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Raila defends ODM as a democratic party despite botched elections

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY EUGENE OKUMU
DEMOCRATIC: Cord leader Raila Odinga in studio with Citizen TV news anchor Hussein Mohammed during an interview where he defended ODM as the democratic party in Kenya. Photo/COURTESY/CITIZEN TV
DEMOCRATIC: Cord leader Raila Odinga in studio with Citizen TV news anchor Hussein Mohammed during an interview where he defended ODM as the democratic party in Kenya. Photo/COURTESY/CITIZEN TV
Oppositon leader Raila Odinga has dismissed those questioning the democratic tolerance of his ODM party following botched National Delegates Commission elections in February. Raila maintained that ODM remains the only party in the country that has attempted an electoral process to pick the leadership of the party and therefore remains the most democratic party in the country. “Some of the parties that are saying ODM cannot hold elections are themselves still under caretaker committees,” Raila said in an interview on Citizen TV Tuesday night. Raila added that despite the disruption of the...

Knut issues 21 day strike notice over stalled reforms

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY PATRICK VIDIJA
WARNING: Knut Sec Gen Wilson Sossion addresses a press conference where he gave TSC an ultimatum to sign a collective bargaining agreement with teachers or face industrial action. Photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
WARNING: Knut Sec Gen Wilson Sossion addresses a press conference where he gave TSC an ultimatum to sign a collective bargaining agreement with teachers or face industrial action. Photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
The Kenya National Union of Teachers has called on the Teachers Service Commission to convene a meeting to conclude on Collaborative Bargaining Agreements that was agreed on in July last following a strike that lasted the better part of the month. The teachers’ union secretary general Wilson Sossion has said that if TSC fails to convene the CBA and conclude on signing for the agreement within 21 days, the union will issue a notice of an industrial action which could see teachers go on strike in the third term of the schools academic year. Sossioni said the directyive was reached after the...

Ruto tells Raila to give Jubilee 5 years to implement Constitution before a referendum

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JUSTUS OCHIENG
Deputy President William Ruto is welcomed to Kisumu International Airport by Governor Jack Ranguma on Wednesday. Ruto was in the county to open the Annual Congress and Commemoration of four years of the Promulgation of the Constitution at Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu.
Photo/REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS
Deputy President William Ruto is welcomed to Kisumu International Airport by Governor Jack Ranguma on Wednesday. Ruto was in the county to open the Annual Congress and Commemoration of four years of the Promulgation of the Constitution at Tom Mboya Labour College in Kisumu. Photo/REBECCA NDUKU/DPPS
Deputy President William Ruto has told Kenyans to wait five years to change the constitution. He criticised leaders, led by Cord leader Raila Odinga, rooting for a referendum even before the three years allocated transitional period. Ruto admitted that there are issues in the constitution that need to be addressed. However, he said there is a need for full implementation before any amendments. “Some of the issues were raised long before the promulgation of the constitution on August 27, 2010,” said the DP. Ruto noted that the framers on the constitution anticipated the gaps and that is why...

Raila says Okoa Kenya is bigger than ODM and Cord

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY EUGENE OKUMU
Cord leader Raila Odinga during a past function. Photo/FILE
Cord leader Raila Odinga during a past function. Photo/FILE
Cord leader Raila Odinga has said that the Okoa Kenya campaign through which the opposition is pushing for a referendum to amend the four-year-old Kenyan constitution is not a product of the opposition. Raila said that the Okoa Kenya secretariat chaired by former constitutional lawyer Paul Mwangi is an independent body of which Cord joined to push for an amendment to the constitution. “Okoa Kenya is an independent organ. Okoa Kenya is not Cord. It is a lot of people brought together” Raila said adding that other parties and individuals have also joined the calls for an amendment to the...

Margaret Kenyatta holds meeting with governors on ways to cut high maternal deaths

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY PSCU
 First Lady Margaret Kenyatta greets the Chairman of the Council of Governors Isaac Rutto on her arrival at the Boma Hotel for the official opening of the 'Consultative Meeting on Accelerating the Attainment of MDG 5 in Kenya'. Also present is (from right) British High Commissioner to Kenya Christian Turner and Governor Lamu County Issa Timamy.Photo/PSCU
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta greets the Chairman of the Council of Governors Isaac Rutto on her arrival at the Boma Hotel for the official opening of the 'Consultative Meeting on Accelerating the Attainment of MDG 5 in Kenya'. Also present is (from right) British High Commissioner to Kenya Christian Turner and Governor Lamu County Issa Timamy.Photo/PSCU
First Lady Margaret Kenyatta this morning held a consultative meeting with all Governors to map strategies on accelerating the attainment of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) in Kenya. The meeting specifically concentrated on millennium goals 4 and 5 which deal with issues of improving maternal mortality and also combating HIV and malaria. The Governors led by their chairman Isaac Ruto committed to allocate some of their resources to partner with the First Lady’s ‘Beyond Zero’ initiative and other stakeholders in order to achieve the MDGs aimed at improving maternal and child health...

Machakos MCAs threaten to impeach Kiala again

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY WAMBUA KAVILA
Machakos Deputy Governor Bernard Muia Kiala addressing the media at his office on July 11. Photo/File
Machakos Deputy Governor Bernard Muia Kiala addressing the media at his office on July 11. Photo/File
The Machakos county assembly has threatened to impeach deputy governor Bernard Kiala again. Majority leader Joshua Mwonga and minority leader Thomas Kasoa said Kiala had not mended his ways and was still bringing the reputation of the county to disrepute. "We will bring another impeachment motion against him after three months in accordance with the law if he does not stop waging war against the county," Mwonga said. He added that the DG was trying to give an impression that he was being frustrated by the county government in his bid to get sympathy. Kasoa said the first impeachment in July...

Uhuru wins admiration for pallbearer role at Dr Magana's send-off

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY EUGENE OKUMU
HUMBLE: President Kenyatta seen as one of the pallbearers at the funeral of Dr Njoroge Mungai Magana who was the personal physician of Kenya's first President Jomo Kenyatta. Photo/PSCU
HUMBLE: President Kenyatta seen as one of the pallbearers at the funeral of Dr Njoroge Mungai Magana who was the personal physician of Kenya's first President Jomo Kenyatta. Photo/PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta has received an outpouring of admiration after pictures of him surface on social media showing that he was the pallbearer at the funeral of Dr Njoroge Mungai. Dr Mungai who was laid to rest on Tuesday was the personal physician to President Kenyatta’s father and founding father of the nation Jomo Kenyatta. Social media users expressed their admiration for the president’s humility despite his status and wealth. “Politics aside, tribal affiliations aside, sir you are one humble man, wishing you God's Favor Mr. President, you have won my respect effortlessly,” one user...

Police pursuing gunmen who shot and critically injured Mombasa CID boss

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY CALVIN ONSARIGO
Mombasa Hospital where the Mombasa DCIO is admitted in critical condition. Photo/Elkana Jacob
Mombasa Hospital where the Mombasa DCIO is admitted in critical condition. Photo/Elkana Jacob
Police are pursuing gunmen who shot and seriously wounded Mombasa Urban CID boss Ndumba Thangarani in Tudor area in Mombasa on Tuesday night. The officer was accompanied by Mombasa police boss Geoffrey Mayek when they were ambushed as they trailed the assailants in a private car. Mayek escaped unhurt along with two undercover detectives during the 8pm incident. Mombasa County Deputy Police Commander, Sevelino Kubai, said Thangarani is in stable condition after he was rescued and rushed to Mombasa hospital. Kubai said the CID boss is still admitted at the hospital's intensive care unit after...

Police gun down three suspected criminals in Gigiri

Wednesday, August 27, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
The scene of the shooting where three suspected criminal were shot dead by police in Gigiri Wednesday Photo/NairobiBoundBus
The scene of the shooting where three suspected criminal were shot dead by police in Gigiri Wednesday Photo/NairobiBoundBus
Police have gunned down three suspected gangsters outside Gigiri Java house and recovered two pistols and six rounds of ammunition from them. The three had exchanged fire with the police who had pursued the would be robbers for hours before they were cornered near Kenol petrol station in Gigiri. They exchanged fire for more than five minutes before they were subdued. Gigiri CID boss Philip Kandie said the gangsters were trailed by the Special Crime Unit officers from the city centre. They are suspected of planning a robbery in the affluent Gigiri area. Police said the three, with other gang...

Referendum will end pay delays - Jakoyo

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ERIC OLOO
HEALTH MATTERS: Deputy minority leader Jakoyo Midiwo at the burial of Akich Okola in Siaya county on Saturday. Photo/ERIC OLOO
HEALTH MATTERS: Deputy minority leader Jakoyo Midiwo at the burial of Akich Okola in Siaya county on Saturday. Photo/ERIC OLOO
NATIONAL Assembly minority leader Jakoyo Midiwo says the impending referendum will address health workers’ grievances by increasing money to counties. Speaking at at a meeting with ODM party leaders in Rarieda on Friday, Midiwo said this would in turn stop salary delays. He urged health workers to support the plebiscite. Midiwo differed with those who want the devolved health functions to be returned to the national government. He said those are just a few who don’t want to work under close supervision. He called on health workers to exercise patience, warning that reversing devolution would...

Court allows Sonko to institute contempt charges against Cord leaders over Saba Saba remarks

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY EUGENE OKUMU
Nairobi senate elect Mike Mbuvi Sonko .Photo/Elkana Jacob
Nairobi senate elect Mike Mbuvi Sonko .Photo/Elkana Jacob
A ruling made by High Court judge Isaac Lenaola on Tuesday has paved way for Nairobi senator Mike Sonko to sue six Cord leaders for contempt of court, following an earlier ruling that was made ahead of the Saba Saba rally. Lenaola had ruled on July 5 that the Cord leaders were not allowed to make an inflammatory remarks during the July 7 Saba Saba rally held at Uhuru Park. Lenaola further ruled that Cord principals Raila Odinga, Moses Wetang'ula and Kalonzo Musyoka were to be held responsible for any damages as a result of the rally. In today's ruling Lenaola however declined to hold the...

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