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RAILA: 'PRIME MINISTER SYSTEM BEST FOR KENYA'

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY OLIVER MATHENGE
LECTURE: Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga speaks on ?The Awakening African Lion? at Wilson School in Princeton, New Jersey yesterday. Photo/Courtesy
LECTURE: Former Prime Minister Raila Odinga speaks on ?The Awakening African Lion? at Wilson School in Princeton, New Jersey yesterday. Photo/Courtesy
FORMER Prime Minister Raila Odinga has told Princeton University that the presidential system of government is not the best for Kenya. He would now prefer a system that retained a Prime Minister. He was giving a lecture entitled 'The Awakening African Lion' on development and change on the African continent to an audience at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs on Tuesday evening. Afterwards he told the Daily Princetonian that the current system destabilises the country because the big tribes can gang up to keep the presidency under their control. Raila himself...

MPs to pass Anglo Leasing payments

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DAVID MWERE
The Parliament building. Photo/Monicah Mwangi
The Parliament building. Photo/Monicah Mwangi
THE government will today ask the National Assembly to approve Sh1.4 billion as the first payment for the Anglo Leasing deals. The 18 contracts totalling Sh65 billion were signed between 1998 and 2004 but the government refused to pay after it became clear that they were largely bogus. Anglo Leasing then sued the Kenya government in the International Court of Arbitration in London and won. Attorney General Prof Githu Muigai and Treasury secretary Henry Rotich have both advised MPs that there is now choice for Kenya but to pay up. The matter is expected to be brought to the House today by...

Mombasa introduces tough rules for matatus

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY BRIAN OTIENO
NEW REGULATIONS: A matatu conductor and a tout call passengers at GPO stage in Mombasa, yesterday. Photo Norbert Allan
NEW REGULATIONS: A matatu conductor and a tout call passengers at GPO stage in Mombasa, yesterday. Photo Norbert Allan
Mombasa commuters will soon get reprieve after the national government and the county government jointly announced tough measures to regulate the matatu industry. Matatus will now be expected to publish their peak and off-peak fares inside their vehicles, and it will be illegal for the operators to charge higher. Touts will also be banned from the Mombasa city centre, in a move aimed at enforcing law and order. County transport executive Mohamed Abbas and the regional traffic police boss Martin Kariuki yesterday said the new rules come into effect tomorrow. They have directed matatus owners...

Nairobi county MCAs to get iPads in 2014-15

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY CHRISPINUS WEKESA
Hon. Alex Ole Magelo Speaker Nairobi County Assembly. Photo/David Ndolo
Hon. Alex Ole Magelo Speaker Nairobi County Assembly. Photo/David Ndolo
Each of the 127 members in the Nairobi County Assembly will be provided with an Ipad to make the Assembly ICT compliant and paperless. In a communication message from the chair before the beginning of the Assembly sittings on Tuesday afternoon, speaker Alex Ole Magelo said that the money has been provided for in the budgetary allocation for the 2014/2015 financial year. The speaker however did not say which company will provide the Ipads and at what cost. Magelo said that the supplementary estimates for the financial year 2013/2014 were tabled and adopted by the Assembly in the month of March...

Bill to amend VAT law passed

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY FRANCIS MUREITHI
RELIEF: Fresh milk at a supermarket. Photo Elkana Jacob
RELIEF: Fresh milk at a supermarket. Photo Elkana Jacob
MPs yesterday passed a bill that seeks to amend the VAT law. The Value Added Tax (Amendment) Bill was sponsored by Suba MP John Mbadi. To be zero rated when the bill is signed into law will include mosquito nets, none concentrated and none sweetened milk or cream. Also to be zero rated will be materials, waste, residues and by-products used in animal feeding. New items that were not in the original bill that will now be zero rated include unprocessed green tea and air ticketing services by travel agencies. Also to enjoy zero tax will be inputs on raw materials supplied to pharmaceuticals in...

Duale says Raila's US trip private

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DAVID MWERE
The Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale and some Cord MPs have defended former Prime Minister Raila Odinga's visit to the US saying it was a private matter. Duale's remarks in Parliament yesterday were a dismissal of a statement request by Kirinyaga Central MP Joseph Gitari. Gitari filed the request last month questioning the trip. The former PM is attending a fellowship programme sponsored by the Boston University. Though the trip was meant to last a month, it has since been extended by another month. This means Raila will be out of the local politics for sometime even as...

Speaker Muturi orders House team to probe Kazungu Kambi

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY FRANCIS MUREITHI
Cabinet Secretary labor Kazungu Kambi at a press conference on April 22 photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
Cabinet Secretary labor Kazungu Kambi at a press conference on April 22 photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
National Assembly Speaker Justin Muturi has directed the Committee on Labour and Social Welfare to probe the conduct of Labour Secretary Kazungu Kambi and advice Parliament on whether a motion to remove him from office should be initiated. The committee will be required to table a report within 60 days as provided for in the Standing Orders. Muturi issued the directive following a petition that was formally read in the House yesterday by Bomet Central MP Ronald Tonui on behalf of officials of 30 trade unions. In the petition, Kambi has been accused of being part of a scheme to wrestle some...

Appeals Court dismisses suit against Joho election

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MAUREEN MUDI
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho. Photo/Elkana Jacob
Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho. Photo/Elkana Jacob
The Court of Appeal has dismissed an appeal challenging the election of Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho. Court of Appeal judges David Maraga, Kathurima M’Inoti and Agnes Murgor dismissed an application by Suleiman Shahbal to pursue the appeal to its conclusion. The judges dismissed the appeal on the strength of the Supreme Court ruling, which expressed its opinion on the petition, especially in regards to the timeline for filing election petitions. They had said the appeal ought not to have been heard since it was filed out of time. Two weeks ago, Court of Appeal judges, Hannah Okwengu, Milton...

Obado's poll case goes to full hearing

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY PETER NG'ETICH
THE Supreme Court yesterday allowed Migori Governor Zacharia Obado's case challenging his election nullification to go to full hearing. While the case is being heard, Obado will continue serving as Migori governor. The court stopped Migori county assembly speaker Gordon Ogola from being sworn in as acting governor until the case is determined. The Independent Electoral Boundaries Commission was also stopped from setting in motion any by-election for the county. In a ruling given by judges Mohamed Ibrahim and Njoki Ndungu, the court stayed the Court of Appeal ruling, which nullified Obado's...

New rules on varsity admission unveiled

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY HENRY WANYAMA AND NANCY AGUTU
ACHIEVER: Zainab Nurani. She was the top girl in last year?s KCSE private schools category at the Coast. Photo Norbert Allan
ACHIEVER: Zainab Nurani. She was the top girl in last year?s KCSE private schools category at the Coast. Photo Norbert Allan
UNIVERSITIES and Colleges will now be required to advertise prioritised academic courses as directed by the government before they admit students on merit, according to the new placement guidelines and policy. The guidelines were put to stakeholders yesterday by the new Kenya Universities and Colleges Central Placement Service which has replaced the Joint Admissions Board. The guidelines come in place ahead of the September admission of students to universities and colleges. The placement exercise should be complete by the end of July. The Universities Act 2012 paved way for the establishment...

Kakuma Camp expects more South Sudan refugees

Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ADOW MOHAMED AND AGENCIES
KENYA is set to receive more refugees from South Sudan in Kakuma Refugee Camp as conflict that has killed hundreds of people in the country rages on. UN refugee agency officials in Kakuma yesterday said many refugees mainly women and children are expected to arrive at the Nadapal border point enroute to the camp that is already overstretched. So far 34,000 new South Sudanese refugees have been registered at the camp since conflict pitting the government forces and rebels in December erupted. The UNHCR’s head of sub-office in Kakuma Girma Gebre-Kristos told the Star the agency is anticipating...

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