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Friday, 31 May 2013

WHAT OPRAH WINFREY HAD TO SAY ABOUT MEN : As if she had or got one.........

If a man wants you, nothing can keep him away.
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.

Kenya should take austerity measures beyond MPs pay

Updated Friday, May 31st 2013, By Henry Munene
I have been keenly following the MPs’ pay debate. The whole matter has now boiled down to a contest between the country on one side and MPs’ clever obfuscation to justify their desire to sink their long proboscis into the national coffers, again.
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.

New Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal rise to deputise Mutunga

Deputy Chief Justice Kalpana Rawal
 Friday, May 31st 2013, GLANCE FACTS
The DCJ in brief

Rawal was admitted to the Kenyan bar in July 1975 and opened the first lady’s law firm. In June 1999, she was appointed commissioner of assize in Nakuru. On June 2, 2000 she was sworn in as High Court judge and served up to 2012 when she became Court of Appeal judge.
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.

KENYA: New Deputy Chief Justice (DCJ) Kalpana Rawal had aimed at the sun but has finally hit the moon. Justice Rawal was in May last year among nine applicants interviewed for the job of Chief Justice (CJ), which eventually went to Dr Willy Mutunga.
The High Court Judge then made several bids for other posts and was soon after elevated to the Court of Appeal.

Secrets of Late Makueni County Senator Mutula Kilonzo post-mortem tests

 Friday, May 31st 2013, By MARTIN MUTUA,  GLANCE FACTS
We tried to look for a similar type of juice to compare it with but there is none like that in any of the supermarkets

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.

The men and women who made us laugh, cry and cheer on the pitch, road, track and ring

PHOTO | FILE Joginder Singh in an interview with journalists at Jamhuri Park during the East African Safari Rally on March 26, 1967.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

By ROY GACHUHI gachuhiroy@gmail.com
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.
Joginder Singh lost his gearbox, drove in reverse for four and a half kilometres against on-coming Safari Rally traffic, found himself behind 115 cars but against all the odds, he fixed it and overtook them all, save for two, after he just run out of time and road.
Henry Rono, possessed of a mysterious talent, smashed four athletics world records in a space of less than three months and—together with Stephen Muchoki, world amateur boxing champion in 1978 — became Kenya’s greatest Olympian who never was because of world politics.

Why Obama is visiting Tanzania

By ELISHA MAGOLANGA for The Citizen | Wednesday, May 22  2013

US President Barack Obama.
Tanzania’s strategic position in the continent, its abundant natural resources and countering China’s advances to Africa have been cited as some of the reasons why President Barack Obama chose to visit Tanzania in his tour of Africa next month.
Mr Obama, who is the first African American US President, comes just about three months after new Chinese President Mr Xi Jinping visited the east African country.
The US President’s tour of Africa will start on June 26 and end on July 3. In addition to Tanzania he will also visit Senegal and South Africa. Mr Obama becomes the third consecutive US President to visit Tanzania after Bill Clinton in 2000, and George Bush in 2008.
Experts who spoke to The Citizen shortly after the tour was confirmed by both the US and Tanzanian governments on Tuesday argued that Mr Obama’s visit, coming hot on the heels of his Chinese counterpart, is not coincidental.

History made as Burundi woman clinches Fifa seat

By BBC | Friday, May 31  2013  NATION MEDIA GROUP 

Lydia Nsekera
Burundi FA President Lydia Nsekera has been elected as the first woman to Fifa's powerful executive committee in the governing body's 109-year history.
Nsekera, 46, will serve a four-year term on the committee after winning the vote at the Fifa congress in Mauritius.
She collected 95 of the 203 votes ahead of Australian Moya Dodd and Sonia Bien-Aime, of Turks and Caicos Islands.
Nsekera said: "I will inspire women to believe they can lead and I will support women in member associations."
Nsekera, who last year became the first woman to be co-opted to the executive committee, has been head of the Burundi FA since 2004 and was a member of Fifa's organising committee for the 2008 and 2012 Olympic football tournaments.

Leaders who shaped Kenya’s political agenda

PHOTO | FILE The late Joseph Martin Shikuku.

PHOTO | FILE The late Joseph Martin Shikuku.  NATION MEDIA GROUP
By BERNARD NAMUNANE bnamunane@ke.nationmedia.com
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.
Kenya’s independence was a feat achieved through the struggle of thousands of individuals 50 years ago.
Since then, hundreds of leaders have taken to the stage to help shape the politics and determine development of the nation. Out of the individuals who stepped out, there are some whose contributions either positive or negative — or both — stand out.

Battle is on for ownership of lucrative Maasai rights

Italian tourists join Maasai dancers in a cultural jig. “The Maasai have already been branded like there’s no tomorrow, but they haven’t seen the benefits,” says Duncan Green, senior strategic adviser for Oxfam GB. PHOTO/FILE

Italian tourists join Maasai dancers in a cultural jig. “The Maasai have already been branded like there’s no tomorrow, but they haven’t seen the benefits,” says Duncan Green, senior strategic adviser for Oxfam GB. PHOTO/FILE  DAILY NATION
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.
Imagine a Maasai warrior, or a Maasai woman, adorned with beads. It is one of the most powerful images of what has been described as “tribal Africa”.
Dozens of companies use it to sell products—but Maasai elders are now considering seeking protection for their “brand”.
Dressed in a white checked shirt and grey sweater, Isaac ole Tialolo does not come across as a Maasai. The large round holes in his ears—from where his jewellery sometimes hangs—might be a clue, though.

Kenya's war on terror has been effective, say US

The scene of the blast in Eastleigh, Nairobi on November 18, 2012. Kenya paid a price for its commitment to fighting terrorism. PHOTO/FILEThe scene of the blast in Eastleigh, Nairobi on November 18, 2012. Kenya has paid a price for its commitment to fighting terrorism. PHOTO/FILE  NATION MEDIA GROUP
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.
Kenya has been effectively fighting terrorism, the United States of America said in a new global report on terror.
"Despite Somali refugee issues, preparation for 2013 national elections, the threat of al-Shabaab, and ethnic, political, and economic tensions, the Kenyan government demonstrated persistent political will to secure its borders, apprehend terrorists, and cooperate in regional and international counter-terrorism efforts," says the US global report on terrorism, issued on Thursday.

From Cold War to M-Pesa, events that shaped our history

Mwalimu Julius Nyerere (left), Mzee Jomo Kenyatta (middle) and Tom Mboya, arguably some of East Africa's most influential people, meet at a function in 1965. PHOTO/FILE

Mwalimu Julius Nyerere (left), Mzee Jomo Kenyatta (middle) and Tom Mboya, arguably some of East Africa's most influential people, meet at a function in 1965. PHOTO/FILE 
By DANIEL BRANCH AND NIC CHEESEMAN satnation@ke.nationmedia.com
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.
In July 1962, Tom Mboya set out his vision of the new nation in a speech as powerful and heartfelt as any other in Kenya’s history.
Delivered to the bedrock of colonial society, the white settlers in the Kenya National Farmers’ Union, Mboya observed that “to date, our people have been dragged through history”. He promised: “Henceforth, we will write our own history.”

Police officer’s shoelace favour

A Toronto police officer's act of kindness has taken the internet by storm after a photograph of him helping tie an elderly man's shoelaces went viral on Twitter Tuesday.Jason Cassidy, a Toronto-based marketer and social media strategist, was walking along Bremner Blvd. and Lower Simcoe St. at around 4:30 p.m. when he noticed a police officer kneeling in front of an elderly man."I was walking home from work and I spotted an older gentleman ahead of me leaning up against someone who was below," said Cassidy. "At first I thought it was an older gentleman being searched for guns or drugs."It was only after getting a bit closer that he realized the officer was not searching the elderly man — whom Cassidy described as having a cane and a breathing apparatus that ran through his nose — but instead tying his shoe.

Thursday, 30 May 2013

Slap in the face for MPs as court blocks higher pay


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

I’ll not budget on pay, Uhuru tells MPs

President Kenyatta vowed that his government will follow the pay guidelines set by the Sarah Serem-led SRC/FILE
President Kenyatta vowed that his government will follow the pay guidelines set by the Sarah Serem-led SRC/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, May 29 – President Uhuru Kenyatta had maintained his hardline stance against more pay for Members of Parliament and instead asked them to initiate dialogue with the Salaries and Remuneration Commission (SRC) to resolve the matter. President Kenyatta vowed that his government will follow the pay guidelines set by the Sarah Serem-led SRC.

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.

ICC ready to engage Kenya legally on referral bid

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ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda/FILE ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda/FILE
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 30 – The International Criminal Court prosecutor Fatou Bensouda says the court is ready to engage in any legal debate with the government of Kenya over referral of the cases facing President Uhuru Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto.
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.

Ruto trip: What Kenyans don’t know

The whistle-stop state visits Deputy President Ruto and his entourage made to Central and West African nations achieved tremendous success going by its mission and intent. In some quarters, most likely for lack of facts, this mission generated heat of kiln proportions but very little light.
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

Kenyan heads group of immigrants to fight Neo-Nazis in Greece

ChegeChannle4-UK Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Michael Chege and his friends patrol their neighbourhood in Athens, Greece, most nights. After many encounters with the neo-Nazi group, Golden Dawn, they set up their own brigade, nicknamed the Black Panthers.They want to protect themselves from the fascists who are targeting people who are not ethnic Greeks.
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.

10 weeks of hell’ for Somalis in the hands of Kenya Police

Somali-womanAl Jazeera Wednesday, May 29, 2013
Nairobi, Kenya – Sitting on a mattress in her cramped flat in eastern Nairobi, Ubah Abdi Warsame, a refugee from war-torn Somalia, points to her left ear and says that is where a Kenyan police officer booted her in the head.
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.

Africans Returning Home in Droves From US, Europe

AFRICANSWednesday, May 29, 2013
Many Africans are leaving the United States and other Western countries and returning to their respective countries.
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.

Five who will have President’s ear

PHOTO | FILE State House, Nairobi.

PHOTO | FILE State House, Nairobi. Following the release of the government’s power structure on Wednesday, the men and women who will have the ears of the President and his deputy can now be revealed.  NATION MEDIA GROUP
By PETER LEFTIE pmutibo@ke.nationmedia.com, Wednesday, May 29  2013
In Summary
  • The aides played key roles in the election of the Jubilee leaders
Following the release of the government’s power structure on Wednesday, the men and women who will have the ears of the President and his deputy can now be revealed.
Jomo Gecaga
Is the new Chief of Staff and Private Secretary to the President, based at State House.
Besides being the President’s personal assistant for several years, Mr Gecaga is the president’s nephew.
Mr Gecaga was the personal assistant of former Foreign Affairs minister Raphael Tuju during Mr Mwai Kibaki’s first term as president before joining Mr Kenyatta’s staff in the same capacity after the 2007 elections.

Scramble for Africa: China, India battle for Kenya’s rising business fortunes

May 25th 2013, GLANCE FACTS
While the two may not exactly replace Europe’s place in Africa, they have made significant inroads in Africa by way of financing mega infrastructure projects.”

By Macharia Kamau
Despite the hullabaloo about China and its growing influence in Africa, India is the largest exporter to Kenya.
While Chinese activities are more pronounced in Kenya and Africa in general, the two Asian economic giants have been battling to be the next major influence in Africa, especially given the difficult phase the European economy is going through.
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.

Former Speaker to pay Sh6m in house dispute

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.
Justice J M Mutungi also directed Mr Abdi to pay Southdowns Developers Ltd Sh6.3 million for damages, for occupying the house since the sale in June 2004.
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.

Experts: International Criminal Court may yield to AU demands

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.
The resolution, released July 16 last year, after an Ordinary Session of the AU also mandated AU commission to present an objection to United Nations against International Criminal Court (ICC) cases facing Uhuru and Ruto.
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.

6,000 primary schools picked for free laptop project

Wednesday, May 29th 2013, BY AUGUSTINE ODUOR

6,000 schools picked for free laptop launchKenya: The government has identified 6,000 primary schools that will pioneer the ambitious laptop-for-schools project just six months away.
The Jubilee government’s fl agship project will be implemented in three phases, the first of which is projected to cost Sh22 billion, according to the Ministry of Education documents seen by The Standard.
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.

Eleven Kenyan girls win landmark rape case against police

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.

Vandals strike Thika superhighway

A section of the Thika Super Highway which was constructed by a Chinese firm.  Some road signs and guard rails on the newly-built multi-billion-shilling Thika superhighway are missing, less than a year since it was commissioned by former President Mwai Kibaki. Photo| FILE

A section of the Thika Super Highway which was constructed by a Chinese firm. Some road signs and guard rails on the newly-built multi-billion-shilling superhighway are missing, less than a year since it was commissioned by former President Mwai Kibaki. Photo| FILE  NATION MEDIA GROUP
By JOHN NJAGI jnjagi@ke.nationmedia.com
May 28  2013 20:45
In Summary
  • 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.

Some road signs and guard rails on the newly-built multi-billion-shilling Thika superhighway are missing, less than a year since it was commissioned by former President Mwai Kibaki.
This has been due to vandalism by unscrupulous traders, who mint billions by exporting scrap metal.
Motorists using the superhighway are already experiencing difficulty as most of the road signs as well as street light poles have been pulled down by thieves. Reflectors on the road have also been targeted.
The situation has been made worse due to lack of a law to impose stiffer penalties on the culprits.
Take stern action

President Kenyatta urges dialogue over MPs' pay

President Kenyatta has appealed to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission and Parliament to resolve the thorny issue of MPs' pay amicably May 29, 2013. FILE

President Kenyatta has appealed to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission and Parliament to resolve the thorny issue of MPs' pay amicably May 29, 2013. FILE 
By ANTHONY KARIUKI, amkariuki@ke.nationmedia.com
Wednesday, May 29  2013 
In Summary
  • 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.

President Kenyatta has appealed to the Salaries and Remuneration Commission and Parliament to resolve the thorny issue of MPs' pay amicably.
In a statement, the President said "the acrimonious exchanges" between the SRC and the legislators was regrettable and had caused paralysis in government.
"This continuing paralysis is not in the national interest and it is imperative that this matter be brought to an appropriate and sustainable conclusion within the law," said President Kenyatta Wednesday.
"I therefore urge Parliament to engage the Salaries and Remuneration Commission in a constructive manner with a view to resolving this matter," he said.




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Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Fear as Mungiki resurfaces, threatens to cripple business

May 28th 2013, By Eric Wainaina Kiambu, Kenya: Resurfacing of illegal gangs in Kiambu is worrying the business community.
Members of the outlawed Mungiki sect are alleged to be forcibly demanding money from matatu operators and business people in various shopping centres.