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Give permit for chang'aa, says Nacada official

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KNA
WASTED: A drunk man at Chaka Township, Kieni East district, on September 9, 2012.Photo/Wambugu Kanyi
WASTED: A drunk man at Chaka Township, Kieni East district, on September 9, 2012.Photo/Wambugu Kanyi
County governments have been urged to license brewers who manufacture traditional liquor in hygienic conditions. A National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse official said deaths by illicit brews can be prevented with the availability of affordable and safe liquor in the market. “County assemblies should enact laws that will make it possible for small entrepreneurs to enter the alcoholic beverages market at the county level, where they will be monitored to ensure quality,” said Central Region manager James Wanyui. In an interview with KNA, Wanyui said a recent survey...

Christians keep off gays, says lawyer

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JILLO KADIDA
UNHAPPY: Kenyan gay and lesbian organisations demonstrate outside the Nigerian High Commission in Nairobi on February 7. Photo/FILE
UNHAPPY: Kenyan gay and lesbian organisations demonstrate outside the Nigerian High Commission in Nairobi on February 7. Photo/FILE
CHRISTIANS should have no say in whether gays and lesbians can enjoy their right of freedom of association, a lawyer said Sande Ligunya urged the High Court not to allow Christians to prevent it from ruling in favour of her client Eric Gitari. He wants the government to register an NGO for gays and lesbians in Kenya. “We are respectful of Christians and, indeed, we are Christians. However, the views of the majority of them ought not to dissuade you,” she said. Ligunya said gays and lesbians, just like other Kenyans, have a right to form an association and be part of one. Gitari has accused...

Burkina Faso president rejects opposition calls to step down after violence

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUTERS
A man watches cars burn at a hotel where members of the parliament were said to be staying in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, October 30, 2014.Photo/REUTERS/Joe Penney
A man watches cars burn at a hotel where members of the parliament were said to be staying in Ouagadougou, capital of Burkina Faso, October 30, 2014.Photo/REUTERS/Joe Penney
Burkina Faso's President Blaise Compaore said on Thursday he would stay in power at the head of a transitional government until after elections, rejecting opposition calls for him to step down immediately following a day of violent protests. The head of the armed forces, General Honore Traore, had earlier dissolved parliament and announced talks with all political parties to create an interim government to take the West African country to democratic elections within a year. The move came after at least three protesters were shot dead and scores wounded in clashes with security forces as...

Give permit for chang'aa, says Nacada official

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KNA
WASTED: A drunk man at Chaka Township, Kieni East district, on September 9, 2012.Photo/Wambugu Kanyi
WASTED: A drunk man at Chaka Township, Kieni East district, on September 9, 2012.Photo/Wambugu Kanyi
County governments have been urged to license brewers who manufacture traditional liquor in hygienic conditions. A National Authority for the Campaign Against Alcohol and Drug Abuse official said deaths by illicit brews can be prevented with the availability of affordable and safe liquor in the market. “County assemblies should enact laws that will make it possible for small entrepreneurs to enter the alcoholic beverages market at the county level, where they will be monitored to ensure quality,” said Central Region manager James Wanyui. In an interview with KNA, Wanyui said a recent survey...

Robbers in buibui pounce on Mombasa

Friday, October 31, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY BRIAN OTIENO
ULTIMATE SACRIFICE: Police officers in Mombasa clean up the scene where their colleague Simon Cheruko was shot dead on October 10.Photo/Andrew Kasuku
ULTIMATE SACRIFICE: Police officers in Mombasa clean up the scene where their colleague Simon Cheruko was shot dead on October 10.Photo/Andrew Kasuku
CRIMINALS in Mombasa have devised a new way of concealing their identity, which has angered Muslims. The Council of Imams and Preachers of Kenya on Wednesday said robbers are using the hijab veil and buibui robes to disguise themselves as innocent women. “Any man wearing a woman’s clothe is cursed by God and any woman who wears a man’s clothes is cursed,” said CIPK organising secretary Sheikh Mohamed Khalifa at his office in Mwembe Tayari. Treasurer Sheikh Hassan Omar said incidents of robbery gangs disguising themselves as women have been reported in Tudor, Mombasa CBD, Jomvu and Kisauni...

DNA test shows Sonko is not dad of one child, ex-wife wants second test

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ALLOYS MUSYOKA
Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko?Photo/Hezron Njoroge
Nairobi Senator Mike Sonko?Photo/Hezron Njoroge
NAIROBI Senator Mike Sonko’s estranged wife Josephine Thuku has rejected DNA test results presented in court and asked that another test be done. The tests undertaken by government analyst George Ogunda on September 30 indicate that Sonko is the biological father of her first child but not of her second. The tests indicate that the two children are biologically related. Thuku had claimed Sonko is the biological father of the two children. The senator had said he is the father of the first-born but denied paternity of the second child. Yesterday, Thuku rejected the DNA tests results, saying...

UN, World Bank gives regional peace efforts 80 billion, Uhuru praise the support

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta leads the Kenyan delegation in bilateral talks  with the World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delegation  at State House, Nairobi on Wednesday night.Photo/PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta leads the Kenyan delegation in bilateral talks with the World Bank President Dr. Jim Yong Kim and the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon delegation at State House, Nairobi on Wednesday night.Photo/PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta has welcomed the $8.3 billion (about 80 billion) support for peace and development in the Horn of Africa region pledged by the United Nations, the World Bank, Africa Development Bank and other development partners. He said the financial resources will build on the work the region has already done towards ensuring peace. “Kenya and the Horn of Africa are glad to see this coordinated action by the United Nations, the World Bank, the African Union, the African Development Bank, IGAD and the other institutions represented here,” Kenyatta said. The President made the...

10 Nakuru traffic cops arrested for taking bribes, one motorist nabbed for giving cash

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STEVE WAMBUGU
Some of the traffic police officers being taken to Railway police station in Nakuru town on Thursday after being arrested by EACC officials for allegedly taking bribes. Photo/Ben Ndonga
Some of the traffic police officers being taken to Railway police station in Nakuru town on Thursday after being arrested by EACC officials for allegedly taking bribes. Photo/Ben Ndonga
Ten traffic police officers in Nakuru town were Thursday arrested over taking bribes from motorists by officials from the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission. The officers were nabbed with notes of Sh100 stashed in their pockets and caps during a swoop carried out at Free Area, Kiti and Eveready roundabouts. One motorist was also arrested for giving a traffic police officer a bribe. “Before coming to Nakuru town we received several complaints from leaders and motorists about constant harassment by the traffic police,” EACC spokesperson Yasin Amaro said. Amaro said officers manning the...

Raila watches in disbelief as rowdy ODM youth eject Magerer from PG meeting

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY PATRICK VIDIJA
ODM Executive Director Magerer Langat being roughed up by rowdy youth at Orange House Photo/Courtesy
ODM Executive Director Magerer Langat being roughed up by rowdy youth at Orange House Photo/Courtesy
Rowdy youth ejected ODM Executive Director Magerer Langat from Orange House during a parliamentary group meeting Thursday. The youth, some said to be MCAs, stormed the meeting venue where Cord was receiving referendum updates from the Committee of Experts and pulled Magerer out of his seat. Said to be about 100 in number, they accused Langat of being a Jubilee mole in the party. They roughed him up and deflated his Toyota Prado car tyres as Cord leader Raila Odinga and Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka watched from a distance. Magerer took off to save his skin as the lynch mob continued to rough...

Equity makes a Sh11 billion net profit in 9 months

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY PATRICK VIDIJA
Equity Bank CEO James Mwangi Photo/Monicah Mwangi
Equity Bank CEO James Mwangi Photo/Monicah Mwangi
Equity Bank has reported a Sh11.2 billion after-tax profit in its third quarter, equivalent to a 26 per cent growth from its 2013 third quarter profit. “We have harnessed global merchant capacity, now enjoying 92% annual commission growth, our assets hit 339 billion while loans grew to 207 billion at 24 per cent," CEO James Mwangi reported on Thursday afternoon. Mwangi announced that the bank's net profit loss has dropped by 4.3 per cent, and that regional subsidiaries registered a 137 per cent profit before tax growth. He said the Equity currently controls 17 per cent of the diaspora...

Govt denies 'militarization' of National Youth Service

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KNA
President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects a parade mounted by the National Youth Service Recruits during their passing-out at the National Youth Service College, Gilgil on : Sep 11 2014.Photo/PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta inspects a parade mounted by the National Youth Service Recruits during their passing-out at the National Youth Service College, Gilgil on : Sep 11 2014.Photo/PSCU
Interior Ministry Cabinet Principle Secretary Dr. Monica Juma has dismissed reports claiming that the National Intelligence Service has cautioned the government against militarization of the National Youth Service. In a statement on Thursday the Interior PS said that there was no such report by NIS or any other State Agency adding that the stories are based on conjecture. “These are spurious unfounded stories that are based on conjecture on the part of the journalists and media houses concerned,” said Dr Juma. She said the government was undertaking well-thought out reforms to transform,...

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