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Safaricom fired 56 corrupt employees in 2013 - report

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY LOLA OKULO
Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore. Photo/FILE
Safaricom CEO Bob Collymore. Photo/FILE
Safaricom sacked 56 of its employees for fraud between April last year and March this year over corruption related offences, it said in a report released yesterday. The number is however down compared to the 70 dismissed in the previous financial year. In its third sustainability report for last financial year Safaricom said it forwarded cases involving seven employees for prosecution and gave another 16 staff members warning letters over unethical prcatices. CEO Bob Collymore said the nature of the cases range from SIM swap, financial and user data fraud to disclosure of subscriber data...

Robert Mugabe's wife Grace declares she will succeed him as Zimbabwe president

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY SOWETAN LIVE
Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe addresses her maiden political rally in Chinhoyi October 2, 2014, after she was nominated to head the Zanu PF ruling party women's league two months ago. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe addresses her maiden political rally in Chinhoyi October 2, 2014, after she was nominated to head the Zanu PF ruling party women's league two months ago. REUTERS/Philimon Bulawayo
Zimbabwe's first lady Grace Mugabe on Thursday announced her candidacy to succeed her husband, 90-year-old president Robert Mugabe, when he leaves office, Sowetan Live reports. "People say I want to be president, why not? Am I not a Zimbabwean?" the 49-year-old said when addressing veterans of the country's liberation struggle in Mazowe at about 40 kilometres north of Harare. Mugabe called on Vice President Joice Mujuru - regarded as one of the top contenders to succeed the president - to resign. "There are plenty of people who can run this country, not Mujuru," she said, adding that her...

DP Ruto threatens to sue 5 Cord leaders for defamation over Karen land grab

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY EUGENE OKUMU
Senators Bonny Khalwale, James Orengo and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed during a media briefing at the Pan Afric hotel. Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE
Senators Bonny Khalwale, James Orengo and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed during a media briefing at the Pan Afric hotel. Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE
Deputy President William Ruto has threatened to sue Cord leaders who implicated him in the disputed 134 acres Karen land saga unless they retract the claims and apologise with seven days from Friday 24, 2014. Ruto through his lawyers Kilukumi and Co. said the content of the statement read by Kakamega Senator Boni Khalwale accompanied by Siaya Senator James Orengo, Machakos Senator Johnstone Muthama, nominated Senator Elizabeth Ongoro, and Suna East MP Junet Mohammed, has caused him injury. “As a result of the publication and broadcast of the contents of the statement, our client has been...

Dead Beat Kenya page pulled down as Kiambu MCA case is heard

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MERCY NJOKI
Ngewa MCA Karungo wa Thang?wa. Photo/File
Ngewa MCA Karungo wa Thang?wa. Photo/File
The infamous Dead Beat Kenya Facebook page has been pulled down indefinitely for the hearing of the case in which a Kiambu MCA sued its creator for defamation. Ngewa Ward MCA Karungo wa Thang'wa, through a compelling order by his lawyer Ndegwa Njiiru, wants an apology and punitive damages from Jackson Njeru. Karungo, who also sued the woman who posted his details on the page, also wants his name cleared from it. Chief magistrate Charles Obulutsa in September restrained Jackson Njeru, Dead Beat Kenya and Dead Beat Kenya Updates, from further writing, printing and publishing statements that are...

Kisumu moves to replace speaker Adul

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY FAITH MATETE AND ANGWENYI GICHANA
OUT: Fired Kisumu County Assembly Speaker Ann Adul at her office on January 5. Photo/Maurice Alal
OUT: Fired Kisumu County Assembly Speaker Ann Adul at her office on January 5. Photo/Maurice Alal
THE Kisumu county assembly has called for applications for the speaker’s post. An advertisement was placed in local dailies yesterday. The county seeks to replace speaker Ann Adul, who was fired on Tuesday. Applicants have until November 4 to apply to the acting clerk Owen Ojuok. County Assemblies Forum Nyanza representative Beauttah Omanga on Tuesday said impeachment motions in assemblies are alarming. “Personal differences influence impeachment of innocent speakers,” he said in a statement. Omanga, the Bogichora ward representative, proposed that an arbitration board be formed to reconcile...

Traffic cop among Pan Africa Christian University graduands

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ALBERT NYAKUNDI
HAPPY: Meshack Mutungi speaking to press at at Pac University. Photo/Albert Nyakundi
HAPPY: Meshack Mutungi speaking to press at at Pac University. Photo/Albert Nyakundi
A top traffic officer is among Pan Africa Christian University's 350 students graduating on Friday. Meshack Mutungi is the third in command of traffic in Nairobi. He will be graduating with a Master of Art in leadership. Mutungi said he hopes to offer better services. He said balancing work and academics is not easy. "Getting time was not easy but I strived to go the extra mile." he said. Deputy President William Ruto is expected to attend the university's 33rd graduation ceremony as the guest of honour. Education CS Jacob Kaimenyi is also to attend the function. The graduands are taking...

Wetang'ula narrates his ordeal at JKIA, demands apology from Kenya Airways over 'humiliation'

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY EUGENE OKUMU
IRKED: Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula flanked by other senators makes a statement on his ordeal with KQ airline officials. Photo/ANDREW KASUKU
IRKED: Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang'ula flanked by other senators makes a statement on his ordeal with KQ airline officials. Photo/ANDREW KASUKU
Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang’ula has demanded an apology from national carrier Kenya Airways over what he termed as “outrageous” treatment following his barring from boarding a flight. Wetang’ula said he read a plot to profile and humiliate opposition leaders and cited past instances in which leaders in the Cord alliance were mistreated by airline officials. “I believe this is a plot by travel authorities to embarrass and humiliate leaders especially those in opposition and subject them to unnecessary psychological and emotional torture in public. Two months ago, CORD leader Mr. Raila Odinga...

Mysterious 'men in black' attack human rights defenders on Accra road

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
Matatu's along Tom Mboya/Accra Road street where the two were accosted. Photo/Monicah Mwangi
Matatu's along Tom Mboya/Accra Road street where the two were accosted. Photo/Monicah Mwangi
Two human rights defenders were on Thursday attacked by unknown persons along Accra road Nairobi. Elijah Sikona and Paul Mugo Maina, chairman and coordinator of Trusted Society of Human Rights Alliance respectively, said two people in black suits called them by their names and approached them as they walked along the road. They responded thinking the seemingly confident people knew them. "You guys from Nakuru, lazima muache upuzi. Mnajua mnapigana na wakubwa. Muache Mumo Matemu na Prof Ndungu' (You people from Nakuru must stop your nonsense. Do you know you are fighting the bosses? Leave Mumo...

Lamu port to start in December

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY BRIAN OTIENO
TAKING SHAPE: The new KPA offices under construction at Kililana on the new port in Lamu on February 20.Photo/File
TAKING SHAPE: The new KPA offices under construction at Kililana on the new port in Lamu on February 20.Photo/File
Residents displaced by the Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport project will be compensated next month, Kenya Ports Authority chairman Danson Mungatana has said. This follows concerns raised by Lamu women’s representative Shakilla Abdallah over the delay in compensation. Speaking during a press conference over the extended Lamu curfew at the Nyali International Beach Hotel on Wednesday, Abdallah said the delay is causing jitters among the residents. However, Mungatana said the groundbreaking ceremony will only take place after the affected families are compensated. Mungatana said the...

Sand loader killed, two others injured in Thika accident

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JAMES WAINAINA
A sand loader at work. Photo/File
A sand loader at work. Photo/File
A man was killed and two others seriously injured on Thursday afternoon along Thika-Garissa road when a motorist lost control of his car and crashed into a group of sand loaders at the Kilimambogo-Ol Donyo Sabuk junction in Thika East. Daniel Mwaka Mackenzie, 31, died instantly after a saloon car rammed into the stationary lorry onto which he and his workmates were loading sand, traffic police officers at the scene said. The officers said the driver, speeding to Matuu, lost control of his car while trying to avoid the lorry which was parked by the road side. The injured loaders are admitted...

First Lady awarded UN person of the year-here is her acceptance speech

Friday, October 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MARGARET KENYATTA
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta with her children, (from left) Jomo, Ngina and Jaba, after she received the 'United Nations Person of the Year 2014' award for her efforts in the Beyond Zero campaign.Photo/PSCU
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta with her children, (from left) Jomo, Ngina and Jaba, after she received the 'United Nations Person of the Year 2014' award for her efforts in the Beyond Zero campaign.Photo/PSCU
I am truly honored to be named the recipient of this highly regarded and prestigious award. I am humbled with the recognition that you confer on me today, and I would like to dedicate this award to ALL of You, The Kenyan Men and Women who join me every day in the fight to reduce maternal and early childhood deaths .... we are not there yet but we shall get 'Beyond Zero'. Ending preventable maternal and newborn deaths in our country is not a choice, it is a necessity. For too long, the prospect of childbirth in Kenya to thousands of women has been tantamount to a death sentence. This is not...

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