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ELDERLY MAN CANES RAILA IN KWALE CORD RALLY

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ALLOYS MUSYOKA
A man who beat Cord leader Raila Odinga and governor Salim Mvurya in Kinango market Monday is arrested Photo/Alloys Musyoka
A man who beat Cord leader Raila Odinga and governor Salim Mvurya in Kinango market Monday is arrested Photo/Alloys Musyoka
A meeting attended by Cord principals Raila Odinga and Moses Wetang'ula, senators and MPs came to a standstill when a person believed to be insane beat Raila and Governor Salim Mvurya, using a big stick. Mvurya and Raila were dancing accompanied by senators Wetang'ula, Juma Boy, James Orengo, Johnstone Muthama, Agnes Zani, Hassan Omar and MPs Hassan Mwanyoha and Zulekha Hassan, when the drama started. The middle-aged man joined them in the dance but soon pounced on Raila, striking him twice and then turning to Governor Mvurya, who was also hit twice. Both Raila and Mvurya's aides were nowhere...

How Ruto's call won over Governors

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JAMES MBAKA
STOPOVER: DP Ruto addresses a crowd on his way to the National Nurses? Association of Kenya Annual General Meeting in Eldoret town yesterday.Photo/DPPS
STOPOVER: DP Ruto addresses a crowd on his way to the National Nurses? Association of Kenya Annual General Meeting in Eldoret town yesterday.Photo/DPPS
DEPUTY President William Ruto has personally called three governors from Rift Valley and pleaded with them to drop their Pesa Mashinani referendum push. The DP was forced to personally talk to Baringo Governor Benjamin Cheboi, Nandi's Cleophas Lagat and Kericho's Paul Chepkwony after the three initially stubbornly refused to back down. "The DP called the three to personally request them to drop their push. He talked to them for quite some time and promised to address their issues," said an official in Ruto's office. Lagat and Cheboi announced at the weekend that they had abandoned the push...

Bensouda not for video link

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY OLIVER MATHENGE
GLOBE TROTTER: President Uhuru Kenyatta and US Secretary of State John Kerry at the United Nations headquarters, New York, on Saturday.Photo/PSCU
GLOBE TROTTER: President Uhuru Kenyatta and US Secretary of State John Kerry at the United Nations headquarters, New York, on Saturday.Photo/PSCU
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda yesterday said she is opposed to President Uhuru Kenyatta attending a status conference via video link. She, however, said she is not opposed to the rescheduling of the October 8 status conference but the new date should be as soon as possible. Bensouda said the question of whether to permit Uhuru to attend via video link is a matter that should be decided by the Chamber, adding that the reasons given were not adequate. "The Prosecution observes only that no clear reasons for attendance by video link, rather than in person, are advanced by the defence, other than...

Pregnant women left out in hiring

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
THE Independent Policing Oversight Authority yesterday told a court that police recruitment in July discriminated against pregnant women and people with dicoloured teeth. IPOA, which seeks to nullify recruitment of 10,000 police officers, told High Court judge Isaac Lenaola a number of pregnant were turned away after passing all the other stages on July 14. Lawyer James Orola urged Lenaola to quash the entire process and compel the National Police Service to conduct a fresh recruitment, “as the constitution prohibits discrimination”.

Agency denies protecting ICC witnesses

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY FELIX OLICK
Hostile witnesses at the International Criminal Court are not under the local witness protection programme, the Witness Protection Agency has said. The agency made the clarification as it emphasised President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto have never interfered with their operations. “Prosecution witnesses admitting that they were enticed to testify against Uhuru and Ruto are not under our protection,” deputy director Peter Mwangi said. “I confirm that Uhuru and Ruto have never meddled in our operations despite having cases at the ICC.” Mwangi said witnesses who have been...

Makueni's fate lies in vote - governors

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY GEORGE MURAGE
TIME TO START OVER: Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, Council of Governors chairman Isaac Rutto and other governors during a press conference in Naivasha yesterday.Photo/George Murage
TIME TO START OVER: Makueni Governor Kivutha Kibwana, Council of Governors chairman Isaac Rutto and other governors during a press conference in Naivasha yesterday.Photo/George Murage
VOTERS in Makueni are headed to the ballot box after the Council of Governors endorsed the dissolution of the county government. This came as Governor Kivutha Kibwana said they are collecting signatures from residents to dissolve the county government. Addressing the press in Naivasha, council chairman Isaac Ruto said the differences in the county cannot be resolved. He said the council suppors calls to form an independent commission to look into the matter. While giving the warring parties one week to reconcile, Ruto said the management of the county's affairs has broken down. “The people of...

House tells Interior PS to produce documents

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DAVID MWERE
PARLIAMENT yesterday put the Interior Ministry on the spot for failing to give the Office of the Auditor General crucial information on Sh2.853 billion that is said to have been misused in the 2012-13 financial year. Interior PS Monica Juma was hard-pressed to explain and provide documentary proof to ward off the query raised by Auditor General Edward Ouko. Some Parliamentary Public Accounts Committee members said it could have been a ploy to conceal the audit issue. “We are unable to conduct a proper audit trail because of irregular cash transfers, unauthorised cash withdrawals, unaccounted...

Kenya score well in Africa report

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ADOW MOHAMED
KENYA has moved three places up from 21 to 17 out of 52 African countries, according to the annual 2014 Ibrahim Index of African Governance report, released yesterday. The country's 57.4 per cent score is higher than the continents’ average of 51.5 and East Africa's 48.5. Kenya has also improved in all categories in the past one year, but has scored poorly in national security (down 3.5 points), public management (down 2.0), business environment and education (1.1 points each). Kenya's greatest improvements are in public participation (up 14.8 points), infrastructure (plus 12.8). Other areas...

Mudavadi not yet a UDF party official

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY IBRAHIM ORUKO
MUSALIA Mudavadi’s push to take over UDF is in doubt after it emerged that he is just an ordinary member of the party. Records from the Office of the Registrar of Political Parties, which the Star has obtained, indicate that Mudavadi’s name is not among the listed officials of the party. And even though the party amended its constitution in January 2013 to create the positions of party leader and the deputy, the Registrar says there is no evidence the posts were filled. “I do not want to discuss this matter because it is already a dispute before the Political Parties Tribunal. But there is no...

Telkom Kenya staff set date for strike

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ELIZABETH WERE
TELKOM Kenya employees under the Communication Workers Union will go on strike on October 8 if their performance bonuses are not reviewed. In a seven-day strike notice to Labour Cabinet Secretary Kambi Kazungu, the union said Telkom has paid staff performance bonuses in a discriminating manner. "Non-union staff have each been paid between 50 per cent and 75 per cent of their salary amounting to between Sh 30,000 to Sh1,000,000 while union members have only been given a token of Sh2,000," read the letter to the ministry. Cowu accused the Telkom management of continuous harassment and...

Corridors Of Power

Tuesday, September 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY POLITICAL DESK
Parliament building
Parliament building
About four first-term MPs nearly fought in Parliament after a disagreement on how to share loot from a political figure to disparage another politician. The MPs had addressed a press conference and were to share the money immediately it was concluded. However, trouble came after one of the MPs decided to take a bigger share because he made the statement and had answered most of the questions from journalists. This did not go down well with his colleagues who grabbed him by the collar forcing him to drop the money. === A group of MCAs amused members of the public when they conducted a formal...

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