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MCAs grilled as police probe riot in Kiritiri

Thursday, October 30, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
DENIED THE CHARGES: Mavuria MCA Joseph Mwanikion Tuesday in Embu town after recording a statement on allegations of inciting the public to burn Kiritiri police station, Mbeere South subcounty.Photo/Reuben Githinji
DENIED THE CHARGES: Mavuria MCA Joseph Mwanikion Tuesday in Embu town after recording a statement on allegations of inciting the public to burn Kiritiri police station, Mbeere South subcounty.Photo/Reuben Githinji
TWO Embu MCAs were on Tuesday grilled by police over inciting the public to burn Kiritiri police station. This is after 11 Ethiopians were arrested in Kiritiri on October 9. Mavuria’s Joseph Mwaniki and Kiambere’s Martin Mwangi told the Star CID officers interrogated them at the Kiritiri police station. They said police also accused them of inciting residents at Ngigeli Farm. Property worth more than Sh10 million was torched a month ago over a land dispute at Ngigeli farm. The two were further accused of having asked the residents to arm themselves with bows and arrows to lynch suspects. “We...

MCA seeks report on teen pregnancy

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 09:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
GETTING READY: Trader Lenny Kivuti distributes clipboards and mathematical sets at Kiambere Primary School on Saturday.Photo/Reuben Githinji
GETTING READY: Trader Lenny Kivuti distributes clipboards and mathematical sets at Kiambere Primary School on Saturday.Photo/Reuben Githinji
AN Embu MCA has sought a statement on increased number of teen pregnancies in Mbeere North and South subcounties. Nominated MCA Susan Wangai said primary school girls are being made pregnant by fellow pupils and boda boda operators in Kiambere zone and Kamweri Primary School. She sought to know the number of girls who have dropped out of school due to pregnancies and whether they will sit their exams. Speaker Kariuki Mate directed the Committee on Education to visit the affected areas on Friday to get first hand information. Gender Committee chair Penninah Mutua said the matter is serious...

Mutambu demands CDF cash

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 09:00 -- BY LYDIA NGOOLO
Mwingi Central MP Joe Mutambu has urged Mwingi North CDF committee to release funds that belong to his office. He said the money has been there for some time. Speaking to the press in Mwingi town on Tuesday, he said Mwingi Central was allocated Sh27 million from the old CDF kitty that belonged to then Mwingi North MP Kalonzo Musyoka. Mutambu said the constituency was to get some money from Mwingi North and Mwingi West CDF offices after its formation. “We only had Mwingi North and South constituencies. MPs who succeeded Kalonzo and David Musila (Mwingi South) had to remit some money to Mwingi...

11-year-old Chuka girl kills herself

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 09:00 -- BY DENNIS DIBONDO
AN 11-year-old girl has committed suicide in Chuka Igambang’ombe constituency. The standard six pupil at Highland Primary School lived with her grandmother in Kirege village. She did not leave a suicide note. Confirming the Monday night incident, Tharaka Nithi police boss Johnston Ipara said the girl was found hanging from the roof of her grandmother’s bedroom. Neighbours said the grandmother had questioned her change of character, which had affected her performance in school, Ipara said. “The girl was not happy after her grandmother questioned her character. It seems she reacted by hanging...

Ragwa outlines his priorities

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 09:00 -- BY DENNIS DIBONDO
Tharaka Nithi governor Samuel Ragwa at the county headquaters Kathwana during Mashujaa day  where he said the county has achieved greatly in agriculture, health and education and infastructure dockets
Tharaka Nithi governor Samuel Ragwa at the county headquaters Kathwana during Mashujaa day where he said the county has achieved greatly in agriculture, health and education and infastructure dockets
THE Tharaka Nithi government has focused on agriculture, health, education and roads since its inception. Governor Samuel Ragwa said many changes that will improve residents' living standards have taken place. He was speaking at the county headquarters in Kathwana during the Mashujaa Day celebrations on Monday.Ragwa said 21 water and irrigation projects have been set up at a cost of Sh190 million.

KCSE kicks off without a hitch

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 09:00 -- BY MANASE OTSIALO
The Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education exams in Mandera county are progressing well despite recent inter-clan clashes. “We are experiencing calm and all our seven examination centres are operational,” Rhamu district educational officer Sayid Baricha said on Tuesday. He said although there are heavy rains, most roads are passable. Baricha said candidates whose schools were torched have been moved to other centres.

Heroism 'entails doing good'

Thursday, October 23, 2014 - 09:00 -- BY KIRIMI MURITHI
Everyone should be a hero on positive matters, Meru speaker Joseph Kaberia has said. "We do not need to be heroes of bad things or by violating the law. We should be heroes in areas such as education, infrastructure and agriculture," he said. Kaberia was speaking at the Meru Technical Training Institute on Monday during Mashujaa Day celebrations. Governor Peter Munya, women's representative Florence Kajuju, MPs Rahim Dawood (North Imenti) and Mithika Linturi (Igembe South) were present.

Governors blame their troubles on Kalonzo

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:00 -- BY EVELYN MUTANU
NEW DAWN: Governors Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), Alfred Mutua (Machakos) and Julius Malombe (Kitui) in Machakos county on March 29.Photo/File
NEW DAWN: Governors Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni), Alfred Mutua (Machakos) and Julius Malombe (Kitui) in Machakos county on March 29.Photo/File
Ukambani governors have now turned the heat on Wiper over the political battles they are facing from the party's elected leaders. The governors asked party leader Kalonzo Musyoka to rein in the party leaders fighting them. Governors Alfred Mutua (Machakos), Kivutha Kibwana (Makueni) and Julius Malombe (Kitui) said Wiper MPs and MCAs are giving them a hard time. They were speaking at Makindu town during Mashujaa Day celebrations on Monday. They later commissioned a newly built Yikisemei model Early childhood Development Centre and a primary school together. The governors were accompanied by...

Garissa passports office was safe - Jama

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:00 -- BY STEPHEN ASTARIKO
Garissa leaders have asked the government to reopen the passport office in the county. Speaking during Mashujaa Day celebrations on Monday, Governor Nathif Jama said sending residents to Nairobi to apply for passports is costly. Last month, immigration boss Maj Gen Rtd Gordon Kihalangwa ordered the Garissa passport office and those in Embu, Nakuru and Eldoret to stop issuing passports, citing security reasons. In Garissa, the action affected more than 700 people who applied for the document, including 400 who were planning to travel to Mecca, Saudi Arabia, for the Hajj pilgrimage. Some 300...

Wife beating on the rise, says MYWO

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:00 -- BY ANDREW MBUVA
Domestic violence in Machakos county is rising, Maendeleo ya Wanawake Organisation has said. Speaking in Shalom Community Hospital, Machakos, yesterday, MYWO chairperson Francisca Mutinda said the violence is worrying. She was visiting Dorothy Mutuku at the hospital. Mutuku was allegedly beaten by her husband. Mutinda said MYWO receives many cases of women being beaten by their husbands. She said the organisation will push for tough penalties for wife batterers. “We don’t want to see this kind of mistreatment on women," Mutinda said. She said couples should find better ways of addressing...

Dissolving Makueni not a solution - bishop

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 - 09:00 -- BY ANDREW MBUVA
Bishop Martin Kivuva of Machakos Catholic Dioceses addresses the gathering during the Mashunjaa day Cerebrations on Monday.
Bishop Martin Kivuva of Machakos Catholic Dioceses addresses the gathering during the Mashunjaa day Cerebrations on Monday.
Machakos Catholic bishop Martin Kivuva has opposed the dissolution of the Makueni county government. He said it will not solve the dispute. Speaking during the Mashujaa Day celebrations in Kenyatta Stadium, Machakos, on Monday, Kivuva said there will be no winner if the county is dissolved. “I want to plead with the Makueni county team that the writing is on the wall that you will all suffer if you all go down," he said. Kivuva said leaders should look for other ways of solving the political wrangles in the county. He said if the Makueni government is dissolved, a lot of money will be needed...

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