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MILITARY TAKES OVER SECURITY, IMMIGRATION

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY OLIVER MATHENGE
NIS DIRECTOR GENERAL: Maj Gen Kameru
NIS DIRECTOR GENERAL: Maj Gen Kameru
PRESIDENT Uhuru Kenyatta has placed three major national security institutions in the hands of top military officers. With General Julius Karangi as the Chief of the Defence Forces, Major General Philip Wachira Kameru as the new NIS Director and Major General (Rtd) Gordon Kihalangwa as the Director of Immigration, the President has ensured that military officers sit in the top security decision-making organ, the National Security Advisory Council (NSAC). In the latest announcement, President Kenyatta has proposed to Parliament the immediate former Director of Military Intelligence, Maj Gen...

Police 'delay rent', arrest landlord

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ALPHONCE MUNG'AHU AND KAMORE MAINA
FACE-OFF: Sky Park Plaza manager Bedan Mwangi Nduati at Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi, yesterday.
FACE-OFF: Sky Park Plaza manager Bedan Mwangi Nduati at Milimani Law Courts, Nairobi, yesterday.
THE National Police Service Commission has allegedly defaulted on rent arrears for three months, and then had the caretaker of the building arrested. The Service however denies owing any rent in arrears, and say their account is fully settled up to this month. Bedan Mwangi Nduati was arraigned in a Nairobi court yesterday after he configured the lifts in Sky Park Plaza not to stop on the second, third and fourth floors occupied by the NPSC, until the rent arrears of Sh18 million are settled. The management and the commission have an agreement that the rent is paid quarterly, while power bills...

Miraa to be chewed from 5pm to 10pm, says Nacada

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY BRIAN OTIENO
Deputy President William Ruto with Mithika Linturi chew miraa during a meeting with miraa growers in Igembe Central. Photo/DPPS
Deputy President William Ruto with Mithika Linturi chew miraa during a meeting with miraa growers in Igembe Central. Photo/DPPS
THE chewing of miraa will be restricted to five hours a day if the national anti-drug body has its way. National Campaign Against Drug Abuse Authority director Mohamed Fazul has said they are in the process of drafting a law that seeks to regulate the chewing of the mild narcotic also known as khat. He did not say how the law will be enforced. According to Fazul, Nacada proposes that miraa chewing is restricted to between 5pm and 10pm. “It is a drug with two active ingredients – cathine and cathinone,” said Fazul. “We are drafting a law to regulate its usage and consumption.” He was speaking...

House to probe EACC over graft

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DAVID MWERE
FIRST STEP: Siaya women?s representative Christine Ombaka and her Lamu counterpart Shakila Abdalla at Parliament Buildings, Nairobi, on August 5. Photo/Charles Kimani
FIRST STEP: Siaya women?s representative Christine Ombaka and her Lamu counterpart Shakila Abdalla at Parliament Buildings, Nairobi, on August 5. Photo/Charles Kimani
A National Assembly committee is expected to start investigating claims that the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission may have mismanaged government negotiations to recover payment to properties amounting to billions of shillings at the Coast. The properties are associated with a prominent former politician. The need for the Public Accounts Committee to investigate the EACC was raised in the House on Wednesday afternoon by Siaya women's representative Christine Ombaka through a statement. Speaker Justin Muturi directed that the committee, chaired by Budalang'i MP Ababu Namwamba, to probe the...

Israel farm tender award questioned

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DAVID MWERE
The National Assembly Agriculture committee has questioned the award of Sh14.5 billion for the Galana-Kulalu Irrigation Project, a day after the government signed a contract with an Israeli firm to develop a 10,000-acre model farm. The committee said the government signed the contract without securing the Sh11 billion that the Israeli government is expected to pump into the project. One million acres will be put under irrigation. Early this week, the National Irrigation Board signed a contract with Green-Arava, the parent company of Agri-Green Consultants, who undertook a Sh920 million...

Bill to change election date approved

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DAVID MWERE
The next general election could be held on the second Monday of December every electoral year if Parliament passes a Constitutional Amendment Bill sponsored by Ugenya MP David Ochieng. The Justice and Legal Affairs committee, chaired by Ainabukoi MP Samuel Chepkonga, endorsed the draft bill unanimously with minor amendments. It will be forwarded to Attorney General Githu Muigai for publication before it is brought back for discussion by the whole House. The committee dismissed another constitutional amendment bill by Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu. He wanted to reduce the number of counties...

Two Americans with Ebola leave hospital

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- AFP
SECOND CHANCE: American doctor Kent Brantly. Kent fell ill with Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia, and was airlifted for treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, US.
SECOND CHANCE: American doctor Kent Brantly. Kent fell ill with Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia, and was airlifted for treatment at Emory University Hospital in Atlanta, US.
Two American missionaries who fell ill with the dangerous Ebola virus while working in Liberia have recovered and have been released from an Atlanta hospital, doctors said yesterday. Doctor Kent Brantly, 33, and Nancy Writebol, 60, became sick with Ebola in Monrovia, Liberia, last month and were airlifted to Emory University Hospital for treatment. "The discharge from the hospital of both these patients poses no public health threat," said Bruce Ribner, director of Emory's Infectious Disease Unit. Writebol was released on August 19, according to a statement from the aid group for which she...

I have a UK degree, says AP school boss

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DOMINIC WABALA
The Commandant of the Administration Police Training College, Omar Shurie Abdi, yesterday clarified that he holds a Masters degree in Business Administration from a UK university. Shurie who reacting to insinuations that he was shortlisted by the National Police Service Commission as among candidates for the newly created position to deputise Deputy Inspector General of Police Samuel Arachi, but was dropped because of his academic background. "I was awarded an MBA degree by the University of Sunderland in November 2013. I even studied in Egypt earlier," he said yesterday. Shurie said he was...

Mob attacks reporter, APs in Kajiado

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ELIZABETH WERE
KAJIADO-based Star reporter Kurgat Marindany was yesterday morning attacked and injured by angry Maasais, who were destroying the Hazardous Waste Company. Marindany said he was attacked while taking photos for his assignment of a burning factory. "I was with two APs and two areas chiefs from the area who had come to intervene when we were attacked and seriously injured," he said. Marindany said a group had assembled at the factory for a meeting that lasted two hours before they decided to set the plant on fire. He said the Maasai reacted after seeing the police arrive at the scene to...

Rutto defies DP on push for plebiscite

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY GIDEON KETER
COUNCIL of Governors chairman Isaac Rutto has vowed to continue with the push for a referendum. This is even as it emerged that Deputy President William Ruto met some URP governors on Wednesday night at his office. Rutto said TNA governors' withdrawal from the push for a referendum will not make him stop supporting a vote. “Our counterparts in TNA may be fine but for us in URP, we must fight for the issues we have lined up for referendum to ensure that devolution is protected and successful,” he told the Star yesterday. On Wednesday, eight governors from TNA pulled out from the referendum...

Car repair standards launched

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- ASHFORD MANYARA
The Kenya Bureau of Standards and Kenya Motor Repairers Association have launched the Motor Vehicle Repair Standards. Speaking yesterday during the launch at the Hilton Hotel, Nairobi, Industrialisation PS Wilson Songa said, "We all understand that standards create order in the industry, and as a ministry we fully recognise that standards support rapid economic growth by outlining best practices that enable us to avoid reinventing the wheel." He said mechanics should partner with the Transport ministry. Songa said Kemra garages handle approximately Sh7 billion motor repairs each year from...

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