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Duale asks feuding clans to end fight

Monday, September 1, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STEPHEN ASTARIKO
CALLING: Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale speaks at a Garissa hotel on Saturday during the launch of Umma University. Photo/Stephen Astariko
CALLING: Leader of Majority in the National Assembly Aden Duale speaks at a Garissa hotel on Saturday during the launch of Umma University. Photo/Stephen Astariko
NATIONAL Assembly Majority Leader Aden Duale has urged two rival clans in Mandera county to stop killing each other. The Garre and Degodia clans have been fighting for the last two months. Duale, who is also the chairman of the North Eastern Parliamentarian Members Association, said it is disheartening to see people who have co-exited peacefully for years turn against each other. Duale was speaking in Garissa on Saturday during the launch of Umma University. The Mandera Town MP said that those engaging in the war are a shame to the Muslim community. “Islam does not allow any person to kill...

Isiolo leaders appeal for more police

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY HUSSEIN SALESA
LEADERS from Isiolo have appealed to the national government to intervene in a conflict over water and pasture at border areas between Samburu and Isiolo counties. Governor Godana Doyo and Senator Mohamed Kuti said more security personnel should be deployed in the area to stop further killings. They said it is unfortunate that three people died and four others injured when herders clashed at Kom in Isiolo county on Saturday. "Besides deployment of more security personnel, the government should put in place raft of measures to end cattle rustling and banditry in the area," Kuti said. Doyo said...

Mui coal basin team gets Sh20m

Tuesday, August 26, 2014 - 00:00 -- By Musembi Nzengu
THE Community Liaison Committee for the Blocks C and D of the Mui Coal Basin in Kitui county have received Sh20 million for their operations. Wathe Nzau, vice chairman of the committee said on Saturday the funding is the first in two-and-half-years of their existence. The committee is headed by the Law Society of Kenya chairman Eric Mutua. It is mandated to protect the interests and rights of the coal area residents. The government awarded the coal mining contract for Blocks C and D to Fenxi Mining Industry of China. Speaking to the Star in Mwingi town yesterday, Nzau said lack of funds had...

I will not forgive you, Munya tells Meru MPs

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KIRIMI MURIITHI
UNSHAKEN: Meru Governor Peter Munya (foreground) lays a foundation stone at Kinoru Stadium on Friday.
UNSHAKEN: Meru Governor Peter Munya (foreground) lays a foundation stone at Kinoru Stadium on Friday.
MERU Governor Peter Munya has said will not work with area MPs over his humiliation during an election petition against him at the High Court. He said the MPs celebrated the nullification of his election , which he later petitioned and won at the Supreme Court. Speaking at Kinoru Stadium on Saturday, Munya said the MPs are opposed to his governance and their recent utterances after his appointment as chairman of the Governors' Referendum Committee did not go down with them. “These Meru MPs have never supported me. I have never forgotten how they humiliated me when the election petition did...

Land board's list rejected

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
THE Embu county assembly has rejected the seven persons nominated to the County Land Management Board. Last Thursday, the assembly adopted a report of the County Land Committee chaired by Mercy Karimi. In its report the committee argued that the list of the nominees did not meet the regional balance and gender parity threshold. The committee said Manyatta area was underrepresented and that two women were shortlisted against five men. The committee further said one of the nominated members was an outsider and would not be allowed to participate in the assembly's debates.

Locals appeal for title deeds

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DENNIS DIBONDO
RESIDENTS of Kamarandi, Kamanyaki and lower Marimanti, Tharaka constituency have asked Lands Secretary Charity Ngilu to speed up allocation of title deeds ahead the planned construction of a multi-billion dam. It is estimated that more than 30,000 people will be moved from the county because the project will cover the whole Kamanyaki location and parts of Kamarandi, Gituma and Ciakariga locations. The dam, which is estimated at Sh150 billion is funded by Arab Development Bank, the national government, the Italia and Jica.

Lobby pushes for Mui rights

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MUSEMBI NZENGU
A human rights lobby in Kitui county will continue educating residents of Mui Coal area on their rights through civic education. Executive director of the Centre for Human Right and Civic Education, Rhoda Musyoka, said Mui residents have the rights to understand their land rights. “We want to make sure the ordinary men and women in Mui know how the coal project will affect them. We will not stop the public education programme. We do not want to see squatters when coal mining kicks off,” he said. Musyoka was addressing Mui residents at the Mathuki AIC Church last Thursday.

NLC to end Kibwezi land feuds

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MUSEMBI NZENGU
THE National Cohesion and Integration Commission has offered to arbitrate over the boundary dispute between the residents of Kitui county and their neighbours in Tanariver. CEO Hassan Mohammed said the commission has the capacity to find a lasting solution to the recurrent boarder conflicts. He was speaking during a two-day workshop on the championing peace and cohesion in schools in Kitui town on Thursday last week. Mohammed said the commission has the mechanism to resolve ethnic,land and clan conflicts. He said dialogue is the best way to solve the conflicts. "Most hostilities and vicious...

23 MCAs snub Embu Kisumu trip

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
23 Embu MCAs snubbed last a retreat meeting convened by Governor Martin Wambora in Kisumu town. Only 10 MCAs, supportive of Wambora accompnaied him to the Kisumu bonding retreat. Deputy Governor Dorothy Nditi and executives arrived for the retreat on Thursday. The meeting was held at the Imperial Hotel, Kisumu town. MCAs, chief officers and executives were all invited to the retreat.

NLC to end Kibwezi land feuds

Monday, August 25, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY EVELYN MUTANU
THE National Land Commission will partner with the Makueni government to settle land ownership conflicts in the county. NLC's deputy director for survey Sospeter Ohanya and Governor Kivutha Kibwana signed an agreement for the formation of a local verification committee to identify the genuine beneficiaries and original maps of settlement schemes. This will facilitate issuance of tittle deeds. Speaking to the press at Ilatu Primary School in Nguumo ward, Kibwana where they addressed residents.

I won't relent in push for poll, says Ragwa

Friday, August 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DENNIS DIBONDO
DIFFERENT SCRIPTS: Tharaka Nithi Governor Samuel Ragwa, women?s representative Beatrice Nkatha and county secretary Fred Kamunde at Nkajara PCEA on Sunday. Photo Dennis Dibondo
DIFFERENT SCRIPTS: Tharaka Nithi Governor Samuel Ragwa, women?s representative Beatrice Nkatha and county secretary Fred Kamunde at Nkajara PCEA on Sunday. Photo Dennis Dibondo
Tharaka Nithi Governor Samuel Ragwa has said he will still support the referendum. Senate Majority Leader Kithure Kindiki,Maara MP Kareke Mbiuki and his Chuka Igambang'ombe counterpart Muthomi Njuki have urged him to drop the push. Ragwa said the ideological differences between him and other Tharaka Nithi legistrators do not mean they are enemies. "They are my friends but we are not together on this. I ask them to forgive me if they think I have betrayed them but my stand for an electoral process still remains. I will not bow to pressure," he said. Rangwa was speaking at PCEA Nkajara during a...

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