Sunday, Nov 23rd 2014

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RAILA LOSES 40% SUPPORT - IPSOS POLL

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR EDITOR
Cord leader Raila Odinga.Photo/File
Cord leader Raila Odinga.Photo/File
A new political poll has called into question the political future of former Prime Minister Raila Odinga. Raila has lost 40 percent of his support since the March 2013 election while President Uhuru Kenyatta has consolidated his position, according to a new survey by Ipsos (formerly known as Steadman Synovate). Only 60 percent of those who voted for Raila for president in 2013 would do so today, according to the Ipsos poll ( see graph and analysis on Page II of Siasa inside). Raila has lost 14 percent of his voters to Uhuru, 6 percent to Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka, 2 percent to Cord...

Kajwang' had broken ribs - postmortem

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY PATRICK VIDIJA
The widow of Homa Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang', Rose Kajwang' (right) ) and a relative leave the Lee Funeral home on Thursday, November 20 after the postmortem on the body of the former HomaBay Senator. PHOTO/COLLINS KWEYU
The widow of Homa Bay Senator Otieno Kajwang', Rose Kajwang' (right) ) and a relative leave the Lee Funeral home on Thursday, November 20 after the postmortem on the body of the former HomaBay Senator. PHOTO/COLLINS KWEYU
The late Homa Bay senator Otieno Kajwang' suffered six broken ribs, major internal injuries and complications that caused cardiac arrest, a preliminary medical report revealed yesterday. He also suffered from coronary artery disease, or narrowing of the arteries. The post-mortem exam conducted Wednesday at the Lee Funeral home in Nairobi was inconclusive about the exact cause of death Tuesday night. Blood and tissue samples will be flown to South Africa to determine the exact cause. The exam was carried out by the government's chief pathologist Dr Johansen Oduor and private pathologists...

Speaker planned own kidnap, Wambora tells CID

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KAMORE MAINA
SIX REASONS WHY: Embu Governor Martin Wambora (centre) leaves CID Headquarters after recording a statement on Friday.Photo/Collins Kweyu
SIX REASONS WHY: Embu Governor Martin Wambora (centre) leaves CID Headquarters after recording a statement on Friday.Photo/Collins Kweyu
Embu Governor Martin Wambora last evening told police that county assembly Speaker Kariuki Mate had faked his own kidnapping to seek sympathy in the contempt of court charges facing him in Kerugoya. Mate denied the allegations by Wambora, however, and said he was depressed by the allegations. He also denied claims by Wambora that he had coached 34-year-old Joseph Nga’ng’a Waithera, who is said to have confessed to police that he was part of the gang hired to kidnap him. Wambora alleged that Mate coached the man, said to be a carpenter, to implicate him to the abduction. The Mate kidnap saga...

Witness a 'con' - Ruto lawyer

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY OLIVER MATHENGE
CAUGHT RED-HANDED? Deputy President William Ruto greets Maasai elders during his tour of Kajiado county yesterday. He faces a criminal case at the ICC.Photo/DPPS
CAUGHT RED-HANDED? Deputy President William Ruto greets Maasai elders during his tour of Kajiado county yesterday. He faces a criminal case at the ICC.Photo/DPPS
DEPUTY President William Ruto’s defence lawyer yesterday accused an ICC witness of trying to con the court. Shyamala Alegandra produced a report by the court’s Victims and Witness Unit showing the witness had been caught “red-handed” lying about lost belongings. The witness has been claiming he was enticed to recant his evidence in the ICC trial at the Hague. Ruto’s defence accused him of lying when he said he was robbed of three phones and Sh2,000 given him by the office of the ICC prosecutor. Alegandra accused him of claiming the items were stolen by three men on his way to a market in...

Woman with 'fatherless' children challenges law

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JILLO KADIDA
A woman has filed a suit in a Kakamega court challenging a law denying children of unwed mothers the right to carry their biological father’s identity. The woman cohabited with a man in Luanda, Vihiga county, since 1999 and bore him two children. However, he refused to let the children bear his name. He allegedly became violent in 2004, and she left the union in 2009. The woman has moved to court through the Federation of Women Lawyers. She is seeking an order stopping the government from demanding the consent of a father to give a child his name. The woman seeks to overturn this requirement...

Cops net sugar haul

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY SHABAN MAKOKHA
MORE than 4.9 tonnes of sugar allegedly smuggled from Uganda was impounded on Thursday by police in Mumias. The consignment was being ferried in three trailers on the Busia-Mumias road when police on a snap check impounded them. Area police boss Farah Mohammed told the Star the consignment was packed in factory bags labelled Kakira Sugar, a Ugandan company. It was impounded near Shibale trading centre. Sugarcane farmers have complained that smuggling of cheap sugar is killing their business. Lugari MP Ayub Savula urged Agriculture CS Felix Koskei to intervene.

Leadership degree awarded to Uhuru

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY IRENE WAIRIMU
CONGRATULATIONS YOUNG MAN: President Uhuru Kenyatta receives an honorary Doctorate of Leadership from President Daniel Arap Moi at Kabarak University yesterday.Photo/PSCU
CONGRATULATIONS YOUNG MAN: President Uhuru Kenyatta receives an honorary Doctorate of Leadership from President Daniel Arap Moi at Kabarak University yesterday.Photo/PSCU
PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday was awarded an honorary Doctorate of Leadership at Kabarak University. He was given the degree during the institution’s 10th graduation ceremony. Vice chancellor Prof Jones Kaleli said the doctorate is in recognition of his exemplary leadership and dedication to public service. He said Uhuru has initiated visionary projects since he became President. The degree was awarded to Uhuru by the university’s chancellor, President Daniel Moi. Moi said early signs in Uhuru’s tenure showed he is committed to making Kenya a great nation. He said Kenya has the highest...

Senator says she was sexually harassed

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY CHRIS MANDI
NOMINATED Senator Godliver Nanjira, who uses a wheelchair, yesterday said she was groped and sexually harassed at Bole International Airport in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. She said she will lodge a complaint with the special UN Special Rapporteur on Disability over the incident. Nanjira told the Star she was mistreated while returning from a meeting of regional and national leaders of organisations of persons with disabilities in Africa. The three-day meeting began on November 17 at the UN Conference Centre in Addis Ababa. “We were two wheelchair users; a man from Senegal and I. The Senegalese was...

HIV high in young girls

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ELIZABETH WERE
HIV prevalence is highest among women and men aged 25 and 44, statistics from the National Aids Control Council have shown. NACC Gender Specialist Eunice Odongi, who released the numbers yesterday, said HIV-Aids is most reported in young women aged 15 to 24. According to a Kenya Aids Indicator Survey of 2012, an estimated 1.6 million people are living with HIV in Kenya. Odongi said in 2013 an estimated 50,530 women were infected with HIV. “Approximately 87,000 women living with HIV get pregnant annually,” she said during a Nairobi forum on ensuring women living with virus can access family...

Nurses warned

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY FAITH MATETE
NURSES have been warned by their union against administering the tetanus vaccination. Speaking to the press in Kisumu yesterday during a meeting with nurses, Kenya National Union of Nurses secretary general Seth Panyako said they should wait for the vaccine to be investigated. Panyako said the Catholic church plays a major role in health issues and has done its research. He said if the church is convinced that the vaccine is faulty, it should be checked. “All clients injected will sue you through us. As a union we care and don’t want to be part of a life-threatening exercise” Panyako said.

Corridors Of Power

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY POLITICAL DESK
The new TNA headquarters opposite State House. Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE
The new TNA headquarters opposite State House. Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE
Are there internal wrangles at the TNA headquarters? On Monday the media ran a story of a politician who has been appointed the National Interim Chairman of the Youth League. However, the next day the director of communications issued a statement denying knowledge of the appointment. The catch was lack of an official signature and the stamp of the party on the statement. When the Star called him and told him to send a signed press statement, he sent one whose signature looked embossed. Corridors has learnt that the director may soon face action from the party’s top brass. === A politicians...

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