Tuesday, Nov 25th 2014

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ODM APPOINTS KITCHEN CABINET

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY IBRAHIM ORUKO
PUBLIC POLICY: Steven Kariuki. Photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
PUBLIC POLICY: Steven Kariuki. Photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
CORD leader Raila Odinga has moved to deal with rebellion in his party, ODM, by awarding a number of perceived rebels with national positions. Youthful politicians led by Bundalang'i MP Ababu Namwamba and Mombasa Governor Hassan Joho have been awarded key positions in the party during a weekend retreat in Naivasha. The retreat brought together the rivals of ODM's botched February 28 election. Namwamba, who has been branded a Jubilee mole, is now the ODM Secretary General, while Joho, who has also been seen to warm up to the government, is one of two deputy party leaders. A large number of...

We've killed 100 al Shabaab and destroyed cells - Ruto

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY IBRAHIM ORUKO
DP William Ruto gestures during a press conference on security in the country at Harambee House annex, he is flanked by Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. Photo/Charles Kimani/DPPS
DP William Ruto gestures during a press conference on security in the country at Harambee House annex, he is flanked by Chief of Staff and Head of Public Service Joseph Kinyua. Photo/Charles Kimani/DPPS
THE government has killed more than 100 al Shabaab militiamen following the dawn attack on a bus in Mandera that left 28 people dead. Deputy President William Ruto said yesterday the government had launched two cross-border operations against the perpetrators of the massacre. “Our retaliatory action left in its trail more than 100 fatalities. It also destroyed four technicals and the camp from which this crime was planned,” Ruto said. Ruto was speaking when he delivered the government's official statement on the attack, which happened in the early hours of Saturday morning in Mandera county...

SPOTLIGHT: 80,000 face eviction in dispute over Nguruman

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY SAM KIPLAGAT
Armed Maasai morans at Nguruman Ltd farm on the Kajiado/Narok border. Photo/FILE
Armed Maasai morans at Nguruman Ltd farm on the Kajiado/Narok border. Photo/FILE
THE dispute over the ownership of the Nguruman Ranch in Kajiado is a study of how the court process has been abused to the disadvantage of the majority. Hermanus Steyn, a man with a chequered past, will render thousands of Maasais landless and homeless if he secures an order he was seeking to evict them from the 26,993 acre land. A special report looks at how Steyn got involved in the Nguruman owner- ship dispute that now spans more than 20 years without a solution in sight. Nguruman saga has gone on for 23 years The suspension of a land auction slated for November 27 by a Machakos court is...

Businessman Steyn has chequered past

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY DAVID OKWEMBAH
Hermanus Philipus Steyn at Nguruman ranch in Kajiado county .Photo David Okwembah
Hermanus Philipus Steyn at Nguruman ranch in Kajiado county .Photo David Okwembah
So who is Hermanus Philipus Steyn, the man who is about to deprive 80,000 Maasai of their ownership of two community ranches in Kajiado and Narok? Interviews with people who know him, court documents, police files and from various articles depict a man who is perpetually steeped in controversy. Steyn became a Kenyan citizen in 1962 but he started life in Namibia, where it is believed he was born about 80 years ago. He started making frequent trips to Kenya in the 1950s and settled here as Kenya became independent in 1963. Steyn has also been active in Tanzania, where he acquired 270,000 acres...

Muslims form a team over mosques closure

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY ADOW MOHAMED
Police officers at Masjid Swafaa on November 19,Muslim leaders held a crisis meeting yesterday at Jamia Mosque.Photo/Elkana Jacob
Police officers at Masjid Swafaa on November 19,Muslim leaders held a crisis meeting yesterday at Jamia Mosque.Photo/Elkana Jacob
MUSLIM leaders yesterday held a crisis meeting in Nairobi to address the violence associated with radicalised youth and government raids on mosques. In a meeting held in the Jamia Mosque in Nairobi that brought together various Muslim organisations and political leaders, it was agreed that a five-member committee be formed to work with the government to find a solution to the problem. The Muslim leaders also took issue with the government’s response to the situation, saying all mosque-goers should not be punished “for the wrongs of a few”. The organisations included the Supreme Council of...

Corridors of Power

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY POLITICAL DESK
Administration Police officers. Photo Elkana Jacob
Administration Police officers. Photo Elkana Jacob
The CEO of a parastatal under the Ministry of Transport has been forced to take early leave and travel abroad to ‘cool off’ from pressure by the ‘Sky Team Fixers’. The CEO, according to our source, left the country for the UK last week as the embattled boss could not withstand the pressure by brokers, who have been demanding a Sh100 million kickback from a contract the state corporation awarded a few months ago. Although the tendering process of the multi-million-shilling project began under the grand coalition, it was awarded under the Jubilee regime, and thus the Sky Team Fixers have been...

Nurses slam CS for failing to sign deal

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY HENRY WANYAMA
Kenya National Union of Nurses National Chairman John Bii with Union Secretary General Seth Panyako during a press briefing in Nairobi yesterday.
Photo/Enos Teche
Kenya National Union of Nurses National Chairman John Bii with Union Secretary General Seth Panyako during a press briefing in Nairobi yesterday. Photo/Enos Teche
THE Kenya National Union of Nurses has criticised Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia for failing to sign a salary agreement which has been pending for some time now. The union’s secretary general Seth Panyako yesterday said they suspended a strike in September to allow for talks between the government and the union. Panyako said Macharia and PS Khadija Kassachon have mishandled the matter. He said the CS and PS have allowed the National Nurses Association of Kenya to mislead them. “Since when has a professional body been the voice of the workers on welfare?” Panyako said. He told the...

Health scheme to save Sh10b annually

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY GEORGE MURAGE
Kenya plans to equip several health facilities to bring down the number of people seeking treatment abroad. The country is expected to save Sh10 billion annually - funds spent on medical treatment abroad - if the plan succeeds. Under the scheme, the government and the private sector will identify and fully equip several hospitals. Health Cabinet Secretary James Macharia every year, 10,000 Kenyans are flown to South Africa, Dubai or India for specialised treatment. “The patients shall be treated locally thus saving Sh10 billion annually and we shall attract patients from other countries for...

URP targets 10 million members in Cord areas

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY GIDEON KETER
DEPUTY President William Ruto’s party URP is planning to register 10 million new members by 2017. Today, the party’s National Executive Council is expected to meet to fill the position of the chairman and the treasure and ratify the plan to recruit new members. The positions became vacant after former Speaker Francis Ole Kaparo and former Moyale MP Mohammud Mohammed, were appointed National Cohesion and Integration Commission chairman and ambassador respectively. Kaparo was the party’s chairman while Mahammud was the treasurer. URP secretary general Fred Muteti said the party is targeting...

Resign, Cord MPs tell Kimaiyo and Lenku

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY ELIZABETH WERE
Cord MPs have called for the resignation of security chiefs over increased insecurity. Led by Westlands MP Timothy Wanyonyi, the leaders said it is only in Kenya where leaders do not take responsibility for their actions or inactions. Wanyonyi asked President Uhuru to hire a new competent team to replace Inspector General of Police David Kimaiyo and Interior and Coordination Cabinet Secretary Joseph Ole Lenku. “Their responsibility has become to collect bodies after terror attacks,” Wanyonyi said. They were speaking during a fund raiser in a Kangemi church. Their calls come after a series of...

Media house choice for university ranking faces possible rejection

Monday, November 24, 2014 - 07:00 -- BY HENRY WANYAMA
Some of the University of Nairobi graduands of 2014 class following the graduation ceremony on August 29. photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
Some of the University of Nairobi graduands of 2014 class following the graduation ceremony on August 29. photo/PATRICK VIDIJA
A leading media house has been picked to carry out the planned first ever local university ranking that could take place sometime next year. The Commission of University Education is currently developing the criteria that will be used to rank all universities, and is expected to conclude the process by next month. But the pick of a media house has already elicited disquiet within the university fraternity. Many stakeholders have questioned the credibility of the media house to deliver an independent and unbiased ranking. The question of bias arises from the fact that some top CEO's from the...

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