali refugees inside – continue to disturb her sleep.
According to New York-based Human Rights Watch, it was not a lone example. The rights group describes in a new report a 10-week campaign of police beatings, rapes and extortion against Somali refugees in a misguided attempt to combat terrorism.
“We’d got used to hassle from the police and paying small bribes,” Warsame, 32, said. “But when they started searching houses, beating Somalis and taking them to the cells, it was quite terrifying. I have nightmares because of the beatings I got from police.”
The jobless mother-of-five, who fled violence and family strife in the central Somali region of Puntland in 2008, described being punched, kicked and manhandled by police officers wearing the red berets of Kenya’s paramilitaries.
Jacob Sax Conteh is editor of Cocorioko, a Sierra Leone online magazine, which recently carried an article about the topic.
He said economic decline and disappearing jobs in the West, has been a driving force behind this reversed migration.
“Way back in the ‘70s and ‘80s, Africans came here (to the United States) because they could easily find jobs. But, since the economic downturn 10 years ago, especially in the past five years, jobs are drying up. So, many folks have decided to go back home and look for new opportunities,” he said.
Conteh said even the nursing and caregiving fields which used to be the only reliable sources of employment for many African immigrants, are also affected by non-hiring policies, layoffs and cutbacks.
- The aides played key roles in the election of the Jubilee leaders
May 25th 2013, GLANCE FACTS
Despite the hullabaloo about China and its growing influence in Africa, India is the largest exporter to Kenya.
This has partly been with varying degrees of success, with the two countries alone accounting for close to 30 per cent of total imports to Kenya in 2012, according to the just released Economic Survey 2013.
The flipside is, however, disturbing, with exports to India declining, while exports to China grew on the back of increased sale of scrap metal to Chinese businesses.
Friday, May 10th 2013, By Isaiah LucheliThe High Court has ordered former East Africa Legislative Assembly Speaker Haithar Haji Abdi to vacate his former house in Nairobi.
While giving the order, Justice Mutungi ruled the former Speaker was a trespasser in the premises after the property was sold through public auction nine years ago.
Wednesday, May 29th 2013, By ALLY JAMAHKenya: Africa Union decision seeking referral of cases facing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his Deputy William Ruto in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia follows a similar resolution passed last year.
Law Society of Kenya chairperson Eric Mutua says the AU resolution, accompanied by the threat from African States to withdraw may help to turn the tide in favour of the Kenyan suspects.
He explained that since African States have a significant leverage over the ICC due to their huge membership of 34, their request cannot fail to make an impact on ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda against convicting President Kenyatta.
Wednesday, May 29th 2013, BY AUGUSTINE ODUOR
Kenya: The government has identified 6,000 primary schools that will pioneer the ambitious laptop-for-schools project just six months away.
Education ministry offi cials estimate that about 425,000 pupils will be provided with the laptops starting in January, out of the 1.3 million children expected to join Standard One next year.
In his presentation to the House Committee on Education Science and Technology, Education secretary Jacob Kaimenyi said Sh75 billion will be required for a one-off implementation of the Jubilee government’s pledge to see all pupils joining schools get laptops.
Wednesday, May 29th 2013, NAIROBI,KENYA:- A Kenyan High Court has ordered police to reinvestigate complaints of rape by 11 girls in a landmark case brought by a children's charity on behalf of more than 240 victims of child rape, some of them as young as three years old.Mercy Chidi, who runs the Ripples International children's charity in Meru, Kenya, filed a petition on behalf of the girls, who came to the charity for help after being raped by fathers, grandfathers, uncles, police officers and neighbours.
May 28 2013 20:45
- Kenya Power reportedly incurs Sh6 billion losses yearly through stolen electricity cables and transformers, according to company sources.
- Banking, telecommunications, road construction and electricity distribution sector players spend billions of shillings in importing metals not produced locally, only for criminals to steal them and export them to other countries in lucrative illegal deals.
Wednesday, May 29 2013
- President acknowledges independence of Parliament but maintains SRC only body mandated by the Constitution to set and review the salaries of all State Officers.
- Kenyatta: Executive arm of government will respect the salary package drawn by the SRC.
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