Taita Taveta County
Dishonourable MCAs:Jubilee MCAs and NASA MCAs exchanged blows over People's Assembly motion
NASA and Jubilee MCAs fight as Taita Taveta adopts People's Assembly motion
Sue Kwale, Makueni over disputed boundaries, Taita Taveta leaders told
Cars impounded in Taita Taveta as police get tough on rogue drivers
High Court suspends crackdown on Taita Taveta gambling
Over 6000 athletes to part in Madoka marathon
More than 76 politicians file election petitions
Dishonourable MCAs:Jubilee MCAs and NASA MCAs exchanged blows over People's Assembly motion
2018-01-14 09:39:22 KTN Prime | Saturday 13 Jan 2018 10:09 pm MCAs in the Taita Taveta County Assembly last evening. engaged in fisticuffs during a debate on a motion for the. formation of people's assembly. Jubilee MCAs fought those. from NASA accusing them of introducing the motion. through the backdoor.   Read More ...
NASA and Jubilee MCAs fight as Taita Taveta assembly adopts Peoples Assembly motion
2018-01-13 12:09:08 Chaos erupted at Taita Taveta County Assembly in Wundanyi town yesterday when NASA MCAs hurriedly passed the People’s Assembly motion yesterday evening. Pandemonium and chaotic scenes broke out in the house as the NASA and Jubilee allied MCAs fought, forcing Speaker Meshack Maganga to take cover under the table when water battles and chairs were thrown at him. Property of unknown value was also destroyed following the skirmishes that lasted nearly half an hour   Read More ...
NASA and Jubilee MCAs fight as Taita Taveta adopts People's Assembly motion
2018-01-13 09:38:50 Chaos erupted at the Taita-Taveta County Assembly chambers in Wundanyi town as members of the county assembly allied to NASA hurriedly passed the People’s Assembly motion on Friday evening. Pandemonium and chaotic scenes broke out in the house as the NASA and Jubilee allied Party legislators engaged in physical fighting forcing the Speaker Meshack Maganga to take cover under the table when water battles and chairs were thrown at him   Read More ...
Two more die, scores injured in road crashes
2018-01-07 22:39:35 Reuben Mwambingu @ kinyurumunuhe. Two people died after thebus they were travelling in overturned in Josa area on Mwatate-Wundanyi road in Taita Taveta county. The Royal Hisham company bus, said to have been ferrying mourners from a burial ceremony in Mghambonyi area, was on its way to Mombasa. An eyewitness Humphrey Mkacharo said the vehicle was speeding when it veered off the road and landed in a ditch   Read More ...
Man lynched after stabbing lover to death in Voi
2018-01-05 07:05:16 A man was lynched in Voi on Thursday evening for killing his lover after a disagreement. Taita Taveta County police commander Fredrick Ochieng said Nyangasera had come to visit the woman's rural home on December 29. "The two had been living together in Nairobi before they came for Christmas holiday at the woman's home," Ochieng said. He said Nyangasera stabbed Teckla Shighadi,37, several times on her neck and chest before fleeing   Read More ...
Taita Taveta woman rep gifts KCPE performers with Sh395,000 shopping vouchers
2018-01-04 07:05:06 Taita Taveta woman representative Lydia Haika has awarded 38 students from the county who scored over 400 marks in KCPE with shopping vouchers worth Sh395,000. In her programme dubbed Mamasita Supports, the legislator said the students, drawn from Voi and Mwatate constituencies, shall also be enrolled in a 4-year mentorship programme. No student score above 400 marks from Wundanyi and Taveta constituencies   Read More ...
Boda boda rider killed, motorbike stolen in Voi
2017-12-30 15:05:16 A bodaboda operator was on Saturday found murdered in Birikani village in the outskirts of Voi town, Taita Taveta County. Duncan Nyamu, 22, was found dumped near a railway line, with his mouth, hands and legs tied with a rope. Taita Taveta police commander Fredrick Ochieng said the body had serious injuries on the head. "The rider might have been strangled and later beaten with a blunt object," Ochieng said   Read More ...
Sue Kwale, Makueni over disputed boundaries, Taita Taveta leaders told
2017-12-21 11:07:19 Taita Taveta residents have told area leaders to sue Kwale and Makueni so as to end the unresolved boundary row between the three counties. Whereas Kwale claims that its boundary with Taita Taveta is at Miasenyi - few Kilometers from Mackinnon Road town, the latter holds that her boundaries extend to Landi ya Mwembeni, near Taru town. The county is also in another boundary row with Makueni county over a 65 kilometer stretch of land between Tsavo River and Mtito Andei   Read More ...
Cars impounded in Taita Taveta as police get tough on rogue drivers
2017-12-15 08:40:37 Several PSV and transit vehicles were impounded on Friday by traffic police at the Voi junction on the Mombasa-Nairobi highway. The crackdown led by area OCPD Joseph Chesire and Taita Taveta traffic commander Michael Mureithi targeted motorists flouting traffic rules. Chesire said vehicles operating without valid service licenses and insurance covers shall be impounded. “Vehicles in poor condition have been brought back on road because of the festive rush but we shall deal with them,” he said   Read More ...
Voi sisal estate not for sale, Taita county commissioner warns
2017-12-13 08:40:48 Taita Taveta county commissioner Kula Hache has cautioned against buying land from Voi Sisal Estate. She said unknown cons had posted the farm on OLX ready for sale. "The sisal farm is not for sale and nobody should be promised to be sold any land within that estate," she said while addressing residents during Jamhuri Day celebrations at Wundanyi Dawson Mwanyumba Stadium on Tuesday   Read More ...
Voi pastor arrested for allegedly stealing church equipment
2017-12-05 12:42:13 A controversial pastor has been arrested for allegedly stealing equipment belonging to the Revival Assembly in Voi town, Taita Taveta county. Bishop Meshack Nyangala says the suspect was a former member of the church until he fell out with the church and that’s when equipment in the church began disappearing slowly.   Read More ...
High Court suspends crackdown on Taita Taveta gambling
2017-11-24 13:42:35 An order stopping gambling in Taita Taveta county has been suspended until December 4. Voi judge Jacqueline Kamau ordered operators to reopen their businesses pending an inter-parties hearing and determination of the matter on that date. The operators petitioned the county and Getrude Shuwe, who is executive for Trade, Tourism & Co-operatives, for what they termed unlawful issuance of a directive on the suspension of business   Read More ...
Taveta County government suspends identification of plots in disputed land
2017-11-13 16:08:25 The County government has suspended the identification of plots in a disputed land due to security concerns. Taveta Deputy Town Administrator Noel Juma said the exercise was suspended indefinitely. He said the plots were bought from the National Bank of Kenya in 2008 after former Taveta MP Basil Criticos failed to service a loan. “The defunct Taveta Town Council bought the 2,000 acre-plot at Sh7 million and subdivided it into commercial plots for the expansion of the town   Read More ...
Naomi Shaban wants petition challenging her Taveta MP win dismissed
2017-11-07 07:40:01 Taveta MP Naomi Shaban has filed an application seeking dismissal of a case petitioning her victory in the August poll. Through her lawyer Noah Nyakundi, she argued that the petitioner did not sign copies of the petition served to the respondents. Voi High Court judge Jacqueline Kamau, during the hearing of the application on Monday, said the matter will be ruled on November 16   Read More ...
Taita Taveta Residents raise alarm over destruction by stray elephants
2017-11-01 12:16:55 Farmers in Mwakitau, Mwatate sub -county of Taita Taveta county have raised the alarm after their crops and fences were destroyed by rogue elephants which have been invading the area. The farmers have accused the Kenya Wildlife Service of failing to keep away the animals despite their constant complaints over the years.   Read More ...
Taita Taveta farmers earn Sh52 million from milk sales to dairy firm
2017-10-22 08:04:28 Dairy farmers at the Coast are looking at better prospects after processor Brookside announced that earnings from raw milk sales in the region increased by 10 per cent last year. Taita Taveta County, one of Brookside’s key raw milk collection sheds, sold raw milk worth Sh52 million to the processor last year, signaling improving fortunes for the more than 10,000 smallholders in the Coast region   Read More ...
Over 6000 athletes to part in Madoka marathon
2017-10-11 18:09:04 Over 6000 athletes are expected to participate in the 12th edition of Madoka Half marathon that was launched Wednesday at Athletics Kenya offices in Nairobi. The half marathon will be held on 21st this month in Mwatate, Taita Taveta County. After winning the 2016 edition, Hosea Mwok from West Pokot and Lucy Cheruiyot from Elgeyo Marakwet are expected to feature in this year’s edition as they seek to defend their titles   Read More ...
Madoka hopeful Taita will produce world beater - Capital Sports
2017-10-11 16:04:16 Organisers of the Madoka Half Marathon are still hopeful that the race will one day produce a world beater from the region of Taita Taveta County. Speaking on Wednesday during the launch of the 12th edition, founder Marsden Madoka is confident the goal will be achieved since the climatic conditions in the area are conducive for athletes. “More Important is that we have been able to achieve our goal of producing world beaters across the country but if we can get a world champion from that region them I will retire,” Madoka said   Read More ...
Madoka Half Marathon Receives Sh. 2 Million Sponsorship From Safaricom
2017-10-11 12:17:50 Safaricom (NSE:SCOM) has today announced a Sh. 2 million sponsorship for the Madoka Half Marathon, set to take place on 21 October in Mwatate, Taita Taveta County. The sponsorship for the 12th Edition of the Safaricom Madoka 21Km Marathon will cater for security, running numbers, winners’ prizes and the logistical aspects of the event. “As always, we would like to thank Safaricom for their continued support over the years and for the part they have played in the race which has churned out athletics greats such as the 2012 World Half Marathon Bronze Medalist John Mwangangi,” said Marsden Madoka, Race Founder   Read More ...
First Lady launches an empowerment poultry program in Taita Taveta
2017-09-20 18:11:12 First Lady Margaret Kenyatta Wednesday stirred a sleepy village in Taita Taveta where she launched an empowerment poultry program that benefits over 1000 homes across the County. Members of the Kazamoyo self-help group from Mwashuma village in Bura Ward (Mwatate Sub-County) broke into enthusiastic energy even as the First Lady’s hosts, Mrs Saumu Marula and her Husband Anthony Mwakamba (members of the group) froze in time wondering how to receive their rare guest in their humble homestead   Read More ...
More than 76 politicians file election petitions
2017-09-06 12:44:32 SUMMARY By 3pm Tuesday, six petitions had been filed challenging the election of governors in Embu, Taita Taveta, Garissa, Mandera, Kirinyaga and Tana River counties The petitioners for MPs seats include Mary Emasse’s of Jubilee in Teso South. Former Shinyalu MP Silverse Anami, who contested as an independent candidate, has filed a petition against the election of ODM’s Justus Kizito Those challenging the election of a governor, senator, woman representative or MP are required to pay the High Court Sh30,000 and an additional Sh100,000 security More than 76 politicians had filed election petitions by Tuesday   Read More ...
Police bury colleague killed by Al-Shabaab
2017-08-26 17:32:51 A police officer killed by Al-Shabaab militants in Garissa County has been buried. Constable Brian Nyambu Malasi was laid to rest in Ngeti village in Taita Taveta County. AMBUSH. He underwent training at the Kenya Police College in Kiganjo after which he was posted to Bodhai police station in Garissa. The slain officer and his five colleagues were ambushed by Shabaab militants on August 15 while on patrol on Bodhai-Ijara Road   Read More ...
35-year-old man surrenders to the police after killing his two sons in Taveta
2017-08-24 20:42:18 Police in Taita Taveta County are with holding a 35 year-old man after he allegedly slit the throats of his two sons aged 5 and 8 years old before surrendering to the police. Charles Mutuku is alleged to have slaughtered his children by slitting their throats in their rental house following a domestic disagreement with his wife, Gladys Muthoni Mahinda at Njukini Village in Taveta sub-county   Read More ...
Man surrenders to police after killing his two children in Taita-Taveta County
2017-08-24 20:12:29 SUMMARY A man has surrendered to the authorities after allegedly killing his two children in Taita-Taveta County, County Police Commander Fred Ochieng confirms A middle aged man surrendered to the police after allegedly killing his two children in Taita-Taveta County. The deceased identified by police as Gabriel Mutuku, 8 years and Everton Paul Kalii, 5 years were found lying dead with visible injuries inflicted on their necks and their bodies at their rented house at Njukini trading centre in Taveta Sub County   Read More ...
Taita-Taveta Governor Granton Samboja says he is firmly in office in spite of degree query
2017-08-24 19:43:12 SUMMARY Governor Granton Samboja moved to stamp his authority in the county amidst reports that he is under investigation He took office on Monday, August 21 at the historic Mwatunge Primary School grounds in Mwatate sub-county Mr Samboja warned disloyal employees that they would be sacked Governor Granton Samboja moved to stamp his authority in the county amidst reports that he is under investigation   Read More ...
Man surrenders to police after killing two children in Taita-Taveta County
2017-08-24 13:11:18 The deceased identified by police as Gabriel Mutuku, 8 years and Everton Paul Kalii, 5 years were found lying dead with visible injuries inflicted on their necks and their bodies at their rented house at Njukini trading centre in Taveta Sub County. County Police Commander Fred Ochieng confirmed the arrest and said the suspect is police custody. He said the suspect would be arraigned in court once investigations are complete   Read More ...
Taveta man surrenders to police after killing his two sons
2017-08-23 20:03:13 A 33-year-old surrendered to police after allegedly killing his two sons in Njukini area, Taita Taveta county. Police boss Simon Gababa said the father of three had an argument with his wife on Tuesday evening before she fled with their five-month-old daughter. "After the fiery disagreement, his wife decided to spend the night with her friends only to come back the following morning to the lifeless bodies of her sons," Gababa told The Star on phone   Read More ...
Man slits throats of sons, 5 and 8, surrenders to police
2017-08-23 16:42:07 A middle aged man has murdered his two children by slitting their throats in Taita Taveta County. Police says the man quarrelled with his wife early Thursday but she fled. He then set upon his two sons and slit their throats with a knife. Taveta police boss, Simon Gababa says the man, 33, later surrendered to the police. The bodies of the two boys aged five and eight lay in pool of blood in their bedroom with deep cuts in their throats   Read More ...
Taita-Taveta County government introduces new dress code for employees
2017-08-23 15:12:36 VOI, KENYA: Taita-Taveta County Government has introduced new dress code for the county staff while on duty. According to the County Chief of Staff who is also the Governor Granton Samboja's Private Secretary Philemon Mwaisaka the new code will see the employees dress decently. The former Permanent Secretary said male workers would be required to put on suits and ties while on duty while the female staffs would not be allowed to put on "provocative dresses"   Read More ...
Mlolwa breaks ‘jinx’ of one-term MP in Voi constituency
2017-08-20 19:08:25 Voi’s Jones Mlolwa (pictured) has broken the “jinx” of one-term MP that has continued for more than three decades. On Saturday, Mlolwa thanked Voi residents for making history by reelecting him. Mlolwa, who vied on the ODM ticket, beating his closest rival Dishon Mngoda of Jubilee Party with 18,404. Mngoda garnered 14,609 votes. “I want to thank my Voi people because they have given me another opportunity to serve them   Read More ...
Taita Taveta Governor-elect in court to stop probe into his certificates
2017-08-18 12:10:14 Taita-Taveta Governor elect Granton Samboja has gone to court to stop the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission (EACC) from conducting further investigations, arrest and prosecution over his academic papers. Through his lawyer, Samboja claims the move by EACC recommending to the Director of Public Prosecution to arrest and prosecute him over claims of forgery of academic certificates is unlawful and malicious. Samboja claims that EACC has sought to forcefully obtain documentary evidence from him contrary to the constitution and wants the court to declare that the alleged misleading information in the self-declaration form submitted to the IEBC did not amount to a corruption offence or a matter within the mandate of EACC   Read More ...
Keep relief food coming to Taita Taveta, new leaders tell Jubilee
2017-08-15 21:06:38 Taita Taveta leaders have urged the national government to continue supplying relief food to residents — as its representatives did during the campaign. Devolution CS Mwangi Kiunjuri and PS Margaret Mwakima traversed Taita villages supplying relief food. Kiunjuri visited Langateni, Kitivo, Maktau, Wundanyi and Mghambonyi as he campaigned for President Uhuru Kenyatta. “They come to you empty-handed, but today we have brought you food   Read More ...
Governor-elect Samboja picks former PS for top job
2017-08-15 19:42:59 Taita Taveta Governor-elect Granton Samboja has picked former PS Philemon Mwaisaka as chief county administrator. Mwaisaka has extensive administration experience after serving in the national government on the Constitution Implementation Commission. Speaking to the Star on the phone yesterday, Samboja said he will work with people who can deliver. “I mean serious business for the Taita Taveta people,” he said. Samboja is yet to pick the rest of his team ahead of his swearing in next Monday at Mwatunge Grounds   Read More ...
Three MPs retain seats in Taita Taveta County
2017-08-14 15:40:15 Three Members of Parliament from Taita Taveta County retained their seats in the just-concluded general election. ODM party retained seats for Voi and Mwatate constituencies. Wiper party won in Wundanyi constituency while Jubilee Party's Naomi Shaban retained the Taveta seat. In Mwatate constituency, the incumbent ODM MP Andrew Mwadime comfortably retained his seat after beating Jubilee Party candidate Moris Mbondenyi. Mr Mwadime garnered 15,396 votes against Pro Mbonenyi's 7,937 votes   Read More ...
Samboja promises a glorious Taita Taveta
2017-08-14 10:08:18 Seth Onyango and Murimi Mutiga @PeopleDailyKe. Taita Taveta governor-elect, Granton Samboja has promised to transform the county and boost its economic output. He also pledged to create employment opportunities for the youth and empower women economically. Speaking at a thanks giving prayer ceremony at Voi’s Moi Stadium, Samboja said he will give the coastal county renewed glory. He also promised to complete projects initiated by his predecessor, governor John Mruttu   Read More ...
Samboja beats Mruttu to win Taita Taveta governor seat
2017-08-11 10:04:44 Journalist Granton Samboja has floored Governor John Mruttu in the Taita Taveta governor race. Samboja who is a first timer in politics trounced political bigwigs like Thomas Mwadeghu, Dan Mwazo and incumbent John Mruttu in the race that he won with 40,764 votes. He was declared the winner by county IEBC manager Phestus Mucheke at the Mwatate county tallying center on Thursday night   Read More ...
Ex-radio presenter Samboja likely to win Taita Taveta governor race
2017-08-10 05:04:02 Former journalist Granton Samboja is likely to win the Taita Taveta governor’s race according to latest tallies released by IEBC. By 10.10am, Sambojia who is running on a Wiper Party ticket was leading with 34,403 votes against the incumbents-John Mruttu’s 20,640. Mruttu is running on an independent ticket after losing the ODM nomination ticket to Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu in the disputed party primaries   Read More ...
Mruttu raises concern over 'misleading' Taita Taveta figures, concedes defeat
2017-08-09 20:01:30 Taita Taveta governor John Mruttu has said that he will respect the will of the people after losing Tuesday's general elections. The county chief, however, said the results posted on the IEBC website are misleading and cannot be relied upon to determine the poll. He said the figures he has received from his agents at the polling stations are totally different from those put up by IEBC   Read More ...
Kenya Election: Samboja leads in Taita Taveta, Murang'a rejects independents
2017-08-09 15:07:56 Granton Samboja is likely to win the Taita Taveta governor race, considering his 36.28 per cent support (37,885 votes) as at 1.20pm. IEBC numbers show the former journalist is ahead of incumbent John Mruttu who had 22, 254 votes (21.31 per cent) at this time. Mruttu chose to vie independently after losing the ODM nomination to Wundanyi MP Thomas Mwadeghu. The exercise was disputed   Read More ...
Taita Taveta residents cast their votes amid rigging claims
2017-08-08 20:11:14 Thousands of voters in Taita Taveta County Tuesday morning braced the cold to cast their votes amidst rigging claims by some candidates. Voters started trooping to the various polling centres from as early as 4 am but the exercise kicked off at 6am at slow pace due to confusion in the order of names and some technical hitches with the biometric voter register, Governor John Mruttu, who is defending his seat as an independent candidate, cast his ballot at 6am at Kimala Primary school polling centre in his home turf of Taveta constituency   Read More ...