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UHURU RECOVERS 500,000 ACRES OF LAMU LAND

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY PAUL ILADO
ORDER: President Kenyatta flanked by CS Charity Ngilu and Lamu Governor Issa Timamy at State House, Nairobi. Photo/PSCU
ORDER: President Kenyatta flanked by CS Charity Ngilu and Lamu Governor Issa Timamy at State House, Nairobi. Photo/PSCU
President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday revoked title deeds for more than 500,000 acres in Lamu allocated to 22 entities between 2011 and 2012. Speaking at State House Nairobi after meeting Lamu leaders last night, the President said the allocations constituted 70 per cent of the available land in the county. The land was grabbed strategically for speculation purposes ahead of the launch of the Lamu Port Southern Sudan-Ethiopia Transport corridor project. Thirteen out of the 21 berths for the Lamu Port have been allocated to grabbers Siaya Senator James Orengo was the Minister of Lands at the time...

Dalmas in bitter exchange with Junet

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR TEAM
Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno.Photo/File
Rongo MP Dalmas Otieno.Photo/File
RONGO MP Dalmas Otieno has verbally attacked his Suna East counterpart Junet Mohammed inside Parliament, following calls by the latter that ODM rebels be punished. Dalmas has announced that he will form his own party that "will bring change to Nyanza". Junet on the other hand has been leading calls for his ODM party and Opposition alliance Cord to kick out MPs and MCAs who are not toeing the party and coalition line. It is understood that the former Cabinet minister exchanged bitter words with Junet inside the Chamber on Wednesday afternoon. "He walked up to Junet, saying he cannot and will...

TNA recruiting teenagers ahead of the 2017 elections

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY OLIVER MATHENGE
TNA supporters in Nakuru. Photo/Ben Ndonga
TNA supporters in Nakuru. Photo/Ben Ndonga
PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta's The National Alliance party is carrying out a membership recruitment of people aged under 18 years in preparation for the 2017 elections. TNA Secretary General Onyango Oloo told the Star that this was so that they can broaden the President's support base in 2017. "People who are 15, 16 and 17 years now will be in the voting bracket in 2017. We therefore have them in a special register," Oloo said. The recruitment is being done parallel with that of those who are 18 years and above and who will participate in the party's internal elections in the coming months. "As...

8 countries ban Kenyan MCAs from visiting

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY GIDEON KETER
FREQUENT FLYERS: MCAs attend a forum at Mombasa?s Flamingo Hotel in March this year. Photo/Elkana Jacob
FREQUENT FLYERS: MCAs attend a forum at Mombasa?s Flamingo Hotel in March this year. Photo/Elkana Jacob
EIGHT European and African countries have banned Kenya's members of county assemblies from visiting them. The countries have complained they have received too many and too large delegations from Kenya, some of which "are not of any value to our bilateral relationship", as one nation put it. The United States, Rwanda, Israel, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, the Netherlands and Brazil have all complained about the MCA delegations. Yesterday Foreign Affairs PS Karanja Kibicho confirmed that the eight nations have officially written to Kenya complaining about the many visits and peculiar...

Raila derides Jubilee over 'sleaze' funds

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY FELIX OLICK
DON?T DO THAT: Cord principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang?ula in Mathare constituency during campaigns for ODM candidate Stephen Kariuki on Tuesday.Photo/Hezron Njoroge
DON?T DO THAT: Cord principals Raila Odinga, Kalonzo Musyoka and Moses Wetang?ula in Mathare constituency during campaigns for ODM candidate Stephen Kariuki on Tuesday.Photo/Hezron Njoroge
Cord leader Raila Odinga has deplored the Jubilee administration for reviving the culture of fundraising, terming it a “loophole for mega sleaze”. Raila said the practice is backward. He slammed President Uhuru Kenyatta and Deputy President William Ruto for pitching camps in certain regions to preside over the same. “Harambee is the source of all corruption in our country. But the Nyayo orphans have come back to resurrect the practice,” Raila said on Wednesday night. He said illegalities associated with fundraising is the reason Parliament came up with Constituency Development Funds, and now...

IEBC puts off Mathare polls after court order

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JULIUS OTIENO
The Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission has postponed Mathare constituency by-election to August 11. In statement yesterday, IEBC secretary Betty Nyabuto said the move was occasioned by a court order requiring former Kasarani MP William Omondi’s name be included in the ballot paper. “IEBC wishes to inform the general public that the Mathare by-election, earlier scheduled for August 7 has been postponed to 11,” she said. Omondi sued IEBC for blocking him from contesting in the by-election on grounds that he is still a member of ODM. High Court judge justice Isaac Lenaola on...

East African states to jointly finance the Lapsset project

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JULIUS OTIENO
LAPSSET Corridor project will be financed by all the four nations taking part in the project, East Africa heads of states have said. The Lamu Port with 32 projected berths will cost Sh87.8 billion. In a statement sent to newsrooms yesterday, leaders said the project has seven components that require a budget of Sh2 trillion. They held a Summit of Heads of State and Government at State House in Nairobi. “With the large sums involved, it was clear that a joint approach that is innovative will be required for implementation,” says the statement. Kenya, Uganda, Ethiopia and South Sudan are...

NGOs must file tax on time

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY GILBERT KOECH
NGOs have been asked to file their returns on time to help the government plan. NGO coordination board acting CEO Andrew Ogombe said most NGOs rush the process when a donor comes calling. “There is a need for observance of the basic regulatory requirements. This sector is important as it complements government’s efforts in health, water and education,” he said. Ogombe said the NGO coordination board checks those engaging in money laundering and financing terror activities, a role they have not adequately done owing to financial constraints. He addressed delegates at the Kenyatta International...

State House vetting team for US summit

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY OLIVER MATHENGE
WELCOME: President Uhuru Kenyatta greets his South Sudan counterpart President Salva Kiir at State House in Nairobi yesterday. Uhuru is hosting regional Heads of State and Government for a consultative meeting on the Lappset project.Photo/PSCU
WELCOME: President Uhuru Kenyatta greets his South Sudan counterpart President Salva Kiir at State House in Nairobi yesterday. Uhuru is hosting regional Heads of State and Government for a consultative meeting on the Lappset project.Photo/PSCU
STATE House was yesterday vetting the list of people who will accompany President Uhuru Kenyatta to the United States next week for an African leaders summit. State House spokesman Manoah Esipisu yesterday told the Star that the President will leave on Sunday with some Cabinet Secretaries. He said there will be a briefing today where the number of the delegation will be given. "We do not have a final decision as yet on who is to travel. However, everyone on that trip will have to have a justification for going. This is why there is no final decision yet," Esipisu said. Uhuru will lead the...

Government prepared to combat Ebola - ministry

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY HENRY KIBIRA
DEADLY: A Samaritan?s Purse health worker shows protective equipment for handling Ebola patients to team members in Liberia.Photo/Reuters
DEADLY: A Samaritan?s Purse health worker shows protective equipment for handling Ebola patients to team members in Liberia.Photo/Reuters
KENYA can respond to threats caused by emerging infectious diseases such as Ebola, the government has said. The Ministry of Health says it has formed a disease surveillance-rapid response team and has laboratory capacity to diagnose Ebola. The assurance comes amid growing fear that Kenya is on the verge of attack from the deadly viral disease that has claimed 673 lives in three West African countries. Some 1,200 positive cases have been confirmed in Sierra Leone, Guinea and Liberia. In a statement sent to newsrooms yesterday, the director of medical services, Nicholas Muraguri said the...

Lamu governor's aide arrested in Nairobi

Friday, August 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KAMORE MAINA
An aide to Lamu Governor Issa Timamy was arrested yesterday evening. He was questioned by the police officers investigating the Lamu and Mpeketoni killings. The man was arrested while with a group of Coast leaders who were going to State House for a meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta. Timamy and the leaders were forced to cancel the meeting, sources familiar with the arrest said. The arrest comes as detectives opened investigations into allegations that four politicians from the Coast had financed the attacks. Investigators from the Serious Crime Unit and the Banking Fraud Unit are...

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