Friday, Nov 28th 2014

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Roba asks non-locals not to leave Mandera

Friday, November 28, 2014 - 09:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
STAY: Mandera Governor Ali Roba with county police commander Noah Mwivanda at a public baraza in the town yesterday.Photo/KNA
STAY: Mandera Governor Ali Roba with county police commander Noah Mwivanda at a public baraza in the town yesterday.Photo/KNA
Mandera Governor Ali Roba has asked locals to convince non-locals not to leave the county. He addressed locals during a public baraza in Mandera town on Wednesday. More than 300 non-local public servants are at the Kenya Defence Forces camps, demanding to be evacuated. Efforts by top government officials, including head of public service Joseph Kinyua, to persuade the non-locals to stay have borne no fruit. This follows the massacre of 28 of their colleagues last week after a bus they were travelling in was hijacked by al Shabaab militia. “As locals we should take responsibility of making the...

Mutua shuffles staff amid demos over pay

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ANDREW MBUVA
MORE EFFICIENCY: Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua opens the Machakos People?s Park on February 16.
MORE EFFICIENCY: Machakos Governor Alfred Mutua opens the Machakos People?s Park on February 16.
MACHAKOS Governor Alfred Mutua yesterday shuffled his executive committee and some departments of the county government. In a statement, Mutua said the changes are meant to ensure efficiency and service delivery. “The ministerial and chief officers are part of my reorganisation of government,” read the statement. Roads executive George Luka was swapped with his Lands counterpart Joshua Musili. Grace Mutuku was appointed the new chief officer in the Public Service department. The Tourism department was taken over by Kenndy Auma, while Jackson Kala moved to the Education department. Collins...

Chief whip terms his sack illegal

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY EVELYN MUTANU
The Makueni assembly's chief whip has accused his Wiper colleagues of removing him unconstitutionally on Wednesday. Speaking to the Star on the phone on Thursday, Bensley Mathuku faulted the grounds of his dismissal. "I'm being accused of being a traitor just because I attended a meeting at the headquarters in Nairobi," he said. He said his removal was done outside the assembly , where ''cheap minutes" were drawn and Kiteta-Kisau MCA Jackson Ngovi chosen as his replacement. Mathuku accussed dewhipped majority leader Francis Mutuku and Speaker Stephen Ngelu of colluding with his colleagues to...

Court bars Embu charges

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
THE Embu High Court has blocked the county government from collecting levies from bar owners until it forms a directorate to oversee liquor licensing. Resident judge Florence Muchemi granted Embu County Liquor Dealers Association orders to suspend charges until a case they have filed against the administration is heard. The case is against the Alcohol Act 2014, which was passed recently by the county assembly and assented to by Governor Martin Wambora. Association chairman John Ndongongi and other officials complained of mistreatment by the county. The court further granted the association’s...

Two charged with conning clients

Saturday, November 22, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
TWO employees of a Meru advocate were yesterday charged with forging an Embu advocate's stamp and swindling clients with it. Mary Njue and Caroline Kiendi appeared before Nkubu principal magistrate Duke Ocharo. The two were clerical officers at Charles Mokua and Company Advocate’s office at Nkubu, Meru county. They were charged with forging a stamp bearing the names of advocate Njeru Ithiga and commissioner of oaths. The two allegedly used it to stamp affidavits and lands documents between June 31 and October 24. They charged clients various fees, which they pocketed, the prosecution said...

Raiders kill nine in Marsabit massacre

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KNA
ARE WE SAFE? A woman fetches water from a well near Marsabit on September 16. Two communities clashed in Marsabit on Wednesday. Police are looking for raiders who stole livestock during the incident.Photo/Reuters
ARE WE SAFE? A woman fetches water from a well near Marsabit on September 16. Two communities clashed in Marsabit on Wednesday. Police are looking for raiders who stole livestock during the incident.Photo/Reuters
NINE people were killed on Wednesday evening when two pastoralist communities clashed in Buluk, Marsabit county. County commissioner, Peter Thuku, said livestock was also stolen during the incident. He said security officers have been deployed to pursue the raiders, find the animals and get the illegal firearms used in the attack. Thuku said the incident is deplorable, coming barely a week after the government held a leaders peace meeting between the two communities. He said the security situation in the county is “solid”. Thuku urged residents not to worry about the “isolated” incident. He...

Women use solar power to dry fruits

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ANDREW MBUVA
PIECE BY PIECE: Utithini Women Orphan Child Care Group members place fruits in a drier bed yesterday.Photo/Andrew Mbuva
PIECE BY PIECE: Utithini Women Orphan Child Care Group members place fruits in a drier bed yesterday.Photo/Andrew Mbuva
A women’s group in Utithini Village, Mwala district is drying fruits with solar power. Utithini Women Orphan Child Care Group chair Teresa Mwenda yesterday said they dry mangoes, pawpaws and bananas with a greenhouse-like drier. She said the drier, donated by USAid, uses solar waves. Mwenda said the fruits are chopped into thin slices and put in the drier early in the morning. They stay in there for a day. They also use it to dry vegetables like kale, kunde and amaranth. Mwenda said the drying makes the fruits and vegetables last longer. USAid has taught them good farming methods, she said. “...

EACC asked to investigate Wajir funds

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY JAMES MBAKA
AN anti-corruption watchdog has asked the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission to investigate alleged misuse of funds by the Wajir county government. Wajir Anti-Corruption and Justice Forum wants the EACC to probe alleged duplication of budget votes. Chairman Mohamed Abikar says the county government, in its Appropriation Bill 2014, wrongly duplicated the budgets of the governor and the Finance executive. According to documents seen by the Star, the county allocated Sh10 million to drought contingency, Sh80 million for emergencies, Sh15 million for NGO coordination to the Finance office and...

Prisons utility bills very high, says Interior PS

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY REUBEN GITHINJI
INTERIOR Principal Secretary Josephta Mukobe on Wednesday said prisons are burdened by high electricity and water bills She said the facilities do not get enough money from the government to pay the bills. Speaking at Embu GK Prison, Mukobe said the Interior Ministry is concerned. She said the government is looking for ways to make prisons self-reliant in power and water. “Electricity bills are very high because lights in prisons have to be on throughout. We have to look for alternative ways of reducing the bills,” Mukobe said.

Deploy police at bus stops to prevent stripping - rep

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KIRIMI MURITHI
MERU women’s representative Florence Kajuju has called on the police service to deploy more officers at bus stations and other public areas to prevent the stripping of women. She was speaking in her Meru office on Tuesday. Kajuju was reacting to the stripping of a woman at a matatu stage in Nairobi last week. “There are enough police to ensure every Kenyan is comfortable wherever they go. Let’s not curtail what people can do. We mothers will also be asking our daughters to be careful about how they dress so that they do not expose their bodies.”

Bishop warns of preachers who charge for miracles

Friday, November 21, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY KIRIMI MURITHI
THE Reformed Catholic Church has urged Christians to shun preachers who demand money before performing miracles. Mount Kenya Diocese Bishop Peter Njogu said Jesus performed miracles and healed the sick without taking anything from them. He said some pastors are coaching people to pretend to be sick and be healed after prayers in order to dupe others into believing they perform miracles. “The church does not allow such things and people should shun such preachers,” Njogu said at Kariakomo church in Maara subcounty on Wednesday.

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