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Garissa MCAs debate Finance boss removal

Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STEPHEN ASTARIKO
UNDER SIEGE: Garissa Governor Nathif Jama with Finance executive Idriss Mukhtar at a past event. Mukhtar faces a censure motion in the assembly.Photo/Stephen Astariko
UNDER SIEGE: Garissa Governor Nathif Jama with Finance executive Idriss Mukhtar at a past event. Mukhtar faces a censure motion in the assembly.Photo/Stephen Astariko
THE Garissa county assembly has started debating a motion seeking the sacking of Finance executive Idriss Mukhtar. Galbet ward representative Ibrahim Abdi moved the motion which accuses Mukhtar of snubbing the assembly's summonses and declining to respond to queries raised against his department. The MCAs accuse Mukhtar of abuse of office, incompetence and gross violation of the constitution. Yesterday, Abdi told the assembly that Mukhtar has disrespected an earlier request by the Budget and Appropriation Committee and the Public Accounts and Investments Committee. He said this is a gross...

Girls get free sanitary towels

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MUSEMBI NZENGU
Needy girls at Wii Secondary School in Kitui county have been given free sanitary towels. The initiative by Deputy Governor Peninah Malonza has benefitted 100 girls from the mixed day secondary school in Katulani district. The sanity towels are expected to last them three months. Malonza asked the girls to work hard in school. She said the challenges they face are “normal and mandatory before one succeeds in life.” “Let poverty not discourage you. People have come from very humble backgrounds and made it in life. You can make it too,” Malonza said.

Locals lament poor network

Wednesday, April 9, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY LYDIA NGOOLO
Mwingi East district residents have decried the poor network coverage especially at Mathuki, the district headquarters. The residents, led by Kanzui chief Munyoki Muasa, yesterday said poor network is a big problem. "Imagine one must go up a tree in search of network if you don't know the specific area to stand so as to make a phone call. Are we still in the analogue era when everything is digitised?" he said. A surveyor in the area, Felix Mwendwa, said poor network has slowed down his work. He said he cannot effectively communicate while in the field and he always has to find a place with...

Killer matatu driver tells of 'jinxed' trip

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY WAMBUA KAVILA
GET WELL SOON: Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua and Lilian Ng?ang?a at the Machakos Level Five Hospital listen to Silva- nus Kibiwott, the driver of the matatu that killed 13 people at Isivoni River on Saturday. Photo/Wambua Kavila
GET WELL SOON: Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua and Lilian Ng?ang?a at the Machakos Level Five Hospital listen to Silva- nus Kibiwott, the driver of the matatu that killed 13 people at Isivoni River on Saturday. Photo/Wambua Kavila
THE driver of the matatu that killed 13 people on Saturday morning in Machakos has said the accident was caused by brake failure. Silvanus Kibiwott, 26, said he managed to negotiate two corners before he plunged into Isivoni River as the third corner was very sharp. “I managed to slow down the vehicle using the gear as the brakes had totally failed while negotiating the corners and I was not speeding as the vehicle was fitted with a speed governor,” he said. Kibiwott said though he was not familiar with the road, visibility was good and he drove well prior to the crash. The passengers were...

Two improvised devices explode in Mandera town

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MANASE OTSIALO
LETHAL: An IED recovered by police at Komor road barrier in Mandera yesterday. It was later detonated by the KDF. Photo/Manase Otsialo
LETHAL: An IED recovered by police at Komor road barrier in Mandera yesterday. It was later detonated by the KDF. Photo/Manase Otsialo
Two Improvised Explosive Devices exploded in Mandera town yesterday afternoon as Kenya Defence Forces safely detonated a third one recovered by the police. Mandera East Police boss Jackson Rotich said no deaths were reported from the two explosions that went off simultaneously at Moi Girls High School and Mandera Secondary School road barriers. “These devices were put on roof tops of kiosks at the road barriers but no much damage was caused. The kiosks had their roofs blown off,” Rotich said. He said after getting reports from the public, police and KDF soldiers managed to neutralise the IED...

Chuka MP suggests death penalty for terrorists

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MUSEMBI NZENGU
Chuka/Igambangombe MP Muthomi Njuki wants the Terrorism Act 2012 amended to allow death sentences for terrorism convicts. Njuki also supported the controversial shoot-to-kill order for terror suspects. He said terrorists commit serious human rights violations by killing innocent people and thus required no mercy when caught. Njuki said the Terrorism Act is too lenient to terrorists. He said the most ideal punishment is to commit convicted terrorists to death instead of life imprisonment as stipulated in the Act. The legislator was speaking during a fundraiser at the Kitui Full Gospel Church...

Machawood plans to create 30,000 jobs for artistes

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY WAMBUA KAVILA
AHEAD: The ongoing construction of an administration block and studios for Machawood at Miwani in Machakos town. Photo/Wambua Kavila
AHEAD: The ongoing construction of an administration block and studios for Machawood at Miwani in Machakos town. Photo/Wambua Kavila
THE Machakos Entertainment Centre for Film, Media, Music and Arts to be known as Machawood will generate 30,000 jobs, chief executive Victor Muniafu has said. He said the county government has allocated Sh60 million to the project for start-up operations including construction of an administration block, studios and procurement of equipment. “By June, the centre will have been fully established and functioning and co-ordinating both local and international entertain ment,” Muniafu said. He said construction of both the administration block and studios are on schedule and tenders have been...

Seven dogs kill livestock in Mbeere

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
Mbeere South Sub-county residents have appealed to the authority to kill some 7 dogs which have ganged-up and are killing livestock’s. The residents of Muraru Village claimed yesterday that the seven rogue dogs have killed and eaten their livestock especially sheep and goats. The residents said they have continued to lose goats and sheep from the seven dogs that are targeting the domestic animals and attacking them in the grazing field during the day. The residents said that the dogs have become so dangerous that they fear they might start turning against children while on their way to school...

School bus driver dies in Mbeere

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
A Mbeere North subcounty school bus driver has died under unclear circumstances. Njeru Kinyua, a driver at Morning Star Academy, was found dead under the school bus he was repairing. Witnesses said Kinyua was repairing the bus at 5am for the day’s errands. “The driver was called out but he did not respond,” said the witness. The school administration asked someone to find out what was happening under the bus only to find Kinyua dead. “He lay on his back as if alive but he was dead, his body was cold,” another witness told the Star on the phone yesterday. Learning was paralysed for the better...

Tharaka to spend Sh2.5 billion on iron ore mining, says Governor Ragwa

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KIRIMI MURIITHI
THE Tharaka Nithi government will build a Sh2.5 billion mining firm with the assistance of Chinese investors at Kithiori area of Tharaka South district, Governor Samuel Ragwa has said. He said the firm willdevelop the commercial iron deposits discovered in the area. Ragwa said the county government has written to the Mining ministry and is waiting for the response before commissioning the project. He was speaking to the Star at his Kathwana office yesterday. Ragwa said the project is at an advanced stage and will be rolled out off soon. “The Project will see erection of several structures to...

County uses social media for unity calls

Tuesday, April 8, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KIRIMI MURIITHI
Residents of Tharaka Nithi County on social media have been urged to cede their political differences and embrace unity of purpose and development agendas that will help develop the county which is struggling to piece itself to foster development having begun from scratch. According to the Governor’s Director of Information Lisper Kathure, those in the social media are all eager to have a platform where the residents and youth can engage and lobby for great governance and development of the county. While posting to members of the county in the group ‘Tharaka Nithi County Speaks’ she...

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