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SECONDARY EDUCATION 'TO BE FREE FROM 2015'

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY HENRY WANYAMA
WAY FORWARD: Education CS Jacob Kaimenyi, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Dr Kilemi Mwiria at State House yesterday when the task force presented the report on secondary school fees. Photo/PSCU
WAY FORWARD: Education CS Jacob Kaimenyi, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Dr Kilemi Mwiria at State House yesterday when the task force presented the report on secondary school fees. Photo/PSCU
THE task force on secondary school fees has recommended free quality secondary education by next year. Its report presented to President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday states free quality secondary education should lead to, “An automatic progression from primary to post-primary education in Kenya”. The task force, chaired by Kilemi Mwiria, had the mandate of reviewing ways of making secondary education accessible to all school-age youth through establishing realistic unit costs. The report recommends that government increases its capitation grant (uniform fee) per child to Sh23,975 per annum as...

Extremists take over 3rd mosque in Mombasa

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY ADOW MOHAMED
Extremists take over third mosque in Mombasa, eject imam
Extremists take over third mosque in Mombasa, eject imam
Radical Muslim youth have raided a Mombasa mosque and ejected its moderate imam and management committee, in a powerful sign that hardline youth are becoming more numerous and increasingly aggressive. Swafaa mosque, which was raided last Friday, was still occupied yesterday by young men aged between 20 ad 30. The seizure of the mosque in Mwandoni area of Kisauni constituency was the latest in a series of raids by radicals on mosques that began last year across Mombasa. Moderate imams have also been attacked and intimidated. The Swafaa imam, Shiekh Hassan, has resigned and gone into hiding,...

ICC members not likely to discuss Kenya amendments

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY FELIX OLICK
ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda arrives at the ICC Assembly of State Parties forum at The Hague in Netherlands. Photo/FILE
ICC Chief Prosecutor Fatou Bensouda arrives at the ICC Assembly of State Parties forum at The Hague in Netherlands. Photo/FILE
STATES Parties to the Rome Statute may not, despite Kenya's requests, discuss the government's radical proposals to grant immunity to sitting heads of states at the upcoming assembly in New York. Instead, the Assembly of States Parties (ASP) working group on amendments has decided to give priority to changes that “will improve the functions of the International Criminal Court”. The details emerged in a letter to representatives of member states and a section of civil society inviting them to an informal consultation on Wednesday next week in New York, ahead of the 13th Session of the ASP in...

RVR retrenches 200 in first phase

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
INNOVATION: An RVR staff looks at the machine at Syokimau train station on November 13. Photo/FILE
INNOVATION: An RVR staff looks at the machine at Syokimau train station on November 13. Photo/FILE
THE Rift Valley Railways yesterday began laying off staff in a move that will see the organisation retrench 1,000 employees in a year. The Star’s Corridors of Power revealed the plan yesterday after the issue was presented to the RVR Board in Kampala, Uganda, for approval. The retrenchment comes as former Kenya Airways CEO Titus Naikuni prepares to take over as chairman on Saturday. The group, which does not have Kenyan shareholders after Transcentury left, retrenched 200 people yesterday. The rest will be sent home within a year. An employee said: “We have just been given letters and asked...

20% mining royalties for counties

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY DAVID MWERE
OUR SHARE: Nominated Senator Agnes Zani and Catherine Mukithe during the public hearing on sharing of natural resources at the KICC yesterday. Photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
OUR SHARE: Nominated Senator Agnes Zani and Catherine Mukithe during the public hearing on sharing of natural resources at the KICC yesterday. Photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
The county governments will be entitled to 20 per cent of royalties from the proceeds of minerals from their areas. The Mining Bill passed by the National Assembly now awaits to be signed into law by President Uhuru Kenyatta. The Bill allocates 70 per cent to the national government and the remaining 10 per cent for the community. The Bill seeks to harmonise the sharing of resources. Previously, all proceeds from minerals were consumed by the national government. Some communities have staged protests for being left out of the mineral sharing. The Bill has drastically reduced the powers of...

Nzomo picked for TSC post

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY DAVID MWERE
President Uhuru Kenyatta has nominated Lydia Nzomo for appointment as the TSC chairperson. The former Kenya Institute of Curriculum Development director will be vetted by the Education Committee on November 6.

Lift Lamu curfew - Cord

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY DAVID MWERE
Six Cord MPs want Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo to lift the dusk-to-dawn Lamu curfew. They are MPs Kenneth Okoth (Kibra), Agostino Neto (Ndhiwa), Aisha Jumwa (Kilifi), Abdulswamad Nassir (Mvita), Shariff Athman (Lamu East) and Rachael Ameso (Kakamega). In a statement read by Okoth at a press conference in Nairobi yesterday, the leaders said the four-month curfew has negatively affected fishing and tourism in Lamu.

Wako's call for county AGs

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY IBRAHIM ORUKO
Busia Senator Amos Wako has introduced a Bill to establish the Office of Attorney General in counties. The county AGs will be the county governments’ legal advisers. Those who qualify must be advocates of the High Court with five years experience.

Nine Kenyans back home free of Ebola

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY HENRY KIBIRA AND PATRICK VIDIJA
CLEARED: Some of the Kenyans who were living in Liberia check in at the JKIA on Tuesday night. Photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
CLEARED: Some of the Kenyans who were living in Liberia check in at the JKIA on Tuesday night. Photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
NINE Kenyans who came back home on Tuesday night from Liberia have been reunited with their families. They were at first confined and their blood samples drawn to be tested for Ebola. The samples were taken to the Kenya Medical Research Institute. “All the samples tested negative for Ebola and Marburg after five hours,” Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia said. He said the nine were allowed to go home after getting a clean bill of health. The five adults and four children landed at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport at 11.30pm. However, the fate of three other Kenyans who were to be...

Sex with many 'stops male cancer'

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER AND AGENCIES
MEN who have slept with more than 20 women have a 28 per cent lower risk of getting prostate cancer, according to a new study likely to annoy many wives. But men who abstain from sex completely have a double likelihood of being diagnosed with cancer, the study says. However, it is not “good news” for all men. The study revealed that men who have sex with men are at risk. It was carried out by the University of Montreal and Institut Armand-Frappier Research Centre in Quebec. “It is possible that having many female sexual partners results in a higher frequency of ejaculations, whose protective...

Raila meets Nairobi MCAs on referendum

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY GIDEON KETER
CORD leader Raila Odinga yesterday met Nairobi MCAs. They were working on a strategy for referendum campaigns in the county. Addressing a press conference after the meeting at Gracia Gardens, Raila said he will launch referendum campaigns in Nairobi. He said they will be run by the MCAs in their wards. “They have agreed to work as a team to ensure that we win the referendum. They will take a lead role in the collection of the signatures.” Cord has been pushing for a national vote to amend the constitution. Raila said Cord’s signatures for the IEBC are not ready. “We are still collecting them...

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