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Uhuru retires Joff Otieno as Air Force commander, replaces him with Samuel Thuita

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
WELL DONE: President Uhuru awards Maj Gen Joff Otieno at Moi Air Base, Eastleigh on June 5.
WELL DONE: President Uhuru awards Maj Gen Joff Otieno at Moi Air Base, Eastleigh on June 5.
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday retired Kenya Air Force Commander Major General Joff Otieno on age grounds. Brigadier Samuel Ng’ang’a Thuita was promoted to Major General and appointed Air Force commander to replace Maj Gen Otieno. A statement released by the Ministry of Defence said the President made the changes on the advice of the Defence Council, under the chairmanship of Cabinet Secretary for Defence Raychelle Omamo. APPOINTMENTS Major General Jonathan Kipkemboi Rono Appointed Deputy Force Commander African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). Major General Samuel Wesonga Nandwa...

ICC judges want details of all Uhuru's property

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY FELIX OLICK
MY CASE: President Uhuru answers questions raised during a plenary session at the Roads Infrastructure Development Stakeholders? Conference at the KICC, Nairobi, yesterday. Photo/PSCU
MY CASE: President Uhuru answers questions raised during a plenary session at the Roads Infrastructure Development Stakeholders? Conference at the KICC, Nairobi, yesterday. Photo/PSCU
The International Criminal Court now wants banks, mobile phone companies, the registrar of companies and the Kenya Revenue Authority compelled to release President Uhuru Kenyatta’s financial records. In its latest ruling ahead of Uhuru’s date with the Hague judges, the Trial Chamber V Bench maintained that the required records must be provided by all means, including compulsion. “The Chamber considers that additional steps, pursuant to ordinary domestic investigation channels—utilising compulsory measures where appropriate - ought to be undertaken in parallel and in a timely manner,” the...

Bungoma girl who killed brother for 'stopping her many love affairs' arrested

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 00:00 -- By Brian OJama
A kitchen knife Photo/Enos Teche
A kitchen knife Photo/Enos Teche
A 16-year-old girl who killed her brother for stopping her 'many love affairs' has been arrested. The form two girl is being held at Mbakalu Police Station in Webuye after police nabbed her on Wednesday evening. She was caught after she went to a church to seek prayers, the church officials informed the area chief who called the police. Pwani village in Mbakalo ward in Tongaren constituency is still in shock after the death of Edwin Wekesa a form four student at Pwani Secondary after a family dispute on Tuesday night. According to the mother, Margaret Sitati, Wekesa who is a second born in a...

Parents of jailed Aljazeera journalist to push for his release

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY PATRICK VIDIJA
PARENTAL LOVE: Loise and Juris Greste, the parents of jailed Aljazeera journalist Peter Greste during a press conference in Nairobi.  Photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
PARENTAL LOVE: Loise and Juris Greste, the parents of jailed Aljazeera journalist Peter Greste during a press conference in Nairobi. Photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
The family of jailed Aljazera journalist Peter Greste has said they are contemplating organizing international campaigns to fight for the rights of prisoners and victims. Speaking on Thursday morning at a press conference Greste's parents Loise and Juris Greste said it was unfortunate that the presiding judges of the case against their son did not consider the impact of their judgement to both the victims and family. Juris said it has been over 200 days since his son was sentenced by an Egyptian court which has made the family restless such that they have been unable to concentrate on other...

Shooting of 3 Changamwe suspects were 'extra-judicial killings' - KNCHR

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
KNCHR Chair Kagwiria Mbogori.Photo/File
KNCHR Chair Kagwiria Mbogori.Photo/File
The Kenya National Human Rights Commission has termed Wednesday’s shooting of three suspected gangsters at Changamwe, Mombasa by officers from as an extra-judicial killings. While condemning the shooting during a press conference on Thursday, the Commission’s chair Kagwiria Mbogori said the KHRC has evidence that showing that the three suspects had surrendered when police trailed them following a foiled robbery at Shell petrol station in Changamwe yet the police still went on to shoot them at close range. “We have learned through eye witness reports in the media that the trio were gunned down...

Kidero retracts on statement banning alcohol at Kabeberi 7s

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
Nairobi governor Evans Kidero.Photo/File
Nairobi governor Evans Kidero.Photo/File
Governor Evans Kidero has retracted on an earlier statement banning alcohol at the upcoming Safaricom Kabeberi 7s event scheduled for Saturday. In a statement released late on Thursday clarifying on the order, Kidero said the consumption of alcohol has not been banned at the Railways Club where the event is slated to take place on August 2 to 3. During a press conference at his City Hall offices on Thursday morning Kidero is reported to have said "No one will be allowed in the stadium with alcohol, no one will be allowed to drink in their cars and alcoblow devices will be stationed around the...

Machakos MCAs voted Kiala out for hate speech

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JULIUS OTIENO
DANGEROUS TALK: Machakos Deputy governor Bernard Kiala addressing people living with disabilities during celebrations at Mulu Mutisya gardens in Machakos town. Photo/Wambua Kavila
DANGEROUS TALK: Machakos Deputy governor Bernard Kiala addressing people living with disabilities during celebrations at Mulu Mutisya gardens in Machakos town. Photo/Wambua Kavila
MACHAKOS MCAs have explained why they passed a motion to impeach Deputy Governor Bernard Kiala. In a statement yesterday, county assembly clerk Felix Mbiuki said Kiala was “impeached” for violating the constitution and laws, gross misconduct and abuse of office. He said Kiala preached hate against “people from outside the county” during the 2013 campaigns. “He used derogatory language against people from outside Machakos, caused the printing of inflammatory leaflets, made inflammatory remarks on social media, and uttered ethnically and regionally divisive words during rallies contrary to the...

Michelle Obama says the "blood of Africa" runs through her veins

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUTERS
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama greets members of the audience after delivering remarks at the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in Washington July 30, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
U.S. first lady Michelle Obama greets members of the audience after delivering remarks at the Summit of the Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders in Washington July 30, 2014. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst
First lady Michelle Obama embraced her family's African roots in a speech on Wednesday, telling a group of young Africans that the "blood of Africa" runs through her veins as she urged changing traditional beliefs on the worth of educating women. Her husband had shied away from discussing his African heritage in his own remarks to the 500 Africans finishing a six-week Washington leadership fellowship on Monday, referencing his Kenyan father only once and in the question-and-answer session. But Michelle Obama said as an African American woman, her discussion with the African youth was "deeply...

They robbed together, killed together and buried in the same grave

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY WAMBUGU KANYI
Mourners during the burial of the two suspected gangsters who were also relatives at Warazo jet in Nyeri county on Wednesday.Photo/WAMBUGU KANYI
Mourners during the burial of the two suspected gangsters who were also relatives at Warazo jet in Nyeri county on Wednesday.Photo/WAMBUGU KANYI
Two robbers who were last week shot dead by police in Nyeri town were buried in one grave at Warazo Jet area in Nyeri County, in a rare burial ceremony where thugs are buried in one grave. Valencia Kimondo, 24, and his uncle Joseph Mwangi, 22, who have been terrorizing Nyeri residents were also united in death after a hail of bullets felled the last week. Hundreds of mourners witnessed the extraordinary burial ceremony in Kieni East constituency on Wednesday. “They have always raided homesteads together and people know them well. That is why the community decided that they be buried in the...

Germany leads world in penis enlargement operations, Venezuela is second

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
Number of penis enlargement operation by country
Number of penis enlargement operation by country
Germany leads the world in penis enlargement operations according to new data by a surgery group. This is according to an article published by the guardian The data released by the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS), the world had a total of 15,414 penis enlargement operations with Germany leading with 2,786 operations. The report shows at least eight out of every 100,000 adult males in the country has had the operation. Venezuela comes second with 473 operations and Spain comes third with 471. The German Centre for Urology and Phalloplasty Surgery claims to have...

Governors in court to oppose new law that gives Senators more powers to run county development

Thursday, July 31, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY SUSAN MUHINDI
Chairman of Council of Governors Isaac Rutto during a press conference at Jacaranda Hotel on Thursday.Photo/CHARLES MUGA
Chairman of Council of Governors Isaac Rutto during a press conference at Jacaranda Hotel on Thursday.Photo/CHARLES MUGA
The Council of Governors has moved to court to challenge the newly enacted law that will see senators have more say in county development projects. President Uhuru Kenyatta signed into law the County Government (Amendment) Bill 2014 on Wednesday. The act vests executive powers to senators, specifically establishing county development boards to coordinate and harmonise county development plans and projects. Through lawyer Peter Wanyama, the council says the creation of county development boards is unconstitutional as it undermines the devolved government structure and the principle of...

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