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MUTURI INVITES EACC TO CHECK MPS' FUEL CLAIMS

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DOMINIC WABALA
HELP: Speaker Muturi arrives to chair a PSC meeting on September 3.Photo/Charles Kimani
HELP: Speaker Muturi arrives to chair a PSC meeting on September 3.Photo/Charles Kimani
SPEAKER of the National Assembly Justin Muturi has requested the Ethics and Anti Corruption Commission to help Parliament design an efficient finance management system to stop cash misappropriations by MPs. In a letter, reference number KNA2/4(578), dated September 4, 2014, and addressed to EACC Chairman Mumo Matemu, Muturi says that payments of mileage and sitting allowances reports are worrying and should be double-checked. MPs have been accused of making false mileage claims. It is estimated that the fraud has so far cost the taxpayer Sh1.8 billion and the majority of MPs, especially those...

Four police officers killed in accident at roadblock

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KURGAT MARINDANY AND ALBERT NYAKUNDI
TRAGEDY: A cop?s body lies next to the wreckage early yesterday.
TRAGEDY: A cop?s body lies next to the wreckage early yesterday.
FOUR police officers died along the Emali-Loitoktok road on Tuesday night after a motorist rammed into their sentry house by the roadside. They were three Administration Police officers and a female Kenya Police Service officer, three of whom died on impact, while the woman succumbed to her injuries yesterday morning. Police reports from Makueni indicate that the driver of the Nissan Sunny has been arrested and is being held at the Kilome Police Station. His passengers, a man, four women and two children aged between three and four are admitted at Kilome Hospital in fair condition. They were...

Migori leaders' meeting with Uhuru flops

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY FELIX OLICK
WATING TO SAY SORRY: A delegation from Migori at Uhuru Park yesterday after their planned meeting with the President failed.Photo/Hezron Njoroge
WATING TO SAY SORRY: A delegation from Migori at Uhuru Park yesterday after their planned meeting with the President failed.Photo/Hezron Njoroge
MIGORI Governor Okoth Obado ferried at least 300 people from his county to apologize personally to President Uhuru Kenyatta over the botched rally last week, but the meeting failed to take place. It is understood the meeting was not in the President's diary yesterday, even though his political adviser Joshua Kutuny had indicated the time would be made. "The President's diary was full today so we have been informed that the meeting may take place tomorrow [Thursday]," said Obado last evening. The large delegation of the entire county executive, friendly members of the county assembly, a...

200,000 to be hired for slum upgrade plan

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY PATRICK VIDIJA
CLEANUP: Captain Samuel Muchuki, Devolution CS Anne Waiguru and NYS director Nelson Githinji in Kibera slum, Nairobi, yesterday.Photo/Patrick Vidija
CLEANUP: Captain Samuel Muchuki, Devolution CS Anne Waiguru and NYS director Nelson Githinji in Kibera slum, Nairobi, yesterday.Photo/Patrick Vidija
Devolution Cabinet Secretary Anne Waiguru has said the ministry will hire 200,000 youth to boost slum upgrading and cleanups. Waiguru said the youth will partner with the National Youth Service men and women in the project. She cited dam and water pan construction and roads upgrading among tasks to be undertaken. Waiguru was speaking at the launch of the slum cleaning programme at Laini Saba, Kibera. “We intend to construct 1,100 dams and water pans this year,” she said. Waiguru said the main aim of the project is to assess the labour required in a slum-upgrading project. “The programme will...

MPs Want Sh14 Billion Galana Irrigation Scheme Suspended

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DAVID MWERE
The National Assembly Agriculture committee wants the government to suspend the Sh14.2 billion Galana-Kulalu irrigation project commissioned in November last year. Chairman and Mandera North MP Mohamed Nooru says the project was awarded without competitive bidding as required by the Public Procurement and Disposal Act. The committee has summoned the Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei to explain the circumstances under which the project was awarded. The committee members raised concerns that Green Arava company, that won the multibillion-shilling irrigation project, was a parent...

ICC witness claims prosecution gave him a ready statement

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY OLIVER MATHENGE
ICC in the Hague
A second witness who has disowned his initial statement to the ICC yesterday claimed that prosecution investigators gave him a statement to copy it in his own handwriting. The witness told prosecution lawyer Lucio Garcia that when he met the investigators, he was given two statements from which he was asked to make his from. "You said that the statement you made was already with the investigators. What did you mean?" Garcia asked the witness. The witness replied; "The moment I met them for the first time, they gave me an already written statement and told me to told me to write it in my own...

'Dishonesty' in pay talks

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY HENRY WANYAMA
KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion during a media briefing where the union issued a nationwide strike notice if the government fails to address teacher's grievances on September 8.Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE
KNUT secretary general Wilson Sossion during a media briefing where the union issued a nationwide strike notice if the government fails to address teacher's grievances on September 8.Photo/HEZRON NJOROGE
TSC has been accused of dishonesty in handling salary and allowance talks before the next meeting with teachers. Knut and Kuppet yesterday warned that TSC acts will lead to a strike when national examinations are about to start. The unions criticised TSC’s statement in an advert on Monday. In the advert, TSC called for patience among unions, teachers, parents as the commission engages relevant government agencies to agree on the teachers’ salary and allowance demands.

4,855 tutors promoted in TSC jobs

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY HENRY WANYAMA
HALF of the more than 10,000 teachers interviewed have been promoted to job group M and N, Teachers Service Commission has said. Some 4,855 were promoted. “Their promotion follows a rigorous interview process which started in the last quarter of 2013 and was concluded in March this year,” TSC Head of Communication Kihumba Kamotho said in a press release yesterday. The successful candidates were selected from a shortlist of 10,952 who were interviewed. Salaries and allowances for the newly-promoted teachers will be backdated to July 1 for payment, TSC said. “Since the promotion affects a large...

Housewife bonded in assault case

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ANNETTE WAMBULWA
A Kibera court has released a housewife who poured hot water on her alleged husband’s lover on Sh50,000 bond. However, senior principal magistrate Elizabeth Osoro warned her to keep distance from the complainant. Metrine Okello was charged with pouring hot water on Lourine Atieno at Waruku in Kangemi on September 12. Okello was charged on Monday and has been in remand since. The prosecution had opposed Okello's application for bail, saying the two women are fighting over a husband and if released the accused could further harm Atieno. Atieno is still admitted at Kenyatta National Hospital in...

Pressure to lift flight ban

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY HENRY KIBIRA
THE government may soon lift the ban on flights to West Africa once it affirms the move will not jeopardise the health of Kenyans. Although the timing is still unclear, pressure is mounting for the government to open up its borders and allow movement of people, some who are en route to provide aid to the affected countries. Global health governing bodies want the ban, which was imposed last month, to be lifted to enhance ongoing efforts to contain the scourge that has hit six West African countries. World Health Organisation has expressed its reservations on the ban, saying it is affecting...

IGP counsels cops on PR

Thursday, September 18, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY GEORGE MUGO
Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo has urged officers to build good relations with the public so that they can win the war against crime. Officers need to work with the public to detect criminal activities and come up with ways of preventing them, Kimaiyo said at Kikuyu police station, Kiambu, yesterday. He said residents of an area know each other and their conducts, and this can help the officers spot criminals. “Reforms do no happen within a day. It is a process which involves a plan, measures and time to implement it. We are no longer a police force but a police service, therefore...

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