Kenya
We'd planned Odi dance if we won Oscar - Watu Wote star
?Of man-eating landlords and non-functioning regulatory frameworks
Police gun down Wakali kwanza gang leader in Kisauni
2,000 Ethiopians flee to Kenya as army kills 9 civilians
Telkom unveils its mobile money platform
Trump blocks biggest tech takeover on grounds of national security
The failed vision of a united Africa - part xv
2018-04-19 05:12:44 Jomo Kenyatta, the first President of Kenya was one of the vanguard forefathers of Pan-Africanism. He is the founding father of the Kenyan Nation, revered by his people as Mzee Jomo Kenyatta due to his elderly wisdom and treasurable leadership he gave to Kenya. He transformed the country from a dependent colony into an economic prosperous independent Republic of Kenya. In a series of the proceeding articles we will narrate the history of Kenyatta, one of the great Pan-African leader of the African continent   Read More ...
Kenya's French embassy worker dies in Kanungu
2018-04-15 21:00:25 Police in Kanungu have started investigating circumstances under which a 64-year-old French national died while on his way from a gorilla tracking expedition. Tutin Jean Piere, who also works with France Embassy in Kenya died on Saturday at Kanyambeho-Kinurira cell in Buremba parish, Mpungu Sub County, Kanungu District. The Bwindi and Mgahinga national park conservation area manager, Mr Pontius Ezuma said the incident happened at about 11:50am near Kitahurira Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) out post inside Bwindi national park   Read More ...
Kenya’s opposition leader Raila represented State at Winnie
2018-04-15 21:00:04 Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga travelled to South Africa for Winnie Mandela’s funeral as an official representative of the Kenyan government, his office has said.Mr Odinga, who travelled with his wife Ida Odinga, his daughter Winnie and Kisii senator Prof Sam Ongeri, left the country on Friday for the funeral that took place on Saturday.In signs that Mr Odinga’s role was slowly developing after the handshake with President Uhuru Kenyatta, the Orange Democratic Movement leader enjoyed treatment as the country’s representative in South Africa and was accorded private talks with top leaders   Read More ...
Kenyan battles for US Congress
2018-04-09 11:47:30 Raleigh. In a year when the arrival of spring has been unpredictable and erratic in the US because of the moody winter weather that has refused to go away, it’s a surprisingly warm and beautiful morning in the Raleigh suburb of North Carolina as the Nation team arrives at the home of Mr Jeff Matemu. The Kenyan-born attorney has attracted interest after announcing his candidacy for the US House of Representatives, Congressional District 2, North Carolina   Read More ...
In Kenyan refugee camp, hope of new life in U.S. fades and suicide rate rises
2018-04-09 10:47:40 KAKUMA, Kenya (Reuters) - Knives. Wire. Battery acid. Rat poison. Rope. All are items which aid workers say they have confiscated from refugees in the Kakuma camp in northern Kenya in the last few months because of fears they might use them to kill themselves. Nine refugees have committed suicide in the dusty, sprawling camp since early 2017, compared to three in 2016, Alex Kalatu, a mental health officer and psychologist for U   Read More ...
Marathon: Lonyangata retains title at Paris, Kenyans dominate
2018-04-09 08:46:03 PARIS (AP) -- Paul Lonyangata retained his title at the Paris Marathon on Sunday and Betsy Saina completed a Kenya sweep by winning the women's race. Lonyangata became the first man to win back-to-back titles since Steve Brace of Britain in 1989 and 1990. He won in two hours, 6 minutes and 25 seconds and did not improve the personal best he set last year when he finished in 2:06:10   Read More ...
Kenyan herders compensated after losing cows in Tanzania
2018-03-30 08:51:50 Nairobi. Kajiado farmers, whose cattle was sold in neighbouring Tanzania for grazing across the border, have received big relief after the Kenyan government released a Ksh53 million (about Tsh1.06 billion) compensation package for the loss. The 22 herders lost 1,325 animals after Tanzania confiscated and auctioned them on grounds that they were illegally in the neighbouring country. The compensation package translates into Ksh40,000 (about Tsh800,000) for each animal lost in the raid   Read More ...
Diamond Platnumz’s music agent deploys piracy monitor in Kenya
2018-03-23 12:27:05 Nairobi. Digital music content firm Digispice that distributes Universal Music Group in Africa and Tanzania artiste Diamond Platnumz’s production has deployed a content management system it says will cut marketing costs for musicians and tame piracy. The deployment has been done through its local subsidiary, Spice VAS Kenya. The content management system (CMS) monitors a musician’s content performance, including number of times streamed or downloaded, revenue earned and number of consumers reached   Read More ...
Last male northern white rhino dies in Kenya
2018-03-20 10:00:08 The last male northern white rhino has died in Kenya at the age of 45, his keepers announced Tuesday, leaving only two females of his subspecies alive. The rhino, named Sudan, "was being treated for age-related complications that led to degenerative changes in muscles and bones combined with extensive skin wounds," according to a statement from the Ol Pejeta Conservancy where he lived under armed guard to prevent poaching   Read More ...
 How Cambridge Analytica influenced Kenyan poll
2018-03-20 07:00:09 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. In a three-part series titled ‘Data, Democracy and Dirty Tricks’, Britain’s Channel 4 exposes how the right-leaning digital marketing firm targets voters with propaganda to influence their voting decisions. KENYATTA. In the investigation, the company’s bosses, including chief executive Alexander Nix, are secretly filmed saying they discreetly campaign in elections across the world through a web of shadowy front companies or by using sub-contractors   Read More ...
China ‘winning’ war on smog, helping life expectancy: study
2018-03-13 10:45:23 China appears to be “winning” its war on air pollution, making so much progress that life expectancy could rise by more than two years, according to a US university study. The Chinese government has been waging a battle to clear its skies of smog that has cut life expectancy in some regions and prompted its citizens to buy masks and air purifiers to protect themselves during peak pollution days   Read More ...
We'd planned Odi dance if we won Oscar - Watu Wote star
2018-03-13 10:41:43 The cast and crew of Watu Wote had high hopes of clinching an Oscar when they attended the 90th Oscar Awards in Los Angeles. Krysteen Savane, who is part of the cast, told Word Is: "We of course were nervous and excited at the same time. We had planned a very long Odi dance had we won, but we are extremely happy that we made it that far   Read More ...
Sudan, Russia to sign accord to develop nuclear power
2018-03-13 10:41:39 Sudan will sign a “road map” with Russia to build nuclear power stations during a visit to Moscow by Khartoum’s electricity minister. State news agency Suna reported this on Monday saying Water Resources, Irrigation, and Electricity Minister Moataz Mousa would meet the head of Russia’s state nuclear agency Rosatom. The trip comes four months after Sudanese President Omar Hassan al-Bashir told his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin he wanted to discuss nuclear power cooperation with Russia   Read More ...
Two popular Malindi bars closed indefinitely for illegal operations
2018-03-13 10:41:35 Two popular, old bars in Malindi were shut down indefinitely on Monday for operating illegally. Tetu Bar in Majengo and Galana Bar in the central business district were closed on Monday amid an inter-agency operation against illicit brews. Two business people were arrested in the crackdown that started in the morning. It involves Nacada, the Interior ministry, National police Service, Kenya revenue Authority, public health departments, Kenya bureau of Standards and the Anti-Counterfeit Agency   Read More ...
Government allows Gatanga residents to get water from Ndakaini Dam
2018-03-13 10:41:31 Gatanga residents will now be connected to water supplied from Ndakaini Dam, ending months of fights to benefit from the resource. The dam is the main source of water supplied to Nairobi city and its environs. Area MP Joseph Nduati said the Athi Water Services board had already sent surveyors to plan how the water will be distributed. He noted most of his constituents do not have access to clean water and that the new plan will ensure a large percentage are connected   Read More ...
?Of man-eating landlords and non-functioning regulatory frameworks
2018-03-13 10:41:26 There is ongoing public debate regarding the ‘time bomb’ called rental houses in Kenya. Previously, numerous apartment blocks have collapse in various Kenyan towns leaving behind scores of lives lost and thousands of livelihoods damaged. After these incidences, the National Construction Authority often promise to demolish substandard buildings and intensely enforce building codes. Further, there is often charades of drama by the police purporting to search for landlords who, upon learning of the collapse of their buildings, always ‘run into hiding’   Read More ...
Sad story of how a man discovered that his parents are siblings
2018-03-13 10:41:20 . Editor's Choice | Saturday 10 Mar 2018 6:42 pm Sad story of how a man discovered that his parents are siblings   Read More ...
Five main reasons why you should eat apples
2018-03-13 10:41:16 SUMMARY Apples have several known benefits to one's health Eating the skin or flesh of an apple once in a while goes a long way in improving health You don't have to be a nutritionist to understand the health benefits of classy fruits like apples. These fruits (apple) has a number of benefits to your health whether you consume the skin or the flesh   Read More ...
Police gun down Wakali kwanza gang leader in Kisauni
2018-03-13 10:11:58 A gangster believed to be the leader of the Wakali Kwanza gang was shot dead in a foiled robbery in Kisauni, Mombasa, on Tuesday. The suspect identified only as Jilo was gunned down by police officers on patrol after he attempted to attack them at around 5.30 am in Swalihina area. Kisauni police boss Sangura Musee said the officers were alerted by residents who saw gangsters armed with machetes robbing traders heading to Kongowea market   Read More ...
No excise on soft drinks, makeup, High Court rules
2018-03-13 10:11:54 High Court has stopped Kenya Revenue Authority from imposing tax on bottled water, non-alcoholic drinks and cosmetics. Justice John Mativo said KRA’s move to impose excise duty on bottled water, juices packed in plastic bottles, energy drinks, food supplements as well as cosmetics was unconstitutional. Mativo ruled the imposition of the tax creates an unfair tax burden on the public and manufacturers   Read More ...
MPs reject Rotich proposal to reduce counties budget
2018-03-13 10:11:50 The budget committee of the National Assembly wants county governments allocated Sh46 billion more than last year’s, sidestepping a proposal by Treasury to slash the money. The committee chaired by Kikuyu MP Kimani Ichung’wa did not factor the adjustment request by the Treasury as CS Henry Rotich did not make a written and formal proposal to that effect. This dispels fears that counties would have their national allocation trimmed by between Sh15 billion and Sh17 billion, a proposal that had sparked uproar by governors   Read More ...
Burundi's president Pierre Nkurunziza has been named "eternal supreme guide"
2018-03-13 10:11:41 The Bottom Line | Monday 12 Mar 2018 11:25 pm Burundi's president Pierre Nkurunziza has been named "eternal supreme guide" by his political party. The move means no one in the governing CNDD-FDD is allowed to disagree with his choices according to the party secretary-general Evariste Ndayishimiye.   Read More ...
2,000 Ethiopians flee to Kenya as army kills 9 civilians
2018-03-13 10:11:37 At least 2,000 Ethiopian asylum seekers have fled to the north Kenyan town of Moyale, the Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) said yesterday. Red Cross said the displaced people were hosted in four centres - Butiye, Somare, Cifa and Sessi. Some are staying with relatives and well-wishers, KRCS added. "The asylum seekers began streaming in on Saturday, March 10, 2018, around 10pm, majority of them being women and children," KRCS said in a statement yesterday, adding that it had provided humanitarian assistance   Read More ...
Southampton sack Mauricio Pellegrino as Marco Silva emerges as favourite to take over at Saints
2018-03-13 10:11:29 Southampton last night sensationally sacked Mauricio Pellegrino after just nine months in charge. Pellegrino paid the price for overseeing a disastrous run of results that left Southampton in huge relegation danger and was given the boot by the south coast club. Southampton have won just one of their last 17 league games and slid down the table to fourth bottom leaving them just one point outside the drop zone with eight games to go   Read More ...
Infographic: Car ownership cost of Toyota Townace, Nissan AD, Voxy, Mark II
2018-03-13 09:42:38 Need to purchase a compact passenger van in Kenya? Well, we are back with the popular five compact passenger vans/cars of this week along with their purchasing cost, fuel cost, and insurance cost so that you can evaluate the true cost of the car before you plan to purchase. A light commercial and derivative passenger van produced by the Japanese car manufacturer, Toyota   Read More ...
Protesters in California denounce Trump visit
2018-03-13 09:42:31 Protesters marched and held rallies Monday ahead of President Donald Trump’s first official visit to California. Nearly 200 people marched in downtown San Diego, which is on the border with Mexico, to denounce Trump and in particular his crackdown on immigration both legal and illegal. California is the country’s most populous state and a Democratic stronghold. Trump will arrive in San Diego at 11:30 am (1930 GMT) and then go to nearby Otay Mesa to view eight prototypes for the wall he wants to build on the border with Mexico   Read More ...
Pressure grows on Japan’s Abe over scandal as support melts
2018-03-13 09:42:28 Pressure mounted Tuesday on Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe over a ballooning cronyism and cover-up scandal, as a new poll showed his support at the lowest level since his re-election in October. Abe and his finance minister Taro Aso have been on the ropes in recent days following revelations that key documents relating to a controversial land sale were doctored before being sent to MPs   Read More ...
Gender parity 200 years away
2018-03-13 09:42:01 The launch of the First Lady’s Second Strategic Plan 2018-22 invites a reflection on the progress made in efforts to achieve women empowerment. The wave of success where Kenyan women are working collaboratively in careers, business, chamas and table banking to improve their quality of life and that of their families and communities offers great hope. However, we need to reflect on how far we have come in this journey towards gender parity and chart the course for the future   Read More ...
No pressure will make me pick deputy, Nyeri county boss says
2018-03-13 09:41:56 Nyeri Governor Mutahi Kahiga has said no amount of lobbying or pressure will force him to pick a deputy he does not want. Kahiga said many factors will have to be considered before picking a Deputy Governor. “I must pick someone who will be loyal and ready to work with me,” he said. Kahiga wants a professional with technical skills and qualified to hold the office   Read More ...
You can buy happiness but how much can it cost?
2018-03-13 09:41:53 We're often told money doesn't buy happiness, and the best things in life are free. But a new study from Purdue University in the US has disproved the saying, and revealed there is an annual salary point where workers are the most happy. In Australia and New Zealand, it’s $159,000. The study, which used Gallup data taken from more than 1   Read More ...
Kenya Forest Service undertakes senior management changes
2018-03-13 09:10:45 The organisation has also made history by appointing a career Forester Lady to the organisation’s helm in the changes. Speaking when he announced the Management changes, the KFS Chairman Mr. Peter Kimathi Kinyua, said the Board had appointed Ms. Monica Kalenda, with immediate effect, as the Acting Chief Conservator of Forests to replace Mr Emilio Mugo who has stepped aside pending investigations   Read More ...
Telkom unveils its mobile money platform
2018-03-13 09:10:41 Telkom has launched T-kash, a mobile money platform on which subscribers use a one-time eight-digit code to withdraw cash from an agent or ATM as well as to buy goods and services. The T-kash code, which is valid for 10 minutes, is generated free-of-charge upon initiating the withdrawal transaction, which is presented to any agent in exchange for cash, or keyed into the ATM   Read More ...
Govt to provide Ksh 500m for expansion of Mama Ngina school
2018-03-13 09:10:36 The Cabinet Secretary for Education Amb. (Dr) Amina Mohammed has said that the government will provide 100 million shillings to commence the construction and expansion of Mama Ngina girl’s high school in Mombasa. The CS announced that the Government has allocated 20 acres piece of land in Shimo la Tewa to aid the relocation of the girl’s school which was currently struggling with the ecosystem and facing inadequate space for expansion   Read More ...
One dead, three injured in gas tanker accident
2018-03-13 09:10:31 A driver in one of the trucks involved in the Chyulu Hills accident along the Mombasa-Nairobi Highway has died while three others have been injured. Police at the scene of the accident said the driver was burnt to death when the tanker ferrying Liquefied Petroleum Gas from Mombasa exploded on impact when it collided with a truck. The 2am accident occurred after the driver of a gas tanker tried to overtake and collided head-on with the on oncoming truck, igniting a fire from the leaking gas tanker   Read More ...
Trump blocks biggest tech takeover on grounds of national security
2018-03-13 09:10:26 US President Donald Trump has blocked a planned takeover of chipmaker Qualcomm by Singapore-based rival Broadcom on grounds of national security. His order cited “credible evidence” that the proposed $140bn (£100bn) deal “threatens to impair the national security of the US”. There were concerns the takeover could have led to China pulling ahead in the development of 5G wireless technology. The deal would have been the biggest technology sector takeover on record   Read More ...
Kenyans to pay Sh100 to replace lost IDs - Matiang'i
2018-03-13 09:09:04 Kenyans will pay Sh100 to replace a lost identity card, the Interior ministry announced on Tuesday.Reuben Kimotho, the Director of National Registration, said the charge will take effect from March 15, 2018.The charge will not apply to persons who have not been registered before, that is, those attaining 18 years. KImotho asked sub-county registrars to exercise accountability over the monies. "Sub-counties managers will be held responsible for any incidents of mishandling the revenue," he warned   Read More ...
Uhuru and Raila 'honeymoon' on Twitter but will unity deal last?
2018-03-13 09:08:52 ODM and Jubilee Party have taken their new-found 'love' to Twitter through hash tag #MbelePamoja. The parties led by Opposition leader Raila Odinga and President Uhuru Kenyatta have embraced talks aimed at unity, peace and development, and an end to ethnic tensions. This is new for Kenyans because the Raila-Uhuru friendship has been curious - they have called each other ndugu (brother) and walked through tough times together, but ripped through each other in matters politics   Read More ...
ODM Party SG and Barrack Muluka exchange bitter words on TV
2018-03-13 09:08:33 President Uhuru Kenyatta and National Super Alliance (NASA) leader Raila Odinga have publicly reconciled and agreed to work together in the interest of Kenyans. They announced the burying of the hatchet after talks at Harambee House Nairobi. The agenda of the surprise meeting was not disclosed. The Raila-led NASA had insisted on dialogue on electoral reforms as key to end the impasse between the government and the opposition   Read More ...
Barrack Muluka attacks Raila Odinga, outlines list of betrayals engineered by Raila
2018-03-13 09:08:24 KTN Newsdesk | Tuesday 13 Mar 2018 8:08 am The NASA meeting, at Stoni Athi Resort in Machakos County, lasted several hours as Raila fought claims that he was not to be trusted. The three told Raila that any deal reached between him and the President was personal and they would not be party to it. However the former prime minister is reported to have exhorted his partners to embrace his actions, saying what transpired on Friday was not a deal but a ‘statement of intent'   Read More ...
Hepburn and Givenchy, the friendship that changed fashion » Capital News
2018-03-13 08:44:51 Theirs was one of the most beautiful friendships in fashion history — yet the life-long partnership between the film star Audrey Hepburn and the fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy almost never happened. The aristocratic French creator, whose death at 91 was announced Monday, at first refused to dress the young Belgian-born actress when they met in 1953, he told AFP. Only when she took him to dinner and charmed him, did he relent   Read More ...