Friday, Nov 21st 2014

North Eastern

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...

Tharaka leaders want land disputes solved

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 11:00 -- Dennis Dibondo
LANDS Cabinet Secretary Charity Ngilu has been urged to send surveyors to demarcate land at disputed areas on the Tharaka Nithi-Meru boundary. This will end conflict between the two counties, Tharaka Nithi Deputy Governor Eliud Murithi has said. He said residents support Ngilu’s announcement that ministry surveyors will be sent to demarcate the land and issue title deeds. Murithi said the Lands ministry should first address disputes in areas bordering Meru county that include Gakurungu, Gakuruni, Gatirini, Gikingo, Njoguni, Gatoroni, Gatithini, Turima and Mukothima. Mukothima MCA Mwenda...

290 vocational centres to be built - Kambi

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY ANDREW MBUVA
MILESTONE: Labour CS Kazungu Kambi commissions a new tuition office block at the Machakos Technical Institute for the Blind on Wednesday.Photo/Andrew Mbuva
MILESTONE: Labour CS Kazungu Kambi commissions a new tuition office block at the Machakos Technical Institute for the Blind on Wednesday.Photo/Andrew Mbuva
PLANS are underway to build 290 vocational training centres in the country, Labour Cabinet Secretary Kazungu Kambi has said. This will bridge the high shortage of engineers and technicians in the country, he said. Kambi said the number of people served by one engineer in Kenya stands at 6,300, way below the recommended ratio. “It is estimated that the average number of people per engineer in middle-income countries currently stands at 500,” he said. Kambi said Kenya must commit resources to train more qualified engineers and technicians. He was commissioning a new tuition and office block at...

Kalonzo urged to shun dictatorial tendencies

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MUSEMBI NZENGU
WIPER leader Kalonzo Musyoka has been cautioned against dictatorship in running party affairs. Kalonzo’s aide, Caxton Munyoki, advised him to allow internal democracy in the party. He told Kalonzo to stop infringing on the constitutionally guaranteed right of association of Wiper leaders. Munyoki has been key strategist to Kalonzo’s campaigns since 1985 when he was elected MP for Mwingi North for the first time. He unsuccessfully sought the Wiper nomination for the Mwingi West parliamentary seat during the March 4,2013 election. Speaking to the Star on the phone yesterday, Munyoki said...

Nema bans Kitui sand harvesting over rows

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MUSEMBI NZENGU
THE National Environment Management Authority has outlawed commercial sand harvesting in Kitui county, citing incessant conflicts. The ban covers harvesting sites that had previously been issued Environment Impact Assessment licences. Kitui Environment director Simon Weru asked county commissioner Moffat Kangi and police boss Cheruto Githinji to enforce the ban in a notice dated October 30. Weru said besides the conflicts, sand harvesting has caused immense environmental degradation and hurt the water supply to Tiva residents. Violent clashes have broken out between residents and sand...

Mob burns two men in Chuka over thefts

Friday, November 14, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY DENNIS DIBONDO
Two suspected thugs on Wednesday were beaten up and burned by a mob in Chuka Igambang’ombe constituency. Enock Mwiti, 40 and Mwirigi, 45, faced mob justice over suspected thuggery in Mukuuni area. “They were ejected from their houses, doused with fuel and set ablaze,” Tharaka Nithi police boss Johnston Ipara said. The area chief informed police, who dispersed the crowd. Police rescued the suspects, who suffered serious neck, abdomen and chest burns. Another suspect fled after discovering he was being sought. The three are suspected of masterminding crimes in the area. Chuka hospital...

Rep Nyiva lauds First Lady for baby clinic

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY MUSEMBI NZENGU
BEYOND ZERO CAMPAIGN: First Lady Margaret Kenyatta shakes hands with Kitui women?s representative Nyiva Mwendwa at Ithookwe Showgrounds, Kitui, when she visit- ed the county to donate a mobile clinic on Tuesday.Photo/Musembi Nzengu
BEYOND ZERO CAMPAIGN: First Lady Margaret Kenyatta shakes hands with Kitui women?s representative Nyiva Mwendwa at Ithookwe Showgrounds, Kitui, when she visit- ed the county to donate a mobile clinic on Tuesday.Photo/Musembi Nzengu
KITUI women’s representative Nyiva Mwendwa has said the campaign against birth and child mortality by First Lady Margaret Kenyatta offers a political advantage to the President. She said the Beyond Zero Campaign will translate to votes when President Uhuru Kenyatta seeks re-election in 2017. Mwendwa was speaking on Tuesday at Kitui’s Ithookwe Showground, as the First Lady presented a mobile clinic to Kitui Governor Julius Malombe toward the Beyond Zero Campaign. “In your quiet way, you will marshal massive votes for your husband,” Mwendwa said. “It is difficult for people to hate anybody who...

Cop recruitment suit denies youth jobs - MP

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY LYDIA NGOOLO
MWINGI Central MP Joe Mutambu has condemned the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights for moving to court to cancel police recruitment. Speaking yesterday during the laying of the foundation stone at Nuu police post, Mwingi town, Mutambu said KNCHR is denying the youth job opportunities. “Who do they want if they say the people chosen to join the police were the wrong ones? Then let them bring the right people,” he said. He said human rights activists should refund people’s money after they lose a case so that they learn a lesson.

Garissa wants more rangers for Boni forest

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STEPHEN ASTARIKO
DEPLETED: A section of the Boni-Dodori Forest in Lamu county on April 12, 2012.Photo/File
DEPLETED: A section of the Boni-Dodori Forest in Lamu county on April 12, 2012.Photo/File
Garissa county has requested the national government to deploy more rangers in Boni Forest to stop charcoal burning by the al Shabaab. County Environment and Natural Resources executive Yakub Salah yesterday said the 21 rangers available are not enough to man the expansive forest. He said the forest risks being depleted by illegal loggers, mostly from Somalia. Salah said the charcoal business and logging in the forest are done at night, making it difficult for the few rangers to stop it. He said the rangers need vehicles to patrol the forest. Speaking at Al Faruq Primary School during the...

50,000 sign to dissolve Makueni

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY EVELYN MUTANU
WANTED OUT: MCAs at the Makueni assembly on April 24.Photo/Evelyn Mutanu
WANTED OUT: MCAs at the Makueni assembly on April 24.Photo/Evelyn Mutanu
About 50,000 Makueni residents have signed a petition for the dissolution of the county government. The signature collection drive was on September 23 started when Governor Kivutha Kibwana said the county assembly cannot work with the executive. The MCAs passed a motion to impeach Kibwana, but the High Court stopped the Senate from discussing the motion. A committee leading the collection of signatures yesterday met at Lepanda Resort in Wote town to discuss the way forward. The committee’s coordinator Philip Kilonzo said they will present the petition to President Uhuru Kenyatta before...

Wajir builds 60 nursery classrooms

Thursday, November 13, 2014 - 00:00 -- BY STAR REPORTER
THE Wajir government has built 60 classrooms for early childhood development education. Two classrooms have been built in each of the 30 wards. Governor Ahmed Abdullahi said his administration has also employed 272 ECDE teachers. Speaking at Wajir Girls High School during the prizegiving ceremony yesterday, Abdullahi said pre-primary education, which is important for a strong foundation, is not being offered in most primary schools and the few offering it do not have enough classrooms. “Most primary schools in Wajir county have a general classroom known as nursery from which pupils proceed to...

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