Friday, Nov 28th 2014

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CHICKEN SAGA: MPs NOW GO FOR CHIRCHIR

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY DAVID MWERE
HIRED: President Uhuru congratulates Davis Chirchir after appointing him Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, at State House, Nairobi, on April 25, last year.
HIRED: President Uhuru congratulates Davis Chirchir after appointing him Cabinet Secretary in the Ministry of Energy and Petroleum, at State House, Nairobi, on April 25, last year.
ENERGY Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir could become the first casualty of the bribery claims surrounding his former employer, after MPs gave President Uhuru Kenyatta a seven-day ultimatum to sack him or face the parliamentary process. The MPs' allegations against the minister arise from the ongoing Southwark court proceedings in the UK. The UK's Serious Fraud Office has fingered Chirchir, a direct appointee of the President's, as one of the key state officers who pocketed millions of shillings in bribes codenamed 'chicken' to award lucrative printing contracts to a British firm, Smith &...

9 out 10 prostitutes insist on condoms

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY HENRY KIBIRA
PROTECTED: Sex workers demonstrate during International Day toEnd Violence Against Sex Workers on December 17, 2013.
PROTECTED: Sex workers demonstrate during International Day toEnd Violence Against Sex Workers on December 17, 2013.
A typical Koinange Street girl will most likely ask clients to wear a condom. A study released yesterday by the Ministry of Health indicates nine out of every 10 prostitutes demand that the customer use a condom. The study, by the National Aids and STI Control Programme and the National Aids Control Council, shows that the number of male prostitutes has increased considerably. Eighty-eight per cent of commercial sex workers will demand that clients use a condom while 77 per cent of gay hookers insist on a condom. The majority of respondents were reported to have demanded that their clients...

Apology for wrong photograph and caption

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY STAR EDITOR
Yesterday we ran a front page photograph purporting to be of President Uhuru Kenyatta with the UAE Interior Minister Sheikh Saif bin Zayed in Abu Dhabi on Monday. The photo also showed businessman Chris Kirubi and presidential aide Jomo Gecaga in the background. In fact the photo was taken on April 22, 2014 during the President's official visit to Qatar. He was visiting the construction of an administration block at the port in Doha with the Project Executive Director Nabeel Mohammed Al-Buenain. In the background of the uncropped photo, shown above, Energy CS Davis Chirchir and the Kenyan...

Bensouda loses bid for private session at ICC

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY OLIVER MATHENGE
Kuresoi North MP Moses Cheboi,businessman Anthony Otieno and Kericho Senator Charles Keter leave the ICC in the Hague after yesterday's hearing of the case involving the DP and Joshua Sang.pic\Charles Kimani\DPPS
Kuresoi North MP Moses Cheboi,businessman Anthony Otieno and Kericho Senator Charles Keter leave the ICC in the Hague after yesterday's hearing of the case involving the DP and Joshua Sang.pic\Charles Kimani\DPPS
ICC Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda yesterday lost a bid to have the 27th prosecution witness give his entire testimony in private. The judges ruled that there were aspects of the testimony that were key but should be in public as they do not reveal his identity. “Part of the protection measures requested were that you (witness) were to testify entirely in private session. We rejected that request. We believe there should be parts of the testimony that you can give in public because there are some parts of the testimony that will not identify who you are,” Presiding Judge Chile Eboe-Osuji ruled...

I did not go missing - Okonya

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY STAR EDITOR
Francis Okonya a former Senior Deputy Commissioner of police appears before the police vetting panel at the KICC. Photo/FILE
Francis Okonya a former Senior Deputy Commissioner of police appears before the police vetting panel at the KICC. Photo/FILE
FORMER Senior Deputy Police Commissioner Francis Okonya has resurfaced after three days and denied that he had ever gone missing. On Tuesday the Star reported that there was panic at Vigilance House last Friday after Okonya left the building after rows with the Deputy IG Grace Kaindi and IG David Kimaiyo. Okonya was angry that his office had been taken over by Senior Assistant IG Joseph Ashimalla. The National Police Service Commission removed him in April. However, the High Court reinstated him until his appeal is heard and determined. Okonya resumed work in May. Later last Friday his car...

Many can’t afford cancer treatment

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY PATRICK VIDIJA
Radio Therapy at Kenyatta National Hospital After Renovations, on July 23.PHOTO/CHARLES MUGA.
Radio Therapy at Kenyatta National Hospital After Renovations, on July 23.PHOTO/CHARLES MUGA.
MORE than half the cancer cases detected each year in Kenya are fatal because they are diagnosed too late, medical experts say. Of the 41,000 cancer cases detected every year, 27,000 patients die before treatment, said senior registry director Anne Korir of the Kenya Medical Research Institute. A major reason for the high death toll is the high cost of treatment. Women are mainly affected by cervical, breast and oesophageal cancers, while men mainly suffer from prostrate, oesophageal and Kaposi Sarcoma cancers, she said. Korir spoke yesterday at the third International Kenya Society of...

Vet students protest pay

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY Enos Teche
Protesting UON Veterinary student blocking section of the University way over  the  allocation of Internship payment
Protesting UON Veterinary student blocking section of the University way over the allocation of Internship payment
UNIVERSITY of Nairobi veterinary medicine students held a protest demanding clarification of internship pay. In August, the Kenya Veterinary Board announced it will post students on one-year internships from next year. Veterinary Students Association project coordinator James Ogachi told the Star yesterday that a board official said they will be paid Sh75,000 per month, but a director at the Livestock ministry said they won’t be paid. He said the Livestock ministry sent them to the Education ministry, but they got no answers. Officials from the board and Education ministry were unavailable...

Elders talk on culture

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 07:00 -- by Stanley Njenga
The Kikuyu Council of Elders have urged the community to embrace traditions in male circumcision and not the approach of the church. They said this will preserve their culture. Speaking at a ceremony for 20 initiates in Kamulu, Machakos, elder Waiganjo wa Ndotono said elders should perform circumcision. “We are not fighting the church, we commend their good work but we say the rite of passage should be performed by elders who educate initiates about culture,” he said yesterday. Ndotono said many Kikuyu men ape Western culture because they were not taught their customs during initiation.

Two big law firms merge

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY SAM KIPLAGAT
THE merger of two of Kenya’s prestigious law firms was consummated on Wednesday evening at a colourful ceremony in Nairobi. The merger of Hamilton Harrison and Mathews and Oraro and Company Advocates was announced in June. On Wednesday, senior lawyers, partners and clients celebrated the merger at Sankara Hotel, Nairobi. The firm, now known as HHM Oraro, has 64 in-house lawyers, 47 associates and 164 support staff. Senior lawyer and partner George Oraro said the world is changing fast and firms have to consolidate if they are to remain relevant.

Research tools for KU

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY ALBERT NYAKUNDI
Kenyatta University has acquired modern biomedical equipment to improve science training and research. The equipment was donated by the Hospital Mission Sisters Outreach through KU Foundation, which is based in the US. KU chancellor Benson Wairegi said the facility will offer quality training. He was speaking during the launch of Science Zone Laboratories Complex at the main campus on Thika Superhighway on Tuesday, . He asked the university management to work as a team to achieve KU’s 2010-15 strategic plan. Wairegi also warned students against riots.

Court to order on bid by trader for custody

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 07:00 -- By JILLO KADIDA
A Nairobi businessman who was told he didn’t sire his three children has said his wife’s declarations were meant to intimidate him. He says he believes he is the father of their three children because he assumed parental responsibility for more than a decade. The 42-year-old businessman, through lawyer Wilfred Nyamu, says the sentiments contained in his estranged wife’s affidavit are an admission of infidelity. He wants the court to give him custody of the children because the woman is a “habitual drunkard”. The man was told in open divorce court by his wife that he is not the father of their...

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