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UHURU MOVES TO NEUTRALISE CORD IN COAST

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY OLIVER MATHENGE AND PHILIP MBAJI
APPEAL:President Uhuru Kenyatta, accompanied by several Coast MPs, addresses wananchi at the Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach in Mombasa on Saturday. story Page 6
APPEAL:President Uhuru Kenyatta, accompanied by several Coast MPs, addresses wananchi at the Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach in Mombasa on Saturday. story Page 6
MOTIVATED by a growing rebellion by some Coast MPs against the Opposition, President Uhuru Kenyatta has used his annual August holidays stay in Mombasa to build up more support for the Jubilee Government. The President took a charm offensive to Cord strongholds in Mombasa County at the weekend by dining with area MPs in a small restaurant, drinking madafu and even enjoying a stroll along the section of the Jomo Kenyatta Public Beach popularly known as Pirates, in a n all-day bonding session and tour with the legislators. Uhuru, who has increasingly cut an image of a down-to-earth, meet-the-...

URP to punish county reps for backing referendum

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY GIDEON KETER AND FELIX KIPKEMOI
DEPUTY President William Ruto
DEPUTY President William Ruto
DEPUTY President William Ruto’s URP is cracking the whip on defiant MCAs and targeting governors who have sided with Cord's push for a referendum. URP has summoned eight of the 10 nominated MCAs of the Bomet County Assembly in a move seen as a way of limiting support for Governor Isaac Rutto. Rutto, who chairs the Council of Governors, has insisted that he will push on with the plebiscite, but added that his TNA counterparts can act as they see fit. “Our colleagues are free to pull out of the referendum, but we are pushing on for the issues that we raised. The referendum is not personal, but...

Ruto, Sang case resumes with uncertainty over witnesses

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY OLIVER MATHENGE
TO THE HAGUE: Deputy President William Ruto acknowledges greetings
at St Joseph Pro-Cathedral, Ngong, yesterday.
TO THE HAGUE: Deputy President William Ruto acknowledges greetings at St Joseph Pro-Cathedral, Ngong, yesterday.
THE ICC case against Deputy President William Ruto and former radio presenter Joshua Sang resumes today at The Hague amidst uncertainty over witnesses. Ruto travelled to The Hague last evening while Sang went there last week after a more than one-month-long break. However, it emerged that the continuation of the trial remains uncertain as the prosecution has yet to know whether some nine witnesses will be available. Sources on both sides have said that plans to have the compelled witnesses testify from Nairobi were complete, but the availability of the nine was not guaranteed. "We understand...

First Lady urges Homa Bay to fight HIV-Aids

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY HABIL ONYANGO
The Joy of Women: First Lady Margaret Kenyatta dances with a troupe from Kendu Bay during the official launch of the fourth Beyond Zero mobile clinic at Homa Bay High School on Friday.
The Joy of Women: First Lady Margaret Kenyatta dances with a troupe from Kendu Bay during the official launch of the fourth Beyond Zero mobile clinic at Homa Bay High School on Friday.
FIRST lady Margaret Kenyatta has urged fishermen and fishmongers to change their lifestyles in order to stop the spread of HIV-Aids. She was speaking at Homabay High School during the launch of Beyond Zero campaigns and the handing over of a mobile clinic on Friday. "I am aware the main economic activity in this beautiful county revolves around the lake and the lifestyle of the fishermen has been mainly blamed for the spread of HIV-Aids," Margaret said. Homa Bay's prevalence stands at 25.7 per cent. The First Lady said HIV-Aids in the county reduces young women's chances of being free of the...

Civil servants' biometric roll starts today

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JULIUS OTIENO
READY: Public Service Commission chair Prof Margaret Kobia and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru during a press conference on July 14
READY: Public Service Commission chair Prof Margaret Kobia and Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru during a press conference on July 14
THE biometric registration of public servants in both national and county governments starts today in a bid to root out ghost workers. President Uhuru, his deputy William Ruto and Nairobi governor Evans Kidero will undergo registration in their offices from 9am. Devolution cabinet secretary Anne Waiguru said she has written to all cabinet secretaries asking them to lead their ministries in the exercise. "All public servants working in ministries, departments and agencies at the national and county governments will be required to physically present themselves at the identification centres with...

Two thugs lynched

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- KENNEDY LESIEW
Two suspected thugs were stoned to death in Eldoret on Saturday. The thugs were allegedly trying to break into a house in the town when residents accosted them. Local residents and guards manning Kokwas estate in the town raised the alarm. There has been an increase in robberies in the estate in the last four months, according to locals. Eldoret West police chief Smollest Munyanzi said they will start conducting night patrols in the estate to curb crime.

ODM MP opposed to referendum

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JANE MUGAMBI
ODM MP Peter Arama has opposed his party's push for a referendum. The Nakuru Town West MP said the referendum will not benefit Kenyans and should be strongly opposed. Speaking at Kangaita village in Kirinyaga county during the funeral of senior chief, Daniel Mwangi, Arama said Kenyans need development and not a referendum. "What Kenyans require now is development projects which can help them uplift their living standards, not a referendum which is for satisfying some leaders' egos," he told mourners amid applause. Arama criticised Cord leader Raila for attacking the government over the...

Vote aims to test Jubilee, says Ruto

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY BETHUEL KAINO
POLITICAL STRENGTH: Kasarani MP John Njoroge, Deputy President William Ruto and Starehe Maina Kamanda at St Dominic Catholic Church, Mwiki, Kasarani, Nairobi, yesterday.
POLITICAL STRENGTH: Kasarani MP John Njoroge, Deputy President William Ruto and Starehe Maina Kamanda at St Dominic Catholic Church, Mwiki, Kasarani, Nairobi, yesterday.
Leaders from Jubilee have said Cord's call for a referendum to amend the constitution is not about issues but an attempt to test the government's political strength. Deputy President William Ruto, Senate majority leader Kithure Kindiki and 10 MPs said the referendum is about the 2017 general election. “This is about politics not the constitution,” Kindiki said. Ruto said Cord wants to change the system of governance from presidential to parliamentary "in which MPs elect the President at the expense of Kenyans". "This country is for all Kenyans not a few individuals,” he said. Ruto said...

Mandera leaders condemn clan killing of children, mums

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY PATRICK VIDIJA
STOP THE KILLING: Mohammed Abdille, a leader from Mandera county, during a press conference at Laico Hotel, Nairobi, yesterday.
STOP THE KILLING: Mohammed Abdille, a leader from Mandera county, during a press conference at Laico Hotel, Nairobi, yesterday.
Community leaders have condemned the killings of five children and their mothers in Rhamu subcounty, Mandera. They have asked the government to intervene. In a press briefing in Nairobi yesterday, Dr Ali Mohammed said the security situation in the county is becoming worse every day. The leaders called for urgent humanitarian help for residents. They said thousands of locals have been injured and displaced. The leaders sent an appeal to the national government to initiate peace talks in the county. “We have had previous 20 peace initiatives, which have all failed, the last directed by...

Bar staff quizzed in missing state car case

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- KAMORE MAINA
Police have questioned staff at a bar in Utawala where State House driver David Machui had a drink on the night he lost the state-owned BMW. Detectives from the flying squad and Kayole CID visited the bar to reconstruct the events leading to the alleged carjacking and theft of the car. The car is yet to be recovered. Yesterday, it emerged that Machui arrived at the bar at around 10pm last Wednesday and left shortly after 1am, according to witnesses who spoke to the police. Machui was in the company of four men at the bar. The findings contradict earlier information given by State House...

Jubilee not scared of plebiscite – lawmakers

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY BARRY SALIL
Senator Stephen Sang, Alice Ng'ang'a(Thika) and Onesmus Njuki-(Igamba Ng'ombe) in Kaptumo yesterday during a fundsdrive for AGC church.. PHOTO BY BARRY SALIL.
Senator Stephen Sang, Alice Ng'ang'a(Thika) and Onesmus Njuki-(Igamba Ng'ombe) in Kaptumo yesterday during a fundsdrive for AGC church.. PHOTO BY BARRY SALIL.
Twelve Jubilee legislators yesterday said the alliance is not scared of a referendum. They said a vote could help solve the 2017 general elections political equation. The lawmakers however said a plebiscite is expensive and its cost, about Sh8 billion, could result into the suspension of some development projects. They were speaking at Kaptumo Grounds in Aldai, Nandi county, yesterday during a funds drive in aid of African Gospel Church Kaptumo. The leaders were led by Igembe South legislator Mithika Linturi, Senators Stephen Sang (Nandi), Kipchumba Murkomen (Elgeyo Marakwet) and Charles...

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