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Six injured in multiple-car accident at Kimende

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MERCY NJOKI
A file photo of an accident at Kimende Photo/File
A file photo of an accident at Kimende Photo/File
Six people were injured in an accident involving six vehicles at Kimende along Nairobi-Nakuru highway on Sunday. The accident involving two lorries, two matatus, a pick-up and a Nairobi-bound bus occurred after the driver of one of the matatus lost control and hit a lorry while trying to overtake it. Those injured in the 9pm incident were rushed to Lari and Tigoni hospitals. The incident caused a traffic snarl up on the busy highway for about two hours.

Governor Tunai denies misuse of Narok funds, says he is not corrupt

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY EDWIN NYARANGI
Narok Governor Samuel Tunai addresses a public meeting in Trans Mara East subcounty on Sunday. He denied allegations of the misuse of county funds. Photo/EDWIN NYARANGI
Narok Governor Samuel Tunai addresses a public meeting in Trans Mara East subcounty on Sunday. He denied allegations of the misuse of county funds. Photo/EDWIN NYARANGI
Narok Governor Samuel Tunai has denied allegations of misuse of county funds saying he has accomplished more since his election in March 2013 than other leaders have in the last 50 years. “Most of my critics have served in powerful positions in the past regimes and did nothing to improve the lives of the people of Narok. That is why they are getting jittery over my development record for the short time I have served as governor,” Tunai said. He was speaking at public meetings at Kurankurik and Kaptololo primary schools in Trans Mara East subcounty on Sunday. The claims of the misuse of funds...

Govt cuts fertilizer prices at NCPB to increase food production

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MATHEWS NDANYI
Fertilizer arriving at the Port of Mombasa.Photo/File
Fertilizer arriving at the Port of Mombasa.Photo/File
The government has lowered the fertilizer prices for farmers in readiness for next year's planting season. DAP fertilizer which is used for planting will sell at Sh 1,800 at the National Cereals and Produce Board (NCPB) which is a reduction from Sh 2,000 this year. Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture has already directed NCPB to implement the reduction which is aimed at helping farmers to cut costs of farm inputs and produce more food next year. "We have directed NCPB to buy the maize from farmers and we will also reduce the price of fertilizer so that our farmers can produce more food," said...

Caretaker nabbed for growing bhang worth Sh2million

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY COLLINS KWEYU
SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE: The caretaker arrested over growing bhang in Valley Arcade, Nairobi on Sunday. Photo/COLLINS KWEYU
SUFFICIENT EVIDENCE: The caretaker arrested over growing bhang in Valley Arcade, Nairobi on Sunday. Photo/COLLINS KWEYU
A caretaker was arrested in Valley Arcade, Nairobi on Sunday for allegedly growing bhang on the compound of a house he takes care of. The unnamed caretaker however claimed that the bhang, valued at Sh2 million, belongs to the owner of the house. A suspicious neighbour reported the matter to officers at Muthangari police station leading to the arrest, Dagoretti DCIO Joseph Ondoro said. The neighbour became doubtful after the caretaker refused to let him into the compound when he went to collect an iron he had borrowed. The police forcefully entered the compound finding the bhang grown...

Day schools will be free from 2015, says DP Ruto

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MATHEWS NDANYI
Deputy President William Ruto at a past press conference.Photo/FILE
Deputy President William Ruto at a past press conference.Photo/FILE
Studying in day schools will be cost-free from 2015, Deputy President William Ruto has said. Ruto said the government, through several programmes including the CDF, will put up classes and pay the school's teachers and that parents should therefore not be asked to make any payments. "What we want now is for parents and leaders to help monitor the use of this money in all schools so that it benefits the intended children," he said. He was speaking after attending a church service at Ziwa in Eldoret on Sunday. Noting the government's commitment to ensuring that as many children as possible have...

Governor Mutua assents to 5 acts, says laws will boost Machakos county development

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
Machakos governor Alfred Mutua opening the Machakos peoples park on February 16. Photo/FILE
Machakos governor Alfred Mutua opening the Machakos peoples park on February 16. Photo/FILE
Machakos County governor Alfred Mutua on Monday assented into law five acts which he says are expected to accelerate development in the county. The 2014 Acts are: the Agricultural Development Fund Act (enacted on December 4), Public Participation Act (enacted on December 4), Liquor Licensing Act (enacted on December 4), Rating Act (enacted on December 3) and the Trade Licensing Act (enacted on December 3). “They will also give legal and policy framework that will guide our Maendeleo Chap Chap ideology,” the governor added. Mutua further said that Machakos county will play “politics of...

Raila meets Luo Council of Elders at his home, pledge to restore order

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- By MAURICE ALAL
Cord Leader Raila Odinga with Migori Governor Okoth Obado speaking at Lwanda Konyango, Nyatike constituency during the funeral of Area MP Edick Anyanga's mother Magdalene Anyanga on Saturday.Photo Manuel Odeny
Cord Leader Raila Odinga with Migori Governor Okoth Obado speaking at Lwanda Konyango, Nyatike constituency during the funeral of Area MP Edick Anyanga's mother Magdalene Anyanga on Saturday.Photo Manuel Odeny
CORD leader Raila Odinga yesterday sought to restore order and respect in the Luo Council of Elders. He promised those who have retired that he will not let them suffer. Ralia set a conciliatory tone for ousted elders and officials. He said he will not abandon them and let them become paupers, political busybodies or extortionists. Raila said an agreement will be reached so that council officials do not become the laughing stock of the community as has been the case since the death of chairman Koyo Opien and resignation of secretary Gem Ogutu. He said Raphael Ndai, Odungi Randa,Oyuga Tado,...

Pastor Kanyari spotted 'cruising' in a Range Rover Sport from Chinese Embassy

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MERCY NJOKI
STILL FREE: Pastor Victor Kanyari of the Salvation Healing Ministry church driving along Woodlands road in Nairobi on Monday morning. Photo/Boniface Mwangi
STILL FREE: Pastor Victor Kanyari of the Salvation Healing Ministry church driving along Woodlands road in Nairobi on Monday morning. Photo/Boniface Mwangi
Defamed pastor Victor Kanyari was spotted driving out of the Chinese Embassy in a silver Range Rover Sport early on Monday morning. Kanyari has kept a low profile since he was exposed for performing fake miracles and extorting members of his Salvation Healing Ministry church in November. A police officer said he could not be arrested because no one had lodged a complaint against him. Kanyari denied the allegations saying they were aimed at tainting the image of his church. His wife, musician Betty Bayo, denounced the accusations, saying she was not aware of what her husband was doing...

Rift Valley leaders defend new security laws, say criticism will not break Jubilee

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MATHEWS NDANYI
Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago at a past function. Photo/FILE
Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago at a past function. Photo/FILE
Several Rift Valley leaders have asked the opposition to stop politising security issues and cancel plans for a mass protest against the Security Laws Act. The leaders defended the new laws saying they will help keep the country safe by strengthening measures against insecurity. “If they (Cord leaders) think they will use the security laws to win political mileage then that will not work for them because Kenyans want security,” Uasin Gishu Governor Jackson Mandago said. He was speaking on Saturday in Moiben where the legislators attended prayers hosted by area MP Sila Tiren. The others...

Uhuru's cousin killed in horrific car crash

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KAMORE MAINA AND GEORGE MUGO
FLAMBOYANT: Mike Gathecha, President Uhuru Kenyatta's cousin, who was killed in an accident in Roysambu, Nairobi on Saturday. Photo/COURTESY
FLAMBOYANT: Mike Gathecha, President Uhuru Kenyatta's cousin, who was killed in an accident in Roysambu, Nairobi on Saturday. Photo/COURTESY
President Uhuru Kenyatta's cousin died in a road accident at Roysambu, Nairobi on Saturday. Mike Gathecha, son of Uhuru’s uncle Peter Gathecha, died instantly after his Toyota Crown rammed into a stationary lorry. Preliminary investigations indicate that he may have been speeding. Gathecha was the proprietor of Juja Capital Centre which has a restaurant, a bar, a lounge and a tyre centre. Friends and relatives described him as a flamboyant businessman and car enthusiast. His wrecked car was towed to Kasarani police station.

22 Asian girls arrested for prostitution in Parklands club swoop

Monday, December 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
Commercial sex workers arrested in Mombasa in 2011. Photo/FILE
Commercial sex workers arrested in Mombasa in 2011. Photo/FILE
Twenty two underage Asian girls were arrested over the weekend for prostitution in Parklands, Nairobi. The girls aged between 15 and 22 years were rounded up at a popular club alongside four men who allegedly trafficked them. They reportedly got into the country illegally. The girls and the four men will all face various charges in court.

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