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Nairobi buys 20 dogs from South Africa

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY CHRISPINUS WEKESA
Police dog section pass by the presidential dais during the Mashujaa day celebrations in 2013. Photo/Philip Kamakya
Police dog section pass by the presidential dais during the Mashujaa day celebrations in 2013. Photo/Philip Kamakya
A top official in the Nairobi county government has condemned the delay in delivering sniffer dogs imported from South Africa. Speaking at City Hall yesterday, the official who requested anonymity said the Nairobi county assembly has imported 20 dogs to be used by the City Inspectorate officers to patrol estates. “So far we have 20 dogs. We are looking for an appropriate day to unveil them,” the official said. He said many people are wrong to assume the county government is doing little to fight crime. The official said the dogs will be used to patrol Karen, Westlands, Muthaiga and Runda...

High Court declares Kiambu finance law illegal

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY LYDIA MATATA
Judge George Odunga.Photo/File
Judge George Odunga.Photo/File
High Court Judge George Odunga has declared the Kiambu County Finance Act, 2013 illegal. Judge Odunga ruled that the law was null and void as it was enacted without the participation of Kiambu residents. The Bill had proposed new taxes including a proposal for charges for burials in public cemeteries. Farmers would also have had to pay taxes where cultivating an acre of land attracting Sh2,000 in tax and half and quarter acres would have cost Sh1,000 and Sh500. The case challenging the Finance Act was filed by Kiambu residents through an association called Jamofastar Welfare.

60 elderly people murdered each month in Kwale and Kilifi

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KERUBO LORNAH
NARROW ESCAPE: Relatives visit 80-year-old Kitsao Kirandu at Malindi hospital on June 5, 2013. He was attacked by a gang for allegedly practising witchcraft.Photo/Alphonce Gari
NARROW ESCAPE: Relatives visit 80-year-old Kitsao Kirandu at Malindi hospital on June 5, 2013. He was attacked by a gang for allegedly practising witchcraft.Photo/Alphonce Gari
At least 60 elderly people falsely accused of witchcraft are killed a month in Kwale and Kilifi counties, an official has said. Malindi District Cultural Association chairman Emmanuel Munyaya said 10 alleged witches are buried every week. “These are only the reported cases. Those people who are killed are many,” he said. Speaking to the Star on Monday at the Madca Centre, Munyaya said they are killed by greedy or spiteful relatives and neighbours. “These wazees are either very rich or they are not loved. Some members of the family may plan to eliminate somebody if they want his or her...

Nairobi buys 20 dogs from South Africa

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY CHRISPINUS WEKESA
Police dog section pass by the presidential dais during the Mashujaa day celebrations in 2013. Photo/Philip Kamakya
Police dog section pass by the presidential dais during the Mashujaa day celebrations in 2013. Photo/Philip Kamakya
A top official in the Nairobi county government has condemned the delay in delivering sniffer dogs imported from South Africa. Speaking at City Hall yesterday, the official who requested anonymity said the Nairobi county assembly has imported 20 dogs to be used by the City Inspectorate officers to patrol estates. “So far we have 20 dogs. We are looking for an appropriate day to unveil them,” the official said. He said many people are wrong to assume the county government is doing little to fight crime. The official said the dogs will be used to patrol Karen, Westlands, Muthaiga and Runda...

ODM criticises plan for fresh registration

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY GILBERT KOECH
Orange house ODM Headquarters. Photo/Monicah Mwangi
Orange house ODM Headquarters. Photo/Monicah Mwangi
THREE ODM MPs have dismissed the government’s plan to spend Sh8 billion to register Kenyans afresh terming it wastage of public resources. In a statement yesterday in Nairobi, Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, Taita Taveta women’s representative Joyce Lay and her Busia counterpart Florence Mutua said the government should tame corruption, which has “contributed to the current insecurity”. “It has been widely reported that the main reason for the issuance of fake identification documents is corruption.”

Heartbreaking texts from students on sinking South Korea ferry

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY AFP
South Korean relatives of passengers on board a capsized ferry cry as they wait for news about their loved ones, at a gym in Jindo on April 17, 2014.Photo/AFP
South Korean relatives of passengers on board a capsized ferry cry as they wait for news about their loved ones, at a gym in Jindo on April 17, 2014.Photo/AFP
Heart-wrenching messages of fear, love and despair, sent by high school students from a sinking South Korean ferry added extra emotional weight Thursday to a tragedy that has stunned the entire nation. Nearly 300 people -- most of them students on a high school to a holiday island -- are still missing after the ferry capsized and sank on Wednesday morning. "Sending this in case I may not be able to say this again. Mom, I love you," one student Shin Young-Jin said in a text to his mother that was widely circulated in the South Korean media. "Oh, I love you too son," texted back his mother who...

11 perish in Eldama-Ravine Accident

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
11 perish in accident involving trailer and matatu at Eldama-Ravine.Photo/Courtesy Kenya Red Cross Society
11 perish in accident involving trailer and matatu at Eldama-Ravine.Photo/Courtesy Kenya Red Cross Society
Eleven people have died following an accident along the Eldoret-Nakuru Road at Eldama-Ravine this morning. Another seven were injured in the accident which occurred after a matatu and a trailer travelling in opposite direction collided head at Eldama-Ravine. The Kenya Red Cross said those injured have since been evacuated to the Kenyatta National Hospital.

Lobby group raises alarm over planned Karura six-star hotel

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY TRACIE OMINDE
Indigenous trees in the Karura forest. Photo/FILE
Indigenous trees in the Karura forest. Photo/FILE
Environmental lobby group, Green Belt Movement has said it will move to court against a developer who reportedly intends to build a multi-storey six-star hotel enterprise in the Karura forest. Reacting to a report in the People Newspaper, the organization said it has applied to be enjoined in a suit filed by York Holdings against the developer. While reiterating its commitment to conserving the forest, the organization has also called on the government to remain committed to the protection and conservation of the forest and the national heritage.

Kerugoya court reinstates ousted Embu governor Wambora

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY EUGENE OKUMU
Reinstated Embu Governor Martin Nyaga Wambora
Reinstated Embu Governor Martin Nyaga Wambora
The High Court sitting in Kerugoya has reinstated ousted Embu Governor Martin Wambora Nyaga and declared his impeachment null and void. The court in its ruling also found that Embu County Assembly speaker Justus Kariuki Mate could face contempt of court charges for instituting the impeachment of Wambora despite a High Court order that had barred the process. The judges said that, “had the Senate investigated Wambora's case, it would discover it was done in violation of the court order in the County Assembly,” adding that in their view, it was not the intention of the framers of the...

Italy holds Kenyan baby over mum's poor health

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY NG'ANG'A THAIRU
GIVE MY SON BACK: Teresia Mukuhi. Mukuhi fell ill shortly after giving birth to Karungu and in 2011, an Italian court ruled that the child be adopted.Photo/File
GIVE MY SON BACK: Teresia Mukuhi. Mukuhi fell ill shortly after giving birth to Karungu and in 2011, an Italian court ruled that the child be adopted.Photo/File
A family from Mutomo village in Gatundu South district has asked the government to help bring back their daughter and her son from Italy. The family is involved in a legal tussle with Italian authorities over the adoption of their daughter’s son without the legal consent of his mother. Thirty-year-old Teresia Mukuhi went to Italy in 2006 where she worked as a messenger in a post office in Rome. She gave birth to a baby boy on March 24, 2009. Mukuhi fell sick thereafter and her family organised for her younger sister, Hannah Wairimu, to travel to Italy to take care of her. On April 9, 2010 the...

Two dead, 293 missing in South Korea ferry capsize

Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY AFP
Helicopters rush to aid 477 passengers and crew aboard this sinking South Korean ferry some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo, as shown in this South Korea Coast Guard photo from April 16, 2014 (AFP Photo/)
Helicopters rush to aid 477 passengers and crew aboard this sinking South Korean ferry some 20 kilometres off the island of Byungpoong in Jindo, as shown in this South Korea Coast Guard photo from April 16, 2014 (AFP Photo/)
South Korean rescue teams, including elite navy SEAL divers, raced Wednesday to find up to 293 people missing from a capsized ferry carrying 459 passengers and crew -- mostly high school students bound for a holiday island. Two people -- a male student and a female crew member -- were confirmed dead as the vessel sank 20 kilometres (13 miles) off the southern island of Byungpoong. The government retracted an earlier announcement that 368 people had been rescued, and said it could only confirm that 164 people had been brought to safety. "The remaining 293 are unaccounted for," Lee Gyeong-Og,...

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