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WETANG'ULA WAS NOT DRUNK - SENATORS

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY GIDEON KETER AND IBRAHIM ORUKO
PROTEST:  Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang?ula addresses the media at Serena Beach Hotel in Mombasa yesterday. Photo/Andrew Kasuku
PROTEST: Bungoma Senator Moses Wetang?ula addresses the media at Serena Beach Hotel in Mombasa yesterday. Photo/Andrew Kasuku
Cord co-principal Moses Wetang'ula yesterday asserted Kenyan travel authorities are plotting to “embarrass and humiliate” opposition leaders. Addressing a press conference in Mombasa, Wetang'ula did not respond when asked if he was drunk during a quarrel with Kenya Airways staff over his lack of identification for security purposes. His Senate colleagues said, however, the suggestion of intoxication was not true. “We were all there and let there be no claims of any wrongdoing on the part of Wetang'ula. There was nothing to do with arrogance. He did not force himself into the plane,” Nyeri...

Mudavadi prepares to ditch UDF

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY HILTON OTENYO
Musalia Mudavadi.Photo/File
Musalia Mudavadi.Photo/File
THE UDF party leader Musalia Mudavadi may have canceled the planned party national delegates’ conference (NDC) this Friday to pave the way for the launch of a new party. Mudavadi has been pushing to re-brand UDF into Amani National Coalition (ANC) but reports indicate the name had already been reserved by another person. Multiple sources told the Star yesterday that Mudavadi could be exploring the option of abandoning the party all together for a new political outfit to prepare for 2017 polls. The sources declined to give the name of the party to be launched. “Talk of a new party has been on...

Killings spark fears of Mungiki resurgence in Central

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR TEAM
SPECTACLE: Members of the public mill around Mabroukie Tea Estate in Limuru where a body of a matatu driver was found on Thursday.photo/ George Mugo
SPECTACLE: Members of the public mill around Mabroukie Tea Estate in Limuru where a body of a matatu driver was found on Thursday.photo/ George Mugo
Police in Central region are investigating four murders involving mutilated bodies and a beheading in what fearful locals say could be a reemergence of the outlawed Mungiki sect. There was panic in Matandura area of Nyandarua county over discovery of the headless body that revived memories of similar Mungiki-style murders. The four male victims were discovered in the past day in three counties. Only one has been identified. Yesterday morning in Murang'a county, two bodies were found hacked to pieces and placed in sacks that were dumped along the Thika-Gatanga highway near Chania Frontier...

Census deadline moved to Friday

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JULIUS OTIENO
BIOMETRIC REGISTRATION: Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru addresses a press conference at Harambee House boardroom yesterday.Photo/Courtesy
BIOMETRIC REGISTRATION: Devolution and Planning Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru addresses a press conference at Harambee House boardroom yesterday.Photo/Courtesy
ALL public servants whose biometric data has not been captured have until Friday to register or be removed from the payroll, Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru has said. Addressing journalists at Harambee House in Nairobi yesterday, she said the data captured so far showed some employees have not yet registered. “Our projection was about 173,000 employees and so far, more than 90 per cent have presented themselves,” she said. Waiguru said more than 160,000 civil servants of the targeted workers have registered. The CS said she has directed the inter-agency technical committee on the...

Margaret gets top UN honour for Beyond Zero

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY WILLIAM MWANGI
MOTHER?S REWARD: First Lady Margaret Kenyatta with her children, Jomo, Ngina and Jaba, after she received the UN Person of the Year award in Gigiri, Nairobi, yesterday.Photo/PSCU
MOTHER?S REWARD: First Lady Margaret Kenyatta with her children, Jomo, Ngina and Jaba, after she received the UN Person of the Year award in Gigiri, Nairobi, yesterday.Photo/PSCU
FIRST Lady Margaret Kenyatta has said she will ensure health services are available countrywide to reduce maternal deaths. Margaret was speaking at the UN Complex in Gigiri, Nairobi, yesterday when she received the United Nations Person of the Year award. The honour recognised her fight to reduce maternal and early childhood deaths through her Beyond Zero campaign. “Beyond Zero has delivered seven fully kitted mobile clinics to counties with the highest maternal and newborn mortality rates,” Margaret said. The counties are Taita Taveta, Narok, Isiolo, Homa Bay, Wajir, Baringo and Samburu. “...

Nurses appeal death sentence over abortion

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY PATRICK VIDIJA AND EDWIN OTIENO
The National Nurses Association of Kenya and a group of reproductive health lawyers have moved to the Court of Appeal to challenge a death sentence for Jackson Tali. Tali, a professional nurse aged 41, was convicted of murder by High Court judge Nicholas Ombija on September 24 for having been involved in the death of Christine Atieno. Atieno had visited Tali’s clinic in 2009 due to excessive bleeding from her uterus. She is said to have succumbed to complications from an unsuccessful abortion. Addressing the media at Hilton Hotel yesterday, the nurses and lawyers said Justice Ombija based his...

African talks on transport

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ADOW MOHAMED
KENYA will next week host a forum for African transport and environment ministers. The Africa Sustainable Transport Forum, the conference is organised by Kenya, Unep, UN-Habitat, the World Bank and the Africa Transport Policy Programme of World Bank. Speaking during a media briefing in Nairobi yesterday, Transport CS Michael Kamau said the event will be held from Tuesday to Thursday at the Unep headquarters in Gigiri, Nairobi. Experts will discuss access to sustainable transport in Africa.

More cash to research

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ELIAS YAA
PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta has assured scientists of more funding for research and development. Uhuru said research is the only way to provide solutions to complex problems especially in the health sector. He was speaking yesterday at the Kenya Medical Research Institute in Kilifi when he commissioned the Mbuyuni training complex. Uhuru said the Research Fund Act 2013 he signed into law last year commits two per cent of GDP to research and development.

Ruto to sue 5 Cord MPs for land scam remarks

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY GIDEON KETER
HAPPY JUBILEE: Deputy President William Ruto and former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda during celebrations to mark the Zambia?s Golden Jubilee in Lusaka yesterday.Photo/Rebecca Nduku/DPPS
HAPPY JUBILEE: Deputy President William Ruto and former Zambian President Kenneth Kaunda during celebrations to mark the Zambia?s Golden Jubilee in Lusaka yesterday.Photo/Rebecca Nduku/DPPS
DEPUTY President William Ruto has given five Cord MPs seven days to retract a statement linking him to the Karen land saga. Otherwise he will sue them, he said. Ruto is also demanding that the Cord leaders admit liability for libel in seven days. In a letter dated October 23 written by his lawyer Kioko Kilukumi, the Deputy President said the media statement was “offensive and defamatory” and he has no knowledge of the ownership of the land. The letter says Ruto does not own any parcel of the land in question and is not involved in any way with the disputed land. In a press conference on...

Governors agree on new revenue-sharing formula

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ALLOYS MUSYOKA
THE Council of Governors has agreed on the proposed second generation revenue sharing formula after making a few changes to the equation. Vice chairman Salim Mvurya said governors included a few factors to be fairly shared amongst counties during a meeting in Leisure Lodge Resort, Kwale on Thursday. The current formula has five parameters – population 45 per cent, equal share 25 per cent, poverty 20 per cent, land area eight per cent and physical responsibility two per cent. Governors proposed physical responsibility be reduced to one per cent from two, giving social development two per cent...

Kenya 'risks blacklist' for frequent foreign tours

Saturday, October 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ALLOYS MUSYOKA
Amina
Foreign Affairs CS Amina Mohammed Photo/File
THE National Assembly and county assemblies have been urged to reduce their tours of certain foreign countries. Foreign Affairs Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohammed warned that frequent foreign country travels can make Kenya be blacklisted. She was speaking at Leisure Lodge Resort, Kwale, during a workshop yesterday. The workshop was about foreign travel and fiscal responsibility for both national and county governments. “Most foreign countries have raised their concerns that Kenyan MCAs and MPs tour their states frequently without being given time to plan for them,” Amina said. Countries want to...

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